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91 attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in the last 24 hours, 6 soldiers wounded

Today ATO Press Center reported about dramatic increase of cease-fire violations in the East of Ukraine. In total pro-Russian terrorist groups attack Ukrainian positions 91 times in the last 24 hours. Ukraine lost 6 soldiers wounded, no KIA reported. The enemy continued to use weapon banned by Minsk Protocol, such as tanks and 120 and 82 mm artillery.

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions posted on April 10 2016

Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions posted on April 10 2016

Full size map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions that happened in the last 24 hours is available at http://mediarnbo.org

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

The situation in the East of Ukraine continues to get worse. In the last 24 hours the amount of attacks on ATO forces has dramatically increased. Russian mercenaries shelled Ukrainian positions 91 times using tanks, mortars of different caliber, machine guns, grenade launchers and small firearms.

Avdiivka village was attacked with the use of 120 and 82 mm artillery 11 times from different directions at the same time, from Mineralne, Yasynuvata and Yakovlivka. Ukrainian soldiers in Shyrokyne were attacked 12 times from the direction of Sakhanka village. Ukrainian Army fortifications near Novotroitske, Talakivka and Pavlopil were also attacked with the use of mortars.

Illegal armed forces used tanks attacking positions of Ukrainian Army in Luhanske, positions there were shelled 15 times with shells of 125 mm caliber.

More than a half of cease-fire violations happened from 17:00 to 24:00 when there are no OSCE observers nearby. Despite the pressure from enemy side, units of ATO forces continue to control the situation. They had to return fire 17 times in the last 24 hours.

The information about casualties was reported by National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

In the last 24 hours no Ukrainian soldier was killed. 6 soldiers were wounded. 4 of them were wounded during enemy attacks near Avdiivka, 2 more soldiers were wounded near Novhorodske when the army truck got hit by a road mine.

Destroyed house in Avdiivka, photo by Maxim Tucker

Destroyed house in Avdiivka, photo by Maxim Tucker

The reporter Maxim Tucker posted a video last night where you can hear sounds of intensive combat between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian militants who attack Avdiivka village located on goverment-controlled territory of Donetsk Region.

Just on April 8 2016 OSCE observers reported huge amount of explosions that they heard near Aviivka village. See their daily report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/232316

Positioned in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk) during the day, the SMM heard a total of 979 undetermined explosions, over 50 bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire and more than 350 shots of small-arms fire, and two bursts of anti-aircraft-gun (ZU-23, 23mm) mostly at locations 500m-3km south-west, west and north-west of its position. Whilst in government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) during the day, the SMM heard 52 explosions and 30 airbursts of 82 and 120mm mortar rounds, five explosions of 152mm artillery fire, 65 impacts of 82 and 120mm mortar rounds, eight impacts of automatic grenade launcher rounds, and intermittent small-arms fire at locations 2-10km north, north-east, east south-east and south of its position.

Also yesterday OSCE reported that observers of Special Monitoring Mission got under fire near Zaitseve village. See their report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/232326

On 9 April, an SMM patrol, comprised of five members in two armoured vehicles, was in Zhovanka, a government-controlled part of Zaitseve (50km north-east of Donetsk). The patrol was accompanied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces head of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) office in Toretsk.

At 12:52hrs, the SMM heard an explosion assessed as caused either by an 82mm mortar or a recoilless gun round impacting at a distance of approximately 100-200m south-east of its position. Within the next two seconds, small-arms shots were fired towards the SMM position coming approximately from the same direction of the impact. The SMM heard at least three-four bullets flying one-two metres above their heads. The SMM immediately took cover behind the vehicles, and then got inside them and left the location. No SMM members were hurt or vehicles damaged. The patrol returned safely to its base in Svitlodarsk at 16:00.

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.

DPR militant got disappointed in “Russian World” and surrendered to Ukrainian Army

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

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.

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

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.

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 40 times, also using 120 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements

Press Center of ATO Headquarters reports that pro-Russian militants violated cease-fire 40 times in the last 24 hours, they have been also using 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements attacking Ukrainian positions near Donetsk and Mariupol. Cease-fire violations with the use of small firearms were also registered in Lugansk Region.

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below you can see report made by Press Center of ATO Headquaters today that describes current situation in the zone of Anti-Terrorist Operation in the East of Ukraine by 6 am of January 2016. The original post in Ukrainian is available at www.facebook.com/ato.news

The night in ATO zone was not quiet. The situation was most difficult near Mariinka. The enemy shelled out positions there 3 times using 82 and 120 mm mortars. Besides that they also used small firearms and grenade launchers several times.

Near Mariupol bandits shelled Vodyane villages located on so-called “gray zone” using 120 and 82 mm mortars.

Militants of temporary occupied Horlivka  attacked our positions near Mayorsk using small firearms and high caliber machine guns, they also used anti-aircraft guns near Novhorodske.

Shelling of near Donetsk Airport continues. Occupants systematically shell Ukrainian soldiers near Opytne, Pisky and South of Avdiivka. Tonight they only used small firearms and grenade launchers there.

Organized criminal groups violated cease-fire agreement in Lugansk Region again. Tryokhizbenka village was attacked with the use of small firearms, grenade launchers and high caliber machine guns. In order to prevent casualties among soldiers and local populations our military had to return fire using allowed weapon, after that militants stopped shelling.

In total pro-Russian illegal armed groups violated cease-fire agreement 40 times in the ATO zone. There were several shelling of our positions from the enemy side registered after midnight.

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

Also according to report made by Security and Defense Council there were no killed or wounded among Ukrainian soldiers in the last 24 hours. See their report in Ukrainian at http://mediarnbo.org

Pro-Russian militants entered Kominternove located 10 km from Mariupol

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"

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

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).

Ukrainian authorities regained control over 2 villages near Mariupol located in gray zone

Today Ukrainian authorities regained control over 2 villages near Mariupol located in so-called gray zone on the contact line in the East of Ukraine. This was confirmed by Vladyslav Voloshyn, the speaker of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Vladyslav Voloshyn, the speaker of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Vladyslav Voloshyn, the speaker of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The information that Ukrainian Army took control over Pavlopil and Pyshchevyk villages leaked to the Internet early in the morning today. Those villages are located on the territory between Ukraine controlled part of Donetsk Region and the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. Reporters of “112 Ukraine” TV channel called Vladyslav Voloshyn in order to confirm the information.

Those 2 villages, Pavlopil and Pyshchevyk were located in so-called “gray zone”. That is a territory that goes along the contact line. There is a checkpoint “Hnutove” located on the road from Pavlopil to Mariupol near Hnutove village. Now this checkpoint will be moved close to Pyshchevyk, a little closer into the gray zone. Those 2 villages were not under control of illegal armed forces, there was no administration, no legal Ukrainian authorities. Now there will be military commander office, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Situations Service and Military-Civil Administration. The bus route from Pavlopil to Mariupol will be restored.

– Vladyslav Voloshyn, speaker of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Below you can see Pavlopil on Google Map.

Distance between Hunove and Pavlopil

Distance between Hunove and Pavlopil

About a week ago on November 25 the head of Donetsk Regional Administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi said on his Facebook page that there was a decision made to move checkpoint from Hnutove to Pyshchevyk-Pavlopil.

Today together with ATO command we made a decision to move the checkpoint from Hnutover to Pyshchevyk-Pavlopil. This will allow to move checkpoints away from Mariupol and that will make the life of people easier, and this will also get several villages our of the gray zone. I am grateful to ATO command.

– Pavlo Zhebrivskyi, the head of Donetsk Regional Administration