Briefing of the English spokesman of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (video)

2019-04-08 14:37:00 | ID: 48867

Welcome to the Press Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Here is the weekly update of the situation in the operations area of the Joint Forces from 1st to 7th April 2019.

1. Last week, the Russian Occupation forces has increased the number of violations with most violations were recorded to be conducted using weapons which are prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The enemy shelled JFO positions with 152 and 122 mm artillery systems, 120 and 82 mm mortars. Small arms, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and other infantry weapons were used as well.

Over the past week, from 1st to 7th April 2019, Ukrainian defenders’ positions fell under provocative fire by the Russian Occupation forces for 90 times. Thus:

On April 1st, the Russian Occupation forces shelled our positions near Krymske, Novoluhanske and Zaitseve firing more than 20 mines.

What is more, on April 2nd, the enemy had actively used 152mm artillery, 120 and 82mm mortars.

On April 3rdth, 30 120 and 82 mm mines were fired against JFO position.

One more time, on April 4th, the Russian Occupation forces shelled defense positions of the JFO near Novotoshkivske using 152 mm and 122 mm artillery, 120 and 82 mm mortars were used against positions near Lebedynske.

In general, on April 5th ,6th and 7th, the enemy has fired more than 165 different caliber mines.

Once again, the Russian Occupation forces deliberately shelled frontline localities. On April 6th, the enemy has shelled Zolote-4 village with 120 mm mines. As the result of the shelling, the enemy has damaged house of one of the local villager. Fortunately, there were no casualties among civilians.

The situation in the operation area is under full control of the Joint Forces.

Our servicemen opened fire in response to suppress enemy activity by using infantry weapons and strictly adhering to the Minsk agreements.

2. As the result of the Russian armed aggression, 9 of our servicemen were WIA.

We want to inform with grief that during last week, 5 service personnel were KIA. We express our sincerest condolences to families and loved ones of our deceased defenders.

3. And now to the information from the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Russian Occupation administration has started tests of modernized types of weapons and military equipment on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. In such a way new electronic warfare and anti-UAV systems are being tested within 1st and 2nd Army Corps and later being sent to Russian Federation for further development and adoption in the Armed Forces of Russian Federation.

4. As now for other news

5. First of all, on behalf of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine I would like to congratulate our partners form the North Atlantic Alliance on its 70th anniversary which was celebrated on April the 4th. We are proud that the partnership with NATO has become an important page in the history of Ukraine. We highly appreciate the solidarity of the Alliance with Ukraine and the continued support provided to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s armed aggression.

6. On April 1st, the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS “Toronto” and the F81 Spanish Navy frigate “Santa Maria” moored in the Odessa Sea Port. The ships, which carry patrols in the Mediterranean Sea as a part of the 2nd Standing NATO Maritime Group Two arrived in Odessa with a friendly visit and will in the port for 3 days. The Chief of Staff — First Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Vice Admiral Andrii Tarasov held a protocol meeting with the commanders of the frigates. After the visit to Odessa, the ships have held “PASSEX” exercises in conjunction with the ships of the Ukrainian Navy. The purpose of exercise in the Black Sea area is to increase the compatibility of Ukrainian ships with the ships of NATO partners.

7. On April 3rd The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak took part in reception on boards of the Canadian and Spanish frigates moored in Odessa. The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS “Toronto” and the Spanish Navy frigate “Santa Maria” arrived at the Odessa port a day before the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty signing. Stepan Poltorak stressed that the presence of the NATO Navy in Odessa demonstrates the real assistance of the Alliance to our country in ensuring the safety of navigation in the Black Sea-Azov region and this is very important for Ukraine.

8. Successful missile tests of the new Ukrainian missiles, including control launches of the Vilkha M missile complexes and new cruise missile Neptun which is capable of hitting maritime targets took place this week. Minister of Defense of Ukraine emphasized that this complexes will significantly enhance combat capabilities of the Armed forces of Ukraine. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak and the entire staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the new opportunities arising after the provision of this unique missile complex manufactured in Ukraine.

This is all information for now!

Captain Sharavara Mykhailo from the Press Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine