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Ukraine News Today Apr. 9, 2017: Militants increase shelling in Donbas, 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; President signs annual Ukraine-NATO cooperation program

Ukraine News Today: Militants increase shelling in Donbas, 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; President signs annual Ukraine-NATO cooperation program
Ukraine News Today Apr. 9, 2017: Militants increase shelling in Donbas, 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; President signs annual Ukraine-NATO cooperation program

Escalation in Donbas: 4 Ukrainian wounded amid 59 attacks in past 24 hours

Militants intensified shelling to 59 times over the past day, targeting positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters (ATO) reports.

The village of Primorske in the Mariupol sector was the epicenter of hostilities. The enemy mortared Ukrainian marines stationed in Shyrokyne with 120mm and 82mm shells, also using large-caliber machine guns. In Vodiane, 82mm shells landed from mortars and automatic grenade launchers. 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns were fired at the defenders of Mar’inka.

“The enemy opened fire from grenade launchers of various types and large-caliber machine guns on strong points near Krasnohorivka, Hnutove and Pavlopil. IFV and anti-tank grenade launchers were fired at defenders of Novohryhoryivka. Positions near Novotroitske were fired on from machine guns and small arms. In the vicinity of Berezove, the enemy used large-caliber machine guns against our troops,” the press center reported. In the Donetsk sector of ATO, the enemy opened fire from APCs, 120mm and 82mm mortars at the defenders of Verkhnetoretske. 120 mm mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and IFV-installed arms fired at Ukrainian strongpoints in the area of Pisky.

“82-caliber mortars, grenade launchers of various types, and machine guns of large calibers were used against the defenders of Avdiyivka and Troitske. Grenade launchers and machine guns were fired at the defenders of Kam’ianka and Butivka coal mine. The enemy also fired large-caliber machine guns at the defenders of Opytne,” reads the report. Anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms were fired at Ukrainian troops near the villages of Novhorodske and Luhanske. Near Pisky, Zaitseve and Troitske, the enemy snipers were active.

In the Luhansk sector, the enemy fired automatic grenade launchers on Ukrainian positions near Novo-Oleksandrivka, as well as small arms – on strong points near Donets.

It should be recalled that militants 43 times launched shelling on Ukrainian positions on Friday. Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.

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President Poroshenko signs annual Ukraine-NATO cooperation program

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday signed a decree on approving the annual national program for 2017 under the auspices of Ukraine-NATO Commission, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

The program for 2017 has been significantly updated and improved, now including measures to implement reform in the areas ranging from security and defense to the key social, political and legal sectors, decentralization and fighting corruption.

The purpose of changes is bringing Ukraine closer to NATO standards. The Program envisages further development of political dialogue between Ukraine and NATO and building a comprehensive practical cooperation with the Alliance with the assistance of financial, logistical, expert and other capabilities of NATO and its Member States, aimed at strengthening Ukraine’s defenses to stand strong against the ongoing Russian aggression.

The program also aims to implement the decisions taken at the meeting of the Ukraine–NATO Commission in Warsaw July 9, 2016.

In particular, it is about strengthening support for Ukraine by implementing a Comprehensive Assistance Package, including projects under the relevant NATO trust funds.

Coordination of implementation of the Annual National Program entrusted to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.