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January 18 – 4 Ukrainian military were killed and 32 wounded by the Russian terrorists in the ATO are in the last 24 hours, -informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko.
January 18 – 138 ceasefire violations were recorded in the ATO area in the last 24 hours according to a report by OSCE observer mission.
January 18 – Ukrainians have held mass peace rallies "Je suis Volnovakha" in cities of Ukraine and abroad. The rally is similar to recent rally agains terrorism held in Paris.
January 18 – Terrorists have shelled the city of Vuhlehirsk, which is under protection of Ukrainian army. Terrorists have used "Grad" multiple rocket launcher and fired from Yenakieve direction. Two children, brothers aged 7 and 16 were killed by a direct hit in their family home. A girl aged 8, their sister, was also injured and is being treated at the hospital, – informed the Head of Oblast Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vyacheslav Abroskin.
January 18 – Militants have decided to carry out forced mobilization of the "office workers", – informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko – "The leaders of the armed group "People's Republic of Donetsk" have decided to forcibly enlist employees of businesses that operate in the temporarily occupied territories and choose not to fund terrorists, in the ranks of illegal armed groups".
January 18 – Terrorists continue to shell residential buildings in Donetsk oblast, there are victims among civilians, including children, – informed the Head of Oblast Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vyacheslav Abroskin.
January 18 – On Sunday in Kyiv a Peace March commemorating the memory of the casualties of the bus which was struck by the shots of separatists near Volnovakha. The march began at the Taras Sevchenko monument and continued to Independence Square where at 3:00 PM a memorial service was prayed. Some 10,000 people participated in the Commemorative March.
President Petro Poroshenko who took part in the Peace March in Kyiv, expressed his certainty that Ukraine will regain complete control of Donbas: "We will not give up even an inch of Ukrainian land. We will return Donbas, we will regenerate Ukrainianism in Donbas, we will demonstrate that one of the extremely important elements of our victory is our unity with you," said Poroshenko, in his remarks on the Maidan after the funeral prayers for those who perished near Volnovakha.
January 18 – The idea espoused by Russia about ceasing the transit of gas through Ukraine and crossing over to a "Turkey route" by 2020 is a fantasy and it is not meant to be realized – Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the Turkish Republic, Serhiy Korsunskyj.
The Russian proposal involves the following. The underground part of the pipe from the compression point of Russkaya station will be redirected instead of to the Bulgarian harbor Burgas, to the European part of Turkey to the west of Stambul. Of 63 million cubic meters of the stated capacity of the pipe, approximately 14 million are directed towards the inner consumption of Turkey. The rest, almost 50 million, are delivered to the Turkish-Greek border and reach EU.
"Gasprom plans to build the "Turkish Stream" in circumstances when in Europe very soon there will enter into usage three new terminals which receive a diluted gas of the general strength up to 10 million cubic meters. Besides this, Turkey and Azerbaidjan have already begun the construction of the gas route TANAP, in which 10 million cubic meters will reach Germany and then Italy through the gas route TAP," notes the Ambassador. He also reminds all that on the basis of the continuous decrease of the level of consumption of natural gas in Europe (in 2011: by 10%; in 2012: by 2%; in 2013: by 1.4%), it is expected that on the European market the excess of the flowing gas will appear on the European market.
According to Konsunskyi, "the fairy tale" about the Turkish Stream isneeded by Putin in order to show on the inner market that: "Look, Russia remains the key player and there is no isolation -
China, India, and Turkey are with us."
Zakharchenko, ex-Minister of Interior of Ukraine working with Putin's close associate
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