Pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 15 times in Lugansk Region

Lugansk Regional State Administration posted new report on the situation in the area. Pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 15 times using 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers, machine guns and small firearms.

Photo by Lugansk Regional State Administration

Below is the report posted at Facebook page of Lugansk Regional State Administration today.

ATO news: the situation in Popasna direction got worse.

In the last 24 hours Russian-occupational troops increased military activity and violated cease-fire 15 times.

Occupants shelled Novooleksandrivka and Novozvanivka 11 times using 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers of different types, high caliber machine guns and other small firearms weapon.

Also cease-fire violations were registered yesterday near Tryokhizbenka and Krymske villages of Novoaidarsk Rayon, and near Zolote town and Troitske village of Popasna Rayon, the enemy used different types of small firearms there.

Terrorists attacked checkpoint in Luhansk Region with RPG while civilians were crossing it

Today in the morning two terrorists attacked Ukrainian checkpoint “Stanytsia Luhanska” located on the way out of Lugansk to government-controlled part of the Region. The were moving in the line of people crossing the checkpoint from the side of LPR controlled territory. About 300-500 meters before the checkpoint they got out of the line and launched 2 grenades using RPG. 1 Ukrainian soldier was wounded. Civilians were not hurt. Locals reported that OSCE observers were at the place right after attack. Checkpoint got closed. That was the only operating checkpoint in Luhansk Region. About 5 000 people were crossing that checkpoint daily.

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Here is the information posted by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Today in the morning 2 unidentified men attacked Ukrainian Army positions located at “Stanytsia Luhanska” checkpoint.

Two unidentified men who were moving in the line of people moving in the direction to the checkpoint “Stanytsia Luhanska” got out of the line in about 300-500 meters before the checkpoint and wend down to the field. After that they stopped and made two launches from RPG. One grenade hit Stella located near the checkpoint, another grenade hit fortifications where Ukrainian soldiers were located. One soldier was wounded. Civilians were not hurt.

It was decided to temporarily stop the work of the checkpoint. People who were crossing the contact line were taken to the safe area.

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

20 973 people crossed the contact line via 4 operating checkpoints in Donetsk Region yesterday

According to recent report of Border Guard Service of Ukraine 20 973 people crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday via 4 checkpoints operating in Donetsk Region. Right now there is no checkpoints working in Lugansk Region. So people who travel to Lugansk have to go via Donetsk Region or via Russia.

Checkpoint in Donetsk Region

Checkpoint in Donetsk Region

Here is statistics posted by Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua. That shows number of people and vehicles that crossed the contact line yesterday.

Zaitseve checkpoint – 8 040 people and 1 452 vehicles;

Mariinka checkpoint – 5 06 people and 1 210 vehicle;

Novotroitske checkpoint – 5 188 people and 1 382 vehicles;

Hnutove checkpoint – 2 685 people and 714 vehicles.

Today in the morning there were 200 vehicles at Zaitseve checkpoint going to government-controlled territory and 100 vehicles going out. At Mariinka there were 130 vehicles going in and 300 going out. There were 50 vehicles going in and 80 going out at Novotroitske checkpoint. There were 20 vehicles at Hnutove checkpoint going in both directions.

– Border Guard Service of Ukraine

91 attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in the last 24 hours, 6 soldiers wounded

Today ATO Press Center reported about dramatic increase of cease-fire violations in the East of Ukraine. In total pro-Russian terrorist groups attack Ukrainian positions 91 times in the last 24 hours. Ukraine lost 6 soldiers wounded, no KIA reported. The enemy continued to use weapon banned by Minsk Protocol, such as tanks and 120 and 82 mm artillery.

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions posted on April 10 2016

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions posted on April 10 2016

Full size map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions that happened in the last 24 hours is available at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is the report posted by ATO Press Center today in the morning. You can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The situation in the East of Ukraine continues to get worse. In the last 24 hours the amount of attacks on ATO forces has dramatically increased. Russian mercenaries shelled Ukrainian positions 91 times using tanks, mortars of different caliber, machine guns, grenade launchers and small firearms.

Avdiivka village was attacked with the use of 120 and 82 mm artillery 11 times from different directions at the same time, from Mineralne, Yasynuvata and Yakovlivka. Ukrainian soldiers in Shyrokyne were attacked 12 times from the direction of Sakhanka village. Ukrainian Army fortifications near Novotroitske, Talakivka and Pavlopil were also attacked with the use of mortars.

Illegal armed forces used tanks attacking positions of Ukrainian Army in Luhanske, positions there were shelled 15 times with shells of 125 mm caliber.

More than a half of cease-fire violations happened from 17:00 to 24:00 when there are no OSCE observers nearby. Despite the pressure from enemy side, units of ATO forces continue to control the situation. They had to return fire 17 times in the last 24 hours.

