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Scoop of the day: separatists reportedly withdraw from ceasefire

Scoop of the day: separatists reportedly withdraw from ceasefire

Donbas

The occupying authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic have allowed militants to make "warning shots" at the Ukrainian Armed Forces' positions in Donbas, having thus practically withdrawn from the ceasefire, which has been on since late July 2020, the OstroV website has reported.

Ukraine's top negotiator Leonid Kravchuk immediately protested. "We consider this statement as a threat of Russia's unilateral withdrawal from the ceasefire and a threat of the disruption of the implementation of the Minsk agreements," he said at today's meeting of the trilateral contact group on Donbas.

The separatists shelled the Ukrainian army's positions near Prychepylivka in Luhansk Region, having wounded one Ukrainian serviceman, the North Operational-Tactical Command has said. Ukrainian troops returned fire.

Since midnight, separatists have violated the ceasefire three times near Vodyane (Sea of Azov), Vodyane (Donetsk Region) and Kamyanka.

Slovakia

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Slovak charge d'affaires ad interim over Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič's joke that he promised Russia "Ukraine's Transcarpathian Region" in exchange for its Sputnik V vaccine supply. The ministry said that "regardless of the motives, genre or context, the statements made by the head of the Slovak government, which directly concern Ukraine's territorial integrity, are absolutely inappropriate and negative affect the friendly and neighbourly atmosphere of Ukrainian-Slovak relations", especially given Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

Coronavirus

On the morning of 3 March, Ukraine registered 7,235 new Covid-19 cases after carrying out 34,945 tests in 24 hours. Some 3,486 patients have been hospitalized, 5,118 recovered and 185 died.

Over 88% of patients (7,479 out of 8,446) connected to lung ventilators in Ukraine have eventually died, according to a report by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

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