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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.

29 attacks of Ukrainian Army positions reported by ATO press center in the last 24 hours

ATO press center reported 29 attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in the last 24 hours. Pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire agreement mostly near Donetsk using small firearms, grenade launchers and weapon of APC. 6 Ukrainian solider were wounded and no KIA.

Andriy Zadubinny, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Andriy Zadubinny, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below is the report of ATO headwaters press center made today on January 21 2016, you can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The situation in ATO zone is not calm. Militants of illegal armed groups continue to violated cease-fire agreements.

Most of the cases of cease-fire violations that happened in the last 24 hours were registered near Donetsk Airport. Pro-Russian criminals shelled our positions using grenade launchers and small firearms near Pisky, Opytne and Butivka coal mine.

The enemy attacked fortifications of Armed Forces of Ukraine near Starohnativka using high caliber machine guns.

Our positions were shelled near Talakivka (near Mariupol), and our fortifications near Luhanske (located on the border between Donetsk and Lugansk Regions) were attacked by the enemy with the use of grenade launchers, small firearms and weapon of APC.

In total in the last 24 hours pro-Russian bandits attacked positions of ATO forces 29 times.

Later today National Security and Defense Council reported that 6 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded and nobody was killed in the last 24 hours. You can see original report in Ukrainian at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is the map of situation in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine for January 21 2016, you can see full size map at http://mediarnbo.org

Situation in ATO zone on January 21 2016

Situation in ATO zone on January 21 2016

Cease-fire was violated 28 times by pro-Russian militants near Donetsk in the last 24 hours

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation, has reported today in the morning that pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire agreements 28 times near Donetsk in the last 24 hours. Ukrainian positions were attacked with the use of 82 mm mortars and tanks, banned by Minsk Agreements.

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below is the report made by press center of ATO headquarters published today in the morning, you can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

In the last 24 hours militants of pro-Russian illegal armed group used weapon against ATO forces 28 times.

Most of cease-fire violations happened along the contact line between Horlivka and Svitlodarsk and near temporarily occupied Donetsk.

Last night our positions near Novhorodske were shelled again with the use of 82 mm mortars, high caliber machine guns, grenade launchers and also a tank, banned by Minsk Agreements. The enemy also used weapon of BMP armored vehicle attacking fortifications of ATO forces.

Starting from 18:00 yesterday and till midnight Russian-terrorist hybrid armed groups made several armed provocations using small firearms near Mariinka, Opytne, Avdiivka, Troitske, Novhorodske, Zaytseve and Luhanske.

The enemy sniper attacked Ukrainian soldiers near Opytne and Novhorodske.

The enemy didn’t use weapon in Lugansk Region and near Mariupol.

Starting from midnight and till 6 am the enemy used small firearms only one time near Novhorodske.

Map of cease-fire violations near Donetsk in the last 24 hours

Map of cease-fire violations near Donetsk in the last 24 hours

Security Service neutralized anti-Ukrainian group in Lysychansk that worked for terrorists

Security Service neutralized a group in Lysychansk that planned to create anti-Ukrainian resistance following orders of terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.

Ex-paratrooper detained in Lysychansk

Ex-paratrooper detained in Lysychansk

Ex-paratrooper who escaped mobilization to Armed Forces of Ukraine was the leader of that group. He was planning to join terrorists of “LPR” and make “a career” there. While the group was planning to create resistance they were sending information to terrorists about location of units of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO)

Another member of the group was collecting information. The woman was getting information from military and personnel of ATO forces. Professional IT guy was sending encrypted data via electronic channels. The information was sent to curator of the group who was a member of one the terrorist organization.

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

12 POW exchanged today near Donetsk. 156 Ukrainian hostages are still on the list, 11 in Russia.

12 Ukrainian POW were released today in the morning after long negotiation process. The exchange was in a format 1 for 1. It was at Ukrainian checkpoint in Mariinka near Donetsk. 1 released Ukrainian decided to stay in Horlyvka where his family lives, the city is located on the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. It was planned to exchange POW at night, but Ukrainian group got under heavy fire near the contact line and it was decided to wait till the morning.

12 Ukrainian hostages released today during POW exchange near Donetsk

12 Ukrainian hostages released today during POW exchange near Donetsk

Among those 12 hostages there are some who were kept by terrorists for a year, some were in Ilovaisk and got released. One of those who were released decided to stay with his family that lives in Horlyvka… There were difficult negotiations for several months, the last stage took place yesterday in Minsk and in Donetsk Region and the operation was successful. It was not easy for us in Minsk. But it’s much more difficult for our colleagues as they got under fire last night. I thank Budyk, Ruban for their work and courage and I thank Security Service and Ministry of Defense for their great job that helped to release hostages. There is result in coordination and cooperation.

