‘Quiet Regimen’: Russian-Backed Forces Fire 30 Times on Ukrainian Positions; 2500 UAF Soldiers Killed in 2 Years

September 10, 2016
Ukrainian servicemen are seen at their positions on the front line near Avdeyevka, Ukraine, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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‘Quiet Regimen’: Russian-Backed Forces Fire 30 Times on Ukrainian Positions; 2500 UA Soldiers Killed in 2 Years

The Ukrainian ATO [Anti-Terrorist Organization] reported today at 6:00 am that “on the whole” the new September 1 “quiet regimen” was being observed. But Russian-backed forces nonetheless fired 30 times on Ukrainian positions, which is as many as they have some days when there was no extra “quiet regimen”. (There is supposed to be a general cease-fire under the Minsk accords reached last year, but this has been rather tattered in recent months.)

On the Luganskoye line, 15 “violations” were counted as militants fired from machine guns, small arms and grenade-launchers on Novoaleksandrovka, Novozvanivtsi and Popasnaya. A sniper sired on Novoaleksandrovka.

On the Mariupol line, there were 10 incidents: militants fired on Shirokino with 120- and 82-mm artillery. Grenade-launchers and small arms were fired on Maryinka, Pavlopol and Shirokino.
On the Donetsk line, militants fired 5 times on Avdeyevka with grenade-launchers and small arms; a sniper was active in Mayorsk.
Twelve drones were recorded in the ATO zone. 
The Ukrainian Armed Forces did not return fire, says the ATO.

At 18:00, the ATO reported on its Facebook page  that the situation had “signs of de-escalation.” There were 14 violations of the quiet regimen by the Russian-backed forces, notably on the Mariupol line with firing on Granitnoye with small arms and on Vodyanoye with grenade-launchers.

On the Lugansk line, militants fired 5 times with grenade-launchers and machine guns on Novozvanitvtsi; 120-mm artillery was used on Novozvanitvtsi.

On the Donetsk line, there were 6 incidents, with firing on Avdeyevka and Verkhnetoretskoye from grenade-launchers, machine guns and small arms.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces held a festival today in Slavyansk on the anniversary of its liberation two years ago in July 2014. They held a children’s drawing contest on the theme, “I am drawing a peaceful tank.” The army organized other games and contests and gave the children army kasha and sweets. Children decorated the BTRs with balloons and paper flowers.

In other news:

o Nearly 2,500 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in Combat 

The Donetsk Regional Police reported today that since the ATO was started in 2014, 1,700 “terrorist attacks” have been committed against the civilian population in which 174 people were killed and nearly 800 were injured in the Donetsk Region. The total number of people killed throughout Ukraine since the Russian annexation of Crimea and invasion of the Donbass is more than 10,000.

At least 2,491 Ukrainian service people were killed in combat in the war in the last 2 years; an additional 1,294 non-combat service people were killed, according to Anriy Verba, head of the MILitary Medical Department of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, UA Today reported.

Ukrainian journalists and some military have disputed the figure as too low. While the official number of fatalities for the Battle of Ilovaisk in August 2014 was 366, both military and civic leaders believe there were at least 1,000 killed as many are still missing. 

o American Gets ‘Passport’ from ‘Lugansk People’s Republic’  

Jeffrey “Snowman” Monson, an American-Russian mixed martial artist from Olympia, Washington was given a pseudo-passport from the self-declared “Lugansk People’s Republic” by self-styled prime minister Igor Plotnitsky, Unian reported.

Monson came to Lugansk in connection with a festival to celebrate the 221st anniversary of the city, ZN.ua reported. He said he was happy to become a “citizen” of the LNR and had personally applied to Plotnitsky for the passport.

Monson has a hobby collecting passports, says Unian. In 2015, he became a citizen of Russia and then lost a wrestling match on the Russian side against Cameroon’s Donald Njatah Nua. 
In 2009, Monson was charged with first-degree malicious mischief for vandalizing the Washington State Capitol building by spray-painting an anarchy symbol, a peace symbol and the phrases “no poverty” and “no war” on columns. After pictures of his action were published in ESPN magazine, a warrant was issued for his arrest. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 90 days of work and a fine, which he has paid little on and now amounts to $24,749.

– Catherine A. Fitzpatrick