Security Service of Ukraine detained a saboteur of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic right after he set bombs at railways close to Izyum station (124 km to Kharkiv). Those tracks are regularly used to transport military vehicles of Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Detained DPR terrorists who planned to blow up railways near Kharkiv
The person who appeared to be local resident was recruited in January 2016 by representative of so-called Ministry of State Security of DPR. For 15 000 USD reward he agreed to blow up railways at Izyum train station. Security Service officers detained saboteur after he already set two bombs. Bombs were made with the use of high caliber artillery shells and 2 kg of TNT. According to received information the next target for terrorist attack were hydro technical facilities of Kharkiv Region.
The bomb made from artillery shell found on the track at Izyum station
Izyum train station on the map
Here is also a video released by Security Service of Ukraine
A resident of Mariupol who got recruited by Russian citizen surrendered to Ukrainian Army after spending one month with militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. According to him he got disappointed in “Russian World” and was paid only 30 USD after 4 weeks of his “military service”.
DPR militant surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers
My name is Maxim, I am resident of Mariupol. A friend of mine who is a resident of Russian Federation offered me to join militia of Donetsk People’s Republic and promised a salary of 1000 USD per month. He said that he spent a year as a militant in Motorolla’s group called “Sparta”… From Mariupol I came to Samara (Russia), from Samara to Rostov with a friend of mine. In Rostov at a bus station we met a person who was taking people to Donetsk (Ukraine). We got on a bus and there were also 2 Russian citizens with us. We had 850 Rubles, so we got to the border for 800 Rubles, at the border we were allowed to pass by and went to Donetsk to the bus station. At the bus station Russians took us to recruitment office by taxi. At the recruitment office in Donetsk we met with curators, they took us to military unit in Novoazovsk. At Novoazovsk we were just securing the territory of the military unit. Military commanders like Colonels from Russian Federation were coming there, Russians, and they were checking what is going on…
– Maxim, detained militant of DPR
Security Service of Ukraine together with soldiers of 36th separate mechanized brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine detailed a militant of terrorist organization “DPR” near Pyshchevyk village.
At the beginning of March of 2016 a resident of Mariupol was recruited by Russian citizen to one of terrorist groups. He was promised a salary of 1000 USD per month for his service and he became operator of anti-tank guided missile system.
The militant also guarded one of the headwaters and was working at different checkpoints, he took part in building fortifications.
The criminal was shocked by lack of discipline and alcoholism among terrorists. Also instead of 1000 USD he was only paid 2000 Rubles (about 30 USD). After getting disappointed in “Russian World” he run away and surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers.
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 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.
Yesterday pro-Russian militants shelled Ukrainian ambulance using mortars when medics arrived to a checkpoint near Mayorsk to pick up wounded soldiers. During the attack the vehicle was damaged and one of the doctors was seriously wounded.
Ukrainian ambulance attacked by pro-Russian militants near Mayorsk
The message about attack on ambulance was posted by Ukrainian volunteers who provide medical support in the zone of anti-terrorist operation in the East of Ukraine, see here. That’s non-government organizations “Sister of Mercy” based in Kharkiv.
Our volunteer ambulance was evacuating seriously wounded boys today. We came to pick them up to the checkpoint in Mayorsk and… the checkpoint got under heavy mortar fire.
Everybody are alive.
The vehicle was got damaged badly, no glass, the radiator destroyed, no wheels.
The driver got scratches
The doctor “Pechenka” was seriously wounded by a shrapnel in the shoulder, now she is in the hospital in Artemivsk. Despite the wound she was helping other soldiers.
All wounded are in Artemivsk now. They will be taken to Kharkiv.
Ukrainian ambulance attacked by pro-Russian militants near Mayorsk
Part of the mortar shell that exploded near the ambulance
ATO Press Center report about increase of attacks on Ukrainian checkpoints located on the contact line. They confirmed mortar attack on Mayorks checkpoint that happened at night in their report also, see here. So the ambulance arrived to evacuate those who were wounded in that attack.
