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that have happened in Ukraine today
Donbas: 40 shell strikes per day
"Russian and terrorist troops violated the truce more than 40 times in the past 24 hours",
the head of the "Information Resistance" group Dmytro Tymchuk posted on his Facebook. Wall on September 16.
"The situation near the village of Smile remains dynamic, ATO forces conduct activities aimed at ensuring a safe environment for personnel who serves at roadblocks situated in the district mentioned above', the IR representative stated.
OH "North": 1 soldier killed, 5 others wounded
The operational headquarters "North" reports that one soldier died, and five others were wounded over the last 24 hours as a result of hostilities in Lugansk region.
8 attacks on positions of the OH "North” was registered in the past 24 hours according to reports of the OH "North" press-centre published in Facebook on the morning of October 16.
The attacks were carried out by cannons (D-30) and mortars.
"We have lost: 1 serviceman killed, 5 others wounded", the press-centre states.
Luhansk region without electricity, water due to actions of militants
Entire Luhansk region remained without electricity on Wednesday evening due to armed clashes between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the 32nd detached Cossack unit of the so-called “Donskoy Army,” under command of Dryomov. The power line was ruined in the area of Bakhmutka, Head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Gennady Moskal wrote on his official website.
"Due to the emergency protection, two power generating units were disabled at the thermal power plant in the settlement of Schastya (28 km from the site of injury), so the whole of Luhansk region - both controlled by Ukraine and controlled by the "LPR" - remained without electricity. Mobile communication and the Internet also disappeared and water supply was suspended too," Moskal said.
Due to operational actions of the DTEK employees, who serve the TPP in the settlement of Schastya, in a few hours, it was managed to launch the second power generating unit and to switch over one line to Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and a part of Luhansk region.
The rest of the region is still without electricity, which will be restored soon.
"We were surprised by the Ukrenergo position, which gave an instruction to the team to primarily restore electricity on the territory, controlled by the "LPR,” Moskal said.
Militants repeatedly left towns without electricity before. Recently, the settlement of Stanytsia, Luhansk region, was left without electricity and a part of the district - after repairs electricity was supplied only during one day there.
Maintenance crews cannot repair the damaged power lines near Bakhmutka because of hostilities. Workers of electrical companies have recently been attacked by the militants when doing reconstruction works. Four of them were killed and three seriously wounded at that time.
The number of NATO supporters in Ukraine has tripled over two years
The number of supporters of Ukraine's membership in the NATO has tripled over last two years, as the results of a joint survey conducted by the Foundation of Ilko Kucheriv Deminitiative have shown.
44% of the respondents believe that a NATO membership in terms of security guarantee for the state could be the best option for Ukraine.
Another 22% of the population spoke in support of the status of a military non-aligned country, and only 15% of the citizens supported a military alliance with Russia and other CIS countries.
The poll was conducted on 12 to 21 September 2014.
4 civilians wounded in Donetsk in the past 24 hours
3 killed, 9 others wounded in the past 24 hours
3 soldiers were killed in the past 24 hours of the anti-terrorist operation, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council information centre (NSDC) Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing.
According to him, 3 Ukrainian servicemen died, and 9 others were wounded within a day.
He said that a confluence of rebels had been detected near the city of Mariupol and Volnovakha.
Additionally, two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were detected over the Ukrainian territory, one of which was flying over Mariupol.
NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE COUNCIL: Russia does not withdraw its troops from the border
NSDC did see a withdrawal of the Russian Army from the border even though they detected some kind activity before, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council information centre (NSDC) Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing.
There has been no significant withdrawal of Russian troops as of this moment.
It is well known that Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the NATO forces in Europe Philip Breedlove also reported earlier that there had been no massive withdrawal of any Russian troops from the Ukrainian border.
National Security and Defence Council: The terrorists shell residential quarters across their own territories
The terrorists have not stopped bombarding residential quarters across the territories that are temporarily controlled by them, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.
To be specific, a number of dwelling houses were shelled by Grad volley fire systems in the village of Nikishyno, Shakhtarsk district of Donetsk region.
The school services have been temporary suspended at 12 educational institutions in the settlements of Tryokhizbenka, Chornukhine, Nyzhnye, and Zolote, Toshkivka, and Girske of Popasna district because of constant shelling conducted by the PRL rebels.
According to him, the OSCE mission recorded the consequences of a terrorist attack on the village of Sartana on October 14, resulting in 7 civilians killed and 18 wounded.
"They (the OSCE - Edit.) also confirm that the shelling was conducted from the eastern side, where terrorist troops were stationed", Lysenko said.