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Ukraine News Today Mar. 24, 2017: Militants launch 94 attacks in last day, 1 Ukrainian soldier killed, 3 wounded; Ukrainian media disclose name of ex-State Duma deputy Voronenkov’s assassin; Military engineers demining Balakliia town area after explosions

Ukraine News Today: Militants launch 94 attacks in last day, 1 Ukrainian soldier killed, 3 wounded; Ukrainian media disclose name of ex-State Duma deputy Voronenkov's assassin; Military engineers demining Balakliia town area after explosions
Ukraine News Today Mar. 24, 2017: Militants launch 94 attacks in last day, 1 Ukrainian soldier killed, 3 wounded; Ukrainian media disclose name of ex-State Duma deputy Voronenkov's assassin; Military engineers demining Balakliia town area after explosions

Militants launch 94 attacks in last day, 1 Ukrainian soldier killed, 3 wounded

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 94 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier killed and 3 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, Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka and Butivka coal mine were attacked most, the enemy used heavy machine guns, grenade launchers of various systems, and 82mm and 120mm mortars. Ukrainian troops in the village of Zaitseve came under 122mm artillery fire. Additionally, a sniper was active near the village of Novhorodske.

The village of Shyrokyne remains the epicenter of hostilities in the Mariupol sector. The Ukrainian Marines’ positions came under fire from grenade launchers, an anti-aircraft gun, 120mm mortars, tank guns and Grad MLR systems. The occupiers also opened fire from a tank, and 120mm and 82mm mortars on the defenders of the town of Mar’inka. Furthermore, the Russian occupation forces shelled 120mm mortars and 122mm artillery systems near the town of Krasnohorivka, while heavy machine guns and grenade launchers were used near the villages of Vodiane and Novotroyitske.

In the Luhansk sector, the invaders fired 120mm mortars and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novozvanivka, as well as grenade launchers of various systems and machine guns on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Popasna, and the villages of Krymske and Novotoshkivske. The ATO forces repeatedly fired back to deter enemy attacks.

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Military engineers demining Balakliia town area after explosions

Experts of Ukraine’s Armed Forces are demining the territory surrounding the armament depot near Balakliia, Kharkiv region, the Defense Ministry’s press service reports.

“This morning, an air reconnaissance of the territory was conducted to detect places were fire triggered. Also, an engineering reconnaissance was carried out,” reads a report.

According to the ministry, the forces of engineering and demining units of Ukraine’s Armed Forces arrived at the scene. They’ve begun demining the area surrounding the depot, and are getting ready to start demining the territory of the warehouse.

It should be recalled that on March 23, at 2.45 a.m., a massive fire broke out at some sites of ammunition storage depots, located near the city of Balakliia, Kharkiv region, which triggered expositions.

Ukrainian media disclose name of ex-State Duma deputy Voronenkov’s assassin

Denis Voronenkov

The online publication Obozrevatel said with reference to sources that it was Pavlo Parshov, 28, who killed former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov in Kyiv on Thursday, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

Interfax-Ukraine has yet to receive a confirmation of this report from official sources.

Parshov is listed on the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s website as a person wanted in the Dnipro region on the counts of fictitious entrepreneurship and money laundering (Ukrainian Criminal Code Articles 205 and 209).

Voronenkov was killed in the center of Kyiv on March 23. His killer was wounded by the former deputy’s bodyguard and died at a hospital.

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada deputy and Interior Minister’s advisor Anton Gerashchenko (People’s Front) said that the killer was an agent of Russian security services embedded in Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.

“He was killed by a Russian security services agent embedded in Ukrainian law enforcement agencies; he was serving for them and received the order to eliminate Russia’s enemy – Denis Voronenkov,” Gerashchenko said in the political talk show ‘Right to Power’ aired by the 1+1 channel.

The investigators probing Voronenkov’s murder made significant progress on Thursday, Gerashchenko said. “The killer’s name and biography are already known. We can definitely say that Voronenkov was killed by an agent of Russian security services, a citizen of Ukraine,” he said.

Gerashchenko said he was not authorized to say more about the killer. “I think the prosecutor general and the Security Service chief will give an official press conference soon, and they will give you more details. It would be unethical of me to speak first,” Gerashchenko said.

As to why the killer had the ID of a Ukrainian National Guard serviceman and a Donbas combatant on him, Gerashchenko suggested he was carrying that ID so that he could produce it if stopped by a police patrol and say, “I am a normal person.”