July 18-24, 2016

Situation in Eastern Ukraine

Defence Intelligence of Ukraine reported about the losses in the ranks of the terrorist Army Corps 1 (Donetsk) and Army Corps 2 (Luhansk). Thus, on July 18, three soldiers were killed and seven wounded.

Discontent of the local population in the temporarily occupied territories of Eastern Ukraine is growing due to the presence and actions of the Russian occupation forces, reported the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine. On July 17, military personnel of the 1st separate Infantry Brigade (Komsomolske) 1 AC (Donetsk) during the dispersal of the spontaneous rally against the location of firing positions of artillery units in residential areas seriously injured three civilians with a firearm.

On July 19, the Russian-terrorist forces opened fire 78 times at the ATO forces units, including weapons banned by the Minsk agreements, reported the press centre for ATO. In particular, 43 attacks were recorded in Donetsk directions, and 13 in Mariupol and Luhansk directions. Near Myronivske and Pisky, in Donetsk region, the enemy used 122-mm artillery. In addition, the terrorists used 120-mm mortars near settlements Mayorske, Nyzhnie Lozove, Zaitseve, Avdiyivka and Luhanske.

Terrorists are destroying infrastructure and housing sector of the settlements located close to the demarcation line in Donbas, reported the press centre for ATO with reference to Vitaliy Ivanov, Press Officer of the Ukrainian side of the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire and Stabilization at the Boundary. Observers of this Centre in cooperation with representatives of the SMM OSCE recorded the facts of crimes against the citizens of Ukraine and their private property.

The terrorists shelled the residential area of Avdiyivka, reported the National Police Department in Donetsk region. Four buildings suffered significantly. Police recorded all damages and provided assistance to citizens. No casualties were recorded. Due to shelling, Avdiyivka was left without water and power supply, while Avdiyivka coke plant had to stop production.

On July 21, situation in ATO area remained restless; there were recorded 20 enemy attacks at the Ukrainian army positions, reported ATO headquarters. In particular, Donetsk area was shelled by the Russian occupation troops with 120-mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns. 82-mm mortars terrorists used in Mayorske and Pisky, and heavy machine guns in Troyitske and Nuzhnia Lozova. Krasnohorvka in Mariupol direction was shelled with 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft installations and small arms, and later with

a tank. The enemy used grenade launchers at the fortifications in Hnutove and heavy machine guns and small arms near Maryinka and Pavlopol.

The residents of Alchevsk and Stakhanov conduct spontaneous rallies to protest against the numerous cases of looting and violence of militants, reported the Defence Intelligence.

Politics and Economy

By the end of the current fiscal year the US will help Ukraine with USD 355 million through different lines and programs, announced Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Ihor Dolgov.

The European Union insists “Naftogaz Ukraine” and Russian “Gazprom” have agreed on terms of purchase Russian gas, announced Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, reported the press service of the European Commission.

The Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund may take a positive decision on restoring funding for lending program for Ukraine at a meeting in August, announced Minister of Finance Oleksander Danyliuk. He said that by that time the government would have time to solve the rest of the technical issues. Moreover, the delay in lending will not affect the exchange rate of UAH.

The explosion of a car in the capital killed a journalist of one of the Ukrainian publications. A well-known Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed. The explosion occurred at the intersection of the streets Bohdan Khmelnytskyi and Ivan Franko, opposite the restaurant “McDonald’s.”

Ukraine and Romania signed an agreement on connecting gas transportation systems at the point Isaccea, on the Ukrainian-Romanian border, reported the press-service of JSC “Ukrtransgaz.” This agreement will cover the route of the pipeline used to transport natural gas from Ukraine to Bulgaria (connection point Negro Water 1) through the territory of Romania.

EU Commissioner on Trade Cecilia Malmstrom during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman said that in September 2016 the European Commission will issue a decision to allocate additional trade preferences for Ukraine. The Prime Minister said that the implementation of the Agreement is one of the main priorities of the Government, and therefore “we need support from Brussels,” he said. Ukraine and the EU are interested in DCFTA that would give positive economic result in the nearest future. “It will be a political” success story “in our bilateral relations,” – said Head of the Government.

International Arena

The billionaire Donald Trump officially became a candidate for presidency nominated by the US Republican Party.

UNN reference: Donald John Trump is an American businessman, owner of one of the largest construction companies in the US, producer and anchor man. On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump announced that he started the fight for the post of the President of the United States in 2016.

EU police office Europol said about the highest number of planned and implemented terrorist attacks in the EU territory, namely 211 This is the largest number since 2006, when they started annual records.

Action of the European Convention on Human Rights will be suspended in Turkey for the period of the state of emergency, stated by Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Numan Kurtulmush.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) opened a case against the Russian Paralympic Committee, after receiving from the World Anti-Doping Agency more information on the names of 35 Russian Paralympic with missing samples with positive tests.

Munich, after a shooting in one of the biggest shopping centres of the city, introduced a state of emergency. On Friday evening, July 22, unknown person opened fire in the mall. Initially, the media reported about 15 dead, but currently six victims are confirmed. Another point of shooting was also reported. This information was not officially confirmed. Police conducted operations throughout the city, transport is blocked, subway does not work as well.

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