that have happened in Ukraine today
Mass Media: International Investigators Reach Conclusions
That Boeing Was Downed with a Russian Buk System
International investigators have concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine, a Dutch daily said Tuesday.
The final report was due to be officially unveiled at 1115 GMT Tuesday at a Dutch military base.
It seeks to end 15 months of speculation about why the Boeing 777 broke up in mid-air killing all 298 people on board.
Quoting three sources close to the investigation, the respected Volkskrant daily said the inquiry had found the plane was hit by a BUK surface-to-air missile on July 17, 2014 as it was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The report contains maps of the crash site, where the wreckage was strewn across fields close to the Ukrainian village of Grabove, in the war-torn area of Donetsk controlled by the pro-Russian separatists.
It rejects Moscow’s contention that the plane was hit by a missile fired by Ukrainian troops as it flew at some 33,000 feet above the territory, Volkskrant said.
The Dutch Safety Board, which led the international team of investigators, has stressed that its mandate was not to determine who pulled the trigger, amid a separate probe by Dutch prosecutors.
But two sources told the Volkskrant that “the BUK missile is developed and made in Russia.”
“It can be assumed that the rebels would not be able to operate such a device. I suspect the involvement of former Russian military officials,” one told the paper.
General Staff: Taking Advantage of the Armistice,
the AFU Equip Positions and Clear Territories of Mines
Taking advantage of the armistice, the Ukrainian Army continue to set up positions, and its combat engineers have already found a large number of mines, shells and arms, which were destroyed at a training ground, the ATO press-centre reports.
In particular, in the Artemivsk direction, a lot of facilities have been inspected by committees sent by the Ministry of Defence.
The degree of preparedness of the other facilities is 90 percent, and the process of equipping positions will have been done by the end of the month.
In the Donetsk direction, we continue our efforts aimed at finding and disposing explosive objects both in the field and in the rear.
In total, 603 explosive items have been destroyed so far.
The last night in the ATO area was peaceful.
Islyamov: "Energy Blockade" to Last until Full De-Energization of Crimea
Activists have planned to extend the energy blockade of annexed Crimea until the peninsula is completely disconnected from the electricity, the coordinator of the "blockade" of Crimea, Lemur Islyamov, told “Channel 5" on October 12.
We have started an energy blockade and it will last till entire Crimea is fully disconnected, he said.
As reported earlier, activists launched an energy blockade of the peninsula annexed by the Russian Federation on October 12.
Tymchuk: Russian Journalists Seeking to Film Armed Provocations in Donetsk
Rebels have been continuing their efforts aimed at provoking Ukrainian troops to resort to arms for several days, the founder of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted on Facebook on the morning of October 13.
A temporary unit comprised of 20 Russian mass media representatives, who had purposefully come to Donetsk, was formed in order to record such provocations. The Russian journalists were tasked not only to record "Ukrainian attacks on civilians", but also provide "advise", how to set up a provocation," he said.
According to the IRG, a number of rebel units in the field are used as actors in the following sectors: Starognativka-Granitne, Pisky-Opytne, Luganske-Myronivka, and the northern part of Gorlivka.
UN is Ready to Increase Its Presence to Stabilize the Situation in Donbass
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have discussed a possibility to create new means to facilitate United Nations' involvement in efforts to solve the crisis in Donbas, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
"UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon assured of his complete support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and announced his readiness to enhance the organization's presence with the aim of de-escalating and stabilizing the situation in the east of Ukraine," the ministry said.
Klimkin also informed the UN secretary general about the course of negotiations under way within the 'Normandy format' and the trilateral Contact Group for Ukraine, as well as the progress already made in implementing the Minsk.
General Staff: No Casualties Among ATO forces
No casualties were reported in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Tuesday.
According to him, only one rebel provocation occurred in an area between Berezove and Novotroitske. The enemy fired small arms there.