Patriot Defence: An assessment of the medical services of the Ministry of Defence (video)

09.11.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The Ukrainian World Congress Humanitarian Initiatives, together with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, completed a thorough assessment of the medical services of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

It is grim, to say the least, and Ukraine definitely has its work cut out for it to even begin to meet basic standards for adequate military combat medical capability in all areas from training to field hospital equipment and resources, let alone to meet NATO standards. Regardless, many small drops create an ocean, and the visionary folks at Patriot Defence are working steadily toward informing, equipping, preparing, transforming and long-term sustainability for a vision of NATO-level combat medical training and resources to meet the the challenges of the Ukrainian humanitarian ground reality.

The Executive Summary of that medical assessment can be found here:
http://patriotdefence.org/index/medical-assessment-sUa.html

It’s key findings include:
• the average time from a soldier’s point of injury to first medical contact is 20-60 minutes (too long) and that contact is not even a hospital just the first possible contact in the field
• from there it can be 12–18 hours, or even up to 2 days, from point of injury to a field medical hospital with surgical capability
• most of the field hospitals that were visited were completely inadequate for adverse weather, prolonged conflict, or medical operations that meet international standards
• Individual first aid kits (IFAKs) to an international standard for each soldier with accompanied CLS [Combat Life Saver] training is at less than 1% of uniformed troops (approximately 3,600 IFAKs have been given out to ATO servicemen, yet troops number at 6-14,000)
• The special forces medic role with advanced trauma treatment capabilities in the field is non-existent
• There are no armored ambulance transport capabilities to transport patients from active combat areas to casualty evacuation points
• Helicopters used for medical evacuation, what’s left of those not already shot down by Russian forces, are not fit for their purpose for numerous reasons

The list continues…and then the summary goes on to make many recommendations. Among these that of course, every active duty Ukrainian military serviceperson needs to receive an IFAK and the appropriate Combat Life Saver training to know how to use what’s in it, that more field dressings, pressure dressings, updated tourniquets and airway adjuncts, surgical supplies are acutely needed to supply mobile hospitals and to re-supply combat medical teams in the field, more training of doctors and nurses for mobile field hospital training to ITLS and ATLS standards, that the current 3-500 combat medical personnel be trained in the Special Forces medic role with advanced medical bag and equipment, and more.

There are also some serious equipment needs such as:
• To dedicate and configure four (4) APCs to function as armored ambulance transport from active combat area to casualty evacuation point
• Civilian rotary medical evacuation aircraft need to be purchased or contracted for use throughout the ATO to transport the critically ill and injured following CAMTS guidelines
• 20 portable ultrasound devices and adequate training for medical staff to carry-out a eFAST to assist with triage and transport decisions should be implemented for mobile brigade level doctors and paramedics and mobile hospitals in the ATO [anti-terrorism operation zone]
• To replace in situ mobile hospitals with modern field hospitals with updated surgical capabilities, emergency medical care, diagnostics, life support facilities and weatherproofing – these mobile hospitals should be strategically placed to serve as combat support hospitals, have rotary winged aircraft access, be in a highly defensible position and have encrypted communication access to regional and central medical support
• 
Re-usable surgical instruments, c-arm x-ray equipment, and modern anesthesia machines for field hospitals and medical facilities supporting the ATO are required

And the report continues in greater detail. Watch Dr. John Quinn’s presentation of this report earlier today in Kyiv at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center for more details.

“Patriot Defence. Assessment of medical services of the Ministry of Defence.”
Dr. Ulana Suprun, Director of Humanitarian Initiatives of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Mr. Lashenko, Ministry of Defence, and Dr. John Quinn, MPH, MD, Medical Consultant, Ukrainian World Congress took part in the presentation of the report (see video below). 

The report of Dr. John Quinn, medical consultant on the project “Protection of the Patriots,” the current state of the system of military medical care and evacuation of soldiers from the fields of battle in Ukraine.

