July 11-17, 2016

Situation in Eastern Ukraine

On July 11, terrorists greatly intensified shelling along the demarcation line, reported the ATO press centre. Terrorists opened fire 94 times at the ATO forces positions. Most attacks (48) were registered in Donetsk area. The enemy used the forbidden by Minsk II 152-mm artillery at the fortifications in Novhorodske, and 122-mm artillery in Mykolayivka Druha. The occupants used 120-mm mortars for shelling the ATO positions in Mayorske, Pisky, Avdiyivka, Novhorodske and Troyitske.

In Mariupol direction the enemy violated the ceasefire 29 times. In particular, Ukrainian forces bases in Talakivtka, Vodiane, Novohryhorivka and Maryinka were shelled with 120-mm mortars. In Donetsk region Russian occupants shelled with grenade launchers, armoured vehicles, heavy machine guns and small arms.

During the combat clash in Troyitske ATO fighters captured three Russian mercenaries, reported ATO press centre.

On July 12, terrorists opened fire 56 times at the ATO forces units, reported ATO press centre. Specifically, terrorists violated truce in Donetsk direction (23 times), in Mariupol direction 25 times and 8 times in Luhansk areas.

As a result of terrorist shelling of residential areas in Kurdiumivka (near Toretsk, Donetsk region) there were destroyed several houses, announced the head of the National Police in Donetsk region Vyacheslav Abroskin.

On July 13 a new dividing line was set in Donbas, told the former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Mykola Malomuzh. According to Malomuzh, apart from the three hottest points in Avdiyivka, Mariupol direction and Pisky, there are other twelve potentially dangerous points, including Stanytsia-Luhanska and the whole Luhansk direction.

The SBU together with the police detained two DNR terrorists, reported the SBU. In Druzhkivka the police detained a local resident, who in April-July, 2014, was a member of DNR. He served at one of the terrorist roadblocks.

In Luhansk area Ukraine will set a tower for broadcasting Ukrainian media in controlled and uncontrolled areas of the region, reported the head of Luhansk military and civil administration Yuriy Harbuz.

Politics and Economy

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine issued a decree on the extension of the ban on Russian import to Ukraine with a list of goods approved by the government. This is stated in the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of July 6, 2016 no.417.

Finance Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyluk believes that the failure to approve by the Parliament a number of laws required for cooperation with the IMF should not affect the next tranche from the IMF in July.

72 rail cars with destination point Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were detained on the Russian border; 13 of these cars were sent via the changed route, the other 59 remain in the Ukrainian-Russian border.

The Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine dismissed the appeal of the Russian “Gazprom” on refusal of lower courts to consider the claim to impose a fine in the amount of USD 85.9 billion.

US Senators before summer vacation unanimously voted for the appointment of Marie Jovanovich as a new US Ambassador to Ukraine, reported former US Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Pyatt.

The Parliament adopted a law on domestic biometric passports. 226 MPs supported this draft law. The document, among other things, is expected to introduce a passport for citizens aged fourteen and legalize internal biometric passport.

World News

Damage to the economy of Crimea due to energy blockade increased to RUR 2.5 billion, reported “the prosecutor” of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya, reports UNN citing TASS.

The process of exit of Great Britain from the European Union could be delayed for a period of six years due to ratification by all 27 national parliaments, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UK Philip Hammond.

On July 14, a terrorist attack was carried out in Nice, reported the Department of Alpes-Maritimes prefecture. According to it, there are many injured. TV channel BFM TV reported of “at least five dozen dead and many wounded.” It is reported that unknown persons in a van (other sources – on the truck) crashed into a crowd of people admiring the fireworks in the famous Promenade des Anglais during the National holiday.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said about the coup attempt in Turkey, reported UNN with reference to Reuters. According to him, a group of soldiers attempted to carry out a force coup. He also said that at present the security forces are doing their best to neutralize the situation. At the same time, a representative of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Nuh Yilmaz said on preventing the coup attempt in the country.

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