The information about casualties was reported by National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

In the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldier was killed. 6 soldiers were wounded. 4 of them were wounded during enemy attacks near Avdiivka, 2 more soldiers were wounded near Novhorodske when the army truck got hit by a road mine.

Destroyed house in Avdiivka, photo by Maxim Tucker

Destroyed house in Avdiivka, photo by Maxim Tucker

The reporter Maxim Tucker posted a video last night where you can hear sounds of intensive combat between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian militants who attack Avdiivka village located on goverment-controlled territory of Donetsk Region.

Just on April 8 2016 OSCE observers reported huge amount of explosions that they heard near Aviivka village. See their daily report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/232316

Positioned in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk) during the day, the SMM heard a total of 979 undetermined explosions, over 50 bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire and more than 350 shots of small-arms fire, and two bursts of anti-aircraft-gun (ZU-23, 23mm) mostly at locations 500m-3km south-west, west and north-west of its position. Whilst in government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) during the day, the SMM heard 52 explosions and 30 airbursts of 82 and 120mm mortar rounds, five explosions of 152mm artillery fire, 65 impacts of 82 and 120mm mortar rounds, eight impacts of automatic grenade launcher rounds, and intermittent small-arms fire at locations 2-10km north, north-east, east south-east and south of its position.

Also yesterday OSCE reported that observers of Special Monitoring Mission got under fire near Zaitseve village. See their report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/232326

On 9 April, an SMM patrol, comprised of five members in two armoured vehicles, was in Zhovanka, a government-controlled part of Zaitseve (50km north-east of Donetsk). The patrol was accompanied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces head of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) office in Toretsk.

At 12:52hrs, the SMM heard an explosion assessed as caused either by an 82mm mortar or a recoilless gun round impacting at a distance of approximately 100-200m south-east of its position. Within the next two seconds, small-arms shots were fired towards the SMM position coming approximately from the same direction of the impact. The SMM heard at least three-four bullets flying one-two metres above their heads. The SMM immediately took cover behind the vehicles, and then got inside them and left the location. No SMM members were hurt or vehicles damaged. The patrol returned safely to its base in Svitlodarsk at 16:00.

Security Service of Ukraine detained local resident responsible for 2 terrorist attacks in Odessa

Security Service of Ukraine detained local resident who took part in terrorist attacks in Odessa in February and in April 2014. After attacks he was hiding in the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic, but returned to Odessa after two years with new tasks from the leaders of pro-Russian terrorists where he was immediately captured.

LPR terrorist detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Odessa

LPR terrorist detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Odessa

Here are detailed posted by Security Service of Ukraine at their website www.ssu.gov.ua

Detained resident of Odessa took part in attack on a supermarket and office of one of Ukrainian political parties, both located in apartment buildings. After those attacks this man was hiding in so-called “LPR” performing various tasks of terrorists.

After 2 years the leaders of militants decided that there was no danger for the terrorist on government-controlled territory of Ukraine and sent him to Odessa with new tasks.

Security Service officers detained the saboteur right after he returned. There were two self-made bombs found in his apartment that were armed with metal elements.

Criminal case based on Article 258 (act of terrorism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine was started.

Self-made bomb found in the apartment of LPR terrorist in Odessa

Self-made bomb found in the apartment of LPR terrorist in Odessa

On April 20 2014 a group of pro-Russian terrorist burnt “Silpo” supermarket in Odessa throwing Molotov cocktails. After that they posted a video and run a poll in social networks asking to help them to choose next target.

April 20 2014 a group of pro-Russian terrorist burnt "Silpo" supermarket in Odessa throwing Molotov cocktails

April 20 2014 a group of pro-Russian terrorist burnt “Silpo” supermarket in Odessa throwing Molotov cocktails

In the video below you can see a group of men who are throwing Molotov cocktails in the supermarket. The supermarket was located on the ground floor of apartment complex, so that could cause big fire burning apartments above it.


Just two months before that a group of unidentified people burnt Odessa’s office of Batkivschina political party run by Yulia Tymoshenko. The office of the party was also located on the ground floor of apartment building. The photos were posted by local Odessa news media at http://odessa-life.od.ua

Odessa's office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

Odessa’s office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

Odessa's office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

Odessa’s office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

76 attacks on Ukrainian positions in 24 hours reported by ATO Press Center

The situation in the East of Ukraine remains tense. The number of attacks on Ukrainian positions increased. ATO Press Center reported 76 cease-fire violations in the last 24 hours, mostly near Donetsk. 4 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Pro-Russian terrorists used 120 and 82 mm artillery banned by Minsk Protocol.

Map of attacks in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours

Map of attacks in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours

You can see full size map at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is the report posted by ATO Press Center today on April 6 2016, see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news.

The situation in the East of Ukraine remains difficult and has a tendency to get worse. Russian-terrorist groups shelled 76 times in the last 24 hours. There were 61 attacks in the previous 24 hours. At the same time the enemy used 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements.

