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Events in Ukraine on 20 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

 

Observers: Russian Air Strikes in Syria Kill 370 People

370 people have been killed since Russia launched its air strikes in Syria, one third of whom were civilians, the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights announced as reported by Reuters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said 243 rebel fighters had been killed, among them 52 from the Islamic State group, along with 127 civilians.

Among the civilians there were 36 children and 34 women, according to Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Moscow began air strikes in Syria last month in cooperation with the government in Damascus and says it is targeting the Islamic State group and other "terrorists".

But Syrian rebels and their backers accuse Russia of targeting moderate and Islamist rebels in a bid to bolster the regime.

Moscow's strikes have hit multiple provinces across the country, including strongholds of IS like Raqa province.

But they have focused most heavily on several provinces where Syrian regime forces are leading offensives against an array of opposition forces that do not include IS.

IRG: Militants Massing Personnel near the Donetsk Airport

The situation in the ATO area is relatively calm, but rebels are continuing to mass their forces near Spartak and the ruined Donetsk airport, the founder of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted on Facebook on the morning of October 20.

In total, additional 600 gunmen divided in 4 groups have arrived in these areas […]," Tymchuk announced.

"At the same time terrorists have dramatically increased safeguarding the highway between Donetsk and Snizhne," he reports.

Russian Aviation Carries Out Two Strikes in the Eastern Province of Latakia

Resulting in 42 People Killed

42 local residents have died and dozens been injured as a result of Russia's double attack on the village of Bishurfa situated in the eastern province of Latakia, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported with a reference to local residents.

"At least 45 people were killed in Russian air strikes on the Jabal al-Akrad region yesterday afternoon," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Among them were civilians but we do not have a precise number," he added. The Local Coordination Committees, another activist-run monitoring group, says 57 people were killed in the province on Monday, mostly by Russian airstrikes,  Russia says its strikes target the Islamic State group and other "terrorists", but rebels and their backers say Moscow has focused more on moderate and Islamist opposition forces than jihadists.

Intelligence Agents: 26 Bodies of Russian Marines Arrive In Sevastopol from Syria

The bodies of 26 dead marines have been brought to Sevastopol from Syria, the Main Intelligence Agency of the Ministry of Defence reports.

As reported earlier, troops of the Armed Forces of Syria backed by the Russian aviation continue to advance in the provinces of Aleppo, Damask, Latakia, Khama, and Khoms gaining control over a number of settlements near Aleppo.

The Russian aviation faction carried out 33 operational flights throughout the day and conducted strikes on 49 facilities in the territory of Syria.

ATO Forces Withdraws Tanks in the Artemivsk Direction

According to the Minsk agreements, the Ukrainian tanks have been withdrawn in Artemivsk direction. It has also scheduled to withdraw artillery systems and mortars soon.

The weapons moved to defined regions under monitoring of the representatives of the “OSCE Mission. The OSCE representatives verified vehicles, particularly, checked license plates according to provided lists” the MoD official site informs.

The Ukrainian party observes the Minsk agreements and is interested in peaceful resolving of conflict.

General Staff: One Fighter Killed and Another One Wounded

in the ATO Area in the Past 24 Hours

One serviceman was killed and another one wounded as a result of mine blasts in the ATO area in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, reported at a briefing on Tuesday.

However, according to him no rebel UAVs were spotted spying along the demarcation line and no attacks were reported in the area.

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