This is Ukraine today – December 27: On December 26th, there was an exchange between the Ukrainian side and the Russian terrorists

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December 27 – No Ukrainian military were killed, 3 were wounded in the ATO area in the last 24 hours, – said NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

December 27 – Transport communications with temporarily occupied Crimea were suspended to prevent the infiltration of subversive groups under the guise of civilians to mainland Ukraine, – said NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko. “The risk is currently very high – diversions occur almost every day”, – said Lysenko.

December 27 – One person has died as a result of an explosion in Odessa on Segedska St.

December 27 – MasterCard financial services corporation has stopped supporting its cards issued by the banks operating in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia. “Due to US sanctions, announced against Crimea, MasterCard has informed Russian banks about suspending operations with payment cards in Crimea”, – informs the company. On December 19th President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of sanctions against Crimea. The sanctions are applied to banks operating in Crimea as well as banks, which are servicing money transactions with Crimea. On December 26th Visa payment system has announced that it will cease operations in Crimea.

December 27 – At the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI oil fell by 1.11 dollars (2%) to 54.73 dollars per barrel. Overall in a week the “black gold” fell by 4.2%. Oil prices have been decreasing for five consecutive weeks. Should we say “Happy New Year, Mr.Putin”?

December 27 – Ukrainian humanitarian aid consisting of 6 of trucks set off from Kramatorsk to villages Olkhovatka, Kamyshevaha, Bulavynske (Donetsk oblast). In addition, two trucks left for Uglegorsk and Debaltsevo. Ukrainian humanitarian aid for the residents of occupied Donbas has reached its destination, – stated the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. This is the first trial Ukrainian aid trip.

December 27 – On December 26th, there was an exchange between the Ukrainian side and the Russian terrorists. There were 146 Ukrainian prisoners freed. Four more captives were freed on December 27th. From the beginning of the conflct a special group, formed especially for the exchange of prisoners, freed from captivity 1,497 Ukrainian soldiers; 311 mor were freed by volunteers and individuals. In its turn, Ukraine freed 539 captured pro-Russian terrorists. More than once, Ukraine has stated, that there are more than 600 Ukrainian captives held by the terrorists. These, in their turn, acknowledged only 150 people.

December 27 – Security Services of Ukraine published the list of Ukrainian prisoners, who on Friday were exchanged for pro-Russian terrorists. The list is publicizes on SBU site. The freed soldiers belonged to the volunteer batallions, the National Guard, an there are among them simply volunteers and civilians who feel sympathy towards Ukraine.

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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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