Kyiv, 14 January 2015 – “The situation in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone has stabilized, the number of shots fired and their intensity tends to decrease. From 18.00 yesterday evening and till this morning illegal armed groups fired 18 times at our forces’ positions. In the last day illegal criminal groups fired a total of 75 times at the positions of our military,” informed Leonyd Matyukhin, ATO spokesman via Skype at a briefing at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. The area near the Donetsk airport along with the nearby localities remains the spot of highest tension. At 23.00 militants fired at the airport’s air control tower, afterwards fired at the Ukrainian positions around the airport.
Terrorists shelled Ukrainian strongholds near localities Staromykhaylivka, Taranchuk, Arkhangelske, Tonenke, Maloorlivka, Leninske and Shchastia (Luhansk region) with mortars and artillery systems. Militants shelled with Grad localities Tonenke, Maryinka, Pisky and three times Olenivka. “Yesterday evening illegal armed groups for the first time during the conflict used the 220-mm TOS-1 Buratino heavy flame thrower – multiple rocket launcher to open fire at the outskirts of Vesele locality,” noted ATO spokesman.
5 cases of aerial reconnaissance conducted with UAVs were observed near localities Hirske, Berdyanske, Topolyne and twice near Stary Aidar.