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76 attacks on Ukrainian positions in 24 hours reported by ATO Press Center

The situation in the East of Ukraine remains tense. The number of attacks on Ukrainian positions increased. ATO Press Center reported 76 cease-fire violations in the last 24 hours, mostly near Donetsk. 4 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Pro-Russian terrorists used 120 and 82 mm artillery banned by Minsk Protocol.

Map of attacks in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours

Map of attacks in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours

You can see full size map at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is the report posted by ATO Press Center today on April 6 2016, see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news.

The situation in the East of Ukraine remains difficult and has a tendency to get worse. Russian-terrorist groups shelled 76 times in the last 24 hours. There were 61 attacks in the previous 24 hours. At the same time the enemy used 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements.

It most difficult situation was near Donetsk. Despite multiple attacks with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns and small firearms Ukrainian solders defended their positions. They gave no chance for success for the enemy effectively returning the fire.

Avdiivka village remains impregnable for the enemy. Illegal armed forces attacked positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine 22 times in that area. Despite all enemy efforts our soldiers control the situation and are always one step ahead.

Positions of ATO forces were shelled with the use of banned weapon near Luhanske, Zaitseve, Opytne and Pisky. Illegal armed groups were active near Mariupol also attacking positions near Shyrokyne, Vodyane, Lebedynske and Krasnohorivka, the enemy shelled our positions 35 times there using mortars.

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 71 times near Donetsk, Mariupol and Lugansk in the last 24 hours

Headquarters of ATO Press Center reported today that pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 71 times near Donetsk, Mariupol and Lugansk in the last 24 hours. Terrorists violated cease-fire using weapon banned by Minsk Agreements, such as mortars, tanks and 122 mm artillery. No Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 7 were wounded.

Sergiy Zhmurko, speaker of ATO Press Center

Sergiy Zhmurko, speaker of ATO Press Center

Below you can read ATO Press Center report posted today, the original report in Ukraine is available at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Situation in ATO zone remains tense and controlled by Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the last 24 hours Russian mercenaries attacked positions of Ukrainian units 71 times. The highest number of attacks in the last few weeks was registered near Donetsk, there were 62 attacks there, there were also 8 attacks near Mariupol and 1 attack in Lugansk Region. 19 mortar attacks were registered all along the contact line. The situation near Avdiivka is still tense, Russian militants attacked our positions there using mortars, grenade launchers, they also used tank 2 times and 122 mm artillery. The enemy intensively shelled Ukrainian army fortifications near Zaitseve and Mayorks using mortars, grenade launchers and small firearms. Out positions near Luhanske village were shelled 3 times with the use ofAPC weapon. At about 6 pm yesterday militants shelled Ukrainian army positions near Krasnohorivka using 122 mm artillery, they fired 18 shells in total. Novoselivka, Novhorodske and Troitske were shelled by terrorists with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns and small firearms. When it got dark Russian mercenaries shelled Ukrainian army positions in Pisky and Opytne using mortars, automatic grenade launcher (AGS) and machine guns. Near Mariupol Russian mercenaries attacked fortifications of ATO forces near Hnutove using mortars and attacked our positions near Mariinka and Vodyane using grenade launchers and machine guns. Militants fired in the direction of ATO forces near Talakivka using mortars. In Lugansk Region the enemy shelled Ukrainian army fortifications near Novozvanivka village. Ukrainian army is capable to defend territorial integrity of Ukraine and stop aggressor. The strength of mind of warriors who defend their own land is much higher than lies and provocations of aggressor.

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in ATO zone posted on March 13 2016

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in ATO zone posted on March 13 2016

You can see full-size map of the situation in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has reported today that in the last 24 hours no soldiers were killed, and 7 soldiers were wounded during military actions in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in the East of Ukraine. Causalities were reported at http://mediarnbo.org

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.

 

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 81 times in the last 24 hours

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

Andriy Zadubinny, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below is the report of ATO Headquarters Press Center posted this morning at www.facebook.com/ato.news

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.

Full-size map of cease-fire violations in the East of Ukraine is available at http://mediarnbo.org

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

Casualties, 1 KIA and 3 WIA, were reported by National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

Number of attacks on Ukrainian positions near Donetsk and Lugansk dramatically increased: 69 cease-fire violations in 24 hours

The number of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions near Donetsk and Lugansk dramatically increased, pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 69 times almost all along the contact line in the last 24 hours. That is more than double compared to 29 attacks reported yesterday by Press Center of ATO Headquarters. 1 soldier was wounded and no KIA reported.

Andriy Zadubinny, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Andriy Zadubinny, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below is the report posted today by ATO Press Center, you can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The situation in ATO zone got much worse. During the night pro-Russian militants were shelling our positions using weapon banned by Minsk Agreements.

The enemy shelled our fortifications in Pisky, Opytne, Krasnohorivka and Mariinka using grenade launchers, high caliber machine guns and small firearms.

