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Events in Ukraine on 12 October 2015.

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

that have happened in Ukraine today

 

 President Congratulates Commanders of the Armed Forces

on Defender of Ukraine Day: We Have Lots to Celebrate

The President had a meeting with commanders of military units at the Ivan Cherniakhovsky National University of Defence of Ukraine. The Head of State congratulated visitors on the Defender of Ukraine Day due to be celebrated on October 14.

“I am honoured to be the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of such Armed Forces. We have shown to the entire world that the Ukrainian troops are capable of defending the state. We are building the national security and defence system right and the leading role in it is given to heroes, patriots and professionals,” the President said.

The Head of State noted that the situation in the country had radically changed since February, when the previous such meeting had been held. “We have an absolutely different army and situation on the frontline where there is no more shooting. It became possible due to the joint and coordinate efforts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and political-diplomatic efforts of the supreme authorities of the country,” the President emphasized.

 “It is a holiday for everyone who loves Ukraine. A holiday of those who felt responsibility and involvement in the matter of defending the Homeland from Russian aggressors, occupants, mercenaries,” the President said.

On behalf of the Ukrainian nation, the President expressed heartfelt gratitude to every warrior and commander for their high professionalism, valour, heroism and morale demonstrated in the course of the protection of state sovereignty, freedom and territorial integrity.

Addressing the attendees, the President stressed: “You must be ready to rebuff the aggressor at any time. We realize that hostilities can be resumed at any moment. I do not trust Putin and his puppets. We have to defend Ukraine in case anyone decides to challenge our strength,” Petro Poroshenko noted.

ATO Headquarters: Militants Conduct Provocative Attacks on ATO Forces

The situation in the area of the antiterrorist operation remained stable in the past 24 hours, the ATO press-centre posted on Facebook.

However, a number of rebel provocations were reported at night, as gunmen fired on army positions near Shyrokine at 10.55PM.

Moreover, terrorists fired on ATO forces near Novotroitske with small arms.

Activists Announce the Launch of "Power Blockade" of Crimea

Electrical energy has not been transferred to Crimea through one of high-voltage power lines since October 11. Three others continue to transfer power to the peninsula, a deputy head of the public initiative headquarters on the blockade of Crimea, Izet Gdanov, told Krym Realii.

According to his information, power engineering specialists supported civilian protesters and stopped transferring electricity to the Crimea through the Melitopol - Dzhankoy line.

Former Security Services Official:

One of Countries Has Satellite Images of the MH17 Crash

One of the leading powers has satellite images of the MH17 crash, ex-chief of the SBU Main Investigation Department Vasyl Vovk has said in an interview with Novaya Gazeta.

"There were no Russian satellites over these territories at the time of launching the Buk missile. Whose satellites were there? Those who have the images should provide them. One of the leading powers has images of the crash and crash scene. I don't know why those haven't been released yet. The international group hasn't received these photographs, either," he added.

According to Vovk, satellite images can be crucial evidence, "but at the moment there are no such images available."

In addition, Vovk said that a technical expertise was underway.

ATO forces Pull Back Weapons with a Calibre of Less Than 100-mm

in the Lugansk Region Ahead of Schedule

The Ukrainian forces in Donbas have finished the withdrawal of armaments with a calibre of less than 100 mm as part of the first stage of the withdrawal process, the ATO press centre announced.

"In particular, 85-mm cannons have been relocated to some areas as far as 15 km away from the demarcation line under OSCE supervision. Representatives of the Special Monitoring Mission will verify weapons for a few days," the press centre posted on Facebook Sunday.

It also added that the situation in the conflict zone had seemed to be stable on October 10.

"Illegal paramilitary did not attack army positions," the press centre said.

Militants Wreck Paris Agreements of the Presidents

Rebel leaders of the occupied parts of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions have scheduled local elections for February and March respectively, thus, violated the "Norman agreements".

This information was released on rebel-friendly websites.

As reported earlier, according to the results of negotiations between the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, an agreement was archived calling for cancelling rebel pseudo-elections. According to the negotiations, local elections should be held in the occupied territories solely in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, which means elections can be called only by a resolution of the Verkhovna Rada.

ATO Headquarters: No Casualties 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 Monday.

According to Lysenko, the enemy carried out one provocation at the demarcation line on the outskirts of the village of Shyrokine. It was peaceful in other sectors of the front.

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