This is Ukraine today – October 17

Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!

War, not the expected peace arrived at the doorstep of Great Britain and France when they gave up Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938. War is happening right here at home and not in faraway Europe – the United States were harshly reminded about this at Pearl Harbor in 1942. War descended on Ukraine and thus is now much closer to Paris and Berlin, because Europe and the US haven’t supported Georgia in 2008. War showed up in the homes of Dutch, British, French, German, Australian families because Europe and the US weren’t courageous enough to lend a helping hand to Ukraine in 2014. It is impossible to run away from war and overwhelming aggression, it is impossible to buy yourself off. The war will catch up with you if you don’t stand up to it with utmost determination.

October 17 – President of the Council of Europe Herman Van Rompuy claims that in Milan Russian President Vladimir Putin made it clear that he is against freezing the conflict in the east of Ukraine and believes that Donbas is a Ukrainian territory. On behalf of Ukrainian people – thank you, Mr.Putin, for your kindness.

October 17 – Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was abducted in Ukraine and transported to Russia, is being tortured at Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry in Moscow, – says Nadiya’s lawyer Mykola Polozov.

October 17 – Amphibious assault ship of Mistral class “Vladivostok” has left French port of Saint-Nazaire for the third time to provide training for the Russian sailors. World community is protesting against the sale of such ships to Russia due to Russia being an aggressor on the world scene.

October 17 – Russian terrorists have attacked Donetsk airport twice on Friday; fighting also took place in the village of Pisky near the airport, – says ATO’s spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov.

October 17 – On Friday President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Milan.

October 17 – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that during a bilateral meeting with President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Milan the parties have failed to achieve practical results regarding the issue of natural gas.

October 17 – President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin believes that oil prices are falling because of a conspiracy between the United States and Saudi Arabia. What exactly was he expecting, while engaging in robbery in the heart of Europe?

October 17 – In 14 of 32 electoral districts in Donbas, parliamentary elections will not take place since the areas are controlled by Russian terrorists – Head of the Central Election Commission Mykhailo Okhenovskyj.

October 17 – “A breakthrough” in the direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine was not achieved even though some European leaders talked of positive results of the negotiations – FRG Chancellor Angela Merkel.

October 17 – Belarus President Oleksandr Lukashenko believes that the self-proclaimed “republics” in Eastern Ukraine could not exist without the support of Russia.

October 17 – Within the last 24 hours, in the ATO area, three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded – Spokesman for the Informational-Analytical Center RNBO, Andriy Lysenko.

October 17 – Near Mariupol armed technology was transferred from Russia – Head of the group Informational Resistance Dmytro Tymchuk. According to him, there continues to be a concentration of Russian-terrorist forces in the region of Novoazovsk: “Within the last 24 hours, from Russia (the area of Fedorivka of Rostov region in RF) two columns of 10 machines each have entered the territory of the Novoazovsk region (Ukraine). The columns are comprised of tented trucks, buses, and petroleum carriers.”

October 17 – In Kharkiv region, during Thursday night, an explosion happened on the railroad station Vodiane-Kolomak. The explosion was considered a “diversion” and is being investigated according to article 113 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

By Jason Beattie, Chris Hughes

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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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