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

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