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.
22 085 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Region yesterday. This information was reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua The number of people going in both directions continue to increase.
People going via “Zaitseve” checkpoint. Photo by informator.lg.ua
Below are exact numbers of people and vehicles that went through 5 checkpoints in ATO zone located along the contact line, 4 of them are located in Donetsk Region and there is still only 1 working checkpoint in Lugansk Region that can only be used by pedestrians.
“Zaitseve” checkpoint – 6580 people and 1365 vehicles;
“Mariinka” checkpoint – 4525 people and 1160 vehicles;
“Novotroitske” checkpoint – 5400 people and 1385 vehicles;
“Hnutove” checkpoint – 2565 people and 640 vehicles;
“Stanytsia Luhanska” checkpoint – 3015 people.
Line of vehicles going through “Zaitseve” checkpoint. Photo by informator.lg.ua
Today in the morning there were 150 vehicles in front of “Mariinka” checkpoint going to government-controlled territory and 170 vehicles going to non-controlled territory. 350 vehicles were going in via “Zaitseve” checkpoint and 150 going out. 50 vehicles were going in via “Novotroitske” checkpoint and there was no line of vehicles on the way out. There were also no lines of vehicles at “Hnutove” checkpoint.
In the last few days the number of people crossing the contact line in the East of Ukraine increased by 30%. Usually about 15 000 people were going in and out of occupied territories daily. Yesterday 21 312 people went through checkpoints in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.
Checkpoint in ATO zone
In total there are 5 checkpoints operating in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO). 4 of them are in Donetsk Region and only 1 in Lugansk Region. Today State Border Guard Service posted exact numbers of people and vehicles that crossed the contact line yesterday. See their report at http://dpsu.gov.ua
1. “Zaitseve” – 6556 people and 1225 vehicles;
2. “Mariinka” – 5385 people and 1170 vehicles;
3. “Novotroitske” – 4235 people and 1265 vehicles;
4. “Hnutove” – 2560 people and 765 vehicles;
1. “Stanytsia Luhanska” – 2576 people
Today in the morning there were 150 vehicles at the contact line in front of “Marrinka” checkpoint going inside government-controlled territory and 115 vehicles going out. There were 300 vehicles going in and 80 going out via “Zaitseve” checkpoint. There were no vehicles at “Novotroitske” and “Hnutove” checkpoints.
Just in the last 24 hours pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 69 times! All cease-fire violations were registered in Donetsk Region. Militants used 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements. 7 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, nobody was killed. 13 508 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in ATO zone yesterday.
Map of attacks in ATO zone in the last 24 hours
Here is report posted today by Press Center of Headquarters of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news
Pro-Russian militants continue to shell fortifications of Armed Forces of Ukraine located in ATO zone. In the last 24 hours they attacked our positions near Donetsk and Mariupol 69 times.
Mortar attacks on Ukrainian fortifications in Zaitseve and Mayorsk continued. The enemy was using mortars of 120 and 82 mm caliber. Our positions in Krasnohorivka, Verhnyotoretske, Talakivka and Pavlopil were also shelled by mortars.
After military activity near Mariinka during the day the enemy continued to shell our positions using grenade launchers and small firearms.
The situation in other areas along the contact line was also tense. Positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine in Opytne, Troitske, Pisky and Avdiivka were shelled with the use of grenade launchers and high caliber machine guns.
National Security and Defense Council reported that 7 Ukrainian soldier were wounded in the last 24 hours and no soldier was killed. See report here.
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine opened “Mariinka” Checkpoint today in the morning. You can see their report here. It was closed yesterday after attacks from the side of pro-Russian militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. In total 13 508 people and 3 051 vehicles crossed the contact line via 4 checkpoints in Donetsk (3) and Lugansk Regions (1) going to and out of occupied territory.
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.
15 188 civilians crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday going in and out of occupied territories. This information was reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today, they are doing passport control at 4 checkpoints located along the contact line in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.
Passport control checkpoint located at the contact line in the East of Ukraine
Below is the report posted by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua
The traffic of civilians is pretty intensive at all checkpoints located along the contact line.
In total this amount of people and vehicles crossed checkpoints: “Mariinka” Checkpoint – 5085 people and 1220 vehicles; “Novotroitske” Checkpoint – 5435 people and 1570 vehicles; “Hnutove” – 2000 people and 547 vehicles; “Stanytsia-Luhanska” – 2668 people.
