Military action in the conflict zone

Ukraine’s Armed Forces continue their advance on territories temporarily under the control of Russian mercenaries.

On August 4 in the evening, the Ukrainian Air Force ran a series of heavy attacks that destroyed concentrations of terrorists and their military equipment outside population centers.

During the last 24 hours, ATO forces engaged in fire with the terrorists 26 times in the neighborhood of Amvrosiyivka, Mayorske, Sabivka, Berezove, Olenivka, Mariyinka, Diakove, Shumy, Sorkishne, Kamianka, Makaove, Volnukhino, Olkhovatka, Shakhtarsk, Dmytrivka, and Savur-Mohyla, and Luhansk Airport, Andriy Lysenko, spokesperson for the National Security Council’s News & Analysis Center, reported at the Center’s noon briefing, August 5, 2014.

The border area

ATO forces continue to be attacked by artillery and mortar fire from Russian Federation territory. On August 4, starting at 10:00, Russian military attacked the positions of Ukrainian border patrols not far from the towns of Vasylivka and Amvrosiyivka continuously for four hours using artillery and Grad MLRSs. The rockets were coming from near the Russian village of Marfivka. At 18:00, the Russians used Howitzers to shoot at the Ukrainian town of Amvrosiyivka and at the positions of ATO forces located nearby. From 22:00 on, for three hours, Ukrainian military units near Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk Oblast were under a constant barrage of artillery and shelling from RF territory. After that, the Russians began to fire chaotically deeply into Ukrainian territory.

Today, in the middle of the night, Russian forces used Grads to attack the positions of Ukrainian paratroopers outside Amvrosiyivka. After two hours, artillery fire coming from Russian territory opened on an ATO forces checkpoint near Diakovo.

The terrorists have started a new form of underhanded attack. Around 06:00 in the morning, near the Uspenka border crossing in Donetsk Oblast, the terrorists shot up an unarmed column of 195 Ukrainian servicemen from the 72nd Brigade, who were returning from Russian Federation territory escorted by a unit of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Military Police. The attack was rebuffed and fortunately there were no casualties. Yesterday, after being under fire from tanks, heavy cannons and Grads for a lengthy period of time, a part of the ATO forces ran out of ammunition and were forced to move to RF territory. Prior to doing so, they blew up the remains of their military equipment and destroyed their weapons.

Over the course of the last 24 hours, border patrols continued to do battle with the terrorists. On August 4 around 11:40, the Amvrosiyivka patrol fought militants who were trying to break through to Russian territory in two minibuses in the direction of Ilovaisk. The terrorists were unable to breach through the Ukrainian checkpoint and had to turn around.

Over the last 24 hours, drones were observed carrying out surveillance missions in both Donetsk and Kherson Oblast territory. Russian drones violated Ukrainian air space 5 times on August 4 in the area under the control of the Mariupol Border Service, along the administrative border between Kherson Oblast and Crimea, over the territorial waters of Ukraine near the village of Syedove, not far from the waters of the Port of Mariupol, and over the one-time military air base in the city of Volgrad in Odesa Oblast.

New units of the RF Armed Forces have been reported in Russian areas close to the border with Ukraine: units of the 138th separate infantry brigade from Leningrad Oblast deployed in Rostov Oblast; units of the 25th separate infantry brigade from Pskov Oblast deployed in Byelgorod Oblast; units of the 531st Zenit Company from Murmansk Oblast deployed in Kursk Oblast.

On August 4, the Russian Defense Ministry began large-scale military exercises, involving more than 100 aircraft, including SU-27s, MiG-31s, SU-34 multi-use complex, SU-24 front line bombers, Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-28H helicopters, as well as anti-aircraft weaponry. The RF DM has announced officially that the combat air drill will continue until August 8.

Official Kyiv says such unprecedented military exercises on the border with Ukraine is essentially a provocation. US Department of State Spokeswoman Jen Psaki also stated that the White House was very disturbed by Russia’s persistence in holding such “provocative” training of its air force and air defense in areas close to its border with Ukraine. Psaki not for the first time accused the RF of supplying the militants in Eastern Ukraine with weapons, including MLRSs.

