Kyiv, April 20, 2015. Ukrainian Armed Forces did not incur any casualties in the last day, said Colonel Andriy Lysenko, ATO spokesperson, at the press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. The number of ceasefire violation incidents has drastically decreased. Pro-Russian militants did not use artillery and armored vehicles against the Ukrainian forces, however, kept on instigating isolated armed provocations. “Militants shelled our positions five times from 120-mm mortars in the Donetsk sector,” said Colonel Lysenko.
Fighting continued around Shyrokyne village, on the outskirts of Donetsk, namely in Avdiivka, Opytne, Pisky and Krasnohorivka, and in Popasna of the Luhansk region.
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine recorded 17 militant UAVs in Donetsk region.
Ukrainian representatives at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination together with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission agreed to set up an additional Ukrainian observation post in Pisky. Additionally, the Ukrainian side has suggested installing web-cameras in Avdiivka in order to record all violations of Minsk agreements in the area.
Ukrainian intelligence reported 50 military trucks and 20 IFVs with military personnel moved through “Dovzhansky” border from Russia, heading to Debaltseve, in the last several days. Also Russian freight train numbering 40 carriages full of military equipment arrived in Sverdlovsk, Luhansk region.
Ukrainian border guards seized over 1 million hryvnias in cash while searching a passenger bus at the “Heorhiyivka” control point. According to the bus driver, he received the money from an unknown woman in Snizhne and had to deliver them to Zaporizhzhia.
Col. Lysenko also told that the Ukrainian police seized three Kalashnikovs and a hunting rifle, grenades, a knife and ammunition during a search of the vehicle that was heading to Shchastya. One of those detained turned to be a Russian citizen wanted back in his home country.