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Human Rights Watch: Insurgents of Donbas kidnap medical workers and seize ambulance vehicles
Militants of Donbas kidnap medical workers, rob and destroy medical equipment in hospitals and literally deprive local population of opportunities to receive medical care, International human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Thursday according to the Radio Liberty.
In addition, experts of Human Rights Watch pointed out at seizing ambulance vehicles by separatists and using them to their own use. Human rights activists affirmed at least 4 such cases.
The organization points to the fact that attempts to endanger the lives of medical workers and patients during armed conflicts are a flagrant violation of international law.
According to information provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, hundreds of people were killed, and more than a thousand wounded in the period from mid-April to the end of July in the East of Ukraine.
Saboteurs preparing terrorist attacks have been arrested in the city of Zhytomyr
State Security Service agents arrested several spies in Zhytomyr on the night of 4-5 August, the National Security and Defence Council announced earlier today.
According to the report, a group of saboteurs planned to commit several terrorist attacks.
It consisted of Ukrainian citizens hired by the Russian national intelligence agency.
More than 8 kg of home-made explosives were seized from the arrested men. The detainees are giving testimony now.
Ukrainian Security Services have found out that the spies were well trained at a camp in Rostov region, the Russian Federation.
Tymchuk: Russia provides terrorists with modern weapons
Ukraine has some evidence on Russia's provision of modern weapons for terrorists in the east of Ukraine, the head of the group "Information resistance" Dmytro Tymchuk reported on Tuesday.
"Taking into consideration that Dragunov sniper rifles have never been purchased by Ukraine, they could have been delivered to Donbas only illegally. No telescopic sights for sniper rifles ... have ever been bought by Ukraine, and the Army of Ukraine has never had them at its disposal," he added.
According to Tymchuk, Russia continues to supply terrorists with serious weapons.
"There is still an open question, where militants get those Strela-10Ms from, as well as notorious anti-aircraft missile complexes called Buk, even though terrorists, as we all know, deny their existence", said Tymchuk.
“Some boxes previously used as packages for PZRs have been found at positions abandoned by terrorists. There were papers in those boxes dated 12 April 2014 (the time of the last examination carried out) confirmed by the stamp of a military unit situated in Yeysk (a resort town in Krasnodar Krai region, Russia)", he added.
Russia continues to spy and draw up troops on the border
Cases of air observation committed by Russia and increasing its military presence on the Ukrainian border were revealed again in the past 24 hours, the spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council reported at a briefing.
As reported by Lysenko, air-based observation missions over the territories of Donetsk and Kherson regions … as well as over a former military airfield in the city of Bolgrad, Odessa region, were carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)".
“Some new troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have been detected in Russian border regions”, Lysenko reported.
"The total number of Russian troops gathered along the state border constitutes about 45 thousand people, as well as 160 tanks, 1360 armoured vehicles, up to 350 artillery systems, 130 volley fire systems, 192 combat aircraft, 137 helicopters", the spokesman for the National Security Council stated.
Lysenko reiterated, “The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has started yet another military exercise with more than 100 combat jets involved. Ukraine regards such unprecedented military exercises on its border with Russia as a provocation".
National Security Council: Russia shelled ATO forces for a few hours using heavy artillery
Hours-long shelling of Ukrainian territories was carried out from the Russian territory using heavy artillery and Grad systems, Spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.
"Fire was opened from positions near the Russian village of Marfivka", he said.
"Russians fired upon the Ukrainian town Amvrosiyevka and upon positions of ATO forces stationed nearby at 6 p.m. by howitzers ", the spokesman for the National Security Council reported.
"Ukrainian troops near the Cossack village of Luganskaya, Luhansk region, were shelled and mortared for three hours from the Russian territory from 10 o'clock p.m. After a while, Russians shifted their chaotic fire further into the territory of Ukraine", Lysenko said.
"Russian forces shelled positions of Ukrainian paratroopers near Amvrosiyevka at midnight using Grad volley fire systems ".
"After two hours, a roadblock of ATO forces near Dyakovo was also shelled from the Russian side", the spokesman for the National Security Council informed.
National Security Council: Three servicemen killed within last 24 hours
Three soldiers were killed and 46 wounded in the past 24 hours as a result of hostilities between the Army and terrorists, Spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.
According to him, numerous counter-attacks and intense fighting against terrorists were the reasons for such significant losses.
26 clashes were detected within last 24 hours.