Weekly update of the situation in the operation area of the Joint Forces from 27 January to 02 February 2020 (video)

2020-02-04 14:17:00 | ID: 55516

Welcome to the Press Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Here is the weekly update of the situation in the operation area of the Joint Forces from 27 January to 02 February 2020.

1. Over the last week, the number of the ceasefire violations has increased. The enemy shelled the JFO positions with 122 mm artillery systems, as well as 120 mm and 82 mm mortars. Occupation troops also used IFV armament, grenade launchers, small arms and other infantry weapons.

Over the past week, from 27 January to 02 February 2020, 72 ceasefire violations were recorded. Russian occupation troops on a daily basis shelled Ukrainian positions with heavy armament which should be withdrawn from the front line in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

Moreover, starting from January 01 2020, according to the JFO staff, Russian occupation troops for 93 violated the cease fire using heavy armament which is forbidden by the Minsk agreements. The enemy fired more than 1080 items of ammunition. Thus:

On January 27, the enemy fired 82 mm and 120 mm mortars against the JFO positions near Lebedynske, Novotoshkivske and Kondrashivka Nova settlements. What is more, Russian occupation troops used small arms and antitank grenade launchers within the disengagement area 3 near Bogdanivka settlement.

On January 28 and 29, the enemy continued to use 82 mm and 120 mm mortars.

On January 30, the enemy fired 25 120 and 82 mm mines as well as 5 122 mm artillery shells and on January 31 shelled JFO positions near Shyrokyne settlement by firing 13 82 mm mines.

One more time, on February 01, in a flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements, the enemy fired 79 120 mm and 82 mm mines against positions of Ukrainian defenders.

Over the course of February 02, Russian occupation troops fired around 59 82 mm mines against JFO positions near Luhanske and Krymske settlements, as well as 6 120 mm mines near Novotoshkivske settlement.

JFO forces opened adequate fire in response, to suppress enemy activity and strictly adhering to the Minsk agreements.

As the result of the Russian armed aggression, 8 servicemen from the JFO were WIA.

2. We want to inform with grief that over the past week, 1 servicewoman was KIA.

Ministry of Defense expresses sincerest condolences to family and loved ones of the deceased defender!

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

Russian occupation troops continue to actively use snipers on the frontline positions. The enemy snipers are mostly deployed to Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Torezk, Severodenetsk, Popasna and Mariupol directions. In such a way the enemy tries to demoralize JFO personnel, sustain casualties and provoke fire in response. What is more, occupation troops deploy additional sniper groups which come to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions from the territory of the Russian Federation through the uncontrolled border areas.

At the same time, the enemy conducts planned rotation of the frontline units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps. Occupation troops enhance infantry units with tanks and artillery. In a violation of the agreements, the enemy also deploys heavy armament such as tanks, self propelled howitzers and MLRS close to the front line.

Apart from that, Russian occupation command has increased coercion of local civilian population who refuse to get Russian passports. Furthermore, local servicemen of the Russian occupation troops can get the right to acquire Russian citizenship on a priority basis and for the less sum of money.

That is all information for now!

Glory to Ukraine!