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February 8: Number of victims of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine could have reached 50 thousand people

February 8 – Number of victims of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine could have reached 50 thousand people – data stated by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), while referring to German secret service. Thus almost 10 times more people could have died in combat compared to official data. February 8 – A pro-Ukrainian rally was held in Mariupol today instead of the announced protest planned by the separatists against mobilization, informed the Advisor to Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko. February 8 – As a result of a clash of Ukrainian military with the militants, Ukrainian soldiers have seized several rocket infantry flamethrowers “Shmel” (“Bumblebee”), which are only used in the Russian army. February 8 – Military confrontation continues between Russian military/pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in the ATO area, with the most challenging attacks happening near Debaltsevo, – informs NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko. 111 fire attacks by militants in 37 towns were recorded in the ATO area in the last 24 hours. According to intelligence, ATO forces have destroyed 14 units of military equipment, killed 70 terrorists and injured approximately 20. February 8 – Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande have agreed to meet in Minsk on February 11th “if a number of issues are conciliated”. But Putin has already hinted that the “peace meeting” in Minsk may fail if all of these issues are not agreed upon. February 8 – Disconnection of Russian banks from the international payment system SWIFT would create a worse relationship between the West and RF. This was stated by the Head of VTB bank, Andriy Kostin, according to TACC. He stated that the sanctions geared against RF, are proof of the economic war against Moscow. “This is how it is, all the attempts which are approved by the West – are methods of carrying on an economic war, trading, financial, said Kostin. “Disconnection from SWIFT – the usage of significantly of much more powerful “arms” in this war and, obviously,will mean a serious worsemimg of the general climate and the overall situation in relations with the West,” he noted. Combat intensifies in eastern Ukraine Support for separatists lower than expected in eastern Ukraine War expands in size and scope Letter to Obama from US citizen Andy Hunder Ukrainian Institute, How to stop Vladimir Putin? Report: Has the EU Learnt from the Ukraine Crisis? Changes to Security, Energy and Migration Governance Natalija Jerjomenko A message to Europe / Eine Botschaft an Europa P.S.: Please spread this appeal as much as possible.

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February 8 – Number of victims of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine could have reached 50 thousand people – data stated by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), while referring to German secret service. Thus almost 10 times more people could have died in combat compared to official data.

February 8 – A pro-Ukrainian rally was held in Mariupol today instead of the announced protest planned by the separatists against mobilization, informed the Advisor to Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko.

February 8 – As a result of a clash of Ukrainian military with the militants, Ukrainian soldiers have seized several rocket infantry flamethrowers “Shmel” (“Bumblebee”), which are only used in the Russian army.

February 8 – Military confrontation continues between Russian military/pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in the ATO area, with the most challenging attacks happening near Debaltsevo, – informs NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko. 111 fire attacks by militants in 37 towns were recorded in the ATO area in the last 24 hours. According to intelligence, ATO forces have destroyed 14 units of military equipment, killed 70 terrorists and injured approximately 20.

February 8 – Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande have agreed to meet in Minsk on February 11th “if a number of issues are conciliated”. But Putin has already hinted that the “peace meeting” in Minsk may fail if all of these issues are not agreed upon.

February 8 – Disconnection of Russian banks from the international payment system SWIFT would create a worse relationship between the West and RF. This was stated by the Head of VTB bank, Andriy Kostin, according to TACC. He stated that the sanctions geared against RF, are proof of the economic war against Moscow. “This is how it is, all the attempts which are approved by the West – are methods of carrying on an economic war, trading, financial, said Kostin. “Disconnection from SWIFT – the usage of significantly of much more powerful “arms” in this war and, obviously,will mean a serious worsemimg of the general climate and the overall situation in relations with the West,” he noted.

Combat intensifies in eastern Ukraine

Support for separatists lower than expected in eastern Ukraine

War expands in size and scope

Letter to Obama from US citizen

Andy Hunder

Ukrainian Institute, How to stop Vladimir Putin?

Report: Has the EU Learnt from the Ukraine Crisis? Changes to Security, Energy and Migration Governance

Natalija Jerjomenko

A message to Europe / Eine Botschaft an Europa

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March 8 – 1 Ukrainian military was killed and 3 were injured in the last 24 hours in the ATO area, – informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

March 8 – Official Kyiv is ready to communicate with the representatives of Donbas – with those, who will be elected as a result of legitimate elections, but not with the warlords, – said Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystayko: "At this point in time, there is a need to unite Ukraine, which is torn to pieces by our neighbours and thus we are ready to meet the needs and take into account the opinions of local people in these regions. But we cannot and will not talk to the warlords".

March 8 – During the night of March 8th, the intensity of provocative attacks by the militants decreased, but they violated "silence regime" 6 times, – informs ATO's press-centre. The enemy is using aerial reconnaissance – over the last 24 hours air defence forces have recorded the activity of 6 remotely piloted aircraft.

March 8 – "Since the annexation, Putin's most important objective was to create a giant military base in Crimea, not a gambling zone, where in addition to the fleet, there is strategic aviation, air defence, space forces, coastal missiles and nuclear weapons", – writes a journalist and human rights activist Andriy Klimenko (Crimea). According to him approximately 100 thousand troops will start serving at the peninsula over the next two years and there "should not be any disloyal residents – e.g. Crimean Tatars, journalists, community activists – all those who do not want to receive Russian passports and want to keep Ukrainian one. This will continue, unfortunately".

March 8 – Armed Forces of Ukraine have completed the fourth stage of withdrawal of heavy weapons from the combat contact line in Donbas according to Minsk agreements, – informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko: "We have completed the fourth stage of withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line. Earlier we withdrew 100-mm anti-tank guns – "Rapira" and "Ruta", MLRS "Grad" and "Uragan".

March 8 – In Luhansk Region during the period of carrying on of fighting activities, during the shelling of residential areas, eight churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which do not belong to the Moscow Patriarchate, were harmed "Ruined churches with destroyed altars and icons – a visible affirmation of what kind of "Orthodox World" the Russians and their mercenaries in Donbas are fighting for," Head of the Luhansk Region State Administration. Henadiy Moskal.

March 8 – Russia poses a serious threat to the safety of Europe and the European Union should continue a decisive policy of counteraction in regards to Kremlin.

This is presented in the article of the Head of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Margot Valstrem, published in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. "We saw how Russia, without any hesitation, sent advanced armed force units across the border in order to support the separatists, who with weapons attempted to fight with the Ukrainian forces and increase their control over the territory of Ukraine," notes the Minister.

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