Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk: Ukrainian Armed Forces incur no casualties in combat in the past 24 hours  



Militants resumed attacks using armor in all the sectors. Nevertheless, armistice held in some areas in the Donetsk sector. Large number of weapons found in Luhansk region.

Kyiv, September 8, 2016. Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no casualties in combat yesterday. There were confirmed losses among militants – two militants from so-called 11th regiment who tripped their own anti-personnel mine, informed Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, spokesman of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on ATO related issues at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center


Two local inhabitants were wounded in the Donetsk sector as a result of militants’ attack at residential quarters of Verkhniotoretske. Both casualties were taken to hospital in grave condition. “Militants’ snipers were active in the frontline several hours before. Moreover, active combat took place in Avdiivka yesterday. Militants’ attacks continued 20 minutes and more, one of them involved use of mortar launchers. Moreover, the insurgents violated the ceasefire in Luhanske and Novoselivka Druha. The armistice held north of Horlivka and in the Donetsk airport yesterday,” added Col. Motuzyanyk. In total, nine militants’ attacks took place in the Donetsk sector yesterday, one shelling involved use of heavy armor.

In the Luhansk sector militants attacked three times in the Popasna district in the afternoon – between 5 and 11 p.m. “No heavy armor was used,” elaborated Col. Motuzyanyk.

Mortar attacks conducted by Russia-backed militant groups continue in the Mariupol sector. “Over 50 mortar shells were launched at Ukrainian positions,” emphasized the spokesman. Moreover, militants used armored personnel carrier. Insurgents were shooting in Mariinka, Starohnativka and Hranitne. In total, eight militants’ attacks took place in the Mariupol sector yesterday, heavy armor was used two times.

Three flights of militants’ unmanned aerial vehicles were observed in the Luhansk and Mariupol sectors.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) found a weapons cache in Starobilskyi district in Luhansk region. “Seven RPG-22 grenade launchers, three shots to RPG-7 grenade launcher, F-1 grenade, armor plate, gun powder, large number of ammunition and illegal drugs were confiscated,” said Col. Motuzyanyk. Moreover, he said that policemen jointly with SBU officers and border guards found an “arsenal” in an abandoned house in Toretsk. Anti-tank grenade launchers, nine fragmentation grenades, over 1700 cartridges and a signal bomb were seized from the building.