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Events in Ukraine on 22 December 2014.

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Briefly about the most important today's events in our digest of events

that have happened in Ukraine today

ATO Headquarters: 24 hours in the ATO area with no casualties

No casualties among the Ukrainian military were reported in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Monday.

However, according to Lysenko, rebels continue to conduct provocative activities.

"The largest number of clashes was recorded near the Donetsk airport. Terrorists carried out 9 armed provocations and an attack with grenade launchers, sniper rifles and small arms. The attack was repelled; the airport is under control of Ukrainian troops," the ATO spokesman said.

Putin's last "humanitarian convoy" included 16 tank trucks

Putin's last humanitarian convoy included 16 tank trucks, an OSCE report reads.

The observation mission observed a convoy crossing the border on December 21 at 7:45 local time. The convoy included 71 trucks, 16 tank trucks, and an ambulance.

Verkhovna Rada to consider an abolishment of the status of a military non-aligned country on Thursday

The Verkhovna Rada is going to consider in the second reading changes to the law on the National Security Council and Defence Council and draft laws on an abolishment of the status of a military non-aligned country on Thursday, the VR agenda received by journalists before a conciliatory meeting on Monday reads.

Moskal: The number of shell strikes growing again in Lugansk

Rebels have intensified fire on Lugansk territories held by the Ukrainian government, Head of Lugansk Regional State Administration Gennadiy Moskal reported on his official page on Monday.

According to the governor, he personally had a chance to see it during his visit to the settlement of Krymske, where he brought humanitarian aid to.

General Staff: Militants had fired upon ATO forces six times as of the Sunday night

Militants opened fire on positions of Ukrainian military 6 times within 12 hours (from 6 PM Sunday till 6 AM Monday), an ATO spokesman said at a press conference on the morning of December 22.

In particular, militants shelled the new terminal of the Donetsk airport twice with small arms. They fired from their positions near a monastery, Matyukhin said.

Additionally, Ukrainian troops were attacked near the settlements of Granitne and Schastya.

Tymchuk: Russian troops are withdrawn but the militants remain at the "front line"

Rebels have withdrawn from the the front line the main part of their forces in Donbas, but they still remain in a number of cities and towns, the head of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted on his Facebook Wall on the morning of December 22.

“Subdivisions of the RF army and mercenaries are primarily being withdrawn from the line of confrontation, but units of local insurgents remain in their positions," he adds.

Personnel and materiel are deployed separately to hide troop movements: as a rule, personnel arrives first - carried by civilian transport - followed by materiel and heavy arms, which come in small groups afterwards.

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