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Ukraine News Today May 14, 2017: Four Ukrainian military wounded amid 61 enemy attacks in last day; Ukraine’s heading on European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains invariable, President says

Ukraine News Today: Four Ukrainian military wounded amid 61 enemy attacks in last day; Ukraine's heading on European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains invariable, President says
Ukraine News Today May 14, 2017: Four Ukrainian military wounded amid 61 enemy attacks in last day; Ukraine's heading on European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains invariable, President says

Four Ukrainian military wounded amid 61 enemy attacks in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 61 times in the past 24 hours with four 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 Mariupol sector, the militants attacked Ukrainian positions 33 times. The enemy fired 120mm mortars and 122mm artillery systems near the village of Vodiane. The outskirts of this village, as well as the village of Shyrokyne, came under fire from infantry fighting vehicles, 82mm mortars and small arms. In addition, the militants shelled anti-aircraft guns in the village of Hnutove. The occupiers fired small arms, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Mykolaivka, Pavlopil and Chermalyk. They also opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles and 120mm and 82mm mortars on ATO forces in the town of Mar’inka.

In the Luhansk sector, the invaders opened fire eight times. They shelled 122mm cannon artillery systems and 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novozvanivka. The Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Troyitske came under fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars and a tank, while 82mm mortars and infantry fighting vehicles were used near the village of Krymske.

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In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces were most active near the town of Avdiyivka and at the Svitlodarska Duha bulge. In total, 20 militant attacks were recorded there. The suburbs of Avdiyivka were methodically fired from small arms, grenade launchers, and 82mm and 120mm mortars. One shell fell into the house of civilians, as a result of which four people were killed on the spot and another one was seriously injured. Furthermore, the Russian-backed militants opened fire from small arms, grenade launchers, 120mm mortars and Grad MLR systems on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novoluhanske. In the same direction, the Ukrainian fortified positions were attacked with small arms, grenade launchers, 82mm and 120mm mortars, as well as infantry fighting vehicles near the villages of Pisky, Verkhniotoretske, Kam’ianka, Zaitseve, Luhanske and Troyitske.

President Poroshenko: Ukraine’s heading on European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains invariable

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that Ukraine is not only on the home stretch of the visa-free regime, but also looks forward to completing the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, the presidential press service reported, according to UNIAN.

The president noted that it was a difficult discussion as regards the Ukraine-EU association. Skeptics told Ukraine would have to abandon the Association Agreement and put up with only its partial application in the form of deep and comprehensive free trade area, the press service wrote. “However, I am grateful to our partners who found an opportunity to do everything for the Association Agreement to start working in full,” the president told during the press conference on Sunday.

The president noted that it was a difficult discussion as regards the Ukraine-EU association. Skeptics told Ukraine would have to abandon the Association Agreement and put up with only its partial application in the form of deep and comprehensive free trade area, the press service wrote. “However, I am grateful to our partners who found an opportunity to do everything for the Association Agreement to start working in full,” the president told during the press conference on Sunday.

Poroshenko noted that the Senate of the Netherlands would hold respective debates on May 23 and on May 30 there would be voting. “We are hopeful that it will be positive for Ukraine, the Netherlands and the entire Europe,” he added. “For the first time in our relations with the EU, we have come to a moment when we are not only making plans but also summing up the results of a long stage of our European integration,” the president said. “It is obvious for everyone that heading on European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains definitely invariable,” Poroshenko emphasized. The president noted that society was closely monitoring the future vector of movement to the EU and peculiarities of its implementation. He promised to substantiate detailed answers to these questions in his yearly Address to the Verkhovna Rada on the internal and external situation in early autumn. He added that the work over the given document had already started. According to him, the Association Agreement with the EU has already started functioning and the share of the EU in the entire foreign trade of Ukraine equals almost 43%.

“We have fulfilled the visa liberalization action plan that contained almost 150 items. We have implemented substantial reforms in the sphere of justice, human rights protection, struggle against corruption, migration policy. We have conducted the assessment mission by the EU. We have adapted our legislation to European rules and standards. And benefits from these innovations are as important as the visa-free regime itself,” Poroshenko said. The president noted that the government was currently implementing the Association Agreement and carrying out sectoral integration with the EU in various spheres. “Everything we do brings us closer to the Copenhagen criteria,” he stressed.