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February 2017 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Smerch Designer Explains Why Kiev Can't Produce Its Own Shells for the System Sputnik 28 Feb 2017 -- Kiev recently announced that it had created a domestically-produced shell for the Smerch multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). But according to Nikolai Makarovets, director of the Splav State Research and Production Enterprise, which produces Smerch, the Ukrainian defense industry simply doesn't have the production capacity to do so.
- Pro-Russian forces threaten to seize enterprises in east Press TV 27 Feb 2017 -- Pro-Russia forces have threatened to take control of state-run businesses in eastern Ukraine unless Kiev ends a rail blockade by nationalist protesters.
- On Alert: Crimea to Get BUK Missile Systems Sputnik 27 Feb 2017 -- The Russian Navy will deploy batteries of BUK missiles in Crimea to protect its surface ships and submarines against drones and cruise missiles to beef up anti-access/area-denial capabilities around the Black Sea peninsula, the newspaper Izvestia wrote.
- US blames Ukraine mission attack on Russia Press TV 26 Feb 2017 -- The United States government has condemned an attack on special monitoring missions in eastern Ukraine, calling on Russia to "immediately" observe ceasefire in the restive region.
- U.S. Demands Russia Observe Cease-Fire; Says Combined Russian-Separatist Forces Attack Monitors RFE/RL 26 Feb 2017 -- The United States has called on Russia to "immediately" observe a cease-fire deal in eastern Ukraine -- saying that a combined force from Russia's military and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine had been targeting international monitors.
- Who Is Paul Manafort's Man In Kyiv? An Interview With Konstantin Kilimnik RFE/RL 23 Feb 2017 -- An elusive Ukrainian associate of Paul Manafort says he briefed the former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump on Ukraine during last year's presidential race.
- Everyone Seems To Have A Peace Plan For Ukraine RFE/RL 23 Feb 2017 -- It seems that peace plans for Ukraine are everywhere these days.
- OSCE Chief Warns of Risk of Escalation in E Ukraine VOA 23 Feb 2017 -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe warned this week that if the parties to the Ukraine conflict do not clearly commit to implementing the Minsk agreement, the situation in eastern Ukraine could quickly escalate.
- Weapons withdrawal not observed in Ukraine: OSCE Press TV 22 Feb 2017 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says a newly-agreed truce in Ukraine does not look "too good," emphasizing that the withdrawal of heavy weapons has not taken place as cited in the agreement.
- Interview: U.S. Lawmakers Call For Lethal Weapons For Ukraine RFE/RL 22 Feb 2017 -- Two U.S. lawmakers say the time has come for the United States to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons to better defend itself against Moscow-backed separatists, saying that a "confrontational" Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of easing the pressure on Kyiv.
- Kiev to Restore Air Defense System, Spend $333Mln on Arms Procurement in 2017 Sputnik 22 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the restoration of the Ukrainian air defense system in 2017 will become a vital priority for the country.
- Kremlin Dismisses Back-Channel Ukrainian Peace Plan As 'Absurd' RFE/RL 21 Feb 2017 -- The Kremlin has dismissed a Ukrainian peace plan created by a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker and given to the White House, calling its provision on Crimea "absurd."
- Kremlin on Donbass Republics: DPR, LPR 'in Severe Blockade on Part of Ukraine' Sputnik 21 Feb 2017 -- The Kremlin spokesman commented on the possibility of Russia recognizing Donbass republics following President Vladimir Putin's decree giving a legal status to the documents of the republics' citizens.
- Trump aides pushing back-door peace plan for Ukraine: NY Times Press TV 20 Feb 2017 -- US President Donald Trump's aides have opened a back-door diplomacy channel aimed at reaching out a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine, according to a report.
- Obscure Ukraine Lawmaker Behind 'Peace Plan' Delivered To Trump's White House RFE/RL 20 Feb 2017 -- A little-known Ukrainian lawmaker is in the spotlight after a report said a peace-for-sanctions-relief proposal that he says he co-authored ended up on the desk of U.S. President Donald Trump's short-lived national security adviser.
- Trump Associates Reportedly Facilitated Back-Channel Ukraine Peace Plan RFE/RL 20 Feb 2017 -- An exclusive report in The New York Times says a lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump has helped a pro-Russia opposition Ukrainian lawmaker submit to Trump's administration a proposed alternative peace plan for the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Russia Defends Recognizing Ukrainian Separatist Documents As Outcry Mounts RFE/RL 20 Feb 2017 -- Russia defended its decision to recognize documents issued by separatists it backs in eastern Ukraine amid mounting criticism from Western governments that the move undermines prospects for peace in the region.
