The Associated Press reported that in the north of California in the house of veterans Napa Valley, which held a meeting of participants in the program for soldiers with post-traumatic disorders after the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, an armed man took several hostages. Later, he released several people. The police, several fire trucks and ambulances have arrived at the crime site.
The American National Rifle Association (NSA) is trying to sue the state of Florida, accusing them of violating the country’s constitution after their decision to raise the age limit for the purchase of weapons of the assault type up to 21 years. According to the NSA, the state’s decision is a violation of the US Constitution, which guarantees the right of citizens to bear arms. The NSA demands to admit the new law to be invalid, TASS news agency reports. The decision to raise the age limit allegedly was taken in order to prevent mass shootings, such as the one that killed 17 people in a school in the city of Parkland on February 14th.
The head of the Russian center for reconciliation of warring parties, Major-General Yury Yevtushenko announced that as a result of the negotiations — 13 militants left East Guta, taking advantage of the humanitarian corridor in the Muhayam Al-Wafedin settlement. According to the Major-General, the militants came out without weapons, there were no provocations from them. It is currently planned to send them all to Idlib.
The IMF announced the need to raise the gas prices for the population of Ukraine. Yost Ljungman, the permanent representative of the IMF, explained that the difference in gas prices on the Ukrainian market is the main cause of corruption and un-economic consumption of energy resources, thus the cost of gas in Ukraine must be increased. In his opinion, the rise in price of the blue fuel will help to deal with corruption schemes when gas is bought at a low price for households with sub-sequent resale to businesses at a higher price, RIA NEWS reports. Currently, an increase in the gas prices for the Ukrainian population is one of the conditions for the IMF to provide Ukraine with the next tranche.
During a press conference held after the talks with his colleagues from the Baltic countries, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravecki said that Warsaw has long achieved independence from Russian gas, but even despite this fact — Poland and the Baltic countries still consider the Nord Stream-2 project to be «Extremely dangerous for this part of Europe». Moravetsky added that at present time Poland is negotiating gas supplies from Denmark and Norway.
In DPR over the past day, Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire agreements one time, firing 31 shells at the front-line territories of the Republic. During the shelling, grenade launchers of various types and small arms were used. Dokuchaevsk was under fire. In LPR, there were no such violations at the same day.