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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.

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.

The number of attacks on Ukrainian positions dramatically increased: 70 cease-fire violations in 24 hours

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

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

You can see original report by ATO Press Center posted in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

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

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 on Dec 22 2015 violating Minsk Agreements, the village is located in the “gray zone” on the contact line. See more details at Pro-Russian militants entered Kominternove located 10 km from Mariupol

Pro-Russian militants captured Kominternove located in "gray zone"

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.

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).

Pro-Russian terrorists continue to violate withdrawal line, tanks spotted near Horlivka

ATO Press Center posted a photo of the enemy tank located near the contact line outside of Horlivka as a proof that pro-Russian terrorists continue to violate withdrawal line. OSCE also reported 12 towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm) that were not withdrawn by militants according to agreement made in Minsk.

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

The tank is located no more than 5 km from positions of Ukrainian Army. See original report of ATO Press Center posted in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Today, on December 6, enemy tanks were spotted in Ozeryanivka and Zaitseve villages located on the contact line near Horlivka.

See exact location of the tank in the photo made by Ukrainian drone on Google map at N 48°16’29” E 37°58’08”. Below is the closer look.

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

Observers of OSCE also posted their report that indicates that pro-Russian militants violated withdrawal agreement in Lugansk Region. When observers tried to check the location where 12 towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm) were spotted they were stopped by armed man who started to fire in the air and another man pointed a riffle at them. See report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/207071

At 9:24hrs on 5 December, an SMM patrol comprised of four SMM monitors and the SMM medical officer in two armoured vehicles arrived at a field in the vicinity of “Lugansk People’s Republic”(“LPR”)-controlled Yurivka (26km south-west of Luhansk), where the SMM had observed 12 towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm) during previous visits – in violation of the relevant withdrawal line (see SMM Daily Report 26 November 2015 and SMM Daily Report 1 December 2015). The SMM drove towards 12 howitzers (D-30, 122mm) and at 100-150m distance, it spotted three armed individuals standing near one of the howitzers. When the SMM further continued driving towards the howitzers and was at 80-100m distance, one of the armed individuals released a burst of fire into the air with an automatic rifle and another individual pointed his automatic rifle at the SMM. The armed individuals shouted at the SMM. As a consequence, the SMM immediately left the area. There were no injuries to SMM members or damage to SMM vehicles.

Subsequently, the SMM addressed the incident with senior “LPR” members, who acknowledged the seriousness of the incident, and said that they would examine it and inform the SMM accordingly.

Tons of coal get illegally transported from Lugansk to Russian Federation by trucks every day

Tons of coal get illegally transported from Lugansk to Russian Federation by trucks every day. Reporters of Radio Svoboda posted a video taken at the border checkpoint controlled by illegal armed groups of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.

Truck with illegal coal going from Lugansk to Russia

Truck with illegal coal going from Lugansk to Russia

Trucks with coal go 24/7 from the territory of Lugansk Region which not under Ukraine authorities control to Russian Federation via “Dolzhanskiy” border checkpoint, located near Sverdlovsk. Everyday there are about 30 trucks. There are different vehicles, many that are not designed to transport coal. Trucks get in a line separate from the rest of the cars and buses. Those who didn’t cross the customs spend a night in a field next to remains of burnt military vehicles. In Summer 2014 there was a lot of fighting, the checkpoint from Lugansk side is in ruins. From the Russian side everything looks fine. At Russian customs trucks with illegal coal get through scanners and go to unknown destination further deep into Russian territory. The coal is good quality, a lot of it ends up in the villages located near the border.

You can see the video of Radio Svoboda below.

Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE reported many times that they saw trucks taking coal to Russia going through the border checkpoints controlled by pro-Russian militants. The information below was reported on November 14, 2015.

Along the Ukraine-Russian Federation border, in Donetsk region, the SMM visited three crossing points. In “DPR”-controlled Marynivka (79km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM counted 59 heavy trucks loaded with coal and nine civilian cars waiting to cross into the Russian Federation. According to some interlocutors (four men and two women), the average waiting time for the civilian cars was 15-20 minutes on the “DPR”-controlled side, while some of the truck drivers told the SMM they had to wait for over 20 hours. Two of the truck drivers told the SMM that high quantities of coal were transported into the Russian Federation over the last couple of days.

– reported by OSCE at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/199946

So-called “Minister of Fuel, Energy and Coal Industry of Lugansk People’s Republic” (LPR) Dmitriy Lyamin banned coal export with the use of trucks starting from September 5, 2015. Just few weeks after that on October 17 he was arrested by so-called “Ministry of State Security”.

