Poroshenko to terminate “ATO” and to declare martial law in Donbass

In view of Pyotr Poroshenko’s upcoming visit to the USA, Ukraine is developing a new approach to the problem of the southeast. According to the new plan, the “ATO” is to be terminated, and martial law is to be declared in the conflict area. Experts believe that these plans have several reasons. First of all, the Ukrainian leadership wants to smooth out the West’s discontent over the “ATO” before the upcoming meeting between the Ukrainian president and the President of the United States.

These initiatives are likely to escalate the disagreement between the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Vladimir Turchinov, who believes that the conflict line should be turned into a real border, and Poroshenko, who does not want to cede Ukrainian lands.

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Iran and China began a Joint Naval Exercise in the Strait of Hormuz

Tensions have been recently rising between the Arab States and Iran. Thus, Qatar’s decision to maintain relations with Teheran led to ruptures in diplomatic relations between Qatar and a number of Arab countries. Iran does not have that many allies in the region, and China’s announcement of military support to Iran came against the backdrop of de facto declaration of isolation of Iran. It is the second time the Chinese navy has visited Bandar Abbas since September 2014.

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On Sunday Kiev violated the ceasefire ten times in Lugansk People's Republic

The civilian areas of Veselaya Gora, Zhelobok, Kalinovo, Oboznoye, Frunze were subjected to shelling with mortars, grenade launchers, artillery and small arms fire. A total of about 190 shells were hit the territory of the Republic.

“Over the course of that day, Ukrainian militants violated the ceasefire 10 times by using 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars and grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles and firing small arms”, the Lugansk Defense Ministry clarified.

On June 18, Andrey Marochko, the official representative of the Lugansk Defense Ministry, stated that the Ukrainian militants used unmanned aerial vehicles in some towns and villages on the territory of the Republic. Marochko noted that the Ukrainian army uses drones for conducting reconnaissance and adjusting the artillery fire. The officer also added that such actions by the Ukrainian army violate the Minsk Agreements.

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DPR: Ukrainian army shelled the village of Spartak near Donetsk with tanks

The situation remains tense on the Donetsk direction. The village of Spartak was heavily shelled by the Ukrainian army with tanks. Combat of variable intensity continues in the area of the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint and in Avdeevka industrial zone. The Ukrainian army was using reconnaissance drones to adjust its artillery fire thus grossly violating the Minsk Agreements.

The situation remains tense on the Gorlovka and Dokuchaevsk segments of the front line, as well as on the Mariupol direction.

DPR PM intelligence uncovered the location of one battery of 152mm Msta-B howitzers near the township of Pokrovskoye.

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