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Ukraine News Today May 31, 2017: Escalation in Donbas: Ukraine reports 1 killed, 5 wounded amid 44 attacks on May 30; Russian artillery systems in Donbas start to shell at longer distance

Ukraine News Today: Mystetskyi Arsenal to host International Architectural Festival CANactions; Escalation in Donbas: Ukraine reports 1 killed, 5 wounded amid 44 attacks on May 30; Russian artillery systems in Donbas start to shell at longer distance
Ukraine News Today May 31, 2017: Escalation in Donbas: Ukraine reports 1 killed, 5 wounded amid 44 attacks on May 30; Russian artillery systems in Donbas start to shell at longer distance

Russian artillery systems in Donbas start to shell at longer distance

Ukrainian military journalist and blogger Yuriy Butusov claims that Russian artillery systems used against the Ukrainian army in Donbas have begun shelling at longer distances, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

According to him, two instances of shelling of the rear of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at a distance of about 20 km from the front line have recently been recorded.

In addition, the Russian occupation forces have more actively involved unmanned aerial vehicles for air reconnaissance; the number of flights reaching the front line has increased. Moreover, the enemy has stepped up measures to jam Ukrainian drones, Butusov said.

“Obviously, there is a correlation between these obvious measures and the deployment of a new 8th combined arms army on the Ukrainian border, which includes the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the occupation forces, as well as the support forces on the border of Donetsk region, namely the 150th motorized rifle division. This evidence has nothing to do with the ceasefire,” the journalist wrote on Facebook.

Escalation in Donbas: Ukraine reports 1 killed, 5 wounded amid 44 attacks on May 30

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 44 times in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action and five as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

Illegal armed groups were most active in the Mariupol sector, where they mounted 24 attacks on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Late in the evening, they were firing banned 120mm mortar shells at Ukrainian troops stationed near the village of Novotroyitske for one hour. After dark, the enemy also carried out armed provocations with the use of small arms and grenade launchers near the villages of Shyrokyne, Hnutove, Berezove, Bohdanivka, and Pavlopil, and the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka. In addition, the Ukrainian fortified positions near Krasnohorivka and Bohdanivka were attacked by infantry fighting vehicles. Furthermore, enemy snipers were active near Shyrokyne, Pavlopil, and Mar’inka.

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Having attacked an agri-business near the village of Novoluhanske in the Donetsk sector on Tuesday morning, the Russian occupation forces continued shelling residential areas and infrastructure facilities in that zone. Thus, at about 19:45 Kyiv time, they once again mounted mortar attacks on the town of Avdiyivka. As a result, three civilians who were standing at a bus stop amid the shelling were wounded. They were taken to hospital. One of them is in serious condition. Additionally, one of the mortar shells exploded in the courtyard of a private house. Fortunately, no one was injured there. Avdiyivka and its outskirts remain the hottest spot on the map of the Donbas war.

Last evening alone, the enemy used banned 120mm mortars along that section of the demarcation line, as well as repeatedly shelled the Ukrainian fortified positions, using grenade launchers of various modifications and different small arms. Moreover, the villages of Pisky and Zaitseve defended by the Ukrainian army in that sector were attacked by the enemy’s infantry fighting vehicles.

In the Luhansk sector, there were six instances of shelling by Russian-terrorist groups in the past day. In particular, from 18:00 and until midnight, the occupiers were firing grenades along with small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Krymske, Luhanske, Syze, and Donetskiy.

Save the date: Mystetskyi Arsenal to host International Architectural Festival CANactions

June 2-3, the 10th International Architectural Festival CANactions will be held at the Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, according to Ukrinform.

“The theme of the anniversary festival is VALUES. Special guests of the festival are world’s leading architects Florian Idenburg, Martin Rein-Cano and Hans van der Haijden. They will conduct lectures for the wide audience,” the statement reads.

In addition, the Sound Sculpture workshop by Wendy Anderson and Situation&VALUEtion workshop by Grisha Zotov will be held at the festival. Wendy Anderson is the curator at the University of the Arts in London and Grisha Zotov is the founder of the Amsterdam-based architectural studio Architectural Prescription.

Another guest of the festival Jord den Hollander will hold the workshop Cycling Cities Kyiv, comparing conditions for cycling in different parts of the world. This project has been already held in Amsterdam, Beijing, Budapest, Milan, Havana, Mexico, Taipei, and Tirana.

The International Architectural Festival CANactions is the largest architectural event in Ukraine. Established in 2008, in 10 years it has been attended by 120 speakers and over 36000 visitors from over the world. The goal of the anniversary 10th festival is to discuss the values in architecture, urban policy and life in general. CANactions team aims to create conditions for ideas exchange and dialogue within the plane of contemporary architecture.