INFR UKRAINE (JAN 27, 28, 29)

INFR UKRAINE 27 JAN 2017
09:39 SYRIA CEASEFIRE REAFFIRMED IN ASTANA, TRILATERAL MECHANISM OF IRAN, RUSSIA AND TURKEY TO INVESTIGATE ITS VIOLATIONS – LAVROV
09:49 MOSCOW EXPECTING ALL SYRIANS TO STUDY RUSSIAN DRAFT OF SYRIAN CONSTITUTION BY GENEVA TALKS – LAVROV
10:25 Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas in past day – Kyiv
10:40 UNITED AIRCRAFT CORP SET TO BUILD OVER HUNDRED PLANES IN 2017 – GENERAL DESIGNER
11:26 Kyrgyz National Security Committee reveals nature of cargo carried by Boeing plane that crashed on Jan 16
11:39 NATO opens 8th headquarters in Eastern Europe – newspaper
11:41 Kurds to propose their own federal draft constitution for Syria at meeting with Lavrov – Kurdish Democratic Union member (Part 2)
12:00 Armenian army receives part of Russian weapons under bilateral agreement – Armenian defense minister
12:08 Migrant centers’ project to kick off in Belarus in 2017 – EU Delegation
12:16 Donbas denies access to intl humanitarian truck convoy – Ukrainian State Border Service
12:35 TAJIKISTAN, RUSSIA AGREE RESUMPTION OF SOMON AIR FLIGHTS TO KRASNOYARSK, KRASNODAR, ORENBURG, UFA – RUSSIAN TRANSPORT MINISTRY
12:37 Kurds suggest introducing autonomy of northern Syria, not Kurdish autonomy – representative of Democratic Union Party
13:19 Ukrainian president and German chancellor to discuss Donbas, Minsk deal implementation in Berlin on Jan 30
13:29 Over 70 mln attacks on Russian information resources occurred last year – FSB
13:30 Russia’s Severomorsk destroyer arrives in Red Sea
13:31 RUSSIA TO DISCUSS DELIVERIES OF WEAPONS TO INDIA IN DELHI AT START OF SPRING – ROGOZIN
13:45 Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter to be armed with laser weapons – Aerospace Forces commander
13:50 MiG Corp to develop 5th-generation light fighter – Rogozin
14:34 Ukrainian Defense Ministry reports death of 2 servicemen in Donbas in past 24 hours
15:25 DPR promises to let in Ukrainian humanitarian truck convoy after problem with documents resolved
15:43 GAZPROM TO HOLD INVESTOR DAY IN SINGAPORE ON FEB 28, IN HONG KONG ON MARCH 2
15:43 Decoding of flight recorders from Boeing that crashed near Bishkek may be completed on January 30 – source
16:27 GAZPROM EXPORTS TO EUROPE SET FRESH RECORD OF 635.6 MCM PER DAY – COMPANY
16:30 GAZPROM BOOSTS GAS SUPPLIES TO GERMANY 20% TO 4.2 BCM SO FAR IN JAN – COMPANY
16:33 RUSSIAN GRAIN INVENTORIES UP 13.2% ON JAN 1, 2017 – ROSSTAT
16:45 Romania’s ex-President Basescu appeals decision to strip him of Moldovan citizenship
17:24 Russia to adjust structure of nuclear weapons complex – Putin’s decree
18:04 SYRIAN TRUCE: RUSSIA RECORDED NO VIOLATIONS, TURKEY RECORDED SIX IN PAST 24 HOURS – RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY
18:14 Ukrainian security service lifts entry ban on Polish mayor
18:26 DPR reports eleven injured in past week
18:26 Ferry, for first time powered by Russian LNG, begins crossing Baltic
18:57 VALERY BOLOTOV, FIRST HEAD OF SELF-PROCLAIMED LUHANSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC, DIES OF HEART ATTACK IN MOSCOW – ASSOCIATE
20:49 Poroshenko calls for urgently modernizing T-64 and T-80 tanks for Ukrainian armed forces
22:03 In total, 10 mln euro to be allocated for 1st round of Estonia-Russia cross-border cooperation program

INFR UKRAINE 28 JAN 2017
09:41 Over 4,300 Syrian civilians receive aid of Russian center for reconciliation in past 24 hrs
13:21 Decision to resume flights to Cairo is near – Dvorkovich
15:25 DPR reports 1,300 Kyiv’s shellings, death of militiaman in past 24 hrs

