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Ukraine News Today Apr. 10, 2017: Central bank chief Gontareva announces resignation; Militants launch 44 attacks, 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; Passenger ferry launched between Odesa and Istanbul

Ukraine News Today: Central bank chief Gontareva announces resignation; Militants launch 44 attacks, 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; Passenger ferry launched between Odesa and Istanbul
Ukraine News Today Apr. 10, 2017: Central bank chief Gontareva announces resignation; Militants launch 44 attacks, 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; Passenger ferry launched between Odesa and Istanbul

Central bank chief Gontareva announces resignation

The Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Valeria Gontareva, has officially announced her resignation, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

The announcement was made during a Monday press conference in Kyiv. As UNIAN reported, head of the NBU in early March confirmed rumors of her possible resignation, promising to officially warn the public a month prior to the actual date she intended to quit office.

The Verkhovna Rada on June 19, 2014, supported the proposal of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the dismissal of Stepan Kubiv from the post of the NBU Governor and appoint to this position Valeria Gontareva.

According to the Constitution, the head of the NBU is appointed for a period of seven years by the Verkhovna Rada on the proposal of the President of Ukraine.

Militants launch 44 attacks, 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 44 times in the past 24 hours with two 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 largest number of violations was recorded in the Mariupol sector.

“Here, near the village of Novotroyitske, the enemy opened fire from 120mm mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers and infantry fighting vehicles on our defenders.”

The Ukrainian soldiers in the villages of Vodiane and Lebedynske, and the town of Krasnohorivka came under fire from grenade launchers various systems and heavy machine guns,” the report says. The militants also fired grenade launchers on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Hnutove and Novohnativka, as well as heavy machine guns in the vicinity of the villages of Pavlopil and Novomykhailivka.

“The enemy used infantry fighting vehicles and small arms against the Ukrainian defenders of the village of Shyrokyne. Infantry fighting vehicles opened fire near the village of Novohryhorivka, while small arms were fired at the defenders of the villages of Talakivka and Chermalyk,” the headquarters said.

In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces fired anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka and Butivka coal mine, as well as anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms on the defenders of the villages of Verkhniotoretske and Zaitseve. Additionally, enemy snipers were active near the village of Pisky. On the Luhansk line, the invaders fired 82mm mortar shells, launched grenades and fired heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian strong points near the village of Novozvanivka.

“The defenders of the villages of Troyitske, Krymske and Stanytsia Luhanska were attacked with grenade launchers of various types and heavy machine guns. Moreover, the defenders of the village of Novotoshkivske came under fire from heavy machine guns,” the ATO headquarters said.

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It should be recalled that yesterday the ATO HQ reported that militants intensified shelling to 59 times on Saturday.

Passenger ferry launched between Odesa and Istanbul

Direct passenger ferries have been launched between Odesa and Istanbul, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Andriy Sybiha has reported, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“Turkey and Ukraine are becoming closer: today direct passenger ferries were launched between Haydarpasa terminal [Istanbul] and Odesa. The occupancy is 90%,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

Haydarpasa terminal is a railway station on the Asian part of Istanbul. It was built in 1906-1908 as the initial point of the Istanbul- Baghdad railway. The station services Asian suburbs of Istanbul and the entire eastern part of Turkey up to the borders with Armenia, Iran and Syria.