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National Security and Defence Council: "Day of Silence" prolonged in the ATO area
The Day of Silence has been prolonged in the ATO area, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing replying to questions of journalists.
"Taking into consideration the fact that our proposal was met with approval, and we could see that the intensity of shelling has decreased we continue to hold a cease-fire deal and hope that the number of strikes will go down towards zero," Lysenko said.
ATO Headquarters registered 14 violations of "the truce" by rebels
A complete cease-fire was not achieved in Donbas on December 9; rebels violated the so-called "day of silence" 14 times in the 24 hours.
Attacks on army positions were registered in Lugansk, Donetsk and Debaltseve bases.
"ATO artillery did not respond to rebel assaults. The Ukraine military honourably adheres to the Minsk agreements on ceasefire", the ATO headquarters stressed.
According to the information provided by the Information Resistance Group, in total, Russian and separatist troops violated the ceasefire more than 15 times within the past 24 hours, MP Dmitry Tymchukannounced.
Terrorist blow up a bridge in Donetsk region
Terrorist have blasted a bridge situated in the government-held territory in Donetsk region, the press-service of the Ukrainian railway reports.
Railway workers removed the damaged part of the bridge under their own steam and replaced it with a temporary construction. Thanks to them, train services were resumed soon.
According to the preliminary information, over UAH 3 million will be needed to overhaul the bridge completely.
In general, 30 railway-, road- and pedestrian bridges have been damaged so far through subversive activities or fighting since May this year, complete overhauls of which have roughly been assessed at UAH 218.8 million.
Rebel leader in Pervomaisk threatens to turn armaments in the direction of Lugansk
Commander of a Cossack regiment in Pervomaisk Yevgen Ischenko threatens Igor Plotnyzky, the leader of the PRL, "with turning armaments towards Lugansk" according to what he said to journalists in Pervomaisk owing to the difficult humanitarian situation in the town.
He assumes that Lugansk rebel leaders do not provide the town with any help because of a conflict with "Cossack detachments" under the command of Kositsyn.
Ischenko asserted that Lugansk senior commanders intentionally prevent "Russian humanitarian aid" from being distributed in other towns.
No casualties reported within the past 24 hours for the first time since fighting began
No service member was killed or wounded in the past 24 hours in the ATO area, a spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Wednesday.
Biden: Ukraine has wasted its historical chance twice; do not do that for the third time
Vice President Joe Biden has said Ukraine cannot lose another chance to change the country for the better.
Speaking at an event at the National Democratic Institute in Washington on December 9, Biden said, "These people have braved snipers' bullets, freezing cold, to win for themselves a chance to fundamentally alter their country for the better."
His message was that if the pro-Western government formed this month fails to reform the economy and fight corruption, the efforts of Ukrainians who risked their lives in street protests that pushed Viktor Yanukovych from power in February could be in vain.
Biden said battling corruption and "kleptocracy" would help Ukraine protect its sovereignty, which is threatened by Russian-backed separatists who have been fighting government forces in the east in a conflict that has killed more than 4,300 people since April.
He said that Ukrainians have a chance again, and "they can't blow it."
"Freedom is over 25 years old and they blew it; the Orange Revolution and they blew it."
He warned, "They don't have many more chances in the near term."
"Some think that's offensive to say but it's a reality. And they've made great progress. But there's still major, major impediments," he added.
The vice president also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been using "kleptocracy and oligarchy" as "tools of international coercion."
In such a situation, he said, "Fighting corruption is not just about good governance, it's about self-defence, it is about integrity, it is about sovereignty."