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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Accuses Russia of Invading Ukraine
A Belarussian writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Swetlana Aleksiewitch, accused Russia of invading Ukraine. She voiced her statement on Friday at a press conference in Berlin, Reuters report.
Born in Ukraine in 1948, Aleksievich lived in exile for many years because of her criticism of the Belarussian government and after returning home four years ago has kept a low profile, staying out of politics.
But after the prize was announced on Thursday she obliquely criticized Belarus's hard-line leader Alexander Lukashenka and denounced Russian forces for their involvement in the separatist conflict in neighbouring Ukraine.
"It is occupation, a foreign invasion," she said at a news conference in Minsk, adding that she wept when she saw photographs of those killed during pro-European street protests in the Ukrainian capital last year.
"I love the good Russian world, the humanitarian Russian world, but I do not love the Russian world of Beria, Stalin and Shoigu," she said, referring to Soviet leader Josef Stalin, the security chief responsible for Stalin-era mass purges, Lavrentiy Beria, and the current Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu.
The Kremlin replied tartly. "Of course, we congratulate her … But I’m sure she does not possess the information to make a positive evaluation of what is happening in Ukraine," spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented in Moscow.
Woman Kidnapped Near Mariupol as a Result of Her Pro-Ukrainian Stance
Unknown people have kidnapped a local resident in Kominternovo, who was known for her pro-Ukrainian position,
the press centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Donetsk region reported.
"Kominternovo is located at the demarcation line close to the rebel-held territory of Donbass. According to the preliminary data, a group of drunk men attacked the village and kidnapped a local woman. "A part of attackers dispersed in a spinney nearby, the other part went to the village by car. The rebels found out addresses of people with a pro-Ukrainian stand from a local resident. A woman was abducted. She is not in the village at present," a report reads.
Past 24 Hours in the ATO Area: the Enemy Observes the Armistice
The ATO Headquarters have not recorded any fire attacks in the rebel-held territories close to the demarcation line,
the ATO press-centre reports.
However, despite the truce, ATO forces stay in the field in fighting trim; defence lines are being set up.
Also today, OSCE representatives continue to carry out the verification. International observers will check the numbers and factory number plates of tanks withdrawn by the Ukrainian side.
Poroshenko: Withdrawal of Russian Troops
to Be Completed Prior to Elections in Donbass
Kyiv is ready to hold elections in Donbass, but there is a need to pull out Russian troops, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced.
According to him, the Ukrainian Parliament is willing to take into consideration all the specifics of Donbass.
He also noted that the recent cancellation of rebel elections "opens a gate for the return of Ukraine to Donbass through elections held in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine, and based on the OSCE standards obviously with no occupation troops in the territory".
ATO Headquarters: No Casualties in the ATO Area in the Past 24 Hours
No deaths 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 Friday.
At the same time, according to Lysenko, three UAVs were reported spying near Mariupol.