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18.08.2015 Crisis News

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his US masterminds plan to resolve the Donbass issue, bypassing the Minsk accords negotiated to bring peace. Donetsk republics Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said Ukraines forces had attempted to breach militia defenses in the Mariupol direction on August 10 using large-calibre guns, tanks and mortars. Kievs preparation for the offensive is confirmed by Poroshenkos law signed on Tuesday on increasing defense spending by $250 million. Ukraines military expenses in 2015 already reach $5.5 billion. The US has promised to allocate another $500 million to finance the training of Ukraines military divisions and the Pentagon plans to train a total of five battalions. Meanwhile, Ukraines Deputy Defence Minister Petro Mekhed has not ruled out that another three waves of mobilization may be held.

The next humanitarian aid convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministries will leave for the war-torn Donbas region on August 20, Head of the ministrys National Crisis Management Center Viktor Yatsutsenko said. The 35th humanitarian aid convoy for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk was dispatched to Donbas on August 14. The Russian Emergencies Ministry has delivered more than 43,000 tons of humanitarian aid to the region since last August.

Russia has delivered 6~MiG-31 fighter jets to Syrian government to help the Arab country in its battle against Islamic State and other terrorist organizations. The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic jet, and one of the fastest fighter planes in the world. Jets have a target range of approximately 200 kilometers. Russia delivered the fighter jets to the Syrian government according to the deal signed in 2007. The deal~features the sale of a total of 8 MiG-31 jets. Thus, Russia is pushing for a broad international coalition in the fight against the ISIS~in Middle East, inlcuding Syria.

A group of militants that receives training from the US military to fight the Syrian government has called al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorists brothers. In a statement that has appeared on social media, the US-backed group, which goes by the name Division 30, declared that its rival al-Nusra Front has released seven of its members whom the al-Qaeda-affiliated group had kidnapped in northern Syria during fighting back in July. In telltale wording, the group said in the statement, Seven Division 30 fighters who were being held by the brothers in al-Nusra Front have been freed. Thus, so-called ‘moderate rebels’ one more time showed that they are just terrorists becked by the US.

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