Archive for October 2015

One day of truce on the East of Ukraine. 11 military WIA and 2 civilians killed

Just in one day of truce when all Ukrainians were celebrating The Day of Defender of Ukraine on October 14 Ukraine lost 11 military WIA and 2 civilians were killed by a landmine. All casualties happened in Lugansk Region where both parties of the conflict continue to withdraw weapon of a caliber less than 100 mm 15 km away from the contact line according to Minsk Agreements.

Krasna Talivka on the map

Krasna Talivka on the map

All reports about causalities started to be posted only next day. The 1st one came from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. A vehicle with border guards was moving near the border with Russia in Lugansk Region about 30 km away from the contact line when road mine exploded and wounded 9 soldiers.

Yesterday at about 18:30 between Harasymivka and Krasnyi Derkul villages located in Stanytsia Luhanska district in Lugansk Region our “KRAZ” vehicle was blown up by a high-explosive mine near the border line. Border guards of rapid response commandant “Kharkiv” were patrolling the territory and were going to reinforce part of the border. As the result of the explosion 9 Ukrainian servicemen were wounded, 3 of them are in medium severity condition. Wounded got medical help and were delivered to Bilovodsk central district hospital. After that they will be delivered to Central hospital of State Border Guard Service.

– Reported by Border Guard Service at http://dpsu.gov.ua on Oct. 15, 2015

The incident happened near Krasna Talivka far away from the conflict zone, but right on the border with Russia. It’s more likely that road mine was set by saboteur team that crossed the border and came from Russia. They blew up the border guards vehicles and left to where they came from.

Similar attack happened at the same location on April 20 2015, see Ukrainian Border Guards vehicle blown up near Russian border. Last year on August 25 2014 Russian unit with the support of 2 combat helicopters MI-24 attacked Ukrainian border guard unit near Krasna Talivka, at that battle 4 Ukrainian fighters were killed and 3 more wounded, see report Two Russian combat helicopters MI-24 attacked Ukrainian border guards. A year later there was a monument installed in the memory of the killed Ukrainian heroes, see the report here.

It looks like Russians are interested in that area as their reconnaissance activity continued, on May 16 2015 Ukrainian border guards spotted saboteur team near Harasymivka 200 meter from Russian border and got in a fight, 1 border guard was wounded, see the report here. On July 23 2015 Russia lost very expensive drone also at the same location near Harasymivka, see report Ukraine shot down 2 million worth Russian drone “Zastava” aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV

On the same day when 9 border guards were wounded by a road mine on October 14 2015 2 Ukrainian soldiers got wounded by a landmine near the contact line close to Stanytsia Luhaska. That was reported by Hennadiy Moskal.

On Wednesday (October 14) in the evening in the suburbs of Stanytsia Luhanska 2 Ukrainian soldiers age 21 and 24 got wounded by a landmine. This happened in a forest near Siverskiy Donets river which is actually the contact line. Both soldier are from 128th brigade, they were delivered to the hospital where they got medical help, their life is not in danger.

– Hennadiy Moskal, reported at http://moskal.in.ua

Later this information was confirmed by ATO speaker, see here.

And later the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Lugansk Region confirmed that two women from Lugansk got killed by a landmine in Stanytsia Luhanska on October 14 (see report here). Obviously those women were trying to get to Lugansk and went through the forest avoiding the checkpoint.

 

Security Service of Ukraine found another cache with weapon in Donetsk Region

Security Service of Ukraine together with police searched apartment of one of the active member of illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic in Krasnohorivka city. 4 anti-tank grenades were found, there were also about 1000 bullets of 5.45 mm caliber, 6 hand grenades, 2 assault grenades and 14 detonators.

Weapon found in Krasnohorivka of Donetsk Region

Weapon found in Krasnohorivka of Donetsk Region

Also there were 2 self-made bombs found near Katerynivka village of Donetsk Region. Each bomb had 7 detonators, charges of cumulative type and 23 detonators.

Bombs found near Katerynivka village in Donetsk Region

Bombs found near Katerynivka village in Donetsk Region

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at https://www.facebook.com/odalug

ATO Press Center reports 2 cease-fire violations in the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours the situation in the zone of anti-terrorist operation is relatively stable. But there were provocations from the side of insurgents. At 22:55 mercenaries opened fire at Ukrainian positions near Shyrokyne. At 0:35-0:37 they also used small fire arms shelling at Ukrainian Army positions near Novotroitske (Donetsk Region). Ukrainian soldiers didn’t return fire following Minsk Agreements.

Leonid Matyukhin, ATO spokesman

Leonid Matyukhin, ATO spokesman

Cease-fire violations in ATO zone

Cease-fire violations in ATO zone

Reported by ATO Press Center at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Ukrainian Army continued to withdraw artillery from the contact line in Lugansk Region

From 7 am of October 10 till 7 am of October 11 2015 there was no single fact of cease-fire violation registered in Lugansk Region. Yesterday Ukrainian Army continued to withdraw 85 mm anti-tank cannons D-48 from the contact line. Special monitoring mission of OSCE observed the withdrawal process. There were also representatives of media there. ATO forces follow Minsk Agreements completely and are open for SMM of OSCE.

