Contents tagged with Joint Forces Operation

  • Ukrainian military in Donbas allowed to return fire without seeking authorization

    Joint Forces Operation (JFO) commanders are allowed to return fire when provoked, without needing to coordinate with top leadership first, said JFO commander Serhiy Nayev in an interview with UNN news agency.

    "The commanders are given the right to independently decide on the appropriate response to shelling [by the enemy] to protect the lives and health of subordinates and civilians," he said. According to Nayev, in a combat environment, waiting for approval "often has price of human life."

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  • Ukraine conducts military exercises in Donbas

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine conducted tactical exercises with participation if the warplanes, the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense stated on their website.

    “During the exercises, the assault aviation under cover of several fighter aircraft supported infantry units which stormed the stronghold of the enemy,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

    The Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation’s command stated on Facebook page that the unscheduled inspection of aviation units was conducted during the week. …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces 'tightening the noose' around Donetsk

    The purpose of the Ukrainian military attack on Horlivka is to "tighten the noose" around Donetsk, a source in the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) told news outlet.

    "Horlivka is surrounded by high hills, including the village of Yuzhny. The one who owns the strongholds at these hills in fact owns the town. From these hills, the whole town is easily exposed to fire. Therefore, if the territory around Horlivka is owned [by the Armed Forces of Ukraine], the separatists …

  • Ukrainian military advance 2 km into the Donbas

    The Ukrainian military advanced more than 2 km into separatist territory and secured new positions, radically changing the situation at one stretch of the front line, volunteer Yuriy Mysyagin wrote on Facebook.

    "Within the territory of the Joint Forces Operation, one of the infantry battalions of one of the brigades of the Armed Forces was simply forced to improve and secure its front line positions due to the systematic shelling by the separatists. By moving their footholds, the battalion …

  • Amid rising tensions in Donbas DPR deploys Somali battalion to Horlivka

    Against the backdrop of the escalating tension in the Donbas, numerous reports have been made detailing the redeployment of the Somali battalion to the Horlivka, which is held by pro-Russian militants. This has occurred amid attacks against Zaytseve (near Horlivka), which have lasted three days, the TSN program reports.

    Last weekend, two residential buildings were destroyed in Zaytseve. On Monday afternoon, the settlement can under heavy artillery shelling. Fortunately, no one was injured by …

  • Ukraine holds combat helicopter drills near the demarcation line in Donbas

    The press center of the Joint Forces Operation reported that the drills involving combat helicopters were held near the line of demarcation in the Donbas.

    "For the first time, as part of the operation of the Joint Forces, forward air controllers were trained to direct Mi-24 crews toward ground targets. The purpose of training is to maintain the level of skills of air controllers in directing combat helicopters toward ground targets, and to organize interaction between army aviation and …

  • Ukrainian military command asks media not to publish information on movements of Ukrainian troops in Donbas

    the Command of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in the Donbas requested in a Facebook post that all media and bloggers avoid posting data on tactical movements of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    “The implementation of tasks to improve the tactical position of troops requires thorough efforts to prepare and carry them out,” the statement reads. “As our heroes are doing this difficult and dangerous job, military units of the Joint Forces require certain privacy and confidentiality. A leak …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces suffer casualties in an ambush in the Donbas

    On Sunday, May 6, Ukrainian military were ambushed by the separatists and triggered a land mine. One soldier was killed and two more were injured, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) posted on Facebook.

    "On May 6, during a patrol of the defended area, a group of servicemen from a mechanized battalion operating in the Horlivka area was ambushed. An unknown explosive device was installed on the patrol route. As a result of the explosion, one soldier was killed and two wounded," …

  • Ukraine to reduce the number of checkpoints in Donbas

    Konstantin Bushuev, Deputy Chairman of the National Police of Ukraine, announced that the checkpoint system in Donetsk and Luhansk will be changed as part of the Joint Forces Operation in Eastern Ukraine (JFO), Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    The changes to the checkpoint system are primarily aimed at reducing the social tensions. The current verification process at the checkpoints does not meet the national security requirements.

    Bushuev stated: “Their numbers will be reduced, and the verification …