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Ukraine News Today June 15, 2017: Ukrainian Illya Kvasha wins European Diving Championships; Russian proxies attack Ukraine 55 times, 3 soldiers wounded in last day; Many in Ukraine’s parliament pursue own ends, hinder reform – EU ambassador to Ukraine

Ukraine News Today: Ukrainian Illya Kvasha wins European Diving Championships; Russian proxies attack Ukraine 55 times, 3 soldiers wounded in last day; Many members of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada pursue own ends, hinder reform - EU ambassador to Ukraine
Ukraine News Today June 15, 2017: Ukrainian Illya Kvasha wins European Diving Championships; Russian proxies attack Ukraine 55 times, 3 soldiers wounded in last day; Many in Ukraine's parliament pursue own ends, hinder reform - EU ambassador to Ukraine

Ukrainian Illya Kvasha wins European Diving Championships

Ukrainian Illya Kvasha became the champion of Europe in diving in Kyiv, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.

The athlete from southern Ukraine Mykolayiv city won the gold medal of the European Diving Championships in the men’s one meter springboard.

He took the lead after the fourth dive and claimed gold with a total of 431.75 points in a thrilling competition. Behind the local hero came two former winners, Patrick Hausding (2014) from Germany and Matthieu Rosset (2015) from France.

“That was my seventh European title on the 1 m springboard since 2008. The support of the audience helped me a lot. Coming to the end of the competition I knew that I was leading. But I only realised after the last dive that I had won. I hope I can repeat this performance in my next events here,” Kvasha said.

The team of Ukraine has already won four awards – one “gold”, two “silver” and one “bronze”.

Russian proxies attack Ukraine 55 times, 3 soldiers wounded in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 55 times in the past 24 hours, with three 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 Donbas militants once again mounted a treacherous attack on one of the front-line villages. Unfortunately, there were casualties among the local population this time.

“The shelling of villages and towns. At about 23:00 Kyiv time, the pro-Russian illegal armed groups shelled residential areas in the village of Sukha Balka in the direction of the temporarily occupied town of Horlivka. An artillery shell hit a house on Molodizhna Street, as a result of which a 52-year-old man died. Another three houses on the same street were damaged. Power lines and a gas pipe are broken in the village, and the water tower is out of service. The mercenaries reportedly used 152mm howitzer artillery systems. Damage from at least half a dozen deadly enemy shells has preliminarily been recorded in the residential areas,” the report says.

According to the ATO HQ, the enemy used 120mm mortars to shell the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Mykolaivka in the Mariupol sector. The Ukrainian positions near the village of Chermalyk came under fire from 122mm cannon artillery systems. The militants also used 82mm mortars near the town of Krasnohorivka. In addition, the Ukrainian defenders of the villages of Pavlopil, Talakivka, Vodiane, Lebedynske, Shyrokyne and Hnutove, and the town of Mar’inka were attacked with grenade launchers of various modifications, heavy machine guns and other infantry weapons. In total, 23 enemy armed provocations were recorded in this sector in the last day.

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The enemy violated the ceasefire 13 times in the Donetsk sector. After firing tank shells on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Novoluhanske, the invaders became more active after dark. At first, they launched an intense attack from 120mm and 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka. Somewhat later, the enemy heavily struck from 122mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Pisky. Furthermore, the Ukrainian soldiers near the villages of Opytne and Verkhniotoretske also came under mortar fire last night. In addition, using grenade launchers and small arms of various calibers, the Russian occupation forces opened fire on the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the villages of Maiorsk, Kam’ianka and Nevelske.

The Luhansk sector saw 19 enemy attacks in the last 24 hours. The Russian-backed mercenaries fired 82mm and 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Katerynivka, Novo-Oleksandrivka and Triokhizbenka, and the village of Schastia. The Russian-terrorist gangs repeatedly opened fire on Ukrainian troops stationed near these settlements, as well as not far from the villages of Zhovte, Novotoshkivske, Krymske, Troyitske and Stanytsia Luhanska. They used grenade launchers and small arms of various calibers.

Many in Ukraine’s parliament pursue own ends, hinder reform – EU ambassador to Ukraine

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada’s inefficient work is obstructing reform in the country, European Union Ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

In analyzing the work being done to harmonize Ukrainian and EU law, it appears that the relevant ministries drew up the bills long ago, and the Rada has registered these bills, but the head of the Rada committee has chosen not to move ahead because he pursues his own interests and does not want to facilitate reform, Mingarelli said while speaking at a panel discussion of the 7th national expert forum organized by Gorshenin Institute in Kyiv on Thursday.

There are quite a lot of people in the Ukrainian parliament who defend their own interests and block reform, he said.

The EU regularly offers its recommendations on making the Ukrainian parliament’s work more efficient, Mingarelli said.

If the Rada lacks political will because of the presence of people pursuing their own ends, the government would find it difficult to go ahead with reform in Ukraine, Mingarelli said.