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Events in Ukraine on 12 January 2015.

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

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Interpol issues an international arrest warrant for Yanukovych, Azarov and others

A special Interpol commission has decided to put Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych on the international wanted person list, his son Oleksandr Yanukovych, Ukraine's former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, and other high-ranking officials, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.

"The following people have been put on the Internal international wanted persons list (red card - detention for extradition to Ukraine): Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, Oleksandr Viktorovych Yanukovych, Mykola Yanovych Azarov, Raisa Vasylivna Bohatyriova, Y.V. [Yuriy Volodymyrovych] Kolobov (former finance minister of Ukraine), G.B. [Georhiy Borysovych] Dzekon (former head of Ukrtelecom)," Avakov said on Facebook on Monday.


NATO distinguishes signs of "slight lessening of tension" in Donbas

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has noted a slight decrease in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, Stoltenberg said that the number of clashes in Donbas had decreased lately. Fighting continues in some areas, but there are signs of a slight improvement, he said.

At the same time, the secretary general noted that Russian troops were still present in eastern Ukraine, and were helping the separatists.

In addition, Stoltenberg expressed his concern over the humanitarian situation in the area.

Rebels carried out 63 shell strikes on the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the past 24 hours

The number of rebel shell strikes in the area of the anti-terrorist operation is increasing, the ATO press centre reports on the morning of January 12.

“Illegal paramilitaries have fired upon positions of Ukrainian troops 22 times since 6 o'clock yesterday, including with heavy armaments," the statement reads.

The Donetsk direction - Rebels mortared the weather-tower of the Donetsk airport and the village of Avdiyivka.

They also attacked a number of settlements in other directions, namely gunmen mortared the inhabited settlements of Vuglegirsk, Leninske and Gnutove, shelled the outskirts of Nikishyno, including the settlements of Odradivka and Gnutove (twice) with Grad volley fire systems.

"In total, rebel armed formations carried out 63 attacks on army positions in the past 24 hours," the ATO press centre said.

"It was quiet in the ATO area from 1am till this morning; no shots were fired within that period," they added.


Russia's concern regarding a Russian-speaking TV channel

Russia is not welcoming the EU and President Petro Poroshenko's idea to establish a Russian speaking TV channel to fight against the Russian propaganda, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexei Meshkov stated on Tuesday, as reported by TASS .

It was reported earlier that Russian TV channels repeatedly used faked plots to intimidate audience and turn it against Ukraine. That is how the plot about a crucified boy and other stories appeared on TV.

At the same time, Russia itself "brought under control" a number of media last year.

Pashynsky: There are more rebels than Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO area

Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defence Serhiy Pashynsky claims the situation in the ATO area has worsened over the last week.

"I would like to draw attention of my colleagues to the fact that, unfortunately, the situation in the ATO area has significantly deteriorated in the last week. It is the first time that the recorded number of terrorist units and Russian troops has considerably exceeded the number of our divisions. I am here to inform that there will be a few proposals for a legislative act to be put forward by both the Cabinet, and the President this week, which we have to consider and approve," he said.

According to some reports, the number of rebel shell strikes sharply increased in the ATO area at the end of last week. The ATO press-centre linked the fact with the arrival of the eleventh humanitarian convoy from Russia".

2 soldiers wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours

According to official information, no servicemen died in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.

Lysenko: The situation in the ATO area escalates

The situation in the ATO area is tending to escalate, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.

According to him, terrorist groups continue to shell positions of Ukrainian troops. 

Apart from small arms and mortars, insurgents repeatedly used tanks and Grad volley fire systems against ATO troops. At the same time, it was relatively calm in the conflict zone after midnight.

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