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Events in Ukraine on 15 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

 

  General Staff: ATO Forces and Militants Withdraw Mortars Synchronously

ATO forces and illegal paramilitaries are synchronously pulling back mortars from the demarcation line in Eastern Ukraine, a spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vladislav Selezniov told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday. "The process of the withdrawal of mortars with a calibre of less than 120-mm is occurring simultaneously with that of rebels', and is controlled by OSCE observers,” Selezniov said. He also added that the withdrawal would continue on Thursday and Friday.

Netherlands to Hold a Referendum on the EU-Ukraine Agreement

Netherlands have decided to hold a referendum on the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, BBC reports.

The No Level movement is taking advantage of a new law allowing advisory referendums.

The Dutch parliament had already backed the EU deal, which removes trade barriers between the EU and Ukraine.

But campaigners fear that it could be a step towards EU membership and would cost Dutch taxpayers billions of euros.

"This is a chance to say we're here too," says Eurosceptic Thierry Baudet, who argues that Dutch voters should have their say on policies such as EU expansion, legislation and aid packages.

In particular he says the treaty would enable Ukrainians to travel without visas across Europe when their country is in conflict with Russia.

ATO Headquarters: Ceasefire Observed In the ATO Zone;

Hitch in Water Supply in Occupied Territories

No violations of the Minsk agreements were reported in the ATO area in the past 24 hours, which provided an opportunity to carry on setting up positions, and preparing equipment and weapons for relocating from the demarcation line as stipulated by the Minsk agreement, the ATO press-centre reports.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian mission 'Black Tulip" continues to search for soldiers perished in the ATO area.

The resentment of people living in the occupied territory is growing because of problems with the centralized water supply.

There is a danger that water supply and water carriage systems get frozen, if water supply to residential areas is not renewed before temperatures drop below zero.

No residential houses have been restored, since hostilities in Debaltseve were over in March 2015, despite numerous assurances of self-proclaimed authorities.

 

Russian Emergency Ministry Prepares the 41st "Humanitarian Convoy" for Donbass

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s convoy with humanitarian aid for Donbass has arrived at the border where cargoes are undergoing customs procedures, the ministry’s press service told TASS on Thursday.

"As of now, customs and border control procedures are being carried out at two border checkpoints - Donetsk and Matveyev Kurgan. After completing the procedures, the trucks will head for their destinations - Donetsk and Lugansk," the press service said.

More than 100 trucks will deliver more than 1,100 tons of humanitarian aid to Donbass, including food (canned food, cereals, tea, salt), necessities, office supplies, fire fighting equipment and medicaments. Humanitarian aid was collected by public organizations and labour unions from different Russian regions.

"Before loading cargo, scheduled technical examination of trucks was carried out, they were refuelled, and expendable materials were replaced. Drivers received instructions, and they are ready to go," the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

Since August 2014, convoys delivered more than 49,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Donbass.

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SMM OSCE: Heavy Arms Remain on Both Sides

Heavy arms, which should have been pulled back in accordance with the agreement, are still present on both sides along the demarcation line, a spokesman for the OSCE special monitoring mission Michael Bociurkiw said at a briefing.

The heavy weaponry, which should have been pulled back, still remains at the demarcation line, he announced at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

The SMM speaker said that observers spotted a guided anti-tank missile system in the government-controlled Novotoshkivske on October 5 and October 8, and a SMM UAV filmed seven tanks and other military hardware in rebel-controlled Komsomolsk and 23 tanks near Sontseve on October 9 and October 10.

Bociurkiw also noted the low level of respect for the agreements. The weapons are not kept in places where they are supposed to be once they have been relocated, he said. The OSCE SMM is also restricted in movement in Donbass, for PRD representatives hamper the access of OSCE observers to places where weaponry is kept, the OSCE spokesman said.

Russia Accuses International Investigators of Unfair Practices Because of MH17

The Russian Concern "Almaz-Antey" has accused the international commission of inquiry into the causes of the MH-17 crash of a misuse of their data, a statement posted on the company website reads.

Ukraine welcomes the Dutch findings on flight MH17. It released its own report saying the missile was shot from the rebel-controlled region.

 Russia takes the opposite view. Almaz-Antey, Russian manufacturer of the BUK surface-to-air missile system, rejects the conclusions of the Dutch commission.

The missile maker has presented its own findings at a news conference in Moscow. It has carried out two experiments, simulating the scene when a BUK missile hits the fuselage of a passenger plane.

 The first experiment was conducted on July 31st. They say they determined the exact place where the missile was fired from the comprehensive analysis of the damage to the plane.

 "Today we can definitely say and will show in presentation that if the Boeing 777 was shot down with air defence missile system "BUK", it was hit by missile 9M38 from the Zaroshenske settlement," said Yan Novikov, General Director of Almaz-Antey.

 That region was controlled by the Ukrainian army. A second experiment last Wednesday had the same conclusion.

 Almaz-Antey says the plane was hit by a 9-M-38 BUK missile, produced in the Soviet Union. And this type of missile is no longer in use by the Russian army. But, the Ukrainian army is still using it.

 Novikov says the company is willing to hand the results of their experiments to International investigators, to get more objective conclusions.

ATO Headquarters: No Casualties in the ATO Area in the Past 24 Hours

No casualties were reported in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Thursday.

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