Contents tagged with Joint Forces Operation

  • Four Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas

    Four Ukrainian servicemen were killed today, August 6, as a result of shelling in the Donbas, reported the speaker of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Dmytro Gutsulyak.

    "We are saddened to report that as a result of enemy shelling, according to the available information, today four of our heroes received injuries incompatible with life," he said.

    According to Gutsulyak, the militants carried out shelling near the settlements of Bohdanivka and Pavlopil. The militants initially opened fire at …

  • Kyiv: Russia using Donbas as testing ground for modern weapons

    The Donbas is now being used by the occupiers as a testing ground for testing the capabilities of Russia’s modern weapons and military equipment, said Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Syrsky, commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation, in an interview with Defense Express.

    “The Russian military leadership is saturating the occupation contingent with modern weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems, communications equipment and other modern means to give them an advantage over the …

  • Ukrainian troops rehearse Russian invasion scenario from Azov Sea

    Troops from Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) practiced repelling a virtual enemy landing force coming from the Azov Sea, the JFO headquarters reported on Facebook.

    With the support of tanks, artillery and aircraft, the anti-landing reserve forces “destroyed” the imaginary enemy’s first wave of landing forces, and did not allow the second wave to land.

    The drill was conducted because the “waters and the Ukrainian coast of the Sea of Azov still remain high-risk zones for growing military …

  • Ukrainian border guards detain Russian mercenary at Luhansk checkpoint

    The Ukrainian military detained a Russian mercenary in the Luhansk region, reported the Staff of the Joint Forces Operation on March 3. "During the service at the checkpoint, the regular shift of the 3rd Operational Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine detained a citizen who had been cooperating with Russian separatist troops,” the statement reads.

    During a routine document check, civil guard officers learned through the National Police database that the man was subject to detention as an …

  • President Poroshenko signs bill giving OUN and UPA fighters status of combatants for independence of Ukraine

    On Saturday, December 22, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed Bill 8519 "On the status of war veterans and guarantees of their social protection" which aims at strengthening the social status of participants in the war for the independence of Ukraine, as reported on the Verkhovna Rada’s website. 

    The bill would provide the status of combatant to persons who took part in all forms of armed military activities for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century, including the Ukrainian …

  • Yarosh announces withdrawal of volunteers from the frontline in the Donbas

    Participants of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army (UVA) are leaving the frontline in Donbas, stated Commander Dmytro Yarosh, former leader of the Right Sector.

    “This day I announce that the 5th and 8th separate battalions of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army are leaving the frontline but we are not leaving the war. As long as there is a war, we will participate in it,"  he said. According to Yarosh, the UVA is now planning to establish resistance “in any area” and unite those who took part in the …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces liberate small village in Donbas

    Ukrainian military liberated the small village of Vilny in the Luhansk region that was controlled by pro-Russian militants, reported TSN news program on Friday, September 21. The Ukrainian military didn’t suffer any losses during the operation.  

    For almost three day before the operation, Ukrainian reconnaissance group collected the information on the enemy positions in the areas. The village was captured after only thirty minutes of fighting.

    The military carried out the operation with zero …

  • Ukrainian military in Donbas allowed to return fire without seeking authorization

    Joint Forces Operation (JFO) commanders are allowed to return fire when provoked, without needing to coordinate with top leadership first, said JFO commander Serhiy Nayev in an interview with UNN news agency.

    "The commanders are given the right to independently decide on the appropriate response to shelling [by the enemy] to protect the lives and health of subordinates and civilians," he said. According to Nayev, in a combat environment, waiting for approval "often has price of human life."

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  • Ukraine conducts military exercises in Donbas

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine conducted tactical exercises with participation if the warplanes, the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense stated on their website.

    “During the exercises, the assault aviation under cover of several fighter aircraft supported infantry units which stormed the stronghold of the enemy,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

    The Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation’s command stated on Facebook page that the unscheduled inspection of aviation units was conducted during the week. …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces 'tightening the noose' around Donetsk

    The purpose of the Ukrainian military attack on Horlivka is to "tighten the noose" around Donetsk, a source in the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) told Strana.ua news outlet.

    "Horlivka is surrounded by high hills, including the village of Yuzhny. The one who owns the strongholds at these hills in fact owns the town. From these hills, the whole town is easily exposed to fire. Therefore, if the territory around Horlivka is owned [by the Armed Forces of Ukraine], the separatists …