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that have happened in Ukraine today
UK Prime Minister: Putin won't confine himself to his aggression against Ukraine
British Prime Minister David Cameron is convinced that the Russian Federation will not limit itself only to its aggression against Ukraine and may attack the Baltic States, according to what he told in an interview with American media, as reported by Channel 5.
He stressed that Putin would not confine himself only to his aggression against Ukraine; moreover, he may launch an attack on the Baltic States and other countries. According to the prime minister, new sanctions are needed to stop Putin.
Russia has to respect the borders of other states, if it is to be part of the world in the 21st century. Otherwise, it will lose privileges of the contemporary world, such as free trade and exchange of information.
Also, Cameron noted that the world community was not ready at the moment to solve the crisis in Ukraine with the help of armaments, but could sway Russia economically.
In his opinion, Russia needs the West much more, than vice versa, and further economic sanctions may have unacceptable financial and economic effects on the Russian Federation for many years to come.
Rebels breached the ceasefire targeting the same objects
30 times in the past 24 hours
Rebels violated the ceasefire agreements 30 times in the past 24 hours, an ATO spokesman for the ATO Headquarters, Anatoliy Stelmakh, told " Channel 5” .
Insurgents committed against Ukrainian servicemen mortars and grenade launchers 19 times, artillery 3 times and tanks 4 times.
Stelmakh noted that militants continued to be especially active in the Donetsk direction.
Apart from that, rebel groups attacked the settlements of Pisky and Opytne with grenade launchers and machine-guns yesterday.
"In the Mariupol direction, separatists carried out four attacks on Shyrokine with small arms and mortars," Stelmakh said.
Tymchuk: ATO forces repel a rebel attack near Mayorsk
Ukrainian military have stopped a rebel attack near Mayorsk, Donetsk region; insurgents have had to move back to their kick-off line, the head of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted in Facebook on the morning of March 17.
"Russian and terrorist forces carried out attacks on positions of Ukrainian military in the Donetsk, Lugansk, and Mariupol directions in the past 24 hours. The most intense rebel activity was observed near the settlements of Avdiyivka, Starognativka, Pisky, Shyrokine," he writes.
However, he stressed that militants continued to increase their fighting efficiency.
IRG: 6 thousand rebels in the area between Gorlovka and Debaltseve;
equipment deployed nearby
6 thousand rebels with powerful and long-range weapons at their disposal have been massed in the sector Gorlovka-Yenakiyevo-Debaltseve, the head of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted in Facebook on the morning of March 17.
"The process aimed at improving fighting efficiency of the PRD and PRL armies go on. Military commanders of Russian and terrorist troops attempt to balance the strength and structure of their forces in certain areas as appropriate to their objectives. The control system for troop deployment is also improved," he writes.
"In the majority of cases, weapons were pulled back to positions from which it would take insurgents less than 60 minutes to move them into previous positions at front lines, Tymchuk says.
Also, 60 tanks and no less than 95 armoured combat vehicles were moved up to an area between Krasnogorivka and the northern outskirts of Gorlovka, according to the IRG.
A framework for logistics support, as well as air defence systems were deployed in this area.
Militants attack Shyrokine with banned weapons
Insurgents have attacked the village of Shyrokine near Mariupol with banned weapons; massive air reconnaissance has been conducted by rebels over the troubled village, a spokesman for the "M" sector, Oleg Sushynsky said, as reported by website 0629.
According to Sushynsky, PRD armed groups resumed attacks on the settlement with small arms at 8.00 Tuesday morning.
According to him, army positions in Shyrokine were assaulted 4 times with mortars and small arms on Tuesday.
Paramilitaries committed to action 120mm mortars at 6.00 p.m., which should have been pulled away from the demarcation line according to the Minsk agreements, the spokesman said.
According to Sushynsky, PRD intelligence activities have significantly intensified near Shyrokine.
10 UAVs were detected in the period of time from 5.00 to 8.00 p.m.
General Staff: 3 service members killed and 5 others wounded
in the ATO area in the past 24 hours
3 Ukrainian service members were killed in the ATO area in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Tuesday.
20 enemy drones detected in the ATO area
The enemy has intensified air intelligence in the area of anti-terrorist operations, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Tuesday.
"The intensification of rebel air reconnaissance tasked with identifying positions of ATO forces and finding security weaknesses was detected along the entire demarcation line," Lysenko said.
According to him, 20 unmanned aerial vehicles operated by rebels were spotted in the skies over the ATO area on Monday, "including 17 UAVs near Mariupol and 3 others near the settlement of Stanytsia Luganska," the ATO spokesman added.