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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Pro-Russian rebels banned all humanitarian organizations on the territory of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. Only International Committee of Red Cross was allowed to operate in the part of Lugansk Region which is not under Ukraine authorities control right now. All operations of UN on the territory of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic were also stopped.
Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of United Nations
On September 24 Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of United Nations, expressed his concern because “the authorities on the East of Ukraine” ordered to stop all operations of UN in Lugansk. The staff of UN institution was told to leave the territory by September 25. Also several international NGOs were informed that they must leave “republic” before September 26.
I am concerned by messages that de facto authorities on the East of Ukraine ordered to institutions of UN in Lugansk to stop all operations and leave the area by tomorrow, September 25.
– Stephen O’Brien
Under-Secretary-General of UN said that he’s also concerned regarding situation with accreditation and registration of international NGOs in Donetsk
Decision of de facto authorities in Donetsk regarding further operations hasn’t been made yet and operations of all UN institutions of UN stopped.
– Stephen O’Brien
O’Brien said that this situation is a threat for lives of people and old people, women and kids will be left without most essential things.
Coordinator of humanitarian aid reminded that humanitarian situation in the region is hard. He said that hospitals don’t have enough of medicine, including insulin and vaccine against tuberculosis. Doctors can’t do surgeries because there is no anesthesia. 150 thousands of people don’t get food sets every month, 1.3 million of people have problems with water. Over 30 thousands can’t get construction materials that they need in order to fix their houses.
At the same time about 16 tons of humanitarian aid including food can’t be delivered to people who need that. Stephen O’Brien said that actions of “de facto authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk” brutally violate international humanitarian laws. He demanded to renew the work of UN and other international NGOs immediately. He also addressed to those who can influence “de facto authorities” and convince them not to create obstacles in delivering humanitarian aid to those who need it. Reported at www.un.org
Ihor Roznatovskyi fullfils medical prescriptions for patients at an MSF mobile clinic in the town of Sukodolsk near to Lugansk, May 2015.
We find the decision unacceptable given the significant medical and humanitarian needs of people affected by the ongoing conflict in Lugansk. MSF has been one of the few international organisations providing vital assistance in Lugansk for more than a year. We have been dedicated to supporting doctors and nurses to be able to carry on their crucial work. As in all conflict zones where MSF works, our only aim has been to help vulnerable people, no matter their political beliefs or which side of the frontline they find themselves on.
So far the only humanitarian organization that was allowed to work in Lugansk is International Committee of Red Cross. But even they have problems. Yesterday at about 15:00 8 cargo trucks with humanitarian aid from ICRC went through the checkpoint “Bugas” to the territory of Donetsk Region which is currently under control of illegal armed groups.
But after 3 hours those truck with food and other supply came back, because illegal armed groups didn’t let them go through. This was reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua
Anyway, today ICRC managed to deliver insulin to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, to Snezhnoye, Yasinovata, Torez, Khartsyzsk, Kirovskoye and Amvrosiyevka.
ICRC delivered insulin to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic
In one of the photos posted by Border Guard Service of Ukraine you can see marking in Russian on the boxes that were inside the truck. Those grenades were supplied to pro-Russian terrorists from Russia since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine. On the video posted on September 29, 2014, the terrorists are shelling at Ukrainian army positions near Donetsk Airport using same OG-7V fragmentation grenades. See the video below.
Ukrainian border guards shot down Russian drone “Zastava”. It was collecting information about positions of Ukrainian Army 1.5 km deep inside Ukraine territory in Lugansk Region about 25 km from the contact line with so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. This drone is actually Bird Eye 400 UAV manufactured in Russia after the contract was signed in 2012 with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). This drone costs 2 million USD.
Russian drone “Zastava” aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV shot down in Ukraine
Ukrainian Border Guard Service posted photos of the Russian drone at their website here dpsu.gov.ua and they also posted video on their YouTube channel.
The drone was spotted between Harasymivka village (Ukraine) and Ushakovka village (Russian Federation)
Russian “Zastava” drone shot down 25 km from contact line
IAI’s Malat Division Bird Eye 400 is a mini-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) member of the Bird Eye family of mini and micro UAV systems designed for tactical reconnaissance. One Bird Eye 400 system is packaged into two carries and can be assembled within several minutes. It features low acoustic signature and 80 minutes of flight endurance.
