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Ukraine News Today Mar. 17, 2017: Russia handing over 12 prisoners from Crimea to Ukraine; Militants launch 77 attacks, 2 soldiers killed, 8 wounded in last day

Ukraine News Today: Russia handing over 12 prisoners from Crimea to Ukraine; Militants launch 77 attacks, 2 soldiers killed, 8 wounded in last day; Ukraine Security Service reports on Russia's new tactics to split Ukraine
Ukraine News Today Mar. 17, 2017: Russia handing over 12 prisoners from Crimea to Ukraine; Militants launch 77 attacks, 2 soldiers killed, 8 wounded in last day

Russia handing over 12 prisoners from Crimea to Ukraine

The Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation has handed over to Ukraine 12 prisoners serving sentences in penitentiary institutions in the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea of the Russian Federation, Mykhailo Chaplyha, representative of the Office of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, has said.

“The transfer of 12 POWs from Crimea has started,” Chaplyha wrote on his Facebook page on Friday afternoon.

Militants launch 77 attacks, 2 soldiers killed, 8 wounded in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 77 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action and eight as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“In the Mariupol sector, the enemy opened fire from grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles and 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Novotroyitske, as well as 122mm artillery systems and 120mm mortars near the village of Vodiane. The militants also used mortars near the towns of Krasnohorivka and Mar’inka, tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns and machine guns near the village of Hnutove, small arms and infantry fighting vehicles near the village of Shyrokyne,” the headquarters said. In the Donetsk sector, the occupiers shelled 122mm artillery systems and mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Troyitske. The defenders of the town of Avdiyivka and Butivka coal mine came under fire from mortars, 122mm artillery systems and tank shells.

“The Russian occupation forces fired 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Kam’ianka, as well as tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns and 82mm mortars near the villages of Zaitseve and Nevelske. Additionally, the enemy used infantry fighting vehicles near the village of Luhanske, and 82mm mortars near the village of Pisky,” the report says.

In the Luhansk sector, the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske came under fire from 120mm mortars. Furthermore, the invaders fired 82mm mortars near the village of Lobacheve, tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns and small arms near the village of Novozvanivka, as well as mortars and heavy machine guns near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka.

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Ukraine Security Service reports on Russia’s new tactics to split Ukraine

Russia is trying to use ethnic groups living in Ukraine to promote national autonomies, head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak said at a security conference in Kyiv March 17, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“The Russian side does not abandon the idea of Ukraine’s federalization and tries to use ethnic factors in the west and southwest of Ukraine to disseminate sentiments regarding autonomies,” Hrytsak said.

At the same time, Hrytsak assured that the SBU is making efforts to confront such type of aggression.