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Militants violated ceasefire in Donbas four times over the day

Militants fired from grenade launchers and small arms, no losses in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported
22:04, 1 September 2018

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Since the beginning of the current day, September 1, the pro-Russian militants have violated the truce 4 times. As a result of fighting, there are no losses in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Joint Force Operations press center reported on its Facebook page.

"The enemy fired the aimed fire from grenade launchers and small arms. Militants did not use weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, and during the day our positions were fired at the areas of Krymske, Svitlodarsk and Shyrokine settlements," the report said.

No loss among the personnel of the United forces during the shelling reported.

Earlier it was reported that on August 31, the militants opened fire 11 times. Over the past day, none of the Ukrainian servicemen were killed.

Already in the near future, the ecological situation in Donbas can reach a "point of no return". This was stated by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the press service of the ministry said.

He noted that the ecological aspect of the situation in the east of Ukraine for a long time remained in the background, but now it has significantly worsened. A catastrophe can threaten the whole Europe.

"After the relative stabilization of the situation in the combat area, this aspect is becoming more urgent. Experts predict that the ecological situation in the region may soon reach a point of no return and become a serious threat to the ecology of both Ukraine and all neighboring countries. Europe can get a new Chernobyl near its borders, "the minister stressed.

He also noted that at the moment the Ukrainian side is not able to fully assess the damage caused to the region, due to lack of access.

"Of course, nature has a high potential for regeneration, but it will take years. If nothing is done, then in 10 years Ukraine will be able to reintegrate only 15 thousand square kilometers of lands with a completely destroyed social infrastructure. The issue of environmental reintegration of Donbas is a matter of state security", said Avakov.

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