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Ukraine News Today Mar. 10, 2017: Donbas blockade activists demand closing Russia’s Sberbank offices in Ukraine; OSCE mission reports deterioration of security situation in Donbas; Militants launched 80 attacks on Ukrainian troops, 5 soldiers wounded

Ukraine News Today: Donbas blockade activists demand closing Russia’s Sberbank offices in Ukraine; OSCE mission reports deterioration of security situation in Donbas; Militants launched 80 attacks on Ukrainian troops, 5 soldiers wounded
Ukraine News Today Mar. 10, 2017: Donbas blockade activists demand closing Russia’s Sberbank offices in Ukraine; OSCE mission reports deterioration of security situation in Donbas; Militants launched 80 attacks on Ukrainian troops, 5 soldiers wounded

Donbas blockade HQ gives two weeks to close Russia’s Sberbank in Ukraine

If not, they threaten to “close it themselves”

The headquarters Donbas blockade delivered an ultimatum to the Cabinet of Ministers to close all the offices of Russia’s Sberbank in Ukraine because of the decision to accept passports of “DPR” and “LPR”. This was reported by the leader of the Donbas blockade Anatoliy Vynohrodskyy during the press-conference, Joinfo.com reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“We are giving two weeks to the investors of Russian Sberbank to withdraw funds. In two weeks, if the government is not able to close the company, we will close it ourselves, including all departments that exist in Ukraine,” Vynohrodskyy said.

The blockade participants addressed to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, to the Internal Minister and the Prosecutor General with the demand to see that “this bank’s money don’t flow to the aggressor-country”.

At the same time Vynohrodskyy refused to specify how they intend to close the offices of the bank.

“We do not talk about the measures we will conduct. There is a statement of the Oshchadbank that they will serve the clients with “DPR” and “LPR” passports, that’s enough for us,” he said.

Earlier it was reported that Groysman expects prompt reaction on Sberbank accepting “DPR”, “LPR” passports. Prime Minister of Ukraine is outraged by the fact that financial institutions are involved in such “dirty stories”.

OSCE mission reports deterioration of security situation in Donbas

The number of instances of the use of heavy weapons in Donbas went up 230% over a period of one week, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug said, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

The security situation deteriorated last week and the number of situations involving the use of heavy weapons, specifically, tanks, mortars, and artillery, including multiple rocket launchers, went up 230%, Hug said at a news briefing in Kyiv on Friday.

The 400 instances of the use of multiple rocket launchers cause the SMM’s special concerns, Hug said.

Militants launched 80 attacks on Ukrainian troops, 5 soldiers wounded over past day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 80 times in the past 24 hours with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“The Russian occupation troops continued to attack our positions, using heavy weapons. The towns of Krasnohorivka and Mar’inka, and the villages of Novotroyitske, Vodiane, Pavlopil, and Bohdanivka in the Mariupol sector came under mortar fire. Grenade launchers and small arms were used to shell Mar’inka, and the villages of Lebedynske, Starohnativka, Taramchuk, Novohryhorivka, Shyrokyne, Chermalyk, Vodiane, and Hnutove. Additionally, a sniper was active in the village of Talakivka,” the report says.

The town of Popasna, and the villages of Krymske and Novo-Oleksandrivka in the Luhansk sector also came under mortar fire, while grenade launchers and small arms were used to attack the villages of Novozvanivka, Novo-Oleksandrivka and Stanytsia Luhanska.

“In the Donetsk sector, the invaders opened fire from mortars of various calibers on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Nevelske, Maiorsk, Dacha, and Luhanske. They also fired grenade launchers and small arms on Avdiyivka, and the villages of Opytne, Kamianka, Luhanske, Pisky, Nevelske, Zaitseve, and Troyitske. Moreover, enemy snipers were working in Avdiyivka and Zaitseve. Furthermore, Troyitske was attacked with the use of anti-aircraft guns,” the ATO headquarters said.