Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Military action in the conflict zone

ATO forces have further tightened the circle around terrorist positions in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. The operation to cut off all access to supplies for the Russian mercenaries continues. The greatest tension remains around Alchevsk, Luhansk, Krasniy Luch, Krasnodon, Horlivka, Makiyivka, Donetsk, Ilovaisk, Shakhtarsk, Torez, and Snizhne, where active fighting continues.

Andriy Lysenko, spokesperson for the National Security Council’s News & Analysis Center, reported at the Center’s midday briefing, August 13, 2014, that over the previous 24 hours, Ukraine’s Armed Forces at checkpoints and various positions engaged in fire 25 times with illegally armed groups around the towns of Nyzhnioteple, Verkhnia Krynka, Verhunskiy Rozyizd, Olhinske, Stepanivka, Ilovaisk, Sabivka, Krasniy Yar, Prydorozhne, Triokhisbenka, Fashchivka, Stukalova Balka, Petrivske, Nyzhnia Vilkhova, Komyshuvakha, Siversk-Serebrianka, and Kumachev.

The border area

Border patrol stations continue to be shot at, including from Russian territory. On August 12 from 22:45 to 23:00, Russians fired artillery and mortar from the direction of the Russian village of Voloshino at border units near Krasna Talivka in Luhansk Oblast. Half an hour before the attack, a Russian drone was seen flying at an altitude of about 2,000 m.

From 22:40-23:30 along the Manotskiy (RF)—Kamyshyne (UA) line, Russians fired artillery at a border checkpoint in Luhansk Oblast. The Uspenka crossing was attacked by mortar and artillery twice from Russian territory, with a total of nearly 150 shots being fired. As a result, the building suffered damage, as did the telephone line.

Support for Ukraine’s army

Ukrainian citizens continue to support the army on a voluntary basis. Staff at the Infrastructure Ministry collected money and gave special equipment to the National Guard: scopes, binoculars and infrared goggles.

The Ukrainian government is increasing the protection of children’s rights during preparations for mobilization and mobilization during times of crisis, as well as providing protection for the children of servicemen who are demobilizing from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

On August 12, President Poroshenko signed the Law “On amending certain laws of Ukraine to increase the protection of children’s rights.” This law now exempts adult men who are eligible for the draft and have three or more minor dependents from being called up during mobilization, and women with minor dependents. Men and women who are single parents of minor children or children under the age of 23 who are Group I or Group II invalids are also exempted from the draft. Such citizens may only be called up for military service with their own consent and only in the area where they officially reside. In addition, women who support minor children may be relieved from military service in times of crisis unless the express the desire to extend their service.

In terms of social and legal protection for service personnel and members of their families, this legislation states that servicewomen who have children under 18, as opposed to under 16, as was earlier, will be eligible for a one-time cash benefit upon leaving military service.

The Defense Ministry has initiated a social adaptation program aimed at veterans in this undeclared war and members of their immediate families. Starting this year, children of ATO participants will be able to apply on a non-competitive basis to military lyceums and lyceums with intensive military and physical training as part of a special additional selection process. Special consideration will be given to the sons of Heroes who gave their lives in the defense of their Homeland.

Population centers in the conflict zone

The militants continue to shoot at residential quarters in the population centers of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, leading to casualties among civilians. As of today, 143 educational facilities have been damaged by terrorists in Donetsk Oblast. As a rule, these buildings are destroyed by Russian arms, which is the real point of Russia’s “humanitarian” assistance for the Donbas.

Militants seized the Sverdlovsk mine, for the main purpose of settling into the administrative and service buildings of the mining facility. This way they ensure themselves provisions, electricity, water and communication links.

During their retreat from Vulhehirsk in Donetsk Oblast, the terrorists blew up an auto bridge near the filtration station. Information is also coming in that Russian saboteurs have mined other infrastructure, such as the Kirovska mine in Donetsk and the bridge in Nyzhnia Krynka, not far from Makiyivka. In Vakhrushiv, not far from Krasniy Luch in Luhansk Oblast, militants seized a school and a performance hall.

Because of the difficult situation in the region, on August 12, 351 individuals left Shchastia in 80 cars via the humanitarian corridor in Luhansk Oblast. Since this corridor began to operate, more than 6,000 residents of Luhansk have used it to leave the area.

Those who want information about the operation of the humanitarian corridor in Luhansk Oblast can use the refugee assistance hotlines in Svatove: mobile numbers are +38050 169-1294+38050 169-1294, +38097 340-9970+38097 340-9970, or +38096 133-1797+38096 133-1797, and the local number is +38064 713-3650+38064 713-3650.

International support

International organizations are directing humanitarian cargo to Ukraine for residents of its eastern regions who are suffering at the hands of the terrorists. Among others, the European Union is providing €2.5 million in aid to Ukraine. The President of Georgia has also declared his readiness to join the international humanitarian efforts as Georgia was also the victim of aggression in the past and understands the difficulty of the current situation in Ukraine.

The coordination of such efforts has been placed with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). All freight is sent on using Red Cross trucks and must enter Ukraine through working border checkpoints in Kyiv’s control and to go through Ukrainian Customs Service procedures.

After a meeting of the EU Policy and Security Committee, the ambassadors of EU member countries announced that it was important to ensure that humanitarian aid was given in a targeted fashion in Ukraine, in complete compliance with international humanitarian law and principles, and with the clear approval of the Ukrainian government.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius emphasized that any access of humanitarian convoys into Ukraine needed to be agreed with official Kyiv. He also said it was quite possible that Moscow might try to establish a permanent presence in this country in such a manner.

Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop declared that any attempt by Moscow to bring its army into the Donbas region under cover of a humanitarian mission would be harshly condemned by the Australian government. “If Russia really cared about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, the first thing it would have done would have been to stop supplying mercenaries and arms to eastern Ukraine,” said Bishop after meeting with officials from the US Departments of Foreign Policy and Defense in Sidney.

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