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Pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 15 times in Lugansk Region

Lugansk Regional State Administration posted new report on the situation in the area. Pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 15 times using 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers, machine guns and small firearms.

Photo by Lugansk Regional State Administration

Below is the report posted at Facebook page of Lugansk Regional State Administration today.

ATO news: the situation in Popasna direction got worse.

In the last 24 hours Russian-occupational troops increased military activity and violated cease-fire 15 times.

Occupants shelled Novooleksandrivka and Novozvanivka 11 times using 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers of different types, high caliber machine guns and other small firearms weapon.

Also cease-fire violations were registered yesterday near Tryokhizbenka and Krymske villages of Novoaidarsk Rayon, and near Zolote town and Troitske village of Popasna Rayon, the enemy used different types of small firearms there.

Security Service of Ukraine detained local resident responsible for 2 terrorist attacks in Odessa

Security Service of Ukraine detained local resident who took part in terrorist attacks in Odessa in February and in April 2014. After attacks he was hiding in the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic, but returned to Odessa after two years with new tasks from the leaders of pro-Russian terrorists where he was immediately captured.

LPR terrorist detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Odessa

LPR terrorist detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Odessa

Here are detailed posted by Security Service of Ukraine at their website www.ssu.gov.ua

Detained resident of Odessa took part in attack on a supermarket and office of one of Ukrainian political parties, both located in apartment buildings. After those attacks this man was hiding in so-called “LPR” performing various tasks of terrorists.

After 2 years the leaders of militants decided that there was no danger for the terrorist on government-controlled territory of Ukraine and sent him to Odessa with new tasks.

Security Service officers detained the saboteur right after he returned. There were two self-made bombs found in his apartment that were armed with metal elements.

Criminal case based on Article 258 (act of terrorism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine was started.

Self-made bomb found in the apartment of LPR terrorist in Odessa

Self-made bomb found in the apartment of LPR terrorist in Odessa

On April 20 2014 a group of pro-Russian terrorist burnt “Silpo” supermarket in Odessa throwing Molotov cocktails. After that they posted a video and run a poll in social networks asking to help them to choose next target.

April 20 2014 a group of pro-Russian terrorist burnt "Silpo" supermarket in Odessa throwing Molotov cocktails

April 20 2014 a group of pro-Russian terrorist burnt “Silpo” supermarket in Odessa throwing Molotov cocktails

In the video below you can see a group of men who are throwing Molotov cocktails in the supermarket. The supermarket was located on the ground floor of apartment complex, so that could cause big fire burning apartments above it.


Just two months before that a group of unidentified people burnt Odessa’s office of Batkivschina political party run by Yulia Tymoshenko. The office of the party was also located on the ground floor of apartment building. The photos were posted by local Odessa news media at http://odessa-life.od.ua

Odessa's office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

Odessa’s office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

Odessa's office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

Odessa’s office of Batkivschina political party burnt in Feb 2014 by pro-Russian terrorists

Security Service of Ukraine prevented another terrorist attack at railways near Kharkiv

Security Service of Ukraine detained a saboteur of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic right after he set bombs at railways close to Izyum station (124 km to Kharkiv). Those tracks are regularly used to transport military vehicles of Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Detained DPR terrorists who planned to blow up railways near Kharkiv

Detained DPR terrorists who planned to blow up railways near Kharkiv

The person who appeared to be local resident was recruited in January 2016 by representative of so-called Ministry of State Security of DPR. For 15 000 USD reward he agreed to blow up railways at Izyum train station. Security Service officers detained saboteur after he already set two bombs. Bombs were made with the use of high caliber artillery shells and 2 kg of TNT. According to received information the next target for terrorist attack were hydro technical facilities of Kharkiv Region.

The bomb made from artillery shell found on the track at Izyum station

The bomb made from artillery shell found on the track at Izyum station

Izyum train station on the map

Izyum train station on the map

Here is also a video released by Security Service of Ukraine

Reported by Security Service at www.ssu.gov.ua

Security Service of Ukraine detained Russian citizen who said he took a bomb on a flight from Dubai to Kiev

On March 25 pilots of the flight that was coming from Dubai from Kiev (Flydubai airline) reported that they had a passenger on board who said that he took a bomb on the flight. When the plane landed in Kiev officers of Security Service of Ukraine detained citizen of Russian Federation who claimed he had a bomb. The rest of the passengers were evacuated and the aircraft was checked.

