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Terrorists attacked checkpoint in Luhansk Region with RPG while civilians were crossing it

Today in the morning two terrorists attacked Ukrainian checkpoint “Stanytsia Luhanska” located on the way out of Lugansk to government-controlled part of the Region. The were moving in the line of people crossing the checkpoint from the side of LPR controlled territory. About 300-500 meters before the checkpoint they got out of the line and launched 2 grenades using RPG. 1 Ukrainian soldier was wounded. Civilians were not hurt. Locals reported that OSCE observers were at the place right after attack. Checkpoint got closed. That was the only operating checkpoint in Luhansk Region. About 5 000 people were crossing that checkpoint daily.

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Here is the information posted by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Today in the morning 2 unidentified men attacked Ukrainian Army positions located at “Stanytsia Luhanska” checkpoint.

Two unidentified men who were moving in the line of people moving in the direction to the checkpoint “Stanytsia Luhanska” got out of the line in about 300-500 meters before the checkpoint and wend down to the field. After that they stopped and made two launches from RPG. One grenade hit Stella located near the checkpoint, another grenade hit fortifications where Ukrainian soldiers were located. One soldier was wounded. Civilians were not hurt.

It was decided to temporarily stop the work of the checkpoint. People who were crossing the contact line were taken to the safe area.

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Damaged Ukrainian fortifications at Stanytsia Luhanska

Over 21 thousand people crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday

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

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

Donetsk Region:

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;

Lugansk Region:

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.

Pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 69 times in the last 24 hours, 7 soldiers wounded

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

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.

15 188 civilians crossed the contact line in the East of Ukraine yesterday going in and out of occupied territories

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

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.

Pro-Russian militants shelled checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska using 82 mm mortars

The situation in Lugansk Regions got much worse in the last few days. At night pro-Russian militants shelled the checkpoint which is the only way for civilians to cross the contact line. Yesterday 2685 people passed by that checkpoint on their way in and out of occupied territory. See State Border Guard Service report. Terrorists used 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Protocol. Militants also attacked Tryokhizbenka village using 82 mm mortars, automatic grenade launchers, high caliber machine guns and small firearms.

People crossing checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

People crossing checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska

The information about cease-fire violations in Lugansk Region was posted today by Lugansk Regional Administration at www.facebook.com/odalug

Yesterday on Feb 3, starting from 19:00 and for about an hour terrorists shelled Ukrainian fortifications in Tryokhizbenka near destroyed bridge, they used 82 mm mortars (about 50 shells were fired), automatic grenade launchers, high caliber machine guns and small firearms. The attack was from the direction of Krasnyi Liman (controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic). There was no information about wounded or destruction.

Also at about 21:00 terrorists shelled pedestrian checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska using 82 mm mortars. Most of the shells exploded near the bridge in “grey zone”, but some of them landed near crossing line on Ukrainian side.

The Governor of Lugask Region George Tuka said that he was ready to close the checkpoint immediately as the life of civilians crossing the contact line there could be in danger if such shelling repeats. By after talking to military and border guards it was decided to leave the checkpoint open.

Regarding checkpoint in Stanytsia.

In my opinion if there is any possible danger from the side of terrorist the checkpoint must be closed! In the morning I made a decision to close the checkpoint. But military and border guards offered to give “one more chance” in order not create difficulties to civil population. I repeat: our defenders voted for that decision, who (in my opinion) were supposed to be the 1st ones to offer to close the checkpoint… I would already close it. But I highly respect our military, so we will be making a decision together. Always!

– George Tuka, the Governor of Lugansk Region, posted at www.facebook.com/george.tuka

Two women were trying to cross Ukrainian border with documents issued in occupied Crimea and Lugansk

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine detained two women yesterday who were trying to get into Ukraine using documents issued in occupied of Crimea and Lugansk.

Passport of so-called Lugansk People's Republic

Passport of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic

One woman was detained in Kherson airport by border control service. While going through passport control a woman showed Russian international passport issued on the territory of Crimea after it was already occupied by Russia. The document has no legal power and the woman who violated Ukrainian laws will be sent back to Turkey on the return flight.

