Donbas militants attack Ukrainian, Russian watchdog officers
Representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian sides of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) came under militant fire near the village of Bezimenne in Donbas, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
The shelling was carried out to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the headquarters said. In addition, it is noted that the militants accuse the Armed Forces of Ukraine of using tanks, without having any photo and video evidence.
Putting on fake charges against the Ukrainian army, the terrorists do not take into account the distances between settlements, neglect the nature of the terrain, the tactical and technical characteristics of weapons, and especially the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine completely withdrew heavy weapons, including tanks, from the demarcation line in accordance with the Minsk agreements. “By such information actions, unreasoned and unsubstantiated accusations, the illegal formations of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are driving themselves into a dead end, confirming the fact that they are the ones who violate all the Minsk commitments regarding the use and withdrawal of banned weapons,” the headquarters said.
The ATO HQ also reported on 10 wounded soldiers amid 58 militant attacks on Thursday.
It should be recalled that militants launched 52 attacks on Wednesday when nine Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action.
Eurovision 2017: Free excursions organized for Ukraine capital guests
Free excursions will be organized in May for Kyiv guests on the occasion of the Eurovision Song Contests 2017 and the Day of Kyiv, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.
The Kyiv tourist information center network TOURINFO posted this on Facebook.
Free sightseeing excursions will be carried out each weekend until May 28 inclusively around the historic sites of the capital.
Various attractions of the 2017 Eurovision host city will be shown by students of the Geography Faculty of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University. They will be assisted by representatives of the All-Ukrainian Association of Guides.
Each excursion will last up to an hour and a half and will be conducted in the Ukrainian and English languages.
Central bank Governor Gontareva goes on long vacation instead of resignation – source
The Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Valeria Gontareva, who submitted a letter of resignation from May 10 to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, is going on a long-term vacation, according to an UNIAN source in the NBU.
The appointment of Gontareva’s successor is postponed to autumn. First Deputy Governor Yakiv Smolii will run the NBU for the time of Gontareva’s absence, the source said. However, the National Bank has not yet officially confirmed the information. Previously the market participants interviewed by UNIAN said Chairman of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank Aval Volodymyr Lavrenchuk could become Gontareva’s successor. However, neither Lavrenchuk nor the bank’s press service, or the presidential administration had officially confirmed the fact of negotiations on this matter.
According to the Constitution of Ukraine, the NBU governor shall be appointed by the parliament upon recommendation by the president for a period of seven years.