Russian citizen detained by Security Service on a flight from Dubai to Kiev after he said he had a bomb

Russian citizen detained by Security Service on a flight from Dubai to Kiev after he said he had a bomb

At about 14:00 flight from Dubai to Kyiv landed at Zhuliany airport. There were 149 passengers on board, one child and 7 crew members. Right after landing one one of the passengers said that there is a bomb on board and he was planning to use it. The plane was taken to another location, passengers were evacuated. The man who said about the bomb was detained, it was Russian Federation citizen Vasiliy Nishchuk born in 1956, also another Russian citizen Viktor Kucher who was involved in that situation was also detained.

– Security Service officer Tkachuk reported at 112.ua

Passport of the Russian guy who said he had a bomb on the plane from Dubai to Kiev

Passport of the Russian guy who said he had a bomb on the plane from Dubai to Kiev

Security Service posted photos of Russian citizens documents and the video at www.ssu.gov.ua

Security Service detained 5 terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic in Odessa

Security Service of Ukraine detained 5 members of terrorist group of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic in Odessa who planned terrorists attacks in the South-East part of Ukraine.

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

The terrorists were going to attack one of the prisons of the region following instructions of Russian curators and they were planning to explode a bomb during one the religious holidays. This attack was supposed to destabilize social and political situation in the South-East of Ukraine, specially to provoke an ethnic conflict.

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

Security Service found about 1 kg of plastid, terrorists also had two anti-tank mines, two landmines, four grenade launchers and small firearms.

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

Terrorists of LPR detained in Odessa

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

 

“Triton” APC tested by Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards tested new type of APC, that’s “Triton” armored personnel carrier with mine protection. That type of APC will soon be sent to East of Ukraine. 4 vehicles were bought for Border Guard Service and will operate on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

"Triton" armored personnel carrier for Border Guard Service of Ukraine

“Triton” armored personnel carrier for Border Guard Service of Ukraine

The vehicle was tested for several days on the training ground. “Triton” will be used to support border guard units, for observation of certain areas and transferring information to control centers of border guard service.

Remotely controlled gun installed at "Triton" APC

Remotely controlled gun installed at “Triton” APC

This type of APC was specially designed by engineers for State Border Guard Service. The vehicle has armor which is equal to STANAG 4569 protection standard for armored vehicles. “Triton” can protect the crew in case anti-tank mine (6 kg TNT) explodes under it.

Radar station installed at "Triton" APC

Radar station installed at “Triton” APC

The vehicle is equipped with radar station and thermal imager. “Triton” can take extra 4 servicemen of the unit to distant locations where they can stay on duty autonomously up to 7 days. The vehicle has diesel generator, independent heating system and AC. “Triton” also has satellite systems for transferring data.

"Triton" - Ukrainian APC for Border Guard Service

“Triton” – Ukrainian APC for Border Guard Service

After previous round of testing border guards gave engineers several ideas to improve the vehicle. All that was done while preparing the vehicle for the service.

Below is a video of “Triton” APC taken during testing.

Reported by Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Russian officers of JCCC got medals from Donetsk People’s Republic for their service

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

84 attacks on Ukrainian positions and 11 wounded soldiers in 1 day of “Russian cease-fire”

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

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

Below is the report posted by Headquarters of Anti-Terrorist Operation press center today at www.facebook.com/ato.news

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.

 

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.

Two women were trying to cross Ukrainian border with documents issued in occupied Crimea and Lugansk

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine detained two women yesterday who were trying to get into Ukraine using documents issued in occupied of Crimea and Lugansk.

Passport of so-called Lugansk People's Republic

Passport of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic

One woman was detained in Kherson airport by border control service. While going through passport control a woman showed Russian international passport issued on the territory of Crimea after it was already occupied by Russia. The document has no legal power and the woman who violated Ukrainian laws will be sent back to Turkey on the return flight.

Another woman arrived to “Hoptivka” checkpoint located in Kharkiv Region yesterday. She was trying to enter the territory of Ukraine with a passport of so-called “Lugansk People’s Republic”. She got the document in Lugansk in September 2015 and she showed that document while going through border control. She explained that she left Lugansk Region with that document via border checkpoint “Izvaryne” which is officially closed now, she got to the territory of Russia. She had no problems during passport control in Russian checkpoint “Nehoteyevka”. Border control officers called for Security Service of Ukraine and took the passport.

Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua