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Ukraine News Today Apr. 5, 2017: Escalation in Donbas: 54 attacks on Ukraine, 5 soldiers wounded; Ukraine with NATO’s support to create cyber security centre; Canada intends to greenlights arms exports to Ukraine

Ukraine News Today: 54 attacks on Ukraine, 5 soldiers wounded; Ukraine with NATO's support to create cyber security centre; Canada intends to greenlights arms exports to Ukraine
Ukraine News Today Apr. 5, 2017: Escalation in Donbas: 54 attacks on Ukraine, 5 soldiers wounded; Ukraine with NATO's support to create cyber security centre; Canada intends to greenlights arms exports to Ukraine

Canada intends to greenlight arms exports to Ukraine

The opening of the arms market will become the next step in the defense cooperation between Canada and Ukraine, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

This was announced by Canadian National Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan.

“The Canada-Ukraine relations are unique. The signing of the defense agreement will allow us to have much more detailed and substantive discussions on various topics. Therefore, the next step will be to include Ukraine in the Automatic Firearms Country Control List,” Sajjan said.

However, the Canadian National Defense Minister did not mention when Ukraine would be able to buy Canadian weapons.

“We always try to move forward as quickly as possible. We have worked closely to agree on the defense agreement and will continue to cooperate,” minister Sajjan said.

He added that the signing of the defense agreement was “a very important step before getting to the Automatic Control List.”

The Automatic Firearms Country Control List defines the countries, which Canada allows its domestic producers to supply weapons to. Currently, there are 35 countries on the list, including Botswana, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Colombia. Ukraine is not on the list yet.

Escalation in Donbas: 54 attacks on Ukraine, 5 soldiers wounded in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 54 times in the past 24 hours, with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

The areas near the Ukrainian-held strategic port city of Mariupol were the hottest spots on Tuesday. Here, the enemy fired 82mm mortars on the defenders of the town of Krasnohorivka and the village of Shyrokyne, while grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns were used to shell the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Pavlopil and Vodiane. The Ukrainian positions near the town of Mar’inka came under fire from grenade launchers. The enemy also fired machine guns toward the Ukrainian Marines in the village of Hnutove. Additionally, the Ukrainian Marines’ positions near Vodiane and Shyrokyne were attacked by infantry fighting vehicles. A sniper was also active near the village of Novotroyitske.

In addition, a skirmish with an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group occurred near Maryinka on Tuesday. It happened when group members attempted to approach Ukrainian positions. Ukrainian troops spotted the enemy lurking around. Taking into account the direct threat to the life and health of his subordinates, a Ukrainian brigade commander decided to use weapons, after which the enemy retreated. In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces used 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms against the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka. They also fired grenade launchers on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Luhanske, Opytne, Pisky, and Nevelske. Heavy machine guns were used to attack Ukrainian soldiers stationed near the villages of Kam’ianka, Opytne, Verkhniotoretske and Pisky, and Butivka coal mine. Furthermore, enemy snipers were working near the villages of Opytne and Troyitske.

The fewest number of attacks was recorded in the Luhansk sector. Here, the enemy fired anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Krymske, while small arms were used to shell the Ukrainian positions near the village of Lobacheve.

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Ukraine with NATO’s support prepares creation of cyber security centre

Ukraine, within the framework of countering modern cyber threats, is preparing a single national cyber security centre, which will be created with the assistance of NATO based on the experience of Turkey, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

State-owned firm Ukrinmash, which is part of Ukroboronprom, is the coordinator of the project, which will be implemented with the participation of the National Technical University of Ukraine (NTU) Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI), the press service of the state concern Ukroboronprom said on Wednesday.

Turkish Havelsan was involved as a consultant to the project, which in Kyiv on Tuesday hosted a presentation of a similar cyber centre in its country, as well as a team of DCUA ‘white’ hackers from the KPI, recognized as the best in the cyber security in the version of CTF (Capture the flag) in 2016. Assistance and advisory assistance to the project will also be provided by NATO, a message says.

According to the press service, the National Security and Defense Council, the Ministry of Defense, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Communications Committee, the Department of Cyber Police of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cyber Security Academy, the CERT Cys Computer Emergency Response Center, and Ukroboronprom were invited to discuss the project implementation plan.

As reported, in March 2016, by the decree of the president of Ukraine, the Strategy for Cyber Security of the state was approved. In June of the same year, the president signed a decree on the establishment of the National Coordinating Centre for Cyber Security at the National Security and Defense Council. The center is entrusted with a wide range of tasks to counter potential and real threats in the field of cyber security of the state, taking into account international experience in this field.

In the fall of 2016, the state company Ukrinmash, a part of Ukroboronprom, and Turkish Havelsan Hava Elektronik Sanayi, signed an agreement on the joint development of radio technical reconnaissance (RTR).