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Events in Ukraine on 19 March 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 expects EU’s "strong reaction" regarding Putin

The Ukrainian authorities expect the European Union to react strongly if Russia fails to abide by the Minsk agreements and does not leave the Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

"We are expecting a very, very strong statement if Russia does not observe the Minsk agreements and does not leave the Crimea, the sanctions will remain in force or expanded," Poroshenko said in an interview with Euronews.

The president said that the forthcoming EU summit is of great importance for both Ukraine and Europe.

"I'm strongly convinced that the European Union and EU leaders will undergo this challenge. What are we waiting for? We expect that the EU remains united, and we're talking not just about EU, but about the whole world, including Canada, Japan, Australia, and Switzerland. The whole world today has to demonstrate its responsible behaviour," Poroshenko said.

Another "humanitarian convoy" invades into Ukraine

All trucks of the Russian Emergency Ministry delivering "humanitarian aid" to Donbas have crossed into Ukraine, and are heading to Donetsk and Lugansk, the National Emergency Management Centre of the REM  announced, as reported by RIA Novosti .

“Customs clearance of REM trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Donbas was carried out at the border check points "Donetsk" and "Matviyiv Kurgan". All trucks went through the clearing and border control procedures as required by law and crossed the border," the interviewee said.

"RIA Novosti" states that the trucks entered customs checkpoints one by one, where they were then examined by Russian border guards, customs officers, and allegedly by officers of the State Border Guard and Customs Service of Ukraine, who were not present, when two other convoys were crossing the Ukrainian border from the side of the Russian Federation earlier this year.

According to the interlocutor, OSCE representatives observed customs clearance procedures at one of the two border check points.

According to data provided by the news agency, more than 170 trucks are delivering 1.9 thousand tons of humanitarian cargo to Donetsk and Lugansk, including materials for sowing season, food, medicines, living essentials, building materials to restore damaged facilities, educational materials for universities and schools of Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

Trucks of the Moscow branch of the Russian Red Cross loaded with food and medicines joined the column for the first time, RIA Novosti said.

Rebels fired 17 times overnight; peaceful near Mariupol

The enemy continues to violate provisions of the Minsk ceasefire deal placing artillery and mortar fire on positions of Ukrainian military.

Rebels fired on Ukrainian troops 17 times in the period of time from 8.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m. on the night of 18 to 19 March, the  ATO press centre reports.

The largest number of strikes was recorded in the Donetsk direction. Outlawed units of gunmen carried out an attack on a stronghold of ATO forces near the Dutovka mine with 122mm artillery systems and mortars at 8.15 p.m.

The settlement of Avdiivka was shelled and mortared at 8.35 p.m.

Also, militants carried out an armed provocation committing small arms near the villages of Pisky and Opytne.

In the Artemivsk direction, separatists attacked Mayorsk and Leninske twice with machine-guns.

No attacks on army positions were recorded near Mariupol overnight.

In general, outlawed units of gunmen resorted to arms 13 times in the period between 8.00 p.m. and midnight. Three other facts of violation of the cease-fire were recorded between midnight and 6.00 a.m. Thursday.

Militants not suffered to consolidate in the territory

of ATO forces in Lugansk region

Rebels have not managed to consolidate after having violated the Minsk ceasefire agreement by crossing the demarcation line in Lugansk region, a spokesman of the Operational Headquarters "North", Anatoliy Proshyn, told "Ukrainian Truth".

"At the moment, our forces are doing everything possible to force rebels to retreat. Desultory fighting with small arms continues. As of this morning, it is unknown whether they have retreated to the other side of the bridge, or not,” Proshyn reported.

He reiterated that rebels had crossed the ruined bridge trespassing the demarcation line, which lied along the river Siversky Donets near Stanyza Luganska.

Insurgents tried to set up a roadblock in the area.

"But our troops did not let them consolidate and build fortifications," Proshyn said.

He also added that the situation in the responsibility zone of troops under the command of the Operational Headquarters "North" remains very tense.

Rebels keep trying to move forward to government-held territories violating provisions of the Minsk agreement.

They carried out two attacks on checkpoints in the responsibility zone of troops under the command of the Operational Headquarters "North" committing machine-guns in the past 24 hours.

Majority of Russians remain impervious to Nemtsov's death

Russians have very frostily reacted to Boris Nemtsov's death according to an opinion poll conducted by "Levada-Centre".

Every other Russian citizen remembers Nemtsov as a Russian renowned politician, 31% of respondents know him as a governor of Nizhegorodsk region. Only 10% of people do not know him at all.

The majority of the population - 42% to be exact - are impervious to Nemtsov's murder both morally and emotionally. The crime does not spark any emotions by 37% of citizens. Around 2% of Russians have never heard of it, and the rest of respondents do not know what to say. The main response revealed by Moscow residents is as follows: 38% feel sympathy, or sorrow, and 26% are surprised, sociologists say.

As reported earlier, the investigation into the death of Nemtsov does not treat this murder as a contract killing.

General Staff: 1 service member wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours

No losses were reported 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 Thursday.

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