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20 973 people crossed the contact line via 4 operating checkpoints in Donetsk Region yesterday

According to recent report of Border Guard Service of Ukraine 20 973 people crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday via 4 checkpoints operating in Donetsk Region. Right now there is no checkpoints working in Lugansk Region. So people who travel to Lugansk have to go via Donetsk Region or via Russia.

Checkpoint in Donetsk Region

Checkpoint in Donetsk Region

Here is statistics posted by Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua. That shows number of people and vehicles that crossed the contact line yesterday.

Zaitseve checkpoint – 8 040 people and 1 452 vehicles;

Mariinka checkpoint – 5 06 people and 1 210 vehicle;

Novotroitske checkpoint – 5 188 people and 1 382 vehicles;

Hnutove checkpoint – 2 685 people and 714 vehicles.

Today in the morning there were 200 vehicles at Zaitseve checkpoint going to government-controlled territory and 100 vehicles going out. At Mariinka there were 130 vehicles going in and 300 going out. There were 50 vehicles going in and 80 going out at Novotroitske checkpoint. There were 20 vehicles at Hnutove checkpoint going in both directions.

– Border Guard Service of Ukraine

91 attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in the last 24 hours, 6 soldiers wounded

Today ATO Press Center reported about dramatic increase of cease-fire violations in the East of Ukraine. In total pro-Russian terrorist groups attack Ukrainian positions 91 times in the last 24 hours. Ukraine lost 6 soldiers wounded, no KIA reported. The enemy continued to use weapon banned by Minsk Protocol, such as tanks and 120 and 82 mm artillery.

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions posted on April 10 2016

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions posted on April 10 2016

Full size map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions that happened in the last 24 hours is available at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is the report posted by ATO Press Center today in the morning. You can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The situation in the East of Ukraine continues to get worse. In the last 24 hours the amount of attacks on ATO forces has dramatically increased. Russian mercenaries shelled Ukrainian positions 91 times using tanks, mortars of different caliber, machine guns, grenade launchers and small firearms.

Avdiivka village was attacked with the use of 120 and 82 mm artillery 11 times from different directions at the same time, from Mineralne, Yasynuvata and Yakovlivka. Ukrainian soldiers in Shyrokyne were attacked 12 times from the direction of Sakhanka village. Ukrainian Army fortifications near Novotroitske, Talakivka and Pavlopil were also attacked with the use of mortars.

Illegal armed forces used tanks attacking positions of Ukrainian Army in Luhanske, positions there were shelled 15 times with shells of 125 mm caliber.

More than a half of cease-fire violations happened from 17:00 to 24:00 when there are no OSCE observers nearby. Despite the pressure from enemy side, units of ATO forces continue to control the situation. They had to return fire 17 times in the last 24 hours.

The information about casualties was reported by National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

In the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldier was killed. 6 soldiers were wounded. 4 of them were wounded during enemy attacks near Avdiivka, 2 more soldiers were wounded near Novhorodske when the army truck got hit by a road mine.

Destroyed house in Avdiivka, photo by Maxim Tucker

Destroyed house in Avdiivka, photo by Maxim Tucker

The reporter Maxim Tucker posted a video last night where you can hear sounds of intensive combat between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian militants who attack Avdiivka village located on goverment-controlled territory of Donetsk Region.

Just on April 8 2016 OSCE observers reported huge amount of explosions that they heard near Aviivka village. See their daily report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/232316

Positioned in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk) during the day, the SMM heard a total of 979 undetermined explosions, over 50 bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire and more than 350 shots of small-arms fire, and two bursts of anti-aircraft-gun (ZU-23, 23mm) mostly at locations 500m-3km south-west, west and north-west of its position. Whilst in government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) during the day, the SMM heard 52 explosions and 30 airbursts of 82 and 120mm mortar rounds, five explosions of 152mm artillery fire, 65 impacts of 82 and 120mm mortar rounds, eight impacts of automatic grenade launcher rounds, and intermittent small-arms fire at locations 2-10km north, north-east, east south-east and south of its position.

