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Ukraine News Today Mar. 19, 2017: Five soldiers wounded in Donbas in past day; Separatist leaders prepare plans to integrate into Russia

Ukraine News Today: Five soldiers wounded in Donbas in past day; Separatist leaders prepare plans to integrate into Russia
Ukraine News Today Mar. 19, 2017: Five soldiers wounded in Donbas in past day; Separatist leaders prepare plans to integrate into Russia

Five soldiers wounded in Donbas in past day

Ukraine’s defense ministry reports five soldiers wounded in past day Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has reported that five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action in the past day, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“No Ukrainian soldiers have been killed, but there were five wounded in action,” Defense Ministry spokesperson for Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) issues Oleksandr Motuzianyk said at briefing in Kyiv on Sunday, March 19. There were 85 attacks on Ukrainian positions in the ATO zone on Saturday, March 18, the press center of the ATO headquarters reported on Facebook. In particular, the village of Luhanske and the town of Avdiyivka in the Donetsk sector came under 82mm and 120mm mortar fire. Russia’s hybrid military forces also used grenade launchers of various system. They opened fire from large-caliber machine guns on Ukrainian troops near the villages of Nevelske and Pisky. What is more, grenade launchers and 82mm mortars were used to attack Ukrainian positions near the villages of Opytne, Troyitske, Zaitseve, and Kam’ianka.

“The enemy twice used 122mm artillery to shell our positions near the villages of Vodiane and Pavlopil in the Mariupol sector. The village of Shyrokyne came under 120mm mortar fire, while 82mm mortars, small arms and grenade launchers were used to fire on the town of Mar’inka and the village of Hnutove,” it said. The number of ceasefire violations in the Luhansk sector increased over the period under review. The occupiers used grenade launchers of various systems, 82mm and 120mm, mortars and tanks to attack the village of Krymske. Late in the evening, they added 152mm artillery systems.

“Strongholds near the village of Troitske came under 120mm mortar fire several times, while anti-tank weapons were used to fire on troops stationed near the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Triokhizbenka, and the town of Popasna. Grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns were fired on the village of Stanytsia Luhanska,” it said.

In annexed Crimea, militants create structure for integration of separatist republics into Russia

Leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic said that they have nothing to do with Ukraine, and Russia is their leading partner, Joinfo.com reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
In the annexed Crimea, the leaders of the so-called DPR and LPR Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky presented a structure that will deal with “integration of Donbas into the Russian Federation.”

The first meeting of the “committee” was attended by the leaders of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko who came to Crimea to celebrate the third anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula by Russian Federation.

During the meeting, coordinator of the “committee” – deputy head of Russian community of Crimea Andrei Kozenko – said that he had prepared a bill to abolish work permissions for “citizens” of DPR and LPR in Russia.

Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky said that they have nothing to do with Ukraine, and the leading partner for the so-called “republics” is the Russian Federation, in which they hope to enter.