Frontline reports from the Southeast for May 22
Antiterrorist operation in the South-East of Ukraine. The main events for Thursday, May 22.
Near Krasnodon tried to fall asleep defensive moat
Ukrainian border guards stopped the attempt to fill the protective ditches on the border with the Russian Federation in the Luhansk region.
"At 19.30 the border guards who monitored the situation on the state border near the Krasnodon checkpoint in the Lugansk region discovered from the Russian side GAZelle, near which unknown persons in camouflage uniforms poured protective ditches," Oleg Slobodyan, the head of the press service of the border department, said.
Maneuvering aircraft over Lisichanskoye
According to eyewitnesses, the plane made a "dead loop" over the city itself.
The troops did not leave
The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of NATO forces in Europe, General Philip Breedlaw, said that there are still a lot of Russian troops in the area of the Ukrainian border. According to him, they "exert pressure on the situation."
"We see some movements, but their scale and scope are not yet clear," Breedlaw said at a press conference in Brussels.
Donbass goes to Donetsk
Volunteers of the Donbas territorial defense battalion were guarded by the administration of the Volodarsky district of the Donetsk region, the flag of the People's Democratic Republic was removed from the premises of the district council and the Ukrainian flag was hanged. The battalion will also take part in the ATU in Mariupol and intends to advance to Donetsk. This was reported by the battalion commander Semyon Semenchenko to his page in the Façebook.
"In the Mariupol unit of the battalion Donbass takes part in special operations within the ATO Western Donbass under the control of the Ukrainian authorities and the battalion of Donbass." It's time for Donetsk, "Semenchenko said.
Capturing the printing house
Five armed representatives of the People's Democratic Republic broke into the office of the New World printing house, demanding that the special issues of newspapers that criticize the activities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic be not spread.
"At 6 am in the office of the printing house of the New World, five submachine gunners came in. They demanded to return such newspapers as Today, Donetsk News, Priazovsky worker back to the printing house, shouting that they will go to sort out these editions," eyewitnesses said.
The circulation was stolen
Armed representatives of the self-proclaimed People's Democratic Republic in the morning of May 22 seized the car with part of the newspaper's circulation of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine "Po-gornyatski", the press service of the union said.
It is noted that armed people abducted newspapers, and also captured the driver of the car and the girl-forwarder. According to the union, the freight forwarder was able to report that she and the driver were being taken to the Lugansk region.
The bombardment of the electrical substation
At night unknown persons shelled the traction electrical substation of the Slavkurort railway station, the press service of the Donetsk railway reported on Thursday, May 22.
"As a result of the incident, the district transformer was damaged and a fire broke out." The fire damaged the second district transformer and the cables of the open switchgear, "the ministry said.
The military position of the LC
The so-called authorities of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic declared that they are introducing martial law in the republic, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday, May 22, referring to a source in the "leadership".
"We are introducing martial law, this will be announced today," the source said.
As you know, the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine declared the LNR a terrorist organization.
Bolotov turned to Putin
Leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic Valery Bolotov appealed to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with an appeal to introduce peacekeeping troops on the territory of the republic, according to the website of the People's Republic of China.
"Today at 4.00 the Ukrainian troops have committed an act of aggression against civilians, the illegitimate Kiev authorities are carrying out a punitive operation against the Lugansk republic, its troops continue to occupy certain regions of the republic, threatening the lives of citizens," Bolotov explained on Thursday, May 22, in Lugansk.
He also noted that the LNR lacks the strength to "expel punishers", so Bolotov hopes that Russia will take a decision on the deployment of peacekeeping troops before the "humanitarian catastrophe artificially created by the leadership of Ukraine" begins in the region.
Collisions near Volnovaha and Rubezhny
On the night of May 21-22, several attacks of sabotage and terrorist groups on units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces occurred, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported on May 22.
As reported in the department, near the city of Volnovaha in the Donetsk region, "terrorists insidiously, from an ambush, opened a massive fire from small arms, hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers and mortars at a checkpoint where servicemen of one of the military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were serving. During the shelling of one of the charges got into a combat vehicle that was at a checkpoint, which caused an explosion of ammunition, there are dead and wounded. "
Another Ukrainian soldier was killed and two were wounded as a result of the shelling of military equipment by terrorists, which did not conduct any redeployment and did not conduct any active operations near the town of Rubezhnoye in the Lugansk region, the press service noted.
Fighting near Volnovaha
In the Donetsk region in the vicinity of the city of Volnovaha there were clashes between the militants and the forces of the anti-terrorist operation.
The video shows the details of the battle: helicopters, smoke, gunshots can be heard.
