Situation at the front
Press service of the Main directorate of intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports that five Russian militaries were killed and two wounded in the Donetsk region on February 15-16. As it was informed by the intelligence, the militaries were servicemen of 331st airborn regiment (Kostroma) and 98th airborn division of the RF Armed Forces (Ivanove).
ATO Headquarters press service informes that militants are going to seize Maryinka. According to the information provided by Donetsk residents, militants are accumulating people and machinery of illegal armed formations in Petrovsky district of Donetsk and later these resources can be used for an offensive on Maryinka. “Witnesses inform that a large amount of machinery which is banned by the Minsk accords and a big number of militants are arriving. In particular, there have been reports about several Grad MRLS and more than 10 tanks.”
News from the territory controlled by Ukrainian government
Intercity motorway is the Donetsk region is to be named after Oleksa Tykhiy, a Ukrainian human rights activist and a founder of Ukranian Public Group of Assistance to Implementation the Helsinky Agreements. According to the preliminary decision of the town heads of Kramatorsk, Slovyansk, Kostyantynivka and Druzhkovka, Ordzhonikidze street is to be renamed after Oleksa Tykhiy and this will be a common name for the intercity motorway between the four localities.
Heorhiy Tuka, head of Luhansk regional military and civil administation, signed a decree on opening an entrance-exit checkpoint in the town of Zolote (on condition that it is not shelled by militants). Members of the Trilateral group on resolving the the Donbas conflict agreed on January 27 that a
checkpoint for vehicles was to be opened in the Luhansk region by mid-February (Lysychansk-Hirske-Zolote-Stakhanov).
There was a three-kilometre queue of cars at Maryinka checkpoint on the night of February 18. Drivers and passengers stayed there for the night after the checkpoint had suspended its activity due to shellings.
News from the occupied territory
OSCE SMM members were prevented from carrying out their duties 100 times in January. This information was provided by Aleksander Hug, the first deputy head of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. Hug emphasized that the illegal “LPR” and “DPR” factions were responsible for 80% of OSCE Mission freedom of movement violations.
The main news from the Donbas is presented here.