Contents tagged with Avdiivka

  • Pro-Russian separatists fired on Ukrainian positions while OSCE monitors were in the vicinity

    Pro-Russian separatists opened fire on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Avdiivka in the vicinity of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, the Ukrainian Armed Force’s headquarters stated. Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug was reportedly visiting Avdiivka at the time.

    "On April 15th, during the visit of First Deputy Head of the Special OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, fighters of illegally armed groups fired on ATO [Ukrainian] positions at the filter …

  • Ukrainian positions fired on 50 times on Thursday

    As of 18:00 local time on Thursday, Ukrainian positions had been fired on 50 times throughout the day by pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas, according to the Ukrainian Armed Force’s Facebook page.

    “At night the enemy fired on Avdiivka nine times using small arms and rock-propelled grenades. Since 6:00 am illegally armed groups three times fired from 82mm mortars near Zaitseve, once [fired] on the positions of Avdiivka [and once on] the Butovka mine. Later, 120mm were used by them [ …

  • Ukrainian positions fired on 32 times on Wednesday

    According to the press center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as of 18:00 local time, Ukrainian positions had been fired on 32 times on Wednesday, Interfax reported.

    "During the day the intensity of the use of weapons by Russian militants against Ukrainian soldiers was high in the zone of the ATO [Donbas region] where 32 cases of ceasefire violations were recorded,” the press center reported on its Facebook page.

    15 attacks were recorded around Avdiivka, where Ukrainian positions came under …

  • Separatist Commander: We are in a difficult situation in Avdiivka

    Alexander Khodakovsky, the commander of the separatist Vostok battalion, says that in many ways the fighting in the Avdiivka industrial zone can be compared to the battle for the Donetsk Airport*, though the current situation is unique.

    "The strategic difference between the fight in Avdiivka and the Airport is that then we had to only even the curve of the front in a more favorable way for us. We had to push the enemy further from the city," Khodakovsky wrote on his LiveJournal page.

    "Here, …

  • Fighting continues in Avdiivka

    Fighting and artillery exchanges continue near Avdiivka, and both sides accuse the other of using artillery banned by the Minsk agreements. The distance between the positions of the separatists and the Ukrainian positions has shrunk to a mere 300 meters.

    Both sides admit that the  intensity of the fighting increases when OSCE monitors are not present in the area.

    On Saturday a 71 year old woman was hit and killed by a mortar shell while working in her backyard in Avdiivka.

    There are …

  • Strelkov: Russian media is silent about the losses near Yasynuvata and Avdiivka

    The former military chief of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Igor Girkin (aka Igor Strelkov), said that Russian military losses in the Donbas far exceed those of the Ukrainian military, and can only be compared to the casualties experienced last year during the battles of Debaltseve and Chernukhino, Tekhno SOTNYA reported.

    On his LiveJournal page, Strelkov posted a comment in which he explained his resentment towards the Russian media, stating that it does not publicize information …

  • Separatist commander acknowledges heavy losses near Avdiivka

    The founder of the Vostok separatist battalion, Alexander Khodakovsky, acknowledged that 13 in his unit were killed and 90 were wounded between March 7th and April 7th.

    “The biggest losses were suffered in the industrial zone between Yasynuvata and Avdiivka. This is becoming, as our fighters say, the second Airport*,” he wrote on his LiveJournal page.

    “I do not have the information about the losses in the other units, but I can guess that they are considerable too… Only the Vostok battalion …

  • Ukrainian positions fired on 23 times on Thursday

    Pro-Russian separatists have fired on Ukrainian positions 23 times since midnight near in the Donbas region, mostly around Avdiivka, the Press Center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces stated, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine on April 7th.

    Exchanges of fire were also reported near Nevelsky, Trehizbenka, and the Butovka mine.

    The Press Center confirmed that Ukrainian soldiers returned fire.

    “Our experiences the past few days have shown that [to open fire] is the only way to stop the provocation of …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces expect separatist assault on government-held Avdiivka

    The fighting around Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine has intensified in recent days, and, according to journalist Roman Bochkala, separatist groups are preparing a major assault on Ukrainian positions.

    Bochkala noted on his Facebook page that members of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic have been using heavy artillery, weapons that are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, to prepare for an offensive on Avdiivka.

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces insist that they defend their positions using only …

  • OSCE notes a high number of ceasefire violations in the Yasynuvata-Avdiivka area

    According to a press release issued by the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, observers heard 139 undetermined explosions, 125 bursts of heavy machine gun fire, and 300 single shorts of small arms fire on Monday in the area between government-controlled Avdiivka and the town of Yasynuvata, which is controlled by members of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

    The SMM noted “consistent but intermittent exchange of fire between 10:14 and 15:18hrs and noted a spike between 12:15 …