(English) Patriot Defence. Ukraine Crisis Media Center, 11th of September 2014. Dr. John Quinn’s report begins at 5:00 –

Source: Patriot Defence: IFAK + Combat Lifesaver Training for Ukraine

See more details: Dr. John Quinn begins to speak in English at 3:04 – 

 * * *

Please support the heroic efforts of Patriot Defence volunteers working to get Improved First Aid Kits and professional NATO combat medical training into the hands of Ukrainian soldiers to save lives. It’s needed now more urgently than ever.

http://patriotdefence.org


Patriot Defence Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/patriot.defence.ua

Posted in Analytics, English, English News, Help for ukrainian army, Help for ukrainian wounded, Video, War in Donbas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Combat Lifesaver training Doctor on the NATO-level combat medical training organized for Ukrainian troops by diaspora volunteers

By Dr. Ulana N. Suprun, MD, Patriot Defence Instructor, and Director of Humanitarian Initiatives at the Ukrainian World Congress
07.28.2014  Kyiv
Edited by Voices of Ukraine

“Every day we get reports from the front line that the training provided through CLS and the IFAKs are saving soldiers’ lives.”

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) project, Patriot Defence, was initiated in mid-May of 2014 in response to the urgent need for training in first aid on the battlefield, and providing individual first aid kits for Ukrainian soldiers. The soldiers had either no first aid kits at all, or were given an old Soviet rubber tourniquet and a bandage as their “kit.” Little if any medical training had been provided to them during their preparation for deployment. UWC began working with local Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instructors from the Red Cross and the Ukrainian Center for Special Training, providing courses for Ukrainian soldiers in TCCC. However, the courses were geared more towards civilians and Law Enforcement, so we decided to bring in professional instructors to provide Combat Lifesaver courses for the soldiers, as well as to further train the local TCCC instructors.

Training on how to perform a pneumothorax procedure on a collapsed lung.

Combat Lifesaver (CLS) is a course taught to US and NATO soldiers in which they learn to treat the three main killers on the battlefield–catastrophic bleeding, blockage of the airway, and tension pneumothorax. CLS training takes into account the unique conditions of the battlefield and the primary responsibility of the soldier to first and foremost complete his combat mission. The Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK) given to each soldier provides the tools with which they can save their own (self-aid) and their fellow soldiers’ (buddy-aid) lives. UWC began providing this kind of training and IFAKs to Ukrainian soldiers beginning in June of 2014.

IFAK

IFAK

Once the professional trainers from ParamedCZ ran several courses in Ukraine and word got around, requests for more courses and IFAKs began pouring in. To date we have trained over 2000 soldiers, including those from the Armed Forces of Ukraine 25th Battalion, National Guard Second Battalion, SBU Alpha, Battalions Donbas, Myrotvorets, Kyiv II, Lviv, Zoloti Vorota, Ukrainian National Security Forces, Ukrainian Army Special Forces, and others in places ranging from the training base for the Armed Forces in Desna, for the National Guard and Battalions at Nova Petrivka, SBU Alpha base, Obukhiv, Vita Poshtova, Yavorivsky Polygon, to areas where soldiers are currently deployed in the ATO zone. After completion of training, the soldiers receive IFAKs.

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun training in the field

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun training in the field

The training course ideally spans two days-the first day in which the soldiers are taught the theory behind CLS and learn how to treat injuries using the CABC algorithm-Catastrophic bleed, Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. The second day is filled with simulations of battle conditions, where the skills learned on the first day are carried over into real life battle scenarios, with the students wearing full battle gear, performing the life-saving techniques under fire, surrounded by smoke and exploding grenades, so that they experience the true nature of “tactical combat first aid.” There is usually one trainer for 25 students, and a coordinator for the length of the training course.

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun handing out IFAKs at the completion of a training program

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun handing out IFAKs at the completion of a training program

Currently donations are coming in from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, the US, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and Ukraine.  We have provided 1250 IFAKs to the soldiers trained, and have 500 on the way.  We plan on reaching a goal of training 10,000 soldiers and providing each of them with an IFAK. There are 2-3 training courses happening every week, with a total of 25 Ukrainian instructors and visiting professional instructors from the US, Great Britain, Scotland, Czech Republic and Ireland, all with many years of experience as soldiers first, and combat medics second. Every day we get reports from the front line that the training provided through CLS and the IFAKs are saving soldiers’ lives. At the end of every training we hand an IFAK to each soldier-patriot, thanking them for their defence of Ukrainian independence and territorial integrity, and pass along the heartfelt support of the Ukrainian Diaspora, who through this program hope to give the soldiers the opportunity to save their own or their buddy’s life if injured in defense of Ukraine.

