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This is Ukraine today – December 17: Approximately 30 Ukrainian prisoners are in custody at various detention centers in Russia

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December 17 – Russian Federation could start a full-scale continental war at any moment, – said the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. “Whereas our war will only end when all of Ukraine is liberated, including Autonomous Republic of Crimea”, – also said Turchynov.

December 17 – Support provided to the occupied areas of Donbas (in the form of subsidies, because occupied areas don’t pay for electricity, gas, water) amounts to more than three billion hryvnia every month, – informed Ukraine’s Finance Minister Natalia Jaresko.

December 17 – Russian terrorists exchanged the bodies of 12 Ukrainian soldiers from the 93rd and 72nd brigades as well as other units of Ukrainian army for a truck transporting semolina to “People’s Republic of Donetsk”. Ukrainian soldiers will now be buried at home with military honors. Russian terrorists treat fallen soldiers like common goods.

December 17 – Approximately 30 Ukrainian prisoners are in custody at various detention centers in Russia, – stated Mark Feygin, lawyer to Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, while speaking to Ukrainian journalists in Moscow. Among these 30 Ukrainian prisoners are military from various “paramilitary formations” and servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

December 17 – Airports in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa were shut down due to a threat for civilian aircraft. Ground-to-air missile launchers are currently being set up in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, in the areas, which are not controlled by Ukraine. Among these ground-to-air missile launchers is also “Buk” launcher, hit by a Malaysian plane, – informed the spokeswoman for the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) Olena Hitlyanska.

December 17 – In Mykolaiv SSU officers have detained a Russian citizen, who is suspected to have planned a hijacking of Ukrainian military aircraft by Russian security services, – informs SSU press-service.

December 17 – The West must support Ukraine, but the funding should be allocated only in exchange for eradicating corruption and oligarchy, – wrote a prominent Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk in his column for the Financial Times.

December 17 – The Counterintelligence Service of Safety of Ukraine (SBU) detained a diverse group in which were citizens of the Russian Federation. This was reported by SBU Press Service. It was

determined that the ones born in the Russian province, in 1957 and 1959, underwent punishment in one of the colonies in the Donbas area for heavy criminal transgressions.

It was in the corrective institution, that they were recruited by members of the Russian Federation Security Service. After enrollment the recidivists went through training in diverse work in special camps, established and controlled by the terrorists on the territory of Donechchyna.

The Russian curators assigned the group criminal tasks – to collect and provide information on the dislocation of the anti-terrorist forces, to create informational networks with the participation of local residents, and to kidnap Ukrainian soldiers.

During the serach, false documents and new versions of Ukrainian passports in their names were confiscated. Three more members of their group were detained on the next day.

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Taras Voznyak

Culture expert, political scientist, editor-in-chief and founder of Independent Cultural Journal "Ї", Co-founder and Head of the Board of Directors of Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), Member of the Board of Directors of International Renaissance Foundation, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Center of International PEN-Club
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