September 22, 2016.
As situation in the eastern Ukraine demonstrates signs of de-escalation,
diplomats agree to disengage forces at the meeting ofTrileteral Contact Group. Yesterday the Ukrainian side reached new agreements within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk. According to the Ukrainian officials, in the next 13 days forces nearby STANYTSA LUHANSKA, ZOLOTE and PETROVSKY will disengage to prevent fire from small arms. All previous agreements should be performed. In particular, on full and sustainable ceasefire and pool-out of heavy weapons by militants, including artillery and mortars. In case of keeping ceasefire by the Russia-backed militants, the number of points on the contact line with disengaged forces can be extended. The situation in the ATO zone retains signs of de-escalation. Militants carried out sporadic armed provocations with the use of small arms. In the Lugansk sector militants opened fire once with small arms near NOVOOLEKSANDRIVKA. In the Donetsk sector ceasefire was kept almost on the entire area. The exception is AVDIIVKA, where militants used small weapons in the provocation that took place from 2 pm to 11 nights. In the Mariupol sector illegal armed groups violated the ceasefire, mostly in the night-time. Five provocations took place near MARINKA, two more at NOVOTROITSKE and one near STAROHNATIVKA. Only small weapons were used. No Ukrainian servicemen were killed yesterday. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in a result of undermining on the explosive device.
September 23, 2016.
While ceasefire violations registered along the entire boundary line with
militants mostly using small arms, Ukrainian intelligence reports rotation in the
ranks of the adversary. In the past 24 hours, Ukrainian troops incurred no losses. One troop was wounded by sniping fire near TARAMCHUK. The situation in the ATO zone remains under control. However, the number of militant’s provocations has increased, comparing to September 21. For instance, several mortar attacks have been registered, as well as more active sniping fire. There were less ceasefire violations in the Mariupol sector, comparing to the previous days. The enemy used only small arms, once they fired from machine gun in the direction of MARIINKA, STAROGNATIVKA and TALAKIVKA. The militants’ sniping fire was registered near TARAMCHUK. Militants provocations extended in the Luhansk sector. They fired from small arms and an infantry fighting vehicle near NOVOZVANIVKA and made one shot from a grenade launcher at Ukrainian positions in POPASNA area. In addition, the militants’ sniper fired near NOVOOLEKSANDRIVKA. In the Donetsk sector, the militants conducted a number of short mortar attacks in the area of AVDIIVKA and NOVOSELIVKA DRUGA. In total, they fired eight mortar shells. Moreover, the armed groups actively used small arms near AVDIIVKA and on the outskirts of GORLIVKA. In other areas of this sector, the ceasefire held.
The Ukrainian intelligence informs that the militant groups continue rotation and strengthen their forward units. The Russian command repositioned two motorized rifle squadron, two cannon squadrons and an air defense missile battalion to the outskirts of LUHANSK. A motorized rifle squadron of the so-called ‘4th separate motorized brigade’ repositioned closer to ALCHEVSK together with trucks carrying military ammunition. In the temporarily occupied DONETSK there was rotation of Russian paratroopers of the 331rd airborne regiment (with permanent location in Kostroma, Russia). The Security Service of Ukraine found one more cache with ammunition on the outskirts of VODYANE village in Donetsk region. The police found there a MON-50 anti-personnel mine, 5 grenades RDG-5 with fuses, a smoke grenade, nearly 500 bullets of various caliber, electric detonator and other equipment used to trigger explosive devices.