January 12, the situation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation area tends to escalate. Russia-backed illegal armed groups used heavy weapons immediately on several fronts. Nevertheless, yesterday none of Ukrainian soldiers was killed or injured, said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for ATO issues at the briefing in Analytical-Information Center of the Ukrainian Security Service, Joinfo.ua reports.
On January 11, shelling resumed in Luhansk region. Militants fired from the 120 mm mortar at Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske. Later they fired at another strong point in the same area from grenade launcher.
In Donetsk region, the insurgents repeatedly violated the truce near Svitlodarsk. In particular, near Troitske they conducted a short-term shelling from a mortar. South of Luhansk militants have repeatedly opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. North of Horlivka, between Semyhir’ya and Novoluhanske, ATO forces held a combat clash with the militants. After short-term firefight insurgents retreated southwardly.
Other fronts: in the area west of Horlivka and near the Donetsk airport the situation remains unchanged. Militants conduct low-intensity combat operations without the use of heavy weapons. The most lasting shelling occurred west of Novgorodske and near Opytne.
In Mariupol district, the mercenaries violated the silence mode simultaniously on several fronts. In particular, near the village of Vodyane militants made 10 rounds from 120-mm mortar. In addition, invaders’ provocation took place in the south-western outskirts of Donetsk (Mar’inka district) and near the village of Granitne.
According to Ukrainian Defence Intelligence head department, the conflict between militants and Russian military personnel has been gaining momentum.
Also, leaders of the gangs demonstrate complete disregard for the families of fallen fighters and refuse to help with funeral.
The intelligence also reported that on January 9 as a result of mortar fire exchange between two gangs near the Donetsk airport, one gunman was killed and three were wounded.
In addition, around 300 militants of the so-called “5th separate motorized rifle brigade” of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR)” have signed resignation letters as a result of funding decrease from their Russian “supervisors”. In particular, the head of DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko ordered ordered the commanders of so-called “1st and 2nd Army Corps” to suspend bonus payments from 1 January NFP leader “DNR” DNR “. In order to prevent defections, the commanders seize passports of the insurgents, as confirmed a fighter nicknamed “Commissioner”, who has recently been arrested by Ukrainian intelligence officers.