Fighting “non-stop”: Defence Ministry on escalation in Donbas
On Sunday, hostilities near the town of Avdiyivka lasted more than 10 hours, and on the eastern outskirts of Mariupol – around-the-clock, speaker for the ATO at Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Andriy Lysenko told a briefing, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
According to him, in the Luhansk sector, the enemy in the last day continued with their armed provocations against the ATO forces. In total, there were seven enemy attacks there, he said.
“In the Donetsk sector, the situation remains most tense in the town of Avdiyivka and its vicinity. Over the past day, a number of militant mortar attacks were recorded there. The enemy opened fire from a tank once, and after the sunset, the occupiers launched a quarter of Grad MLR ammunition set on our fortified positions in the industrial zone. In total, the fighting in Avdiyivka and its outskirts lasted more than 10 hours yesterday,” Lysenko said. In addition to the difficult situation in Avdiyivka, the situation also exacerbated at the Svitlodarska Duha bulge, he stressed.
According to the Defense Ministry, the situation in the Mariupol sector also remains tense. Yesterday at dawn, the occupiers used tanks and mortars firing in the town of Mar’inka. In total, there were 37 enemy attacks in the Mariupol sector yesterday, including seven – from heavy weapons.
It should be recalled that two Ukrainian soldiers were killed by militants in Mariupol sector on Sunday while the Russia-backed separatists used Grads.
EU prolongs Russia sanctions over actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity for another 6 months
On March 13, 2017, the EU Council prolonged the restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months, until September 15, 2017. The measures consist of asset freezes and travel bans, the European Council said in a press release, Joinfo.com reports.
The assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime. The list was reviewed and the Council removed two deceased persons from the list of persons and entities subject to these restrictive measures, which now apply to 150 persons and 37 entities. Identifying information and statement of reasons for listing related to these persons and entities were updated as necessary.
The legal acts are available in the EU Official Journal of 14 March 2017. They were adopted by written procedure.
These restrictive measures were introduced in March 2014 and were last extended in September 2016. Several EU measures are in place in response to the crisis in Ukraine, also including:
– economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy, currently in place until 31 July 2017;
– restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, currently in place until 23 June 2017.
Wizz Air to launch four new flights from Ukraine in summer
One of the largest European low-cost airlines – Hungary’s Wizz Air – has announced the launch of four new flights from Kyiv and Lviv airports, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
The press service of the company reported that from June 18, Wizz will start flying from Lviv airport to the capital of Germany, Berlin (Schonefeld) and from August the airline will launch three new flights from Kyiv to Poznan, Lublin (Poland) and Frankfurt-Hahn in Germany.
“Passengers who are planning to visit these countries can book the ticket on the website at the price starting from UAH 579/EUR 19.99,” reads the report.
The second plane Airbus A320 will be shipped to the Kyiv base. The plane will help to service flights to 19 destinations in eight countries from Kyiv, taking into account Nurnberg and Copenhagen, the flights that would be available this summer.