Fighting continues in the Donetsk and Mariupol sectors, but the ceasefire holds in some areas. Ukrainian citizens return from militants’ captivity. Ukraine increases its defense expenditures overall and plans to reinforce one sector.
Kyiv, September 19, 2016. The most intense fighting in the Donetsk sector in the ATO zone took place in the Avdiivka industrial area yesterday. Militants used all types of small arms and conducted two mortar attacks in the evening, said Colonel Andriy L
In the Mariupol sector Russia-backed militant groups were shooting at Ukrainian troops in Mariinka in the north and in Pavlopil-Shyrokyne frontlin
The spokesman also informed that two Ukrainians, prisoners Volodymyr Zhemchugov
Zhemchugov is a coalminer from Donetsk region. Militants captured him in early 2015, when he had blasted a wire, sustaining eye injury and traumatic amputation of limbs. Another prisoner, YuriySuprun, is a UN officer. “Militants flouted international law yet another time, demonstrating that neither UN nor OSCE mandate can provide protection against insurgents,” emphasized Col. Lysenko.
The spokesman said that the President of Ukraine approved Resolution of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on defense expenditures in the state budget-2017. “The document env