Contents tagged with ATO

  • Ukrainian MP Lubinets: Mariupol is under threat from Russia because of Minsk-2

    As a result of the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the contact line, Mariupol will be under threat of invasion by pro-Russian fighters, member of parliament Dmytro Lubinets, from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, stated at a briefing.

    He noted that, according to the agreements reached in Minsk, one of the areas for withdrawal is the village of Petrivske in the Starobeshivsky district in the Donetsk region.

    “Petrivske – a base area for the villages of Bohdanivka, Starohnativka and further on to …

  • US gives three mobile laboratories to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense

    The United States gave the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense three mobile laboratories worth 13 million hryvnia ($500,000). These labs will make it possible to promptly and efficiently complete tests, from the simplest to the most complex ones, to identify disease agents and bacteriological studies.

    As has been reported, there are no such laboratories in Ukraine yet, although they are urgently needed in the war zone.

    It is reported that the cars and medical equipment were purchased by the …

  • French Foreign Minister announces signing of document to begin withdrawal of troops from eastern Ukraine

    Next week an agreement may be signed on the withdrawal of troops from three pilot areas, as stated by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault, at a joint briefing with the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, and the Foreign Minister of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

    "Turning to security issues, I want to say that next week there will be an important phase, which may at the same time give us both consolidation of these …

  • Ukrainian soldiers begin clean up operation in gray zone of Avdiivka

    Ukrainian soldiers have started a total clean-up of the so-called "gray zone" of Old Avdiivka, as reported by Channel 5.

    It was noted that the Ukrainian army hold no positions here, but the National Police say that separatists are often noticed in the area. Ukrainian forces are checking every house, every cellar and each roof.

    Servicemen claim that the separatists have changed their tactics; that is why fighting them using the old methods is now very difficult. In particular, hostile scouts …

  • Separatists to introduce unilateral ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

    On the 13th of September, the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Aleksandr Zakharchenko, announced the introduction of a unilateral ceasefire.

    Separatists have promised to cease shooting from the 15th of September at midnight. A similar statement was made by the head of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky.

    Plotnitsky added that his servicemen are strictly prohibited from returning fire in the event of an attack from the Ukrainian forces. However, …

  • Ukrainian MoD: US servicemen visited the front lines in the Donbas

    A delegation of US servicemen in the Donbas, who are headed by the Commander of the Land Forces of the US Armed Forces in Europe, Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges, reported on the constant and grave violations of the Minsk Agreements made by separatist groups. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.

    The Ministry noted that delegation visited the Mariupol operational-tactical group in the Donbas in Donetsk and Luhansk on the 28th of August. The reason …

  • National Guard of Ukraine: Part of Azov Battalion was withdrawn from Mariupol to strengthen Azov coast

    The Azov unit’s withdrawal was explained as a redeployment of forces to gain better control over the coast of the Sea of Azov.

    Part of the regiment was withdrawn from Mariupol in connection with the planned redeployment of forces in order to gain better control over the Azov coast. This was reported by the press service of the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU).

    “A planned regrouping of forces and means of the National Guard was conducted in the ATO zone. In order to strengthen control over the …

  • Ukrainian Chief of Staff says he has witnessed separatists using heavy weapons

    Separatists in the Donbas continue to violate the Minsk Agreements by using heavy weapons against the Ukrainian military. The Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, said this during an interview with Ukrinform while discussing his trip to the Donbas.

    “We had the opportunity to see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears that the Minsk Agreements are really being violated by the enemy, that shots are being fired at our positions from both small and …

  • Ukrainian headquarters: Russia provided separatists with Tavolga anti-tank grenade launchers

    The headquarters of the Ukrained Armed Forces reported on their Facebook page that a new, more powerful handheld antitank grenade launcher, RPG-27 Tavolga, is now being used by the separatists in the Donbas region.

    "Separatists of the illegally armed groups have begun to use a wider range of anti-tank weapons, in particular ones that are more powerful," stated the message.

    The staff noted that this weapon is a far more powerful and dangerous modification of the famous RPG-7B and is used to …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces headquarters: Separatists attacked Avdiivka with heavy artillery

    On Sunday, separatists in the Donetsk area used 152mm and 122mm heavy artillery weapons, which are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, the Ukrainian Headquarters press service reported on July 31. According to them, Russian forces opened fire 27 times on Ukrainian positions on Sunday.“The most challenging situation is in the Donetsk area. Heavy artillery of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 120mm mortars, grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms were used by the enemy in Avdiivka. …