Archive for March 2015

Unique Russian RTUT-BM electronic warfare in Lugansk on the East of Ukraine.

Today one of the locals from Lugansk (the East of Ukraine) posted a photo of some military vehicle that was moving close to him at about 4:33pm local time. The vehicle has been identified as 1L262E «RTUT-BM». We talked to this witness and got the coordinates and the direction the vehicle was moving.

Russian 1L262E «RTUT-BM» in Lugansk

Russian 1L262E «RTUT-BM» in Lugansk

This is pretty unique Russian equipment and it has never been produced or used in Ukraine, only in Russia. This system is designed to protect soldiers and military equipment from shells and rockets that have radio controlled fuses of different types. RTUT-BM can be also used to suppress communication and radar systems. It is hard to imagine that local coal miners would be able to use this equipment and it proves Regular Russian units being used on the territory of Ukraine fighting on the side of local rebels.

Same vehicle was seen in Bryanka on February 3 and the photo was posted on our twitter account. The background was removed in order to protect the person who took the photo.

Russian 1L262E «RTUT-BM» in Bryanka

Russian 1L262E «RTUT-BM» in Bryanka

Pro-Russian rebels used Bryanka as the base to attack Debaltseve. You can read more about it below

http://lugansk-news.com/confirmed-location-of-russian-army-9k35-strela-10-in-bryanka-lugansk-region/

http://lugansk-news.com/russian-uragan-mrls-and-tanks-between-bryanka-and-alchevsk-attacks-on-ukrainian-army-positions-continue/

Bridge between Ukraine controlled Severodonetsk and Rubizhne restored.

Today there was ceremony of opening of the bridge that connects two cities in Lugansk Region located on Ukraine controlled territory, Severodonetsk and Rubizhne. The bridge over Borova River was blown up by the terrorists at night from July 20 to July 21 when they were retreating. This way they tried to stop Ukrainian Army attack.

Moskal opens the bridge between Severodonetsk and Rubizhne

Moskal opens the bridge between Severodonetsk and Rubizhne

After Rubizhne, Severodonetsk and Lysychansk were liberated there was temporal pontoon bridge put over Borova River, so people had to drive extra 10km when they used it. There was is a dirt road leading to the bridge, so when weather was bad people had to drive extra 30km. Now normal road connection between Severodonetsk and Rubizhne is restored.

Unfortunately, the government didn’t give any money to fix the bridge. They only talk about rebuilding Donbas, but don’t give money for that. So we had to use old method and search money everywhere to give this bridge for Severodonetsk and Rubizhne. It was restored for the money of local budgets and businessmen, who decided to help with this important project. In total 12 local and 7 nationwide level bridges were damaged or destroyed on the Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region. We need about 220 million UAH to restore them and that amount is based on prices of 2014. We will be asking for support from international organizations, we will also use money from local budgets and we surely hope for real participation (not just declarations) of the Government in the process of rebuilding of Donbas. The next bridge that we plan to restore is the one over Siverskiy Donetsk River between Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

– Hennadiy Moskal, the head of military-civil administration of Lugansk Region

After the ceremony when the bridge was opened symbolic transport passed by the bridge, that was a truck with sand, bus with school children and a group of cyclists. Civil activists carried huge 40 meters long National Flag of Ukraine over the bridge.

Cyclists driving on the bridge

Cyclists driving on the bridge

Civil activist walk on the bridge with National Flag of Ukraine

Civil activist walk on the bridge with National Flag of Ukraine

Bridge between Severodonetsk and Rubizhne

Bridge between Severodonetsk and Rubizhne

Reported at moskal.in.ua

290 USA Marines are coming to Ukraine in April to train National Guard.

290 USA Marines will come to Ukraine to Yavorivskiy training ground located in Lviv Region on April 20 2015. There will be long term training according to agreement with US Department of State. 173rd Airborne Brigade of USA Army and National Guard of Ukraine combat units will train together. The exercises have code name “Fearless Guardian – 2015″ and will finish on November 15 2015. Reported today by Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

173rd Airborne Brigade of USA Army

173rd Airborne Brigade of USA Army

The agreement regarding joint military exercises was finalized during negotiations between the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Vice-President of USA Joe Biden.

I thank Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, and USA Embassy to Ukraine staff. This important and complicated process of groundwork for this training would be impossible without their help. We finished all groundwork in the Cabinet of Ministers and in the National Guard Office.

– Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

900 soldiers of National Guard of Ukraine will take part in the training. There will be 3 rounds, 300 National Guard soldiers in each. Three rounds with 8 weeks each. And after that there will be joint training. Such National Guard units as Azov, Kulchinskiy Battalion, Yaguar, Omega and other units from Kiev, Kharkov, Zaporozhie, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Vinnitsa will take part in the training.

