The ATO press service informed today that, thanks to the cooperation and commanders of the ATO forces and international observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, because of prompt publicizing of the information about the course of events in the captured village of Kominternove and strict observance of the terms of the ceasefire by Ukrainian army, Russian proxies retreated.
First, the militants withdrew all the machinery and heavy weapons, then the members of illegal armed groups themselves retreated from the village of Kominternove.
As to the situation in the nearby territory, the number of attacks by militants at the ATO forces slightly decreased.
On the outskirts of Mariupol the militants carried out one attack at Ukrainian positions with grenades near Shyrokyne.
Also, Russian proxies carried out armed provocations using small arms, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns near Pisky, Opytne, Avdiyivka, Novgorodske, Zaitseve, Mayorsk, Troitske and Luhanske. 15 times they used weapons, mostly near Donetsk and Horlivka.
It should be recalled that the village of Kominternove, located in the so-called gray area on the contact line, 23 km north-east of Ukrainian-controlled strategic Azov sea port city of Mariupol in Donetsk region, has been occupied by the militants of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (“DPR”) since Tuesday morning.
According to the report of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as of December 22, “SMM attempted to reach Kominternove to follow up on reports about the presence of armed “DPR” members in the village, but was not able to do so due to security concerns: the south-western and north-eastern entrances to the village blocked with mines, trip wires, improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.”
As the ATO press service reported earlier, the militants had armored vehicles, possibly up to 5 tanks and 5 armored personnel carriers, other weapons prohibited by Minsk Agreements.
SMM reported also: “At a checkpoint at the south-western entrance of the village, the Ukrainian Armed Forces commander told the SMM that in the early morning they had spotted the presence of five tanks, four 120mm howitzers, and 100-150 “DPR” members in the village. Earlier, a civilian resident had told the SMM by phone about the presence of armed persons in camouflage uniforms without insignia.”