The checkpoint of the Ukrainian troops near Rubezhny
On the footage shot by the eyewitnesses, the Ukrainian military build a large checkpoint of concrete slabs. An eyewitness reports on seven BMPs, which, he said, are sent to the Rubezhansky Zarya plant, where explosives are produced.
At least 11 Ukrainian military, participating in the ATU in the Donetsk region, were killed by pro-Russian separatists. Another 30 were injured.
Separatists attacked the military checkpoint near the village of. Blagodatnoe (the Volnovakhsky region). This is the most deadly raid of militants in the last few weeks.
On the battlefield, three charred Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles, several burnt cars, corpses of the military were found. In the area of Volnovaha and Rubezhnoye fighting continues.
Stop the war!
The leadership of Ukraine must stop conducting an anti-terrorist operation. The corresponding requirement was promulgated by the chairman of the Lugansk regional council Valery Golenko on Thursday, May 22.
"On behalf of the residents of Lugansk region I demand from the country's leadership and ATU coordinators - stop the war immediately! Stop fratricide and bloodshed!", The statement says.
The DNR asks for superstition
The speaker of the "Supreme Council" of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin read out an appeal to the President of the Russian Federation, as well as to a number of state structures of Russia.
Pusilin applied to initiate the issue of recognition of the sovereignty and independence of the NDP.
The shooter gave the order
One of the leaders of the Donetsk armed militia Igor Girkin, known under the pseudonym Strelok, gave the order to detain the "People's Mayor" of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev for his links with criminals, UNN reported on Thursday, May 22, referring to the law enforcement officers of the Donetsk region.
"According to operational information, Igor Girkin (Strelkov," Shooter ") personally gave an order to detain the so-called People's Mayor of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev, and he was detained," the law enforcers in Donetsk noted.
Later, the "People's Mayor" Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev denied this information.
Not enough flak jackets
The fighters of the antiterrorist operation in the East lack material support, in particular bullet-proof vests and thermal imagers, which leads to large losses among Ukrainian security forces, said the Right Sector of Volyn.
In particular, according to the information of the PC, as a result of the "incompetent actions" of the ATU leadership on May 22, terrorists attacked the checkpoint of 51 mechanized brigades from Volhynia. The troops were located in the third encirclement ring.
The head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic Valery Bolotov claims that the Ukrainian security forces are moving in the direction of Lugansk throughout the region.
"Throughout the region, the Ukrainian army is advancing towards the center of Lugansk," he said. According to him, "pontoon crossings are approaching from Lisichansk, in the village of Lugansk (on the border with the city - Ed.) All night there was a battle."
"In the village of Luganskaya in the vicinity of 150 people in military vehicles, armed, drove up and tried to seize the checkpoint, but it was repulsed, there are wounded," - explained Bolotov.
Fights near Lisichansk
Fighting takes place in the Lugansk region near Lisichansk. Helicopters MI-24 fly over the neighborhood.
Local residents said that in the city people are not allowed to work, children to school, since the morning in all areas the siren is buzzing, the bells are beating.
Liberation of Novodruzheska
The soldiers of the National Guard drove out the militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic from Novodruzheska, the Donetsk republic reported on its page VKontakte.
"The LDP's militiamen left Novodruzhesk under pressure from superior enemy forces, and at the checkpoints at the entrance to Lisichansk, they will attack at Lisichansk and Severodonetsk with hailstones at 3pm." - said in the message of the group.
Transfer to Slavyansk
According to the operative data of the Information Resistance group, the militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in the region are deploying their forces to the region of Slavyansk, the head of the Center for Military and Political Studies Dmitry Tymchuk reported on his Facebook page.
In particular, according to him, almost all the militants (up to 150 people) were removed from the roadblocks in Druzhkovka.
"They are preparing to advance to Slavyansk without weapons, thus calculating the checkpoints of security officials without problems, weapons will be distributed on site," Tymchuk wrote.
The seizure of mines
In the Lugansk region, militants have seized all the Lisichanskugol mines, and they demand the issuance of explosives, the press service of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.
"On May 22, 2014, an armed group of unidentified persons seized the existing separate units of OAO Lisichanskugol (the DF Melnikov Mine, Novodruzhevskaya Mine, Privolnyanskoe Mine, GG Shakhta). Kapustin ") in the city of Lisichansk, Lugansk region," - said in a statement.
Because of the attack, the mine was temporarily suspended.
The broken checkpoint of the National Guard near Blagodatnoe
Near the village of Blagodatnoe, the separatists defeated the checkpoint of the Ukrainian military.
At least 11 Ukrainian soldiers participating in the antiterrorist operation were killed by militiamen.