After the training will be finished, American partners will provide special ammunition and means of communication for the National Guard of Ukraine units.

We will be stronger!!

Reported by Arsen Avakov at his Facebook page

Security Service detained terrorist who attacked Ukrainian Army soldiers for $300 reward.

Detained terrorist

Detained terrorist of LPR “Zorya” battalion

Counter-intelligence unit of Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) detained a terrorist who was taking part in attacks on Ukrainian Army soldiers for reward.

In the area of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) SSU detained active member of military activities, who was part of terrorist battalion “Zorya” illegal military organization of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.

The terrorist said that he took part in attack on Ukrainian Army checkpoint between Shchastya city and Smile village in Lugansk Region. For killing Ukrainian soldiers the terrorist got 300 USD reward.

Police started criminal case according to Part 2 of Article 260 of Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Reported by press-center of Security Service of Ukraine at sbu.gov.ua

Almost 90% of all water produced in Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region goes to occupied territory for free.

Almost 90% of drinking water produced by Regional water supply company on Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region goes to Lugansk and other towns and villages located on occupied territories. The process of extraction and water treatment requires a lot of resources and costs much, but self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic doesn’t pay anything for it. This was reported by the head of military-civil administration Hennadiy Moskal during his visit to Bolotene village where one of the pump stations of Regional water supply company is located.

Hennadiy Moskal during his visit to Bolotene

Hennadiy Moskal during his visit to Bolotene

Many times I was advised to stop water supply to occupied territories completely as they don’t pay a cent for it. But this water is used not only by terrorists, normal people also drink it, retired people, children or disabled, and we can’t just give up on them. So we have to supply the water to the other side of the front line even if nobody thanks us for that.

– Hennadiy Moskal

Moskal brought humanitarian aid to Bolotene and Syze villages

Moskal brought humanitarian aid to Bolotene and Syze villages

The head of Lugansk Region brought humanitarian aid to Bolotene and Syze villages, that was mostly food and essential stuff that people need. There are about 150 people (mostly old people) living in those two villages. Volunteers or international charity organizations didn’t notice them as they are locate far from the main road connections. Buses do not go there, all shops are closed. Some businessmen brings food here two times a week. The locals say that last time Regional level authorities visited them almost 40 years ago at Brezhnev times. Hennadiy Moskal promised to send humanitarian aid to these villages regularly in future.

Reported at moskal.in.ua

Terrorist of LPR fired with “GRAD” MRLS at Ukrainian village of Novotoshkivske in Lugansk Region.

Last night on March 27 terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) used “GRAD” MRLS again in Lugansk Region. Below is the video made by Ukrainian soldiers today in Novotoshkivske village. The soldier says that “GRAD” MRLS was fired 3 times, 10-15 rockets landed behind them, few rockets blew up in front of their positions, few rockets hit checkpoint #29 and some rocket landed in the direction of Krymske village.

That happened 1st time since February 15 cease-fire agreement according to Minsk II memorandum. At about 11pm yesterday terrorists attacked Ukrainian Army checkpoint #29 located on Bahmutka road and Ukrainian positions in Novotoshkivske village.

The use of “GRAD” MRLS first time after Minsk memorandum means that there can be no trust to terrorists. For the last 6 weeks our people worked hard day and night to restore infrastructure in the villages located on the front line, people started to come back home in the hope that the war was finally over. And now they used “GRAD” MRLS again, new destruction…

– Hennadiy Moskal, the head of Lugansk Regional military-civil administration.

Destruction in Novotoshkivske village

Destruction in Novotoshkivske village

The rockets blew up in the area of the coal mine and Kuibysheva st. One garage was burnt out, part of the village lost electric power. There were no killed or wounded among civil population as most of the people who still live there spend night in basements as their houses are destroyed or damaged. Also starting from 3.30am there was a fight in Novotoshkivske suburbs with the use of automatic weapon and grenade launchers. Obviously some saboteurs were trying to get in the village.

Novotoshkivske. Garage doors smashed by shock wave

Novotoshkivske. Garage doors smashed by shock wave

Destruction in Novotoshkivske village

Destruction in Novotoshkivske village

During the night there was a fight between Ukrainian soldiers positions in Krymske village and so-called “Cossaks”of LPR in Sokolniki. Krymske was out the fire range, so there were no damage. Stanytsia Luhanska was a attacked by terrorists with the use of automatic weapon, machine guns and mortars from 9pm till 11pm. The central part of the village lost electric power. There is no information about casualties yet.

