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.
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.
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.
— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) April 9, 2016
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.