Frontline reports from the South-East for May 22
Anti-terrorist operation in the South-East of Ukraine. The main events on Thursday, May 22.
Near Krasnodon tried to fall asleep protective moat
Ukrainian border guards stopped an attempt to fill in protective ditches on the border with the Russian Federation in the Luhansk region.
"At 19.30, border guards who monitored the situation at the state border near the Krasnodon checkpoint in the Luhansk region discovered a Gazelle from the Russian side, near which unknown persons in camouflaged uniforms covered protective ditches," said Oleg Slobodyan, head of the press service of the border department.
Maneuvering aircraft over Lysychansk
According to eyewitnesses, the plane made a "dead loop" over the city itself.
Troops did not leave
The supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said that there are still many Russian troops in the Ukrainian border. According to him, they "put pressure on the situation."
"We see some movements. However, their scale and scope are not yet clear," Bridlaw said at a press conference in Brussels.
Donbass goes to Donetsk
Volunteers of the territorial defense battalion of Donbass took control of the administrative building of the Volodarsky district of Donetsk region, removed the flag of the DPR from the premises of the district council and hung Ukrainian. The battalion will also take part in the ATO in Mariupol and intends to advance to Donetsk. This was announced by the battalion commander Semen Semenchenko on his page in Facebookbook.
"In Mariupol, a unit of the Donbass battalion takes part in special operations within the framework of the ATO. Western Donbass is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities and the Donbass battalion. The time has come for Donetsk," Semenchenko said.
Five armed representatives of the DPR broke into the office of the Novyi Mir printing house demanding to prevent the distribution of special newspaper issues criticizing the activities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.
"At 6 a.m., five machine gunners came into the office of the Novyi printing house. They demanded that newspapers such as Segodnya, Donetsk News, Priazovsky worker be returned to the printing house. They shouted that they would go to understand these editorial offices," eyewitnesses said.
Stole the print run
Armed representatives of the self-proclaimed DPR in the morning of May 22 seized a car with part of the print run of the newspaper P-Minerski, an independent miners union of Ukraine, the union’s press service said.
It is noted that armed people stole newspapers, and also captured the driver of the car and the forwarding girl. According to the union, the forwarder was able to report that she and the driver were being taken to the Luhansk region.
Power Substation Firing
At night, unknown people fired at 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 oil was ignited. The fire damaged the second district transformer and the cables of the outdoor switchgear," the department said.
Martial law of the LPR
The so-called authorities of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) stated that they would introduce martial law in the "republic", RIA Novosti reported on Thursday, May 22, citing a source in the "leadership."
"We are introducing martial law. This will be announced today," the source said.
As you know, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine declared the LPR a terrorist organization.
Bolotov turned to Putin
The 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 send peacekeeping troops to the territory of the "republic", the LPR website reported.
"Today, at 4.00, Ukrainian troops 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 vital activity of citizens," explained Bolotov on Thursday, May 22, in Lugansk.
He also noted that the LPR did not have enough forces to "expel the punishers," so Bolotov hopes that Russia will decide to send peacekeeping troops before the "humanitarian catastrophe artificially created by the leadership of Ukraine" begins in the region.
Clashes near Volnovakha and Rubezhnoye
On the night of May 21-22, there were several attacks by sabotage and terrorist groups against units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported on Thursday, May 22.
According to the ministry, near the city of Volnovakha, Donetsk region, "terrorists insidiously ambushed fired massive fire from small arms, hand anti-tank grenade launchers and mortars at a checkpoint at which servicemen of one of the military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces served. During the shelling, one of the charges "got into a fighting vehicle, which was at the checkpoint, which caused an explosion of ammunition. There are dead and wounded."
Another Ukrainian soldier was killed and two were injured as a result of shelling by a terrorist column of military equipment, which carried out a redeployment and did not conduct any active actions, near the town of Rubezhnoye, Luhansk region, the press service said.
Fights near Volnovakha
In the Donetsk region, near the city of Volnovakha, clashes occurred between militants and the forces of the anti-terrorist operation.
The video shows the details of the battle: helicopters, smoke, shots are heard.
