“As of September 09 2014, despite the ceasefire, situation in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions remains stringent. Militants are breaking the agreements reached and continue outshooting ATO positions in certain places. Ukrainian troops are strictly maintaining the ceasefire conditions and open fire only in response. Our servicemen are fortifying the military lines and continue renewing the troops fighting potential”,- reported the Colonel Andriy Lysenko, the National Security and Defence Council Information Center Spokesman at his briefing in Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
The situation still remains most dangerous nearby Donetsk airport, Debaltseve, Syeverodonetsk, Shchastya, Fashchivka, Avdiyivka. In particular, OSCE observers recorded the fact of terrorists breaking ceasefire nearby Shchastya populated locality.
Since the beginning of the ceasefire mode (from 18:00 pm on September 05 to 06:00 am on September 09, 2014) terrorists and Russian troops shelled ATO forces 89 times. In particular, yesterday ATO forces checkpoints nearby Donetske, Komyshuvakha and Debaltseve populated localities were outshot.
Ceasefire provided a chance to activate the hostages liberating process. In general, according to the information from the General Staff, 648 people were released; work on releasing about 500 more hostages continues.
During his visit to Mariupol the President also noted that the reasons of such numerous losses during ATO will be thoroughly examined and analyzed in order to avoid repeating them in future. «The culprits will not avoid punishment» – the President said. At the same time, the head of the state emphasized that the decisions will be balanced and he, being the Armed Forces Supreme Commander-in-Chief, will not allow any demonstrative punishment of the innocent.
Checkpoint of the National Guard nearby Slovyanoserbsk that we mentioned yesterday was reinforced with additional equipment and manpower of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukrainian troops are strengthening the checkpoints positions defence. Terrorists and Russian troops are also strengthening the lines and conducting fortification works at their checkpoint. The parties sit on the fence. Ukrainian troops do not yield to provocations and keep defending and safeguarding their positions.
The Colonel commented situation at the border. According to Lysenko, situation at the Concentration of Armed Forces of Russian Federation continues in Mariupol-Taganrog direction. According to the data collected, starting from September 07, 2014, 2 columns of machinery – 172 units of track machines, 30 APCs and 200 heavy trucks – proceeded on Rostov-na-Donu – Novoazovsk motor road towards Ukraine.
Nearby Kuybyshevo populated locality (Russian Federation) air defence subdivision was located monitoring airspace of eastern part of Luhansk and northern part of Donetsk regions.
Concluding his briefing, Colonel Lysenko said that for 84 hours from the moment of Minsk Minutes signing 5 Ukrainian servicemen died and 33 were wounded. This is official summary information from all the departments participating in ATO.