Archive for January 2016

OSCE vehicle was attacked by a sniper near Donetsk from the area controlled by DPR

Today on January 16 a sniper of illegal armed groups attacked OSCE mission patrol vehicle from the territory of Donetsk Region which is now not under controlled of Ukrainian government. Representatives of special monitoring mission were not hurt, their life is not in danger, but the vehicle was damaged.

OSCE vehicle after it was attacked by DPR sniper near Donetsk

OSCE vehicle after it was attacked by DPR sniper near Donetsk

There is no gas in Mariinka for more than six months already, today there are works to fix damaged gas pipeline and restore gas supply. Representatives of OSCE SMM were on patrol with Ukrainian officers of Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC), engineers of State Emergency Service of Ukraine and soldiers of civil-military cooperation tactical group “Donetsk”. The main task of joint patrol was to provide security for civil personnel that who were doing repair works.

Observers of Ukrainian part of JCCC have noted on numerous occasions that shelling from the side of militants of illegal armed groups continue in order to postpone the process of restoration of infrastructure located on the territory controlled by Ukrainian government, also in Mariinka town and to frighten OSCE SMM observers and repair workers.

Ukrainian side of JCCC insists that it is unacceptable for people to work under shelling and there was a group created inside Ukrainian side of JCCC in order to work on restoration of infrastructure of Donbass. Again we have to say that Russian side of JCCC right now can’t secure complete cease-fire from the side of militants even during repair works on restoration of electric power lines, water pipes and gas pipes on the territories that were defined as priority in Minsk.

Reported by Ukrainian side of JCCC at www.mil.gov.ua

UPDATE: January 16 at 5:27pm. Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE confirmed attack on their vehicle in Mariinka town located near Donetsk and posted a statement at their Facebook page

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine can confirm an incident in which fire hit one of the SMM vehicles while on patrol in Marinka, close to the contact line in the Donetsk region.
None of the SMM patrol members was injured, one vehicle sustained damage.
The patrol left the area immediately.
The Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) has been informed about the incident. A Spot Report will be issued later today.
The SMM condemns this violent attack against its unarmed civilian monitors.

UPDATE: January 16 at 6:51pm.  MFA of Ukraine made a statement regarding the shooting at the OSCE SMM observers, see http://mfa.gov.ua

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the shooting at the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) vehicle by Russia-backed militants on 16 January 2016 in the area of Maryinka.

We regard this case as a blatant attempt to intimidate the OSCE SMM observers and yet another evidence of the deliberate violations by Russia and its proxies of their obligations under the Minsk agreements.

We demand to stop provocations against the OSCE observers, servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and civilians, as well as to ensure the SMM security and its unhindered access to the whole territory of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including the uncontrolled by Ukraine sections of the Ukraine-Russia border.

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 40 times, also using 120 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements

Press Center of ATO Headquarters reports that pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 40 times in the last 24 hours, they have been also using 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements attacking Ukrainian positions near Donetsk and Mariupol. Cease-fire violations with the use of small firearms were also registered in Lugansk Region.

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below you can see report made by Press Center of ATO Headquaters today that describes current situation in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation in the East of Ukraine by 6 am of January 2016. The original post in Ukrainian is available at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The night in ATO zone was not quiet. The situation was most difficult near Mariinka. The enemy shelled out positions there 3 times using 82 and 120 mm mortars. Besides that they also used small firearms and grenade launchers several times.

Near Mariupol bandits shelled Vodyane villages located on so-called “gray zone” using 120 and 82 mm mortars.

Militants of temporary occupied Horlivka  attacked our positions near Mayorsk using small firearms and high caliber machine guns, they also used anti-aircraft guns near Novhorodske.

Shelling of near Donetsk Airport continues. Occupants systematically shell Ukrainian soldiers near Opytne, Pisky and South of Avdiivka. Tonight they only used small firearms and grenade launchers there.

Organized criminal groups violated cease-fire agreement in Lugansk Region again. Tryokhizbenka village was attacked with the use of small firearms, grenade launchers and high caliber machine guns. In order to prevent casualties among soldiers and local populations our military had to return fire using allowed weapon, after that militants stopped shelling.

