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Terrorists attacked checkpoint in Luhansk Region with RPG while civilians were crossing it

Today in the morning two terrorists attacked Ukrainian checkpoint “Stanytsia Luhanska” located on the way out of Lugansk to government-controlled part of the Region. The were moving in the line of people crossing the checkpoint from the side of LPR controlled territory. About 300-500 meters before the checkpoint they got out of the line and launched 2 grenades using RPG. 1 Ukrainian soldier was wounded. Civilians were not hurt. Locals reported that OSCE observers were at the place right after attack. Checkpoint got closed. That was the only operating checkpoint in Luhansk Region. About 5 000 people were crossing that checkpoint daily.

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Here is the information posted by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Today in the morning 2 unidentified men attacked Ukrainian Army positions located at “Stanytsia Luhanska” checkpoint.

Two unidentified men who were moving in the line of people moving in the direction to the checkpoint “Stanytsia Luhanska” got out of the line in about 300-500 meters before the checkpoint and wend down to the field. After that they stopped and made two launches from RPG. One grenade hit Stella located near the checkpoint, another grenade hit fortifications where Ukrainian soldiers were located. One soldier was wounded. Civilians were not hurt.

It was decided to temporarily stop the work of the checkpoint. People who were crossing the contact line were taken to the safe area.

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

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

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.

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

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.

3 Ukrainian soldiers killed and 5 wounded after 2 attacks in Lugansk Region today

3 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 5 wounded after 2 attacks made by pro-Russian terrorists in Lugansk Region. In both cases groups of Ukrainian soldiers were attacked while moving on Government-controlled territory close to the contact line.

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

1st report was made by Lugansk Regional State Administration at www.facebook.com/odalug

Today on March 1 on the road between Novotoshkivske and Hirske a vehicle with soldiers of 80th Brigade was hit by a mine. 3 soldiers died and 2 were wounded.

Later commander of 92nd separate mechanized brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Nikolyuk reported about the attack on the joint mobile group that fights with smugglers in Lugansk Region. See full report at www.5.ua

Commander of 92nd separate mechanized brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Nikolyuk

Commander of 92nd separate mechanized brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Nikolyuk

Today at about 11 am near Tryokhizbenka village on the territory close to the militant-controlled area there was an attack on the joint group “Shchastya”. Soldiers of the group got different types of wounds.

– Viktor Nikolyuk

According to his information terrorists used RPG, small firearms and machine guns. After attack the group got to Tryokhizbenka and wounded got 1st medical help.

Soldiers of the group asked our soldiers to help them. We gave them 2 support groups, a group of 92nd separate mechanized brigade and a group of police unit “Lugansk-1″ that were located in that area.

– Viktor Nikolyuk

After soldiers started to move they were attacked with the use of small firearms. The commander of a group made a decision to return fire reported commander.

Nataliia Meshcheriakova who works at special unit “Phantom” of State Fiscal Service of Ukraine reported more details of the attack and posted photos of the vehicle that was hit with RPG at her page here

Mobile group was attacked again between Tryokhizbenka and Lopaskyne with the use of RPG and small firearms. 2 officers of Security Service of Ukraine were wounded by shrapnel, one soldier of Armed Forces of Ukraine was wounded in the chest. RPG entered in the front, went through the vehicle and got out on the side.

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

Vehicle of joint mobile group after RPG attack

On September 2 2015 similar attack happened in that location. Terrorists also attacked the joint group that fights with smugglers. 2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 6 more wounded. See this detailed report Vehicle with Ukrainian soldiers attacked near contact line in Lugansk Region: 2 KIA and 6 WIA

Security Service stopped illegal traffic of fuel and detained men who tried to bring 4.5 mln RUB to occupied territory

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

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

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

A man was trying to take huge amount of cash to LPR-controlled territory

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

Over 21 thousand people crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday

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

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

Donetsk Region:

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;

Lugansk Region:

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.

Smugglers were trying to get 740K UAH and 298 bank cards to Lugansk from Kharkiv via Russia

Security Service of Ukraine detained a woman who was trying to get 740K UAH in cash and 298 bank cards to Lugansk city controlled by pro-Russian militants. Money and cards were hidden in bags with flour. Smugglers planned to cross the border with Russia in Kharkiv Region and after that get to the territory controlled by militants of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.

Smugglers hid money and bank cards in bags with flour

Smugglers hid money and bank cards in bags with flour

The report was posted by Security Service today at www.sbu.gov.ua

Security Service officers detained 48 years old woman from Lugansk at “Chugunivka” checkpoint, she was trying to take out of Ukraine 740 thousands of UAH and 298 bank cards illegally. The destination point of the trip of the courier was the territory of Lugansk Region which is temporarily under control of terrorist organization “LPR”. The criminal hid the money and bank cards from customs in bags with flour.

– Security Service of Ukraine

Money and bank cards found by Security Service at the border with Russia

Money and bank cards found by Security Service at the border with Russia

Just few days ago on February 21 a resident of Lugansk was trying to bring 850 thousands UAH in cash from Russia to Ukraine. He was stopped at the Ukrainian border in Kharkiv region. According to information Security Service has he was planning to use the money to finance separatist and terrorist activity in Ukraine. The report was posted by Security Service at www.sbu.gov.ua

Money found by Security Service in a minivan of a smuggler

Money found by Security Service in a minivan of a smuggler

46 years old resident of Lugansk Region was trying to bring 850 thousands UAH from Russia to Ukraine. The smuggle hid money inside structural niches of his minivan. According to information Security Service had the money would be used to finance separatist and terrorist activity in Ukraine

– Security Service of Ukraine

So just in the last 3 days Security Service stopped illegal traffic of 1.5 million UAH in cash into and out of territories controlled by pro-Russian terrorists.