INFR UKRAINE 29 JAN 2017
11:24 THREE MILITANTS KILLED IN SECURITY OPERATION IN DAGESTAN’S KHASAVYURT DISTRICT – SOURCE
12:24 Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan to cost $4.5 mln per year
14:07 THREE UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS KILLED, ONE INJURED IN AVDIIDKA INDUSTRIAL ZONE NEAR DONETSK – UKRAINIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY REPRESENTATIVE
14:25 Fighting underway in Avdiivka near Donetsk, both sides sustaining losses – Kyiv official
14:43 Karabakh conflict cannot be resolved with another war – Armenian president
21:08 DPR reports death of militia battalion commander in battle near Avdiivka
21:36 Ukrainian military seize strategically important outpost in Avdiivka industrial zone area in counterattack – defense minister

KYIV/DONETSK. Jan 29 (Interfax) – The operational situation in the special operation area in Donbas remains complicated, at the same time the Ukrainian troops managed to seize a strategically significant outpost during the battle in the Avdiivka industrial zone area, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said during the talks with injured servicemen at the Lviv military hospital.

“Today there is a serious aggravation in the Avdiivka area: in the morning the terrorist groups started the shelling, then, two groups of the hostiles comprising 25-30 people each launched assault actions on our positions. On one of the positions this attack was stopped by the Armed Forces servicemen, on the second one our servicemen went into the offensive and seized an important outpost, which has strategic significance. Our servicemen unfortunately sustained some losses. The situation the ATO area is thorny, but controllable,” the ministry press service quoted Poltorak as saying.

The artillery preparation fire and assault actions by the hostiles near the Avdiivka industrial zone (Donetsk region) killed three Ukrainian servicemen and injured a serviceman, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianyk said earlier on Sunday.

In turn, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Ministry said that the battle in this area killed a commander of the DPR battalion; the Ukrainian side has lost 15 dead and over 20 injured.

INFR UKRAINE 30 JAN 2017
09:25 Three militants killed in special operation in Chechnya – Kadyrov
09:26 Kyiv reports death of 5 Ukrainian servicemen in Donbas in past 24 hours
09:37 Alrosa reduces diamond production 2% to 37.4 mln carats in 2016
09:45 Russian Navy delivers 500 tonnes of Kazakh humanitarian aid to Syria
10:15 Russia, Georgia may resume dialogue on restoring diplomatic relations – newspaper
10:23 Russian reconciliation center provides residents of freed Eastern Aleppo with humanitarian aid
10:48 River shippers see railway discounts for oil freight as threat – paper
11:06 METALLOINVEST IRON ORE PRODUCTION UP 3.1% TO 40.7 MLN TONNES IN 2016 – COMPANY
11:18 Local woman killed, 3 people injured in attacks on Donetsk, Makiivka – DPR
11:29 Rosatom mulls options for participating in construction of new nuclear plant in Czechia
12:05 Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s plane arrives in Chile to put out fires
12:31 Japan seeking permission to ship fish from waters around Fukushima NPP – watchdog
12:34 LAVROV: TRUMP’S INITIATIVE ON CREATION OF SECURITY ZONES IN SYRIA AIMS TO EASE MIGRATION BURDEN ON COUNTRIES OF REGION, EUROPE
13:46 Russia files for WTO dispute settlement over EU’s cold-rolled steel anti-dumping measures (Part 2)
13:46 FAS to examine Rosneft request concerning oil volumes in Transneft system in course of month (Part 2)
13:48 U.S. convinced that Ukrainian crisis should not turn into lengthy conflict – Peskov
14:03 UKRAINIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY REPORTS DEATH OF 5 SERVICEMEN, INJURY OF 14 IN FIGHTING NEAR AVDIIVKA, DONETSK REGION
14:48 Yamal airline hopes to begin flights to Tajikistan from Zhukovsky airport at the end of March
15:01 St. Petersburg Economic Forum scheduled for early June – Peskov (Part 2)
15:14 Kazakhstan’s SCAT plans to start flying to new destinations in Russia and China in 2017
15:22 Donetsk area comes under artillery attack – DPR
15:44 Russian court decision recognizing events that occurred in Ukraine in early 2014 as coup was not contested, has entered into force (Part 2)
15:46 Journalists come under fire in Donetsk – colleague

MOSCOW. Jan 30 (Interfax) – Journalists from the Newsfront agency have come under Ukrainian artillery fire in Donetsk, Konstantin Knyrik, the head of the Southeastern Front information center, told Interfax.

