The US carrier group, led by the aircraft carrier Harry Truman, will arrive in the Persian Gulf in early May. This was stated by Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Victor Poznikhir. According to him, this is the established practice of the United States Navy in the region. «We closely monitor the situation that is developing near Syria and around the region.» — he explained.
Ukrainian forces fired at the LPR positions twice over the past day. This was reported in the defense department of the Republic. The areas of Kalinovka and Kalinovo-Borshchevatye villages were under fire. Mortars, weaponry of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms were used in the attacks.
Over the past day, Ukrainian troops violated the ceasefire agreements 27 times, firing 604 shells in the front-line regions of the DPR. The northern and western outskirts of Donetsk, the suburbs of Yasinovatoy and Gorlovka, Dokuchaevsk, as well as some other southern villages were under fire. On the night of April 10th-11th Ukrainian army massively used artillery and mortars on the north and west of Donetsk. As a result of the shelling, seven civilians were wounded.
Peter Poroshenko announced that he intends to terminate certain parts of the treaty of friendship with Russia. «The next step will be the introduction of my draft law to the Ukrainian Parliament regarding the immediate termination of certain provisions of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia that are incompatible with the national interests of the state, and the realization of our right to self-defense.» — Poroshenko explained. Earlier it became known that Poroshenko instructed the government to begin the procedure for the official withdrawal of Ukraine from the constituent bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Black Sea Fleet conducted exercises on setting naval minefields, and searching for the naval mines as well, »Krim-inform» news agency reports while citing the head of the Black Sea Fleet’s information department Vyacheslav Trukhachev. The minesweepers «Turbinist» and «Kovrovets» carried out naval mine detection tasks while being in a group with large amphibious assault ships «Azov» and «Caesar Kunikov», for subsequent amphibious landing.
Reporters of ANNA NEWS are reporting from the city of Duma. The Syrian city itself, and the entire Eastern Guta, are now under the control of the government forces of Syria. The militants, who have laid down their weapons, and their family members from the city are still moving out. Russian experts of Radioactive, Chemical, and Biological Protection teams have visited the site of the alleged chemical attack in the city of Duma and found no evidence of the usage of poisonous substances.