Archive for October 2014

Pro-Russian terrorists destroyed a school in Toshkivka

Destroyed school

Destroyed school

Yesterday pro-Russian terrorists from LPR (Lugansk People Republic) were shelling at several cities in Lugansk Region. Few rockets from GRAD (multiple rocket launcher system) hit a school in Toshkivka village. The gym and dining room in the school were totally destroyed. Children finished their classes and left the school just half an hour before the shelling started, so nobody got wounded or killed.

Today the head of Lugansk Regional State Administration personally came to Toshkivka to decide what to do with education for kids. Terrorists continued shelling from the direction of Kirovsk controlled by LPR.

The Governor Henadii Moskal said that it was not possible to rebuild destroyed part of the school, so children will continue to study at another school located on the other side of the village, so need to find a school bus to transport children. But right now both schools are closed because of the shelling of Toshkivka suburbs. Moskal said that the situation is very difficult now as while they fix damaged buildings, terrorist ruin much more.

Destroyed school in Toshkivka

Destroyed school in Toshkivka

Toshkivka on the map

Toshkivka on the map

Reported by Henadii Moskal

Pro-Russian terrorists are shelling at Stanytsia Luhanska

Today at 9 am pro-Russian terrorists started shelling at Stanytsia Luhanska using mortars, artillery and heavy machine guns. One of the shells exploded 300 meters from city administration building, one garage was destroyed and residential buildings were damaged. City administration and other government institution had to stop their work and sent the staff home.

The Governor of Lugansk Region Henadii Moskal said that the terrorists started shelling the city after Ukrainian government managed to restore the power, water and heating supply to the city, bank system and government institution started to work, the city got new head of administration. Unfortunately the situation is like this, government spends 1 000 UAH to restore ruined areas and terrorists start shelling again making the damage for a million. The area of Stanytsia Luhanska is unprotected against terrorists attacks, the distance between the city and terrorists positions is about 1.5 km. Locals report that terrorists bring more armored vehicles and infantry.

Hennadii Moskal contacted the head of Joint Staff Muzhenko asking him to do everything needed to protect Stanytsia Luhanska

Stanytsia Luhanska map

Stanytsia Luhanska map

Reported at Governors website at www.moskal.in.ua

Russian tanks near Krasniy Luch in Lugansk Region

Russian tanks

Russian tanks

Ukrainian News company “Segodnya” at their twitter account yesterday posted photos of Russian tanks moving near Krasniy Luch city in Lugansk region. Tanks are moving under Russian Federation flags on the territory controlled by LPR (so-called Lugansk People Republic) pro-Russian terrorist group. Some other witnesses also claim that that tank convoy was seen moving from Antratsyt via Krasniy Luch possibly to the direction of Debalsteve city. The total number of tanks in the convoy was 38, but some other witnesses only saw convoy with 10 armored vehicles with 3 tanks. Debalsteve is important strategic location controlled by Ukrainian Army, terrorists need that point to get access to railroad connection.

Russian tanks near Krasniy Luch

Russian tanks near Krasniy Luch

Russian tanks near Krasniy Luch

Russian tanks near Krasniy Luch

Today, a user from Antratsyt has also posted a photo of Russian tank convoy that got lost in the city and parked on Petrovskogo street near tax office.

Rusian tanks in Antratsyt

Rusian tanks in Antratsyt

Krasniy Luch on the map

Krasniy Luch on the map

Chornukhyne in Lugansk Region got electricity after 2 months out of power

Lugansk Regional State Administration says thanks to the Minister of Infrastructure Maksym Bubrak and to the management of “Ukrzaliznytsia” (Ukrainian Railways Company) and also to “Donbasenergo” and to “Lugansk Energy Union” for their great job that made it possible to restore power at Chornukhyne.

The Governor of Lugansk Region said that 6500 people of Chornukhyne and also Maximum Security Prison with 1000 prisoners were out of power all this time. During military actions power lines were damaged, so the water supply and heating systems couldn’t work as well. It was not possible to charge a cell phone, check the news or keep food in the fridge. The power line to Chornukhyne goes through the territory occupied by terrorist group of LPR (so-called Lugansk People Republic) and terrorists refused to let the workers from the power company to fix the line and even were shooting at them few times.

So the Governor of Lugansk Region H.Moskal asked the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine to connect the village to the power line that goes to Railway Station at Chornukhyne that doesn’t work right now because of military actions. So “Ukrzaliznytsia” (Ukrainian Railways Company) gave that station to “Lugansk Energy Union” company. Damaged power line was fixed, Ukrainian military and police units provided the security for the workers and “Donbasenergo” started to supply power to the village via that line. Yesterday electricity was restored everywhere in the village, all people got power, water and heating. After living two months of out of power people didn’t believe that they will have electricity in winter and when they finally got the lights in their houses, many of them were crying.

