Militants violate ceasefire, two Ukrainian soldiers wounded

14:30, 18 October 2015
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Militants have been provoking the Ukrainian troops in Donbas on October 17, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded as a result of militants opening fire from small arms on Ukrainian positions near the villages of Pisky and Shyrokine on October 17, according to Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk, President's envoy for ATO issues who spoke at a briefing on Sunday.

Oleksandr Motuzianyk also said the Ukrainian border guards have recorded two enemy drones along the line of contact. Two border guards noticed the enemy's UAV on the administrative border between Kherson region and temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.

Motuzyanik also noted that the combined military-law enforcement mobile groups detained two vehicles with illegal cargo at a Zaitseve checkpoint and another four vehicles with contraband near Alexandropol and Novotroitske in Donetsk region.

"At the same time, the Ukrainian military ensured passage through Novotroitske checkpoints of seven truckloads with humanitarian aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross," said Colonel Motuzianyk.

The Ukrainian military have been fortifying their positions, preparing equipment and weapons for the winter. Landmine clearance experts have not stopped their work. "Over the past week alone, they have cleared more than 100 mines and explosive objects that were planted in civilian facilities," reads the statement of the ATO press center.

Against the background of statements by the self-proclaimed leaders of the so-called "DPR-LPR" on postponement of the sham elections in the mythical "People's Republics", and also tough measures imposed by the Russian curators against leaders of local armed gangs who disagree with the ideology of the Minsk agreements, panic among local militants has been observed.

"Many of those who participated in the armed conflict, nurture intentions to move to Russia along with their families, for permanent residence; while those whose hands are not stained with blood get rid of their weapons," the press center says.

Read alsoSilence in 24 hrs in Donbas, ATO forces preparing military hardware for winterAs UNIAN reported earlier, the Joint Staff of the Central Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have discovered three caches of mines, machine guns, grenade launchers and ammunition in the ATO zone. The mines were safely difused.

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