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Ukraine News Today Apr. 27, 2017: One Ukrainian soldier killed, six wounded amid 47 enemy attacks; Ukraine to get visa-free regime on June 11; Number of hostages in occupied Donbas grows to 127

Ukraine News Today: One Ukrainian soldier killed, six wounded amid 47 enemy attacks; Ukraine to get visa-free regime on June 11; Number of hostages in occupied Donbas grows to 127
Ukraine News Today Apr. 27, 2017: One Ukrainian soldier killed, six wounded amid 47 enemy attacks; Ukraine to get visa-free regime on June 11; Number of hostages in occupied Donbas grows to 127

One Ukrainian soldier killed, six 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 one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action and six as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

In the Mariupol sector, the enemy opened fire from 120mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Shyrokyne. The Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Vodiane came under fire from 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns. The militants also used 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Berezove. The defenders of the town of Mar’inka were attacked with infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms, while the defenders of the town of Krasnohorivka, and the villages of Novotroyitske and Pavlopil came under fire from grenade launchers and small arms. Additionally, the enemy fired heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Hnutove, as well as small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Chermalyk. Enemy snipers were also active near the town of Mar’inka.

“In the Donetsk sector, the Ukrainian positions near the village of Troyitske were attacked with 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and small arms. The invaders also used 82mm mortars, heavy machine guns and small arms against the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Verkhniotoretske. The enemy also fired 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns on the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka, as well as grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the defenders of the village of Pisky,” the report says. The Russian occupation forces shelled grenade launchers of various types and small arms near the villages of Maiorsk and Novhorodske. In addition, enemy snipers were working near Novhorodske.

In the Luhansk sector, the Russian-backed mercenaries opened fire from 120mm mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. The enemy also fired 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Popasna, as well as 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Troyitske. Furthermore, the defenders of the village of Novozvanivka came under fire from grenade launchers of various types and heavy machine guns, while the defenders of the village of Stanytsia Luhanska were attacked from grenade launchers and small arms. “In some cases, when there was an immediate threat to the life and health of servicemen, the commanders made decisions to adequately fire in response,” the press service said. According to intelligence from the ATO headquarters, as a result of an adequate response to the enemy fire, three Russian mercenaries were killed and another seven militants were wounded on April 25-26.

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Ukraine to get visa-free regime on June 11

The European Parliament confirms that a visa-free regime for travel of Ukrainian citizens to EU countries will be introduced on June 11, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

Dariusz Rosati, the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, said this on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

“Starting from June 11 the European borders will be open for Ukraine,” Rosati said.

He noted that Ukrainians deserved the visa-free regime with the EU.

As reported, the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER) approved on Wednesday the draft legislative act on including Ukraine in the list of the third countries whose nationals should not be in possession of visas when crossing the borders of the EU Member States.

Ukraine’s envoy: Number of hostages in occupied Donbas grows to 127

Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the peaceful settlement of the Donbas crisis, MP Iryna Gerashchenko says that the number of Ukrainian hostages in Russian-occupied Donbas has increased to 127 people, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

She gave the update on Facebook on Thursday while commenting a meeting with Director General for Foreign Policy at the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Francisco Duarte Lopes. “[I] informed the Portuguese counterpart about our efforts to release the hostages – there are 127 of them in the occupied areas now.”

“[I also] appealed for stepping up pressure on Russia for political prisoners’ release, as well as the extension and toughening of [anti-Russian] sanctions until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and the end of occupation of Crimea,” she wrote.
Gerashchenko announced on April 12 that the number of Ukrainian hostages kept by illegal armed groups of the self-proclaimed republics in Donbas grew to 126 people.