Security Service of Ukraine together with fiscal service and border guards stopped fuel truck with 5 000 liters of fuel near Hranitne village in Donetsk Region. The cargo costs about 100 thousand UAH. Smugglers were trying to transport the truck to temporarily occupied territory.
Fuel truck stopped by Security Service in ATO zone
Police detained a driver of a vehicle who was trying to transport 2 tons of clothes and shoes worth about 300 thousand UAH to the territory controlled by terrorists violating the rules of cargo transportation through the contact line.
Vehicle with clothes stopped by border guards
In the same area Security Service of Ukraine, fiscal service and border guards detained medical cargo that had no documents. There were glasses, lenses, ophthalmic knives and so on worth about 100 thousand UAH.
At “Novotroitske” checkpoint police detained 2 men who were trying to bring 4.5 mln RUB in cash and a lot of bank cards to so-called “Lugansk People’s Republic”. They were trying to hide money and cards in underwear.
A man was trying to take huge amount of cash to LPR-controlled territory
In the last few days the number of people crossing the contact line in the East of Ukraine increased by 30%. Usually about 15 000 people were going in and out of occupied territories daily. Yesterday 21 312 people went through checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.
Checkpoint in ATO zone
In total there are 5 checkpoints operating in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO). 4 of them are in Donetsk Region and only 1 in Lugansk Region. Today State Border Guard Service posted exact numbers of people and vehicles that crossed the contact line yesterday. See their report at http://dpsu.gov.ua
1. “Zaitseve” – 6556 people and 1225 vehicles;
2. “Mariinka” – 5385 people and 1170 vehicles;
3. “Novotroitske” – 4235 people and 1265 vehicles;
4. “Hnutove” – 2560 people and 765 vehicles;
1. “Stanytsia Luhanska” – 2576 people
Today in the morning there were 150 vehicles at the contact line in front of “Marrinka” checkpoint going inside government-controlled territory and 115 vehicles going out. There were 300 vehicles going in and 80 going out via “Zaitseve” checkpoint. There were no vehicles at “Novotroitske” and “Hnutove” checkpoints.
Just in the last 24 hours pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 69 times! All cease-fire violations were registered in Donetsk Region. Militants used 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements. 7 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, nobody was killed. 13 508 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in ATO zone yesterday.
Map of attacks in ATO zone in the last 24 hours
Here is report posted today by Press Center of Headquarters of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news
Pro-Russian militants continue to shell fortifications of Armed Forces of Ukraine located in ATO zone. In the last 24 hours they attacked our positions near Donetsk and Mariupol 69 times.
Mortar attacks on Ukrainian fortifications in Zaitseve and Mayorsk continued. The enemy was using mortars of 120 and 82 mm caliber. Our positions in Krasnohorivka, Verhnyotoretske, Talakivka and Pavlopil were also shelled by mortars.
After military activity near Mariinka during the day the enemy continued to shell our positions using grenade launchers and small firearms.
The situation in other areas along the contact line was also tense. Positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine in Opytne, Troitske, Pisky and Avdiivka were shelled with the use of grenade launchers and high caliber machine guns.
National Security and Defense Council reported that 7 Ukrainian soldier were wounded in the last 24 hours and no soldier was killed. See report here.
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine opened “Mariinka” Checkpoint today in the morning. You can see their report here. It was closed yesterday after attacks from the side of pro-Russian militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. In total 13 508 people and 3 051 vehicles crossed the contact line via 4 checkpoints in Donetsk (3) and Lugansk Regions (1) going to and out of occupied territory.
Today Ukrainian authorities had to close one of the biggest checkpoints of Donetsk Regions “Marrinka” after numerous attacks from the side of pro-Russian militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
People going through “Mariinka” checkpoint in Donetsk Region
“Mariinka” checkpoint is one of the routes people were using to cross the contact line. Every day over 5000 people were going in and out of occupied territory of Donetsk Region. According to data released by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine 5480 people and 1235 vehicles passed by “Mariinka” checkpoint yesterday.
Entering Mariinka village located on the contact line in Donetsk Region
Just in one week there were 98 attacks on positions of the forces of the Anti-Terrorist Operations near Mariinka villages and that was the highest number since the beginning of this year. So the life of civilians was in danger.
Security Service of Ukraine released new evidence that proves involvement of Russian officers of Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in training militant’s of so-called Donetsk People’s Republics. Russian officers were going in and out of occupied territory of Donbass as members of a group that monitors cease-fire violations in the area and helps to stop fire from both sides of the conflict. Border control found books with military instructions on various subjects, DPR insignia of different pro-Russian militants units and medals given to Russian offices by DPR for their “fight against Ukrainian aggression”.
