It’s all about Avdiivka again
Pavlo Zhebrivsky reports that the humanitarian situation in Avdiivka somewhat improved over the last 24 hours - all schools in Avdiivka resumed their work and more than 500 pupils attended lessons on February 6, electricity supply resumed.
Though the number of enemy attacks decreased, the occupants are still firing banned weapons, leaving 12 buildings ruined. Another enemy assault attempt took place in Avdiivka.
However Iryna Lutsenko, the People's Deputy from the fraction Petro Poroshenko Block, admitted the possibility of the introduction of martial law, if the exacerbation in the Donbas region continues.
Ukraine’s issue tops Foreign Affairs Council agenda
UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson has said the British government will insist on the EU maintaining its sanctions against Russia during the meeting of foreign affairs officials today.
The Lithuanian foreign minister has no optimism at all. Linas Linkevicius believes the situation like Avdiivka could happen again any place any time and the situation remains quite unpredictable.
The High Representative and the Vice-President Federica Mogherini said she talked to Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush, discussing the conflict escalation in the east of the country.
Sushchenko writes letter to Council of Europe Secretary General
Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who is accused of espionage by the Russian Federation, wrote a letter to Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Dmitry Kuleba, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, handed this letter to the Secretary General.
The detained journalist sent the message from Lefortovo prison (Moscow) and stressed that the release of Ukrainian political prisoners must be number one priority for the Council of Europe.
Russian judicial system refused to change the preventive measure for Sushchenko and extended his arrest until April 30. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry already demanded to stop lawlessness and liberate unreasonably detained Ukrainian journalist.
Fierce blizzard in Kyiv
The tense snowfall began late Sunday and municipal services are dealing with consequences.
The heavy blizzard badly limited the road traffic in and around the city. Kyiv was stuck in 10-point traffic jams. Three out of five automobile bridges were paralyzed in the direction of the Dnieper River’s right bank downtown. The large vehicles were also banned from entering the city due to weather deterioration.
Later, the press-service of Kyiv City State Administration reported that snow cleaning vehicles will be working day and night because of severe weather conditions.
The forecast predicts snow for the next two days along with the drop of temperature, some say there will be freezing temperatures in Ukraine later this week - up to minus 20 degrees by Celsius.