Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Military action in the conflict zone

The combined forces of the Azov, Dnipro, Donbas and Shakhtarsk special volunteer battalions freed the towns of Pervomaisk, Kamyshevakha and Kalinovo. On these territories, groups of RF Special Forces were exposed and destroyed, along with some 30 terrorists. In addition to this, Ukrainian Armed Forces units liberated the town of Ugledar and raised the national flag on the central building, Andriy Lysenko, spokesperson for the National Security Council’s News & Analysis Center, reported at the Center’s evening briefing, August 12, 2014.

At an ATO blockade between Horlivka and Yasynuvata, a car with three terrorists in it was destroyed. The men were carrying a huge number of weapons and explosives.

In the city of Shchastia, Aidar volunteer fighters arrested the Mayor of Artemivsk and another person, both of whom had cooperated with the terrorists. At the moment, they are providing testimony.

During the day, ATO forces exchanged fire with terrorists 5 times in the areas around Nyzhnia Vilkhova, Nyzhnioteple, Zemliane, Verhunskiy Rozyizd, and Stepanivka.

A successful military operation by ATO forces left terrorists in the area around Horlivka cut off from DNR. ATO forces are preparing for a further offensive in a number of directions simultaneously. Fighting went on in the areas around Donetsk, Luhansk, Horlivka and Ilovaisk. At the same time, joint air and artillery efforts neutralized one grouping of terrorists who were intended to reinforce the defense of militants around Shakhtarsk, Torez and Snizhne.

Meanwhile, the offensive by ATO forces has increased pressure on the terrorists in eastern Ukraine, leading to more conflict among the terrorists themselves as they begin to feel the lack of weapons, ammunition, supplies and means of communication. For instance, OPLOT militants in Donetsk Oblast, who are under the command of a field commander called “Tor,” shot at a convoy of trucks with wounded fighters from the Narodovyzvolniy Rukh [People’s Liberation Movement], run by a leader called “Grek.”

The border area

The situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border remains tense. Today, starting at 11:15, border guards and terrorists near the village of Pobyeda in Donetsk Oblast exchanged fire for nearly an hour. The militants used firearms to attack the border patrol, which was guarding the state border. The patrol opened fire in response and repelled the attack.

Population centers in the conflict zone

The territory under the control of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) is now under the decree of V. Bolotov, which prohibits exiting and crossing the border with Russia for all those age 16 to 60 because mobilization has been declared on the “republic’s territory. Predictions are that a similar ukase will be announced shortly by the leaders of DNR as well.

The terrorists continue to shoot at populated areas. In Makiyivka, Donetsk Oblast, the filtration station that supplies potable water to most of the districts of the city was damaged. In the suburb of Zeleniy in Makiyivka, terrorists have been broadly abducting people and holding them in the basement of the former Organized Crime Department. At the moment, they are holding 34 individuals and are asking UAH 3,000 [US $225] for the release of each of them.

The militants also continue to booby-trap infrastructure. Near the town of Nyzhnia Krynka under Makiyivka City Hall, militants mined a bridge and say they will blow it up if ATO forces start moving across it.

Because of the extensive damage to water supply systems because of the conflict, the terrorists in Luhansk could find themselves facing the real threat of a rise in various kinds of infections. The city still has no power which means people cannot keep food in their refrigerators. This also risks widespread digestive disorders, such as dysentery, viral hepatitis, and so on, during the hot weather—plus the added risk that the pathogens will be taken to other parts of the country. Another factor in the spread of epidemics is the extensive period that waste has been collecting in the city.

Today, IDPs from population centers currently in the conflict zone will receive humanitarian assistance. They will be given it by National Guard servicemen at the refugee center in Mariupol People will get foodstuff and other basic items. Ukraine’s servicemen have been sharing their food and things that they have been receiving from volunteers and local residents for a long time now.

The crime situation is worsening in those places where the militants are in charge. Many cases of marauding by terrorists have been reported, as these men are illegally verifying documents, surrounding designated districts, or announcing that they will shoot if people don’t allow them to search their apartments or check their personal documents and property on the streets of the city. While inspecting the property of civilians, they confiscate valuables. A large part of the militants believe that the leadership of DNR has betrayed them and left them on their own. Another fact is that they haven’t been given money to live on. As a result, desertions are on the rise and insubordination during combat.

Saboteur teams continue to operate on the territories liberated, shooting at ATO forces roadblocks from civilian cars. There is potential for attempted sabotage of infrastructure.

International support

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkiavicius has stated that the international community can no longer trust Russia, which has announced the shipment of 280 trucks with “humanitarian” aid. Linkiavicius says that Ukraine’s current troubles are all the result of the terrorists so any aid provided should be exclusively on that basis acceptable to Ukraine.

Linkiavicius also noted that people clearly needed humanitarian assistance and that they were living without electricity, water and basic goods, but this had to be agreed with the Government of Ukraine and that it had to be an international mission involving the Red Cross. The diplomat added that the European community could not trust any statements coming out of Russia and reminded people that armored vehicles were painted over to the colors of “peacekeeping” contingents and were waiting to cross the border. According to Linkiavicius, everything that happens in Ukraine needs to be with the knowledge and approval of the Ukrainian government: if Ukraine has not given the go-ahead, then any move could be seen as aggression, as an aggressive act.

According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy, 16,000 basic hygiene kits have been handed out as charitable assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the ATO zone. This assistance will come from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) according to a previous agreement. The Fund will deliver these kits to the State Emergency Service as the coordinator of the Interagency Coordination Office, which will then distribute it to its regional offices.

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