American company Boeing won a tender for the supply of 18 F-18 fighter-bombers for the US Navy, the Pentagon press service reports with a mention that the US Department of Defense allocated 862 million 249 thousands of dollars for those 18 fighters, RIA NEWS reports. It is expected that the planes will be finished by 2020. On a side note — the US Air Force decided to suspend the flights of strategic bombers B-1B Lancer after the problems with bailouts were discovered.
In the DPR, over the past day, Ukrainian troops violated the ceasefire regime 8 times, firing 93 shells at the front-line regions of the Republic. The outskirts of the town of Gorlovka — namely the village of Zaitsevo and the Gagarin mine, as well as the villages of Yasinovataya, Mineralnoye, Bezymennoye, Sakhanka and Leninskoye in the south of the DPR. As a result of the mortar shelling — 3 civilians were wounded. 2 in the south of DPR and 1 in Zaitsevo.
Ukrainian troops fired at the LPR positions 3 times over the past day. This was reported in the defense department of the Republic. The areas of Donetsk and Krasny Yar were hit. Mortars of various caliber, weaponry of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms were used in the shelling.
Reporters of ANNA NEWS report from Syria. Hundreds of refugees came to the suburbs of Damascus from the camp «Rukban», which is located in the zone of responsibility of the Western coalition. The refugees asked Syrian officials for help. According to some refugees, they have traveled many kilometers across the desert due to a lack of assistance. Some of them added that they did not want to stay in the «Rukban» camp, because there were problems with water and food. Earlier, Russia suggested to US to jointly ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to the «Rukban». The Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria later informed that a response from the US had not yet been received.
A convoy of the armed forces of Turkey entered the territory of the Syrian province of Idlib near the settlement of Jisr al-Shughur, the local sources report. According to them, the Turkish military fortifies their base near the city while at the same time conducting a partial rotation of previously deployed troops in the area.
In the settlement of Avdeevka, currently controlled by Ukraine, an emergency was announced due to stoppage of the work of the Donetsk filtering station, the Ministry for Issues of the «Temporarily Occupied Territories» of Ukraine announced. Recently, the management of the company «Water of Donbass» decided to stop and conserve the filtering station, and evacuate the workers with the assistance from the OSCE because of the intensive shelling from the Ukrainian army. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine states that the Ukrainian forces have fully restored the station.