North Korea announced a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile of a new type called Hwaseon-15, which is capable of reaching any target in the United States. Based on preliminary calculations of the ICBM flight and weight of the warhead the Japanese experts doubt that such a missile will be able to deliver a nuclear warhead weighing 500 kg, to the main part of the US territory. It could only possibly reach the western American coast.
During the past day the AFU violated the ceasefire regime 14 times, firing 351 shells on the territory of the Republic. The most intense fire was delivered to settlements of Gorlovsky direction. The shelling was conducted by means of mortars of various caliber, grenade launchers and small arms. Nine front-line settlements were under the enemy fire.
During the past day the AFU shelled the positions of the People’s Militia of the LPR 10 times. Pervomaisk, Kalinovo, Logvinovo, Lozovoye, Dolgoje, Sanzharovka, Sokolniki, Krasny Liman and Veselaya Gora were subjected to shelling by means of mortars of various caliber, grenade launchers and small arms.
The Geneva process on Syria does not provide for a political solution that would leave President Bashar al-Assad in power, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at the Wilson Center in Washington. This can be the basis for the restoration of the country and the implementation of a political solution that leaves no role for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his family in the Syrian government, «he said.
In the west of Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army continues the operations against FSA militants. A day earlier, the 42nd SAA brigade broke through the militants’ defense on the southwestern approaches to Beit Jinn and liberated the eastern part of the territories near Kafr Havar. As we reported earlier, in this area the «Jaysh Mohammed» group tried to break through the government siege of Beit Jinn, but during the operations of thegovernment forces, the activity of militants was suppressed.
The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense Viktor Bondarev said that the Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties will remain in Syria after the withdrawal of the Russian VKO Forces. The senator also noted that Russia will retain its presence at the military bases of Khmeimim and Tartus, and will also leave the air defense and optico-electronic reconnaissance systems in the country.