Russian officer of JCCC had a flag of Donetsk People’s Republic with him
During rotation of Russian part of JCCC mission on January 27 at border control Ukrainian officers found 14 books on military affairs with limited access “For official use only” that Russian officers captain Sergey Kutsenko and major Aleksandr Kornik had with them, the books were on these subjects:
installation of machine guns on vehicles;
blasting operations and mine clearance;
building fortifications and defensive structures;
Military books that Russian officers of JCCC had with them
Russian officer Andrey Akimov had different patronymic name that didn’t match his ID. Captain Sergey Kutsenko was not in the lists and border guards made a decision to send both back to Russian Federation.
On February 2 2016 border guards at “Hoptivka” border control checkpoint in Kharkiv Region looked through the luggage of Russian officers and found materials that confirm that they provide support for members of terrorist organizations of DPR and LPR.
Lieutenant colonel Elizar Popov, major Sergey Trofimenko and Yuriy Frolov had original certificates issued by so-called Minister of Defense of DPR that confirmed they got medals, certificates said “Given to internationalist soldiers and commanders of Armed Forces of Donetsk People’s Republic who are rewarded for special courage, feat of arms and for support provided to Donetsk People’s Republic in a fight to stop aggression of Ukraine”. The text on the medal says “Internationalist soldier”.
Medals received by Russian soldiers from so-called Ministry of Defense of Donetsk People’s Republuc
Certificate issued by so-called Ministry of Defense of DPR to Russian office that confirms he received a medal
Col. Igor Kirsanov, the Deputy head of Russian side of JCCC, coordination officer Eduard Anisimov, major Damir Shangareev, major Aleksandr Andryushkin had teaching materials and lectures on these subjects:
using modern tank units in special circumstances;
using hand grenades, mines, explosive charges and devices while undermining bridges, buildings and other structures;
books on training specialists to use multiple rocker launching systems “Smerch”, “Uragan”, “Grad” and so on;
notebook with notes describing ways to obtain intelligence information on the ground and numerous handwritten notes with signs of cryptography.
Col. Igor Kirsanov had teaching materials on these subjects:
Recommendations on combat operations in populated areas
Forcing the water barrier
Additional manual for training program for snipers at the training camp
Manuals on different modifications of booby traps (ML-7, MS-3, the ML-8, etc.)
Reconnaissance combat missions and demining of paths to secure troops movement during military conflicts
Basics on fire damage of the enemy during combat operations
The defense of combined arms units and formations
Basics of troops movement
Tank (mechanized infantry) brigade’s or regiment assault operations at night
The forces and means of combined arms combat
Weapons of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers
The program of combat training of educational divisions of ground troops, book #5 “For intelligence units”
The performance characteristics and diagrams of various shells (cumulative, explosive, incendiary, trench, etc.)
The performance characteristics and schemes of different fusing devices (anti-train, antipersonnel, etc.)
Lectures on the mechanism, equipment and operation of BM 9A52-2 (to fire rockets), MLRS “Smerch” (9K58), 9A52
Manuals for rocket and artillery weapons
The head of Security Service of Ukraine said that those materials are directly related to military operations on occupied territories of Ukraine.
Russians also had different military insignia, flags of illegal armed groups of DPR and LPR and souvenirs that promotes terrorist groups and so-called “Novorossiya”.
Military insignia of DPR and LPR militants that Russian soldiers had with them
Security Service of Ukraine also posted video of Russian officer from JCCC who was stopped by Ukrainian border guards.
Pro-Russian militants continue to violate cease-fire agreement and there are more and more attacks on Ukrainian Army positions everyday! Today the number of violations got to the highest number since the end of August 2015. Just in the last 24 hours pro-Russian militants shelled Ukrainian fortifications 84 times, they also used weapon which was banned by Minsk protocol! In one day of Russian-style “truce” 11 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded.
Map of attacks on Ukrainian positions in ATO zone in the last 24 hours
The situation in ATO zone in the last 24 hours remains tense. Illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) shelled Ukrainian positions near Donetsk and Mariupol.
The enemy attacked our positions near Krasnohorivka 14 times using grenade launchers, small firearms and 82 mm mortars.
Ukrainian fortification in Luhanske, Mariinka, Pisky, Opytne, Novhorodske, Troitske and Shyrokyne were shelled with the use of different types of grenade launchers. Besides that the enemy used anti-aircraft guns attacking Opytne and weapon of APC attacking Novhorodske.
Our positions in Talakivka, Hnutove, Adviivka, Zaitseve, Mayorsk and Butivka coal mine were shelled by 82 and 120 mm mortars.
In total in the last 24 hours pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 84 times. In some cases our soldiers had to return fire using weapon allowed by Minsk Agreements.
Spokesman of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Lysenko has reported that 11 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldier was killed. See report here. At the same time there were no cease-fire violations registered in Lugansk Region.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2015 #ICRC assisted 350,000 people with food rations, 370,000 people – hygiene and household items, 130,000 people – construction materials
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
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
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.