– Iryna Gerashchenko, see post at www.facebook.com/iryna.gerashchenko

At the briefing Iryna Gerashchenko said that the President of Ukraine during each international meeting raises the question of that part of Minsk Agreement that says about release of all hostage. The Security Service of Ukraine coordinates that process.

In the list of people who were illegally detained are 156 names, those are military, represantatives of volunteer battalions and civilians. At the say time 11 Ukrainian people are in Russian prisons, among them are Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Setsov and others.

According to Minsk Agreements all hostages must be released including those heroes who were kidnapped and illegally taken to the territory of Russian Federation. The President of Ukraine and the Minister of Foreign Affairs raise this questing during all international meetings and emphasize that Russia ignores that point of Minsk Agreements and they demand from Russia to release those hostages and ask from the world for adequate reaction on Russian actions.

– Iryna Gerashchenko

During ATO operation 2882 people were released. See more details at www.president.gov.ua

Later today Ukrainian Military TV posted the video of POW exchange.

Last POW exchange was near Lugansk on July 10, 10 Ukrainian soldiers were released, see details at 10 Ukrainian hostages released. Soldiers exchanged 10×10 on Shchastya bridge.

Terrorists group coordinated from Russia was neutralized in Kharkov Region.

Security Service of Ukraine neutralized terrorist group in Kharkov Region. That group was coordinated and financed by the leader of terrorist organization “Oplot” Evgeny Zhilin.

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

The group was created in April 2015 by one of the leaders of terrorist organization “Ministry of State Security of Donetsk People’s Republic” who has nickname “Tank”. Later he gave control of the group to Zhilin. The group consisted of 3 people who lived in Kharkov and were in prison before. They were planning terrorist attacks and collected information about ATO units.

Members of this saboteur group were travelling to Belgorod (Russian Federation) on a regular basis, they were reporting to Russian secret service there and to Zhilin, who was sending money to their bank accounts.

In order to coordinate the group directly, “Tank” sent another female terrorist with nickname “Lisa” (“Fox” in Russian). Starting from the end of last year she took active part in military actions in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions against Armed Forces of Ukraine.

All members of the group were detained. They had RPG-18 grenade launcher, self-made bombs, different kind of grenades and so on.

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

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

Terrorists continue to attack residential areas on Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region.

In the last 24 hours illegal armed groups continued their aggression in Lugansk Region. They shelled at Krymske and Stanytsia Luhanska. George Tuka said that terrorists started to shell residential areas on another bank of Siverskiy Donets river to satisfy their sadistic desires.

Attacks in Lugansk Region in the last 24 hours

Attacks in Lugansk Region in the last 24 hours

Terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic shelled at Krymske village using a tank. The shell exploded near Ukrainian checkpoint. At the same time a sapper of 24th Mechanized Brigade was wounded while demining the area near Krymske. He was evacuated to the hospital in Severodonetsk.

Stanytsia Luhanska was shelled from 22:00 till 01:00 from “Vasylyok” mortars, ATGM and automatic grenade launchers and with the use of firearms. A house on Lermontova St. got on fire. Gas pipeline was also damaged, but it was fixed before the morning.

50 y.o. civilian from Valuiske village was wounded at 16:00 in the area of control crossing point to Lugansk city which is not working now.

Terrorists started to shell civilians in residential areas on the other side of Seiverskiy Donetsk river for their sadistic desires. Lugansk Regional Military-Civil Administration closed that crossing point to occupied territories long time ago as that was dangerous for civilians.

– George Tuka, the head of Lugansk Region.

Reported by Lugansk Regional State Administration at www.facebook.com/odalug

ATO adviser in Lugansk Region Ruslan Tkachuk has reported that the number of cease-fire violations has decreased and from August 18 till the morning of August 19 terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions 12 times. In the previous 24 hours there 22 attacks. See his report at ato.lisichansk.in.ua

ATO Press Center: 106 attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.

During the night the situation in ATO zone got much worse. Russian-terrorists troops were shelling Ukrainian positions near Donetsk starting from 6 pm till midnight non-stop. In total in the last 24 hours illegal armed groups broke cease-fire agreement 106 times. 78 times of Minks Agreements violations were registered near Donetsk. After midnight on August 7 terrorists continued their attacks in Donetsk Region.

