Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called a ceasefire within a 40km radius of where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed. Russia has urged all parties in eastern Ukraine to lay down their arms while inspectors investigate what caused the tragedy.
A total of 363 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 1,434 people injured since the start of the military operation in eastern Ukraine, spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council Andrei Lysenko said.
Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) experts began a monitoring mission Wednesday along the Russian-Ukrainian border, visiting the border points of Gukovo and Donetsk. The monitors will be examining the situation at the border for at least three months.
Spokeswoman of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Lugansk, Oksana Chigrina who was blacklisted by EU told RIA Novosti that was not upset by this news.
"I'm not upset. This does not affect my life. It will not get worse. I'm not planning to go to Europe, and even more so to the US. I am a patriot of my homeland."
The Ukrainian Parliament intends to consider amendments to the Tax Code in order to impose a temporary military fee of 1.5 percent of working citizens' salary, RIA Novosti reports. It is planned that the new tax rate will be valid until the end of the year to finance the armed forces.
The G7 powers have called on all sides in the Ukrainian conflict to ensure an immediate and long-term ceasefire, the group said in a statement. The seven leading western economies said they “are still confident” that the conflict that claims an increasing number of casualties should have a political solution.
The G7 also urged Russia to ensure more efficient control of the Russian-Ukrainian border, including via the OSCE monitors, RIA Novosti reported.
363 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 1,430 more injured since the start of the punitive operation in the south-east of the country, according to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has formed a working group to ensure access for international experts to the MH17 crash site. The group will arrive in Minsk on Thursday to put forward Kiev’s claims.
“We want the OSCE to carry out its monitoring [mission, for them to ensure] that the Ukrainian army is not carrying out any counterproductive actions at the crash site,” said Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman.
Russia will address the UN and the OSCE with the suggestion to urgently form a humanitarian mission for the east of Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has agreed to host talks on the Ukraine crisis in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, following a request from his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko. Moscow welcomes Belarus’s move, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, but added that one meeting would not be enough to solve the problems.
Five people have been killed and 23 wounded as a result of the Ukraine army’s artillery shelling of the city of Gorlovka in the Donetsk region, according to the Novorossia news agency. On Tuesday, 17 people, including 3 children, were killed in the eastern Ukrainian city as the violent confrontation between Kiev forces and the militia continues.