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Ukraine News Today May 23, 2017: Only 2 per cent of people in south-east regions want Donbas to join Russia; Ukrainian hacker receives 30-month jail term for securities fraud; Donbas militants attack Ukraine 59 times in last day, 4 soldiers wounded

Ukraine News Today: Only 2 per cent of people in south-east regions want Donbas to join Russia; Ukrainian hacker receives 30-month jail term for securities fraud; Donbas militants attack Ukraine 59 times in last day, 4 soldiers wounded
Ukraine News Today May 23, 2017: Only 2 per cent of people in south-east regions want Donbas to join Russia; Ukrainian hacker receives 30-month jail term for securities fraud; Donbas militants attack Ukraine 59 times in last day, 4 soldiers wounded

Only 2 per cent of people in south-east regions want Donbas to join Russia – poll

In the south-eastern regions of Ukraine, 34% of citizens believe that Donbas should be returned under the control of the Ukrainian state, and only 2% support joining Russia, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

Executive Director of the Institute of Mass Information Oksana Romaniuk said this during the International Conference “Reintegration of Donbas amid Hybrid War”, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“As for the scenario for the occupied Donbas, the majority of residents still support reintegration with Ukraine, 34% of citizens believe that Donbas should be returned. Many people support different options for UKRAINE autonomy and only 2%, that is, at the level of statistical error, support integration into Russia,” she said.

In addition, according to the Executive Director of the IMI, 86% of residents of the southern and eastern regions said that they consider themselves to be Ukrainians, the citizens of Ukraine, and 86% of respondents feel comfortable when they write or receive information in the Ukrainian language.

Romaniuk added that the poll was conducted from February to March of this year in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, including the occupied territories.

Ukrainian hacker receives 30-month jail term for securities fraud

A U.S. court has remanded 29-year old Kyiv native Vadym Yermolovych to prison for 30 months (2.5 years) for participating in a large hacker attack involving stocks, according to the U.S. Justice Department, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

The U.S. Justice Deparment said Yermolovych pleaded guilty to involvement in the hacking of Marketwired, PR Newswire in New York, and Business Wire of San Francisco from 2010 through March 2013.

“Yermolovych also admitted that he sold press releases stolen from the network intrusion into Marketwired, and purchased access into Business Wire’s network, all in furtherance of a larger conspiracy to profit from the stolen draft press releases,” the Justice Department said.

According to the ruling, the Kyiv-native is obliged to pay $3 million in restitution.

Donbas militants attack Ukraine 59 times in last day, 4 soldiers wounded

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 59 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.

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In the Mariupol sector, the illegal armed groups attacked Ukrainian soldiers 29 times. In the Donetsk direction, the situation was most tense: 21 times during the last day, militants broke silence in this sector of the front. In the evening, the Ukrainian positions near the village of Opytne came under fire from Grad MLR systems. The consequences of the arrival of 15 rockets from this artillery system have been preliminarily recorded.

The Luhansk sector: nine militant shellings were recorded there in the past day. “Over the past day, four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded,” the report says.