Ukrainian political prisoner Panov announces ‘dry’ hunger strike in Russian prison
Ukrainian political prisoner Artur Panov charged with preparing a terrorist attack in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) has announced at the court session that he started an indefinite ‘dry’ hunger strike demanding his extradition to Ukraine within two weeks, the Russian regional Internet portal Kavkaz Uzel reported referring to a corresponding letter by Panov, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the publication, at a court session on Wednesday Panov appealed to the panel of judges with a request to extradite him to Ukraine.
Kavkaz Uzel also published a letter signed by Panov dated May 3, 2017, and addressed to journalists, in which the political prisoner denies rumors of his death and expresses the hope that he will someday return to Ukraine.
“I am alive, I live and I will live. I will live to return to Ukraine one day, to my family, my compatriots, in order to start to truly appreciate freedom and my life,” the letter reads.
“The court decided to attach Panov’s statement to the case materials and notify the administration of the detention facility,” the Internet portal reported.
Some Russian media reported on May 1 that Panov had died of cardiac failure in a pre-trial detention facility in Rostov-on-Don.
Next day, on May 2, Rada’s Human Rights Commissioner Valeria Lutkovska refuted the report of Panov’s death.
Panov was detained in the Rostov region in early December 2015 after crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border. Investigators suspects him of plotting a terrorist attack in Russia. Panov was a minor at the time of his detention.
The North Caucasus Military District Court in Rostov-on-Don started Panov’s trial on February 14, 2017.
Nine Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 52 militant attacks in last day
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 52 times in the past 24 hours with nine Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, according to UNIAN.
In the Donetsk sector, the enemy opened fire from tanks, 120mm and 82mm mortars, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka.
“The militants used 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns against the Ukrainian positions near the village of Pisky, as well as 120mm mortars and infantry fighting vehicles against the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Luhanske,” the report says.
The defenders of the village of Kam’ianka came under fire from 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, while the defenders of Butivka coal mine were attacked with 82mm mortars, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Moreover, the enemy fired 82mm mortars and grenade launchers on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Troyitske and Verkhniotoretske, as well as grenade launchers of various systems and small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Zaitseve. Enemy snipers were also active near Pisky.
In the Mariupol sector, the Russian occupation forces used 122mm artillery systems, 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms against the Ukrainian positions near the village of Vodiane. “The enemy shelled 120mm and 82mm mortars, heavy machine guns and small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Pavlopil. In addition, 120mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns were used to attack the defenders of the village of Hnutove, while 122mm Grad-P MANPADs, 82mm mortars and infantry fighting vehicles were used to shell the defenders of the village of Shyrokyne. The enemy also fired 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Krasnohorivka, as well as grenade launchers and machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Maryinka. Furthermore, snipers were active near the villages of Vodiane, Novotroyitske and Novomykhailivka,” the press service said.
In the Luhansk sector, the invaders opened fire from 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske, as well as 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns near the villages of Novozavanivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka. In addition, the defenders of Novo-Oleksandrivka came under fire from infantry fighting vehicles, while the defenders of the village of Troyitske were attacked with automatic grenade launchers. Additionally, the occupiers used grenade launchers of various systems and small arms against the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Lobacheve. Enemy snipers were also working near Novo-Oleksandrivka.
Eurovision 2017: Kyiv ready to host song contest
Kyiv has fulfilled its obligations to the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest and is ready to host the song contest.
Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko said this on the air of TV Channel 1+1, according to Ukrinform.
“We have fulfilled all obligations assumed by the city authorities. All the commitments to the organizers of the song contest, including territory near the International Exhibition Center, approach roads, security, fan zones, have been completely fulfilled,” Klitschko said.
He recalled that the capital allocated UAH 200 million for holding of the song contest in addition to investments in infrastructure. “These are new parks, squares, territory near the arena. We have invested in our city. Eurovision contest will end, and this will remain for the residents of Kyiv,” the mayor said.
According to him, the city pays attention to the creation of conditions for the movement of people with special needs and the organization of barrier-free space.