Kyiv, February 28, 2015 – Ukraine’s Security Service of Ukraine detained three people who committed a terrorist act during the March of Dignity on February 22 in Kharkiv. “Members of the “Oplot” terrorist organization committed this crime. Terrorist who detonated the explosive used to be a member of Berkut riot police unit”, – told Colonel Andriy Lysenko, ATO spokesman, during press-briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. The terrorists were recruited by the Russian intelligence last spring. “Security Service officers seized F-1 grenades, plastic explosives, blaster fuses and bullets for automatic weapons during the search of the premises of the detained”, – added Col. Lysenko.
Ukrainian counterintelligence also detained a pro-Russian of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic”. The militant was gathering intelligence in the Donetsk region. Furthermore, Ukrainian police officers found ammunition storage was found near Krasnyi Lyman.
Ukrainian and foreign media observed the withdrawal of 100mm guns from the contact line. International observers from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine observed the withdrawal. At the same time, militants still have not provided OSCE observers with necessary information about their military equipment, withdrawal routes and their further location.
Russia-backed militant attacked Ukrainian Armed Forces positions near Tonenke, Kamyanka and Avdiyivka with the artillery and small arms. Ukrainian forces and insurgents engaged in skirmish nearby Opytne. No shelling was recorded in Luhansk and Mariupol directions in the past 24 hours. Ukrainian Armed Forces did not suffer any fatal military casualties; 3 servicemen got wounded in the last 24 hours.
Militants recover their ammunition and manpower reserves. Russia, in turn, continues to supply its proxies with mercenaries, ammunition and military equipment. Thus the so-called 16th “humanitarian convoy” has invaded Ukraine yesterday.
Ukrainian servicemen spotted 5 insurgent UAVs in the Mariupol sector and on administrative border with the occupied Crimea.