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Ukraine News Today June 12, 2017: Two soldiers killed, 4 wounded in action in 67 enemy attacks in Donbas; Ukraine climbs in Global Passport Power Rank 2017; Eastern Ukrainian Avdiyivka town remains without gas for five days because of hostilities

Ukraine News Today: Two soldiers killed, 4 wounded in action in 67 enemy attacks in Donbas; Ukraine climbs in Global Passport Power Rank 2017; Eastern Ukrainian Avdiyivka town remains without gas for five days because of hostilities
Ukraine News Today June 12, 2017: Two soldiers killed, 4 wounded in action in 67 enemy attacks in Donbas; Ukraine climbs in Global Passport Power Rank 2017; Eastern Ukrainian Avdiyivka town remains without gas for five days because of hostilities

Ukraine climbs in Global Passport Power Rank 2017

Ukraine now boasts the best score among the post-Soviet countries, except the Baltic States, having climbed to the 30th place in the Global Passport Power Rank in 2017, which ranks passports of the world by their total visa-free score, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

After the visa-free regime was launched with the European Union on June 11, Ukrainians can travel to 119 countries without visas.

The individual rating of the Ukrainian passport is 68, while the global one is 30. Ukraine stands next to the island state of Saint Lucia, which is 29th (120 countries) and Macao Special Administrative Region, which ranks 31st (118 countries).

The ranking is topped by Germany and Singapore. Residents of those countries enjoy visa-free entry into 159 countries. Sweden and South Korea go next with a visa-free regime with 158 countries.

Denmark, Italy, Finland, France, Spain, Norway, Great Britain, Japan and the United States take the third place with 157 visa-free travel options. Citizens of Russia are able to travel to 106 countries without visas, therefore Russia’s passport ranks 41st.

Eastern Ukrainian Avdiyivka town remains without gas for five days because of hostilities

As a result of combat actions and damage to the underground gas pipeline in Avdiivka, there is no gas supply, since repair works are impossible due to the danger to workers, according to Ukrinform.

This has been reported by the press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

“As of 7 am, June 12, there is no gas supply in Avdiivka, the repair works of the underground gas pipeline damaged on June 7 as a result of military operations were not conducted due to the danger to workers,” the report said.

As reported, on June 7, as a result of military operations near the city of Avdiivka, the underground gas pipeline was damaged, which led to a decrease of pressure in the gas supply system in the city of Avdiivka, where about 22,000 people live.

Ukraine reports 2 killed, 4 wounded in action in 67 enemy attacks on June 11

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 67 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed and four as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, according to UNIAN.

The occupiers resorted to proscribed weapons in the Mariupol sector. In particular, 122mm artillery systems were used to shell the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Pavlopil and Novohryhorivka. The village of Hnutove came under 120mm and 82mm mortar fire. Mortars of a smaller, 82mm, caliber were also fired on areas near the village of Novomykhailivka and the town of Krasnohorivka. In addition, the enemy used anti-tank missile systems near Pavlopil.

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Further, the illegal armed groups repeatedly opened fire from small arms, grenade launchers and guns of infantry fighting vehicles in the past day to attack Ukrainian defenders near the villages of Talakivka, Lebedynske, and Vodiane.

Enemy shelling in the Donetsk sector almost does not subside with the areas near the town of Avdiyivka being its epicenter. On Sunday, June 11, the Russian-backed mercenaries repeatedly launched heavy firing from mortars and less powerful weapons in the southern outskirts of this town and north-east, closer to the village of Kam’ianka. At about 18:00 Kyiv time, the Ukrainian fortified positions in that area came under fire from tanks. One enemy shell again hit a civilian district in Avdiyivka. Fortunately, none of the local residents was injured. As reported earlier, the occupiers shelled a water pumping station of the South Donbas water conduit, which had to stop. Their grenade also hit a house in the village of Zaitseve.

Violations of the ceasefire were recorded in the same direction: areas near the villages of Pisky and Verkhniotoretske, and Zaitseve came under mortar fire. What is more, infantry weapons were used there. The Russian proxies systematically opened fire from grenade launchers of various modifications and infantry fighting vehicles there.

The use of proscribed weapons was also recorded in the Luhansk sector. The Ukrainian positions near the villages of Krymske, Novotoshkivske, and Katerynivka repeatedly came under fire from 120mm mortars. In addition, the invaders used 152mm howitzers near Novotoshkivske. Additionally, they fired 82mm mortars near the village of Troyitske and the town of Popasna. The enemy used heavy machine guns and grenade launchers in the same area, as well as near the villages of Novozvanivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka.