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Ukraine News Today June 8, 2017: Militant shells hit school in eastern Ukraine’s Krasnohorivka; Fighting erupts near Ukraine’s Mar’inka, some 40 explosions recorded; Parliament passes law on NATO Ukraine’s foreign policy

Ukraine News Today: Militant shells hit school in eastern Ukraine's Krasnohorivka; Fighting erupts near Ukraine's Mar’inka, some 40 explosions recorded; Parliament passes law on NATO Ukraine’s foreign policy
Ukraine News Today June 8, 2017: Militant shells hit school in eastern Ukraine's Krasnohorivka; Fighting erupts near Ukraine's Mar’inka, some 40 explosions recorded; Parliament passes law on NATO Ukraine’s foreign policy

Militant shells hit school in eastern Ukraine’s Krasnohorivka

Russia’s hybrid military forces have shelled the secondary school in the town of Krasnohorivka, using the weapons banned under the Minsk Agreements, according to the Ukrainian delegation to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC), Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

The illegal armed groups continue their attacks on civilian infrastructure along the demarcation line, employing weaponry proscribed by the Minsk deal. At about 22:30 on June 7, several shells exploded outside School No. 1 in Krasnohorivka.

There were no students or staff in or near the school at the time of the blasts. Information is being clarified on the damage inflicted. “Acting this way, the militants once again prove they are brazenly and cynically neglecting the Minsk agreements,” the JCCC said.

It should be recalled that 2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 11 were wounded in action in Donbas on June 7.

Fighting erupts near Ukraine’s Mar’inka, some 40 explosions recorded

The situation is escalating in the area between the villages of Kam’ianka and Kruta Balka in Donetsk region, Chairman of the Donetsk Military and Civil Administration Pavlo Zhebrivskiy wrote on Facebook, according to UNIAN.

“As of 10:00 Kyiv time, we have such a picture according to the operational information: there is an escalation on the Kam’ianka-Kruta Balka line. About 40 explosions were heard near pumping station No. 1 (the area of the town of Mar’inka, near the village of Vasylivka). According to the field data, the fighting continues, the station’s equipment has failed, and there is still no possibility to carry out the evacuation,” Zhebrivskiy said.

He also said that the Voda Donbasu [Water of Donbas] municipal utility company had suspended water supplies from the Siverskiy Donets-Donbas channel to five filtration stations, namely in Krasnoarmiysk, Velykoanadolska, two stations in Mariupol, and another one in Donetsk.

“If water is supplied from the Starokrymske water reservoir to the Mariupol filtration stations, accordingly, Mariupol does not remain without water. At the same time, water supplies to the Krasnoarmiyska and Velykoanadolska filtration stations have been cut off completely since they have no backup source of water supply,” he added.

Parliament passes law on NATO Ukraine’s foreign policy

Ukrainian lawmakers have passed the draft law No. 6470 “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine (on Foreign Policy Course of Ukraine).”

As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, the draft law was supported by 276 MPs.

“Ukraine has sufficient political and legal preconditions for full institutional rapprochement with the North Atlantic Alliance, including the well-known decision of the 2008 Bucharest Summit on the unequivocal recognition of the future membership of Ukraine in this organization, the need for which is an undeniable imperative of the time,” reads the explanatory note to the bill.

It is also noted that this legislative initiative aims to amend the laws of Ukraine “On Principles of Domestic and Foreign Policy” and “On Principles of National Security of Ukraine” to restore Ukraine’s purposeful pragmatic course towards gaining NATO membership as a strategic foreign policy priority of the state.

“The adoption of the law will help expand and deepen Ukraine’s cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, strengthen the national security of our country and result in providing guarantees of its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the document says.

“Currently, NATO is the most effective and the only organization in the world which can stop Russian aggression,” co-author of the bill, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy noted.

“In recent years, the Ukrainian army has become one of the most efficient armies in Europe and, therefore, I am convinced that Ukraine’s joining NATO is now equally important both for Ukraine and for the North Atlantic Alliance,” Parubiy said.