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Russia refused to free Savchenko once again
Russian investigators are not going to release a Ukrainian birdwoman and an MP, Nadiya Savchenko, for the court is to decide her fate, an official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Vladimir Markin, told "Interfax" while commenting on the fact that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Holland had appealed to the Russian leadership for freeing Savchenko.
"Savchenko is charged with being an accessory to murder of Russian citizens. The criminal investigation against Savchenko should continue, and the court will decide her fate,” Markin added.
Relatively quiet night in the ATO area; Pisky and Avdiivka went through hell
Rebels violated the ceasefire 6 times overnight with main activities in the Donetsk direction, spokesmen for the ATO Headquarters and the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported on the morning of March 3.
Terrorists carried out two attacks on a stronghold of ATO forces near the Dutovska mine situated not far from Donetsk. In the Artemivsk direction, the villages of Myronivsk and Mayorsk came under fire too, he said.
According to intelligence data, only uncontrolled rebel groups engage in fighting as a rule, the ATO Headquarters added.
In turn, a spokesman for the General Staff, Vladislav Selezniov, said at a briefing that rebels had carried out 22 attacks on positions of ATO forces in the past 24 hours.
"The most difficult situation was observed near the Donetsk airport in the Donetsk direction, where insurgents fired at our positions near the settlements of Pisky, Opytne, Avdiyivka, and the Dutovska mine," Selezniov stressed.
In the Mariupol direction, one strike was recorded in the past 24 hours: Gunmen fired at ATO forces with grenade launchers; apart from that, an armed clash occurred near Pavlopol at 12:40 on Monday.
Pushkov: Human rights do not belong to Russian values; only counteractions against coloured revolutions do
Chairman of the RF State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov believes that Russia should not promote "Euro-Atlantic values" based on the observance of human rights; instead, it should push forward its own value system, namely preventing upheavals, Pushkov told in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
The Russian MP made such a statement while substantiating the need for creating the Parliamentary Assembly of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) to counterbalance the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Pushkov believes that the Parliamentary Assembly of the BRICS - unlike the PACE - should not work on securing "Human Rights". In his opinion, Euro-Atlantic ways of approach are dominant in the PACE, and are alien to Russia.
Pushkov also noted that Russia would not come back to work in the PACE later in the year and would definitely reject all offers from the PACE regarding its participation in a session of the assembly, which is due to be held in March.
Tymchuk: The first train with ammunition from the Russian Federation arrives in Debaltseve
Rebels are trying to restore the operation of the Debaltseve railway junction for the sake of faster reserve movements, the head of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted in Facebook on March 3.
"The first train consisting of 6 freight cars carrying ammunition arrived in Debaltseve from the Russian Federation," Tymchuk adds.
As reported earlier, representatives of the ATO Headquarters announced on February 19 that the Debaltseve railway junction had been destroyed before the retreat of Ukrainian military.
Tymchuk: The withdrawal of equipment is a deceptive move of PRL rebels
The withdrawal of heavy armaments to the north and east of Lugansk was a deceptive move, the organizer of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, claims.
"Only cranky and unfit for combat materiel was moved further into territories held by rebels. Other equipment and weapons were dropped off at a short distance, carefully deployed and camouflaged", Tymchuk added.
Lugansk rebels fired at night with submachine and machine guns
4 attacks with automatic firearms were recorded on Monday in the government-held territory of Lugansk region, Head of the Lugansk Regional State Administration Gennadiy Moskal reported on his official page on Tuesday.
Fighting with submachine guns and machine guns broke out three times overnight on the suburb of Krymske and Sokolnyky close to the former 31st roadblock on the Bakhmutka highway. No casualties among civilians were announced.
In addition, as reported earlier, rebels fired with submachine guns at a police patrol car on Monday in Stanyza Luganska. According to ascertained data, two policemen - 26 and 36 years old - were wounded.
No more hostilities were observed in other areas of Lugansk region. Communications and life-supporting infrastructure are repaired in settlements situated at the front line, the state administration reports.
General Staff: 3 service members killed and 9 others wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours
3 Ukrainian military died, and 9 others were wounded in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Tuesday.