Patriot Defence Simulation video:

From the Staff of Voices of Ukraine: Please consider donating to Patriot Defence as a reliable, trusted and safe means for supporting Ukrainian troops with urgently needed, higher-tech Improved First Aid Kits and top level professionally certified combat medical trainers to help save lives now. Help them reach their goal of delivering 10,000 IFAKs to Ukrainian soldiers who are in trenches fighting daily to protect Ukraine.
http://patriotdefence.org

Posted in "Voices" in English, English, English News, Help for ukrainian army, Pictures, South&Eastern Ukraine, Video, War in Donbas | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ukrainian Army Fundraising: ONE CELOX EQUALS ONE LIFE

Edited by Voices of Ukraine

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 11.39.46 AM

Please, repost this information to save lives of Ukrainian soldiers.

“Dear Friends, THIS IS AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION. ONE CELOX EQUALS ONE LIFE!! The Ukrainian Army and Hospitals are in desperate need of our help. Unfortunately, Ukrainian soldiers lack many life saving supplies in the ongoing military conflict in the Eastern part of the country. One of the greatest needs is CELOX which is not available in Ukraine. CELOX STOPS BLEEDING AND SAVES LIVES!!!

Organizers:
Solomiya Vitvitska https://www.facebook.com/S.Vitvitska?fref=ts
Iryna Pylypenko https://www.facebook.com/iryna.pylypenko
Tonya Levchuk https://www.facebook.com/tonya.al.1?fref=ts
Dana Yarovaya https://www.facebook.com/dana.yarovaya

Today, so many Ukrainians are HEROES are fighting for our freedom! Please don’t give up on our guys!!! With our help, we can bring a father, son, friend, or loved one back home!!! Many thanks to everyone for reposts, financial support and help!!! TOGETHER – WE CAN HELP!!! Thank you!!!”

Source: YouCaring

Posted in English, Help for ukrainian army, Languages, Media, News, Petitions, Pictures, Regіons, South&Eastern Ukraine | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Attention readers! You can now donate to Ukrainian army via PayPal!

05.06.2014
Translated by Voices of Ukraine and edited by Alex Howard

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 6.58.14 PMYuriy Biryukov, who goes by Wings Phoenix on Facebook, is a volunteer for the Ukrainian army.  His initiative collects almost 2 million Hryvnias a month, which goes to Ukrainian airborne troops, naval aviation, artillery brigades, the National Guard, the border control troops, and others.

For his April 28 delivery, Yuriy collected tons of food, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, medications, dozens of portable radios, hundreds of sets of body armor for airborne troops, and two hundred helmets. Thousands of people transferred the money. Hundreds of concerned individuals who are drawn in to search for all necessities.

Also, Yuriy is helping the naval aviation brigade to build the modular headquarters for their engineers and technicians. Naval aviation conducts aerial reconnaissance, transports cargo for military sailors, and performs search and rescue operations. To conduct the flights, it’s necessary to provide headquarters for technical staff who prepare aviation equipment for flying.

Wings Phoenix volunteers 18 hours a day. He says that he is sleep deprived, but someone has to take care of the business. Despite lacking rest, however, Yuriy Biryukov is happy to be the army’s volunteer quartermaster.

Here’s the long-awaited financial information for those willing to donate to the Ukrainian army:

M A X I M U M   R E P O S T !

PAYPAL Account – fenix@mykola.org [updated on July 22]*
Purpose: transfer to friends or relatives
Message to the recipient: ArmyUA
After transferring the money – write a message here on Facebook, saying which unit to spend it on.

* Please check the original Wings Phoenix FB page in case the Paypal account has changed.

The servicemen will get the money promptly and definitely use them as intended: Yuriy provides all reports on his Facebook page. Here’re some links for your review:

Consolidated financial report: http://goo.gl/UGt0Hw

Consolidated photo report: https://www.facebook.com/wings.phoenix.foundation

——–

Wings Phoenix confirmation from May 6, 2014:

Ah! Aha! Reporting: PayPal works. The first tranche from the account has already reached my PrivatBank card, and has been converted into Hryvnias and sent tax-free to the suppliers. Ha! In the evening, I will put everything in the reports.

So please, a big request to share this post, we need to get the news to our foreign patriots that there is a quick way to directly help our military units. There are still 2 working days until the 9th and I will try to do my best to supply our units with bulletproof vests and radios.

I will most definitely be able to deliver the vests on time to:

- Berdyansk border guards

- 72nd Guards mechanised brigade

Plus there are orders from:

- 1st Battallion of the National Guard

- 25nd Dnipropetrovsk Airborne

And the 79th of course.

They are bogged down, but they are trying.

