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Ukrainian prisoners forced to remove wrecks of the Donetsk airport
PRD rebels force Ukrainian military to remove the wreckage of the Donetsk airport which rebels destroyed themselves.
Captive "cyborgs" were taken to the Donetsk airport on Thursday for the second time in a row.
Photos with ATO soldiers disassembling the airport, which they once defended, were uploaded by a journalist, Maxim Avdeev, to Іnstagram.
The Russian "Perviy kanal" reported on Wednesday that the wreckage of the airport was cleared out not only by "cyborgs", but also by soldiers that fell prisoner in other places.
Shooting in Pisky and near the Dutovka mine. 7 attacks in the past 24 hours
Rebels fired at night only in the Donetsk direction. The settlement of Pisky was attacked with machine-guns, and positions of ATO forces near the Dutovka mine were shelled, the ATO press centre reported on the morning of February 26.
"The last night in the ATO area was uneasy only in the Donetsk direction. Rebels were unsuccessfully attacking army positions near the Dutovka mine from 10 to 11 p.m.," a spokesman for the General Staff reported.
"The settlement of Pisky was being attacked for almost an hour with machine-guns at 23.45," Anatoliy Stelmakh said.
No more violations of the cease fire were registered at night. No shots were fired overnight in the Mariupol, Lugansk, and Debaltseve directions either.
In total, rebels carried out 7 attacks on and inhabited settlements and positions of ATO forces with machine-guns, tanks (twice) and mortars (once) in the past 24 hours. Also, there were two armed clashes, during which rebel attacks were repelled.
In addition, the enemy used unmanned aerial vehicles 7 times within the past 24 hours to conduct reconnaissance activities near Mariupol and ones to investigate the situation near Stary Aidar, Lugansk region.
No killed, 4 wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours
4 soldiers were wounded in the past 24 hours in the area of the anti-terrorist operation, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.
He noted that 7 UAVs were detected in the Mariupol direction, one of which violated the airspace of Ukraine in the water area of the Sea of Azov.
ATO Headquarters: All necessary conditions created for withdrawing heavy equipment
ATO headquarters have commented on information regarding the possible withdrawal of heavy weaponry by the Ukrainian part.
According to what a spokesman for the General Staff, Andriy Lysenko, said at a briefing, it will be done, once such a decision has been accepted by state authorities".
Lysenko said that the number of shell strikes had been decreasing for the second day. "It is the second day that we have been observing a decrease in number and intensity of attacks, which means we are nearing the implementation of the first paragraph of the Minsk ceasefire deal. Now, all necessary conditions are being created for us to move to the implementation of paragraph 2, which provides for withdrawing heavy arms," he said.
Bloomberg: IMF may refuse money to Ukraine
Ukraine risks losing support from IMF member countries for a proposed $17.5 billion bailout if the conflict in the former Soviet republic continues to escalate, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The new four-year loan program is awaiting approval by the International Monetary Fund’s executive board, which represents the lender’s 188 member nations. Getting the panel’s consent will become more challenging if pro-Russia rebels continue their advance and seize territory such as the strategic port city of Mariupol, one of the people said.
A second person said that while a worsening conflict would complicate approval, IMF country representatives are likely to maintain their support unless an open conflict with Russia breaks out affecting the majority of Ukraine. Both people asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential.
Any doubts over the IMF funds would increase pressure on Ukrainian allies including the U.S. and European Union to step up their own funding to prevent the country from becoming more vulnerable to Russian economic pressure and wider incursion by pro-Russia rebels. A worsening conflict would make it tougher for Ukraine to maintain economic commitments to the IMF and repay the money while deepening the fund’s involvement in the worst standoff in Europe since the end of the Cold War.