In total pro-Russian illegal armed groups violated cease-fire agreement 40 times in the ATO zone. There were several shelling of our positions from the enemy side registered after midnight.

Map of attacks on Ukrainian positions in ATO zone in the last 24 hours

Map of attacks on Ukrainian positions in ATO zone in the last 24 hours

Also according to report made by Security and Defense Council there were no killed or wounded among Ukrainian soldiers in the last 24 hours. See their report in Ukrainian at http://mediarnbo.org

The number of attacks on Ukrainian positions dramatically increased: 70 cease-fire violations in 24 hours

Despite the meeting in Minsk yesterday where it was agreed to stop fire in the East of Ukraine, pro-Russian militants continue to violate cease-fire and made 70 attacks of Ukrainian positions. 2 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Below you can see report made today by Headquarters of Anti-Terrorist Operation Press Center.

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

You can see original report by ATO Press Center posted in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Yesterday on January 13, when there was a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group that aims to de-escalate the conflict in Donbass region of Ukraine, Russian-terrorist groups supported by authorities of Russian Federation were intensively violating cease-fire agreements achieved before. Militants used weapon against ATO forces 70 times, that was the highest number of military provocations during 24 hours since the beginning of this year.

Yesterday in Minsk it was agreed that starting from 00:00 of January 14 there should be no cease-fire violations in ATO zone. Representative of Russian side made a statement about the need to follow cease-fire agreement.

That was not news for Ukrainian soldiers. Before New Year ATO forces received official order not to open fire and they were following that order. Our unites opened fire only in response to attacks and they were using small firearms in order to suppress enemy attacks when there was direct danger to lives of soldiers and civil population.

But the enemy din’t stop attacks, shelling continued almost all along the contact line, sometimes the enemy used heavy weapon. At the same time Kremlin puppets were groundlessly blaming Ukrainian side in such crimes.

Hybrid Russian-terrorist groups didn’t change their tactics since even after the latest agreements regarding cease-fire were finalized. Starting from the midnight the enemy opened fire in the direction of Ukrainian soldiers positions 20 times already. The shelling goes on even now. But that’s not everything they do.

Today at about 10:30 enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group was spotted near occupied Kominternove village located in so called “gray zone” near Mariupol. Saboteurs were going to make another military provocation and sacrifice lives of civilians of Vodyane village located not far from there, the aimed houses of locals and also directed fire at positions of one of Ukrainian units located in that area. Our soldiers stopped attackers and saved local people.

According to information of Ukrainian intelligence, Kominternove (that was invaded by occupants despite agreements) was turned into one of the training bases of sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy. Those specially trained criminal groups of militants will be used for further escalation of the conflict in the nearest future in order to provoke ATO units to violate cease-fire, and they also put psychological pressure on civilians who became hostages of bandits supported by Russia.

Obviously leaders of non-existing “republics” are playing insidious game when they claim in public that they want to solve the conflict peacefully. Security and prosperity of civilian population have never been a priority to them. They can only get trust from Russian curators, effectively use weapon and money they got from the East, only violating everything what is normal for civilized society. And militants interpret cease-fire agreement in their own way as we can see.

Today National Security Council of Ukraine also reported that 2 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was hit by a landmine near Mariupol. You can see original post in Ukrainian at http://mediarnbo.org Yesterday volunteer who helps Ukrainian soldiers on the front line posted photos of that truck at his Twitter account https://twitter.com/milhlopak According to him this happened near Vodyane village located just between Mariupol and Kominternove occupied by pro-Russian militants of DPR.