Chornukhyne on the map

Chornukhyne on the map

Reported by the Governor of Lugansk Region at www.moskal.in.ua

Ukrainian Army left check-point at Smile in Lugansk Region

Burnt Ukrainian armored vehicle

Burnt armored vehicle

Yesterday late at night Ukrainian Army units with a little over 100 soldiers left the check-point #32 near Smile village. This check-point was surrounded by pro-Russian terrorists and regular Russian Army units. OSCE observers mentioned that in their report on October 13 (read more here), but the truth is that check-point was surrounded since September 5 and it had been under heavy fire until October 27. Soldiers had no supply for 2 weeks and run out of water and only 3 days ago check-points commanders made a deal with terrorists to let them send the truck with water and warm clothes, previous attempts to deliver support failed and convoy was eliminated by terrorists. Terrorist made ultimatum to leave the check-point or they will crash it, at this time Ukrainian soldiers had almost no ammunition left and from terrorists side there were about 22-26 tanks, at least 3 multiple rocket launchers, mortars and heavily armed infantry units. Ukrainian Army made a decision to leave the check-point #32 and all 110 soldiers who were there left.

Smile on the map

Smile on the map

Yesterday soldiers delivered bodies from check-point #32 to check-point #31 which is 10 km away. Those were 8 Ukrainian soldiers killed on the road of death trying to deliver supply to #32, their bodies were in the burnt armored vehicles and along the road, some of them for 2 weeks.

Burnt Ukrainian armored vehicle

Burnt Ukrainian armored vehicle

After delivering the bodies the truck went back to check-point #32. Soldiers were saying goodbye to their friends and as they didn’t think they would ever see them again. At that time they already had ultimatum from terrorists to leave their positions, but there were no orders from commanders. They were going to die holding their check-point.

Here are some photos of this truck

Truck from check-point #32

Truck from check-point #32

Truck from check-point #32

Truck from check-point #32

Photos by Yuriy Kasianov and Yuriy Butusov

People of Lugansk Region took part in Parliament elections

H.Moskal

H.Moskal

Part of Lugansk Region is still occupied by pro-Russian terrorists and regular Russian Army. So people there couldn’t take part in Parliament elections today. Other people living in the liberated areas could vote. But still a lot of them were afraid and the number of those who used their right to vote is not very high. Central Election Commission reports that only about 32.94% of people in liberated cities came to vote. You can read the report at Central Election Commission website here. Some cites like Stanitsya Luhanska have been shelled by terrorists yesterday and today, so even under Ukrainian authorities control it was not possible to provide enough security for those who wanted to take part in Parliament elections. And terrorists were also spreading rumors in the liberated areas that they were going to execute everybody taking part in elections, this way they were trying to scare local population and minimize the number of people coming for express their will. The highers number of people who came to vote in Ukraine was in Lviv Region, about 70% and in general for all Ukraine the number is not high, just a little over 52%.

A lot of people who were forced to leave Lugansk as it was dangerous for them to stay there could vote at any other place of Ukraine. To do that they only needed to come to local authorities that manage Voters Registry, show passport and write application form. They had to do that before October 20. The process was very simple and only takes 10-15 minutes. But the statistics says that not so many refugees used their right to do that.

The Governor of Lugansk Region Henadii Moskal voted in Severodonetsk city at 9 am. This was reported at his website here You can read more about how people voted around Ukraine for different political parties at Parliament Elections in Ukraine.

Henadii Moskal

Henadii Moskal voting at Parliament elections in Severodonetsk

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Pro-Russian terrorists from Lugansk planned attacks in Odessa

explosives

explosives

Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) counterintelligence group captured a terrorists from so called “Lugansk People Republic” (LPR) who were planning attacks in Odessa during Parliament elections in Ukraine.

The man who is 21 years old is Ukrainian citizen was a member of terrorist group of “LPR”. The task of the saboteur group was to prepare and fulfill attacks in Odessa and city suburbs before the elections to Ukrainian Parliament. Part of the group were terrorists who were taking part in rallies in Odessa on May 2 2014, they had experience in using weapon, had skills in subversive activities, they knew how to work with explosives.

The arrested man has confessed that before who was accepted to the terrorist group he has been trained in a camp located on the territory of Russian Federation, in Rostov Region, and he was taking part in military activities of other terrorist group that was part of “LPR”.

The main task of arrested terrorist was to supply the saboteur group with weapon and explosives that he was transporting from the areas controlled by pro-Russian terrorists to the areas where the attacks were going to take place.

On October 22 SSU counterintelligence has arrested this terrorists when he was transporting ammunition on a passengers train from Lugansk to Odessa, there were RPG-22 (anti-tank rocket launcher), grenades RDG-5, F-1 and a lot of bullets for AK machine gun.

