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Ukraine New Today Apr. 19, 2017: Snowfalls in Ukraine in mid-April: Stalled traffic, blackouts; Militants launch 35 attacks on Tuesday, 2 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; Eurovision main stage almost ready

Ukraine News Today: Snowfalls in Ukraine in mid-April: Stalled traffic, blackouts; Militants launch 35 attacks on Tuesday, 2 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; Eurovision main stage almost ready
Ukraine New Today Apr. 19, 2017: Snowfalls in Ukraine in mid-April: Stalled traffic, blackouts; Militants launch 35 attacks on Tuesday, 2 Ukrainian soldiers wounded; Eurovision main stage almost ready

Snowfalls in Ukraine in mid-April: Stalled traffic, blackouts

Ukraine has been hit by an Arctic cyclone which has caused considerable snowfalls in the east along with frosts and heavy winds, resulting in stalled traffic and blackouts across the country, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

Wet snow makes trees fall and tears power lines apart, cutting houses in villages and towns off the power grids. According to the State Emergency Situations Service, the electricity is off in 73 localities in Dnipropetrovsk region, 38 in Kharkiv region, 35 in Poltava region, four in Kherson region, one in Kirovograd and Zaporizhia regions each. Trucks’ entry into the city of Dnipro is restricted because of the bad weather; traffic along four highways in Dnipropetrovsk region is limited due to snowfalls and gusts of wind. What is more, traffic along some roads in Kharkiv region is stalled from time to time.

The weather forecast service says that such late frosts occur approximately once every decade, but it predicts a spell of warm weather already next week. Some schools in the east are closed, students in the southern city of Mykolaiv will enjoy their “vacations” from Thursday, April 20, the TV news service TSN reported. Low temperatures in the west of the country have made some municipalities switch on the central heating again.

Militants launch 35 attacks on Tuesday, 2 Ukrainian soldiers wounded

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 35 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 attacks was recorded in the Mariupol sector. Here, the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Krasnohorivka came under fire from 82mm mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. The enemy also used grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and infantry fighting vehicles to attack the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Vodiane and Hnutove. In addition, the Ukrainian Marines near Vodiane were attacked with the use of a Zu-23-2 anti-aircraft gun. Moreover, the occupiers fired grenade launchers on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Starohnativka, Talakivka, and Shyrokyne, as well as heavy machine guns near the villages of Chermalyk and Pavlopil. Enemy snipers were also active near the villages of Novotroyitske and Mykolaivka.

In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces used grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns to fire on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Kam’ianka and Zaitseve. What is more, the defenders of the villages of Pisky and Opytne came under fire from heavy machine guns.

In the Luhansk sector, the invaders opened fire from automatic grenade launchers, and 120mm and 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Katerynivka. Furthermore, the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske were attacked with the use of 82mm mortars, while the defenders of the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Syze came under fire from small arms.

Eurovision main stage almost ready

Technical director of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Ola Melzig announced this on Wednesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“As for the process of the stage construction, it is 95% ready. Currently, the rest of the elements are being finalized and installed,” Melzig said.

He stressed that the central part of the stage from the arch to the screen is mobile to help create a unique background for each contestant.

As explained by Eurovision 2017 show producer Christer Bjorkman, various elements of the stage will be used differently in each contestant’s performance.

“We will use the arch over the stage in the grand final opening as the embodiment of the Dnieper River and its banks. We will also see a bead from our logo, which will move along the Dnieper River. The arch will also be used as a flower wreath in another performance. We have many ideas, how to use the stage in various elements,” Bjorkman said.