that have happened in Ukraine today
Opinion Poll: Support for Ukraine's Membership in NATO Reached a Record Level
48% of Ukrainians are willing to vote in favour of Ukraine's membership in NATO, the results of an opinion poll conducted by the sociological group "Rating" and published on its website show.
28% of respondents spoke against this idea; 8% said they would not take part in voting; and 17% abstained from voting.
According to the data provided by the sociological research group, the support for the NATO membership is record-breaking and growing steeper.
As reported earlier, President Petro Poroshenko asserted recently that Ukraine should join NATO only after a proper referendum.
Britain Demands That Russia Explain the Arrival of a "Buratino" System in Donbass
The UK delegation in the OSCE has requested that Russia provide explanations, where Donbass rebels got a heavy fire-throwing system "Buratino" from, a report released on Twitter on Thursday, October 15 reads.
“We are requesting the delegation of the Russian Federation to explain the presence of the TOS-1 Buratino in this training area,” a statement posted on Twitter reads.
The British delegation also stresses that this kind of weapons is only produced in Russia, and has never been exported to Ukraine.
The deputy head of the OSCE SMM, Alexander Hug, announced that it was the first time the monitors saw the TOS-1 Pinocchio, a heavy flamethrower system. They found it at a rebel training ground in the village of Kruhlyk close to Lugansk.
Merkel: Germany and the EU Stay Focused on Ukraine
Despite the Migrant Flow
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany and the EU were still focused on the Ukrainian crisis despite the migrant flow to Europe, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnik announced on Тwitter on Thursday night, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.
"The goal of Europe remains the restoration of Ukraine’s self-determination and its territorial integrity," Merkel quoted as saying.
German Chancellor announced on Thursday she saw a "glimmer of hope" for a political solution to the Ukraine crisis, but insisted sanctions against Russia could be rolled back only once the Minsk peace plan had been fully implemented, Reuters report.
She also welcomed the fact that a truce has been mainly observed since September, allowing the withdrawal of weapons and raising hopes for the fragile peace process.
Witness: Militants Complain That They Are Captured by Fellow Fighters:
May Your PRD Go to Hell
The DPR has begun the process of disarming those battalions not willing to make concessions to Kyiv in accordance with the Minsk agreement. Many units have been outlawed, and their fighters were declared criminals, a report reads.
One of the main places, where soldiers were held captive is a notorious SBU cellar.
A witness said that he and his cellmates had been tortured and mocked.
Mykola, a Cossack division commander, was held in one of such PRD cellars. According to him, many fighters were held together with the Ukrainian military.
"We are prisoners of war. The fact that we were captured by our fellow fighters does not make any difference. We are typical captives, like Ukrainian soldiers. Still, there was a difference, for Ukrainians were detained in accordance with the Geneva Conventions, and had appropriate food, could call relatives and were allowed to go for a walk. We did not have all that," the gunman said.
ATO Headquarters Confirms
That There Were No Casualties Reported in the Past 24 Hours
No casualties 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.
However, the State Border Service in the Donetsk region recorded two enemy UAVs spying on Thursday. Lysenko also confirmed that the withdrawal of weapons from the demarcation line was underway in the ATO area. According to him, 12 mortars were relocated as far as 15 kilometres away from front lines on Thursday.
Opinion Poll: Every Tenth Russian Citizen Fears the Ukrainian Invasion
Every tenth citizen of Russia believes that Ukraine may attack them, according to the results of an opinion poll conducted by the Russian National Opinion Research Centre.
Almost 50 per cent of Russians think that there is a danger of military attacks on Russia conducted by some other states. Furthermore, 53% of Russians feel threatened by the United States and NATO. Ukraine comes second, as 10% of Russians are scared of Ukraine's attacks.
Militants Postpone the Withdrawal of Weapons
Militants have put off the launch of a new phase of the withdrawal of arms with a calibre of less than 100 mm till October 21, one of the rebel leaders, Eduard Basurin, announced as reported by a rebel-controlled website.
'The launch of the withdrawal process in the PRD was moved to October 21 due to regular violations," he said.
As reported earlier, the trilateral group coordinated the withdrawal of tanks, as well as artillery systems with a calibre of less then 100 mm, and mortars with a calibre of less than 120 mm.