It most difficult situation was near Donetsk. Despite multiple attacks with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns and small firearms Ukrainian solders defended their positions. They gave no chance for success for the enemy effectively returning the fire.

Avdiivka village remains impregnable for the enemy. Illegal armed forces attacked positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine 22 times in that area. Despite all enemy efforts our soldiers control the situation and are always one step ahead.

Positions of ATO forces were shelled with the use of banned weapon near Luhanske, Zaitseve, Opytne and Pisky. Illegal armed groups were active near Mariupol also attacking positions near Shyrokyne, Vodyane, Lebedynske and Krasnohorivka, the enemy shelled our positions 35 times there using mortars.

Security Service of Ukraine prevented another terrorist attack at railways near Kharkiv

Security Service of Ukraine detained a saboteur of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic right after he set bombs at railways close to Izyum station (124 km to Kharkiv). Those tracks are regularly used to transport military vehicles of Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Detained DPR terrorists who planned to blow up railways near Kharkiv

Detained DPR terrorists who planned to blow up railways near Kharkiv

The person who appeared to be local resident was recruited in January 2016 by representative of so-called Ministry of State Security of DPR. For 15 000 USD reward he agreed to blow up railways at Izyum train station. Security Service officers detained saboteur after he already set two bombs. Bombs were made with the use of high caliber artillery shells and 2 kg of TNT. According to received information the next target for terrorist attack were hydro technical facilities of Kharkiv Region.

The bomb made from artillery shell found on the track at Izyum station

The bomb made from artillery shell found on the track at Izyum station

Izyum train station on the map

Izyum train station on the map

Here is also a video released by Security Service of Ukraine

Reported by Security Service at www.ssu.gov.ua

The Red Cross (ICRC) installs signs to warn people about mines in Donetsk Region

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports that they have installed 17 sings to warn civilians about the danger of mines. They put those sings on both sides of the contact line and in the gray zone between “Berezove” and “Olenivka” checkpoints in Donetsk Region.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) installs warning sings in Donetsk Region

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) installs warning sings in Donetsk Region

ICRC also gave 1200 warning sings “Danger! Mines” to Donetsk authorities. Those sings will be enough to mark the territory 30 km long.

Below is the video taken from the place where one of the warning sings was installed.

This area is very dangerous in terms of mines and there are lot of them on the roadsides. In the last 6 months there were 15 accidents particularly in this area and one of them was even deadly.

– Anna Sheptunova, ICRC employee

See ICRC report at http://ua.icrc.org

20 645 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions yesterday

According to the report posted today by Border Guard Service of Ukraine 20 645 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions. Most of the civilians 18 210 got in out out of the conflict zone via 4 checkpoints in Donetsk Region and only 2 435 people crossed the contact line in Lugansk Regions via the only one checkpoint operating in Stanytsia Luhanska.

Ukrainian checkpoint in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine

Ukrainian checkpoint in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine

Below are the numbers posted by Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua that show how many people went through each checkpoint.

Zaitseve – 6955 people and and 1455 vehicles;

Mariinka – 4660 people and 1190 vehicles;

Novotroitske – 4690 people and 1250 vehicles;

Hnutove – 1905 people and 480 vehicles;

Stanytsia Luhanska – 2435 people.

Today in the morning there were 150 vehicles coming from non-controlled territories via Zaitseve checkpoint and 100 vehicle going opposite direction. At Mariinka there were 120 vehicles going to non-controlled territories. At Novotroitske there were 60 vehicles going to government-controlled territory and 30 going out. There were no lines of vehicles at Hnutove checkpoint.

– Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 44 times in 24 hours also using heavy artillery

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 44 times in the last 24 hours, they also used 122 mm heavy artillery systems banned by Minsk Protocol. Terrorists mostly attacked Avdiivka village located near Donetsk.

Viktor Shubets, speaker of ATO Press Center

Viktor Shubets, speaker of ATO Press Center

Below is the report made by ATO Press Center today on March 27 2016 at 6 am, see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The situation in ATO zone remain difficult and has tendency to get worse. In the last 24 hours pro-Russian armed groups attacked forces of ATO 44 times. Militants used heavy artillery in addition to mortars. Despite 4 attacks on our positions with the use of 122 mm artillery soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine defended their positions in Zaitseve and Mayorsk.

Avdiivka village remains most difficult location on the map near Donetsk. Here the enemy failed to push back ATO forces from their positions despite the use of various type of weapon.

In the last 24 hours following villages were attacked by criminal groups: Luhanske, Novhorodske, Mayorsk, Zaitseve, Leninske, Pisky, Opytne, Shyrokyne, Troitske, Mariinka.

Near Lugansk militants tried to storm fortifications of Armed Forces of Ukraine using small firearms. The enemy had to retreat after Ukrainian warriors returned fire.