Map of attacks of Ukrainian Army positions in Lugansk Region in the last 24 hours

Map of attacks of Ukrainian Army positions in Lugansk Region in the last 24 hours

Reported at moskal.in.ua

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training Ukrainian special forces police units of Lugansk Region

During the week experienced instructors from mobile center “Patriot” are training Ukrainian fighters of Lugansk Region special forces police units. Personnel is trained by highly ranked military from Georgia and Israel. The fighters improve their snipers skills, tactics of warfare under modern conditions on the ground and in the city.

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Most of the instructors are Generals who were taking part in all military conflicts in their countries.

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

During the training the develop skills of sniper fire, use RPG, grenade launchers and other types of weapon.

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Most of the policemen who take part in the training are from Lugansk. They are highly motivated. Their biggest desire is to survive and come back home.

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

The head of “Patriot” center Konstantin Parshin said that for the last few months of work of the center they trained hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers.

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Instructors from Georgia and Israel are training police units of Lugansk Region

Reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Lugansk Region at mvs.gov.ua

 

Russian terrorists of LPR continue attacks on Ukrainian positions along the front line in Lugansk Region.

Yesterday (March 25) and tonight it was not quiet on the territory of Lugansk Region controlled by Ukrainian authorities. Russian terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic attacked in three directions.

Map of attacks in Lugansk region in the last 24 hours

Map of attacks in Lugansk region in the last 24 hours

There was a fight with the use of automatic weapon in Tryohizbenka village near destroyed bridge over Siverskiy Donets River. In the evening a group of terrorists got on the bridge and opened fire using grenade launchers at Ukrainian Army positions. After Ukrainian soldiers fired back the enemy retreated. Automatic fire was also heard last night and today in the morning at the suburbs of Stanytsia Luhanska. There was also automatic fire between Krymske (controlled by Ukrainian Army) and Sokolniki (occupied by terrorists). There were no killed or wounded among civil population, and there is no information regarding casualties among Ukrainian soldiers.

Towns and villages on the front line continue to restore normal life. The dirt road to Krymske was cleaned with the help of the Army from the side of Svitlichne village. Now the weather is dry, so cars can pass there. People continue to come back to the village who left it before during military activities. And yesterday in Stanytsia Luhansk 1st marriages was registered since the last year. Young couple were dressed in the wedding clothes and walked on the central square. There were no weddings since last Summer when military activities started.

– Hennadiy Moskal, the head of Lugansk Regional State military-civil administration.

Reported at moskal.in.ua

20 tons of medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk, Ukraine.

Today on March 25 humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk from “Medicine manufactures of Ukraine Association”, there were 20 tons of medicine for hospitals of Lugansk Region and two buses that were given to First M.Pirogov Volunteers Mobile Hospital.

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

The president of the Assosiation Petro Bagriy who personally accompanied the cargo said that he saw on TV how the Governor of Lugansk Region Hennadiy Moskal was talking about the need for medicine in Popasna village and need for means of transportation. So he decided to help. His Association bought and re-equipped two buses for volunteers hospital based in Popasna and they also gave some medicine there. In general from the beginning of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Ukraine, the manufactures of medicine who are part of Association delivered aid worth 45 million UAH to the conflict zone and they plan to continue doing that.

They also plan to deliver medicine and two cars for Donetsk Region soon.

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

Today we got medicine that people mostly need in the villages on the front line, sedatives, cardiac, hypertensive, anti-flu and so on. Hospital on the front line often get 100-150 patients instead of 50 that are funded from the budget. So they don’t have enough medicine, food, equipment and so on, only volunteers can help us. Medicine recently went up in price, so we got valuable present from the Association. By the way, they also brought us art books from the publisher financed by Association. We will give all the books to the libraries.

– Hennadiy Moskal, the Governor of Lugansk Region.

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

Medical humanitarian aid arrived to Severodonetsk

Reported at moskal.in.ua

Ukrainian mobile radar station was blown up in Milove village located on the Ukraine-Russia border.

Today March 24 at 3:30am in the suburbs of Milove village (locate on the territory controlled by Ukrainian authorities in Lugansk Region) terrorists blew up mobile radar station of Ukrainian Army. The fired 2 times at the military truck using anti-tank grenade launcher. Inside the truck there was radar equipment that was not functioning already. The vehicle was seriously damaged.

Milove village located on the border with Russia

Milove village located on the border with Russia

Milove is located on the North of Lugansk Region, about 200 km from the front line. There were no military activity there, but it is on the border with Russian Federation. Obviously the saboteurs came to Milover from there with a task to destroy military equipment. Nobody was killed or wounded, investigators from Security Service of Ukraine and Ministry of Internal Affairs are already working at the location.

– Hennadiy Moskal, the Governor of Lugansk Region.

Reported at moskal.in.ua