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that have happened in Ukraine today
Poroshenko has asked Merkel to condemn Russia’s aggression
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to make efforts for support of Ukraine and condemnation of Russia's aggression within the European Union and on the international stage, the presidential press service reports with a reference to a telephone conversation between the two Heads of State on Tuesday.
They discussed the situation in Donbas, as well as further steps necessary to stop aggression and continue to seek dialogue for a peaceful settlement of the situation.
The leaders of Ukraine and Germany agreed on further intensive dialogue in order to respond promptly to the situation in Donetsk and Lugansk regions
Mass Media: Russian tanks deployed 20 km away from Mariupol, and repainted
60 Russian tanks have been spotted near Mariupol being repainted in colours of so-called "Novorossia", TSN news reports.
Russian combat groups intend to leave Novooazovsk heading for Mariupol.
"50 tanks have come over from the Russian territory, and we have only 7 RPGs at our disposal. That is all. There is nothing more left to use against tanks. We have some so-called "Flies" and AKMs made in 1962," an officer says.
Ukrainian soldiers argue that no "rebells" fight against them.
"It's Russia's invasion, there is no doubt. We got a chance to see this ourselves yesterday, when Russian tanks with the Russian flag and soldiers entered into Novoazovsk, another servicemen says.
Russian soldiers blocked the occupied city and do not allow anyone out in direction of Ukraine; instead, they have started sending “refugees" to Russia.
They fired at a bus, which was carrying children from Novoazovsk. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
There are about a thousand Russian soldiers in the town, mainly from the Caucasus and far-eastern regions, as reported by TSN News.
Tymchuk: Russian troops and terrorists continue to advance
Russian troops in close cooperation with terrorists continue to move forward in two main directions - in the area of Novoazovsk, and along the Amvrosiyevka-Illovaysk battle line, the head of the group "Information Resistance" Dmytro Tymchuk wrote on his Facebook wall.
According to Tymchuk, Russia has all possible opportunities to bring its troops over to Ukraine. In his opinion, only fierce resistance and destruction of the present Russian divisions could possibly hold up this process.
NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE COUNCIL: Putin's appeal affirms that the militants are controlled by the Kremlin
An address given by Russian President Vladimir Putin to terrorists in the eastern part of Ukraine about a "green corridor" for the Ukrainian troops that had been encircled proves that the insurgents are under the control of the Kremlin, the National Security and Defence Council announced on Friday.
As you may know, Putin made an appeal to terrorist groups in the east of Ukraine on the night of 29 August.
In turn, the PRD gunmen replied that they were ready to arrange a “green corridor” for the surrounded Ukrainian units, but only if they ground arms.
The Cabinet has proposed to repeal Ukraine's status of a military non-aligned country
The Cabinet of Ministers submitted to the Verkhovna Rada for approval a bill, introducing the repeal of Ukraine's status of a military non-aligned country, the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced at an extraordinary meeting of the government on Friday.
"In accordance with the decision of the National Security and Defence Council, the government will submit to the parliament a bill to repeal Ukraine's status of a military non-aligned country and reinstate the policies that enable Ukraine to become a NATO member", he said.
Semenchenko: ATO forces have been attacked near Illovaysk by Russian tanks
ATO forces were attacked near Illovaysk by Russia's tanks and infantry; they fought back and captured 12 prisoners, "Donbas" battalion commander Semen Semenchenko posted on his Facebook wall.
He wrote that a column of ATO fighters near Illovaysk tried to break out of encirclement earlier on Friday, but ran in an ambush.
He requested that reinforcement be sent immediately to the soldiers stationed near Illovaysk. Semenchenko also called for picketing Defence Ministry's headquarters in order to force the Ministry to provide reinforcement, which they promised a long time ago but have not sent yet.