Main news: Militants’ shellings and provocations near Zaitseve, Avdiivka remains cut off water supply, a customer who was carrying a grenade detained in Luhansk supermarket


08:40 / 15.03.2016 — Новости Донбасса

Reports from the front

Andriy Lysenko, Presidential Administration spokesperson on ATO related issues reported that one Ukrainian servicemen was killed in the action and one was wounded in the action in the ATO zone in the last 24 hours.

The situation in the ATO zone remains tense, there were 44 attacks on Ukrainian positions, 38 in the direction of Donetsk, 5 in the direction of Mariupol and 1 in the direction of Luhansk. ATO press service also reported that Ukrainian strongholds in the vicinity of Novotoshkovske (the Luhansk region) were shelled by militants who used 82 mm mortars. “The emeny’s activity has decreased a lot since midnight, there were 2 attacks on the Ukrainian Armed Forces positions, grenade launchers of different systems were used in the vicinity of Maryinka and Novotroitske”, reads the report.

Militants attacked the Ukrainian positions in Zaitseve, using 80 and 120 mm caliber mortars. Avdiivka remains the hottest spot, militants used 122 mm grenade launchers there.

Reports from the territory controlled by Ukraine


Krasnoarmiysk town council is going to insist on renaming the town into Pokrovsk. The Verkhovna Rada Committee together with Ukrainian Institute of National memory had decided upon the name “Hryshyne” as it is historically grounded. They did not approve of the variant with renaming the town into “Pokrovsk” as this name is widely used and has religious connotations. At the same time, Yuriy Tretyak, the town head, claims that “Pokrovsk” was supported by the majority of the town residents. Now the draft decision is being prepared for the town council session.

Donetsk filter station which suspended its work due to crossfire at 10 a.m. yesterday was not damaged. Still, water supply to Avdiivka and vicinity has not been restored yet. 

“The problem is that brigades refuse to come to work as the station is being constantly fired at", says Pavlo Zhebrivsky, head of Donetsk regional military and civil administration.

“Today we are working together with Joint Coordination Centre and the OSCE and we are trying to ensure the OSCE presence there. This will guarantee some security for the workers and it will be possible to launch Donetsk filter station. It is situated on the territory which is controlled by militants”, said Zhebrivsky.

Reports from the occupied territory

2 residential houses were destroyed at night as a result of the shelling of the village of Zaitseve. The village is situated in the north of Horlivka and is controlled by the “DPR” faction. The information was presented by a source inside the “DPR” “law enforcers”. “Two residential houses were destroyed and several more were damaged”, said the report. The source also added that “the enemy was firing from two sides simultaneously”. Traditionally, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were accused. 

“Luhansk Information Centre” informed that an offender who was carrying an F-1 grenade was threatening the customers of “Absolute” shop in Molodizhny block of occupied Luhansk. The offender was “calmed down and detained” by “law enforcers” and now the case is being investigated into. It is not reported of the criminal was an “LPR” member and where he had got the grenade from.

Militants claim that shooting crews of Russian TV channels got under fire in Zaitseve vicinity. In particular, according to the separatist news agency “DAN”,  there were crews of All-Russia State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company, 1st Channel, “Zvezda” and the Chinese Information Agency “Xinhua”. At the same time, ATO press service emphasises the fact that Ukrainian servicemen did not react to militants’ provocation and did not open fire all day.

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