ATO Staff: armistice holds in ATO zone, but militants keep instigating provocations


Kyiv, September 25, 2015. The situation in the ATO zone remained relatively calm on September 22-24, said Lieutenant Colonel Anatoliy Stelmakh, ATO Staff spokesperson, at Ukraine Crisis Media Center via Skype. He added that pro-Russian militant groups became active mostly at nighttime.

According to Lt. Col. Stelmakh, Ukrainian strongholds in Mayorsk were attacked with sniping fire, small arms and grenade launchers. Ukrainian checkpoint near Zaitseve was assaulted with large machine-guns and small arms. Ukrainian positions in Lozovve and Krymske were attacked using small arms, and grenade launchers were used on Luhanske and the vicinity of Sokilnyky. Militants shot at Ukrainian mobile group from light arms near Zolote. Ukrainian stronghold in Popasna was shelled as well, and a militants’ sniper was working on checkpoints south of Avdiivka. Shooting from 122mm artillery banned by Minsk Accords was observed on ATO forces stronghold in Krasnohorivka not far from Donetsk.

Total number of militants’ ceasefire violations in the period of September 22-24 reached 17.

ATO Staff spokesperson laid emphasis on provocative actions of Russia-backed militant groups shooting intensely from light arms not far from the frontline towards Zaitseve and from automatic grenade launcher near Luhanske settlement. “Thirty grenades launched by militants fell 300 meters from Ukrainian positions,” he said.

Lt. Col. Stelmakh also said Ukrainian troops make use of the truce and help local inhabitants. Mobile and internet connection was re-established in Kamianka near Avdiivka with their help. Ukrainian forces finished repairing a bridge blasted by militants earlier between Krasnohorivka and Zhelanne and thus resumed the traffic. Ukrainian troops delivered almost 600 food packages and three trucks of hygiene products to Mariinka and Krasnohorivka.