Weekly update of the situation in the operation area of the Joint Forces from 13 to19 April 2020

2020-04-21 12:40:00 | ID: 57137

Welcome to the Press Centre of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. Here is the weekly update of the situation in the operation area of the Joint Forces from 13 to 19 April 2020.

1. Over the last week, the number of the ceasefire violations has decreased but the situation was tense in the Joint Forces operation area in the East of Ukraine. The Russian occupation troops continued to shell the JFO positions with 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, which should be withdrawn from the frontline in accordance with the Minsk agreements. The enemy also used IFV armament, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and other small arms, including sniper armament. Our brave defenders provided harsh response to the armed provocations of the enemy.

Over the past week, from 13 to 19 April, Ukrainian defenders positions fell under provocative fire by the Russian occupation troops for 36 times.

On some occasions the enemy used forbidden heavy armament.


On April 13th, the enemy shelled the JFO positions with 82mm mortars near Shyrokyne settlement.

And on April 17th, the enemy used 120mm mortar against Ukrainian positions not far from Pivdenne settlement.

Over the course of April 18th, the Russian occupation troops fired 14 120mm and 82mm mines against positions of Ukrainian defenders near Luhanske and Travneve settlements.

Apart from that, on April 19th, in a blatant violation of the Minsk agreements, the enemy used 82 mortars to shell our positions near Pisky settlement.

Our brave warriors opened adequate fire in response to suppress enemy’s activity and strictly adhering to the Minsk agreements. According to the intelligence data, approximately 2 Russian mercenaries were destroyed and 17 were injured.

Unfortunately, as the result of the Russian armed aggression, 6 Ukrainian servicemen were WIA. They were all transported to the military medical facilities and provided with a necessary medical support.

I would like also to stress that as of April 20, no COVID — 19 infection cases among personnel of the Joint Forces units were recorded.

2. And now to the information from the Defence Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Taking into account a lack of personnel, the Russian occupation administrations on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions try to use the return of conscription age men, who lost their job in Russian Federation to be further recruited as new mercenaries for 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian occupation troops.

Apart from that, using quarantine regime, Russian occupation troops try to hide training of reconnaissance and sniper groups on the territories of temporarily occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions. At the same time, the enemy has been intensively refilling stocks of ammunition for the frontline units.

This is all information for now!

Glory to Ukraine!