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Ukraine News Today Mar. 27, 2017: Russia implementing “Transnistrian scenario” in Donbas – Ukraine’s presidential staff; Five Ukrainian officers killed in Mi-2 helicopter crash; Escalation in Donbas: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, three wounded on Monday

Ukraine News Today: Russia implementing "Transnistrian scenario" in Donbas – Ukraine’s presidential staff; Five Ukrainian officers killed in Mi-2 helicopter crash; Video shot from Mi-2 helicopter shortly before deadly crash released; Escalation in Donbas: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, three wounded on Monday
Ukraine News Today Mar. 27, 2017: Russia implementing "Transnistrian scenario" in Donbas – Ukraine’s presidential staff; Five Ukrainian officers killed in Mi-2 helicopter crash; Escalation in Donbas: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, three wounded on Monday

Russia implementing “Transnistrian scenario” in Donbas – Ukraine’s presidential staff

Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostyantyn Yeliseiev believes Russia is now implementing the so-called “Transnistrian scenario” in the occupied Donbas, at the same time not being interested in ending the hostilities, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“Moscow is actually implementing the so-called Transnistrian scenario. But unlike Transnistria, according to our forecasts, Russia is not interested in stopping military operations, shelling, provocation, and sabotage in Donbas,” Yeliseiev told Segodnia.

According to Yeliseiev, by escalating tension, Moscow is trying to destabilize political and economic situation in Ukraine, promoting the so-called “controlled instability,” to prevent Ukraine from creating a positive background for active and successful implementation of reforms.

“Russia needs a constant hotbed of instability, which it is now implementing in Donbas. We will do everything we can to coordinate and mobilize the global pro-Ukrainian coalition, to put pressure on Moscow to show political will to implement Minsk Agreements. And, of course, we continue to promote the process of Crimea de-occupation,” Yeliseiev said.

Five Ukrainian officers killed in Mi-2 helicopter crash in Donbas on March 26

The three crewmembers and two passengers who were killed in the crash of a Mil Mi-2 helicopter near the town of Malynivka not far from Kramatorsk on Sunday were Ukrainian Armed Forces officers, Defense Ministry official Andriy Lysenko said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“Three crewmembers and two passengers were killed. It has been determined that the helicopter crashed after hitting a power line. All five victims are Ukrainian Armed Forces officers,” Lysenko said in Kyiv on Monday.

The conclusions on the crash of the helicopter as a result of a collision with a power line were drawn by a commission that worked on the site: examining the helicopter debris and talking to eyewitnesses, he said.

According to earlier reports, a Ukrainian Mi-2 military helicopter crashed near the town of Malynivka not far from Kramatorsk on Sunday.

According to a tentative theory, the crash was caused by a collision with a power line.

Escalation in Donbas: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, three wounded on Monday

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another three were wounded in Donbas on Monday, March 27, according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“According to earlier reports, two servicemen of a mechanized brigade located near the village of Novoluhanske in Donetsk region were killed in a booby-trap blast while performing their duty,” the ATO HQ said in an earlier report on Monday. In total, there were 22 attacks by Russia’s hybrid military forces on Ukrainian positions in eastern Ukraine from 00:00 to 18:00 local time on March 27, it said in an evening update.

“Troops stationed near the villages of Troyitske and Luhanske in the Donetsk sector came under 120mm mortar and machine-gun fire, while 82mm mortars and grenade launchers were used to attack the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Pisky. An infantry fighting vehicle attacked Ukrainian strongholds near Luhanske, while snipers were active near Troyitske,” the update said. Ukrainian marines deployed near the village of Pavlopil in the Mariupol sector were under 82mm mortar fire. Large-caliber machine-guns were used to fire at Ukrainian troops near the villages of Vodiane, Novohryhorivka, and Hnutove. The Ukrainian army’s positions outside the village of Shyrokyne were under sniper fire, the ATO HQ said.

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As HQ reported earlier, three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight were wounded on Sunday, March 26.

Video shot from Mi-2 helicopter shortly before deadly crash released

TSN news service received an exclusive footage from the Mi-2 military helicopter, which crashed outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk in Donbas, reportedly after colliding with a power line.

The helicopter was transporting military personnel across the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation.

Five officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine died in the accident, including three crew members and two passengers.