New Ukrainian Patrol Police opened recruitment office in Severodonetsk city of Lugansk Region. Starting from today and till November 19 anyone can fill application form and go through several tests. After several months of training 240 new policemen will be in the streets of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne cities.
Girls apply for Patrol Police in Severodonetsk, photo by Vlad Starodubov
We are opening East department of Patrol Police in Ukraine that will cover Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and. Starting from today and till November 19 anyone who wants can apply. It is also possible to fill application form online available on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. We are recruiting 240 people and think that will start training on November 25. Because of the specific of the region the training of policemen will take longer and after about 6 months first policemen will be in the streets of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne.
– Mustafa Nayyem
Mustafa Nayyem in Severodonetsk presenting Patrol Police
Today 9 Ukrainian hostages were released in Lugansk Region. 139 are still on the least and kept on the territories of “DPR” and “LPR” controlled by pro-Russian armed groups.
Iryna Gerashchenko and Ukrainian hostages released in Lugansk Region
The exchange took place on a bridge near Shchastya city. 8 of the released hostages are military including one who was captured by terrorists in Donetsk Airport. One of the hostages who was released today is a civilian. Ukrainian side gave 11 men to pro-Russian militants.
POWs exchange in Lugansk Region, photo by 24tv.ua
This operation was a result of the hard work of the contact group in Minsk and representatives of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).
Representatives of ICRC who helped to release hostages
There are still 139 of Ukrainians kept as hostages, 788 are missing. We must find everyone. The question of release and search will be one of the key subjects during the meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Berlin in Normandy format on November 6.
Ukrainian Army positions near Donetsk were attacked yesterday with the use of grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.
Leonid Matyukhin, ATO adviser.
ATO Press Center reports that from 19:40 to 20:10 terrorists were shelling Ukrainian positions on the South of Avdiivka with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns of big caliber and small firearms. After that the night in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) was quiet.
Avdiivka on a map
In Mariupol direction artillery of a caliber less than 100 mm will be withdrawn according to the plan. Military engineers continue to demine the territory along the contact line.
First checkpoint to occupied territory finally opened in Lugansk Region today. Now residents can cross the contact line and get to the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. The checkpoint was opened in Stanytsia Luhanska. Before locals could get to Lugansk only through Donetsk Region or via Russia.
George Tuka arrived to checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska
The checkpoint opened today can only serve pedestrians, so it’s not possible to drive there. The head of Lugansk Regional Military-Civil Administration George Tuka personally arrived to the checkpoint to see how it works.
Buses near the checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska
After crossing the checkpoint people can get on bus and travel into two directions, to Bilovodsk and to Severodonetsk. Near the checkpoint there is also an open market and a department of State Bank “Oschadbank”
It’s hard to overestimate the opening of the checkpoint as there was no single official checkpoint in Lugansk Region for a long time. That was because of several reasons. First of all the contact line in Lugansk Region goes along the river. The bridges were destroyed and at the places where it was still possible to go there were fights all the time. The checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska is for pedestrians only because the bridge is still destroyed. We also plan to open logistics center in Novotoshkivske and that will probably become fully operational checkpoint. We are also thinking about possibility to open checkpoint near Zolote.
– George Tuka
After talking to people at the checkpoint George Tuka said that the people mostly interested in the procedure of getting a pass.
People crossing checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska
We are running information campaign explaining how to get a pass. Every time me, border guards and Security Service of Ukraine were emphasizing that people should get pass. We said many times that it will be possible to go through the checkpoint only for those who have a pass. Nobody will compromise on that.
The head of administration of Stanytsia Luhanska Yuriy Zolkin said that state registries were unblocked in the city. So now it is also possible to get inheritance, do real-estate deals and other legal documents there.
ATO Press Center reports that today Ukrainian Army will withdraw tanks 15 km away from the contact line near Donetsk.
Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk
The night in ATO zone was quiet and no violations of Minsk Agreements were registered. Ukrainian military continue to withdraw weapon less than 100 mm caliber. Yesterday Ukrainian Army had withdrawn tanks from the area near Mariupol. Today tanks will be withdrawn 15 km away from the contact line near Donetsk.
Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk
National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine use the cease-fire to restore infrastructure of Donbass. Electric power lines, water pipes, communication systems and much more get restored. Phone connection was restored in Kurakhove, cell phone connection and landline. Military engineers continue to demine the territory.
At the same time observers of Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE report that they spotted violation of weapon withdrawal from the side of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.
In violation of respective withdrawal lines, the SMM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) spotted the following military hardware in “DPR”-controlled areas: in the area of Bezimenne (30km east of Mariupol) two main battle tanks (MBTs) and in the area of Sontseve (60km north-east of Mariupol) 25 MBTs and other military equipment.
OSCE also reported that its UAV was jammed while flying over “DPR”-controlled territory and near the contact line over government controlled territory. Yesterday UK delegation to OSCE posted photo of Russian R-330ZH Zhytel mobile jamming communication system with a request to Russian Federation to explain the presence of that system in “DPR”-controlled area.
