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that have happened in Ukraine today
ATO forces have countered attacks on the Donetsk airport. Bombardment of Donbas continues
The rebels fired at roadblocks and strongholds of ATO forces again near a number of settlements overnight, and tried without success to seize the Donetsk airport, the ATO press-centre posted on its Facebook wall.
“The terrorists attempted to seize the Donetsk airport once again, but these attempts turned out to be vain. Subdivisions of ATO forces successfully countered rebel's attacks on the airport", the ATO headquarters says.
"OSCE observers continue to work in the ATO area monitoring the overall situation," the ATO press-centre says.
Russia has legalized its trade blackmailing offence regarding Ukraine
Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree introducing duties on Ukrainian goods, but it should come into effect only if Kyiv violates its agreements in the light of the EU association. He made this declaration when speaking at the International Investment Forum in Sochi, RIA Novosti reports.
"These custom duties will only be imposed if Ukraine starts implementing economic articles of the agreement (on integration with the EU - ed.) before the confirmed date (January 1, 2016 - ed.) ", the head of the Russian government stressed.
The number of victims of human trafficking has increased in Ukraine
The number of victims of human trafficking aiming at the labour exploitation has been increasing in Ukraine since 2010, the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings reports on the situation in Ukraine.
The announcement was published on Friday according to Interfax-Ukraine.
"Ukraine has made a number of important steps to develop the legal and institutional framework for fighting against trafficking in human beings", the report reads.
However, the number of victims of human trafficking aiming at the labour exploitation of persons has increased significantly in Ukraine since 2010.
Experts call on the Ukrainian authorities to launch training courses for investigators, prosecutors and judges with a view to effective investigating of human trafficking cases.
Rebels have unsuccessfully tried to convoke a mass meeting in Novoazovsk
The rebels tried to organise a mass meeting in Novoazovsk in support of the separation from Ukraine for the sake of Russian channels, but were not able to find more than 200 people, the head of the group "Information Resistance" Dmytro Tymchuk posted on his Facebook. wall.
"The leadership of Russian and terrorist forces attempted to organise a rally in support of Novorossia to stage a show for Russian TV film crews. They managed to gather no more than 200 people", he reports.
Crimean illegitimate authorities fight even against libraries
The Gasprynsky Crimean Tatar Library in Simferopol was closed down at behest of the self-proclaimed “Crimean Council of Ministers", the library officials say in a statement on the official website. "The Crimean republican organization "Ismail Gasprynsky Crimean Tatar Library” is to be closed down under the authority of decree No. 801 issued by the Council of Ministers of the Crimea on 19 August 2014 "On Closing Crimean Republican Libraries and Establishing State Institutions," the statement reads. The Gasprynsky Library opened its doors on September 24, 1990.
2 soldiers died and 3 others wounded in the past 24 hours in the ATO area
2 Ukrainian service members were killed in the past 24 hours in the ATO area, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council information centre (NSDC) Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.
"The terrorists and Russian military forces continue to bombard positions of ATO forces. The terrorists carried out artillery attacks on positions of ATO forces in Donetsk region near the settlements of Vuglegirsk, Maryinka, Debaltseve Nyzhnya Krynka, Donetskiy, Troitske, Krasnogorivka, Starognativka, Granitne, Peremozhne, Pisky, Maloorlivka and the Donetsk airport.
The rebels also fired upon the towns of Schastya, Zentralniy, Frunze, Chornukhine, Stanyza Luganska in Lugansk region", the National Security Council added.