Contents tagged with ATO

  • Ukrainian opera singer dies fighting in the Donbas

    Opera singer Vasyl Slipak was killed in the Donbas region, as reported by a representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, Dmitry Kuleba, on Twitter.

    "Vasyl Slipak, the Ukrainian opera singer, who left the French Opera in order to protect Ukraine, was killed in eastern Ukraine," he wrote. Journalist Yuri Butusov reported on his Facebook page that Slipak died in the Donetsk district.

    "He chose the pseudonym ‘Myth.’ It was shortened from Mephistopheles from the opera Faust. He was not a …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Russian soldiers arrived in Mariupol

    Mariupol’s press officer, Vitaly Kirilov, stated that technical intelligence sources captured and recorded radio transmissions indicating that four Russian KAMAZ trucks carrying Russian servicemen entered Mariupol’s territory as reported by, the news portal of the city of Mariupol.

    The Ukrainian military press service also reported that the separatist military forces are also undergoing training to control unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Practice launches of UAV flights have been …

  • Ukrainian Azov and Donbas National Guard regiments will return to the front line

    The Adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, Zorian Shkiriak, stated that the National Guard regiments Azov and Donbas will soon return to the frontline in eastern Ukraine.

    “First of all, it is about operative rapid brigades of the National Guard and the special-task regiments Azov and Donbas. They will return to the frontline and fulfill their functions of direct contact with the enemy,” the Ministry’s press service reported.

    According to Shkiriak, these regiments have repeatedly proved …

  • Poltorak: 623 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed or wounded in 2016

    The situation in eastern Ukraine is becoming increasingly tense

    Ukrainian Defense Minister and Army General, Stepan Poltorak, stated that 623 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed or wounded in 2016, a statement by the Defense Ministry's press service reads.

    "The situation in eastern Ukraine is becoming increasingly tense. This year the enemy has already violated the ceasefire about 7,000 times. The enemy uses forbidden armament - artillery systems and MRLS," Poltorak stated.

    According to …

  • Herashchenko: Ukraine suffered a record number of casualties in the Donbas in recent weeks

    According to the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, Russia continues to demonstrate disrespect for the Minsk process.

    “We have a record number of killed and injured people in the ATO zone in recent weeks, Herashchenko stated during the round table meeting that took place on 13th of June, RBK-Ukraine reported. At the same time, she noted that Russia’s violation of the ceasefire was a clear sign of their disrespect of process.

    “I wish to assure you that Ukraine and …

  • Ukrainian losses continue on the front line in eastern Ukraine

    According to a report released by the press service of the Ukrainian President’s administration, separatists continue ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine.

    On Friday, two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and ten were injured, according to the press secretary of the administration of the Ukrainian President, Andriy Lysenko.

    “Over the previous day one Ukrainian soldier was killed in the course of the hostilities on the front line in eastern Ukraine. Another servicemen was killed as a result …

  • The United Nations believes that conflict in the Donbas was called an anti-terrorist operation in vain

    The United Nations believes that the interpretation of the conflict in the Donbas as an anti-terrorist operation has resulted in considerable confusion, as mentioned in the report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions, Christophe Hynes, following his official visit to Ukraine in September 2015.

    According to UNIAN, the report was submitted by the UN General Assembly Secretariat to the UN Human Rights Council. The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council …

  • Separatists attempt to overtake Ukraine positions near Novotroitske

    On Tuesday evening, Russian-backed separatists attempted to break through the Ukrainian defenses near Novotroitske, but the government forces were able to repel the attack, as reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    According to the post, separatists used infantry fighting vehicles, snipers, and grenade launchers as part of their assault on the Ukrainian positions.

    “Ukrainian soldiers opened fire and shot an infantry combat vehicle of the …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence reported that more Russian artillery and tanks arrived in the Donbas

    More military equipment and personnel have arrived in the Donbas from Russia. This was reported by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

    According to the report, Russia continues to supply fuel and motor oil to the occupied territory. “We have noted that trains carrying up to 100 personnel, as well as military equipment, have arrived at the Khartsyzk settlement. The equipment consists of three tanks, eight infantry fighting vehicles, two 122-mm MLRS Grads …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces: The number of attacks by separatists has doubled

    The headquarters of Ukrainian military operations in the Donbas reported that on April 23rd, Russian-backed separatists fired at Ukrainian military positions more than 41 times. This is more than double the number of attacks by separatists on April 22nd, when there were only 19 recorded.

    "The most active was the Donetsk area where the gunmen fired towards Avdiivka using 82 mm and 120 mm caliber mortars. Kremlin supporters also ignored the ceasefire in areas near the Ukrainian positions in …