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Events in Ukraine on 05 January 2015.

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

that have happened in Ukraine today

Poroshenko presents more than 100 units of military equipment to the army

President Petro Poroshenko has handed over more than 100 units of modern military equipment, including armoured vehicles, aircraft and weapon systems, to the Ukrainian Army.

During the presentation on Monday at a military camp in Zhytomyr region, the President said that this was the third time within a month that the government had passed armoured vehicles, tanks, infantry fighting vehicle, howitzers, mortars, aircraft and other equipment to the military.

"I believe that 2015 will be a year of victories and peace. We should have a strong, well-trained, and well-equipped patriotic Ukrainian army if we are to achieve this," Poroshenko stated.

The president handed over licenses for 203-mm and 121-mm self-propelled howitzer batteries, 82-mm automatic grenade launchers, Fort assault rifles, two MiG-29 and two Su-27 aircraft, and a BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle. "It is the first time in years, we have presented modernized aircraft to the Armed Forces of Ukraine," he said.

Poroshenko thanked workers of Zhytomyr Armoured Works, Kharkiv Automobile Repair Plant, Shepetivka Repair Plant, and the Fort Research and Production Association for repairing and reconstructing of military equipment.

Rebels fired upon Lugansk region 9 times; a woman wounded

PRL rebels carried out nine attacks on government-held territories of Lugansk region; a woman was wounded, the press-centre of Lugansk Regional State Administration announced on Monday.

It also reports that the attacks were conducted with artillery, mortars, and machine-guns.

ATO Headquarters: No deaths reported in the area in the past 24 hours; 1 soldier wounded

No Ukrainian service member was killed and one wounded in the ATO area within the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Monday.

Leader of PRL rebels proclaims Putin his Emperor

The so-called Otaman of "The Great Don forces", Mykola Kozitsyn, says that the territory controlled by his militants belongs to the Russian empire.

"Today we do not proclaim "The Don Republic", for this is a utopia. We assert that we are part of the Russian Empire, and we believe today that Putin is our emperor," Kozitsyn said.

It is well known that factions of so-called Cossacks are not subordinated to another terrorist outlawed unit of gunmen called the PRL and conduct their own subversive activities in the territory of Lugansk region.

Terrorist forces drawing up troops in the Donetsk direction

Rebel forces in the ATO area are being manned and reinforced according to information provided by the Information Resistance Group, and published by  Dmytro Tymchuk on Monday.

Military personnel and materiel of Russian and terrorist forces are massed near the settlement of Pervomaysk and in the direction of Novotoshkivka. Troop movements within rebel-held areas are made secretly, with materiel being transferred in small groups, and personnel in small batches.

It is the fourth month, Savchenko has been on hunger-strike

The Ukrainian birdwoman and MP, Nadiya Savchenko, has been on hunger-strike in a Moscow investigation cell for four month now.

As reported by Radio Liberty, Russian human rights activists are going to visit Savchenko in her investigation cell very soon.

Lawyers of the Ukrainian prisoner of the military informed earlier that her condition was satisfactory, but they would not be able to meet with their client before January 12.

Poroshenko claims fighting efficiency of the Ukrainian Army has been restored completely

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claims the fighting efficiency of his army has been restored completely.

"We are experiencing ongoing hostilities. The combat potential of our units has been restored completely now. As of September 5, they had only 20% of the required military hardware. Today, they are equipped by 100% and prepared to defend themselves," he told reporters in Zhytomyr region on Monday, after new military hardware had been presented to the Armed Forces.

Ukrainian soldiers are allowed to open fire in response to rebel attacks, the president said.

"But today our servicemen have counter-battery and counter-mortar systems, as well as sniper rifles. Ukrainian service members are well-trained today, and the combat effectiveness has seriously improved. This is the way we take advantage of it [truce]," Poroshenko asserted.

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