On January 30 2016 at 22:20 militants attacked Ukrainian checkpoint using mortars, the checkpoint is located close to “Mayorsk” checkpoint used by civilians crossing the contact line.
According to the information we have members of “DPR” terrorist organization are planing similar provocations near Artemivsk.
Security Service detained LPR militant who was hunting for pro-Ukrainian civilians in occupied part of Lugansk Region. His group was detaining people who were later taken to unknown directions by their “commanders”. After the village was liberated by Ukrainian Army the militant run to Lugansk, but later returned home to Government-controlled territory where he was captured.
LPR militant detained by Security Service of Ukraine
Security Service of Ukraine together with military detained local citizen in Nyzhne village in Lugansk Region. That man was a member of illegal armed group of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.
Armed militant was “serving” at the checkpoint in Svitlychne village in Lugansk Region. Together with other militants he was looking for pro-Ukrainian residents of that area and he was giving them to “commanders” who were taking those people in unknown direction.
When forces of anti-terrorist operation moved forward he retreated to Lugansk with his unit. Later he got disappointed in the idea of “Novorossiya”, left weapon and returned home where he was hiding from police.
Militant and documents collected by Security Service of Ukraine that prove his criminal activity were transfered to National Police, the criminal case started based on Part 2, Article 260 of Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Also in Volnovakha area of Donetsk Region Security Service detained informant of terrorist organization of DPR.
Local resident was recruited by representative of saboteur unit of so-called “Legion” battalion in October 2015. He agreed to give information to his curators about movement of forces of anti-terrorist operation in Volnovakha area. In December informant got new order to collect information about positions of units of Armed Forces of Ukraine in Vuhledar and Volnovakha towns.
Criminal case was started based on Article 256 of Criminal Code of Ukraine.
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
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.
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.
Despite the meeting in Minsk yesterday where it was agreed to stop fire in the East of Ukraine, pro-Russian militants continue to violate cease-fire and made 70 attacks of Ukrainian positions. 2 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Below you can see report made today by Headquarters of Anti-Terrorist Operation Press Center.
Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation
Yesterday on January 13, when there was a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group that aims to de-escalate the conflict in Donbass region of Ukraine, Russian-terrorist groups supported by authorities of Russian Federation were intensively violating cease-fire agreements achieved before. Militants used weapon against ATO forces 70 times, that was the highest number of military provocations during 24 hours since the beginning of this year.
Yesterday in Minsk it was agreed that starting from 00:00 of January 14 there should be no cease-fire violations in ATO zone. Representative of Russian side made a statement about the need to follow cease-fire agreement.
That was not news for Ukrainian soldiers. Before New Year ATO forces received official order not to open fire and they were following that order. Our unites opened fire only in response to attacks and they were using small firearms in order to suppress enemy attacks when there was direct danger to lives of soldiers and civil population.
But the enemy din’t stop attacks, shelling continued almost all along the contact line, sometimes the enemy used heavy weapon. At the same time Kremlin puppets were groundlessly blaming Ukrainian side in such crimes.
Hybrid Russian-terrorist groups didn’t change their tactics since even after the latest agreements regarding cease-fire were finalized. Starting from the midnight the enemy opened fire in the direction of Ukrainian soldiers positions 20 times already. The shelling goes on even now. But that’s not everything they do.
Today at about 10:30 enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group was spotted near occupied Kominternove village located in so called “gray zone” near Mariupol. Saboteurs were going to make another military provocation and sacrifice lives of civilians of Vodyane village located not far from there, the aimed houses of locals and also directed fire at positions of one of Ukrainian units located in that area. Our soldiers stopped attackers and saved local people.
According to information of Ukrainian intelligence, Kominternove (that was invaded by occupants despite agreements) was turned into one of the training bases of sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy. Those specially trained criminal groups of militants will be used for further escalation of the conflict in the nearest future in order to provoke ATO units to violate cease-fire, and they also put psychological pressure on civilians who became hostages of bandits supported by Russia.
