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Donbass: More than 30 shell strikes with the most intense ones in the direction of Donetsk and Debaltseve
Rebels carried out more than 30 shell strikes in the past 24 hours, the most intense ones were carried out in the directions of Donetsk and Debaltseve, Dmytro Tymchuk wrote in his Facebook on the morning of October 29.
"Ceasefire was violated about 30 times in the past 24 hours by Russian and terrorist troops. Terrorists were especially active in the Donetsk and Debaltseve directions with 11 and 9 attacks respectively", he writes.
"Positions of Ukrainian military near the Donetsk airport were fired upon 6 times; a stronghold near the settlement of Chernukhino was assaulted 4 times; positions of ATO forces on the outskirts of Pavlopol were fired at three times", Tymchuk informs.
"Also, several more shell strikes on Ukrainian troops were recorded near the settlements of Nikishyno, Maloorlivka, Nikolayevka, Granitne, Mayorske, Mius, Zolote, Gnutove," he adds.
50 percent of Russians fear political repressions
Half of the Russian population fears political repressions similar to those conducted by Stalin, results of a study conducted by Russian foundation of "Public Opinion" (FPO) show, as reported by Kommersant.
According to the FPO, 48% of Russians believe that they may still witness political repressions similar to those carried out by the UdSSR (14% of which reckon that the probability of mass repressions to be introduced again is very high, and 34% - low).
At the same time, about a quarter of Russians is convinced that repressions will not take place again, and 22% provided no answer.
No losses were reported in the past 24 hours in the ATO area
"No deaths were reported in the ATO area in the past 24 hours in spite of intense shelling carried out by rebels; one soldier was wounded, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.
The situation in Mariupol was quiet.
Russia shifting its troops to Donbas; the "PRD" has ordered the National Guard uniform
PRD and PRL gunmen want to "disguise them in the National Guard uniform” and prepare for bloody provocations; Russia has starting again shifting its troops to Ukraine, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing on Wednesday.
According to him, the activity of rebels and Russian divisions has increased in view of the fact that elections are coming soon.
"Russia has been transferring its troops from Rostov region to Donbass; officers take away soldiers' documents and insignia," he added.
In addition, 2 Russian columns of materiel have been spotted arriving in Donbas. The personnel were dressed in the Russian Cossack uniform.
Intelligence data show that a series of large-scale provocations, which may cause the deaths of many people, is underway in rebel-held areas especially in the city of Donetsk and on its outskirts. The equipment is labelled with inscriptions similar to those of the National Guard of Ukraine.
Armed gangs of the "PRL" and "PRD" have ordered and already received more than 3 thousand pieces of uniform worn by the National Guard soldiers.
More and more Russian journalists are arriving in Donbas.
"We want to warn citizens that any participation in so-called "elections is dangerous", Lysenko said.
In addition, according to Lysenko, redeployment operations of certain military groups are currently taking place in the Crimea, but they do not cross the border.
National Security Council: Russian "humanitarian aid" has nothing to do with helping people
Russian Federation did not provide its Ukrainian counterpart with any official documents regarding sending of yet another "humanitarian convoy" to Donbas, a spokesman for the National Security Council Andriy Lysenko reported with a reference to the MFA.
"We call on Russia once again to abide by international standards, which define the whole procedure of providing humanitarian aid - it should be agreed by the receiving side, and checked on the border by customs officers, as well as by the International Committee of the Red Cross", a statement reads.
The MFA of Ukraine has sent Russia a note of protest in connection with the prolonged detention of Ukrainian female pilot Nadiya Savchenko, Lysenko added
At the same time, journalists present at the briefing reported that the "humanitarian convoy" had been parked on the Ukraine-Russia border in Voronezh region.
Lysenko mentioned that none of the previous three "humanitarian convoys" had been agreed with Ukraine. The local population did not receive any aid; it was partly sold and partly used to pay workers who repaired military equipment.
"We can’t talk about this “humanitarian aid” as genuine humanitarian support," Lysenko said.