Contents tagged with ATO

  • Ukrainian military command: pro-Russian militants shelled Dokuchaievsk

    Dokuchaievsk, which is not under Ukrainian control, was bombarded with heavy weapons, most likely 82-mm mortars, by militants, as reported by the press center of the Ukrainian military command in the Donbas.

    "According to unconfirmed reports, as a result of the shelling, there are casualties among local civilians," the report of the Ukrainian military reads.

    The press-service mentioned that Ukrainian solders near Novotroitske noticed that during the shelling of Ukrainian positions from 82-mm …

  • Ukrainian military capture separatist fighter during fight near Shyrokyne

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces detected and engaged into fight with a subversive armed group of pro-Russian separatists near the town of Shyrokyne, the press service of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed forces reported.

    According to the press service, Ukrainian military managed to capture one fighter of the subversive group.

    “In the area of Shyrokyne, Ukrainian defenders detected a subversive group moving towards their positions. When the distance became critical, our soldiers opened fire …

  • 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 …