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

OSCE controls withdrawal of Ukrainian Army artillery from the contact line

OSCE controls withdrawal of Ukrainian Army artillery from the contact line

Reported by Ruslan Tkachuk, ATO adviser in Lugansk Region at http://ato.lisichansk.in.ua

Another humanitarian logistics center opened near Donetsk

Yesterday the head of Donetsk Regional Administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi opened another modernized checkpoint “Novotroitske” and humanitarian logistics center located on the contact line on the way to occupied Donetsk.

Pavlo Zhebrivskyi  opening humanitarian logistics center near Donetsk

Pavlo Zhebrivskyi opening humanitarian logistics center near Donetsk

We are opening another really European checkpoint.Two and a half months ago I saw very long lines of people, people were sleeping at night at the sides of the road. Together with Border Guard Service of Ukraine I ordered to increase the capacity of the checkpoint. so our citizens who live on temporarily occupied territories would not suffer like that.

– Pavlo Zhebrivskyi

He also noted that moving the checkpoint from Bugas village to Novotroitske allowed to get over 30 thousand of people out of a “grey zone”. Also the capacity was increased almost three times as the number of border guards was increased and four lines of the road are used. In 24 hours military check documents of about 7 thousand of people.

Humanitarian logistics center at Novotroitske

Humanitarian logistics center at Novotroitske

Deputy Head of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Vasyl Servatyuk said that soon there will be another modernized checkpoint opened in Kurakhove direction. After that border guards will start to work in Hnutove village. The experience of Donetsk Region is planned to be used in Lugansk Region as well.

We want to change ideology of checkpoints, so people can understand that there are standards when law-abiding citizens of Ukraine don’t even notice how they cross the contact line. There should be no lines of people, people must be treated in a friendly way and served fast. We invite local population to take part in a work of the checkpoint, we already selected people and train them. Later those guys will return with different attitude and realize their responsibility. Only together we can fulfill the tasks of out Government, the President and the country.

– Vasyl Servatyuk

The head of Donetsk Region also said that humanitarian logistics center “Novotroitske” built using experience of previous center near Atremivsk city which was open on August 28. This logistics center also has pharmacy, bulletproof department of “Oschadbank” Bank, post office of Ukrposhta, local manufactures sell their products here.

Here it is even better than at logistics center “Zaitseve”, because we took into account previous mistakes. The pharmacy has more products. Today the head of District Administration asked about possibility of putting notary office here, so people can register property rights, register a child and so on.

– Pavlo Zhebrivskyi

Pharmacy at humanitarian logistics center

Pharmacy at humanitarian logistics center

Pavlo Zhebrivskyi denied that opening of modern checkpoint means setting up new borders of Ukraine.

There is no new border. This is a contact line between temporary occupied and Ukraine controlled territories. We hope and we are sure that soon the control over all part of the border will be restored. It’s just that regional authorities try to do everything in a good way. In future logistics center can be uses for wholesale trade of agricultural products.

– Pavlo Zhebrivskyi

Bank office at humanitarian logistics center

Bank office at humanitarian logistics center

Reported by Donetsk Regional State Administration at http://donoda.gov.ua

Humanitarian aid delivered for Ukrainian IDPs living in Severodonetsk

On October 8 State Emergency Service of Ukraine delivered 2 cargo trucks to Lugansk Region with 40 tons of butter and one truck with 30 thousands of tin cans with fish.

Humanitarian aid delivered for IDPs of Ukraine to Severodonetsk

Humanitarian aid delivered for IDPs of Ukraine to Severodonetsk

Humanitarian aid was unloaded and given to representatives of local authorities. This food will be distributed about internally displaced persons.

Humanitarian aid delivered for IDPs of Ukraine to Severodonetsk

Humanitarian aid delivered for IDPs of Ukraine to Severodonetsk

Humanitarian aid delivered for IDPs of Ukraine to Severodonetsk

Humanitarian aid delivered for IDPs of Ukraine to Severodonetsk

Reported by State Emergency Service of Ukraine at www.mns.gov.ua

ATO Press Center: insurgents violated cease-fire and attacked Ukrainian Army positions with ATGM, 4 soldiers WIA

Today illegal armed groups violated cease-fire agreement cynically neglecting Minsk Agreement. At 12:25 insurgents fired with ATGM at excavator that was building fortifications at Ukrainian Army position near Troitske village. As a result 4 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded.

Troitske on the map

Troitske on the map

The fact of the shelling was registered by representatives of OSCE and Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC)

There were no other incidents registered by ATO headquarters from midnight and till 7 pm today.

Reported by ATO Press Center at www.facebook.com/ato.news

UPDATE October 8, 2015. 

