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New militarized clashes reported in eastern Ukraine

The war in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region continues. Yesterday, the OSCE extended its observation mandate in Ukraine by one year. But their job on the front line is not getting any easier: the Ukrainian army reported eight enemy shellings yesterday, the breakaway "Donetsk People's Republic" two. Grenade launchers and heavy machine guns were used.

The OSCE has already registered almost 14,000 violations since the ceasefire began in summer 2020. Just last Friday, four Ukrainian soldiers were killed. "We have to answer fire," the newspaper Levy Bereg quotes Kiev parliamentarian Sergiy Rakhmanin as saying. "The snipers should work without having to wait for orders."

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Ukrainian president bans three opposition television stations
Ukrainian president bans three opposition television stations
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In an unprecedented decree, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj has banned three opposition news channels. The ban includes the revocation of broadcasting licenses, TV frequencies and the blocking of accounts for an initial period of five years, the presidential office announced Wednesday night. The shutdown of ZIK, NewsOne and 112 channels was immediate in the capital, Kiev.

The move was justified by an alleged threat to national security and dissemination of Russian propaganda. In a joint statement, the broadcasters called the ban a "reckoning with inconvenient media."