The new North Korean missile launch demonstrated the failure of the policy of Washington and Seoul to increase pressure on Pyongyang, the Chinese newspaper The Global Times stated. «According to the Chinese experts, Washington and Seoul, sticking to the strategy of strengthening verbal and power pressure on Pyongyang, are at a deadlock. Their methods proved useless, resulting in increased risks for the international community, «the newspaper said. Despite sanctions and pressure, the DPRK has made significant progress in the development of strategic weapons.
During the past day the AFU shelled the positions of the People’s Militia of the LPR 5 times. The areas of settlements Logvinovo, Lozovoye and Kalinovka were subjected to shelling by means of mortars of various caliber, grenade launchers and small arms.
During the past day the AFU violated the ceasefire 20 times in the DPR, firing 251 shells of various type. During the shelling they used artillery, mortars of various caliber, grenade launchers and small arms. The areas of 12 front-line settlements of the Republic got under the enemy fire; the most intense shelling was conducted in Donetsk direction.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that he does not plan to run for the upcoming presidential elections in Russia. «As for me personally, I do not see myself in this position in the current political season. But of course I will continue to work, «- the PM said during the airtime.
The Syrian government forces continue the operation to release the key air base Abu Duhur, attacking the position of the militants «Hayat Tahrir al-Sham» in the west of the province of Aleppo. The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces units have established control over the settlements of Rashadiya, Sheikh Muhammad, Jubb al-Awad, Rasm al-Kabara, Aziziya, Rasm al-Khala, and are now 25 km from Abu Dhuhr. However, the militants «Hayat Tahrir al-Sham» managed to recapture the lost villages of Ramla and Abisan.
According to the military sources, the federal army of Iraq, along with the «Hasd al-Shaabi» militia, has cleared 50% of the territory of the western desert from ISIS terrorists. This region is located along the border of Syria and is the last stronghold of jihadists in the country. The offensive is conducted with the active support of the coalition aviation. 27 militants were killed as a result of yesterday’s air strike, in the south of the province of Ninewa.