Obviously leaders of non-existing “republics” are playing insidious game when they claim in public that they want to solve the conflict peacefully. Security and prosperity of civilian population have never been a priority to them. They can only get trust from Russian curators, effectively use weapon and money they got from the East, only violating everything what is normal for civilized society. And militants interpret cease-fire agreement in their own way as we can see.
Today National Security Council of Ukraine also reported that 2 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was hit by a landmine near Mariupol. You can see original post in Ukrainian at http://mediarnbo.org Yesterday volunteer who helps Ukrainian soldiers on the front line posted photos of that truck at his Twitter account https://twitter.com/milhlopak According to him this happened near Vodyane village located just between Mariupol and Kominternove occupied by pro-Russian militants of DPR.
Truck with Ukrainian soldiers was hit by a landmine near Mariupol
Truck with Ukrainian soldiers was hit by a landmine near Mariupol
Pro-Russian militants captured Kominternove located in “gray zone”
Later today Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE posted report regarding situation in Kominternove. According to that report DPR militants started to build fortifications outside of the village moving the front line closer to Ukrainian positions. See original post at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/215921
The SMM continued to monitor the security and humanitarian situation in Kominternove(“DPR”-controlled, 23km north-east of Mariupol, 92km south of Donetsk) and surrounding areas. In Kominternove, the SMM spoke to a resident who stated that power supply to the village, which had been disrupted on 11 January (see SMM Daily Report 12 January 2016) had been restored on 12 January, adding also that on 11 January, after the SMM had left the village, explosions and small-arms fire had been heard in the area. Whilst in Kominternove, the SMM heard one explosion approximately 400m south-west from its position. The SMM also saw five armed “DPR” members in military-type uniforms. At the first “DPR”-checkpoint, located at the south-western entrance of Kominternove, a female resident informed the SMM that in order to pass the Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint at the outskirts of the village residents first have to register in Mariupol and demonstrate that they own property in the area. At a government-controlled checkpoint at the outskirts of Mariupol the SMM was approached by Kominternove residents (approximately 12, all around sixty years old and in five cars) who had gone to Mariupol to register for passes to enable them to move freely through Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoints in the area. The SMM also visited Vodiane (19km north-west of Mariupol, 4km south-east of Kominternove) where, as during its most recent visit, it did not observe armed persons or any civilians (see SMM Daily Report 5 January 2016). The SMM observed a “DPR” defensive position being prepared (trenches dug) on the road between Kominternove and Vodiane.
Today in the morning a group of pro-Russian militants of about 100 men armed with small firearms, grenade launchers and with armored personal carriers entered Kominternove village located 10 km from Mariupol city. Kominternove is located in so-called “gray zone” on a contact line between Ukrainian army and illegal armed groups of “Donetsk People’s Republic”.
Pro-Russian militants captured Kominternove located in “gray zone”
This information was confirmed by Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation, in his interview to 112 TV channel. Later today Press Center of ATO Headquarters also posted information on the situation in Kominternove at their official Facebook page www.facebook.com/ato.news
Anton Myronovych talking to 112 TV Channel about situation in Kominternove
The number of militants according to the data that our intelligence has is equal to reinforced company (up to 100 men). There are probably up to 5 tanks and 5 armored personnel carriers. This is the latest information.
– Anton Myronovych in his interview to 112 TV channel
Below we translated official statement posted by Press Center of Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters.
Russian-terrorist troops entered “gray zone” near Mariupol and increase the number of weapon banned by Minsk Agreements along the contact line.
According to data that ATO Headquarters has today in the morning militants of pro-Russian illegal armed groups numbered up to one reinforced company with armored vehicles entered Kominternove village located in “gray zone” close to Mariupol.
According to information of Press Center of ATO Headquarters militants were armed not only with small firearms and grenade launchers, but also with armored vehicles, probably tanks and other heavy weapon, which is banned by Minsk Agreements.
The information about brutal violation of agreements by units of Russian-terrorist troops was provided to representatives of Joint monitoring mission of OSCE via Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC).
