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Ukraine News Today June 1, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 35 enemy attacks in Donbas; European Parliament backs raising agricultural quotas for Ukraine

Ukraine News Today: Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 35 enemy attacks in Donbas; European Parliament backs raising agricultural quotas for Ukraine; Ukraine National Security Secretary urges to introduce visa regime with Russia
Ukraine News Today June 1, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 35 enemy attacks in Donbas; European Parliament backs raising agricultural quotas for Ukraine

Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 35 enemy attacks in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 35 times in the past 24 hours with two 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 Russian proxies in the Mariupol sector mounted 15 attacks and were more active after dark. “The Russian occupation forces used 120mm and 82mm mortars and small arms to fire on our fortified positions near the town of Krasnohorivka. In addition, 82mm mortars and grenade launchers were used near the town of Mar’inka. An enemy sniper was also active there,” the report says. The Russian-backed mercenaries fired small arms and grenade launchers of various modifications near the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Pavlopil, Berezove, and Chermalyk. Additionally, they opened fire from guns of infantry fighting vehicles and 82mm mortars near Vodiane and Shyrokyne. In the Donetsk sector, the enemy was most active near the town of Avdiyivka.

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“In its southern and eastern outskirts, the invaders attacked our positions, using small arms and grenade launchers. Late in the evening, one of the Ukrainian fortified positions came under mortar fire, including from 120mm ones,” the headquarters said. Furthermore, the enemy used small arms, machine guns and grenade launchers near the villages of Verkhniotoretske, Zaitseve, and Troyitske.

Eight militant attacks were recorded in the Luhansk sector. “From 18:00 and until midnight, the enemy fired grenade launchers and small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Krymske, Novozvanivka and Donetskiy. Moreover, an enemy infantry fighting vehicle attacked positions near Krymske,” the press service said.

It should be recalled that one Ukrainian soldier was killed and five wounded in action on May 30.

European Parliament backs raising quotas for some agricultural products from Ukraine

The European Parliament (EP) has supported the proposal of the European Commission to increase tariff quotas for honey, corn, barley, oats, cereals and processed grain, grape juice from Ukraine, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

According to a press release on the website of the European Parliament, at the same time the European Commission’s proposal to raise quotas for Ukrainian wheat, tomatoes and urea was not supported by the deputies.

“By granting additional temporary trade preferences, the European Parliament wants to support the ongoing reforms, strengthen small and medium enterprises and provide the necessary impetus for increased trade flows. I hope that these measures will boost our relationship and effectively help Ukraine,” rapporteur Jaroslaw Walesa said.

Thus, the quotas for Ukrainian corn will be increased by 650,000 tonnes, barley by 350,000 tonnes, cereals and processed grain by 7,800 tonnes, oats by 4,000 tonnes, honey by 3,000 tonnes, and grape juice by 500 tonnes.

Ukraine National Security Secretary urges to introduce visa regime with Russia

To protect civilization from the Russian aggression it is necessary to strengthen the defense of the eastern border of Ukraine. That is why the issue of introducing a visa regime with the Russian Federation should be resolved as soon as possible, according to Ukrinform.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said this in his comment to journalists before the start of the Sixth National Prayer Breakfast in Kyiv, the NSDC press service reported.

“To my great regret, this issue is still not resolved. This issue has not just ripened but overripened, it should be solved as soon as possible,” Turchynov said.

He has noted that it is necessary “to protect civilization from the Russian aggression”.

“We will have an open entry to Europe, and we should strengthen the defense of the eastern border to protect civilization from the aggression of the Russian Federation, from the penetration of hybrid provocative technologies of the Russian Federation to the West. It was Ukraine who crossed Russia’s path, perhaps, it is our historic mission,” the NSDC Secretary stated.

At the same time, he has noted that if this decision will be taken by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Government should work out the ways to implement it.