Frontline reports from the South-East for May 21
Anti-terrorist operation in the South-East of Ukraine. The main events on Thursday, May 21.
Representatives of the DPR established two roadblocks
In the Donetsk region, in the Shakhtyorsk district, in the village of Dmitrovka, representatives of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" established two roadblocks on the border with the Russian Federation.
The Regional State Administration emphasized that residents of nearby settlements are outraged by the fact that local traffic is almost paralyzed due to roadblocks.
The end to the terrorists!
Today, May 21, an extraordinary meeting of the Interdepartmental Coordination Commission of the Anti-Terrorism Center under the Security Service of Ukraine with the participation of heads of ministries and departments involved in the fight against terrorism was held in Kiev, the SBU press center reports.
In the context of the activity of terrorist and bandit groups in the East of Ukraine, there was an urgent need to create a fundamentally new concept for countering terrorism in the social, political, economic spheres, and in the field of security of public life.
“We have large-scale threats not only in the ATO zone, but also in other regions of the country. Particular attention is required to protect high-risk facilities: nuclear facilities, exclusion zones, thermal power plants, hydroelectric power stations, railway transport, locks of the Dnieper cascade, defense industry facilities, etc. . ”, - said the head of the ATC, Lieutenant General Vasily Krutov.
Troops are leaving
The US government has data on the movement of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. White House press secretary Jay Carney admitted this today, May 21, at a regular briefing for journalists, commenting on information on the withdrawal of Russian armed forces to their permanent locations
36 checkpoints were formed along the border of Kharkov with Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Joint watch on them is carried out by employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense and public activists, said the chairman of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Igor Baluta during a press conference.
"The border, in general, is controlled by us. Of course, we can’t say that it is completely blocked because it is very long. But in the main directions and points where you can cross with passenger cars, all roads are closed," said Baluta.
LNR "writes" the Constitution
The leaders of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic have prepared a preliminary version of the Constitution of the republic. This document consists of 10 chapters and 86 articles.
In particular, this "Main Law of Lugansk Republicans" declares that the proclaimed LPR is a "democratic legal social state", and "the territory of LPR is single and indivisible."
Traffic Police Ultimatum
The commander of the Volunteer Territorial Defense Battalion Donbass Semen Semenchenko delivered an ultimatum to the traffic police of Donetsk region, who went over to the side of the so-called DPR, so that they left the region.
Semenchenko wrote about this on his Facebook page on Wednesday, May 21.
There are almost 100 bodies in the morgues
According to preliminary information, in the morgues of Kramatorsk there are up to 100 bodies of militias who died as a result of the anti-terrorist operation. The representative of anti-terrorist operation Vladislav Seleznev reported about it on Wednesday, May 21.
"According to operational information that needs to be verified, between 50 and 100 terrorists who died in the fighting with the ATO are in the morgues of Kramatorsk. Now, also according to operational information, it is known that terrorists and the Russian military are in the Dmitrovka area on the Ukrainian-Russian border for their part, they are preparing a "corridor" for the withdrawal of terrorist groups and the removal of victims to the territory of the Russian Federation, "said Seleznev.
Detained "people's mayor"
In the Donbass, the Ukraine battalion detained four leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, MP Oleg Lyashko said on his Facebook page.
"In the Donetsk region, the fighters of the Lyashko battalion" Ukraine "detained activists of the separatist movement, namely: 1. Poltoratskaya Irina, the self-proclaimed mayor of Torez. 2. Yaniev Denis, chairman of the district commission of the so-called" referendum "of the Donetsk People's Republic in Torez. 3. Polyakova Igor, deputy “people's mayor” Torez, organizer of terrorist attacks and pogroms, formerly an employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, recruited by Russian special services. 4. Simka Aleksandra, leader of terrorists in the city of Snezhnoye, ”the deputy said.
Captured by the executive committee
The building of the executive committee in Krasniy Luch of the Luhansk region was seized by armed people, reports the regional edition Vostochny variant with reference to the press service of the Lugansk regional branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine.
According to the press service, yesterday the district election commission TIO-109 held a meeting at which it registered observers and accepted an appeal to the CEC about the need to ensure the protection of election commissions. However, it was not possible to send decisions to the CEC, because now there is no system administrator in the OIC.
"Today, its members did not succeed in getting into the premises of the district commission, since the building of the Krasnoluchsky City Council was occupied by armed separatists," the KIU stated in the LOO.
"People's Mayor" of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, spoke out against people who call themselves leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and are in Donetsk.
Ponomarev threatened them that soon his "army" would come to the city and restore order.
As a result of the anti-terrorist operation, security forces seized the Strela-2M man-portable air defense systems from Donbass militias, which are only armed with the Russian armed forces, said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on his Facebook page.
"Noon. One of the ATO camps near Slavyansk. The arsenal of weapons was seized from" peaceful "protesters. Including MANPADS Strela 2M, which is in service with the Russian armed forces. Nothing ... everything will fall into place, explain, collect. Will order "- Avakov wrote.
For a peaceful sky above your head
Activists in Donetsk launched 400 white balloons into the sky as part of the campaign For a Peaceful Sky Above Head and Against the Self-Proclaimed DPR.
As one of the organizers of the action noted, in this way citizens want to show their desire to live in a peaceful city.
“We are holding this action to express our opinion against the Donetsk People’s Republic and what they are doing. This is our city, and we are the masters here, and we want peace here,” he said.
National Guard appeals to the radicals
Representatives of the National Guard appealed to radical citizens with a request not to impede their work and not to complicate the already tense situation in eastern Ukraine, their statement said.
“Come to your senses! It’s not necessary to complicate the already tense situation in the eastern regions. Before the units of the National Guard of Ukraine, which are deployed in Donetsk and Lugansk and carry out extremely necessary official tasks, such as guarding critical public facilities, guarding defendants during trials, guarding convicted during the escort, participation in the maintenance of public order on the streets of cities, "- said the appeal of the Directorate of the Eastern Operational and Territorial Association National Guar dii of Ukraine.
Occupied a bakery
In Rovenky, representatives of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic took control of the administrative building of the bakery.
In particular, according to Valery Plahotkin, a member of the "Rvenek People’s Militia", they "reached an agreement" with the enterprise’s management on the temporary transfer of the building in connection with the arrival of refugees in the city.
Appeal to Akhmetov
A representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic turned to Rinat Akhmetov, arguing that the DPR is “a simple people,” and the Ukrainian businessman should “go down from heaven to earth” and look at him.
Situation has improved
Prime Minister of Ukraine Yatsenyuk announced progress in resolving the crisis in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
“Over the past few days, we can say that the situation in the Donbass has turned in the opposite direction. And when those who represent Donbass today and control the Donbass have announced that no self-proclaimed gangster Donetsk republics will rule either Donbass or Ukraine, I can say that this can also be counted as an asset of our joint activity, "he said during the" round table "of national unity in Nikolaev on Wednesday.
Rally in Mariupol
In Mariupol, Donetsk region, activists supporting the Donetsk People’s Republic hold a rally near Azovstal, according to regional publication 0629 on Wednesday, May 21.
The publication said that the audience supported the idea of creating the Donetsk People’s Republic and opposed the policy of Metinvest shareholder Rinat Akhmetov.