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ATO latest news: militants seized the town Kominternove near Mariupol

Militants seized the town Kominternove, located in "gray area" on the contact line. They did not allow observers from the SMM of the OSCE to work in the area of Kominternove
ATO latest news: militants seized the town Kominternove near Mariupol

December 22, militants seized the town Kominternove, which is located in “gray area” on the contact line near Mariupol, said the speaker of the press center of the ATO Anton Myronovych.

According Myronovych, about a hundred of fighters in tanks and armored personnel carriers entered this morning in Kominternovo, carrying heavy weapons, Joinfo.ua reports.

“This morning, a division of illegal armed group of up to a reinforced company entered the town Kominternove in the “gray area”. According to our information, they had armored vehicles, possibly up to 5 tanks and 5 armored personnel carriers, other weapons prohibited by Minsk Agreements.

Thus, they wanted to provoke us to some retaliatory action, possibly on the liberation of the locality with the use of heavy weapons. However, the ATO forces remained in their positions, “- said the speaker.

Myronovych noted that the distance from Kominternove to Mariupol allows militants to use 120-mm mortar lauchers and subversive groups toward Mariupol.

“So now Ukrainian military increased vigilance, reinforced positions and put troops on alert,” – said Myronovych.

A joint center for control and coordination for the ceasefire immediately informed the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE about the gross violation of the ceasefire conditions by the units of the pro-Russian illegal armed groups.

This eloquent case of the violation of the Minsk Agreements by pro-Russian illegal armed formations is nothing but another provocation against the ATO forces, said the statement of the press service.

Besides, according to the most recent information, militants built up the presence of the military equipment and machinery, prohibited by the Minsk agreements, near the contact line on Mariupol direction.

According to recent reports, the militants did not allow observers from the SMM of the OSCE to work in the area of Kominternove.

In the afternoon, they fired at Ukrainian positions from 82-mm mortar launchers. Their subversive and reconnaissance groups made attempts to penetrate from Kominternove to the territory, controlled by ATO forces. Ukrainian military found them in time, a short fight made the militants to retreat.

During the day, militants attacked the ATO forces from small arms, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades near Pisky, Opytne, Yuzhne, Krasnohorivka, Avdiyivka. A sniper was shooting at Ukrainian positions on the outskirts of Mar’inka.

To the north of Horlivka, Donetsk region, there were several armed provocations near Novgorodske, Mayorsk and Zaitseve. Militants used rocket launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.

In Luhansk region militants fired at one of Ukrainian strong points near Shachastya.

During the day, almost 30 times the militants carried out armed provocations against  the ATO forces.