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that have happened in Ukraine today.
Merkel and Putin carry on secret negotiations on Ukraine
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Volodymyr Putin have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine, the Independent reports. An Independent source has revealed that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies. At the same, time in order to be able to seal the deal, the international community would need to recognise Crimea's independence and its annexation by Russia, a move that some members of the United Nations might find difficult to accept. Sources close to the secret negotiations claim that the first part of the stabilization plan requires Russia to withdraw its financial and military support for the various pro-separatist groups operating in eastern Ukraine. At the same time, the Ukrainian President would agree not to apply to join NATO. In return, President Putin would not seek to block or interfere with the Ukraine's new trade relations with the European Union. Secondly, the Ukraine could be offered a new long-term agreement with Russia's giant gas supplier Gazprom, for future gas supplies and price policies. However, these attempts of Ms Merkel to act as a mediator between President Putin and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko were put on the back-burner following the downing of the MH17 plane in eastern Ukraine. The discussions are expected to be resumed once the investigation of the MH-17 crash has been finished.
3 civilians killed, 8 others injured during fighting in Lugansk
3 civilian residents were killed including a fifteen-year-old teenager, and 7 injured as a bitter result of constant shelling of Luhansk on Wednesday, July 30, the Luhansk City Council reports.
Also, paramedics received 84 phone calls in total in the past 24 hours.
ATO press centre: Terrorists do not adhere to an agreement on a ceasefire
Terrorists do not adhere to "the peaceful day", declared at the site of the Malaysian airlines MH-17 crash on July 31 in Donbas on a request of UN Chief Ban Ki-moon, the ATO press centre said on Thursday morning.
"Troops, taking part in the active phase of the ATO are not going to engage in any hostilities except for defending their own positions from military attacks," the ATO Press centre stressed on July 31.
"However, Russian mercenaries do not adhere to any international agreements and requirements. Occupiers shelled the village of Peremozhne, Lutugiv district, at 9 a.m. using two BM 21 Grad volley fire systems", one representative said.
"Having done that, separatists once again demonstrated their villainous attitude to Ukraine and to the entire world community," security officials underlined.
"Green corridor” was organized for civilian residents of Luhansk
A "Green corridor” was arranged for civilian residents of Luhansk
"Fire at a distance of 200 meters to the right and to the left of the corridor is to be ceased from 10:00 to 16:00 every day,” the ATO press centre informs.
According to some suggestions, white pieces of cloth for groups of people and wide white bands for a single citizen, as well as for the first and last participant of a column should serve as insignia of civilians, Security officials announced.
"Every resident should be allowed to carry his personal things with him. The transportation of fire arms is to be strictly prohibited", they stressed.