August 18, 2014
Terrorists are trying to escape the ATO zone pretending to be civilians
This was reported by spokesman of Information centre of National Security and Defense Council Colonel Andriy Lysenko during press briefing in Kyiv on August 16, 2014.
Pro-Russian terrorists of self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” are seeking fraudulent documents using Ukrainian passport forms in order to escape the ATO zone under the guise of refugees. The majority of militants reported to leave Donetsk region by August 18.
‘Terrorists dress up in civilian clothes, grab only passports and using passenger transport under the guise of non-combatants are making attempts to cross checkpoints of Ukrainian forces. In the last 72 hours 13 men suspected of terrorism aged from 20 to 45 were detained at the checkpoint nearby Debaltseve in Donetsk region where Ukrainian National Guard servicemen are drawing duty. A field commander of Luhansk terrorist group was among them. He is giving evidence now’.
Russian and terrorist information sources spread another provocative message on a crushing defeat of several units of Ukrainian Armed Forces nearby Savur-Mohyla kurgan. «We officially state that the information has been absolutely distorted and does not correspond with the reality. Ukrainian troops retain this hill and successfully fight off the militants’ counterattacks», – emphasized the representative of the National Security and Defense Council.
Following the results of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs emergency meeting that took place in Brussels yesterday, a resolution on Ukrainian situation was approved. The document, among other provisions, contains EU summons to Russian government to terminate any military actions nearby Ukrainian border. EU support to any party involved in international humanitarian organizations in compliance with international humanitarian law and its principles under the Ukrainian government consent is also being expressed. EU called upon all the parties involved to extend the OSCE Monitoring mission for unbiased reporting on the situation at «Hukovo» and «Donetsk» border crossing checkpoints as well as operational information sharing between Ukraine, Russian Federation and OSCE.
Source: uacrisis.org, NSDC