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Day in Donbas: Two attacks of pro-Russian militants during the day

The situation remains under the control of Ukraine's defenders
22:19, 7 July 2018

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From the beginning of the day, as of 18:00, the pro-Russian militants twice broke the ceasefire in the Donbas region near the Joint forces operation territory. No losses in the ranks of Ukrainian military reported, informs the press center of the JFO headquarters on Facebook.

"During these days, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the enemy violated the established ceasefire in some sectors. The Russian occupation forces opened fire twice in the Svitlodarsk and Mariupol directions using heavy machine guns and small arms in the area of Novoluhansk and Shyrokine settlements," the report says.

During the Saturday, there were no casualties among the Joint forces.

"Ukrainian defenders control the situation, they steadily hold the lines they occupy and observe the cease-fire regime," the report says.

Earlier US Department of State welcomed the law of Ukraine on national security. This is stated in a message on the official website of the State Department.

"The United States welcomes the new law of Ukraine" On National Security "adopted by the Rada on June 21 and signed by President Poroshenko on July 5. The law corresponds to Western principles and provides the basis for expanding NATO's cooperation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the report said.

It is noted that the full implementation of the law will further strengthen Ukraine's western integration.

"The United States is ready to continue supporting the defense and security reforms in Ukraine in order to strengthen Ukraine's ability to protect its territorial integrity," the State Department concluded.

We recall that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, July 5, signed Law No. 8068 on the national security of Ukraine.

‘I was a hard work. There are revolutionary changes in the security and defense sector of Ukraine. The law sets fundamental national interests of Ukraine. This is what the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the other enforcement units have to protect. In the first place it is the national sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence of our country, democratic and constitutional order and inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of Ukraine,’ the President emphasized.

On June 21, the Verkhovna Rada adopted Law No. 8068 on the national security of Ukraine. 248 people's deputies voted for it.

Parliament supported this bill as a basis in early April 2018 with 265 votes of people's deputies.

Earlier Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy met with Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker during his visit to the United States. On this on June 28, Parubiy informed on his page on Twitter.

"At the meeting with the US Department of State Special Representative Kurt Volker, we discussed the security situation in Ukraine, and also the issue of attracting American business to the modernization of the Ukrainian gas transportation system, because this is not just a matter of energy, but also a matter of security," he said.

Parubiy also together with his colleagues from Georgia, Lithuania and Moldova held a conference in the US Congress on countering Russian hybrid threats, in particular, it means the construction of NordStream-2.

"Because this is not an economic project, it is a hybrid weapon of the Kremlin against the European countries of the free world," he said.

Earlier Yuriy Allerov, the Commander of the National Guard, met with Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, within the official visit of Ukraine’s delegation to Washington, as the press office of the National Guard reports.

The parties have discussed the situation on the east of Ukraine, the role of the National Guard in the Joint Forces Operation and its cooperation with the Armed Forces. Allerov and Volker have also talked about the practice of the integration of the volunteer battalions to the National Guard.

“Another topic of the discussion was the development of the cooperation between Ukraine’s and California’s National Guards,” the message says.

The armed conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk regions between Ukrainian and Russian armies started in 2014. Since then the governmental forces conducted an anti-terrorist operation in Donbas. On April 30, 2014, the Anti-terrorist operation was officially over. It was replaced with the Joint Forces Operation.

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