Escalation in Donbas: 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 8 wounded amid 47 enemy attacks in last day
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 47 times in the past 24 hours with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action and eight as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
The worst situation was in the Donetsk sector. The enemy opened fire from tanks, 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns on the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka. Tanks, 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns were also used to shell the Ukrainian positions near Butivka coal mine. The defenders of the villages of Verkhniotoretske and Luhanske, who came under fire from 82mm mortars and heavy machine guns, were also attacked by infantry fighting vehicles. In addition, the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Kam’ianka, Zaitseve and Pisky were shelled with the use of anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Furthermore, the enemy fired grenade launchers on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Maiorsk and Novhorodske, as well as machine guns and small arms near the village of Troyitske.
In the Mariupol sector, the Russian occupation forces used 82mm mortars and grenade launchers to shell the defenders of the towns of Mar’inka and Krasnohorivka. The defenders of the villages of Shyrokyne and Vodiane came under fire from guns of infantry fighting vehicles and grenade launchers of various systems. The enemy fired anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian Marines’ positions near the villages of Pavlopil and Talakivka, as well as heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Novohryhorivka. Moreover, enemy snipers were active near the villages of Lebedynske and Vodiane.
In the Luhansk sector, the invaders used 82mm mortars and automatic grenade launchers near the village of Katerynivka. The defenders of the village of Novozvanivka came under fire from grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, while Ukrainian troops stationed in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska were attacked with the use of automatic grenade launchers.
Harsh weather causes blackouts in 318 towns and villages across Ukraine
Hundreds of towns all over Ukraine suffer the consequences of harsh weather with snowfalls, rains and unusually low temperatures in April,Joinfo.com reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
Most of these towns and villages (245) are in Odesa region, Ukraine’s State Emergency Service reports. As of Friday morning, some 300 localities in six regions remain blacked out – in Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson and Zaporizhya regions.
Ukraine is so far under heavy influence of the cyclone that came from Balkans and wreaked havoc in the country’s southern regions – Odesa, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Zaporizhya regions, as well as in southeastern Dnipropetrovsk region.
Heavy snowfalls partially blocked the road traffic for heavy vehicles at Kyiv-Odesa highway.
Eurovision 2017: Program of cultural events approved
The capital authorities have approved a program of cultural events for the period of holding of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 from April 30 to May 14, according to Ukrinform.
This has been reported by the press service of the Kyiv City State Administration.
“The capital authorities have approved the program of cultural events for the Eurovision period. Kyiv residents and guests will enjoy a variety of activities, workshops, festivals, exhibitions, etc.,” reads a statement.
Thus, from April 30 to May 14, the fan zone will be organized on Sofiivska Square, which can accommodate up to 10,000 visitors. The fan zone will be divided into cultural, art, information, recreation, entertainment zones and food courts.
The city guests will be able to get acquainted with unique Ukrainian culture, national music, contemporary music and theatre works on Troitska Square. There will be held the classical music concerts with the participation of the operetta theater orchestra, the performances of jazz musicians and folk groups. Everyone interested will be able to visit master classes, exhibitions, kids activities. Photo zones, tourist information center and food courts will also operate there.
Kontraktova Square will host the Feel Ukraine cultural and artistic project. The motifs of Ukrainian embroidery will be used in the decorations of all the stages and zones. Every day will be dedicated to a separate topic: jazz day, master classes day, Ukrainian literature day, fine art day, costume and jewelry day, and so on.
The Eurovision: Retrospective cultural and art project will be located on Poshtova Square. Karaoke festival will be held there for all guests. Everyone will be able to participate in the festival.
The Art Kyiv Fort 2017 fan zone will be open on the territory of the National Historical and Architectural Reserve “Kyiv Fortress”. The area will be equipped with temporary spherical tent structures that will be placed on the esplanade, imaging the Eurovision 2017 logo.
From May 4 to May 7, the guests of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be able to visit the Kyiv Art Week. The Toronto-Kyiv business center will be the main location of the festival in 2017, which will host the International Art Fair “Kyiv Art Fair”, the exhibition “Museum of Private Collections” and the special project of BIRUCHIY art residence.
From May 5 to May 14, the Lavra Kyiv Art Gallery will host the International Art Festival “Face of Art”.
In addition, Kyiv Light Fest 3D mapping show will be held as the international light and media art festival from May 12 to May 14 on Kontraktova and Poshtova squares, as well as in the park of Kyoto.