Home / World / Ukraine News Today Feb. 27, 2017: Militants launched 62 attacks, 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 2 injured in Donbas; Ukrainian MP Artemenko says U.S. could claim Crimea; MP Savchenko’s visit to Donbas ignores unified state policy – Mejlis Chairman

Ukraine News Today Feb. 27, 2017: Militants launched 62 attacks, 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 2 injured in Donbas; Ukrainian MP Artemenko says U.S. could claim Crimea; MP Savchenko’s visit to Donbas ignores unified state policy – Mejlis Chairman

Ukraine News Today: Militants launched 62 attacks, 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 2 injured in Donbas; Ukrainian MP Artemenko says U.S. could claim Crimea; MP Savchenko’s visit to Donbas ignores unified state policy – Mejlis Chairman
Ukraine News Today Feb. 27, 2017: Militants launched 62 attacks, 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 2 injured in Donbas; Ukrainian MP Artemenko says U.S. could claim Crimea; MP Savchenko’s visit to Donbas ignores unified state policy – Mejlis Chairman

Militants launched 62 attacks, 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 2 injured in Donbas

According to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, militants continue intensive shelling in the eastern Ukraine. Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, two more – injured, and two got a concussion on Sunday, Joinfo.com reports.

In the Luhansk sector, the main fighting was in the Popasna district. Militants carried out three mortar shelling between 10 and 17 hours and later used only small arms.  They also fired mortars in Lobacheve and Orikhove. A total of 8 enemy attacks occurred in the sector. Militants released 25 mortar shells on positions of the Ukrainian army, as said spokesman for the Defense Ministry of Ukraine for ATO Col. Andriy Lysenko at the daily briefing.

In the Donetsk sector, the epicenter of the fighting was on the the section of the front Kam’ianka – Avdiyivka – Butivka coal mine. The enemy concentrated tanks and mortars near the villages of Yakovlivka and Spartak, and actively uses them. Militant launched attacks before dawn, continued through the morning and intensified them considerably in the afternoon (after 15 hours).

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As a result, Avdiyivka town remains cut off from electricity and water for 4 days, and the heating is off too. Repair crews can’t work because of the militant shelling. Important facilities are provided by electricity via generators supplied by the State Emergency Service. Also, fighting is continuing on the Svitlodarsk arc, south of Horlivka, in the Donetsk airport. The enemy used heavy weapons there.

There were 23 militant attacks in the sector, including 12 mortar and tank attacks. Militants fired more than 200 mortar shells and 80 tank shells on Ukrainian army’s positions.

In the Mariupol sector, the situation deteriorated Mar’yinka. On Sunday evening, the invaders made two mortar attacks, and used armored vehicles too.

In the south part of the sector the situation remains unchanged. Militants carry out regular provocations and attacks with heavy weapons day and night. The biggest number of enemy attacks occurred in Pavlopoli and Vodiane. In total, there were 31 attacks in the sector, of which 5 times – with heavy weapons.

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 2 more were injured, 2 – got a concussion in the ATO area over the past 24 hours.

Ukrainian MP Artemenko says U.S. could claim Crimea

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Ukrainian MP Andriy Artemenko has claimed that the documents exist confirming the U.S. right to claim the Crimean peninsula, now occupied by the Russian Federation, according to UNIAN.

MP Artemenko, who earlier reportedly back-channeled a plan to settle Russia-Ukraine crisis by leasing Crimea to the Russian Federation, says that the territory of occupied peninsula was once stated as a loan security received by the Soviet Russia from the United States in 1920. The loan has not been repaid, Cenzor.net reported.

“In 1920, Russia received a $50 million loan from the U.S. government. The collateral for this loan was Crimea. According to the agreement, the peninsula should be handed over to the U.S. had the loan and the interest on not been paid. The deadline came in 1954. There was a project titled ‘New California.’ If that’s unclear to you, New California actually is Crimea. I am convinced that Crimea was ceded to Ukraine in order to preserve this territory under the Soviet jurisdiction. I am sure that Crimea was ceded to Ukraine in the status of an autonomous republic in order to avoid the payment on the loan,” Artemenko said.

According to him, this issue is not being raised at the moment: “This is an unresolved issue, this is the thing that can actually confirm that the territory belongs to the U.S., not Russia.”

MP Savchenko’s visit to Donbas ignores unified state policy – Mejlis Chairman

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction) Refat Chubarov has criticized the recent trip of parliament deputy Nadezhda Savchenko to occupied Donetsk, saying he is against attempts to fracture unified state policy into pieces, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

“It is wrong to break up the unified state policy into pieces, and this goes for parliament deputies, as well. I regard these kinds of initiatives very negatively,” Chubarov told journalists before the opening of the international conference, titled “Crimea under occupation: repercussions for Ukraine and the world,” which began in Kyiv on Saturday.

The Mejlis chairman said there were precedents in history when lawmakers during war were forbidden to enter into negotiations with representatives of the enemy without first coordinating their activities with state policy, even to solve humanitarian issues.