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that have happened in Ukraine today
Putin promises "unexpected settlements" from his army
Russia's President Vladimir Putin says no one will be able to gain a military advantage over Russia, and his army has some "unexpected solutions" at its disposal.
According to him, Russia will continue to cooperate with the world in fighting terrorism and does not want to get involved in a new arms race.
"But at the same time, we will surely secure defence capabilities of our country in a new environment", RF President stated.
"There is now doubt about it. Russia has both capabilities, and non-typical solutions," he added.
71 rebel attacks in Donbas in the 24 hours; insurgents become more active near Mariupol
Donbas rebels carried out 71 attacks within the past 24 hours with artillery, mortars, and other weapons, the ATO press centre reported on the morning of December 4.
Insurgents fired in the Mariupol direction upon the settlements of Vynogradne, Talakivka, Lomakino, Vodyane, and Chermalyk.
"Ukrainian military has enhanced measures in order to successfully fight enemy raiding parties and UAVs in this area", the ATO press centre reports.
OSCE unmanned aerial vehicle fired at again near Mariupol
An OSCE unmanned aerial vehicle has unsuccessfully been fired at again with an antiaircraft gun just three kilometres away from the town of Pavlopol, as reported in an OSCE statement dated December 3.
A monitoring group representative in Mariupol, Yüksel Basaran, says it is unclear, which part was shooting at the drone.
Lieutenant Colonel Dmytro Gorbunov, the head of the M Sector press-group, said that all the flight routes of OSCE UAVs had been agreed with the Headquarters in order to avoid accidents.
"Firing into the drone by the Ukrainian Armed Forces is out of the question", Gorbunov said.
Moskal: Insurgents intensify shelling in Lugansk region
The number of shell strikes on Ukraine-held areas of Lugansk region conducted by rebels has increased by several times, Head of the Lugansk Regional State Administration Genagiy Moskal said on Thursday
The aggression of PRL insurgents has gone up sharply with 55 strikes in total using mortars, volley fire systems, and small arms.
The settlements of Stanytsia Luganska, Schastya, Tryokhizbenka, Chornukhine, Zolote, and Vilkhova got under fire. Fortunately, no civilians either died or was wounded, Moskal said.
Fighting with mortars and small arms periodically broke out on the outskirts of Stanyza Luganska over the past 24 hours.
A gas pipeline was hit again by artillery and mortars.
The gas pressure decreased significantly, and part of district centre had no heating at all. A number of streets of the district centre, as well as the villages of Vilkhove and Bolotenne remain without electricity due to damaged power lines.
All the town life-support systems of Schastya are operating normally, no emergency situations have been reported despite of shell and mortar strikes.
1 soldier killed, and 13 wounded in the past 24 hours
One soldier died and 13 others were wounded in the past 24 hours in the ATO area, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Thursday.
He also noted that rebels had become more active in the Mariupol direction.
As the press centre reported earlier, Donbas rebels had made 71 attempts to attack ATO forces with artillery, mortars and other weapons within the past 24 hours.