———-

All other transfers and financial accounts [in Russian] -

https://www.facebook.com/wings.phoenix/posts/785124388165627

Sources: Wings Phoenix FB, ICTV

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Voices Editors: Slava! and Bravo! to all of our civilian and military heroes and to our brave Ukrainian spirit of generosity and love for our people. With deep thanks to Yuriy Biryukov for all you do for so many! And to the diaspora and concerned individuals who help in many little ways that add up – we are all connected and united by caring and doing what needs doing. That Phoenix will rise from the ashes on renewed wings! 

Posted in Appeals, Diaspora, English, English News, Help for ukrainian army, Languages, News, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Dort sind russische Panzer. Sie brennen wunderbar!

Die sog. Waffenruhe in der Ostukraine. 8. Oktober: Russische Panzer brennen auf dem Flughafen Donezk. Auf den ukrainischen Operator wird geschossen.

Video | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dmitry Tymchuk: Updates from the “ceasefire zone” 10/22

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
10.22.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from the Information Resistance group.

Over the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces significantly reduced [their] activity. [We] recorded about 30 attacks on the positions of the ATO forces.

The main activity was observed in the direction of Donetsk and Debaltseve. Also, two armed confrontations took place in the vicinity of Donetsk airport.

In particular, terrorists made fire strikes at the following checkpoints and fortified areas of the Ukrainian troops:

• nearby the settlement of Avdiivka5 attacks;

• Donetsk airport and the settlement of Maloorlivka4 attacks each;

- near the settlement of Mykolaivka3 attacks.

Insurgents also attacked the positions of ATO forces near the settlements of Hranitne, Krasnohorivka, Pisky, Tonenke, Ridkodub, Nekishino, and Debaltseve.

After intense armed clashes near the Donetsk airport, the “Oplot” and “Vostok” terrorist battalions suffered serious losses, and temporarily suspended participation in active combat thereafter. Currently, these gangs are being replenished with personnel and military equipment, from the resources arriving from the Russian Federation.

In Donetsk, units of the Russian regular army have been noticed again (earlier, Russian troops were withdrawn from the city). In particular, the Spetsnaz units of the GRU of the RAF [Russian Armed Forces] from Omsk and the 331st Parachute Regiment (Kostroma, Russia) arrived in the city. Additionally, Russian soldiers are [currently] serving at one of the checkpoints near the village of Spartak.

During the last [few] days, trucks carrying models of armored vehicles have been repeatedly travelling through the “Uspenka” border checkpoint, from Donbas to the Russian territory. [We] do not discount the possibility that the Russian-terrorist troops are carrying out a subterfuge, meant to make Kyiv and international organizations to believe that Russian troops are withdrawing from the territory of Donbas.

The “DNR” leaders declared that Ukrainian forces are preparing a “large-scale offensive” that will be held after the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Under this pretext, [they suggested that] many organizations and institutions hold “mobilization events.” In reality, those entail confiscation of equipment and property en masse “for defense purposes.” Simultaneously, the next wave of forced “enlistment” of people into the ranks of the “DNR” is currently underway in Donetsk.

In the settlement of Snizhne, [we] recorded a conflict between insurgents from the “Oplot” battalion and Russian servicemen at the military equipment repair base that was created by Russian specialists. The conflict began after Russian officers accused the insurgents of being extremely incompetent and unable to handle the equipment.

In the “LNR,” under pressure from the terrorist command, the leaders of separate groups are trying to find ways to peacefully settle conflicts between their groups. Namely, the leader of the “people’s militia” of the “LNR” A. Mozgovoy agreed to enter into negotiations with the leadership of the battalion “Zarya,” with whom he was in a serious conflict. However, he only plans to negotiate “the autonomy” of his gang. At the same time, rumors are spreading in the ranks of the “militia” that Mozgovoy “sold out” to Kyiv and that he won’t fight against Ukraine. Meanwhile, [we] observed a sharp increase in the personal security staff of A. Mozgovoy.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Update:

According to operational data from Information Resistance, the deployment of personnel, weapons and military equipment from Russia to Donbas, to supplement the Russian gangs and terrorist forces, has intensified.

In particular, on the evening of October 21, a convoy of military equipment and up to 500 people in Russian military uniforms without insignia arrived at the settlement of Amvrosiivka [Donetsk region] from Russia. The convoy included vehicles, about 50 tanks and APCs. Part of the convoy remained in the village, and the rest (about 300 people and 30 vehicles) headed towards the village of Komsomolske.

