16:06 Jul. 2, 2016
Russian-backed separatist forces step up reconnaissance and attacks
Ukrainian military intelligence has reported the presence of 39 tanks, 53 artillery systems and self-propelled artillery systems of Russia-backed separatist forces in Donbas combat zone. According to Ukraine Crisis Media Center, in addition to multiple rocket launching systems and Uragan-type rocket launchers deployed to the contact line by militants, there are also more than twenty Grad systems discovered in the area of Horlivka.
"Most tense situation stands in the Sloviansk and Donetsk sectors. In the area of the Svitlodarsk salient and in the industrial area of Avdiivka adversary's motor-rifle and tank units with the support of artillery made an unsuccessful attempt to force the ATO forces out of their positions," representative of the Main Intelligence Department of Ukraine's Defense Ministry Vadym Skibitsky has said during a briefing.
30 Russian servicemen were killed in action and 37 others were wounded over the past week, according to Skibitsky's report. 22 fighters have left the units of occupant forces over the last week, most of them are citizens of the Russian Federation, including Russian servicemen on active duty.
"As a result Russian command is trying to ban the fighters of the 1st and 2nd army corps to move out of the temporarily occupied territories towards Russia. Setup of a unified e-database of fighters from the combined Russian-and-militant troops in eastern Ukraine stands as a key element," said representative of the Main Intelligence Department.
As reported previously, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said in the interview with the Bulgarian bTV that Russia was training terrorists in special training centers in Kursk, Belgorod, and Rostov regions to execute terrorist attacks all over Ukraine.