Weekly update of the situation in the operation area of the Joint Forces from 10 to 16 February 2020 (Video)2020-02-17 15:13:16 | ID: 55786
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 10 to 16February 2020.
1. Over the last week, the number of the ceasefire violations has slightly decreased. But the Russian occupation troops continued to shell the JFO with 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, which should be withdrawn from the frontline according to the Minsk agreements. The enemy also used antitank missiles, grenade launchers, small arms and other infantry weapons.
Over the past week, from 10 to 16 February 2020, Ukrainian defenders positions fell under provocative fire by the Russian occupation troops for 51 times. Thus:
On February 11 and 12, occupation troops used 120 mm mortars against the JFO positions near Orihove settlement.
On February 13, the enemy shelled the JFO positions near Novotoshkivske settlement with 82 mm mortars.
One more time, on February 14, in a flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements, the enemy fired more than 60 120 mm and 82 mm mines against positions of Ukrainian defenders near Krymske, Novoluhanske, Hutir Vilnyi, Lebedynske and Krasnohorivka settlements
Over the course of February 15 and 16, Russian occupation troops fired more than 160 120mm and 82 mm mines against positions of our forces.
Joint 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, 1 serviceman from the JFO was WIA.
2. And now to the information from the Defense Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Taking into account further issue of Russian passports on the occupied territories and the lack of reserve personnel, Russian occupation administration is working on restriction measures which will limit conscription age men to leave the territories of the so - called “republics”.
At the same time, Russian occupation troops were enhanced with special operation forces of the Russian military intelligence “GRU”, that have come to Ukraine through the uncontrolled border areas. They mostly conduct sniper tasks by getting dressed into uniform of the republican guard of the so-called “Donetsk Peoples Republic”. Moreover, lack of interoperability between these forces and occupation units led to a fratricide and injuries of the personnel of the occupation troops.
What is more, Russian occupation command has strengthened its efforts to destabilize situation on the territories of the temporarily occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions. They have abolished restrictions on the ceasefire violations among the frontline units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps. Apart from that, Russian propaganda tries to spread panic among local population alleging that the Joint Forces are preparing for offensive operation, as well as other fake information created to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine.