ATO Staff: situation in the ATO zone is tense. Militants shoot at residential quarters from prohibited weapons


Kyiv, November 6, 2015. The situation in the ATO zone remains tense. In the last three days militants were shooting at Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka, Opytne, Pisky, Shchastia, Triokhizbenka using light arms and automatic grenade launchers. Large machine guns were used near Maryinka, automatic grenade launcher was used in Krasnohorivka and Opytne, and a sniper was working in Avdiivka, said ATO Staff spokesperson Captain Leonid Matyukhin at a press briefing via Skype at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

“The pro-Russian militant groups are shooting at residential blocks from prohibited weapons, while the Ukrainian party is withdrawing weapons, including mortar launchers, in compliance with the Minsk Accords,” said Captain Matiukhin, adding that militants attacked Krasnohorivka using 82mm mortar launchers. The spokesperson said that one mine exploded near residential buildings, causing no casualties or injuries.

Captain Matyukhin said that Ukrainian troops help restore Donbas infrastructure, despite constant provocations. Military engineers inspected 3.6 km of approach roads to the ruined power lines from Artemovo towards Horlivka.

Mine clearance specialists continue liquidating impact of the disaster in Svatovo. “Over 200 items of ordnance were destroyed, 4.5 ha of territory around the depot. Over 2300 explosive items were found and rendered safe around electric power lines while clearing the territory,” said Captain Matyukhin.