Kyiv, May 7, 2015. Three Ukrainian servicemen of the 13th Motorized Infantry Battalion were released from militant captivity. “Dmytro Kyrychek, Dmytro Martynenko and Vitaliy Myshasty, who were taken captive during the battles for Vuhlehirsk last January, have arrived in Dnipropetrovsk today,” said Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman of the Administration of the President of Ukraine on ATO related issues at the press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
Meanwhile, Russia-backed militant groups keep violating Minsk agreements. “Militants shelled Ukrainian positions from 120-mm mortars 10 times, twice with 152-mm artillery over the last day. They have also fired from a tank once,” said Col. Lysenko.
Shyrokyne remained the only major hotspot in the Mariupol sector: 12 firing incidents from various types of weapons took place in the area. Situation remained tense in the areas close to the Donetsk airport and Horlivka in the Donetsk sector. Shchastya, Kryakivka, Orikhove and Stanytsia Luhanska were sites of fighting in the Luhansk sector.
Ukrainian servicemen spotted seven flights of enemy UAVs in the Donetsk region.
Ukrainian Armed Forces did not incur any lethal casualties, 3 servicemen got wounded in action in the last 24 hours.
Col. Lysenko reported that Aleksandr Zakharchenko, a “DPR” militant leader, has started a campaign to disarm “Russian Cossack” groups. They will be escorted to internment camps. If they refuse to obey to give up weapons, they will be eliminated immediately.
Ukrainian military engineers have neutralized 92 explosives in the government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Ukraine’s police detained one pro-Russian “DPR” fighter.
Col. Lysenko concluded with information said that the European Union will provide additional two million euro for repair works of boarding houses for internally displaced persons in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.