R-330ZH Zhytel mobile jamming communication system spotted by OSCE
Security Service neutralized a group in Lysychansk that planned to create anti-Ukrainian resistance following orders of terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.
Ex-paratrooper detained in Lysychansk
Ex-paratrooper who escaped mobilization to Armed Forces of Ukraine was the leader of that group. He was planning to join terrorists of “LPR” and make “a career” there. While the group was planning to create resistance they were sending information to terrorists about location of units of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO)
Another member of the group was collecting information. The woman was getting information from military and personnel of ATO forces. Professional IT guy was sending encrypted data via electronic channels. The information was sent to curator of the group who was a member of one the terrorist organization.
On October 16 twenty officers of new Ukrainian SWAT unit called KORD graduated from the U.S. Advanced Tactical Train the Trainer program. KORD is going to replace all special forces units that existed in Ukraine before. This project was started several weeks ago as part of strategic agreement with US State Department, one of the best instructors of US special forces units were invited. This program involves State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Border Patrol. KORD is abbreviation written in Ukrainian as “К.О.Р.Д.” and that means “Corps of Operatively-Rapid Action” (“Корпус Оперативно-Раптової Дії” in Ukrainian).
KORD, new Ukrainian SWAT unit
The Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, Minister Avakov, and NSDC Chairman Turchynov witnessed tactical demonstration scenarios. See the video below.
After Ukrainian officers received their certificates Geoffrey Pyatt addressed with a speech to them, see the transcript and the video below.
Geoffrey Pyatt, the United States Ambassador to Ukraine
First of all I thank you Mr. Minister, Mr. Chairman for inviting us to be with you hear. I also want to say special note of thanks to my colleagues from the US Drug Enforcement Agency and US Border Patrol, Justin is the commander and the rest of the team. Today this event is a capstone of the two week effort which is part of the much larger commitment by the United States Government to partner with Ukraine. We are committed to working with you, working with Minister Avakov and the Interior Ministry to build new institutions which are responsive to the democratic demands of the Ukrainian people. So help construct a new state that does not serve the interests of one family or one individual, but serves the Ukrainian people, reinforces your democracy, upholds the rule of law and keeps your enemies obey. Ukraine confronts today an unprecedented array of challenges. To the East you face a relentless Russian aggressor who is responsible for more than eight thousand Ukrainian deaths with a simple objective of denying of the Ukrainian people their sovereign democratic choice. But equally important is the battle at home, to attack corruption, to put an end to the mafias that so long held Ukraine back from its full potential and to meet the high standards for democratic governments that the Ukrainian people properly present to the Minister and all the other members of this government. It’s for Ukrainian citizens who are your ultimate bosses and it’s their security and law that you are pledged uphold. This is just the first step in the larger process of training vetted Special Weapons and Tactics units that would be a key component of the Interior Ministry… We are proud to be partners in this effort and base on what I’ve seen today I am completely confident that you’ll prevail, so congratulations. Slava Ukraine! (“Glory to Ukraine” in Ukrainian)
– Geoffrey Pyatt
KORD is not going to automatically accept old units, and it’s not going to continue bad traditions of the past. Full reload! KORD is going to be completely new police unit that will take the experience of best Ukrainian and other countries special forces units, it’s going to have most modern tactical and technical equipment.
– Arsen Avakov, the Minister of the Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Ukrainian instructors were ready after several weeks training and intensive 2 week joint exercises with US specialist, those instructors will take part in a process of selecting and further training of police special forces. On October 27 they will start recruitment.
At the 1st stage among those who will be allowed to apply will be officers of volunteer unites of special forces of the Interior Ministry, officers of special forces units like “Sokol” and “Grifon”, and Patrol policemen.
Certificates received by KORD officers after training with US instructors
U.S. will continue to provide assistance, advice, training and other support in partnership with MOI to stand-up a western model SWAT for Ukraine. See the statement here http://ukraine.usembassy.gov
Arsen Avakov, Turchynov and Geoffrey Pyatt
For more details, photos and videos on KORD unit see the posts below
Security Service of Ukraine detained a resident of Donetsk Region who was a member illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. In May 2014 he joined terrorists group “Russian Orthodox Army”. He was serving at checkpoints of terrorists near Krasnoarmiysk with grenades and weapon. And he also took part in military actions against Ukrainian units.
Member of terrorist group “Russian Orthodox Army”
Security Service determined his location and captured the terrorist in Kharkiv, he arrived there for rehabilitation after he was wounded.
When he was detained he had RGD-5 grenades and flash drives with photos that prove that he was a member of illegal armed groups of “DPR”
Terrorist group “Russian Orthodox Army” was created at the beginning of the conflict on the East of Ukraine in Slovyansk when the city was captured in Spring 2014 by Igor Girkin with his unit that arrived from Crimea that was already captured by Russian Army at that time and annexed by Russian Federation.
Members of “Russian Orthodox Army” signing rap
“Russian Orthodox Army” became known after they posted rap song on YouTube in which they explain the reasons why they fight against Ukraine. After Slovyansk was liberated they moved to Donetsk.