- Putin Recognizes Docs of Donetsk, Lugansk Republics 'for Humanitarian Reasons' Sputnik 20 Feb 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's decree on the recognition of the passports of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's republics (DPR and LPR) does not run counter to the Minsk agreements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
- Ukraine Cease-fire in Effect But Doubts Persist as to Sustainability VOA 20 Feb 2017 -- A cease-fire in eastern Ukraine aimed at halting fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Moscow-backed separatists went into effect Monday. Ukrainian officials, however, warn it is at risk of falling apart.
- Interview: OSCE Says Russian Move Undermines Ukraine Peace Efforts RFE/RL 19 Feb 2017 -- Russia's decision to recognize identification documents issued by separatists in eastern Ukraine will hurt the chances for a cease-fire to take hold, the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) told RFE/RL on February 19.
- New Cease-Fire Agreed For Ukraine, But Tensions Still High RFE/RL 19 Feb 2017 -- A new cease-fire has been agreed to for eastern Ukraine, but some Russia-backed separatists could not say if they would respect the fighting halt, and a Ukrainian leader said he was not pleased with the results of a four-party meeting in Munich.
- Truce may begin between Ukraine army, pro-Russians on Monday: Lavrov Press TV 18 Feb 2017 -- A truce between pro-Russia fighters and the Ukrainian army is likely to be enforced on Monday in the volatile eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.
- Pro-Russia leader hints at force to take east Ukraine Press TV 18 Feb 2017 -- The leader of east Ukraine's Russia-backed forces has threatened to drive out Ukrainian troops from the area if political measures to "free the occupied territories" do not bear fruit.
- Poroshenko Claims Putin's Decree on Donbass Passports 'Violates' Int'l Law Sputnik 18 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, validating the documents of the residents of the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Russia is a "violation of international law."
- Lavrov Explains What's Behind Putin's Decision on Donbass Residents' Passports Sputnik 18 Feb 2017 -- Russia decided to validate Donbass residents' documents for humanitarian reasons and the presidential decree will remain in force until the Minsk peace deal is implemented, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
- Putin's Decree Declares Donetsk, Lugansk Residents' Docs Valid in Russia Sputnik 18 Feb 2017 -- President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Saturday that declared documents issued to permanent residents of several areas in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk regions valid in Russia, the Kremlin press office said.
- OSCE wants 'real' withdrawal of arms in eastern Ukraine Press TV 17 Feb 2017 -- The head of the European peacekeeping corps in eastern Ukraine has reiterated the importance of withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line of conflict.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko Warns Against 'Appeasing' Russia RFE/RL 17 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Western nations to reject calls for the "appeasement" of Russia.
- Kremlin Denies Claims Russian Government Forced MPs to Vote for Crimea Accession Sputnik 17 Feb 2017 -- Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday denied claims of possible forced voting in 2014 for Russia's reunification with Crimea.
- New UN report reveals obstacles to combat impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine UN News 16 Feb 2017 -- Lack of laws, capacity and professional experience to effectively investigate and prosecute conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine is not only resulting in widespread impunity, it is causing survivors of sexual violence to be "victimized twice", according to a new United Nations human rights report.
- Ukraine Says Russian Hackers Targeting Kyiv's Power Grid, Financial System RFE/RL 16 Feb 2017 -- Ukraine has accused Russian hackers of targeting its power grid, financial system, and other infrastructure with thousands of attacks and a new type of virus that attacks industrial processes.
- Canada Reviewing Ukraine Military Needs to Lend 'Best Support' to Kiev Sputnik 16 Feb 2017 -- The Canadian government is assessing military needs of Ukraine to determine best ways to assist the country, Canadian Department of National Defense spokesperson Evan Koronewski told Sputnik.
- Russia tells White House it will not return Crimea to Ukraine Press TV 15 Feb 2017 -- Russia has rejected US calls to "return" Crimea to Ukraine, saying that the strategic peninsula in the Baltic Sea [sic. ed. Black Sea] is part of Russian territory.
- UN Food Agency to Help 220,000 People in Eastern Ukraine Amid Rising Prices Sputnik 15 Feb 2017 -- The UN World Food Program (WFP) will continue to support 220,000 food-insecure people in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine throughout 2017, according to official statement.
- Warring Sides in Donbass Agree to Withdraw Banned Weapons by February 20 Sputnik 15 Feb 2017 -- Conflicting parties in Donbass reached an agreement on withdrawing the banned weapons from the contact line by February 20, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group Martin Sajdik said on Wednesday.
