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
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
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
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.
Press secretary of National Police in Lugansk Region Tetyana Pogukay has reported that the Mayor of Starobilsk Volodymyr Zhyvaga was found seriously wounded last night and died on the way to the hospital. He was a member of Party of Regions before.
We just got information that the Mayor of Starobilsk Volodymyr Zhyvaga died in the ambulance vehicle, he was seriously wounded in the head. Security found Voldymyr Zhyvaga on the ground at 22:00 while paroling the territory of Starobilsk City Hall.
Volodymyr Zhyvaga was elected as a Mayor of Starobilsk during local elections in October 25 2015, he got 31.1% of the votes. He was a member of “Nash Kray” political party. The leaders of the Party are former members of Party of Regions. Volodymyr Zhyvaga was previously elected as a Deputy of Lugansk Regional Council twice, he was a member of Party of Regions at that time. His data is still available at the website of Lugansk Regional Council here www.oblrada.lg.ua
Yesterday on Feb 16 2016 early in morning at 8:18 am Russian troops used “TOR” SAM aka SA-15 “Gauntlet” in Lugansk city which is controlled by militants of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. The sound of heavy explosion was heard in the city center, West and South of Lugansk. The rocket exploded about 40 seconds later (some locals report from 1 to 2 min after first sound of explosion) in the air above dense residential area, the head of the rocket was found in the South part of Lugansk also in dense residential area. Luckily nobody got wounded and no damages reported. So far there is no information about the target (could be Ukrainian drone). Ukraine doesn’t have “TOR” missile systems since 2001. 1st time “TOR” was spotted as part of Russian military convoy moving through the territory of Lugansk Region in Krasnodon town, it was going in the direction of Russian border on September 3 2014. See report with videos about that in English here.
Head of 9M331 missile used by “TOR” SAM found in Lugansk
Local residents took several photos of the head of 9M331 missile which is used by Russian “TOR” SAM system. You can compare to high-res photo of the head of the rocket posted at Wikipedia
Head of 9M330 rocket used by “TOR” SAM system posted at Wikipedia
Here is also another photo of the remains of of 9M331 missile that was used during military excises in Russian Federation. As you can see it perfectly matches the part of the rocket found in Lugansk.
Part of 9M331 missile after military exercises in Russia
Below more photos of the head of the rocket. As you can see it landed very close to the houses. People in the military uniform are militants of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPT) who arrived very fast after the incident was reported. They removed remains of the rocket before any local media got to the place. This incident was not reported by any official media that represent LPR authorities.
Head of 9M331 missile used by “TOR” SAM found in Lugansk
Head of 9M331 missile used by “TOR” SAM found in Lugansk
Head of 9M331 missile used by “TOR” SAM found in Lugansk
Shortly after the incident the video was posted. In the video you can see same area and same crater from the impact. But the head part of the rocket was already removed.
Screenshot from the video taken at the impact location
See the video below.
We talked to a witness who saw smoke trail going high in the air immediately after the loud sound of explosion. Similar smoke trail was photographed after BUK launch that shot down MH17 flight.
I woke up at 9:18 am (local time in Lugansk is same as in Moscow right now, Kiev time was 8:18). I could see Kambrod (area of Lugansk) very clear from the balcony. There was huge smoke trail somewhere behind Gorkiy Park, like something exploded. But it disappeared fast because of the wind… The rocket could be launched from Aleksandrovsk military training ground, that was the trail from the launch that I saw. The smoke trail was very high… That was the first explosion that I missed. Shortly after that the rocket exploded… and it exploded so loud that all city could hear…
Just behind the Gorkiy Park there is military training ground. So that location is perfect for the launch and matches to what witnesses reported.
Other witnesses reported the location where the rocket actually exploded in the air. That happened about 4.6 km from the rocket launch site. After explosion small debris started to fall down on the ground.
I was inside my apartment when I heard first explosion. After that I went to the window and about 25 seconds later I heard second explosion. And I saw how small black debris were falling down on the roof of the building in front of my house.
Militants immediately arrived to that location and they were collecting even smallest debris, like 5 cm in size. That process took them several hours and they left the area only after 2 pm (local Lugansk time). Residents saw some parts that could be remains of the body of the rocket and tail. One of the militants was securing the location and there was some flat piece (black color) 15 x 25 cm in size on the ground and another round piece (also black color) about 30 cm in diameter with two wires sticking out of it.
Below we marked everything on the Google Map: the launch site, location where the rocket exploded, area where debris were found and exact location where the head of the rocket landed leaving small crater in the ground.
We also marked same data in the picture below.
Map that shows “TOR” SAM launch site, explosion coordinates and head of the rocket
The maximum distance “TOR” rocket can travel is 12 km. It’s about 20 km to the nearest Ukrainian Army positions. Separatists media totally ignored the incident like nothing happened. More likely “TOR” SAM system was delivered from Russia and it was operated by Russian soldiers. That’s why authorities of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic are trying to hide the incident. Observers from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission already visited location where the head of the rocket found, but there is no report from them about that yet.
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 stopped illegal mechanism that was used to issue passports of Ukrainian citizen to residents of the territory which is temporarily occupied by terrorists.
Detained head of local department of Migration Office who was selling passports
The procedure was organized by a representative of one of the illegal armed groups of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). According to information available now passports were also ordered to legalize militants on Government-controlled territory.
Courier of terrorists was delivering all documents needed to issue a passport to departments of State Migration Service of Ukraine in Lugansk Region located on the territory controlled by Ukrainian authorities. Officials of one of the departments were issuing new passports illegally, they were renewing damaged or lost passports. People who were ordering passports were paying about 40 USD for each new ID.
Officers of Security Service of Ukraine detained courier first, he had about 20 passports and other documents of residents of temporary occupied territories. Later they detained the head of one of the departments of Migration Service in his office while he was getting almost 4000 UAH bribe. He got the money for 4 passports.
Investigators of Security Service of Ukraine started criminal case according to Part 1 of Article 258-3 and Part 3 of Article 368 of Criminal Code of Ukraine.
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.