Russia is resolutely condemning a new terror action extremists have staged in the Israeli town of Rishon le-zion and expressing condolences to the government, the people of Israel, and families of those killed in the attack, reads a statement Aleksander Yakovenko, an official Russian foreign ministry spokesman, circulated Wednesday. The road of violence leads nowhere, he said. Suffering from violence in the first instance are innocent people, Israelis and Palestinians alike. At least 15 people were killed and dozens wounded in the Rishon le-zion terror attack. Moscow is calling on the two countries not to give way to emotions, said Mr Yakovenko. "We must not allow extremists to thwart intense efforts international mediators are making at the moment," said the Russian official. The mediators are sparing no effort to end the armed standoff between Israel and Palestine and bring them back to the negotiating table, sums up the statement.
The Ukrainian army is pulling back its forces beyond Chasov Yar, where they regroup and retreat to bases in Kramatorsk