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Events in Ukraine on 30 September 2015.

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Briefly about the most important today's events in our digest of events

that have happened in Ukraine today

 

  

ATO Headquarters: Withdrawal of Weapons with a Calibre of Less Than 100mm

to Start in the Lugansk Region

The first stage of the withdrawal of weapons with a calibre of less than 100 mm in the ATO area will be launched in the Lugansk region.

The first stage of the withdrawal of weapons of a calibre less than 100 mm in Donbas is to begin in the Lugansk region, a spokesman of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Andriy Lysenko, said.

He also believes that the agreement on the withdrawal of weapons of a calibre less than 100 mm from the demarcation line inked in Minsk on Tuesday is the diplomatic victory of Kyiv.

"We are convinced that it is another step towards peace in the region," Lysenko said.

 

Russia Sends another "Humanitarian Convoy" to Donbass

The Russian Emergency Ministry has dispatched the 40th column carrying "humanitarian aid" to Donbass today, "RIA Novosti" reports.

"Over 100 trucks left the MOE Don Rescue Centre and are now heading toward the state border," Russian authorities announced.

According to the ministry, trucks are delivering over 1.2 tons of "humanitarian aid" including food and medicine.

Additionally, the Emergencies Ministry reported that both Lugansk and Donetsk would receive almost equal portions of the aid.

ATO Headquarters: Militants Assault ATO Forces with Machine-Guns and Mortars

In general, the situation along the demarcation line remained peaceful in the period from 6PM till midnight. However, rebels did breach the armistice near Donetsk late in the evening, the ATO press-centre posted on Facebook.

They attacked a Ukrainian stronghold near Krasnogorivka with small arms, heavy machine-guns and ICV weapons, and also committed to action 120-mm mortars. In total, insurgents breached the ceasefire 4 times in the past 24 hours.

Putin: Russian Air Force to Help Assad's Forces to Advance

Russia launched air strikes against targets in Syria on Wednesday in the Kremlin's biggest intervention in the Middle East in decades, telling the U.S. air force to steer clear while its warplanes were in action.

[…]Areas of the province of Homs struck by the Russians are controlled by an array of rebel groups including several operating under the banner of the "Free Syrian Army", activists, locals and rebels said. None of the sources named Islamic State as one of the groups operating in the areas hit on Wednesday.

The Russian Defence Ministry said however that its attacks were directed at Islamic State military targets. It said it had hit IS weapons depots, ammunition, communications infrastructure, and fuel.

The head of the Western-backed Syrian political opposition said the Russian strikes had killed at least 36 civilians and targeted areas where Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked fighters were not present.

[…]Striking Homs and opposition groups but not IS showed the Kremlin's primary aim was to prop up Assad, a French diplomatic source said.

RF Federation Council Authorizes Putin to Use Troops Abroad

Vladimir Putin has received permission from parliament for Russian forces to take place in bombing raids in Syria; two days after the Russian leader spoke to the UN and called for an international coalition against terrorism to fight Islamic State.

The federation council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, held a swift, closed session on Wednesday morning in which it unanimously approved Putin’s request.

Fox News reported on Wednesday that Russian officials have sent an official demand for US planes to exit Syrian airspace immediately, as a number of Russian officials described western airstrikes in the region as illegal.

A senior Russian official said the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, had asked Russia for military assistance, making Russia’s actions legitimate.

General Staff: 1 Service Member Wounded in the ATO Area in the past 24 Hours

No deaths were reported in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Wednesday.

"One Ukrainian soldier sustained wounds during mine clearing. No soldier was killed," he said.

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