Yesterday the work of “Mariinka” Checkpoint was prolonged because of long lines of people and vehicles in both directions.
Today in the morning at “Mariinka” Chekcpoint there were 200 vehicles waiting to get to Government controlled territory and 185 vehicles to go out. At “Novotroitske” there were 80 vehicles coming in and 60 going out. There were no queue at “Hnutove” Checkpoint.
Despite cease-fire agreement the situation in the East of Ukraine gets worse. The number of attacks on Ukrainian positions increased to 71 in the last 24 hours. The enemy used banned 82 and 120 mm mortars and also ATGM. 2 soldiers were wounded. Last night pro-Russian militants also shelled checkpoint used by civilians going in and out of occupied part of Donetsk Region. Border guard service posted the video of the incident, the checkpoint was attacked with the use of grenade launchers.
Shelling of “Mariinka” Checkpoint, grenades exploding nearby
Shelling of “Mariinka” Checkpoint, grenades exploding nearby
Shelling of “Mariinka” Checkpoint, grenades exploding nearby
This is “Mariinka” checkpoint located on the contact line in Donetsk Region. It was attacked already after it was closed for civilians at 9:10 pm. Yesterday 4250 people and 1270 vehicles crossed that checkpoint during the day, that is a total number of people going to and out of occupied by pro-Russian militants territory. Militants used AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher and weapon of APC during the attack, the attack was from the direction of Oleksandrivka village controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. There were no reports about wounded.
During last 24 hours Headquarters of ATO Press Center made two reports, each covers 12 hours. Below is the report made last night that covers situation from 6 am till 6 pm of Jan 28 2016. You can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news
Pro-Russian militants don’t stop to shell positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the last 24 hours cease-fire violations were registered in all areas.
The enemy attacked attacked our fortifications near Krasnohorivka using small firearms, high caliber machine guns, anti-aircraft guns and 82 and 120 mm mortars.
Near Svitlodarsk the enemy attacked our positions near Mayorks, Troitske and Myronivske using grenade launchers and high caliber machine guns.
The situation near Donetsk Airport was also tense. Ukrainian fortifications near Pisky, Opytne and Butivka coal mine were attacked with the use of grenade launchers and machine guns.
In Lugansk Region the enemy attacked our positions near Sokolniki with the use of ATGM.
Today the mercenaries violated cease-fire 25 times.
Today ATO Press Center made 2nd report that covers the situation in the last 12 hours from 6 pm yesterday till 6 am today Jan 29 2016. You can see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news/posts
Pro-Russian militants don’t stop shelling positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the last 24 hours gangs of pseudo-republics violates cease-fire 71 times in Donbass.
Near Svitlodarsk the enemy shelled our fortifications in Zaitseve using 82 mm mortars. Positions in Novhorodske and Mayorsk were attacked with the use of grenade launches, high caliber machine guns and APC.
Ukrainian positions near temporary occupied Donetsk in Opytne, Pisky, Avdiivka and Butivka coal mine were attacked with the use of different type of weapon.
The situation near Mariinka was tense. Ukrainian warriors had to return fire.
The number of attacks increase and the area also gets bigger. At the same time terrorists are shelling areas where civilians live provoking our soldiers to return fire.
At 21:10 Kremlin mercenaries shelled “Mariinka” checkpoint of State Border Guard Service using automatic grenade launchers and APC.
According to information available, militants are planning similar provocations at other checkpoints, particularly near Artemivsk.
This shows that militants and their Kremlin masters don’t want peace for Donbass.
The map below shows attacks in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours, you can see full size map at http://mediarnbo.org
Map of attacks on Ukrainian positions in ATO zone in the last 24 hours
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.
While Ukraine was celebrating Orthodox Christmas last week, UNHCR partner NGO Proliska in coordination with Mariupol Field Office delivered much needed assistance to the village of Mariinka in the grey zone in Donetsk region. Located just few kilometers from the contact line, the village was heavily damaged by fighting. The delivery of first 153 cubic meters of firewood and 40 tons of coal was distributed to the most vulnerable people whose houses in the village outskirts were destroyed or severely damaged. With ongoing winterization program, UNHCR aims to target near 60,000 people in the remote communities affected by the crisis.