Yesterday President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made a work trip to Kharkiv region with traditional focus on security and defense.
During his visit to the Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv Air Force University the President of Ukraine underlined that the state will provide required support to restore and modernize Ukrainian Air Force. The President mentioned drastic change of public attitude towards the army. Today the whole country understands and demonstrates respect to the Armed Forces. If last year less than 20% of Ukrainians were ready to defend their Fatherland with weapons in October this year they are over 60%. Current level of trust to the army is 63%.
Petro Poroshenko also visited “V.O. Malyshev Plant” that produces modern armoured vehicles including “Oplot” tanks, modernized APCs BTR-E and BTR-4 MB as well as conducts overhaul for T-64 tanks and repair for BM “Bulat” tanks. Production of “Dozor-B” vehicles is being set up. The President underlined that within the coming months the number of armoured vehicles supplied to military bases needs be increased. State order will be increased for that purpose. It is expected that next month the “V.O. Malyshev Plant” will produce a record number of vehicles.
Situation in the zone of anti-terrorist operation (ATO)
Despite certain de-escalation in ATO zone in particular districts the situation remains complicated due to provocations by terrorists. Most tense situation is observed near Debaltseve, at Donetsk airport and near Shchastia.
Within the last 24 hours there are no killed in action among Ukrainian military, 4 servicemen got injured.
Within the last 24 hours terrorists shelled Donetsk airport 4 times with mortars, anti-aircraft mounts and small arms. Permanent storms of Ukrainian Armed Forces positions at Donetsk airport result in critical losses on the part of terrorists groups and Russian mercenaries. As per the field data militants’ groups are planned to be re-filled with members of Cossack organizations from the Russian Federation. It is becoming problematic, more and more mercenaries refuse going to Donbas as the information on courage and heroism of Ukrainian military is spreading widely across Russia.
Outside Horlivka – in Mayorske village our servicemen repelled terrorists’ attack on our checkpoint. Our positions outside of Nikishyne, Novolaspa, Umanske got shelled with grenade launchers, mortars and small arms.
The only case when terrorists used artillery was observed near Mius where ATO checkpoint came under fire. In general militants almost do not use conventional and rocket artillery against Ukrainian troops. At the same time they use it regularly in clashes between various terrorists’ gangs. Such clashes have lately become more frequent. They represent a particular threat to civilians.Situation in Mariupol is calmed and controlled, municipal services work in regular mode.
Within the last 24 hours terrorists and Russian troops intensified their aerial reconnaissance activities as to the ATO positions. UAVs were spotted in action 6 times on Mariupol direction, twice at the administrative border with the occupied Crimea.
Situation in population centers of the АТО zone
After electricity supply was restored in Popasna at the Luhansk branch of the State Broadcasting Radiocommunications and TV Group operation of analog transmitters of Ukrainian TV channels “1+1” and “Inter” was set up.Situation in population centers of the conflict zone
Within the last 24 hours pyrotechnic teams of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine discovered and seized 177 units of explosives. A total of 1400 hectares of land have been checked on liberated territories. 23 thousand units of ammunition were discovered and seized.
German civil society organizations refuse to take part in the Russian-German forum “Petersburg Dialogue”. In their letter addressing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier numerous foundations and organizations explain their refusal by citing facts that Russian authorities “annexed Crimea violating international law and started an undeclared war of a new type in Eastern Ukraine.” German civil society representatives point on pressure that is being imposed in Russia on independent media, opposition and non-governmental organizations, in particular on the fact that the latter are being forced to have registered as “foreign agents” in case they receive international assistance.