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Events in Ukraine on 24 December 2014.

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Rebels fired 25 times, also with Grad volley fire systems; UAVs observed near Mariupol

The number of provocations conducted in the ATO area has increased with rebels having attacked army positions at least 25 times just overnight.

Rebels used machine-guns, grenade launchers, mortars and artillery, the ATO press centre reported on the morning of December 24.

Militants fired upon a new terminal of the Donetsk airport, as well as upon the settlements of Stanytsia Luganska, Sokolnyky, Opytne, Pisky, Berezove, Novomychailivka, Taramchuk, Slavne, Mayorsk, the outskirts of Nikishyno, Zolote, Chermalyk and Orlove.

Rebels also shelled Ukrainian troops stationed near the settlement of Girske with BM-21 Grad volley fire systems at night.

In addition, UAVs were actively used in the Mariupol direction: From 16:50 to 22:25 Tuesday, UAVs were observed six times in the sky over the settlements of Yalakivka, Sartana, Chernenko and Gnutove.

No service men killed in the ATO area in the past 24 hours; two soldiers wounded

No Ukrainian soldier died in the ATO area within the past 24 hours, but two fighters were wounded, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.

"No servicemen were reported dead, two soldiers got wounded," he said.

According to Lysenko, the 14th day of ceasefire started with "unsystematic armed provocations from rebel positions".

"The most noticeable fact was shelling a National Guard blockpost by militants with BM-21 Grad systems at the crossroads of Zolote-Orikhove-Girske in Lugansk region. A traditionally tense situation remains at the Donetsk airport, in the village of Pisky, in the towns of Debaltseve and Stanyza Luganska", the ATO spokesman said.

He also added that the Donetsk airport was irregularly shelled for several times, but there were no attempts to start an offensive.

Lysenko told that Ukrainian border guards have detected in total 6 drones in Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Ukrainians finally lost confidence in Russia and want to join the EU, a DW poll show

Over 80% of the population of Ukraine believe that the country is in a state of war with Russia, and seek closer ties with the West, the results of a poll conducted by DW-trend.  show.

It is interesting that the Ukrainians have significantly lost confidence in Russia since the last poll was conducted by DW-trend 13 month ago.

In November 2013, 29 per cent of respondents assessed relations with Russia as "Good" or "Friendly", but now this opinion is supported only by 10 % of the population.

29% of respondents believe that relations with Russia are tense, and 56% are positive that they are hostile.

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