This event has also been reported by OSCE Special Monitoring mission at their website yesterday, you can read the report here.

In Odessa the police chief at the main railway station informed the SMM that officers found a bag containing 2 grenades, explosives and one RPG in one of the wagons of a passenger train coming from Luhansk on 22 October. The interlocutor expressed strong concerns about the case, as it was the first time explosives were found on a passenger train.

At night on October 24 in Severodonetsk city 2 of his accomplice were arrested. Severodonetsk is a city in Lugansk Region which is under Ukrainian authorities control. SSU is making investigation now. This was reported at SSU website here

The question is why OSCE SMM is publishing information about secret operation of SSU? The leaders of terrorist group who are in Lugansk can easily read OSCE report and find out that their agent was captured in Odessa as OSCE report was published yesterday. And 2 other members of the group were only arrested today!

SSU has also reported that on October 22 together with “Aidar” battalion soldiers they located hidden weapon left by “LPR” terrorist group near Shchastya city, there were 2.8 kilos of explosives that terrorists planned to use during their attacks on October 26 on the Parliament elections day. You can read the report here

Explosives found by Security Service of Ukraine

Explosives found by Security Service of Ukraine

Explosives found by Security Service of Ukraine

Explosives found by Security Service of Ukraine

Explosives found by Security Service of Ukraine

Explosives found by Security Service of Ukraine

 

 

Security Service of Ukraine found ammo hidden by terrorists in Lugansk Region

Weapon used by terrorists

Weapon used by terrorists

Security Service of Ukraine reported on October 21 that together with Ukrainian military they found a lot of weapon hidden by pro-Russian terrorists. Terrorists planned to use ammo for attacks during Parliament elections on October 26 in Stanitsa Luhanska and Novoaidar, cities in Lugansk Region which are under Ukrainian control.

The weapon was found in a forest near the road close to Peredilske village. There were RPG-7, six RPG-26 portable grenade launchers, three cumulative anti-tank shells PG-7L, 20 grenades RPG-5 and about two thousands bullets for AK machine gun.

Saboteurs planned to use the weapon to attack buildings where elections were going to take place (mostly village schools), they planned to attack Ukrainian soldiers, police and armored vehicles who will be providing security for the public during elections.

Now the Security Service are doing everything needed to found and arrest everybody who were part of sabotage group.

Weapon used by terrorists

Security Service of Ukraine found weapon hidden by terrorists

Security Service of Ukraine found weapon hidden by terrorists

Security Service of Ukraine found weapon hidden by terrorists

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine

Lugansk National Agrarian University will be moved to Kharkov

Lugansk National Agrarian University

Lugansk National Agrarian University

Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food issued orders #408 and #409 on October 20 2014. According to that Lugansk National Agrarian University will continue its work based on National Technical University of Agriculture in Kharkov city.

Polytechnic College of Lugansk National Agrarian University will continue its work in Slavyansk where the university has its own College already.

The Ministry provides information to professors and students of those universities and can answer all questions they have, including accommodation.

Reported by Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Stanytsia Luhanska finally got power

Moskal in Stanytsia Luhanska

Moskal in Stanytsia Luhanska

Stanytsia Luhanska and the area around it finally got electricity. The place was out of power for almost 3 moths. This area was damaged the most during the shelling from pro-Russian terrorists side. It’s the closes point to the front line and just few kilometers from Lugansk. On September 2 terrorists were shelling at the city using GRAD (multiple rocket launcher system) and destroyed a lot of private houses, and so the whole area that has about 42 thousands people was left out of power starting from August 3 as power lines were damaged by the terrorists and it was not possible to restore them. Last time the city had power less than 24 hours as pro-Russian terrorists started shelling again using mortars and damaged power lines. Electric company refused to send their workers to neutral territory to fix them as they got under heavy fire few times. One person got killed and 2 other were heavily wounded.

Because there was no electricity, it was not possible to restore water supply and heating. So the Governor of Lugansk Region H.Moskal started to look for the way to fix the power lines and had to negotiate with terrorists. Finally representatives of self-claimed Lugansk People Republic sent a letter to the Governor and agreed to stop fire and letter the workers to fix the power lines on the neutral territory. The terrorists wanted representatives of Ukrainian authorities and Ukrainian Army to be in Stanytsia Luhanska. So today in the morning the Governor H.Moskal came to the city to guaranty that there will be no fire from Ukrainian side as well. The workers from the electric company can to the place and fixed the power lines during the day on the neutral territory, now they are fixing the power lines in the city. Soon water supply and heating will be restored again.

Moskal in Stanytsia Luhanska

Moskal in Stanytsia Luhanska

Detroyed house in Stanytsia Luhanska

Detroyed house in Stanytsia Luhanska

Stanytsia Luhanska

Stanytsia Luhanska