Reports from the front:
There were 79 attacks on Ukrainian strongholds in the Donbas on February 15. 120mm-caliber mortars were used to shell the village of Zaitseve. Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, Presidential Administration spokesperson on ATO related issues informed that 3 Ukrainian servicemen perished and 7 were wounded.
A civilian died in Zaitseve shelling. A child got a contused wound on the occupied part of the village.
Reports from the territory which is controlled by the Ukrainian Government:
Mariupol residents who are 16 years old can get plastic passports of a new standard. Currently, about 70 city residents have got it. ID cards are issued only in Zhovtnevy district of the city.
ATO Headquarters inform that Maryinka entry/exit checkpoint is to suspend its activity due to massive shellings. It is to remain closed till February 17. The Headquarters report that it is a temporary closure.
Deputies of Siverodonetsk town council voted for depriving Valentyn Kozakov, the mayor (“Opposition Block”), of his authorities ahead-of-schedule. Heorhiy Tuka, head of the region, claims that the decision was taken illegally and it will be impugned in court. Hryhoriy Pryheba (“Radical Party”) became the new secretary of the town council and acting mayor of Siverodonetsk.
News from occupied territory:
Illegal “DPR” accused the Ukrinian side of shelling the occupied settlement of Trudovskiye in Petrovskiy district of Donetsk. As a result, two dwelling houses were destroyed. Maksim Zhukovskiy, head of the occupation administration, claims that an unexploded shell was found in the district.
Two unexploded air defense missile system shells fell down in the residential area of Luhansk. Ambulance and emergency service workers came to the place of the accident. However, there were no victims. Some people think that shells fell down in residential areas as the result of “LPR” practising shooting at targets.
The OSCE SMM visied occupied settlements of Zhovanka and Zaytseve in the Donetsk region on February 16. When visiting Zhovanka, Deputy OSCE Head Aleksandr Hug noted that ceasefire is preserved in the vicinity of the settlement, but it is immediately violated when the mission leaves. Then Hug visited frontline settlement of Oleksandrivka.
Vehicles with “DPR" license plates issued in the Donetsk region were not allowed to enter Russia. The information was presented to OSCE Mission observers by people from queues at Marynivka and Uspenka checkpoints.