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Ukraine News Today Feb. 22, 2017: Militants fire Grads on Vodiane village; SBU found ‘black’ ledger of group working with Russia’s special services; Ex-president Yanukovych wants to return to Ukraine to do “something good”

Ukraine News Today: Militants fire Grads on Ukraine positions in Vodiane village; SBU found 'black’ ledger of group working with Russia’s special services; Ex-president Yanukovych wants to return to Ukraine to do "something good"; Rivne International Airport to launch flights to Poland in cooperation with LOT Polish Airlines
Ukraine News Today Feb. 22, 2017: Militants fire Grads on Vodiane village; SBU found 'black’ ledger of group working with Russia’s special services; Ex-president Yanukovych wants to return to Ukraine to do "something good"

Militants fire Grads on Ukraine positions in Vodiane village, launch 59 attacks in Donbas

The Russian occupation forces fired Grad rocket launchers on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the village of Vodiane, the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters reported on Facebook, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

According to the press center, the militants once again violated the Minsk agreements on February 22 and are now attempting to disrupt the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demarcation line.

“A few hours ago, the positions of Ukrainian troops in Vodiane were attacked by the occupiers, using Grad systems, 122mm artillery systems, as well as 120mm and 82mm mortars. In addition, the enemy used 122mm artillery systems to shell our positions in the village of Shyrokyne [some 24 km away from the Ukrainian-held strategic port city of Mariupol],” the reports says.
According to the headquarters, the occupiers launched at least three projectiles from Grad P portable systems, seven 122mm artillery shells and 30 mines of various calibers.
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 59 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action.

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“In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces used 120mm and 82mm mortars to shell the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Luhanske and Opytne, while rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms were used to attack the villages of Luhanske, Zaitseve, and Kamianka. A sniper was also active in Kamianka. Moreover, Avdiyivka was attacked by a tank,” the report says.

In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers used 120mm and 82mm mortars to shell the villages of Shyrokyne and Vodiane. Rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms were used to fire on the villages of Hnutove, Talakivka, Vodiane, and Pavlopil. Additionally, the enemy used infantry fighting vehicles to attack the villages of Taramchuk and Shyrokyne.

In the Luhansk sector, the enemy fired 82mm mortars on the villages of Katerynivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka, as well as rocket-propelled grenades on the village of Stanytsia Luhanska.

It should be recalled that militants launched 74 attacks on Monday, 9 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.

Runaway president Yanukovych dreams of returning to Ukraine to do “something good”

Fugitive ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych

Fugitive ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who is now residing in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don, claims he is dreaming of returning home to do “something good for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” according to the Russian news agency TASS, UNIAN reports.

“I’ve been living in Rostov. I have been renting a small house there. I meet with my family members and, of course, my associates. They have been facing challenges, too, and just like me, they dream of doing something good for Ukraine and its people. Of course, we all are dreaming of returning home and taking part in rebuilding Ukraine so that our children could live in a prosperous country,” TASS quoted Yanukovych, who was interviewed by a group of Russian and Ukrainian journalists on the third anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, as a result of which Yanukovych fled Ukraine.

At the same time, he said he had “no illusions or big ambitions.” “It is my duty to adopt a position of principle, I must use political methods to help stop the war in Ukraine and pave the way for rebuilding Donbas, my home region, where I was born and spent 50 years of my life,” he noted.

Yanukovych also said that Ukraine and Russia had huge prospects for restoring normal relations because the two countries shared centuries-long common history.
“Besides, this is what our peoples want, it is only logical from all points of view, particularly from the point of view of human relations. I would like Ukraine to have good relations with all its neighbors,” the former president said.

Ukraine State Security Service seized ‘black’ ledger of group working with Russia’s special services

Head of Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) Vasyl Hrytsak has said the ‘black ledger’ [of payments] and Russian flags were seized during a raid of a group working with the special services of the Russian Federation, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

During Tuesday’s joint briefing with Prosecutor General’s Office head Yuriy Lutsenko in Kyiv on Tuesday, Hrytsak showed photos taken during the raid.

“These are the first searches showing we are on the right track,” the SBU chief said.

According to Hrytsak, money, Russian flags, telephone information showing ties with Russian special services and other incriminating evidence were found.

“This demonstrates the amounts of money Russia’s special services are paying to organized so-called roundtable meetings and conferences in Dnipro, Odesa, Lviv, Kyiv and even in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, as well as attempts to lobby a draft law on the status of the Russian language in Ukraine,” he said.

Hrytsak added that the SBU together with the PGO will investigate the case and follow up leads.

Rivne International Airport to launch flights to Poland in cooperation with LOT Polish Airlines

The representatives of Rivne International Airport and LOT Polish Airlines have held talks on the possibility to launch flights to Poland, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

This is reported by Avianews.com referring to Rivne International Airport Deputy Director Mykhailo Chubai.

“Last Friday Rivne Airport Director Ihor Nasyniuk held talks with the representatives of LOT Polish Airlines on the possibility to launch flights from Rivne to Poland,” the report states.

As a result of negotiations, Rivne Airport will collect information about potential passenger flow to Poland based on the statistical data on the number of passengers carried by railway and motor transport and the number of tourists. On the basis of such data, the Polish air carrier will decide on the feasibility of new flights.

According to Chubai, Rivne Airport is looking for new airline companies to establish cooperation after Bravo Airways’ charter program ended.