Also yesterday OSCE reported that observers of Special Monitoring Mission got under fire near Zaitseve village. See their report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/232326

On 9 April, an SMM patrol, comprised of five members in two armoured vehicles, was in Zhovanka, a government-controlled part of Zaitseve (50km north-east of Donetsk). The patrol was accompanied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces head of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) office in Toretsk.

At 12:52hrs, the SMM heard an explosion assessed as caused either by an 82mm mortar or a recoilless gun round impacting at a distance of approximately 100-200m south-east of its position. Within the next two seconds, small-arms shots were fired towards the SMM position coming approximately from the same direction of the impact. The SMM heard at least three-four bullets flying one-two metres above their heads. The SMM immediately took cover behind the vehicles, and then got inside them and left the location. No SMM members were hurt or vehicles damaged. The patrol returned safely to its base in Svitlodarsk at 16:00.

76 attacks on Ukrainian positions in 24 hours reported by ATO Press Center

The situation in the East of Ukraine remains tense. The number of attacks on Ukrainian positions increased. ATO Press Center reported 76 cease-fire violations in the last 24 hours, mostly near Donetsk. 4 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Pro-Russian terrorists used 120 and 82 mm artillery banned by Minsk Protocol.

Map of attacks in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours

Map of attacks in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours

You can see full size map at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is the report posted by ATO Press Center today on April 6 2016, see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news.

The situation in the East of Ukraine remains difficult and has a tendency to get worse. Russian-terrorist groups shelled 76 times in the last 24 hours. There were 61 attacks in the previous 24 hours. At the same time the enemy used 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements.

It most difficult situation was near Donetsk. Despite multiple attacks with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns and small firearms Ukrainian solders defended their positions. They gave no chance for success for the enemy effectively returning the fire.

Avdiivka village remains impregnable for the enemy. Illegal armed forces attacked positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine 22 times in that area. Despite all enemy efforts our soldiers control the situation and are always one step ahead.

Positions of ATO forces were shelled with the use of banned weapon near Luhanske, Zaitseve, Opytne and Pisky. Illegal armed groups were active near Mariupol also attacking positions near Shyrokyne, Vodyane, Lebedynske and Krasnohorivka, the enemy shelled our positions 35 times there using mortars.

The Red Cross (ICRC) installs signs to warn people about mines in Donetsk Region

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports that they have installed 17 sings to warn civilians about the danger of mines. They put those sings on both sides of the contact line and in the gray zone between “Berezove” and “Olenivka” checkpoints in Donetsk Region.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) installs warning sings in Donetsk Region

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) installs warning sings in Donetsk Region

ICRC also gave 1200 warning sings “Danger! Mines” to Donetsk authorities. Those sings will be enough to mark the territory 30 km long.

Below is the video taken from the place where one of the warning sings was installed.

This area is very dangerous in terms of mines and there are lot of them on the roadsides. In the last 6 months there were 15 accidents particularly in this area and one of them was even deadly.

– Anna Sheptunova, ICRC employee

See ICRC report at http://ua.icrc.org

20 645 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions yesterday

According to the report posted today by Border Guard Service of Ukraine 20 645 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions. Most of the civilians 18 210 got in out out of the conflict zone via 4 checkpoints in Donetsk Region and only 2 435 people crossed the contact line in Lugansk Regions via the only one checkpoint operating in Stanytsia Luhanska.

Ukrainian checkpoint in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine

Ukrainian checkpoint in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine

Below are the numbers posted by Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua that show how many people went through each checkpoint.

Zaitseve – 6955 people and and 1455 vehicles;

Mariinka – 4660 people and 1190 vehicles;

Novotroitske – 4690 people and 1250 vehicles;

Hnutove – 1905 people and 480 vehicles;

Stanytsia Luhanska – 2435 people.