Another woman arrived to “Hoptivka” checkpoint located in Kharkiv Region yesterday. She was trying to enter the territory of Ukraine with a passport of so-called “Lugansk People’s Republic”. She got the document in Lugansk in September 2015 and she showed that document while going through border control. She explained that she left Lugansk Region with that document via border checkpoint “Izvaryne” which is officially closed now, she got to the territory of Russia. She had no problems during passport control in Russian checkpoint “Nehoteyevka”. Border control officers called for Security Service of Ukraine and took the passport.

Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

 

One day of truce on the East of Ukraine. 11 military WIA and 2 civilians killed

Just in one day of truce when all Ukrainians were celebrating The Day of Defender of Ukraine on October 14 Ukraine lost 11 military WIA and 2 civilians were killed by a landmine. All casualties happened in Lugansk Region where both parties of the conflict continue to withdraw weapon of a caliber less than 100 mm 15 km away from the contact line according to Minsk Agreements.

Krasna Talivka on the map

Krasna Talivka on the map

All reports about causalities started to be posted only next day. The 1st one came from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. A vehicle with border guards was moving near the border with Russia in Lugansk Region about 30 km away from the contact line when road mine exploded and wounded 9 soldiers.

Yesterday at about 18:30 between Harasymivka and Krasnyi Derkul villages located in Stanytsia Luhanska district in Lugansk Region our “KRAZ” vehicle was blown up by a high-explosive mine near the border line. Border guards of rapid response commandant “Kharkiv” were patrolling the territory and were going to reinforce part of the border. As the result of the explosion 9 Ukrainian servicemen were wounded, 3 of them are in medium severity condition. Wounded got medical help and were delivered to Bilovodsk central district hospital. After that they will be delivered to Central hospital of State Border Guard Service.

– Reported by Border Guard Service at http://dpsu.gov.ua on Oct. 15, 2015

The incident happened near Krasna Talivka far away from the conflict zone, but right on the border with Russia. It’s more likely that road mine was set by saboteur team that crossed the border and came from Russia. They blew up the border guards vehicles and left to where they came from.

Similar attack happened at the same location on April 20 2015, see Ukrainian Border Guards vehicle blown up near Russian border. Last year on August 25 2014 Russian unit with the support of 2 combat helicopters MI-24 attacked Ukrainian border guard unit near Krasna Talivka, at that battle 4 Ukrainian fighters were killed and 3 more wounded, see report Two Russian combat helicopters MI-24 attacked Ukrainian border guards. A year later there was a monument installed in the memory of the killed Ukrainian heroes, see the report here.

It looks like Russians are interested in that area as their reconnaissance activity continued, on May 16 2015 Ukrainian border guards spotted saboteur team near Harasymivka 200 meter from Russian border and got in a fight, 1 border guard was wounded, see the report here. On July 23 2015 Russia lost very expensive drone also at the same location near Harasymivka, see report Ukraine shot down 2 million worth Russian drone “Zastava” aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV

On the same day when 9 border guards were wounded by a road mine on October 14 2015 2 Ukrainian soldiers got wounded by a landmine near the contact line close to Stanytsia Luhaska. That was reported by Hennadiy Moskal.

On Wednesday (October 14) in the evening in the suburbs of Stanytsia Luhanska 2 Ukrainian soldiers age 21 and 24 got wounded by a landmine. This happened in a forest near Siverskiy Donets river which is actually the contact line. Both soldier are from 128th brigade, they were delivered to the hospital where they got medical help, their life is not in danger.

– Hennadiy Moskal, reported at http://moskal.in.ua

Later this information was confirmed by ATO speaker, see here.

And later the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Lugansk Region confirmed that two women from Lugansk got killed by a landmine in Stanytsia Luhanska on October 14 (see report here). Obviously those women were trying to get to Lugansk and went through the forest avoiding the checkpoint.

 

Another humanitarian logistics center opened near Donetsk

Yesterday the head of Donetsk Regional Administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi opened another modernized checkpoint “Novotroitske” and humanitarian logistics center located on the contact line on the way to occupied Donetsk.

Pavlo Zhebrivskyi  opening humanitarian logistics center near Donetsk

Pavlo Zhebrivskyi opening humanitarian logistics center near Donetsk

We are opening another really European checkpoint.Two and a half months ago I saw very long lines of people, people were sleeping at night at the sides of the road. Together with Border Guard Service of Ukraine I ordered to increase the capacity of the checkpoint. so our citizens who live on temporarily occupied territories would not suffer like that.

