Militants launch 45 attacks in Donbas, 5 Ukrainian troops wounded in last day
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 45 times in the past 24 hours with five Ukrainian soldiers reported 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 Donetsk sector, the occupiers opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars, a tank, grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms on the Ukrainian strong points near the town of Avdiyivka. The defenders of the village of Luhanske came under fire from 120mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, while the defenders of the village of Verkhniotoretske were attacked with 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, and large-caliber machine guns. The enemy shelled Ukrainian positions near the village of Pisky from IFV-installed weapons, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, as well as fired grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns on the positions near Butivka coal mine, and the villages of Maiorsk, Kam’ianka, and Zaitseve. Enemy snipers were also active in the area of Zaitseve, Opytne, and Pisky.
In the Mariupol sector, the invaders opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars, small arms, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers on the Ukrainian positons stationed near the village of Shyrokyne.
The positions of the ATO forces outside the village of Pavlopil were covered with the enemy fire from 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns, while strong points near the village of Vodiane were fired upon from infantry fighting vehicles, Zu-23-2 anti-aircraft guns, and small arms. In addition, the enemy fired 82mm mortars, IFV-installed weapons, grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns on the defenders of the towns of Krasnohorivka and Mar’inka, as well as 82mm mortars and small arms on the positions near the village Hnutove. Furthermore, strong points outside the village of Chermalyk were attacked from heavy machine guns. In the area of Vodiane, enemy snipers were active.
In the Luhansk sector, the Russian occupation forces shelled the ATO strong points near the village of Krymske from 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank missile system, and heavy machine guns. The defenders of the villages of Novozvanivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka came under fire from 120mm mortars and heavy machine guns.
“The enemy fired anti-tank grenade launchers on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Troyitske, as well as small arms and automatic grenade launchers on the strong points near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska. The ATO forces fired back from automatic grenade launchers, to deter the enemy’s firing activity on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka. Over the past day, five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action,” the report said. As a result of enemy shelling, a civilian was injured in the village of Zaitseve.
Eurovision 2017: President congratulates Ukrainians on official start of the contest
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has addressed the nation on the occasion of the official start of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, according to the presidential press service, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Ukraine joined this contest much later than other countries, but it hosts the Eurovision for the second time already. Ruslana’s victory in spring 2004 happened in unison with the first pro-European Maidan. Jamala’s triumphant performance last spring in Stockholm again led the Eurovision to Kyiv. A powerful international support for the song “1944” became a symbol of solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people. Probably for the first time in the history of the contest, a song of such dramatic tension bore the palm,” Poroshenko said.
He has also noted that attention of hundreds of millions of TV viewers from all over the world will be drawn to Ukraine these days, “to our European aspirations, to our struggle for freedom and independence.”
It is a deeply symbolic coincidence that exactly in the days of the Eurovision, the Council of the European Union will adopt a final decision as regards visa-free regime. From the middle of the next month, Ukrainian citizens will get an opportunity to travel to the EU countries without visas. This is the first significant result of the reforms held in Ukraine during the last three years, the president emphasized. “No matter which country wins the contest, it will be a triumph of European values, European unity, and European solidarity. And Ukraine is Europe. Without any doubt! I congratulate you, fellow Ukrainians, on a European spring,” Poroshenko added.
The opening ceremony of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Kyiv on Sunday, May 7. The rock band O.Torvald will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision 2017 with the song Time.