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Ukraine News Today May 18, 2017: Ukraine commemorates Crimean Tatars deportation; Escalation in Donbas: 5 Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 52 enemy attacks; Ukrainian parliament repeals so-called “Savchenko Law”

Ukraine News Today: Ukraine commemorates Crimean Tatars deportation; Escalation in Donbas: 5 Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 52 enemy attacks; Ukrainian parliament repeals so-called "Savchenko Law"
Ukraine News Today May 18, 2017: Ukraine commemorates Crimean Tatars deportation; Escalation in Donbas: 5 Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 52 enemy attacks; Ukrainian parliament repeals so-called "Savchenko Law"

Ukraine commemorates victims of deportation Crimean Tatars

Today, Ukraine commemorates the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people. May 18, 1944, the State Defense Committee of the USSR ruled to start the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea to Uzbekistan and neighboring areas of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and some regions of Russia, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

A total of 238,500 Crimean Tatars were evicted, not including demobilized soldiers. As a result of the deportation, 46% of the Crimean Tatar population died, half of whom were children under the age of 18. Ukraine has recently recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people as the genocide.

At 12:00, the victims of genocide were remembered with a minute of silence.

In addition, at 12:00 all the cathedrals of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate will toll the bells for five minutes in mourning and solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people.

At 16:00, the National Opera of Ukraine hosted a requiem concert with the participation of the President of Ukraine.

At 18:00, a meeting in memory of victims of genocide was held on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square.

At 20:00, the first night of the feature film Another’s Prayer by Akhtem Seitablayev was held.

The mournful events will also be held in many other cities of Ukraine – Kherson, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, Odesa and others.

Ukrainian parliament repeals so-called “Savchenko Law”

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has repealed the so-called “Savchenko Law” regarding the court’s counting of the period of pretrial detention at the rate of one day of pretrial detention for two days of imprisonment, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

This is stipulated in the draft law (registration number 5534) on amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the rules for drafting sentences and crediting the term of previous detention. The document was backed by 227 MPs out of the 339 registered in the session hall on Thursday in a repeat attempt to vote for the bill. The first attempt scored only 213 votes with the necessary 226.

The “Savchenko Law” on pretrial detention conditions was adopted on November 26, 2015, and became effective on December 24, 2015. The law was drawn up by Nadiia Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot who was kidnapped by pro-Russian separatists in Donbas, convicted in Russia and extradited to Ukraine as a swap of prisoners of war. The newly passed bill counts one day of pretrial detention for one day of imprisonment if the verdict is guilty.

Escalation in Donbas: 5 Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 52 enemy attacks in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 52 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.

“The Mariupol sector: 21 enemy attacks were recorded. The militants violently attacked the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Shyrokyne and Pavlopil, and the towns of Krasnohorivka and Mar’inka. Our fortified positions near the villages of Vodiane, Hnutove, Lebedynske, Bohdanivka, Novotroyitske and Chermalyk also came under fire. In particular, the enemy used banned 120mm mortars to shell the fortified positions near Pavlopil,” the report says. The town of Avdiyivka in the Donetsk sector remains the hottest spot. Its outskirts and some positions to the south came under fire from 120mm mortars and a tank. The enemy also used 122mm artillery systems there and near the village of Kodema.

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In the Luhansk sector, there were 13 recorded instances of militant shelling in the past day. In particular, 120mm and 82mm mortars were used to attack the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske. In the evening, the militants started firing 82mm mortar shells near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka.

“The Russian occupation forces used automatic grenade launchers and heavy machine guns near the village of Novozvanivka. Furthermore, they opened fire from grenade launchers of various systems near the villages of Troyitske and Lobacheve,” the press service said.