[We] have also observed the reinforcement of groups of Russian-terrorist forces acting in the Volnovakha direction, with personnel and weapons (mostly artillery).

A system the for direct supply of arms, ammunition, fuel, medications and food from Russia has been set up for insurgent groups operating in the area of Debaltseve. Previously, allocation of resources for these groups was taken care of by the “DNR” leadership.

There is a sharp increase in the number of tank crews formed of Donbas insurgents, who undergo training at a training camp near Rostov-on-Don (Russia).

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB 

Posted in Dmitry Tymchuk, English, Languages, News, News summary, Regіons, South&Eastern Ukraine | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

So, “who is financing Voices of Ukraine?”

 “Who is financing your translations in 8 languages?”

“How much money does your organization spend per month?”

Time and again we receive e-mails and comments asking who is financing our translation work. We are regularly being accused of spreading anti-Russian, pro-US propaganda. We usually simply delete such insinuations since we do not have the resources to keep a moderated discussion going in a hostile environment. However, the following comment of a certain Vit Jash, whose IP has been logged, has triggered a spontaneous reply by one of our volunteers. On the off-chance that Vit Jash is not a troll, and considering that there are certainly real people out there who believe what Vit Jash seems to believe, we decided to make an exception to our policy and to publish this reply:

Why is here no information in “about you” who is financing your translations in 8 languages? How much money do your organisation spent per mounth and how many people are working for you? And why Your translations are of extremly propagandistic anti russian and pro-us party side constructins articles? As a samle your translation Das “Massaker” von Odessa – Propaganda gegen Fakten. Thanks a lot, should you really answer it!

Dear Vit Jash, the answer is that nobody is financing us. We are not even a legal entity. We are a group of volunteers, loosely connected via social media. Most of us are Ukrainians, some of us are nationals of other countries who lived in Ukraine or know Ukraine for various reasons. On a personal level, we are not anti-Russian. Some of us ARE Russian! Each of us has lots of Russian friends and we share the idea that people from Russia and Ukraine should live in peace and friendship. However, we have been attacked. Ukraine has been attacked by Russia when it took Crimea and then sent weapons and mercenaries to Eastern Ukraine. On a personal level, almost everyone of us has suffered below-the-waist attacks for no good reason. We have been called fascists or Nazis for “crimes” like wearing a Vyshyvanka or singing the Ukrainian hymn, for insisting – in a discussion – on the fact that Ukraine is a sovereign country, or simply for telling the truth about what we saw with our own eyes in Ukraine on Maidan. Some of us felt treated like outlaws and subhuman persons for the sole reason of our Ukrainian ethnicity.

When injustice happens, human beings try to defend themselves. It is a natural reaction. When an untruth is told about us, we usually insist on the truth (unless we are being severely compromised by speaking the truth and even then brave souls still stand up and insist on what they know is true). We have chosen to defend ourselves by telling what happens to us and by naming things for what they really are. So if anything in our posts that we say about Russia and Russian politics sounds gross, it is not intended as being anti-Russian. It is merely mirroring things that actually happen in Russia. It is not us who are being anti-Russian, it is the Kremlin’s politics that are deeply anti-Russian and we are simply drawing attention to that.

You don’t believe that this amount of translation work can be generated by volunteers? Well, browse our site. Some of our translations are signed individually. You can go to the Facebook profiles of the translators and find out about their lives. Other translations are anonymous, because the respective translator was afraid of attacks on a personal level, like we all had to witness. Or simply because they don’t want it to be about who they are but about the article and what it contains. But many are signed, and what you will see is normal people, students, employees, entrepreneurs, spending a sustainable fraction of their working time for a good cause: we defend Ukraine against injustice, we debunk lies and myths, we report the truth even if it hurts, because we believe that truth and integrity will prevail. We are not professionals, which means we may sometimes fall to unreliable sources or overshoot the mark. But we do believe we are following a far more credible case then any of the paid-for propaganda sites reporting about Ukraine (most of which – but not all, to this we agree – are Russia-sponsored). This is because we are volunteers with first-hand insights and we are free to write what we see and believe. The principle of volunteer collaboration and crowdsourcing is something beyond the comprehension of authoritarian top-down-regimes and their followers, yet we believe it is a means to create a better world in the long term.

This reply was written by Tobias Ernst – one of our volunteers from the German team.

