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Ukraine News Today Apr. 20, 2017: Bellingcat confirms Russia uses T-90A tanks in eastern Ukraine; Ukrainian President says real war, not frozen conflict in Donbas; China to carry out dredging works at Yuzhny sea port

Ukraine News Today: Bellingcat confirms Russia uses T-90A tanks in eastern Ukraine; Ukrainian President says real war, not frozen conflict in Donbas; China Harbour Engineering wins tender to carry out dredging works at Yuzhny sea port
Ukraine News Today Apr. 20, 2017: Bellingcat confirms Russia uses T-90A tanks in eastern Ukraine; Ukrainian President says real war, not frozen conflict in Donbas; China to carry out dredging works at Yuzhny sea port

Ukrainian President: Real war, not frozen conflict in Donbas

“Someone is trying to call it a frozen conflict. I emphasize: It is not frozen. It is hot Russian aggression against my country,” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Sky News, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

Since the beginning of 2017, Ukraine has lost 69 servicemen and over 420 have been wounded, he said “Is it a frozen conflict? It is a true hot war. It is real aggression,” the president said. According to him, there are over 700 Russian tanks, over 1,250 artillery systems and over 300 multiple rocket launchers in the occupied Ukrainian territory. Poroshenko noted that pressure on Russia must be maintained to stop killings of Ukrainians.

The president once again stressed the importance of global solidarity with Ukraine. “Sanctions is the only mechanism to keep Putin at the table of negotiations. Putin pays a high price due to the sanctions,” he said. The Ukrainian president thanked the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and Australia for the support of Ukraine. According to Poroshenko, Russia wages a “hybrid war” against other countries that includes the elements of cyber attacks, funding of populists and anti-government movements aimed to destabilize the internal situation. “Russia doesn’t want a strong and united Europe. Russia doesn’t want a strong and united Great Britain. It wants dissociation and provocation of conflicts. I am glad that these plans of Russia are not too efficient,” Poroshenko added.

Bellingcat: Russia uses T-90A tanks in eastern Ukraine

Russia has been using T-90A tanks, nearly the most powerful armored vehicles in its arsenal of the ground forces, in the armed hostilities in eastern Ukraine. First versions of the Russian T-90 were produced in 1992, but have not however been exported to Ukraine, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

According to the report, T-90 family tank sightings in eastern Ukraine started to appear in the summer of 2014. Until 2016, there was only limited visual evidence supporting the claims.

One piece of visual evidence has surfaced in the form of a YouTube video, reported to have been filmed on August 25th, 2014.  That would place the video’s filming date towards the end of Battle of Ilovaisk, meaning a phase of active hostilities between the forces.

The existence of the video was first reported by Ukrainian conflict researcher Askai707, who tweeted about it on 21.11.2016. At the same time, he posted a geolocation of the video, documenting the presence of T-90A tanks in the conflict zone. The video was filmed near a railroad crossing south-east of Lyse, a small Ukrainian locality in Luhansk region.

“In summary, the sightings and analysis compiled by Askai707 and InformNapalm during the war in Ukraine clearly documents the presence of T-90A tanks, likely from the 136th Motorized Infantry Brigade, in eastern Ukraine during the summer of 2014. At least three tanks of this type operated in the area. The T-90A is one of several examples of military equipment that appears to have been moved from Russia to the conflict zone in Ukraine to assist in the fight against Ukrainian government’s forces, in addition to the earlier reports of T-72B3s, as well as TOS-1 multiple launch rocket systems in the Donbas,” reads the report.

China Harbour Engineering wins tender to carry out dredging works at Yuzhny port

China Harbour Engineering company Ltd. has won an open tender to implement the first stage of the project to reconstruct the marine approach canal and internal water approach canals to deep-water berths of Yuzhny maritime merchandise port (Odesa region), offering the service for UAH 1.065 billion with the expected price of UAH 1.197 billion.

According to the tender results announced on Thursday, the initial price of the company was the smallest (the closest rival Novadeal, the subsidiary of Belgium’s DEME Group it was UAH 1.179 billion). The price did not change during the tender.

Boskalis International B.V. (the Netherlands) took part in the tender. The company cut the price from UAH 1.197 billion to UAH 1.178 billion. The final offer of Jan De Nul N.V. (the subsidiary of Belgium’s DEME Group) was UAH 1.113 billion. Van Oord Ukraine (representative office of Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors B.V., the Netherlands) had the final offer of UAH 1.179 billion. Novadeal did not change its offer during the tender.

As reported, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on April 19 approved a project on reconstruction of water approach canals and operation zones near berths, taking into account the promising cargo turnover at Yuzhny maritime merchandise port. The total estimated cost of the project in the prices as of October 27, 2016 is UAH 4.183 billion. It will take three years and two months to finish the project. The project would have four stages.