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An aide to Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Aleksandr Kolomiyets, has joined the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic

“I am Aleksandr Kolomiyets, a major-general of the Ukrainian Armed Force, and my latest position was that of a chief military analyst and aide to the Ukrainian defense minister,” he told a news conference at the Donetsk News Agency. Many of his former fellow servicemen, too, were prepared to join the republics’ militias, he said.

Taliban militants started storming the Afghan parliament building with several explosions and gunfire on Monday morning. Reportedly, suicide bombers participated in the assault. Nine blasts were heard in total. One blast occurred one hour after the attack. According to health officials, 25 civilians, including five women and three children, were hospitalized.

The US Army’s inspector general conducted a three-year investigation into whistleblower allegations that Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard had abused his authority in awarding fellow West Point graduates a $492,000 contract. A high-ranking US Army commander, who oversaw the training of Iraqi forces in 2014, has been disciplined for awarding his former military classmates a defense contract. What do we say to the war on corruption in US? Not today!

The EU Naval Force Med operation foresees the seizure of ships trafficking illegal immigrants from North Africa across the Mediterranean to Europe as well as the prosecution of the ships’ captains. The operation has been launched without UN approval. We remember, nearly 2,000 immigrants have drowned at the sea while risking the crossing it in 2015.

“I am Kolomiets Alexander, major general of the army of Ukraine…00:35 -The people of Donbass asked for one thing: give us the Russian language! Give us the federalization as part of Ukraine! Was it necessary to send the armed forces to prevent this? To use all the guns to shell cities and villages, to kill people?”


Foreign Policy Diary: The New War of Transnistria


Ukrainian forces have shelled a passenger bus around the settlement Pishevik around Donetsk today. There are many causalities there

Settlements Pervomaisk, Stahanov and Kirovsk have cut off water supply today because the infrastructure had been damaged by Ukrainian shellings. Movement of Ukrainian troops has been fixed in the sector of Topolinka today. Kiev’s side has been concentrating troops and military equipment there.

Krasnoarmeiskoe and Oktyabr, around Mariupol, have been shelled by Ukrainian forces from directions of Ukrainian positions in Sartani and Orlovskoe. The clashes have been going in the sector since morning.

Intelligence of DPR has been observing numerous facts of movement of Ukrainian military equipment and troops. 2 MLRS Grads of Kiev militants have moved from Kurdumovka to the sector of Shirokino. Also, new artillery positions of Ukrainian forces were cued to south-east from the settlement of Lastochkino.

Ukrainian militants have been shelling the route of Bahmutka with mortars since last night. Pro-Kiev sinpers work around Stannica Luganskaya.

Civilian homes shelled by Kiev’s putschists


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