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Ukraine News Today June 4, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 5 wounded in Donbas in last day; Ukrainian president, PM express condolences to British citizens after London terrorist attack

Ukraine News Today: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 5 wounded in Donbas in last day; Ukrainian president, PM express condolences to British citizens after London terrorist attack; Ukraine's goal of NATO membership should be formalized legislatively
Ukraine News Today June 4, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 5 wounded in Donbas in last day; Ukrainian president, PM express condolences to British citizens after London terrorist attack

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 5 wounded in Donbas in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 58 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed 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.

The largest number of violations was recorded in the Mariupol sector, namely there were 36 militant attacks.

The Russian occupation forces repeatedly fired banned 120mm mortars on the fortified positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Bohdanivka. They used the same type of weapons, as well as 122mm artillery systems near the village of Chermalyk. In the evening, the Ukrainian positions near the town of Krasnohorivka came under fire from tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other weapons. The situation was also tense in other areas of this sector. In particular, the enemy systematically opened fire from small arms and grenade launchers near the villages of Vodiane, Hnutove, Novotroyitske and Talakivka. The Ukrainian fortified positions in the vicinity of the towns of Mar’inka and Krasnohorivka were shelled from 82mm mortars. Several enemy mines again hit the residential quarters of Krasnohorivka, resulting in one local woman was injured.

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In the Donetsk sector, the militants attacked the Ukrainian defenders 12 times. Most often, the enemy shelled the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka, using 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various modifications and small arms. The occupiers also used 82mm mortars near the villages of Verkhniotoretske and Zaitseve. Moreover, the enemy opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms near the village of Novoluhanske, as well as hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers near the village of Nevelske. In addition, in the evening of June 3, the Russian-backed mercenaries again fired 120mm mortars on the Donetska filtration station. The circumstances and consequences of this shelling are being clarified.

In the Luhansk sector, there were 10 recorded instances of militant shelling in the past day. Late in the evening, the invaders fired 120mm mortars on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. The enemy also repeatedly used grenade launchers and small arms of various calibers against the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Novozvanivka, Malynove, Krymske and Stanytsia Luhanska. Furthermore, the Ukrainian soldiers near Stanytsia Luhanska and Krymske came under fire from infantry fighting vehicles.

Ukrainian president, PM express condolences to British citizens after London terrorist attack

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has expressed his condolences to the citizens of Britain in connection with human casualties as a result of the terrorist attack.

“Horrific act of terror in London. Our thoughts are with people of Great Britain today,” he wrote on Twitter.

 

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has also expressed support for families who lost their relatives.

“Horrendous act of terror in London took lives of innocent people. Our prayers for the victims. Our thoughts with those who lost their loved ones,” he wrote on Facebook.

It should be recalled that six people were killed and at least 48 injured in a terror incident in London in which three male attackers were shot dead by police.

Ukraine’s goal of NATO membership should be formalized legislatively

Ukraine’s membership in NATO should be formalized at the legislative level as a priority of the state foreign policy, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy has said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“After attending a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi this week and following the results of the extremely fruitful communication with our allies and partners from the North Atlantic Alliance, I decided that Ukraine’s membership in NATO should be formalized at the legislative level as a priority of the state foreign policy,” Parubiy wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

According to him, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered bill No. 6470, which proposes introducing relevant changes to the law on the fundamentals of domestic and foreign policy and the law on the fundamentals of national security of Ukraine

He recalled that this year Ukraine celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership with NATO, which is an important sign for the allies.

“I called on the factions to adopt this law in the near future,” the speaker said.

Parubiy stressed that the Alliance is “a guarantor of security in the whole free world” and “the only force capable of stopping aggressive Putin’s Russia.” “Ukraine will become a NATO member,” he added.