that have happened in Ukraine today
Poroshenko: UN Has to Be Reformed for Peacekeeping in the World
In the course of his speech at the UN Peacekeeping Summit, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the UN reform was essential for preservation of global peace and strengthening the activity of the United Nations.
According to Petro Poroshenko, recent initiatives of the UN Secretary-General, in particular on comprehensive reviews of the UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding architecture, as well as the report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, could provide a solid guidance for such a reform.
The President also called on the UN GA member-states to support Ukraine granting it a status of non-permanent member of the Organization.
“Ukraine has well deserved its reputation as a “peacekeeping nation”. Since its independence, more than 34 000 Ukrainian “blue helmets” have participated in over 20 operations under UN auspices, bringing peace and security to war-torn regions. The courage of Ukrainian helicopter pilots in the UN Operations in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia has become legendary,” the President said noting that Ukraine and its servicemen kept on supporting UN peacekeeping operations in the world.
According to him, Ukraine needs support and assistance of the United Nations these days.
“I believe that we can find the common approach and success of our coordination and cooperation will be the best and inspiring signal to the world on efficiency of the Organization under the pressing security challenges,” the President stressed.
Militants Continue Provocative Attacks on ATO Forces
The enemy observed the armistice in the period from midnight till 8PM; however, rebels carried out 5 attacks on army positions after 8PM in keeping with their typical tactics, the ATO press centre reports.
In particular, in the Artemivsk direction, a Ukrainian stronghold situated in the village of Zaitsevo was assaulted with grenade launchers and heavy machine-guns at 8 and then 11PM.
Moreover, insurgents fired small arms on Ukrainian troops near the settlement of Travneve at 8PM, and heavy machine-guns in Mayorske at 10.50PM.
In the Lugansk region, mercenaries attacked ATO forces with small arms in the village of Stary Aidar at 8.25PM.
In total, insurgents breached the ceasefire 5 times in the past 24 hours.
IRG: Militants Intensify Reconnaissance Activities in a Number of Directions
Donbas rebels have continued to fire grenade launchers and small arms in a number of directions, the founder of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted on Facebook on the morning of September 29.
"The enemy has intensified its reconnaissance activities in multiple areas simultaneously. In particular, rebel sabotage and reconnaissance groups were observed near the Butovka mine, in the settlements of Gnutove, Schastya, Popasna, as well as in an area between the settlements of Starognativka and Granitne, Sokolniki and Krymske," he reports.
IRG informants reported about a new armoured unit of "Russian and terrorist forces," conducting operational coordination to the north of Novoazovsk.
Court of Law Rules Out a Polygraph Interrogation
The court of law in the town of Donetsk, Rostov region, refused to grant a motion of Savchenko's defence regarding her interrogation with the participation of a polygraph examiner, Mark Feigin, one of Savchenko's lawyers, tweeted on Tuesday.
As reported earlier, the second court hearing in the matter of Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko was due to take place on Tuesday.
Linkevičius: Russia Itself Has to Respect the Principles Putin Appeals to
Russia itself should respect the principles, mentioned by RF President Putin in his speech at the UN General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius asserted, as reported by Delfi.lt.
"Correct principles and definitions were mentioned including respect for national sovereignty, counter-terrorism, and a need for close cooperation within the international community.
However, the problem is that it would not be enough just to declare these principles. We hope that Russia as a permanent member of the UN Security Council will observe them, too,” Linas Linkevičius said.
Furthermore, the minister expressed his regret that Putin had paid little attention to Ukraine during his speech, for it is "a conflict, which is far from being settled".
Good News from ATO Headquarters
No deaths were reported in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, reported at a briefing on Tuesday.
"No Ukrainian service member was killed or wounded over the past 24 hours," he said.