Contents tagged with ATO

  • Ukrainian military shot down third Russian drone since the beginning of ceasefire in the Donbas

    Since December 23, when the New Year-Christmas ceasefire in the Donbas began, Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense units have shot down third enemy drone, the press center of the headquarters of the Ukrainian Military in Donbas reports.

    "In the area of the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation), the air defense unit shot down a Russian-made Orlan-10 UAV. Since the beginning of the ceasefire (December 23), this is the third downed UAV of this type," the report said.

    It was noted that Orlan-10 is an …

  • Ukrainian Presidential advisor: some soldiers freed from separatist captivity in Donbas suspected of desertion

    According to Ukrainian Presidential Advisor, Yurii Biriukov, 14 of the 73 freed prisoners of war were suspected of being deserters as indicated on Facebook. The soldiers suspected of desertion will not be able to access financial compensation until a court hands down a verdict.

    This came after veterans of the antiterrorist operation [the armed conflict between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces in Donbas] became frustrated when recognizing deserters among the soldiers who …

  • Ukrainian military command denies liberation of two villages in the Donbas, says the territory was always under Kyiv's control

    The settlements of Travneve and Hladosove in the Donetsk region were located on territory controlled by Ukraine and, therefore, “nobody liberated them", as stated by Vladyslav Voloshyn, an officer of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reports Hromadske.

    "Two settlements - Travneve and Hladosove - were on the territory controlled by Ukraine. They were not liberated," the officer stated.

    According to Voloshyn, the Ukrainian military was located in these settlements before the …

  • Ukraine to change the name of its military operation in the Donbas

    The bill to reintegrate the Donbas will entail the introduction of the concept “Operation on Defense of Ukraine” instead of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO). This was announced by Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories Yuriy Hrymchak in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

    When asked to clarify whether the word “war” would be used for the operation, he responded in the negative, explaining that the term would mean declaring war on Russia with all the corresponding consequences. …

  • Ministry of Defence: Russia’s military aggression in Eastern Ukraine continues

    Pro-Russian separatists committed 173 breaches of ceasefire agreement in one week, as reported by Andrew Liashenko, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, in his weekly update for the period of August the 28th to September the 3rd. Liashenko specified that 18 out of those 173 violations were committed “with the use of heavy weaponry”.

    The geographical breakdown of incidents of separatists opening fire at the Ukrainian armed forces was reported as follows:

    108 in the Donetsk …

  • Ukrainian military command: Ukrainian Armed Forces do not capture territories specified in the Minsk Agreements

    Information about the alleged advancement of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbas is false, according to the statement of press center of the Ukrainian military command in the Donbass, posted on Facebook.

    "In social networks, false information continues to be spread, alleging that the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are moving forward and occupying new positions along the front line," the press center noted.

    Thus, the information has been circulated that the military …

  • Ukrainian media: Separatists continue attacking Ukrainian military's positions

    On the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine zone, separatist militia fighters are becoming increasingly active at nighttime, specifically in the southern front sector. Over the past days, the Ukrainian military has been under attack by submachine and machine gun fire, RPG shells, and mines, TSN reports.

    Along the line of defense in the Lebedynske area, heavy 120-meter caliber guns were fired, and in the area of the forward defense posts near Shyrokyne, the combatants fired cannons and from …

  • The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine unveils a draft law on de-occupation of Donbas

    Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) presented an idea for the law on the de-occupation of the Donbas which supposed to become an alternative to the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), Hromadske reported.

    The preamble notes that the legal regime of the ATO, introduced in April 2014, made it possible to stop the expansion of Russian aggression, and kept it localized in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. It also made it possible to hold …

  • Turchynov: Ukraine must transition to a new format of defense against Russia’s hybrid aggression

    Secretary of the Defense and Security Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov believes that Ukraine needs to end the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) and transition to a new format of national defense against Russia’s hybrid war.

    “Military actions have been going on in the east of our country for three years already, and they have escalated both in duration and in the massive format of the military operation (ATO). At the same time, it must be pointed out that the anti-terrorist operation …

  • The Ukrainian Army has retaken control of territory seized by separatists in 2015

    The Ukrainian Army advanced about a mile into the “gray zone” along the Bakhmut road in the Donbas. As a result, a strategically important road to Luhansk that was controlled by the separatist and the village of Zholobok fell into the range of fire of the Ukrainian artillery, as reported on the Ukrainian TV program TSN Tyzhden.

    According to the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the army’s advance cannot be considered an offensive. The retaken territory should be under Ukraine’s control …