The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with permanent representatives of OSCE member countries.During the meeting the parties discussed the necessity to establish efficient control over Ukrainian-Russian border.The head of the state addressed OSCE representatives asking to enhance special OSCE monitoring mission efforts without any further delay and calling upon increasing the number of observers to 1500.
The President pointed out that, according to the calculations of the Ukrainian side, only such number of OSCE monitors together with at least 29 pilotless aircrafts is able to secure efficient monitoring over the territory seized by terrorists. Petro Poroshenko also emphasized on necessity to implement Minsk agreements without further delay, drawing OSCE representatives’ attention to the importance of securing efficient control over Ukrainian-Russian border with the participation of OSCE monitors and corresponding video recording which is a necessary prerequisite for Peace plan implementation.
The head of the state also drew OSCE representatives’ attention to the numerous facts of ceasefire infringement and continuation of heavy artillery use on the militants’ side. He drew peculiar attention of the audience to violation of Crimean Tatars rights in the occupied Crimea and called upon intensifying OSCE member countries efforts in order to renew sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Situation in the ATO zone
Situation in the ATO zone remains stringent. Representatives of trilateral observation mission in Donbas agreed yesterday on “silence mode” introduction starting from 6:30 pm. Nevertheless, terrorists violated the reached agreements again. Bombardments of Ukrainian troops’ positions continued, though less brisk than during the day.
Within last 24 hours assaults and bombardments nearby Donetsk airport as well as Nikishyne, Orlovo-Ivanivka, Novoorlivka populated localities were recoded. Bombardments nearby Shchastya town and Tryokhizbenka village involving mortar guns and light weapons were recorded. Terrorists also outshot ATO positions in Tonenke, Krasnohorivka, Oleksandrivka, Donetskyi populated localities using “Grad” rocket launchers.
3 people kept hostage by terrorist were released within last 24 hours. A journalist Yegor Vorobyov is among the released.
No military clashes were recorded on the border segments controlled by Ukrainian troops. There were no infringements of Ukrainian aerial domain. Nevertheless, the enemy continues air reconnaissance nearby Mariupol. A pilotless aircraft overfly was recorded nearby Shyrokyne populated locality.
Within last 24 hours 3 Ukrainian servicemen died and 12 were wounded.
Situation in populated localities of the ATO zone
Situation in Donetsk zone remains extremely stringent.Terrorists continue artillery shelling of residential quarters of the city.In particular, Kyivskyi and Kuybyshevskyi district of Donetsk were outshot, resulting in death of 3 non-combatants and wound of 4 more within last 24 hours. Bombardments on the militants’ side caused damages and fire emergency in residential houses in Avtostradna, Ayvazovskyi, Krupska streets.
Yesterday power grids at metalworks’ substation in Kyivskyi district were damaged as a result of terrorists’ artillery shelling. The emergency resulted in power cut, including North water pipe hub of “Donetskmiskvodokanal” communal enterprise. Water supply of Kyivskyi and Kuybyshevskyi districts was interrupted for 4 hours, but power engineers renewed power supply of North water pipe hub. At present over 150 thousand inhabitants of Kyivskyi and Kuybyshevskyi districts in Donetsk are being supplied with water and energy supply has been renewed in more than 1000 private houses and in hospital No.21.
As of the morning of October 8, 4559 consumers are disconnected from gas supply as a result of terrorists outshooting Donetsk, including 16 multi-storey buildings, 3489 private houses and 30 enterprises of the city.
Situation in Mariupol town remains under full control. Ukrainian troops are strengthening their positions with support of local inhabitants and enterprises.
Works on power supply renewal of pump station of South-Donbas water line first rise continue at the moment.
112 trucks with humanitarian aid from Germany are in the Ukrainian territory already.The previous night about 2:00 am 98 vehicles arrived to a logistics center nearby Kyiv.The remaining 14 trucks are to arrive to Kyiv during the day.The freight contains three mobile towns fully equipped for life during winter.They will be delivered to the regions of Ukraine bordering with Donetsk and Luhansk regions and are the first to receive IDPs.
Pyrotechnic subdivision of the State Service on Emergency situations within last 24 hours found and rendered safe 194 objects of ammunition and explosives in the territories liberated from terrorists, including 33 artillery shells, 56 mortar bombs, 11 grenades and mines and one missile round. Area of 6.1 ha was checked for presence of explosives.
12 babies were born in the families of IDPs within last 24 hours.
Response of international community to the events in Ukraine
The Prime Minister of Great Britain’s National Security Adviser Kim Darroch during the meeting with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the Prime Minister of Great Britain expressed support to the peace initiatives of the President of Ukraine and his Peace plan. The parties also discussed further Ukrainian-British steps aimed at peaceful regulation in Donbas as well as fulfillment of agreements betweenthe President of Ukraineand the Prime Minister of Great Britain reached during NATO summit in Newport.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Grzegorz Schetyna stated that Poland was going to insist on intensifying sanctions against the Russian Federation provided the latter would not change its policy.“It will bring us closer to better settlement of the situation”,– said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
The vice president of the European Parliamentary Assembly Richard Charnetsky stated that he promoted extensive support to Ukraine, including military one.
«I don’t exclude any form of support. It is in Europe’s interests not to leave Ukraine facing Russia tete-a-tete», – he emphasized.
«Europe is learning and making progress from this viewpoint. Whereas it vaguely reacted during Georgian conflict, its position is more determined», – emphasized Richard Charnetsky.
He expressed his belief that in conditions of persistent economic pressure upon Kremlin the EU would make Russia “reload”.
The countries posed under direct threat of Russian propaganda are taking active measures pertaining to their informational security.
For instance, coordinating council of TV and radio broadcasting of Moldova made a decision on imposing a fine on all TV channels broadcasting Russian news and “violating the principle of the freedom of speech”.
In particular Romanian experts determined that while covering the developments in the East of Ukraine news block of Russian channels discredit Ukraine and cast it in a negative light, and the majority of takes is anti-Ukrainian and reflects only separatists’ point of view. Besides, according to the experts’ opinion, Russian channels are using disinformation and manipulation, spreading unconfirmed rumours, prejudicing splicing, libeling and offending the Armed Forces of Ukraine, spreading hatred to European and Euro-Atlantic values while covering events in South-East Ukraine. It is worth mentioning that sanctions were applied against 4 Romanian channels rebroadcasting Russian channels.
Previously sanctions were applied by Lithuania imposing temporary prohibition for “RTR” channel rebroadcasting, qualifying some materials about Russian-Ukrainian conflict as those that contain signs of military propaganda.
We expect the Report of UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights Administration to be made public today. According to our sources, the report presentation is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
At the same time Russian state mass media have already published abstracts from the report, using manipulative technologies and distorting facts. We are calling upon representatives of Ukrainian and international mass-media to analyze such documents independently and exclusively on the basis of the text of complete official report.