Fight on Svetlodarskoye arc. What is known about the large-scale clash with insurgents

Fight on Svetlodarskoye arc. What is known about the large-scale clash with insurgents

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Officially reported five dead soldiers.

Yesterday, December 18, militants have waged a fierce battle with the military forces of the antiterrorist operation in the area of Svetlodarsk arc, in the Donetsk region. The clash continued for more than a day – in the morning the enemy shelling did not stop. Gathered in one material all that is known about the situation near Svetlodarsk.

December 18, at about 6 am the Russian occupation troops in the area Svetlodarsk arc after a long fire training with the use of heavy artillery and mortars tried to knock out the advanced units of the Ukrainian troops from their positions.

According to the press center of the ATO, the Ukrainian representatives of the Joint center for control and coordination ceasefire made a request for the introduction of “silence mode”, however, the enemy considerable force tried to make a workaround strongholds of the Armed forces of Ukraine in Lugansk region. The enemy was going to knock the security forces from their positions and to change the line of contact between the parties.

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Ukrainian military took the fight, threw the enemy forces and carried out a counterattack into the flank of the enemy. The invaders withdrew from positions, leaving behind military equipment and equipment of Russian production. As evidence of the Ukrainian soldiers showed a pair of binoculars and a first aid kit of Russian origin, that found in the dugout of militants. This once again confirms the supply of militants and Russian mercenaries in the Donbas from the Russian Federation.

The fire fighters continued into the evening. Occupiers repeatedly opened fire on the Ukrainian positions on the arc Svetlodarsk and surrounding settlements with a 122 mm artillery and 120-millimeter mortars. As a result of shelling damaged civilian infrastructure and power lines. The city of Svetlodarsk and surrounding villages remained without electricity. Later that evening, three artillery shells exploded near a school in Lugansk, there were problems with telephone communications.

The chief of the joint operational staff of the armed forces Lieutenant General Alexander Cerski said that during the attack on the arc Svetlodarsk Russian occupation troops fired artillery and mortar shelling of the settlements of Kalinovka, Uglegorsk and Debaltsevo. According to him, it did not give the military “to respond adequately in response” to prevent losses among the civilian population.

“There had been three fire RAID lasting from three to six hours each. In General, during this period, our divisions were fired 34 shells in caliber of 122 mm, 694 mines of calibre of 120 mm and 82-mm”, – UNIAN cites a quote Mirskogo.

The fighting took place in an area which is at a distance of 36 km from the boundary line stipulated by the Minsk Memorandum of 19 September 2014.

According to intelligence reports, the enemy’s losses amounted to at least 25 people were killed and 30 wounded.

Losses suffered by the Ukrainian military. According to official figures, killed at least five Ukrainian military, another six were wounded, ten were wounded or injured.

“Unfortunately, we suffered losses. Five soldiers killed, six wounded, four soldiers were lightly wounded and two of moderate severity. All victim renders medical aid”, – stated in the message press center ATO.

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In turn, the correspondent of TSN Eugene Zvecanska, which was near the hospital where wounded were brought, reported five dead and 26 wounded. At least four victims could not take from the area of battle due to heavy torch.

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According to our sources, on the front 5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 26 wounded. They are delivered in military hospital. Of the city close to the battlefield is de-energized.

According to updated data from physicians, as of the morning of the 19th of December was known about 21 injured. Data on victims did not comment.

Volunteer and project coordinator of “Stop the Terror” Simon Kubakaev on his page in Facebook reported that the actions of the militants on the arc Svetlodarsk in the area of ATO was clearly a planned attackand not a provocation. The rebels were supported by military personnel of the Russian Federation.

“The position was customized armored vehicles of the enemy, he prepared to attack, trying to hide behind the artillery fire, attempts were made to breakthrough that failed. By intelligence we know that units of the 7th brigade of the rebels were supported by military personnel of the Russian Federation”, – wrote Kubakaev.

He added that the enemy not only does not adhere to the Minsk agreements, but also trying to discourage the Ukrainian military-controlled territory.

The information that the attack the Russian occupation troops were involved units of the 7th brigade and some special forces units, was confirmed by the APU.

As of the morning of the 19th of December, fighting in the area of Svetlodarsk arc did not stop, but slightly decreased their activity. This was reported by the TSN reporter Eugene Zvecanska.

In turn, the chief of the joint operational staff of the armed forces Lieutenant General Alexander Cerski at the briefing said that the situation in Svetlodarsk arc currently more or less calm, but added that it can dynamically change. He assured that the situation is under control of Ukrainian law enforcers.