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Ukraine News Today May 11, 2017: EU Council approves visa-free regime for Ukraine; Klimkin discusses with Trump possibility for U.S. to join Normandy format; One Ukrainian soldier wounded amid 37 militant attacks

Ukraine News Today: EU Council approves visa-free regime for Ukraine; Klimkin discusses with Trump possibility for U.S. to join Normandy format; One Ukrainian soldier wounded amid 37 militant attacks on Wednesday
Ukraine News Today May 11, 2017: EU Council approves visa-free regime for Ukraine; Klimkin discusses with Trump possibility for U.S. to join Normandy format; One Ukrainian soldier wounded amid 37 militant attacks

EU Council approves visa-free regime for Ukraine

The Council of the European Union has approved visa-free regime for Ukraine without discussion, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

The visa-free travels for Ukrainian citizens are to come into force on June 11.

Pursuant to the procedure, the documents should be subsequently signed by President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and the Permanent Representative of Malta to the EU.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko plans to attend the signing ceremony in Strasbourg.

Once the visa waiver for Ukrainians enters into force, and provided citizens of Ukraine have biometric passports, they will be able to enter the EU for up to 90 days in any 180-day-period for business, tourist or family purposes. The visa waiver will apply to all EU member states except Ireland and the United Kingdom. It does not confer a right to work in the EU.

Klimkin discusses with Trump possibility for U.S. to join Normandy format

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has discussed with U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence the possibility of involving the U.S. in the “Normandy format” of negotiations on settling the situation in Donbas and counteracting Russian aggression, speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa told UNIAN.

“Of course, the question was discussed of attracting the United States to the Normandy format, to the settlement of the situation in Donbas and counteracting Russian aggression,” she said. “I cannot elaborate because I was not there, and the delegation has not arrived yet,” Betsa added.

It should be recalled that President of the United States Donald Trump on Wednesday received Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the White House.

This meeting was preceded by talks between Minister Klimkin and U.S. Vice President Michael Pence. The interlocutors discussed in detail a situation in Donbas.

Pavlo Klimkin thanked the U.S. leader for the unwavering position of the U.S. Administration in support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and in countering Russian aggression.

One Ukrainian soldier wounded amid 37 militant attacks in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 37 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier 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 Mariupol sector, the enemy used 122mm Grad-P MANPADs, 82mm mortars, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-tank grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms against the Ukrainian Marines’ positions near the village of Shyrokyne.

The militants also fired 82mm mortars on the town of Krasnohorivka. The Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Vodiane came under fire from infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns. The fire from anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms was reported near the village of Hnutove. The occupiers also fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers near the villages of Pavlopil and Novoselivka Druha.

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In the Donetsk sector, the Ukrainian fortified positions near Butivka coal mine were shelled from 120mm mortars. The village of Zaitseve came under fire from 82mm mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms. The militants also used 82mm mortars and heavy machine guns against the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka.

The Russian occupation forces also opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles, heavy machine guns and small arms on the village of Novhorodske. Grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns were used near the village of Kam’ianka. Moreover, the enemy used infantry fighting vehicles on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Troyitske, as well as anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Pisky.

In the Luhansk sector, the invaders fired 120mm mortars and anti-tank grenade launchers on the defenders of the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. The defenders of the villages of Valuiske and Novozvanivka were attacked with grenade launchers of various types, heavy machine guns and small arms. The Russian-backed mercenaries also used automatic grenade launchers against the defenders of the village of Krymske. 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.