August 08-14, 2016

Situation in Eastern Ukraine

On August 12 Russian-terrorist forces made two attacks using different weapons at border guards’ positions in ATO area, reported press service of the State Border Service. The terrorists shelled with small arms and grenade launchers the control check point “Maryinka.” The shelling was carried out from the settlement Oleksandrivka, which is in uncontrolled territory.

On August 12 terrorists opened fired 19 times at Ukrainian military positions in the ATO, reported ATO press centre. In particular, Krasnohorivka, Mariupol direction, was shelled by terrorists with 82mm mortars, while Shyrokyne and Novohryhorivka – with grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko by his decree awarded 74 ATO servicemen with state orders and medals, reported the press service of the head of state. Of these, nine soldiers were awarded posthumously.

On August 11 one soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was killed in Luhansk region during night terrorist attacks, two military were wounded, reported the Head of Luhansk Administration Yuriy Harbuz.

SMM OSCE installed three surveillance cameras in the conflict zone near the Donetsk airport, in Shyrokyne and near Mariupol, in places where ceasefire is often violated, reported the first deputy head of SMM OSCE Alexander Hug.

A long column of military vehicles from Russia was recorded near the occupied Debaltseve, reported journalist Roman Bochkala with reference to one of the locals.

As a result of shelling Maryinka on August 10, two children were injured, reported Vyacheslav Abroskin, Chief of National Police in Donetsk region.

Last week Kharkov military hospital received more than 50 Ukrainian soldiers from the ATO area, reported the correspondent Marya Varva.

Due to shelling, the pumping station “Mayorska” (Donetsk region) the press service of the company “Donbas Water.”

In Toretsk, as a result of terrorist shelling, a 7-year-old girl received injuries, reported the press service of State National Police in Donetsk region.

Politics

Civil society organizations are preparing a draft law on anti-corruption court, said MP Serhiy Leshchenko. He stressed that the law can be adopted quickly, in case of political will.

In Kyiv, hundreds of depositors of the bank “Mykhailivskyi” blocked Khreshchatyk Street and demanded the restitution of their funds by the Deposit Guarantee Fund, the NBU and personally by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reported Radio Liberty. Investors who came to protest from Kharkiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Rivne, Poltava and other Ukrainian cities, have no access not only to their deposits but also to the money on the card and current accounts. On May 23, the NBU by its decree recognized the bank “Mykhailivskyi” insolvent and introduced a temporary administration there. However, since then, according to the depositors of the bank, they cannot get either of their deposits or funds on card accounts, or even use them in non-cash transactions.

Filip Makedonskyi, one of the cadets who did not betray and left the occupied Crimean Academy named after Nakhimov, was expelled from Odesa Maritime Academy. He was one of three cadets who studied half a year in the British Royal Maritime College, reported TSN. Filip had only gratitude for the service in Sevastopol, and when he returned from England he found three penalties in the record card for nothing.

President Petro Poroshenko said that the mandatory electronic declaration of assets and resources by officials is scheduled for August 15, reported his website. According to President Poroshenko, such a declaration should become an effective control of income and expenditures by officials, judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement officers.

Self-employed Ukrainians will be obliged to register with tax authorities and pay 10% of the minimum wage per month, writes the Correspondent. The Ministry of Finance plans to introduce taxes for self-employed Ukrainians. The project proposes to introduce an additional tax for self-employed entrepreneurs who have no employees. Their annual income must not exceed 250 minimum wages (up to UAH 344000,00). The document has a list of professions that are subject to taxation: traders, tailors and shoemakers, craftsmen and repair of transport equipment, nail tech, hairdressers and beauticians, tutors, taxi drivers and people who care for patients, also cleaners, and hand-made masters who sell products over the Internet.

As the site of the SBU, the escalation of the situation on the administrative border with Crimea and in the ATO area, under the requirements of paragraph 8 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 18.02.2016 no. 92, the Security Service of Ukraine informs on the decision to establish these levels of terrorist threats:

“RED” – Donetsk and Luhansk, Crimea;

“Yellow” – Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kherson and Chernihiv regions;

“BLUE” – Dnipropetrovsk, Zakarpattia, Rivne, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Kyiv regions and the city of Kyiv;

“Grey” – Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Poltava and Ternopil regions. The said ordinance is open; citizens can get acquainted with measures

taken by the entities to combat terrorism in accordance with certain levels of terrorist threats.

International Arena

The international community is very concerned about the charges trumped up by Russia that Ukraine allegedly tried to invade Crimea and caused the deaths of two Russian officers, stated the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkyavichyus in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin. “Methods of provocations and accusations of threatening the “Normandy format” is a serious obstacle to international efforts to stop foreign aggression and military actions in eastern Ukraine. The international community must seriously respond to such fabricated allegations and to prevent any further provocations from Russia, if planned,”- said Linkyavichyus.

US presidential candidate Donald Trump called incumbent President Barack Obama the founder of a terrorist group “Islamic State.” Such a statement he made during a speech in front of his supporters in Florida, reports ABC News. Referring to Obama, Trump used his full name – Barack Obama Huseyin. Proponents of the idea that US president is secretly a Muslim often use such an address.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RF said that “the damage caused to the Russian side, as well as the loss of Russian troops will not remain without consequences,” according to the Ukrainian Pravda. The ministry, released such a statement on Thursday evening. As you know, on August 10 the Russian Federal Security Service issued a statement about alleged two attempts of the Ukrainian military to attack Crimea during which two Russian military were killed and a soldier of FSB.

Russia did not provide any firm evidence of accusations against Kyiv on events in Crimea, said an official in NATO headquarters in comments to Deutsche Welle. “We are closely and with concern following the development between Russia and Ukraine,” – said in a statement.

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