February 8 – Number of victims of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine could have reached 50 thousand people – data stated by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), while referring to German secret service. Thus almost 10 times more people could have died in combat compared to official data.
February 8 – A pro-Ukrainian rally was held in Mariupol today instead of the announced protest planned by the separatists against mobilization, informed the Advisor to Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko.
February 8 – As a result of a clash of Ukrainian military with the militants, Ukrainian soldiers have seized several rocket infantry flamethrowers “Shmel” (“Bumblebee”), which are only used in the Russian army.
February 8 – Military confrontation continues between Russian military/pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in the ATO area, with the most challenging attacks happening near Debaltsevo, – informs NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko. 111 fire attacks by militants in 37 towns were recorded in the ATO area in the last 24 hours. According to intelligence, ATO forces have destroyed 14 units of military equipment, killed 70 terrorists and injured approximately 20.
February 8 – Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande have agreed to meet in Minsk on February 11th “if a number of issues are conciliated”. But Putin has already hinted that the “peace meeting” in Minsk may fail if all of these issues are not agreed upon.
February 8 – Disconnection of Russian banks from the international payment system SWIFT would create a worse relationship between the West and RF. This was stated by the Head of VTB bank, Andriy Kostin, according to TACC. He stated that the sanctions geared against RF, are proof of the economic war against Moscow. “This is how it is, all the attempts which are approved by the West – are methods of carrying on an economic war, trading, financial, said Kostin. “Disconnection from SWIFT – the usage of significantly of much more powerful “arms” in this war and, obviously,will mean a serious worsemimg of the general climate and the overall situation in relations with the West,” he noted.
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