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Ukraine News Today Mar. 22, 2017: Eurovision 2017: Russia’s participant Samoilova banned from entering Ukraine; Militants launched 76 attacks, 1 soldier wounded in last day; Ukrainian Parliament calls on U.S. to conclude defense agreement, grant basic ally status beyond NATO

Ukraine News Today: Eurovision 2017: Russia's participant Samoilova banned from entering Ukraine; Militants launched 76 attacks, 1 soldier wounded in last day; Ukrainian Parliament calls on U.S. to conclude defense agreement, grant basic ally status beyond NATO
Ukraine News Today Mar. 22, 2017: Eurovision 2017: Russia's participant Samoilova banned from entering Ukraine; Militants launched 76 attacks, 1 soldier wounded in last day; Ukrainian Parliament calls on U.S. to conclude defense agreement, grant basic ally status beyond NATO

Eurovision 2017: Russia’s participant Samoilova banned from entering Ukraine

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has banned Eurovision 2017 participant from Russia Yulia Samoilova from entering Ukraine, Joinfo.com
“The Security Service of Ukraine has put Russian citizen Yulia Samoilova on Ukraine’s stop list for a period of three years,” SBU press secretary Olena Hitlyanska wrote on Facebook.

The decision was made on the basis of information that she had violated the legislation of Ukraine.

It should be recalled that the SBU said they would take a weighted decision as for allowing Samoilova’s entry into Ukraine. Possible restrictions may arise over the Russian participant’s visit to the occupied Crimea in June 2015 where she took part in a show.

The official Kyiv considers such visits without permission of the Ukrainian immigration authorities as an explicit violation of Ukrainian legislation. In turn, Deputy Minister of Ukraine’s Information Policy Dmytro Zolotukhin suggested that Russia’s Eurovision entry is in fact part of an intricate smear campaign against Ukraine.

Militants launched 76 attacks, 1 soldier wounded in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 76 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier reported 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 Donetsk sector, the enemy was most active near the town of Avdiyivka, Butivka coal mine and the villages of Luhanske and Zaitseve. In the last day, the militants almost did not stop shelling from 120mm and 82mm mortars, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers, the ATO HQ said. The defenders of Avdiyivka and Butivka coal mine came under fire from tanks while the Ukrainian positions near Zaitseve were attacked with the use of artillery systems.

In the Luhansk sector, the situation was most tense near the town of Zolote, and the villages of Novozvanivka and Krymske, where the occupiers shelled Ukrainian defenders from grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. In the evening, the militants also used banned 120mm mortars.

In the Mariupol sector, the Russian occupation forces actively opened fire from banned weapons. The Ukrainian positions near the villages of Shyrokyne and Lebedynske, and the town of Krasnohorivka came under fire from 120mm mortars, machine guns and grenade launchers of various systems. The invaders also used proscribed 122mm artillery systems to shell the defenders of the village of Novotroyitske, while a tank attacked Ukrainian troops deployed in the town of Mar’inka. In some cases, the ATO forces fired back to deter enemy attacks.

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Ukrainian Parliament calls on U.S. to conclude defense agreement, grant basic ally status beyond NATO

The Verkhovna Rada has appealed to the U.S. Congress regarding security guarantees for Ukraine, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

Some 232 people’s deputies supported the corresponding resolution on the appeal to the Congress at the plenary session of the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reports.

“In accordance with the spirit and language of the Budapest Memorandum, as well as the development of a strategic partnership between our states, we ask the U.S. to consider the issue of concluding a defense agreement with Ukraine and granting Ukraine a status of a major ally beyond NATO,” the resolution says.

Ukraine seeks to deepen its security partnership with the U.S., the appeal said, adding that principal non-NATO ally status had been granted both to non-warring nations, such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and to countries in a state of war, such as South Korea, Afghanistan and Israel.

“The granting of principal non-NATO ally status to Ukraine and the conclusion of a bilateral defense agreement between Ukraine and the U.S. would be of paramount importance for terminating Russian aggression against Ukraine, deterring the aggressor, and averting a major war in Europe,” the appeal said.