Four Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 77 enemy attacks in last day
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 77 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.
The largest number of violations was recorded in the Mariupol sector, namely 39 militant attacks were reported. For the first time over the past few days, the militants employed multiple rocket launcher systems near the village of Bohdanivka, where the enemy also attacked the Ukrainian positions with 120mm mortars. In the same direction, the occupiers fired 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian defenders near the village of Chermalyk and the town of Krasnohorivka. In addition, the Russian-backed mercenaries used 122mm artillery systems near Chermalyk. The situation was also tense near the villages of Vodiane, Shyrokyne, Pavlopil, Novotroyitske, Hnutove and Talakivka, and the town of Maryinka, where the enemy repeatedly shelled the Ukrainian fortified positions, using small arms, grenade launchers and 82mm mortars.
In the Donetsk sector, the illegal armed groups attacked Ukrainian soldiers 26 times. The situation remains hottest in the vicinity of the town of Avdiyivka, where the militants systematically opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars, tanks and less powerful infantry weapons on the Ukrainian fortified positions. In addition, the occupiers used banned mortars and tank shells against the fortified positions near the village of Pisky. The situation was also tense near the villages of Zaitseve, Novhorodske, Verkhniotoretske, Opytne and Nevelske.
The invaders were active in the Luhansk sector. Yesterday, they fired 120mm mortars several times on the Ukrainian defenders of the villages of Krymske, Kriakivka and Novotoshkivske. Moreover, the Ukrainian fortified positions near Krymske came under fire from 122mm artillery systems. In addition, from time to time, militants used small arms and grenade launchers near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska, Donetskiy and Novo-Oleksandrivka, and the town of Popasna. Furthermore, the enemy used 82mm mortars near Novo-Oleksandrivka.
Russians name U.S., Ukraine main foes – poll
Russian citizens consider their main enemies the United States, Ukraine, and Germany, while among the country’s allies they named Belarus, China, and Kazakhstan, that’s according to a poll by Levada Center, RBC news agency reported, according to UNIAN.
Among other adversaries, polled citizens named Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, and the UK.The respondents claim Russia has worst relations with the U.S. (69%), Ukraine (50%), and Germany (24%), RBC reports. 46% of surveyed Russians considered Belarus Russia’s closest ally. 39% believe China is Moscow’s best friend, while Kazakhstan (34%) and Syria (15%) were also called allies.
In a similar poll conducted in 2015, only 2% of respondents called Syria a friendly state. In addition, India, Armenia, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan are were included in the list of countries close to Russia. Since 2015, Russians have changed their attitude toward Turkey most drastically.
In 2015, before the incident with a downed Russian warplane, only 1% of respondents considered it an enemy of Russia, while in 2016 there was a 29% share of such citizens.
The latest poll shows a decline to 8%. The opinion divided almost evenly in regards to Russia’s international isolation. 46% of Russians believe that Russia has been isolated, while 45% deny the idea.
At the same time, only 44% of those who believe in international isolation of Russia are in any way concerned about this.
Ukraine launches two new passenger trains to Poland
Ukraine is going to launch high-speed passenger train Kovel-Chelm starting from June 11 and Lviv-Krakow train from August 1. Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian said this at a press conference on Tuesday, according to Ukrinform.
“Starting from June 11, 2017, we launch Kovel-Chelm passenger train from Ukraine to Poland. Currently, one pair of trains is planned to operate with a subsequent increase to two or three pairs, depending on the demand,” Omelian said.
According to him, the Lviv-Krakow train is to be launched starting from August 1.
“We expect passenger traffic to be at least 100,000 people by the end of the year,” the Minister noted.