July 25-31, 2016

Situation in Eastern Ukraine

Another group of Russian militants (110) in four trucks with three guns arrived in Sverdlovsk to support local terrorists, announced the Speaker of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for ATO Andriy Lysenko.

On July 25 three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the ATO area, three were wounded, added Andriy Lysenko.

Forty Russian “instructors” came to landfills near Yenakiyeve and Torez, reported the “Information Resistance.” According to information received, most “instructors” are tank drivers and motorized infantry.

Terrorists shelled a school in Krasnohorivka with125-mm high-explosive tank shells, reported ATO headquarters. Due to explosions the outer wall, windows and interior premises of the school were damaged.

The largest losses were born by 9th separate mechanized regiment of marines (Novoazovsk), who tried to carry out sabotage and intelligence activities in the area of Shyrokyne and the 3rd separate motorized rifle brigade (Horlivka), which carried out attacks on ATO forces near Zaitseve.

Russian mining and metallurgical company “Mechel” has received an order from the “DNR” on the introduction of an interim administration to “Donetsk Electrometallurgical Plant” (DEMZ), says an official site of “Mechel.” The enterprise has concerns that there is a risk of losing control over industrial and commercial activities of DEMZ. Currently, the company conducts due diligence of the situation. If necessary, it will “take measures to protect its rights and interests in accordance with the law.”

Politics and Economy

Ukraine increased import of natural gas from some European countries, stated the Head of PR of PJSC “Ukrtransgaz” Maksym Biliavskyi. Therefore, import will amount to 35.7 million cubic meters of natural gas: 29.5 million cubic meters will be imported from Slovakia, 4.3 million cubic meters from Poland and 1.9 million cubic meters from Hungary.

The next IMF tranche will be provided in a month, stated the Head of the NBU Valeriya Hontarieva. She added that by the end of this year, Ukraine is unlikely to receive three tranches from the IMF. The third tranche the NBU plans already in 2017.

“Naftogaz Ukraine” appealed to the European Commission to consider creating a monitoring mission to check the pressure in the Russian gas transportation system. The company says about the facts of significant pressure drops in Russian gas transportation system at the entrance to the gas transportation system of Ukraine. This proposal for the establishment of a mission was sent by “Naftogaz” to the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Maroš Šefčovič and the Energy Community Secretariat.

The inclusion of the occupied Crimea to the Russia’s Southern Federal District deprives the peninsula of a special status of the region, where there were possible exceptions, particularly in the call to the Russian army. Now the Crimean citizens will be called to the Army as well as all citizens of the Russian Federation, voiced an opinion the Crimean coordinator Olha Skrypnyk.

The European Court of Human Rights decided to dismiss the complaint of the three residents of Donbas against Ukraine and Russia through their destroyed homes, stated the public court decision. In particular, as stated the judgment, one of the applicants used to live with his family in Yasynuvata, Donetsk region, on August 17, 2014 his home was destroyed due to shelling. The applicant submitted the photo of the destroyed house. Another two applicants complained in court that on unspecified day their homes were destroyed as a result of shelling.

Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea to the Southern Federal District. The respective decree was published on the Kremlin website. It is also reported that the representative of the Russian President in Crimea was appointed Vladimir Ustinov.

International Arena

Russia blocked in a UN Security Council the draft statement of Ukraine regarding the decision of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex Crimea into the Southern Federal District (SFD), reported the Mission of Ukraine to the UN.

The State Duma will consider the candidacy of the new ambassador of Russia to Ukraine in early autumn. The respective Committee of the State Duma will likely be able to consider the candidacy of a new ambassador of Russia to Ukraine only after the federal parliamentary elections and the completion of the structure of the lower chamber of the seventh convocation, i.e. until October, reported the head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Slutsky.

US President Barack Obama held a telephone conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the press service of the White House reported. During the conversation, Obama expressed his condolences to the victims of terrorist attacks in Germany. He

also offered support and assistance in the investigation of such incidents. In addition, during the talk the two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine. President Obama and Chancellor Merkel stressed the importance of the cease-fire in Ukraine and the early implementation of the Minsk agreements.

At least ten people were killed in the explosion that committed suicide bomber at the checkpoint in northern Baghdad. Among the victims of the explosion are two policemen and eight civilians. Twenty people are reported injured. Recall, on July 24 Afghanistan declared the day of national mourning in connection with the death of eighty people that had died day before as a result of the explosion.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the European Union of non-execution of its promises regarding agreements on migrants. He said this in an interview with German television channel ARD. He said the EU has not yet fulfilled its promise. He added that Turkey has to spend USD12 billion on about 3 million refugees from Syria, but the EU provides little support. According to Erdoğan, the thing is in EUR 1 to 2 million. In this case, the EU promised Turkey EUR 3 billion.

A suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives rammed a checkpoint outside the Shiite town north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, reported the Iraqi officials. The explosion occurred on Monday in one of the busiest entrances to the city Halis, about 80 km north of the Iraqi capital, said a police officer. The city is a Shiite enclave surrounded by Sunni areas in the troubled province of Diyala. As a result, eight policemen and six civilians were killed and at least 41 people were wounded, police said, adding that the explosion also damaged about 20 cars lined up at a checkpoint.

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