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United States promise to help the Ukrainian Army to defend country’s territory
The US is willing to supply to Ukraine its military high technologies, which should help troops stationed in Donbas protect themselves, as well as to train service members, the Ambassador of the United States in Ukraine Jeffrey Payette said in an interview with "Ukrayinska Pravda".
"Regardless of what may happen with the Minsk agreements, the Ukrainian Army has to improve its professionalism and equipment in order to be able to effectively defend its territory in the face of rapid changes in the situation", he said.
According to him, the United States will try to help Ukraine both with short term and long term challenges.
EU to strengthen sanctions if Russia should recognize pseudo-elections in Donbas
The European Union may strengthen sanctions against Russia if Russian authorities recognize the results of elections in Donbas scheduled for November 2 by the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (PRD and PRL), Kommersant reports with a reference to a well-informed source in the EU structures.
According to the source, Brussels is confident that the holding of elections on that day is contrary to the Minsk agreements, and thus by recognizing the results of the vote, Russia may contribute to transforming the region into a" frozen conflict instead of resolving the Ukrainian crisis."
Regional State Administration: Terrorists are shelling the village of Novotoshkivka using Grad systems; casualties have been reported
Lugansk terrorists shell the village of Novotoshkivka using Grad systems: a number of civilians were killed and wounded, the head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Gennady Moskal reported on his official website.
"A fierce artillery attack has been launched on the village of Novotoshkivka, Popasna district. The village is shelled by heavy artillery and Grad volley fire systems. There are casualties among civilians: several wounded and one killed; a number of buildings have been destroyed", the governor reported.
"There are no Ukrainian military in Novotoshkivka and have never been; thus, bombarding it makes no sense," the Chairman of Lugansk Regional State Administration stated.
7 soldiers killed and 11 others wounded in the past 24 hours in the ATO area
7 soldiers were killed and 11 others wounded in the past 24 hours in the area of the anti-terrorist operation, a spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing on Thursday.
Barroso urges Poroshenko to settle the gas dispute with Russia
Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has called on Ukraine and Russia to resolve their gas dispute, without specifying, however, whether the EU might finance Kyiv to pay for Russian gas deliveries in advance.
Barroso "urged all sides to seize the opportunity and conclude the negotiations in order to secure a continuous, reliable and market-based supply of gas to Ukraine," the European Commission said in a statement circulated in Brussels on Thursday.
Barroso talked on the phone on Wednesday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko several times during parallel trilateral talks on gas between the European Commission, Ukraine and Russia in Brussels.
He "emphasized that an agreement was within reach on the basis of the proposals put forward by the European Commission," the statement says.
The proposals from Brussels envision that Kyiv should pay $3.1 billion to settle its debt to Gazprom, including $2 billion to be paid by the end of October. Gazprom in turn should commit itself to resuming gas supplies to Ukraine, which were suspended in June, which would amount to at least 5 billion cubic meters at a rate of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters.
Tymchuk: Russia cancels servicemen's furlough, and draws up troops to the border
Russia has cancelled servicemen's furlough; its troops have started to fortify artillery positions in Donetsk region; rebels have received some additional equipment, the head of the “Information Resistance" group Dmytro Tymchuk reports.
Artillery positions near the settlement of Telmanove are fortified, some engineering work is carried out there.
Ten new artillery systems have arrived in Stanyza Luganska to reinforce the existing armed forces deployed there earlier; rebels' positions near the settlement of Nikolayivka have been fortified too.