Today in the morning there were 150 vehicles coming from non-controlled territories via Zaitseve checkpoint and 100 vehicle going opposite direction. At Mariinka there were 120 vehicles going to non-controlled territories. At Novotroitske there were 60 vehicles going to government-controlled territory and 30 going out. There were no lines of vehicles at Hnutove checkpoint.

– Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 44 times in 24 hours also using heavy artillery

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 44 times in the last 24 hours, they also used 122 mm heavy artillery systems banned by Minsk Protocol. Terrorists mostly attacked Avdiivka village located near Donetsk.

Viktor Shubets, speaker of ATO Press Center

Viktor Shubets, speaker of ATO Press Center

Below is the report made by ATO Press Center today on March 27 2016 at 6 am, see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The situation in ATO zone remain difficult and has tendency to get worse. In the last 24 hours pro-Russian armed groups attacked forces of ATO 44 times. Militants used heavy artillery in addition to mortars. Despite 4 attacks on our positions with the use of 122 mm artillery soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine defended their positions in Zaitseve and Mayorsk.

Avdiivka village remains most difficult location on the map near Donetsk. Here the enemy failed to push back ATO forces from their positions despite the use of various type of weapon.

In the last 24 hours following villages were attacked by criminal groups: Luhanske, Novhorodske, Mayorsk, Zaitseve, Leninske, Pisky, Opytne, Shyrokyne, Troitske, Mariinka.

Near Lugansk militants tried to storm fortifications of Armed Forces of Ukraine using small firearms. The enemy had to retreat after Ukrainian warriors returned fire.

DPR militant got disappointed in “Russian World” and surrendered to Ukrainian Army

A resident of Mariupol who got recruited by Russian citizen surrendered to Ukrainian Army after spending one month with militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. According to him he got disappointed in “Russian World” and was paid only 30 USD after 4 weeks of his “military service”.

DPR militant surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers

DPR militant surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers

My name is Maxim, I am resident of Mariupol. A friend of mine who is a resident of Russian Federation offered me to join militia of Donetsk People’s Republic and promised a salary of 1000 USD per month. He said that he spent a year as a militant in Motorolla’s group called “Sparta”… From Mariupol I came to Samara (Russia), from Samara to Rostov with a friend of mine. In Rostov at a bus station we met a person who was taking people to Donetsk (Ukraine). We got on a bus and there were also 2 Russian citizens with us. We had 850 Rubles, so we got to the border for 800 Rubles, at the border we were allowed to pass by and went to Donetsk to the bus station. At the bus station Russians took us to recruitment office by taxi. At the recruitment office in Donetsk we met with curators, they took us to military unit in Novoazovsk. At Novoazovsk we were just securing the territory of the military unit. Military commanders like Colonels from Russian Federation were coming there, Russians, and they were checking what is going on…

– Maxim, detained militant of DPR

Security Service of Ukraine together with soldiers of 36th separate mechanized brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine detailed a militant of terrorist organization “DPR” near Pyshchevyk village.

At the beginning of March of 2016 a resident of Mariupol was recruited by Russian citizen to one of terrorist groups. He was promised a salary of 1000 USD per month for his service and he became operator of anti-tank guided missile system.

The militant also guarded one of the headwaters and was working at different checkpoints, he took part in building fortifications.

The criminal was shocked by lack of discipline and alcoholism among terrorists. Also instead of 1000 USD he was only paid 2000 Rubles (about 30 USD). After getting disappointed in “Russian World” he run away and surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers.

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

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 71 times near Donetsk, Mariupol and Lugansk in the last 24 hours

Headquarters of ATO Press Center reported today that pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 71 times near Donetsk, Mariupol and Lugansk in the last 24 hours. Terrorists violated cease-fire using weapon banned by Minsk Agreements, such as mortars, tanks and 122 mm artillery. No Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 7 were wounded.