– Pavlo Zhebrivskyi

He also noted that moving the checkpoint from Bugas village to Novotroitske allowed to get over 30 thousand of people out of a “grey zone”. Also the capacity was increased almost three times as the number of border guards was increased and four lines of the road are used. In 24 hours military check documents of about 7 thousand of people.

Humanitarian logistics center at Novotroitske

Humanitarian logistics center at Novotroitske

Deputy Head of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Vasyl Servatyuk said that soon there will be another modernized checkpoint opened in Kurakhove direction. After that border guards will start to work in Hnutove village. The experience of Donetsk Region is planned to be used in Lugansk Region as well.

We want to change ideology of checkpoints, so people can understand that there are standards when law-abiding citizens of Ukraine don’t even notice how they cross the contact line. There should be no lines of people, people must be treated in a friendly way and served fast. We invite local population to take part in a work of the checkpoint, we already selected people and train them. Later those guys will return with different attitude and realize their responsibility. Only together we can fulfill the tasks of out Government, the President and the country.

– Vasyl Servatyuk

The head of Donetsk Region also said that humanitarian logistics center “Novotroitske” built using experience of previous center near Atremivsk city which was open on August 28. This logistics center also has pharmacy, bulletproof department of “Oschadbank” Bank, post office of Ukrposhta, local manufactures sell their products here.

Here it is even better than at logistics center “Zaitseve”, because we took into account previous mistakes. The pharmacy has more products. Today the head of District Administration asked about possibility of putting notary office here, so people can register property rights, register a child and so on.

– Pavlo Zhebrivskyi

Pharmacy at humanitarian logistics center

Pharmacy at humanitarian logistics center

Pavlo Zhebrivskyi denied that opening of modern checkpoint means setting up new borders of Ukraine.

There is no new border. This is a contact line between temporary occupied and Ukraine controlled territories. We hope and we are sure that soon the control over all part of the border will be restored. It’s just that regional authorities try to do everything in a good way. In future logistics center can be uses for wholesale trade of agricultural products.

– Pavlo Zhebrivskyi

Bank office at humanitarian logistics center

Bank office at humanitarian logistics center

Reported by Donetsk Regional State Administration at http://donoda.gov.ua

250 tons of humanitarian aid delivered by International Committee of Red Cross to Donetsk

Today 13 cargo trucks with 250 tons of humanitarian aid from International Committee of Red Cross went to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

13 cargo trucks with humanitarian aid from International Committee of Red Cross went via checkpoints “Bugas” and “Hnutove”. Vehicles delivered construction materials and food to uncontrolled territory. Over 250 tons of humanitarian aid are for the residents of Donetsk Region.

– State Border Guard Service at Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Just 2 days ago ICRC in Ukraine reported that they delivered 39 tons of construction materials (timber, slate and wire) to Yasynuvata to help local residents to fix roofs before the winter.

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

 

Professional sniper from Iran who planned to join terrorist groups on the East of Ukraine was detained by Border Guard Service

Border Guard Service of Ukraine detained Iranian citizen who was professional sniper, he was trying to get on the territory controlled by pro-Russian terrorists on the East of Ukraine. He planned to join illegal armed forces and wanted to take part in military actions on the side of so-called LPR and DPR.

Sniper from Iran detained in Boryspil Airport

Sniper from Iran detained in Boryspil Airport

During passport control of passengers who arrived from Tbilisi to Kiev at checkpoint in Bolryspil Airport officers of State Border Guard Service detained Iranian citizen.

The foreigner has tactical sack, military uniform (camouflaged jacket), tactical boots, knives, torch lights, underwear for autumn and winter, slippers for noiseless walk, tactical medical kit. Iranian citizen confessed that he was professional sniper and was a serviceman of Iranian army.

Equipment that Iranian sniper brought with him

Equipment that Iranian sniper brought with him

Tactical sack that Iranian sniper had with him

Tactical sack that Iranian sniper had with him

Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

About a week ago Italian paratrooper was detained in Ukraine while he was trying to join pro-Russian terrorists groups on the East of Ukraine. Read more at Italian paratrooper came to join pro-Russian terrorists and was detained twice at Ukrainian checkpoints