Arrested so-called "Minister of Fuel, Energy and Coal Industry of Lugansk People's Republic" (LPR) Dmitriy Lyamin

Arrested “Minister of Fuel, Energy and Coal Industry of Lugansk People’s Republic” Dmitriy Lyamin

This created a conflict inside LPR. At the time when Dmitriy Lyamin was arrested the head of LPR Igor Plotnitskiy was in Russia, but he immediately made a statement that he fires the head of “Ministry of State Security” Leonid Pasechnik and ordered to release Dmitriy Lyamin. But Pasechnik didn’t resign from his position and Lyamin was not released. Plotnitskiy returned to Lugansk few days later but the conflict didn’t develop any further.

First checkpoint to occupied territory finally opened in Lugansk Region today

First checkpoint to occupied territory finally opened in Lugansk Region today. Now residents can cross the contact line and get to the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. The checkpoint was opened in Stanytsia Luhanska. Before locals could get to Lugansk only through Donetsk Region or via Russia.

George Tuka arrived to checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

George Tuka arrived to checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

The checkpoint opened today can only serve pedestrians, so it’s not possible to drive there. The head of Lugansk Regional Military-Civil Administration George Tuka personally arrived to the checkpoint to see how it works.

Buses near the checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

Buses near the checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

After crossing the checkpoint people can get on bus and travel into two directions, to Bilovodsk and to Severodonetsk. Near the checkpoint there is also an open market and a department of State Bank “Oschadbank

It’s hard to overestimate the opening of the checkpoint as there was no single official checkpoint in Lugansk Region for a long time. That was because of several reasons. First of all the contact line in Lugansk Region goes along the river. The bridges were destroyed and at the places where it was still possible to go there were fights all the time. The checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska is for pedestrians only because the bridge is still destroyed. We also plan to open logistics center in Novotoshkivske and that will probably become fully operational checkpoint. We are also thinking about possibility to open checkpoint near Zolote.

– George Tuka

After talking to people at the checkpoint George Tuka said that the people mostly interested in the procedure of getting a pass.

People crossing checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

People crossing checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

We are running information campaign explaining how to get a pass. Every time me, border guards and Security Service of Ukraine were emphasizing that people should get pass. We said many times that it will be possible to go through the checkpoint only for those who have a pass. Nobody will compromise on that.

George Tuka

The head of administration of Stanytsia Luhanska Yuriy Zolkin said that state registries were unblocked in the city. So now it is also possible to get inheritance, do real-estate deals and other legal documents there.

OSCE at the checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

OSCE at the checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

Reported by Lugansk Regional State Administration at www.facebook.com/odalug

You can also see more photos at http://informator.lg.ua

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

Ukrainian Army continued to withdraw artillery from the contact line in Lugansk Region

From 7 am of October 10 till 7 am of October 11 2015 there was no single fact of cease-fire violation registered in Lugansk Region. Yesterday Ukrainian Army continued to withdraw 85 mm anti-tank cannons D-48 from the contact line. Special monitoring mission of OSCE observed the withdrawal process. There were also representatives of media there. ATO forces follow Minsk Agreements completely and are open for SMM of OSCE.

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

Ukrainian Army withdraws 85 mm anti-tank artillery from the contact line

OSCE controls withdrawal of Ukrainian Army artillery from the contact line

OSCE controls withdrawal of Ukrainian Army artillery from the contact line

Reported by Ruslan Tkachuk, ATO adviser in Lugansk Region at http://ato.lisichansk.in.ua

ATO Press Center: insurgents violated cease-fire and attacked Ukrainian Army positions with ATGM, 4 soldiers WIA

Today illegal armed groups violated cease-fire agreement cynically neglecting Minsk Agreement. At 12:25 insurgents fired with ATGM at excavator that was building fortifications at Ukrainian Army position near Troitske village. As a result 4 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded.

Troitske on the map

Troitske on the map

The fact of the shelling was registered by representatives of OSCE and Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC)

There were no other incidents registered by ATO headquarters from midnight and till 7 pm today.

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

UPDATE October 8, 2015. 

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine posted photos of the aftermath of the attack on Ukrainian positions. This was the 1st time in a month when insurgents fired in the direction of Ukrainian soldiers in that area. The enemy fired 2 rockets. Members of JCCC who arrived there found remains of anti-tank guided missiles. See full report of the Ministry of Defense here.

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions

Insurgents used ATGM attacking Ukrainian positions