Right now, the overall number of Russian Armed Forces and Internal Forces units of the Russian Interior Ministry gathered along the state border with Ukraine is nearly 45,000, 160 tanks, up to 1,360 APCs, up to 350 artillery systems, 130 MLRSs, 192 fighter aircraft, and 137 attack helicopters.

During the night from August 4 to 5, the SBU arrested a group of saboteurs in Zhytomyr who were planning a number of terrorist acts. This group included Ukrainian citizens hired by Russian intelligence. More than 8 kg of explosives were seized from the group. The detainees are now testifying.

Population centers in the conflict zone

In Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, social benefits are being paid once again and debts have been repaid. Residents of these cities are once again receiving their social benefits. In cities controlled by the terrorists, payments are held up because it is hard to get money to those towns. To get their social benefits, residents can move to towns where the payment system is running properly. So far, 77,000 individuals have moved and are taking advantage of this opportunity. After moving to a different town, such individuals need to register and apply to get their benefits. The relevant agency—the Pension Fund or the welfare office—will make sure that the application is reviewed quickly. Altogether, 22,000 displaced persons have applied to have their pension benefits transferred and another 5,000 have applied to find work in their new place of residence. All temporarily resettled persons can turn to the 101 hotline or the government office 0-800-507-309 for urgent matters.

MFA actions

Despite claims to the contrary by the Russian side, artillery fire from Russian territory at Ukrainian population centers and Armed Forces positions in the areas near the state border continue, Russian military planes and surveillance drones continue to violate Ukrainian air space, Russian heavy military equipment and Armed Forces units continue to amass, and firing positions continue to be set up all along the Ukrainian-Russian state border. The constant fire has resulted in civilian casualties as well as military ones, and in the destruction of residential, administrative and commercial buildings.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet again sent a diplomatic note to express strong protest over Russia’s aggression against this country that took place on August 1 through 3. Specifically, Russia fired a series of artillery attacks on Ukrainian Armed Forces positions near several border crossings into Russia: Dovzhanskiy, Diakove and Chervonopartyzansk, as well as the settlements of Diakove and Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk Oblast and Amvrosiyivka in Donetsk Oblast.

Near the towns of Blahovishchenka, Herasymivka, Zolotarivka, Krasna Talivka, Shyroke, and Yuhanivka in Luhansk Oblast, 11 helicopters—Mi-8, MI-24 and KA-52s—violated Ukrainian air space. Drones also penetrated into Ukraine in the area around the Dovzhanskiy border checkpoint, the towns of Herasymivka, Zolotarivka, Blahovishchenka, and Yuhanivka in Luhansk Oblast, and Syedove in Donetsk Oblast.

Russia’s special forces continue to provide support to the terrorist organizations called DNR and LNR and to send more mercenaries to Ukraine to destabilize the situation. Russian weapons and Russian citizens are the ones actively engaged in fighting against Ukraine and its people.

Ukraine categorically demands that Russia immediately put an end to such criminal activities directed against the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, to move its forces away from the border with Ukraine, and to join efforts with this country and the international community in stabilizing the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

International support

The US Department of Energy has stopped cooperation with Russia in all programs related to nuclear energy other than the safety of nuclear materials.

German Economy Minister Zigmar Gabriel announced that his country would be canceling its agreement to supply equipment for an armored tank training center in Russia in view of the crisis in Ukraine. In terms of the practical application of sectoral sanctions against the Russian Federation, Italy has stopped a joint project with Russia to design a small-sized S-1000 submarine.

The Government of Japan has approved new sanctions against Russia as well. The list now includes 40 individuals and 2 companies. The new sanctions involve freezing bank accounts of both physical and legal entities that, in the opinion of official Tokyo, “have been involved in destabilizing the situation in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia.” In addition, Japan has placed a ban on the import of a slew of goods from Crimea.

Source - NSC, http://mediarnbo.org/?p=4015

Translated by Lidia Wolanskyj, EMPR

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