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Ukraine News Today Apr. 29, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded amid 70 militant attacks; World War II bomb found in Odesa region; Fitch affirms Ukraine at ‘B-‘ with stable outlook

Ukraine News Today: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded amid 70 militant attacks; World War II bomb found in Odesa region; Fitch affirms Ukraine at ‘B-‘ with stable outlook
Ukraine News Today Apr. 29, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded amid 70 militant attacks; World War II bomb found in Odesa region; Fitch affirms Ukraine at ‘B-‘ with stable outlook

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded amid 70 militant attacks

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 70 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers 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 militants opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars, Zu-23-2 anti-aircraft guns, and grenade launchers of various types near the town of Krasnohorivka. The Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Vodiane came under fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms. The defenders of the village of Hnutove were shelled from 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, and heavy machine guns. The Ukrainian Marines near the village of Pavlopil came under fire from infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms.

The Marines stationed near the village of Shyrokyne were attacked with infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers.

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The occupiers fired heavy machine guns on Ukrainian positions near the villages of Lebedynske and Starohnativka, while the defenders of the villages of Talakivka and Novotroyitske came under fire from small arms and rifle-attached grenade launchers. In the Donetsk sector, the Ukrainian strongholds near the village of Troyitske were attacked with 152mm artillery, Zu-23-2 anti-aircraft guns, 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns.

What is more, the enemy fired 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various types and heavy machine guns on the ATO forces near the village of Luhanske and the town of Avdiyivka. The defenders of the village of Pisky came under fire from 120mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns, while Ukrainian positions near the village of Verkhnyotoretske were attacked with 82mm mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns. The defenders of the village of Zaitseve came under fire from anti-tank grenade launchers. Enemy snipers were also active in this area. In the Luhansk sector, the Russian occupation forces fired 122mm artillery, heavy machine guns, and grenade launchers on Ukrainian positions near the village of Novozvanivka.

Furthermore, the defenders of the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka came under fire from 120mm mortars, grenade launchers of various types and heavy machine guns, while troops stationed near Novotoshkivka came under 82mm mortar fire. The militants also used 120mm mortars to shell the Ukrainian strongholds near Orekhove, Nyzhnie and Katerynivka. The defenders of the town of Popasna and the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Valuyske came under fire from grenade launchers of various types and heavy machine guns. The occupants also fired automatic grenade launchers on the defenders of the village of Krymske. Commanders decided to fire back in some instances when there was a direct threat to the life and health of servicemen, the ATO HQ said.

World War II bomb found in Odesa region

A 250-kilogram unexploded bomb of the Second World War was discovered in Odesa region, according to UNIAN.

A 250-kilogram unexploded bomb of the Second World War was discovered in Odesa region’s Rozdilnianskyi district on April 28, when carrying out excavation works near the village of Stepanivka, according to the press service of the State Emergency Service in Odesa region.

Ukraine News Today Apr. 29, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded amid 70 militant attacks; World War II bomb found in Odesa region; Fitch affirms Ukraine at ‘B-‘ with stable outlook

“Close to the railway tracks, a dozer driver noticed an object that looked like an explosive one. It turned out to be a FAB-250 aircraft bomb of the Second World War,” the press service reported.
Rescuers, using the truck crane, loaded a one and a half meter munition into a specially equipped GAZ-66 truck, which transported the dangerous item strictly following the safety measures. “At 19:50 the bomb was detonated safely in a predetermined borrow pit outside the village of Velykodolynske,” the agency said.

Fitch affirms Ukraine at ‘B-‘ with stable outlook

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ukraine’s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘B-‘ with a Stable Outlook, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

“We forecast [Ukraine’s GDP] growth to decelerate to 2% in 2017 before picking up to 3% in 2018 on the back of improving consumer demand and investment,” the press release says.

The Country Ceiling has been affirmed at ‘B-‘ and the Short-Term Foreign-Currency and Local-Currency IDRs at ‘B’.

In addition, the Stable Outlook reflects Fitch’s assessment that upside and downside risks to the rating are currently balanced.

“Improved commodity export prices and increased export volumes from the agricultural sector should mitigate the increase in the trade deficit,” the agency forecasts for 2017-2018.