- 'Russia Does Not Return Its Territories' - Moscow on WH Statement on Crimea Sputnik 15 Feb 2017 -- Russia does not return its territories, Russian Foreign Ministry spokewoman Maria Zakharova said commenting on the White House statement that US President Trump is expecting Moscow to return Crimea to Kiev.
- UN emergency food agency to feed some 220,000 people in conflict-affected Ukraine UN News 15 Feb 2017 -- Access to food is becoming harder in eastern Ukraine as prices are outpacing incomes, the United Nations emergency food agency today said, warning that without longer-term intervention, more people will need humanitarian aid in the months and years to come.
- Trump wants Russia to 'return Crimea,' Spicer says Press TV 14 Feb 2017 -- US President Donald Trump wants Russia to "return Crimea" to Ukraine, after the region's unification with Russia.
- White House: Trump Made It Clear Russia Must 'Return Crimea' To Ukraine RFE/RL 14 Feb 2017 -- The White House has said that President Donald Trump fully expects Russia to return control of Crimea to Ukraine.
- Trump Expects Russia to 'Return Crimea' to Ukraine - White House Sputnik 14 Feb 2017 -- US President Donald Trump expects Russia to "return Crimea" to Ukraine, the White House spokesman said on Tuesday.
- UN warns of civilian casualties in 'face to face' fighting in eastern Ukraine UN News 14 Feb 2017 -- Intensified fighting between Government and non-Government forces near densely populated areas in eastern Ukraine is endangering civilians, the senior United Nations humanitarian representative in the country told reporters in Geneva today.
- UN Official Fears Shaky Ukraine Cease-fire Will Not Hold VOA 14 Feb 2017 -- A senior U.N. official said Tuesday that he feared the fragile cease-fire between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine would not hold.
- Lugansk Republic Accuses Kiev of Shelling Its Territory 11 Times Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- The Lugansk People's Republic has accused Kiev troops of shelling its territory 11 times in the last 24 hours.
- Lavrov: OSCE Confirmed Kiev Behind Latest Escalation in Donbass Sputnik 10 Feb 2017 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that OSCE had confirmed that radical and nationalist forces in Kiev were responsible for the latest escalation in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass.
- Joint press point with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman NATO 09 Feb 2017
- Ukrainian Officials Say Sheremet's Death Contract Killing RFE/RL 08 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian officials say Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed because of his professional activities in a contract killing.
- Separatist Commander 'Givi' Killed In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 08 Feb 2017 -- A separatist commander in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk has been assassinated, the Russia-backed separatists say.
- Senior Donbass Militia Commander Killed in Terror Attack - DPR Leader Sputnik 08 Feb 2017 -- The commander of the "Somali" battalion of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Mikhail Tolstykh, was killed in a terrorist attack, DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko confirmed Wednesday.
- Kiev Passes Up, OSCE 'Ignores' DPR's Phased Donbass Conflict Settlement Plan Sputnik 08 Feb 2017 -- The Ukrainian government has passed up and European security monitors ignored the phased Donbass conflict settlement plan offered by the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), DPR Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin said Wednesday.
- Defense Officials 'Deeply Concerned' About Violence in Eastern Ukraine AFPS 07 Feb 2017 -- Defense officials are concerned about the recent violence in eastern Ukraine, a Defense Department spokesman said today.
- Merkel 'appeals to' Putin regarding peace in eastern Ukraine Press TV 07 Feb 2017 -- Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Russia's President Vladimir Putin to use his "influence" on pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine to help establish peace in the war-ravaged region.
- Ukraine Increasing Military Presence in Donbass, Sends Nationalists There Sputnik 07 Feb 2017 -- Kiev is stepping up its military presence along the contact line in Donbass and has sent nationalist militants there, the Russian Investigative Committee said.
- Thousands of children out of school as classrooms shelled in eastern Ukraine - UNICEF UN News 07 Feb 2017 -- With thousands of children forced out of school in eastern Ukraine due to last week's surge in fighting, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have strongly condemned the indiscriminate shelling of schools, and called for all sides to immediately recommit to the ceasefire signed in Minsk in August 2015.
- Donetsk Warns of Provocation by Kiev Forces in Mariupol Sputnik 06 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian military leadership ordered its troops to carry out an artillery strike on Kiev-controlled Mariupol so that they could later accuse the DPR military of civilian casualties and the derailment of of the Minsk agreements, accoridng to a source in the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).
- Kremlin: No Such Thing as Russia-Ukraine Conflict Sputnik 06 Feb 2017 -- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that there is no conflict between Russia and Ukraine and Donbass is exclusively an intra-Ukrainian conflict.
