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Events in Ukraine on 26 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

Germany ratifies the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

The Bundestag has ratified the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk reported.

"The Bundestag has ratified the Association Agreement. Danke, Deutschland!" he wrote in Twitter.

A Ukrainian parliamentary delegation presided over by Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman attended the ratification ceremony.

As reported earlier, Ukraine and the EU signed the Association Agreement in Brussels on June 27, 2014. The Verkhovna Rada and the European Parliament ratified it simultaneously on September 16, 2014.


22nd Russian convoy enters into Ukraine

Two columns of the Russian Emergency Ministry delivering humanitarian aid for Donbas have crossed the Ukrainian state border heading to several destination points in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the National Emergency Management Centre of the REM announced, as reported by TASS.

"Customs clearance was carried out at two border check points; all trucks crossed the border and began moving on the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions," the NEMC said.

According to TASS, 140 vehicles are bringing more than 1.6 thousand tonnes of "humanitarian aid" to Donetsk and Lugansk.

It is already the 22 time that convoys have been sent by the REM to deliver "aid" for Donbas.

As reported earlier, representatives of the Ukrainian authority have repeatedly stated that so-called "humanitarian convoys" are used to bring supplies for rebels, namely ammunition, from the Russian Federation to Donbas.

ATO Headquarters: Russia moves two columns of military equipment to Donbas

Russia continues to supply weapons and military equipment to terrorists in Donbas, a spokesman for the ATO, Andriy Lysenko, announced at a briefing.

"According to an intelligence report, two columns of military equipment comprising tanks, fuel servicing trucks and military vehicles were illegally brought from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of occupied Donbas on March 24 and 25," he said.

ATO Headquarters: no casualties in the ATO area in the past 24 hours

No casualties among Ukrainian military were reported in the past 24 hours in the ATO area, a spokesman for the ATO, Andriy Lysenko, announced at a briefing.

Meanwhile, militants continue to violate the Minsk agreements and attack the Ukrainian army positions, Lysenko added.

"The enemy keeps trying to derail the peace process by arranging numerous provocations, with Ukraine unconditionally observing the Minsk ceasefire deal. The situation remains relatively peaceful only in the east of the Lugansk region. The militants carry out their activities along the entire demarcation line beginning from the Bakhmutka road all the way to the Azov Sea. Illegal armed groups committed to action tanks in addition to grenade launchers, mortars and small arms, when fighting against ATO forces near the village of Opytne yesterday," Lysenko said.

He also accused militants of mortaring the settlements of Avdiyivka.

Checkpoint of ATO forces in Tryokhizbenka shelled

by rebels with grenade launchers

A checkpoint of ATO forces situated in Tryokhizbenka has been shelled by rebels with grenade launchers, Head of Lugansk Regional State Administration Gennady Moskal reported on his official page.

According to him, hostilities were recorded in three areas of the government-held territory of Lugansk region on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

No casualties among civilians were reported in all cases; the General Staff received no information on dead or wounded servicemen.

ATO Headquarters: A bus blown up by a mine laid by rebels near Mayorsk

A bus was blown up near Mayorsk on March 25 by a mine laid in the fields by pro-Russian militants resulting in 4 killed, and 17 injured, 15 of whom were hospitalized, including four in a very bad condition," a report reads.

The incident occurred as the bus driver tried to "bypass a checkpoint". An investigation is under way.

Horlivka.ua reported earlier that a Gorlivka-Artemivsk passenger bus had been blown up by a mine near the Kurdiumivsk checkpoint.

"A bus carrying civilians was blown up near a checkpoint just outside of Mayorsk on the Gorlivka-Artemivsk road late on March 25. An Artemivsk deputy mayor, Olena Holovkina, confirmed this information during a phone call," it said.

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