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Day in Donbas: Militants used heavy machine guns to attack Ukrainian Armed Forces

There is no loss among the Ukrainian military
22:01, 21 July 2018

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During the current day in Donbas conflict zone, militants fired Ukrainian positions from machine guns and small arms. This was reported in the press center of the Joint Forces Operation headquarters on its Facebook page.

It is noted that the militants violated the truce 4 times.

"The invaders from large-caliber machine guns and small arms fired at the positions of the Joint Forces in the areas of settlements Pisky, Pavlopil, Lebedynske and Shyrokine," the report said.

The headquarters added that as a result of the fighting, there are no losses among Ukrainian defenders.

As reported, during the past day the militants carried out 29 targeted firings, as a result of which three Ukrainian defenders were injured in various severity. Now they are provided with medical help in military mobile hospitals.

Earlier Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, condemned the Kremlin's intention to hold a referendum in the occupied Donbas because of the impossibility of free and fair expression of will in this region under current conditions. He wrote about this on July 20 on his Facebook page.

"Nobody, literally nobody believes in any possibility of free and fair will expression in Donbas in the conditions of Russian occupation," Klimkin stated.

At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is convinced that Donbas as such does not interest Russia. Just like the citizens who live in this region.

According to Klimkin, the goal of the Russian authorities' statements on changing the status of Donbas and the federalization of Ukraine is the collapse of Ukraine. "This is a kind of" rehearsal ", which the Kremlin regime will push to ruin our country. They will not succeed!" he wrote.

Earlier in the White House, they said they did not consider supporting Putin's idea for a new referendum in eastern Ukraine.

We recall, the Bloomberg, citing sources, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Donald Trump in Helsinki proposed a referendum in Donbas. According to one of the interlocutors, Trump asked Putin not to discuss the idea of a referendum at a press conference after the summit, to give the US president time to think about this idea. The source added that Putin offered to organize a vote among local residents of Donbas on the status of their region. All this should happen under the auspices of the international community.

Sources in Russia argue that such a referendum should not provide for a "Crimean scenario," it can only decide about the autonomy of the Donbas within Ukraine.

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