Truck with Ukrainian soldiers was hit by a landmine near Mariupol

Truck with Ukrainian soldiers was hit by a landmine near Mariupol

Truck with Ukrainian soldiers was hit by a landmine near Mariupol

Truck with Ukrainian soldiers was hit by a landmine near Mariupol

Pro-Russian militants captured Kominternove on Dec 22 2015 violating Minsk Agreements, the village is located in the “gray zone” on the contact line. See more details at Pro-Russian militants entered Kominternove located 10 km from Mariupol

Pro-Russian militants captured Kominternove located in "gray zone"

Pro-Russian militants captured Kominternove located in “gray zone”

Later today Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE posted report regarding situation in Kominternove. According to that report DPR militants started to build fortifications outside of the village moving the front line closer to Ukrainian positions. See original post at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/215921

The SMM continued to monitor the security and humanitarian situation in Kominternove(“DPR”-controlled, 23km north-east of Mariupol, 92km south of Donetsk) and surrounding areas. In Kominternove, the SMM spoke to a resident who stated that power supply to the village, which had been disrupted on 11 January (see SMM Daily Report 12 January 2016) had been restored on 12 January, adding also that on 11 January, after the SMM had left the village, explosions and small-arms fire had been heard in the area. Whilst in Kominternove, the SMM heard one explosion approximately 400m south-west from its position. The SMM also saw five armed “DPR” members in military-type uniforms. At the first “DPR”-checkpoint, located at the south-western entrance of Kominternove, a female resident informed the SMM that in order to pass the Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint at the outskirts of the village residents first have to register in Mariupol and demonstrate that they own property in the area. At a government-controlled checkpoint at the outskirts of Mariupol the SMM was approached by Kominternove residents (approximately 12, all around sixty years old and in five cars) who had gone to Mariupol to register for passes to enable them to move freely through Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoints in the area. The SMM also visited Vodiane (19km north-west of Mariupol, 4km south-east of Kominternove) where, as during its most recent visit, it did not observe armed persons or any civilians (see SMM Daily Report 5 January 2016). The SMM observed a “DPR” defensive position being prepared (trenches dug) on the road between Kominternove and Vodiane.

UNHCR delivered 153 cubic meters of firewood and 40 tons of coal to Mariinka near Donetsk

While Ukraine was celebrating Orthodox Christmas last week, UNHCR partner NGO Proliska in coordination with Mariupol Field Office delivered much needed assistance to the village of Mariinka in the grey zone in Donetsk region. Located just few kilometers from the contact line, the village was heavily damaged by fighting. The delivery of first 153 cubic meters of firewood and 40 tons of coal was distributed to the most vulnerable people whose houses in the village outskirts were destroyed or severely damaged. With ongoing winterization program, UNHCR aims to target near 60,000 people in the remote communities affected by the crisis.

UNHCR delivered humanitarian aid to Mariinka

UNHCR delivered humanitarian aid to Mariinka

Damaged building in outskirts of Mariinka

Damaged building in outskirts of Mariinka

UNHCR delivered coal Mariinka

UNHCR delivered coal Mariinka

UNHCR delivered firewood Mariinka

UNHCR delivered firewood Mariinka

See more photos and details at http://proliska.org and UNHCR Ukraine

Cease-fire was violated 28 times by pro-Russian militants near Donetsk in the last 24 hours

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation, has reported today in the morning that pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire agreements 28 times near Donetsk in the last 24 hours. Ukrainian positions were attacked with the use of 82 mm mortars and tanks, banned by Minsk Agreements.

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below is the report made by press center of ATO headquarters published today in the morning, you can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

In the last 24 hours militants of pro-Russian illegal armed group used weapon against ATO forces 28 times.

Most of cease-fire violations happened along the contact line between Horlivka and Svitlodarsk and near temporarily occupied Donetsk.

Last night our positions near Novhorodske were shelled again with the use of 82 mm mortars, high caliber machine guns, grenade launchers and also a tank, banned by Minsk Agreements. The enemy also used weapon of BMP armored vehicle attacking fortifications of ATO forces.

Starting from 18:00 yesterday and till midnight Russian-terrorist hybrid armed groups made several armed provocations using small firearms near Mariinka, Opytne, Avdiivka, Troitske, Novhorodske, Zaytseve and Luhanske.

The enemy sniper attacked Ukrainian soldiers near Opytne and Novhorodske.

The enemy didn’t use weapon in Lugansk Region and near Mariupol.

Starting from midnight and till 6 am the enemy used small firearms only one time near Novhorodske.

Map of cease-fire violations near Donetsk in the last 24 hours

Map of cease-fire violations near Donetsk in the last 24 hours