: :inin Kyiv (EET)

This is Ukraine today – January 17: Russia is shamelessly using Donbas as a testing ground for new weapons


January 17 – 3 Ukrainian military were killed and 18 wounded in the last 24 hours, – informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

January 17 – Russia is shamelessly using Donbas as a testing ground for new weapons, – said NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko – new electronic surveillance and warfare systems as well as small arms and heavy weapons are all being tested there.

January 17 – Buses and self-load trucks will not be allowed to travel to/from areas of the so called Luhansk People’s Republic and the areas of Luhansk oblast in unoccupied Ukraine starting January 19th, – stated the Head of Luhansk Regional State Administration Hennadiy Moskal. “The prohibition comes as a result of a worsening military situation and constant shelling of our territory by the terrorists, which leads to deaths among civilians”.

January 17 – As a result of terrorist attacks, 42 villages/cities in 6 rayons of Donetsk oblast are currently without power, as well as parts of Donetsk, Horlivka and Avdiyivka, – informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

January 17 – Weapons, ammunition and food were delivered to Ukrainian military positions at Donetsk airport during the night. Uninterrupted communication is provided for airport defenders and fire support units that are firing at the manpower and equipment of the militants, – informs General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces. Fierce battle was taking place at Donetsk airport thought the day. ATO forces have made their way to the defenders of Donetsk airport and started evacuating the wounded (firstly, they are evacuating those who have been heavily wounded). 23 wounded Ukrainian military and the bodies of 3 military were evacuated from Donetsk airport. The terrorists are intensively shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops located in the villages near the airport.

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