“A group of military correspondents from the Newsfront agency came under fire from Ukrainian troops in the Kyievsky district of Donetsk, they are looking for shelter,” he said.

Ukrainian artillery is now conducting massive shelling, including on residential districts of Donetsk, he said.
16:06 Five people killed, seven injured in DPR in past 24 hours – Basurin
16:20 Ukrainian participants of rail blockade of LPR blow up tracks near Sentianivka, Luhansk says
16:33 Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reports death of five troops in Donbas in past 24 hours (Part 2)
16:37 Donbas situation escalates, OSCE efforts insufficient – DPR
16:45 MERKEL EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER ESCALATION IN DONBAS AT BRIEFING WITH POROSHENKO
17:31 Ukrainian participants of rail blockade of LPR blow up tracks near Sentianivka, Luhansk says (Part 2)
LUHANSK. Jan 30 (Interfax) – Ukrainian radicals have blown up railway tracks in the “grey zone” in Donbas, a spokesperson for the People’s Militia in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) said.

“Those who blocked freight traffic on the railway line between Sentianivka and Shypylove have blown up the track in the ‘grey zone’ near Sentianivka,” the statement said.

The scale of damage is not known yet, but “it is doubtful that the protestors will let repair crews onto this part of the railroad,” the spokesman said.

One rail has been damaged, there is no service on this stretch at the moment, a spokeswoman for the National Police Main Directorate in Luhansk, Tatiana Pohukai, said later.

“Today, on January 30 at 09:30 a.m., the Popasna police department received a report from an on-duty officer for the Shepilove station of the Donetsk railway, about damage found on the stretch of railway between Svitlanove and Shepilove, 42nd kilometer, marker 7-8. As a result of the railway damage no train movement is possible to and from the area controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Pohukai wrote on her Facebook page.

Popasna police investigators travelled to the scene to document the damage – 1.15 meters cut out of the track, the spokeswoman said. The incident is to be classified shortly.

For his part, Ukrainian parliamentarian Semen Semenchenko, a participant in the rail blockade in Luhansk region, wrote on his Facebook page that some “unknown people dismantled rails” within a kilometer from the blockade area in the “grey zone.”

“Obviously, local patriots of Ukraine are tired of waiting for when the war is over and decided to cut funding for the invaders to bring its end closer. It could be a provocation, though. I have no other theory. At any rate, no one travels anywhere anymore on this line,” the people’s deputy wrote.

It was reported that on January 25 Donbas war veterans and Ukrainian parliamentarians blocked a section of the Luhansk-Lysychansk-Popasna railway between Horske and Zolote to cut off trade with the self-proclaimed republics. The blockade’s outpost has been dubbed Bohdan Redoubt. On January 26 one more station, in Svitlanove, was also blocked.

On January 26 prosecutors opened a criminal inquiry into the blocking of the railway on the dividing line in the Luhansk region under Article 279 part one of the Ukrainian Criminal Code (blocking transport communications).

There are around 55 people in camouflage, including people’s deputies Semenchenko, Taras Pastukh and Volodymyr Parasiuk, at the 41st kilometer of the railway line, Luhansk regional prosecutors’ spokeswoman Hanna Zykova said. They have placed three wooden “hedgehogs” on the tracks and blocked the movement of goods bound for the breakaway part of the region, she said.

The protestors blocked empty railcars meant for coal transportation, Yuri Harbuz, head of the Luhansk regional military-civilian administration, wrote on Facebook. The protest poses a threat to national energy security, he said.
17:32 Shell destroys boiler room near Donetsk – DPR
17:47 Poroshenko, Merkel to discuss energy sector, pipelines in particular
18:11 Azerbaijan, EU to begin talks on strategic partnership agreement shortly – Brussels
18:25 Russia records 3 ceasefire violations in Syria in past 24 hrs, Turkey records 2 – Russian Defense Ministry
18:35 Crimea to erect monument to Franklin Roosevelt
18:42 Russia’s abortion rate halves in past four years – health minister
18:54 Ukrainian defense minister accuses Donbas militias of using tanks, artillery near Avdiivka
19:30 THREE UKRAINIAN SERVICEMEN KILLED, 20 INJURED IN DONBAS SINCE BEGINNING OF JAN 30 – UKRAINIAN OPERATION HQ
20:57 Donetsk filtration plant loses power due to shellings – DPR
21:49 DPR reports on massive shelling of outskirts of Donetsk, Makiivka, clashes in Avdiivka
21:50 Nazarbayev orders to implement joint investment program with China to set up plants in Kazakhstan

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