This is an evidence that illegal armed groups controlled by authorities of Russian Federation don’t follow agreement and this is another provocation against ATO forces.
Besides that according to the latest information the enemy increase the number of weapon banned by Minsk Agreement near the contact line close to Mariupol. There is at least one tank spotted at the suburbs of Kominternove and 4 tanks South-West of Zaichenko. There is also information that militants have BM-21 “Grad” MRLS near Sakhanka village.
At the same time ATO Headquarters and commanders of the units that are located near Mariupol are doing everything needed in order to prevent further escalation of the conflict and ready to react to possible aggression from the side of illegal armed groups. ATO units have enough forces along the contact line for effective operations.
On December 19 2015 OSCE posted report on the situation near Mariupol, they talked to local residents who came from Kominternove and who saw armed group of “DPR” in the village on December 17. The were mines at the entrance to the village. See OSCE report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/211466
The SMM met in Mariupol two residents (a man and a woman, approximately 50 years old) of Kominternove (23km east-northeast of Mariupol). According to them, the explosive devices at the south-western entrance to the village (see SMM Daily Report 29 October 2015) were still in place. Both opined that a controlled detonation to remove the devices could damage nearby houses. They claimed that on 16 December they had seen Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers in the village, while on 17 December they had seen a group of “DPR” armed men. They stressed what they said was lack of construction material for winterization in the village and insufficient coal supplies.
Previously on October 30 2015 OSCE reported that there mines at the entrance to Kominternove from the side of Mariupol. The wires from explosive devices were going inside the village. You can see full report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/196006
In the area of the south-western entrance to Kominternove (23km north-east of Mariupol), the SMM saw at least two anti-tank mines and two anti-tank rockets taped together and connected to wires on the road leading to the village. On the roadside of the north-western outskirts of the village, the SMM observed two anti-tank mines, one anti-personnel mine (on the ground and uncovered), unexploded ordnance (UXO), and the body of a dead dog, which had possibly been killed by an anti-personnel mine (possibly bounding mine).
Security Service of Ukraine detained militant of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic who joined separatists in 2014 and was trained on a military base located in Russia near Rostov-on-Don city.
DPR militant detained by Security Service of Ukraine
Lieutenant of armed forces of terrorist organization DPR was detained by Security Service of Ukraine. The terrorist had AK riffle with grenade launcher and night vision goggles.
In 2014 the militant joined separatists. He was a member of terrorist group “OPLOT”. He said that there were about 400-500 so-called “militia” (Russian and Ukrainian citizens) training on a military base, later they were taking part in military activities on temporary occupied territories of Ukraine.
He went to Russia twice and was trained for artillery service under the command of officers of regular Russian army on a training ground located near Rostov-on-Don.
He also said that officers of regular Russian army serve as “advisers” at armed groups of terrorists.
Security Service of Ukraine also posted a video of detained militant where he explains how he got recruited and where he was trained in Russia. Below is also transcript of what he said translated into English.
My name is Sergey, born in 1989, citizen of Ukraine, resident of Torez city. As a member of “OPLOT” I took part in Anti-Maidan. On July 12 2014 I voluntarily joined terrorist organization DPR. Because there was a shortage of artillerymen, I was sent to a training center with 40 other men that was located in Rostov-on-Don. In the training center I studied artillery service under command of Russian officers. There were not only Ukrainian citizens, but also Russian citizens who were later sent to Donbass. After 1 month of training our group with military equipment and ammunition was sent to Donetsk People’s Republic. Cossacks were not informed about our movement and the group got under friendly fire, only 7 men survived. Because I was seriously wounded I wasn’t able to take part in military activities. I stayed there as instructor. I got military rank “Lieutenant”. In October 2014 I was sent to Rostov again to improve my skills. After 2 weeks of training I returned to Snizhne where I was training artillery units. “Advisers” in our military unit were Russian officers.
Weapon that pro-Russian militant had with him when he was detained by Security Service