Archive for February 2016

15 188 civilians crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday going in and out of occupied territories

15 188 civilians crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday going in and out of occupied territories. This information was reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today, they are doing passport control at 4 checkpoints located along the contact line in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.

Passport control checkpoint located at the contact line in the East of Ukraine

Passport control checkpoint located at the contact line in the East of Ukraine

Below is the report posted by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua

The traffic of civilians is pretty intensive at all checkpoints located along the contact line.

In total this amount of people and vehicles crossed checkpoints: “Mariinka” Checkpoint – 5085 people and 1220 vehicles; “Novotroitske” Checkpoint – 5435 people and 1570 vehicles; “Hnutove” – 2000 people and 547 vehicles; “Stanytsia-Luhanska” – 2668 people.

Yesterday the work of “Mariinka” Checkpoint was prolonged because of long lines of people and vehicles in both directions.

Today in the morning at “Mariinka” Chekcpoint there were 200 vehicles waiting to get to Government controlled territory and 185 vehicles to go out. At “Novotroitske” there were 80 vehicles coming in and 60 going out. There were no queue at “Hnutove” Checkpoint.

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 81 times in the last 24 hours

ATO Press Center reports about further escalations of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 81 times in the last 24 hours despite cease-fire agreement singed in Minsk. That’s the highest number of cease-fire violations registered since the beginning of 2016. 120 mm mortars banned by Minsk Protocol were also used. Ukraine lost 1 KIA and 3 WIA.

Andriy Zadubinny, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Andriy Zadubinny, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below is the report of ATO Headquarters Press Center posted this morning at www.facebook.com/ato.news

In the last 24 hours pro-Russian gangs continued to shell positions of Ukrainian Army using different type of weapon.

Near Donetsk the enemy used grenade launchers, high caliber machine guns and small firearms attacking our fortifications in Mariinka, Avdiivka, Pisky, Opytne and Butivka coal mine. Krasnohorivka was attacked by mortars.

Near Svitlodarsk our positions in Luhanske were attacked with the use of high caliber machine guns. Near Horlivka Ukrainian positions in Troitske and Verhnyotoretske were attacked with a use of small firearms and grenade launchers.

Our fortifications in Zaitseve and Mayorks were under intensive mortar fire of 82 and 120 mm caliber, grenade launcher and small firearms were also used.

Ukrainian positions in Talakivka near Mariupol were also attacked with the use of mortars. In total the enemy attacked positions of ATO forces 81 times in the last 24 hours.

Full-size map of cease-fire violations in the East of Ukraine is available at http://mediarnbo.org

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

Casualties, 1 KIA and 3 WIA, were reported by National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

Pro-Russian militants shelled checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska using 82 mm mortars

The situation in Lugansk Regions got much worse in the last few days. At night pro-Russian militants shelled the checkpoint which is the only way for civilians to cross the contact line. Yesterday 2685 people passed by that checkpoint on their way in and out of occupied territory. See State Border Guard Service report. Terrorists used 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Protocol. Militants also attacked Tryokhizbenka village using 82 mm mortars, automatic grenade launchers, high caliber machine guns and small firearms.

People crossing checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

People crossing checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

The information about cease-fire violations in Lugansk Region was posted today by Lugansk Regional Administration at www.facebook.com/odalug

Yesterday on Feb 3, starting from 19:00 and for about an hour terrorists shelled Ukrainian fortifications in Tryokhizbenka near destroyed bridge, they used 82 mm mortars (about 50 shells were fired), automatic grenade launchers, high caliber machine guns and small firearms. The attack was from the direction of Krasnyi Liman (controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic). There was no information about wounded or destruction.

Also at about 21:00 terrorists shelled pedestrian checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska using 82 mm mortars. Most of the shells exploded near the bridge in “grey zone”, but some of them landed near crossing line on Ukrainian side.

The Governor of Lugask Region George Tuka said that he was ready to close the checkpoint immediately as the life of civilians crossing the contact line there could be in danger if such shelling repeats. By after talking to military and border guards it was decided to leave the checkpoint open.

Regarding checkpoint in Stanytsia.

In my opinion if there is any possible danger from the side of terrorist the checkpoint must be closed! In the morning I made a decision to close the checkpoint. But military and border guards offered to give “one more chance” in order not create difficulties to civil population. I repeat: our defenders voted for that decision, who (in my opinion) were supposed to be the 1st ones to offer to close the checkpoint… I would already close it. But I highly respect our military, so we will be making a decision together. Always!

– George Tuka, the Governor of Lugansk Region, posted at www.facebook.com/george.tuka

1 704 937 Internally Displaced Persons registered in Ukraine by February 1 2016

The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine posted exact number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) registered in Ukraine by February 1 2016. 1 704 937 persons have left temporarily occupied territories of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions and also from Crimea annexed by Russia and moved to Government-controlled areas of Ukraine. Most of them stay in cities of liberated parts of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions, many went to Kharkiv Region and further to the Center and to the West of Ukraine.

Among those people there are 1 346 276 families from Donbass and Crimea. 714 867 addressed to social institution for financial support, 669 487 families already got such support.

For more details see report of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine at www.kmu.gov.ua

ICRC delivers humanitarian aid to people in the East of Ukraine

ICRC delivers humanitarian aid to people in the East of Ukraine

Many international humanitarian organizations also provide their support for people who were hurt by the war in the East of Ukraine. During 2015 International Committee of Red Cross delivered about 350 thousands of food packages.

Pro-Russian militants shelled Ukrainian ambulance when medics arrived to evacuate wounded soldiers near Mayorsk

Yesterday pro-Russian militants shelled Ukrainian ambulance using mortars when medics arrived to a checkpoint near Mayorsk to pick up wounded soldiers. During the attack the vehicle was damaged and one of the doctors was seriously wounded.

Ukrainian ambulance attacked by pro-Russian militants near Mayorsk

Ukrainian ambulance attacked by pro-Russian militants near Mayorsk

The message about attack on ambulance was posted by Ukrainian volunteers who provide medical support in the zone of anti-terrorist operation in the East of Ukraine, see here. That’s non-government organizations “Sister of Mercy” based in Kharkiv.

Our volunteer ambulance was evacuating seriously wounded boys today. We came to pick them up to the checkpoint in Mayorsk and… the checkpoint got under heavy mortar fire.

Everybody are alive.

The vehicle was got damaged badly, no glass, the radiator destroyed, no wheels.

The driver got scratches

The doctor “Pechenka” was seriously wounded by a shrapnel in the shoulder, now she is in the hospital in Artemivsk. Despite the wound she was helping other soldiers.

All wounded are in Artemivsk now. They will be taken to Kharkiv.

Ukrainian ambulance attacked by pro-Russian militants near Mayorsk

Ukrainian ambulance attacked by pro-Russian militants near Mayorsk

Part of the mortar shell that exploded near the ambulance

Part of the mortar shell that exploded near the ambulance

ATO Press Center report about increase of attacks on Ukrainian checkpoints located on the contact line. They confirmed mortar attack on Mayorks checkpoint that happened at night in their report also, see here. So the ambulance arrived to evacuate those who were wounded in that attack.

On January 30 2016 at 22:20 militants attacked Ukrainian checkpoint using mortars, the checkpoint is located close to “Mayorsk” checkpoint used by civilians crossing the contact line.

According to the information we have members of “DPR” terrorist organization are planing similar provocations near Artemivsk.