Sergiy Zhmurko, speaker of ATO Press Center

Sergiy Zhmurko, speaker of ATO Press Center

Below you can read ATO Press Center report posted today, the original report in Ukraine is available at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Situation in ATO zone remains tense and controlled by Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the last 24 hours Russian mercenaries attacked positions of Ukrainian units 71 times. The highest number of attacks in the last few weeks was registered near Donetsk, there were 62 attacks there, there were also 8 attacks near Mariupol and 1 attack in Lugansk Region. 19 mortar attacks were registered all along the contact line. The situation near Avdiivka is still tense, Russian militants attacked our positions there using mortars, grenade launchers, they also used tank 2 times and 122 mm artillery. The enemy intensively shelled Ukrainian army fortifications near Zaitseve and Mayorks using mortars, grenade launchers and small firearms. Out positions near Luhanske village were shelled 3 times with the use ofAPC weapon. At about 6 pm yesterday militants shelled Ukrainian army positions near Krasnohorivka using 122 mm artillery, they fired 18 shells in total. Novoselivka, Novhorodske and Troitske were shelled by terrorists with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns and small firearms. When it got dark Russian mercenaries shelled Ukrainian army positions in Pisky and Opytne using mortars, automatic grenade launcher (AGS) and machine guns. Near Mariupol Russian mercenaries attacked fortifications of ATO forces near Hnutove using mortars and attacked our positions near Mariinka and Vodyane using grenade launchers and machine guns. Militants fired in the direction of ATO forces near Talakivka using mortars. In Lugansk Region the enemy shelled Ukrainian army fortifications near Novozvanivka village. Ukrainian army is capable to defend territorial integrity of Ukraine and stop aggressor. The strength of mind of warriors who defend their own land is much higher than lies and provocations of aggressor.

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in ATO zone posted on March 13 2016

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in ATO zone posted on March 13 2016

You can see full-size map of the situation in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has reported today that in the last 24 hours no soldiers were killed, and 7 soldiers were wounded during military actions in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in the East of Ukraine. Causalities were reported at http://mediarnbo.org

Pro-Russian militants shelled residential area of Avdiivka village located near Donetsk

Yesterday at about 10 pm pro-Russian militants shelled Avdiivka village located near occupied Donetsk using mortars. 2 private houses were damaged. Today in the morning at 7:45 the attacked with mortars repeated. Civilian people were inside houses during attacks, luckily nobody got wounded. Shrapnel damaged the roof, fence, gates, windows were broken.

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Damaged house in Avdiivka

Reported by National Police of Ukraine in Donetsk Region at www.dn.npu.gov.ua

22 085 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Region yesterday

22 085 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Region yesterday. This information was reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua The number of people going in both directions continue to increase.

People going via "Zaitseve" checkpoint. Photo by informator.lg.ua

People going via “Zaitseve” checkpoint. Photo by informator.lg.ua

Below are exact numbers of people and vehicles that went through 5 checkpoints in ATO zone located along the contact line, 4 of them are located in Donetsk Region and there is still only 1 working checkpoint in Lugansk Region that can only be used by pedestrians.

“Zaitseve” checkpoint – 6580 people and 1365 vehicles;

“Mariinka” checkpoint – 4525 people and 1160 vehicles;

“Novotroitske” checkpoint – 5400 people and 1385 vehicles;

“Hnutove” checkpoint – 2565 people and 640 vehicles;

“Stanytsia Luhanska” checkpoint – 3015 people.

Line of vehicles going through "Zaitseve" checkpoint. Photo by informator.lg.ua

Line of vehicles going through “Zaitseve” checkpoint. Photo by informator.lg.ua

Today in the morning there were 150 vehicles in front of “Mariinka” checkpoint going to government-controlled territory and 170 vehicles going to non-controlled territory. 350 vehicles were going in via “Zaitseve” checkpoint and 150 going out. 50 vehicles were going in via “Novotroitske” checkpoint and there was no line of vehicles on the way out. There were also no lines of vehicles at “Hnutove” checkpoint.