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Scoop of the day: Intelligence says Russia reinforcing Donbas positions

Scoop of the day: Intelligence says Russia reinforcing Donbas positions

Donbas

A Ukrainian serviceman got killed by separatist fire in Donbas on 22 April, the North Operational-Tactical Command has said.

On 22 April, Russia-backed militants committed 17 ceasefire violations in Donbas, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. They fired with 82-mm and 120-mm mortars near Pivdenne and Zaytseve, and anti-tank grenade launchers near Krasnohorivka, 120-mm mortars near Shumy, grenade launchers, heavy machine-guns and small arms near Pisky, Zolote-4, Vodyane and Pavlopil, an anti-tank missile system, anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms near Mayorsk.

Despite claiming that it is withdrawing troops, Russia is secretly reinforcing its positions in Donbas, Ukrainian intelligence has learnt. Additional artillery crews, special-purpose units, intelligence groups and sniper pairs are being deployed to the front line.

The Ukrainian delegation to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire has denied separatists' claims that the Ukrainian army had shelled the outskirts of Horlivka with 152-mm artillery.

The Joint Forces Operation HQ has warned about a threat of bloody provocation during an Easter service in one of the churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which may be followed by Russian troops' incursion. Also, Intelligence has learnt from representatives of the 2nd army corps of the Russian occupying troops that a number of armed provocations are planned to be carried out on 25 April.

Security

In Mykolayiv Region, the Security Service of Ukraine's (SBU) counterintelligence has prevented the illegal smuggling of dual-purpose technical equipment, namely aggregates for naval ships, to Central America.

Foreign policy

Ukraine has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to mediate negotiations between Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Volodymyr Putin, Ukrainian ambassador Yevhen Korniychuk has said, as quoted by i24NEWS. He added that Netanyahu did not decline the request and promised to do his best.

Ex-President Leonid Kravchuk, who is Ukraine's top negotiator on Donbas, has ruled out a possibility that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would visit Moscow for talks with Putin.

Coronavirus

The Health Ministry expects 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine (China) to arrive in early May.

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has advised churches and religious organisations to hold Easter services online. Otherwise, they must ensure the observance of safe distance and personal protection requirements.

Vaccination with the Korean vaccine AstraZeneca-SKBio will begin on 28 April, according to chief sanitary doctor Viktor Lyashko.

This morning Ukraine logged 14,277 new Covid-19 cases and 434 fatalities.

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