It was not quiet near Svitlodarsk as well, the enemy attacked our positions near Troitske and Zaitseve using high caliber machine guns, and positions near Mayorsk were attacked with the use of grenade launchers.

Near Mariupol militants shelled our fortifications located close to Talakivka using mortars and anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) and near Starohnativka the enemy used 120 mm mortars.

Near Lugansk the enemy attacked Ukrainian positions near Zolote using automatic grenade launchers.

In the last 24 hours pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 69 times.

OSCE vehicle was attacked by a sniper near Donetsk from the area controlled by DPR

Today on January 16 a sniper of illegal armed groups attacked OSCE mission patrol vehicle from the territory of Donetsk Region which is now not under controlled of Ukrainian government. Representatives of special monitoring mission were not hurt, their life is not in danger, but the vehicle was damaged.

OSCE vehicle after it was attacked by DPR sniper near Donetsk

OSCE vehicle after it was attacked by DPR sniper near Donetsk

There is no gas in Mariinka for more than six months already, today there are works to fix damaged gas pipeline and restore gas supply. Representatives of OSCE SMM were on patrol with Ukrainian officers of Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC), engineers of State Emergency Service of Ukraine and soldiers of civil-military cooperation tactical group “Donetsk”. The main task of joint patrol was to provide security for civil personnel that who were doing repair works.

Observers of Ukrainian part of JCCC have noted on numerous occasions that shelling from the side of militants of illegal armed groups continue in order to postpone the process of restoration of infrastructure located on the territory controlled by Ukrainian government, also in Mariinka town and to frighten OSCE SMM observers and repair workers.

Ukrainian side of JCCC insists that it is unacceptable for people to work under shelling and there was a group created inside Ukrainian side of JCCC in order to work on restoration of infrastructure of Donbass. Again we have to say that Russian side of JCCC right now can’t secure complete cease-fire from the side of militants even during repair works on restoration of electric power lines, water pipes and gas pipes on the territories that were defined as priority in Minsk.

Reported by Ukrainian side of JCCC at www.mil.gov.ua

UPDATE: January 16 at 5:27pm. Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE confirmed attack on their vehicle in Mariinka town located near Donetsk and posted a statement at their Facebook page

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine can confirm an incident in which fire hit one of the SMM vehicles while on patrol in Marinka, close to the contact line in the Donetsk region.
None of the SMM patrol members was injured, one vehicle sustained damage.
The patrol left the area immediately.
The Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) has been informed about the incident. A Spot Report will be issued later today.
The SMM condemns this violent attack against its unarmed civilian monitors.

UPDATE: January 16 at 6:51pm.  MFA of Ukraine made a statement regarding the shooting at the OSCE SMM observers, see http://mfa.gov.ua

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the shooting at the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) vehicle by Russia-backed militants on 16 January 2016 in the area of Maryinka.

We regard this case as a blatant attempt to intimidate the OSCE SMM observers and yet another evidence of the deliberate violations by Russia and its proxies of their obligations under the Minsk agreements.

We demand to stop provocations against the OSCE observers, servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and civilians, as well as to ensure the SMM security and its unhindered access to the whole territory of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including the uncontrolled by Ukraine sections of the Ukraine-Russia border.

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 40 times in the last 24 hours

ATO Press Center reported that pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire agreement 40 times in the last 24 hours, they also used banned 82 mm mortars at night. Most of the attacks were near Donetsk and Horlivka. 2 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, no KIA.

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

There are 2 reports made by ATO Press Center, the 1st one covers situation from 6 am till 6 pm yesterday, only 15 cease-fire violations were registered. You can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Today militants of pro-Russian hybrid criminal groups didn’t stop armed provocations against ATO forces.

They shelled Ukrainian positions in Novhorodske and Opytne located near Donetsk using small fire arms and grenade launchers. Snipers also took part in attacks there.

In the same area of the contact line near Krasnohorivka bandits were shelling soldiers of ATO using 82 mm mortars.

Mortar attacks were also registered near Zaitseve. Also Kremlin mercenaries were shelling Pisky, Opytne, Novhorodske, Mayorsk, Luhanske and Zaitseve using small fire arms, high caliber machine guns and grenade launchers.

In total there were over 15 cease-fire violations from the side of illegal armed groups along the contact line.

Today ATO Press Center posted another report that covers the situation in the East of Ukraine from 6 pm yesterday till 6 am today. There were 25 cease-fire violations registered. You can check original report in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Tonight militants of pro-Russian illegal armed groups continued provocative attack on positions of Ukrainian soldiers in ATO zone.

Bandits were shelling Mayorsk located near Horlivka using mortars and they attacked Novhorodske using small fire arms. Enemy sniper also took part in attacks there.

During the night Kremlin puppets also attacked Zaitseve using grenade launchers and sniper weapon, Luhanske was attacked with the use of high caliber machine guns, Mayorsk was attacked with the use of small fire arms.

The biggest number of cease-fire violations was registered near temporally occupied Donetsk. Opynte, Avdiivka, Mariinka and Pisky were under attack. The enemy mostly used small fire arms, high caliber machine guns and grenade launchers.

