Avdiivka still under fire
Avdiivka shelling goes on for four days already. Militants use shells banned by the Minsk Agreement. The continuous outbreak of violence in Avdiivka keeps on claiming lives of both Ukrainian soldiers and militants; even civilians found themselves under extremely strong artillery fire – they get wounded and killed, too. The state of emergency was declared on January 31 in Avdiivka; people face humanitarian crisis due to heavy shelling that critically damaged infrastructure objects, cutting civilians from electricity, water supplies and heating systems. Rescue teams, local authorities, volunteers and law enforcement agencies deliver the civilians food, water, warm clothes, medicines and other items of first necessity. 100 Ukrainians in Rome protested against escalation in Avdiivka today.
The evacuation started, the nearest cities are ready to host the residents of Avdiivka, but militants shelled evacuation route from Avdiivka last night.
Ukraine goes to NATO?
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko declared that he intends to hold a referendum on the country’s entry to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Though at the same time The Wall Street Journal reported that the NATO has shelved a plan to meet with Ukrainian officials about the alliance’s missile-defense system in Romania, because the alliance is trying to avoid provoking Russia.
Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko reported that the new U.S. Administration will not recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
Blockade goes on
Donbas veterans blocked railway near Bakhmut today. The aim is to block all the goods passing this rail center in any direction, as well as to stop funding occupied territories by Ukraine.
In Shargorod, Vinnytsa region, the protests against health reform in terms of the creation of hospital districts do not stop for several weeks. Protesters blocked one of the roads and threaten to block the railroad. Mass protests were held in other cities of the region - in Kazatin, Ilintsi. January 26 regional council of deputies, heads of regional councils and Health Department representatives set up a working group to study the issue of hospital districts. At the first meeting the group decided to prepare an appeal to the Cabinet of Ministers with the requirement to suspend the reform.