- Kiev Forces Shell Donetsk as More Troops Head to Eastern Ukraine Sputnik 05 Feb 2017 -- On Sunday, the Ukrainian forces resumed heavy shelling of the residential areas in the embattled Donbass city of Donetsk, pulling additional troops closer to the borders of the self-proclaimed republics in the east of Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Military Shelling Horlivka Suburbs in Donbass Region Sputnik 05 Feb 2017 -- Zaitseve village near the town of Horlivka in the Donbass region of Ukraine is being shelled by heavy weaponry of Kiev's forces, according to a representative of the local authorities.
- Trump pledges peace efforts with Ukraine, Russia People's Daily 05 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that his country will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help restore peace along the Ukraine-Russia border.
- Trump tells Poroshenko he will try to restore 'peace' at Russia-Ukraine border Press TV 05 Feb 2017 -- US President Donald Trump promises his Ukrainian counterpart that he will collaborate with authorities in Russia and Ukraine in an effort to "restore peace" along the two countries' borders.
- Trump Tells Poroshenko U.S. Will Work To Restore Peace In Ukraine RFE/RL 05 Feb 2017 -- The White House says President Donald Trump told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko the United States will work to end the deadly conflict near the Russian border in eastern Ukraine.
- Fighting Eases Around Eastern Ukrainian City RFE/RL 05 Feb 2017 -- Fighting has appeared to subside in the Ukrainian town of Avdiyivka after a weeklong surge, as U.S. President Donald Trump told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko the United States will work to end the deadly conflict near the Russian border in eastern Ukraine.
- Trump, Poroshenko Talk Amid Renewed Fighting in E. Ukraine VOA 04 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Saturday with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, seeking to reassure the Ukrainian leader of continued U.S. support, as Kyiv government forces and pro-Russian rebels again battled near the Russian border.
- Car bomb kills senior military official in Lugansk Press TV 04 Feb 2017 -- Amid recent fighting in eastern Ukraine, a military official with pro-Russia forces has been killed in a car bombing in Lugansk.
- Donetsk Republic Boosts Security After Murder of Lugansk Militia Chief Sputnik 04 Feb 2017 -- The self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk (DPR) increased security measures due to the threat of new terrorist attacks following the death of Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Militia Office Col. Oleg Anashchenko in a car explosion on Saturday, DPR Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin said.
- White House Unaware if Trump Plans to Arm Ukrainian Forces - Spokesman Sputnik 03 Feb 2017 -- White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday he was not aware if President Donald Trump intended to follow Senator John McCain's recommendation to send lethal weapons to Ukrainian forces.
- Kremlin Comments on Accusations of New US Envoy to UN Over Crimea Sputnik 03 Feb 2017 -- Russia disagrees with new US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's comments on Crimea's status, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday, noting that Moscow has never been too optimistic about the prospect of sanctions relief under the new US administration.
- DPR Military Says Kiev Forces 'Deliberately' Shelling Civilians in Donetsk Sputnik 03 Feb 2017 -- Deputy Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin has claimed that Kiev armed forces deliberately shelled residential areas of Donetsk, the region's largest city, with the use of multiple rocket launchers.
- Civilians face 'dire' situation amid ongoing hostilities in eastern Ukraine, UN warns UN News 03 Feb 2017 -- An immediate pause in fighting is needed in Ukraine to prevent more people dying and repair essential services, the United Nations human rights office said today following another night of shelling in the east of the country.
- Latest clashes claim seven lives in eastern Ukraine Press TV 03 Feb 2017 -- The latest clashes in eastern Ukraine have claimed the lives of more civilians and soldiers amid an escalation of fighting in the region.
- Russia rejects US envoy's remarks on Crimea Press TV 03 Feb 2017 -- Russia has dismissed accusations by the newly-appointed US envoy to the United Nations about the Crimean Peninsula, saying people in the territory made a conscious decision to join Russia in a referendum more than two years ago.
- US ambassador to UN condemns Russia's 'aggressive actions' in Ukraine Press TV 03 Feb 2017 -- The new US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has strongly condemned Russia's "aggressive actions" in Ukraine even as the administration of US President Donald Trump seeks to improve ties with Moscow.
- Monitors Sound Warning As Eastern Ukraine Fighting Continues To Surge RFE/RL 03 Feb 2017 -- International monitors in Ukraine have warned of "an incredible amount of cease-fire violations" by both sides six days into an uptick of hostilities between pro-Kyiv forces and Russia-backed separatists.
- U.S. Ambassador To UN Says No Lifting Of Russia Sanctions Until Crimea Returned RFE/RL 03 Feb 2017 -- The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has expressed "strong condemnation of Russia's actions" in eastern Ukraine and warned that Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia will not be lifted until Crimea is returned to Kyiv.