[Editor's note: In fact, it is our volunteers who pay Voices of Ukraine website hosting fees. And that article you denigrate as propaganda is written by a highly-respected meticulous fact-checking source and a human rights organization, which is why we translate it].

Posted in English, Others, Voices of Ukraine | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

L.A.Times correspondent Sergei Loiko (photo essay): The tanker’s final journey.

By Sergei Loiko, Los Angeles Times correspondent, photojournalist
10.21.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Sergei Loiko, photojournalist and correspondent for the L. A. Times currently stationed in Donetsk, has posted this photo essay from an event that occurred on October 19th during ongoing battles for Donetsk airport.

Russian military forces, mercenaries and insurgents have been battling Ukrainian forces, some of whom are volunteers, for control of the airport for weeks, but Ukrainian forces have so far managed to heroically hold strong against constant shelling, ground raids and attacks. As a result, the enemy has dubbed the men holding the airport, “Cyborgs.” While heroically defending the airport, one such Cyborg was killed. He was a tank driver and images of the rescue of his remains for transport home and burial were posted online with commentary by the photographer.

Please be advised this ongoing story of brothers-in-arms has explicit war imagery that is disturbing!

Sergei Loiko’s commentary:

The burnt tank:

His comrades, under fire, find a box suitable for a coffin:

The tanker’s remains are put into the box:

This guy is risking his life to send a tank driver home. His name is Slava. He volunteered. Nobody forced him to do it. Look him in the eye. He remains at the airport:

This guy is risking his life to send a tank driver home also. His name is Mike. He volunteered. Nobody forced him to do it. Look him in the eye. He remains at the airport:

Source: Sergei Loiko FB

 

Posted in English, English News, Eyewitness stories, Pictures, South&Eastern Ukraine, War in Donbas | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ukraine: Daily Highlights

20/10/2014 Ukraine: Daily Highlights – Powerful explosion took place in Donetsk at one of the bases of militants

В Донецке произошел мощнейший взрыв на одной из баз боевиков, обстрелы города и атаки на аэропорт продолжились

20/10/2014 Daily Highlights from “Digests & Analytics Ukraine” News Agency


Verkhovna Rada adopted a law, wchich secures the rights of internallly displaced persons. Powerful explosion took place in Donetsk at one of the bases of militants. Shelling of the city and  attacks on the airport continued. The head of the investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada blamed Defence Minister and Chief of General Staff for the tragedy in Ilovaysk.

Ukraine

  • Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On ensuring the rights and freedoms of displaced persons”, which was developed by the Kharkiv Human Rights Group with the participation of the United Nations, the OSCE, the State Migration Service and representatives of public organizations.
  • Verkhovna Rada deputies did not even include to its agenda a bill authorizing  combat operation participants to vote at their places of service, thus limiting their right to vote.
  • Verkhovna Rada has canceled the previously announced re-registration of medications and adopted a National Program of AIDS prevention.
  • President Poroshenko asked Vice Prime Minister Groysman to start the heating season before the end of the current pre-election week.
  • Official exchange rate of Ukrainian hryvnya remained relatively stable: 12.95 UAH/USD, 16.60 UAH/EUR (-9 cop) and 3.15 UAH/10 RUB (-2 cop). NBU sold 200 mln. USD at auctions. Deputy Head of the National Bank explained that decrease of the speculative demand for foreign currency will allow to eliminate some of the administrative restrictions in the future.

Kyiv

  • As weather conditions have worsened and temperatures dropped, Kyiv authorities started to heat the infrastructure objects – schools, kindergartens, hospitals, and are getting ready to start heating residential buildings.
  • SBU announced the introduction of enhanced security regime in Kiev in connection with the plans of spies to destabilize the situation and disrupt the elections.

War in Ukraine

  • Ukrainian army positions in Luhansk and Donetsk regions are continuing to be subject of powerful shelling and attacks by militants.
    Border guards are capturing subversive groups and evidencing Russian drone air reconnaissance activities.
  • In Donetsk, around noon there was a huge explosion in the warehouses of the plant for the production of explosives, which insurgents used as a base. According to some reports, the explosion was arranged by the guerrillas. Explosion had shattered windows in homes throughout the city and damaged part of the glass exterior of “Donbass-Arena”. Ukrainian Defense Ministry denied reports of the shelling of the city with tactical missile complex “Tochka-U”  (SS-21 Scarab).

War in Ukraine continues, please read more here

Posted in English, English News, Languages, News, News summary | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment