Frontline reports from the South-East for May 22
Antiterrorist operation in the South-East of Ukraine. Main events for Thursday, May 22.
Near Krasnodon tried to fill a protective moat
Ukrainian border guards prevented an attempt to cover protective ditches on the border with the Russian Federation in the Luhansk region.
“At 19.30, border guards who monitored the situation on the state border near the Krasnodon checkpoint in the Luhansk region found a gazelle on the Russian side, near which unknown persons in camouflage put protective ditches in them,” said Oleg Slobodian, spokesman for the border department.
Maneuvering aircraft over Lisichansk
According to eyewitnesses, the plane made a "dead loop" over the city itself.
The troops did not leave
Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said that there are still many Russian troops in the area of 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,” said Breedlove 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 the Donetsk region, removed the flag of the DPR and removed the Ukrainian flag from the premises of the district council. The battalion will also take part in the ATO in Mariupol and intends to move to Donetsk. This was announced by the battalion commander Semyon Semenchenko on his village in Faсebook.
"In Mariupol, the division of the battalion of the Donbass takes part in carrying out special operations within the framework of the ATO. The Western Donbass is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities and the battalion of the Donbass. Donetsk time has come," Semenchenko said.
Five armed representatives of the DPR broke into the New World printing office with a demand not to allow the distribution of special issues of newspapers criticizing the activities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.
“At 6 in the morning, five submachine gunners entered the printing office of the New World. They demanded that newspapers such as Today, Donetsk News, Priazovsky worker return to the printing house. They shouted that they would go to understand these editions,” eyewitnesses said.
Armed representatives of the self-proclaimed DPR seized a car on the morning of May 22, with a part of the circulation of the Pokhnyatky, an independent trade union of the miners of Ukraine, the press service of the trade union reported.
It is noted that armed people kidnapped 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 Luhansk region.
Shelling electrical substation
At night, unidentified persons fired at a traction electrical substation at the Slavkurort railway station, the press service of the Donetsk Railways reported on Thursday, May 22.
"As a result of the incident, the regional transformer was damaged and the oils ignited. The fire damaged the second regional transformer and the open switchgear cables," the department said.
Martial Law of the LC
The so-called authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) stated that they were imposing martial law in the “republic,” RIA Novosti reported on Thursday, May 22, citing a source in the “guide.”
"We are introducing martial law. This will be announced today," the source said.
As you know, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine declared the LC a terrorist organization.
Bolotov turned to Putin
The leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic Valery Bolotov appealed to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with a call to bring peacekeeping troops into the territory of the "republic", according to the website of the LPR.
“Today at 4.00, Ukrainian troops committed an act of aggression against civilians, the illegitimate Kiev authorities are conducting a punitive operation against the Lugansk Republic. Its troops continue to occupy certain regions of the republic, threatening the life of citizens,” Bolotov said on Thursday, May 22, in Lugansk.
He also noted that the LNR does not have enough power to "expel the punishers", so Bolotov hopes that Russia will decide on the deployment of peacekeeping troops before the "humanitarian catastrophe created by the Ukrainian leadership" begins in the region.
Clashes near Volnovakhi and Rubizhny
On the night of May 21-22, several attacks by sabotage and terrorist groups on units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine occurred, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported on Thursday, May 22.
According to the agency, near the town of Volnovakha, Donetsk region, “terrorists treacherously, from an ambush, opened massive fire from small arms, hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers and mortars at a roadblock, where soldiers of one of the military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces served.” I got into the combat vehicle that 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 terrorists of a column of military equipment, which carried out the redeployment and did not conduct any active actions, near the town of Rubezhnoye, Lugansk region, the press service noted.
Fighting under Volnovakha
In the Donetsk region, near the town of Volnovakha, clashes between militants and anti-terrorist operation forces took place.
In the video you can see the details of the battle: helicopters, smoke, heard shots.
Checkpoint Ukrainian troops under Rubizhny
On the footage shot by the witness, the Ukrainian military are building a large checkpoint of concrete slabs. An eyewitness reports seven infantry fighting vehicles, which, he said, are being sent to the Zarya Rubezhansky plant, where explosives are produced.
At least 11 Ukrainian military involved in the ATO in the Donetsk region, were killed by pro-Russian separatists. About 30 more were injured.
Separatists attacked the military checkpoint near the village of Blagodatnoe (Volnovakhsky district). This is the most deadly militant raid of the past few weeks.
At the scene of the battle, three charred Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles, several burned cars, and military corpses were found. Fighting continues in the area of Volnovakhi and Rubizhny.
Stop the war!
The leadership of Ukraine should stop conducting an antiterrorist operation. The relevant requirement was announced by the chairman of the Luhansk Regional Council Valery Golenko on Thursday, May 22.
"On behalf of the residents of the Luhansk region, I demand that the country's leadership and the ATO coordinators immediately stop the war! Stop fratricide and bloodshed!", The statement reads.
DNR asks for superstition
The speaker of the "Supreme Soviet" 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.
Pushilin asked to initiate the issue of 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 Shooter, gave the order to detain the “people's mayor” of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev for his links with the criminals, UNN reported on Thursday, May 22, with reference to law enforcement officers 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," Donetsk law enforcement officials said.
Later, the "people's mayor" of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev denied this information.
Not enough armor
Fighters of the antiterrorist operation in the East lack material support, in particular body armor and thermal imagers, which leads to large losses among Ukrainian security officials, the Right Sector of Volyn reported.
In particular, according to the PS, as a result of the “incompetent actions” of the ATO leadership on May 22, the terrorists attacked the checkpoint of 51 mechanized brigades from Volyn. The troops were located in the third ring environment.
The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk 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 ferries are suitable from the side of 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 seize the checkpoint, but he was beaten off, there are wounded," explained Bolotov.
Fighting under Lisichansk
In the Luhansk region near the city Lysychansk go fighting. Over the neighborhood fly helicopters MI-24.
Local residents reported that in the city itself people are not allowed to work, children go to school, since the morning, there is a siren in all districts, bells are ringing.
The release of Novodruzheska
Fighters of the National Guard under ousted the militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic from Novodruzheska, the Donetsk Republic group reported on its VKontakte page.
"The LC militia under pressure from superior enemy forces left Novodruzhesk. Now the gunfights are taking place at roadblocks at the entrance to Lisichansk. According to them, at 15.00 in Kiev, the attack on Lisichansk and Severodonetsk grads will begin!" - said 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 transferring their forces to the Slavyansk region, Dmitry Tymchuk, head of the Center for Military-Political Research, said on his Facebook page.
In particular, according to him, almost all the militants were removed from the roadblocks in Druzhkovka (up to 150 people).
“They are preparing for advancement towards Slavyansk without weapons, thus expecting to pass security forces checkpoints without problems. Weapons will be distributed on the spot,” Tymchuk wrote.
In the Luhansk region, the militants seized all the Lisichanskugol mines, 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 unidentified persons seized the existing separate subdivisions of OAO Lisichanskugol" (Dakh Melnikov Mine, Novodruzhevskaya Mine, Privolnyanskoe Mine, and the GG Mine. Kapustin ") in the town of Lysychansk, Lugansk region," - said in a statement.
Because of the attack of the mine temporarily suspended work.
Broken roadblock of the National Guard under the Blessed
Near the village of Blagodatnoe, a Ukrainian military checkpoint was broken up by the forces of the separatists.
At least 11 Ukrainian military involved in the anti-terrorist operation, were killed by militias.