- Putin says Ukraine escalating conflict to shore up US support Press TV 02 Feb 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukrainian authorities of escalating the fresh bout of violence in the eastern part of the country, saying the Kiev government has resorted to such a ploy in order to rally support from the administration of US President Donald Trump and other Western powers.
- Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine extracting heavy civilian toll, UN Security Council hears UN News 02 Feb 2017 -- Briefing the Security Council on the situation in eastern Ukraine, the top United Nations political and humanitarian officials underlined today that continuing fighting in the region, with only short periods of respite, have exasperated human suffering.
- Ukrainian president plans referendum on NATO membership Press TV 02 Feb 2017 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is planning a national referendum on whether the country should join the US-led NATO military alliance.
- EU's Tusk Says Fighting Must Stop In Ukraine, Points To 'Russia's Aggression' RFE/RL 02 Feb 2017 -- European Council President Donald Tusk is calling on Russia to use its influence with separatists in eastern Ukraine to end an upsurge of fighting that has caused many casualties and aggravated the humanitarian situation.
- Poroshenko Says He Plans To Hold Referendum On Ukraine Joining NATO RFE/RL 02 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told German media that he is planning a referendum on whether Ukraine should join NATO now that polls show 54 percent of Ukrainians favor such a move.
- Ukraine's NATO Referendum 'Marketing' Move Designed to Impress West - DPR Sputnik 02 Feb 2017 -- A referendum on Ukraine's accession to NATO is a "marketing" move of Kiev aimed at making an impression on its western partners, Natalya Nikonorova, the acting foreign minister of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk (DPR) told Sputnik on Friday.
- McCain Calls on Trump to Provide Ukraine With Lethal Weapons Sputnik 02 Feb 2017 -- The United States should provide Kiev with defensive lethal assistance amid the spike of violence in eastern Ukraine, US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said in a letter to President Donald Trump released on Thursday.
- Kiev's Donbass Special Operation Spokesman Says No Ukrainian Tanks in Avdiivka Sputnik 02 Feb 2017 -- There are no Ukrainian armed forces' tanks in the eastern town of Avdiivka, there are only police armored vehicles, an official representative of the press center of the Ukrainian security forces special operations Leonid Matyukhin told Sputnik on Thursday.
- Death toll from upsurge in clashes in eastern Ukraine rises to 19 Press TV 01 Feb 2017 -- The death toll from the latest upsurge in fighting between government troops and pro-Russia forces in volatile eastern Ukraine has reached 19, as the United Nations has called on the warring sides to halt the clashes and NATO urges Moscow to help stop the spike in the deadly violence.
- Ukraine Contact Group Urges Immediate Cease-Fire Amid Surging Violence RFE/RL 01 Feb 2017 -- The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), which is attempting to regulate the conflict in eastern Ukraine, has urged both sides to adhere scrupulously to the agreed cease-fire and to withdraw heavy weaponry away from the contact line as previously agreed.
- Ukraine Says Russia Fired On Military Transport Plane Over Black Sea RFE/RL 01 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian military authorities say that an unarmed military transport plane was hit by antiaircraft fire from a Russian naval vessel over a disputed area of the Black Sea.
- War Returns With A Fury To Embattled Ukrainian City RFE/RL 01 Feb 2017 -- AVDIYIVKA, Ukraine – Nadia Volkova collapses to her knees atop the blood-stained snow and examines the body of her 60-year-old mother, Katya.
- Russian Official Confirms Heavy Shelling of Yasinovataya by Kiev Forces Sputnik 01 Feb 2017 -- A Russian representative at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) confirmed the shelling on Wednesday of Yasinovataya in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, where SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug was at the time.
- Parties to Donbass Conflict Agree to Withdraw Heavy Weaponry by Feb. 5 - OSCE Sputnik 01 Feb 2017 -- The parties to the conflict in Donbass have agreed to withdraw heavy weaponry by February 5, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group Martin Sajdik said Wednesday.
- Russian Military Denies Shooting at Ukrainian Transport Plane in Black Sea Sputnik 01 Feb 2017 -- The Russian Black Sea Fleet categorically denied claims by Kiev that a Ukrainian military transport plane came under fire from Russian drilling platforms in the Black Sea on Wednesday.
- Ukrainian Military Continued Shelling of Ysynuvata At Night - Local Authorities Sputnik 01 Feb 2017 -- Ukrainian military continued artillery shelling of neighborhoods of eastern town of Ysynuvata throughout the night and into Wednesday, a spokesperson for local administration said.
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