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine posted photos of the aftermath of the attack on Ukrainian positions. This was the 1st time in a month when insurgents fired in the direction of Ukrainian soldiers in that area. The enemy fired 2 rockets. Members of JCCC who arrived there found remains of anti-tank guided missiles. See full report of the Ministry of Defense here.

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

 

Ukrainian Army finished the process of withdrawal of tanks in Lugansk Region

The enemy didn’t violate cease-fire agreement in ATO zone in the last 24 hours and this allowed Ukrainian Army to finish the process of withdrawal of tanks in Lugansk Region.

Ukrainian Army withdrew tanks from the contact line

Ukrainian Army withdrew tanks from the contact line

Today after Ukrainian side declared that they relocated certain amount of military vehicles, representatives of OSCE will be verifying that during several days. International observers will check if serial numbers on that tanks correspond with the places of their new location which should be at least 15 km away from the contact line.

Also since it’s quiet in ATO zone it became possible to increase the help for residents of Donbass. 250 meters of gas pipes between Mariinka and Krasnohorivka were fixed with the help of civilian-military group of Armed Forces of Ukraine together with municipal repair teams. Over 100 holes caused by bullets and shrapnel were patched. They also started to fix electric power lines in Mariinka. Warm clothes, food and other essential things were delivered for residents of Berdyanske village.

Anatoliy Stelmakh, ATO adviser.

Anatoliy Stelmakh, ATO adviser.

Reported by ATO Press Center at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Yesterday OSCE posted report in which they confirm that they saw the process of tanks withdrawal on October 5.

In government-controlled areas in Luhansk region, the SMM continued monitoring the process of withdrawal of tanks as foreseen in the Addendum to the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM observed the withdrawal of 27 main battle tanks (MBTs) (T-64) from three government-controlled areas in the Security Zone to three storage sites.

– OSCE report posted on October 6 at www.osce.org

OSCE observes withdrawal of tanks by Ukrainian Army in Lugansk Region

OSCE observes withdrawal of tanks by Ukrainian Army in Lugansk Region

Local news agency also posted a video in which 24th Brigade of Ukrainian Army withdrew 10 tanks from Krymske village located on the contact line in Lugansk Region. Tanks were relocated 15 km deep into Ukraine controlled territory in the direction of Borovske village.

You can see more photos and videos posted by ATO adviser in Lugansk Region at http://ato.lisichansk.in.ua

Captured Donetsk insurgent said that he got weapon in Russia at military base near Rostov

Security Service of Ukraine together with soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine captured 2 insurgents of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic near Hryhorivka village, see it on Google Map here. One of them said that he joined illegal armed groups since the beginning of the conflict in Slovyansk, later he was moved to Russia where he got weapon and ammunition somewhere near Rostov city after that he was returned to the territory controlled by DPR and was checked by Russian FSB secret service.

DPR insurgent captured by Security Service of Ukraine

DPR insurgent captured by Security Service of Ukraine

Below is the video posted by Security Service of Ukraine and the transcript of interrogation of DPR insurgent by Ukrainian officer.

Insurgent #1: In Slovyansk my task was to secure the airport at Cherevkovka (see the location at Google Map here). We were collecting data about movement of military vehicles to the commander Gera

Officer: What was you unit?

Insurgent #1: I was in mechanized infantry units. After I was there for some time we went to Kramatorsk. After 1 day in Kramatorsk we went to Donetsk. I was in Donetsk for 2 days. I got in penal battalion. After that we went to Russia for weapon.

Officer: Where in Russia did you go?

Insurgent #1: Near Rostov, there was some military training ground there. We spent 2 days there, got weapon, small arms weapon, RPG, riffles, ammunition and went to Shcherbak (city on the border with Russia, see location on Google Map here). We were staying for 1 month there. They were checking us. “Faces” looked what we were doing, how we lived there to make sure there were no alcoholics or drug addicted among us.

Officer: You called “Faces” Russians?

Insurgent #1: We called those Russians “Faces” base on what structure they belong to, we thought they were from FSB, so we called them “Faces”.

The second insurgent who is in the same video just said that he was recruited to fight for terrorist battalion “Kalmius” and his tasks was to secure one of the checkpoints and a house of the leader of the group.

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua

Ukrainian Army started to withdraw weapon from the contact line in Lugansk Region

Today on October 5 military units of Armed Forces of Ukraine in sector “A” of ATO zone got an order to withdraw armored vehicles and other weapon 15 km away from the contact line. So today at 11 am in Lugansk Region Ukrainian Army started to withdraw T-64, T-72 tanks and in some areas anti-tank cannons D-48 and D-44 of 85 mm caliber and 82 mm 2B-9 mortars. All activities were coordinated with special monitoring mission of OSCE. There are also representatives of the media there. Commanders of ATO forces in Lugansk Region have 14 days to fulfill Minsk Agreement.

Ukrainian Army started to withdraw weapon from the contact line in Lugansk Region

Ukrainian Army started to withdraw weapon from the contact line in Lugansk Region

Reported by Ruslan Tkachuk, ATO adviser in Lugansk Region at http://ato.lisichansk.in.ua