July 29, 2014
NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko spoke about current situation in Eastern Ukraine at press briefing in Kiev on July 28, 2014. Here we present summary of his report
As it was reported previously on July 28 Ukrainian Armed Forces troops occupied a key height – Savur-Mohyla hill. This height is a strategic point between Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts of Ukraine and Rostov oblast of Russia.
“Ukrainian servicemen managed to win Savur-Mohyla hill as a result of hard battle. It is from that hill that the terrorists have been shelling ATO troops and a number of localities, in particular, Marynivka, for a long time. Thanks to this victory, a corridor has been opened to supply the units and departments which have been resisting the enemy heroically for a significant amount of time. They did not allow new weapon supplies and mercenaries from Russia to cross our border. Earlier the airborne troops that held the positions near the Russian Federation border were de-facto cut off from the main ATO forces,” reported NSDC Information center spokesman Colonel Andriy Lysenko during a briefing at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
The positions of the Ukrainian troops have been under constant hard firing on part of the enemy, both from Russia and the side of the pro-Russian gang formations on Ukrainian territory. NSDC spokesman added that Ukrainian soldiers and officers had been shot at with “Grad” missile launch systems, mine launchers of various calibers, grenade launchers and other weapons. In response to these backstabbing provocations not a single shell or bullet was fired at Russia.
The situation at the border in the ATO zone remains complicated. Yesterday at around 11 a.m. the terrorists opened fire at the “Krasna Talivka” checkpoint in Luhansk oblast. The mercenaries made several shots using grenade launchers. As a result of the shooting, 2 border servicemen were wounded, significant damage was made to the administrative building of the checkpoint, as well as the observation tower.
The mercenaries continued ruining the infrastructure. The saboteurs mined the bridges in the village of Krasniy Kut in Antratsit district on the “Kharkiv-Rostov” road and near the town of Krasniy Luch.
NSDC spokesman underlined that the mercenaries continued to set up their fire positions at civilian and industrial objects.
‘We have documented an accumulation of terrorists in the city of Krasniy Luch in Luhansk oblast near the ‘Standart’ factory. They are setting up mine launching positions and mine launchers there. New firing positions are also being set up by the mercenaries at the combined feed and waste processing plants of the town of Rovenki in Luhansk oblast and the building of the former ‘DOSAAF,’ – Andriy Lysenko reported.
In the city of Torez in Donetsk oblast the Russian mercenaries, threatening the locals with weapons, stole 7 cars. According to preliminary reports, there was a disunity among the mercenaries and some groups were leaving the town quickly.
On July 27th, when carrying out an editorial task, an Espreso.TV correspondent, citizen of Poland Byanka Zalewska received grave injuries in the antiterrorist operation zone. The Ukrainian servicemen provided first aid and delivered her to the nearest hospital in the town of Stavrobilsk in Luhansk oblast. According to Lysenko on Monday night the victim with numerous broken bones and bruises was evacuated by helicopter to the Military-Medical Centre of the Northern region in Kharkiv. On Monday Byanka Zalewska’s state was evaluated as stable.
In Kirovograd oblast, the friends and families of the servicemen which are currently on missions in the ATO zone in the east of the country, organized an art protest. ‘The children prepared drawings with the elements of state symbols for the defendants of the Motherland and wrote encouraging letters. The initiators claim that they are constantly sending bare essentials, personal hygiene items, uniform and even night vision equipment to the servicemen on the front line,’ – Andriy Lysenko added.
The NSDC spokesman also spoke about the broadening sanctions against the Russian Federation: The General Secretary of the Japanese government Yoshihide Suga stated that Japan was going to publish a list of people and organizations, against who it was decided to impose sanctions because of the situation in Ukraine. In particular list would concern people and organizations that were directly involved in Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization in the east of Ukraine.