Bird Eye 400 can be operated by one or two soldiers in support of small military fighting units. The operator establishes the flight path before the launch of the UAV system on a computer. Once launched, the Bird Eye 400 operates autonomously using a digital map and pre-programmed flight coordinates control. This kind of UAV are electrically powered by a battery.
Those Israel drones like “Zastava” and “Forpost” are manufactured by Russian company JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” uwca.ru. In the photo posted by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine you can clearly see the logo and the name of Russian company and the serial number of the drone 355. There is also the name of UAV “Zastava” on the plate.
JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” information on the plate on the “Zastava” drone and number of the UAV
For some reason Ukrainian border guards removed some information before posting the photo of the drone. See the picture below.
Some information removed from the photo of Zastava Russian drone
The signs that are removed are actually details on the drone battery and antenna, those parts are not manufactured in Russia and are supplied by Israel companies. The battery of the drone is manufactured by Amicell – Amit Industries Ltd. http://www.amicell.co.il We found very detailed photos of this Israel drone used by Russian intelligence units since 2011 here http://twower.livejournal.com/757224.html
Israel Amicell – Amit Industries Ltd. battery on Russian “Zastava” drone
As you can see Amicell logo and battery details can help identify parts supplier.
Recently on April 6, 2015, Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation posted a tender searching for a contractor who can provide technical support for two types of drones – “Zastava” and “Forpost”. See tender details at http://zakupki.gov.ru
According to information posted in the tender specifications Russia has 10 “Forpost” drones and 27 “Zastava” drones. See report in Russian here The author of the analysis provided the list of army units with the number and type of the drones in each unit.
military unit # 20924 (Kolomna city, Moscow Region) – 2 “Forpost”, 1 “Zastava”
military unit # 30866 (Chernyakhovsk city, Kaliningrad Region) – 2 “Forpost”
military unit # 44936 (Budyonovsk city, Stavropol Krai and Mozdok city, North Ossetia) – 2 “Forpost”
military unit # 49324 (Severomorsk city, Murmansk Region) – 2 “Forpost”
military unit # 69262 (Elizarovo town, Kamchatka Kray) – 2 “Forpost”
military unit # 04436 (Gyumri city, Armenia) – 2 “Zastava”
military unit # 20634 (Vladikavkaz city, North Ossetia) – 2 “Zastava”
military unit # 63354 (Buynaksk city, Dagestan) – 2 “Zastava”
military unit # 41659 (Aleysk city, Altay Krai) – 3 “Zastava”
military unit # 12128 (Totskoye city, Chelyabinsk Region) – 2 “Zastava”
military unit # 01162 (Dushanbe city, Tajikistan) – 1 “Zastava”
military unit # 05812 (Iturup island, Kuril Islands) and unit # 05812 (Khabarovsk city) – 4 “Zastava”
military unit # 71289 (Ussuriysk city, Primorsky Krai) – 2 “Zastava”
military unit # 08275 (Pechenega town, Murmansk Region) – 3 “Zastava”
military unit # 02511 (Kamenka town, Leningrad Region) – 2 “Zastava”
military unit # 90151 (Gusev town, Kaliningrad Region) – 3 “Zastava”
According to the tender they total cost of parts and tech support of “Forpost” and “Zastava” drones should not be more that 5,243,568.23 Rubles for 1 “Forpost” UAV and no more than 779,228.63 Rubles for 1 “Zastava” UAV.
UPDATE. This is the 2nd confirmed “Zastava” drone lost by Russia over Ukrainian territory. Almost exactly a year ago on July 24, 2014, Ukrainian Border Guard Service reported that they found Russian “Zastava” UAV in Kharkov Region 2 km from the border. See original full size photos and details at dpsu.gov.ua
Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2015
In the photo of the drone found in 2014 you can see the logo of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on the camera and the number “280” assigned by Russian Military. There is also original serial number on some parts and switches ON/OFF in English. So it’s a big question how many Russian parts are in those drones. Bellow are few other photos of this UAV found in 2014.
Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014
Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014
Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014