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Events in Ukraine on 24 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

Militants have launched Grad rockets on the Donetsk airport

The militants carried out two artillery attacks on the Donetsk airport despite the truce agreement, the leader of the ATO press-centre Vladislav Seleznyov told "Ukrainska Pravda".

"No casualties on our part," he added.

"As for the elections, we are ready to safeguard them and secure safety of district election commissions", he said.

"We expect provocations, but we are ready to respond promptly," he said.

ATO forces have freed a village in Lugansk; a member of the village council found deadin his yard

The village of Krymske, Lugansk region, was liberated by ATO forces yesterday, a spokesman for the National Security Council Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.

"The village of Krymske, Novoaydarsk district, was freed from Cossacks of the so-called "Great Donskoy Army", he said.

"After the village was liberated, it turned out that terrorists had brutally murdered local residents who favourably disposed towards Ukraine. In particular, two men- a father and his son - had been tortured by insurgents in a basement ", he said.

"Also, a 43- year-old member of the local village council, Gennadiy Khitrenko, was shot dead in his yard because of his pro-Ukrainian standpoint", Lysenko added.

Russian troops still in Ukraine

Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO's military commander said on Friday.

"We've seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine," U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters at NATO's military headquarters.

Some Russian troops stationed near the Ukraine border had left and others appeared to be preparing to leave.

"But the force that remains and shows no indications of leaving is still a very, very capable force," he said.

He spoke before Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine in which President Petro Poroshenko seeks a mandate to press ahead with his plan to end a separatist conflict and pursue integration with mainstream Europe.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the EU to help Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the EU to help Ukraine pay for Russian gas supplies, the DW reports.

"We need to provide a kind of interim financing," she said Friday morning after the first day of the EU summit in Brussels.

According to Merkel, it is necessary to provide funding for gas deliveries for a period from November to February, since in February Ukraine will receive a new aid package from the International Monetary Fund, which involves the European Union.

The Chancellor said that in talks with EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, Russia and Ukraine, which will be held October 29, various concepts of such interim financing will be discussed.


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