Checkpoint of Ukrainian troops near Rubezhnoye
On the footage taken by an eyewitness, the Ukrainian military is building a large checkpoint of concrete slabs. An eyewitness reports of seven infantry fighting vehicles, which, according to him, are sent to the Zarya Rubezhan plant, where explosives are produced.
At least 11 Ukrainian soldiers participating in the ATO in the Donetsk region were killed by pro-Russian separatists. About 30 more were injured.
Separatists attacked a military checkpoint near the village. Blagodatnoe (Volnovakha district). This is the most deadly raid of militants in the past few weeks.
Three charred Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles, several burnt cars, and corpses of soldiers were found at the battle site. In the area of Volnovakha and Rubezhnoy fighting continues.
Stop the war!
The leadership of Ukraine should stop the anti-terrorist operation. The corresponding demand was made public by the chairman of the Lugansk Regional Council, Valery Golenko, on Thursday, May 22.
"On behalf of the residents of the Luhansk region, I demand from the country's leadership and the ATO coordinators - stop the war immediately! Stop the fratricide and bloodshed!", The statement said.
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 government agencies in Russia.
Pushilin requested to initiate the recognition of the sovereignty and independence of the DPR.
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 connections with criminals, UNN reported on Thursday, May 22, with reference to law enforcement authorities of the Donetsk region.
"According to operational information, Igor Girkin (Strelkov, Strelok) personally gave the order to detain the so-called people's mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, and he was detained," said Donetsk law enforcement officers.
Later, the "people's mayor" of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, denied this information.
Not enough body armor
The fighters of the anti-terrorist operation in the East lack material support, in particular bulletproof vests and thermal imagers, which leads to large losses among the Ukrainian security forces, said the Right Sector of Volyn.
In particular, according to the PS, as a result of "incompetent actions" of the ATO leadership, on May 22, terrorists attacked the checkpoint of 51 mechanized brigades from Volyn. The troops were located in the third ring of encirclement.
The head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, Valery Bolotov, argues that Ukrainian security forces are moving in the direction of Lugansk throughout the region.
"Throughout the region, the Ukrainian army is moving towards the center of Lugansk," he said. According to him, "pontoon crossings are coming from Lysychansk, there was a fight all night in the village of Lugansk (on the border with the city - ed.)."
"In the village of Lugansk in the region of 150 people in military vehicles, armed, drove up and tried to grab the checkpoint, but it was repelled, there are wounded," Bolotov explained.
Fights near Lysychansk
In the Luhansk region near the city of Lysychansk, military operations are ongoing. Above the surroundings fly MI-24 helicopters.
Local residents said that in the city people are not allowed to work, children are in school, in the morning in every morning a siren is beeping in all areas, bells are beating.
New Friendship Liberation
The fighters of the National Guard squeezed out the militias of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic from Novodruzhsk, the Donetsk Republic group reported on its VKontakte page.
"The militia of the LPR, under pressure from superior enemy forces, left Novodruzhesk. Now the shootings are at checkpoints at the entrance to Lysychansk. According to their information, an attack on Lysychansk and Severodonetsk will begin at 15:00 in Kiev!" - the group said in a statement.
Transfer to Slavyansk
According to the operational data of the Information Resistance group, the militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people's republic in the region are transferring their forces to the Slavyansk region, Dmitry Tymchuk, head of the Center for Political and Political Studies, said on his Facebook page.
In particular, according to him, almost all the militants (up to 150 people) were removed from roadblocks in Druzhkovka.
“They are preparing to advance towards Slavyansk without weapons, hoping in this way to easily pass the security posts. Weapons will be distributed on the spot,” Tymchuk wrote.
In the Luhansk region, militants seized all the mines of Lisichanskugol and demand the issuance of explosives, the press service of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine reports.
“On May 22, 2014, an armed group of unknown persons seized the existing separate subdivisions of OJSC Lisichanskugol (Mine named after D.F. Melnikov”, “Mine“ Novodruzhevskaya ”,“ Mine “Privolyanskoe”, “Mine named after G.G. Kapustina ") in the city of Lysychansk, Luhansk region," the report said.
Due to the attack, the mines temporarily suspended work.
Broken checkpoint of the National Guard under the Grace
Near the village of Blagodatnoe, a separatist block was broken by a Ukrainian military checkpoint.
At least 11 Ukrainian soldiers involved in the anti-terrorist operation were killed by militias.