Also tonight bandits of pro-Russian hybrid armed groups shelled Krasnohorivka 7 times using 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements.

In total during the night occupants were trying to provoke Ukrainian soldiers to violate cease-fire agreements 25 times. But they didn’t succeed in their attempts.

Below you can see the map of ATO zone in Lugansk and Donetsk Region. Full size map is available at http://mediarnbo.org

ATO map in Lugansk and Donetsk Regions

ATO map in Lugansk and Donetsk Regions

Today National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reported that in the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldiers were killed and only 2 were wounded. You can see their complete report in Ukrainian at http://mediarnbo.org

Number of provocations near Donetsk increased, Ukrainian positions were attacked 12 times

ATO Press Center reported that the number of provocation near Donetsk increased and Ukrainian positions were attacked 12 times at night.

Leonid Matyukhin, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Leonid Matyukhin, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Terrorists starting from 18:50 and till 00:30 were using grenade launchers, high caliber machine guns and small firearms. Cease-fire was violated 12 times. Followers of the “Russian World” attacked Opytne, Avdiivka, Novhorodske and Pisky. Shelling were dine from the direction of Chemical and Cement plants, Spartak area and old terminal of Donetsk Airport, Shyroka Balka and Putilovskiy Forest.

Cease-fire violations in ATO zone near Donetsk

Cease-fire violations in ATO zone near Donetsk

After that the night in ATO zone was quiet.

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

ATO Press Center reports that today Ukrainian Army will withdraw tanks from Donetsk

ATO Press Center reports that today Ukrainian Army will withdraw tanks 15 km away from the contact line near Donetsk.

Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk

Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk

The night in ATO zone was quiet and no violations of Minsk Agreements were registered. Ukrainian military continue to withdraw weapon less than 100 mm caliber. Yesterday Ukrainian Army had withdrawn tanks from the area near Mariupol. Today tanks will be withdrawn 15 km away from the contact line near Donetsk.

Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk

Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk

National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine use the cease-fire to restore infrastructure of Donbass. Electric power lines, water pipes, communication systems and much more get restored. Phone connection was restored in Kurakhove, cell phone connection and landline. Military engineers continue to demine the territory.

Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk

Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk

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

At the same time observers of Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE report that they spotted violation of weapon withdrawal from the side of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

In violation of respective withdrawal lines, the SMM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) spotted the following military hardware in “DPR”-controlled areas: in the area of Bezimenne (30km east of Mariupol) two main battle tanks (MBTs) and in the area of Sontseve (60km north-east of Mariupol) 25 MBTs and other military equipment.

– Reported by OSCE at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/193301

OSCE also reported that its UAV was jammed while flying over “DPR”-controlled territory and near the contact line over government controlled territory. Yesterday UK delegation to OSCE posted photo of Russian R-330ZH Zhytel mobile jamming communication system with a request to Russian Federation to explain the presence of that system in “DPR”-controlled area.

R-330ZH Zhytel mobile jamming communication system spotted by OSCE

R-330ZH Zhytel mobile jamming communication system spotted by OSCE

Captured Donetsk insurgent said that he got weapon in Russia at military base near Rostov

Security Service of Ukraine together with soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine captured 2 insurgents of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic near Hryhorivka village, see it on Google Map here. One of them said that he joined illegal armed groups since the beginning of the conflict in Slovyansk, later he was moved to Russia where he got weapon and ammunition somewhere near Rostov city after that he was returned to the territory controlled by DPR and was checked by Russian FSB secret service.

DPR insurgent captured by Security Service of Ukraine

DPR insurgent captured by Security Service of Ukraine

Below is the video posted by Security Service of Ukraine and the transcript of interrogation of DPR insurgent by Ukrainian officer.

Insurgent #1: In Slovyansk my task was to secure the airport at Cherevkovka (see the location at Google Map here). We were collecting data about movement of military vehicles to the commander Gera

Officer: What was you unit?

Insurgent #1: I was in mechanized infantry units. After I was there for some time we went to Kramatorsk. After 1 day in Kramatorsk we went to Donetsk. I was in Donetsk for 2 days. I got in penal battalion. After that we went to Russia for weapon.

Officer: Where in Russia did you go?

Insurgent #1: Near Rostov, there was some military training ground there. We spent 2 days there, got weapon, small arms weapon, RPG, riffles, ammunition and went to Shcherbak (city on the border with Russia, see location on Google Map here). We were staying for 1 month there. They were checking us. “Faces” looked what we were doing, how we lived there to make sure there were no alcoholics or drug addicted among us.

Officer: You called “Faces” Russians?

Insurgent #1: We called those Russians “Faces” base on what structure they belong to, we thought they were from FSB, so we called them “Faces”.

The second insurgent who is in the same video just said that he was recruited to fight for terrorist battalion “Kalmius” and his tasks was to secure one of the checkpoints and a house of the leader of the group.

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