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Ministry of Defense: Proxy forces refrained from using artillery and main battle tanks last week

Ministry of Defense: Proxy forces refrained from using artillery and main battle tanks last week
Kyiv, September 11, 2017.

Last week, the number of ceasefire violations ranged between 51 on Sunday (September 10th) and 25 on Thursday (September 7th).  Ministry of Defense was registering a decrease in the employment of heavy weapons on the part of the Russia-backed militants last week. This was the situation for all three sectors. Besides, proxy forces have not used either artillery or main battle tanks, reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman Andrew Liashenko at a weekly briefing held at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

Luhansk sector

Last week, the intensity of the enemy fire in this sector remained lowest among the three sectors. Most of the enemy ceasefire violations throughout the week were featuring the use of small arms, predominantly in the vicinity of Krymske and Stanytsya Luhanska.

On September 6th, Russian proxies opened low-intensity mortar fire at Malynove, while on September 7th they engaged Lobacheve with mortars.

On September 10th, invaders have violated the ceasefire once again having opened a mortar fire against Novotoshkivske for two times.

Last week, the daily number of ceasefire violations by the enemy throughout Luhansk sector ranged between 1 and 6.

Donetsk sector

Over the previous week, the intensity of the enemy fire in this sector was the highest among the entire front line. From Monday to Thursday, Russian proxies engaged the positions of Ukrainian Armed Forces near Zaytseve and in Avdiyivka area with grenade launchers.

On Friday, Russia-equipped militants opened fire against Pisky using a variety of weapons and military equipment, including mortars of different calibers, infantry fighting vehicles, and grenade launchers. On Sunday, invaders opened low-intensity mortar fire at Novoluhanske.

Last week, the daily number of ceasefire violations by the enemy in the Donetsk sector ranged between 10 and 22.

Mariupol sector

The situation in the sector was rather unstable over the past week. From Monday to Wednesday, Russian proxies engaged the positions of Ukrainian Armed Forces along the southern coastal defense lines using machine guns and grenade launchers. On September 7th and 8th, Russia-equipped militants opened mortar fire at Maryinka.

On Saturday, Russian proxies engaged Krasnohorivka with mortars. On Sunday, it was already the turn for Lebedynske and Shyrokyne who become the targets for enemy mortars.

Last week, the daily number of ceasefire violations by the enemy in the Mariupol sector ranged between 12 and 23.

Intelligence data

Over the week, Ukrainian troops registered 4 episodes of enemy drones performing aerial reconnaissance. According to Ukrainian military intelligence, enemy UAVs were used over Stanytsya Luhanska, Horlivka, Donetsk airport as well as the positions of Ukrainian forces close to Mariupol.

The Ukrainian military intelligence reports further military assistance coming from Moscow to its proxies. Particularly, Russia delivered trains carrying 19 tank cars of fuel as well as 5 railway cars with unidentified cargo.

The total number of casualties amongst Russian proxies is 10 killed and 10 wounded over the week. Additionally, militants lost one UAV that was downed by Ukrainian servicemen.

Casualties

Last week, 1 Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action and 5 servicemen were wounded in action.  On September 7th, a civilian man was wounded in Donetsk region as a result of a booby trap explosion.

Humanitarian aid

Last week, Ukrainian authorities arranged for access and safe passage through government checkpoint of 11 trucks carrying the humanitarian aid for civilians living on the temporarily occupied territory of Eastern Ukraine. Over 200 tons of food, medicine, construction materials and water pump equipment were provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross and a foreign charity fund. A truck full of assistance and aid to the residents of an occupied city of Luhansk was denied by militants of the so-called “DPR”.

Report on the military developments as of the previous week is available here, as of September 11 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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