106 attacks in the last 24 hours in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions

106 attacks in the last 24 hours in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions

At about 8 pm yesterday terrorists shelled Avdiivka twice using 122 mm artillery. Starting from 10 pm the enemy attacked ATO forces positions in Opytne 4 times using tanks and 3 times shelled at Avdiivka. From 6 pm till midnight the enemy shelled Ukrainian fortifications in Pisky 7 times using 120 mm mortars and at about 11 pm they shelled Pisky using 122 mm artillery.

From 7:25 pm till 9 pm there was a fight between Ukrainian forces and the enemy near Krasnohorivka village. A group of terrorists, about 20 men, were trying to storm Ukrainian fortification using automatic weapon and 120 mm mortars. The enemy retreated as a result of the fight.

In Artyomovsk direction, at night positions of ATO forces in Sanzharivka and Zolote were shelled by 120 mm mortars.

From 10:05 pm till 10:25 pm the enemy violated Minsk Agreements and shelled Troitske village using MRLS BM-21 “Grad”.

It was relatively quiet near Mariupol. During the night terrorists used automatic weapon twice near Chermalyk trying to provoke Ukrainian soldiers.

Reported by ATO Press Center at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Russian soldiers run away leaving ammo on a battlefield. ATO Press Center report in Lugansk Region.

Yesterday on July 23 at about 22:30 terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic shelled fired at a bus of 24th “Aidar” battalion. They fired 2 times using RPG-26 grenade launcher. This happened near Kryakivka village located on Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region.

Ammo left on a battlefield by Russian soldiers

Ammo left on a battlefield by Russian soldiers

The commander of the brigade of Ukrainian Army sent a group of scouts to the location where the incident happened. When Ukrainian scouts were getting close to the place they noticed illegal armed group of 6-8 men. Ukrainian solders opened fire and chased Russian saboteurs. Russian soldiers run away and left ammo on a battlefield.

There were no casualties among soldiers of “Aidar” battalion or Ukrainian Army scouts.

Kryakivka, Lugansk Region.

Kryakivka, Lugansk Region.

Terrorists unit left food packages manufactured in Russian Federation by “RUSKON” company www.ruskon.ru exclusively for the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation, that information can be seen in product description on their website. It says that it is part of all type of MRE used by Russia.

Russian MRE found on a battlefield

Russian MRE found on a battlefield

Russian MRE description at www.ruskon.ru

Russian MRE description at www.ruskon.ru

In the photo below is a grenade manufactured in 2011 in Russian Federation and this modification is used by Russian Army, but never been exported to Ukraine.

Grenade used by Russian Army

Grenade used by Russian Army

Among other weapon left by Russian unit were landmines MON-50 manufactured in 1987.

MON-50 landmines left by Russian unit on a battlefield

MON-50 landmines left by Russian unit on a battlefield

Reported by Ruslan Tkachuk, ATO adviser in Lugansk Region at ato.lisichansk.in.ua

Previously 2 Russian GRU soldiers were captured near Shchastya city in Lugansk Region on May 16, 2015. Read report here: “I am a soldier of Russian Federation”. Full translation of the video of Russian POW published by Ukrainian soldier. On July 25, 2015, another Russian soldier was captured in Donetsk Region, read report here: Russian army officer captured on Ukrainian checkpoint near Donetsk with a truck full of ammo.

ATO Press Center reports that pro-Russian terrorists attacked Ukrainian village in Donetsk Region.

On July 24 pro-Russian terrorist groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic shelled Ukrainian village Novgorodske located in Donetsk Region using high caliber incendiary rounds.

Houses are burning in Novgorodske village of Donetsk Region after terrorists attack

Houses are burning in Novgorodske village of Donetsk Region after terrorists attack

The weather was dry and hot and houses of local people started to burn after shelling. Ukrainian military of ATO forces arrived to help to stop fire, but terrorists attacked them and didn’t let to save burning houses.

Houses are burning in Novgorodske village of Donetsk Region after terrorists attack

Houses are burning in Novgorodske village of Donetsk Region after terrorists attack

Russian-terrorist forces continue to violate Minsk Agreements and shell residential areas and positions of ATO forces.

Novgorodske village in Donetsk Region was attacked by pro-Russian terrorists

Novgorodske village in Donetsk Region was attacked by pro-Russian terrorists

Reported by ATO Press Center at www.facebook.com/ato.news

ATO Press Center also posted video from Novgorodske, it is available here.