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Events in Ukraine on 23 October 2014.

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Briefly about the most important today's events in our digest of events

that have happened in Ukraine today

OSCE: A large number of service members cross the Russian border

A considerable number of soldiers cross the Russia-Ukraine border through the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints in both directions, OBSE reports read.

"The monitoring mission has been observing a significant number of people wearing military uniform, who cross the border in both directions; some of them belong to Cossack formations due to their appearance," the statement reads.

540 men and women in uniform including several Cossacks have crossed the border this week. At the same time, the observers have not spotted any weapons on them.

Sick or wounded people also leave Ukraine heading for Russia.

In addition, the observers have seen trucks taking coal from Lugansk region toward Russia.

 

More than 30 shell strikes on ATO forces within 24 hours: the situation near Debaltseve is especially strained

Donbas rebels shelled positions of ATO forces more than 30 times in the past 24 hours.

According to the "Information Resistance" group, three armed clashes between the Ukrainian Army and the terrorists were detected, namely at the airport of Donetsk, near the settlements of Novopasna and Kharchovyk.

The largest number of attacks on positions of ATO forces was carried out on the outskirts of Debaltseve (5 assaults), and near the villages of Starognativka and Ridkodub (3assaults).

They also shelled a number of checkpoints and strongholds of ATO forces near the settlements of Schastya, Nikolayivka, Avdiivka, Nikishyno, Krasnogorovka, Talakovka, and Pavlopol.

"Rebels carried out two attacks at night near Mykolayivka and Debaltseve using BM-21 Grad volley fire systems; mortars firing could repeatedly be heard during the night. According to operational information, rebel sniper groups have also been working in this area", the ATO press centre reports.

Poroshenko inks anti-corruption laws

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed anti-corruption laws approved by the Verkhovna Rada on October 14 - on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, on preventing corruption, on the principles of state anti-corruption policy in Ukraine (Anti-Corruption Strategy) for 2014-2017, and on the introduction of amendments to some legislative acts on determining the final beneficiaries of legal persons and public figures, the presidential press service has reported.

The president-proposed law on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine foresees the creation of a special state law enforcement agency whose task is to prevent criminal corruption offenses committed by senior officials that pose a threat to national security.

The law on preventing corruption envisages comprehensive reform of the system on combating corruption in line with international standards and good practices of foreign countries. In particular, it is planned to create a national commission on preventing corruption.

The law on the introduction of amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine on determining the final beneficiaries of legal persons and public figures establishes a mechanism for identifying an individual - final beneficiary of legal persons, as well as a mechanism of free access to the State Register of Rights to Immovable Property.

The law on the principles of state anti-corruption policy in Ukraine (Anti-Corruption Strategy) for 2014-2017 envisages a set of priority measures aimed at reducing the level of corruption in Ukraine and forming the basis for further anti-corruption reforms.

Russian "experts" improve rebels' countermeasures systems

Russian experts improve actively radio intelligence systems and countermeasures systems in the occupied territory of Donbas, the head of the “Information Resistance" group Dmytro Tymchuk posted on his  Facebook. Wall.

"Structural subdivisions of experts from the Russian Federation formally  subordinated to the local terrorists leadership, but in reality accountable  to Moscow only were created for that purpose", he writes.

Militants preparing to regain Slovyansk and Mariupol

The leader of the Donetsk insurgents Alexander Zakharchenko said that his group was determined to "win back" Slovyansk, Mariupol and Kramatorsk from Ukraine.

 RIA "News" reports with a reference to his speech on Thursday in Donetsk.

He also said that military operations may soon be started over again.

"There will be some very heavy fighting. Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, and Mariupol are to be seized", he said.

One soldier killed in the past 24 hours

One soldier was killed in the past 24 hours of the anti-terrorist operation, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council information centre (NSDC) Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.

According to him, two more people were wounded.

No losses of equipment have been reported so far.

The Donetsk airport was assaulted once, but service members repelled the attack.

Poltorak: Ukrainian army is 80% ready for winter

"Preparations for the winter season include lots of things, from preparations of hardware to preparations of clothes, so the preparedness level is 80%. Personnel are ready to fulfil combat missions," he told reporters in Kyiv on Thursday.

 

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