Andriy Lysenko: OSCE observes militant attacks at Avdiivka coke-chemical plant, over 200 explosions near Donetsk airport


Kyiv, May 26, 2015. Russia-backed militants shelled the Ukrainian military positions near Avdiivka, which caused fire at the local coke-chemical plant. Ukrainian representatives at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, militants launched 45 artillery shells and mortar mines at the plant. “One civilian was killed as a result of shelling, while the fire on the plant caused ammonium spill. OSCE mission also registered around 200 munitions explosions in the area of the Donetsk airport,” said Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman of the Administration of the President of Ukraine ATO related issues, at the press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.


Ukrainian JCCC patrol came under fire yesterday. The incident took place in the Volnovakha district, Donetsk region. As a result, one vehicle was damaged; no casualties incurred. “Reasons and responsible of the provocative incident are being clarified,” emphasized ATO spokesman.

In the Mariupol sector, Shyrokyne remains the only hotspot of the conflict. In the Donetsk sector, Ukrainian troops have been continuously shelled by areas around the Donetsk airport and on the western outskirts of Horlivka. In the Luhansk sector, fighting continued near Shchastya and on the eastern and northern outskirts of militant-controlled Pervomaysk.

Ukrainian border guards spotted nine flights of enemy UAVs yesterday.

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action and 12 got wounded in the last 24 hours.

Ukraine’s Security Service uncovered a criminal ring in the Donetsk region that collected money for the “DPR” fighters.

Also, operatives detained an arms dealer in Zhytomyr region. He was detained in the town of Pobeda, Luhansk region. The law enforcers confiscated a grenade for VOG-25 under barrel grenade launcher, fuses to mines and munitions as well as five rockets for “Uragan” multiple rocket launcher system in his house.