Although the humanitarian situation in Avdiivka somewhat improved by Monday, February 6, , all the schools resumed their work, the water supply was restored, the situation in Avdiivka was getting back to normal.
Presidents Donald Trump and Petro Poroshenko have held a telephone conversation. The team of Ukrainian guarantor noted that this conversation had a slight tone of "victory." Well, the very fact that the telephone conversation between the officials, which, incidentally, took place in a not very convenient for Ukraine’s president time (in Kyiv it was almost midnight Saturday), when Trump called Poroshenko’s administration, could be really considered a victory.
Still Avdiivka was one of the hottest spots in the entire combat area in Donbas by Tuesday. The Russia-backed militants shelled the town in Donetsk region, using tanks and mortars. NATO-Ukraine Commission will hold an extraordinary meeting at the ambassadorial level on the situation in Donbas on February 8. And the European Parliament is set to consider tensions in Avdiivka next week.
The Russian Defense Ministry has brought a lot of armored vehicles, hardware and manpower to the occupied areas of Donbas; that could mean the enemy prepares for another escalation in the combat zone, according to Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council.
Meanwhile Lithuania has provided 40 thousand euros to the Red Cross for the purchase of medicines for the residents of Avdiivka. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkyavichus stated this at a briefing in Kramatorsk.
Deathful stability in Donbas
The situation remains tense in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation in the east of Ukraine.
The worsening situation in Avdiivka revealed the use of prohibited weapons by the Minsk Agreements by Russian troops. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Ivana Klympush-Tsintsadze during a speech in the European Parliament.
Putin and Merkel discuss situation in Donbas by phone. However Kremlin still denies Russian troops and tanks’ presence in Donbas. And the Russian helicopters fly along occupied Crimea border.
Givi – another militant killed in the Donetsk
Members of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic report that their high-ranked commander, Mikhail Tolstykh, a.k.a Givi was killed at 6.12 a.m. due to an attack from man-portable flamethrower ‘Shmel’. Many officials published their reaction, including Yulia Tymoshenko, rising plenty of versions. A funeral and a farewell ceremony with “commander of Somali battalion” Mikhail Tolstykh took place in the occupied Donetsk.
Diplomatic scandal with the German Ambassador
A diplomatic scandal rose out of the words of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Ukraine Ernst Reichel, when in his interview to RBK Ukraine he said that “holding elections in the occupied territory of the Donbas region is possible even without withdrawal of the Russian military units from there”. The German Ambassador's statements were treated as "treason" by many Ukrainian officials and the odious People's Deputy even painted a Berlin Wall segment to protest against German Ambassador while other activists washed it out later. The German Embassy in Kyiv abstained from reaction to the prank by Ukrainian MP who painted the Berlin Wall.
The same day German Embassy in Kyiv hold a reception in the honor of the 25th anniversary of German-Ukrainian diplomatic relations, inviting Markus Meckel, the penultimate foreign minister of the GDR and a member of the German Bundestag, among other diplomats, Ambassadors and Ukrainian MPs.
Groysman to visited Brussels on February 9 – 10 to negotiate with top figures in the EU and NATO authorities in the Belgian capital the latest developments in war-torn eastern Ukraine, implementation of Minsk agreements, the course of reforms in Ukraine, liberalization of EU-Ukraine visa regime, issues of trade and economic cooperation. He spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk and Head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Later it was reported that the trialogue on visa liberalization for Ukraine between European Parliament, European Commission and European Council set to take place already on February 28.
The European Parliament predicts that visa liberalization with the EU for Ukraine will enter into force by the end of summer. Meanwhile Ukraine and Turkey agreed on citizens’ entry with domestic passports to both countries.
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