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that have happened in Ukraine today
ATO forces defeated insurgents near Uspenka. Russia fired upon once again
The termination of an operational pause and restart of ATO activities have led to consistent intensification of terrorist activities, in particular, in the Lugansk area, as reported by the head of the group "Information resistance" Dmytro Tymchuk The enemy fired at a number of positions of ATO forces, which additionaly were shelled from the Russian territory.
150 thousand Russian troops are ready to launch an offensive, the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine assures
100-150 thousand Russian servicemen maintain military preparedness for invasion, a former head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ihor Smeshko said in an interview with "Den" according to Ukrainian News.
As the matter of fact, Russia has 100-150 thousand trained servicemen at its disposal to be able to launch offensive operations, but they won't be able to win the war against Ukraine," says the former chief of the Security Service.
He also mentioned that Vladimir Putin is in a difficult situation now, for on the one hand his plans have faced a significant resistance from the Ukrainian people, and on the other hand, he is forced by circumstances to do something in order to entrench his popularity within the country.
NATO announced earlier that Russia had gathered about 20 thousand servicemen along its border with Ukraine and could intervene using the pretext of a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission as an excuse.
Russia has delivered 15 Grad volley fire systems; ATO forces have captured arms arsenals
Russia continues to supply Donbas insurgents with heavy armaments; 15 Grad volley fire systems were deployed by separatists on Thursday near the settlement of Krasny Luch, Spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.
Lysenko reminded of a downed Ukrainian Mig-29 military aircraft, and stressed that "weapons used to down our aircraft were of Russian origin".
"There also are photos of arsenals captured by our troops in the Krasnogorivka area to prove this fact", he assured.
"An additional trophy - a compact hand-held flame thrower - was produced in Russia too. The information about the manufacturer country had been removed, however, its serial number was still on it, as it was impossible to erase", Lysenko said.
Therefore, the spokesman for the National Security Council finds Russia's statements on the need for humanitarian aid "especially cynical".
"In these photos, we can clearly see what precisely Russia understands under the term "humanitarian aid", Lysenko pointed.
15 killed, 79 others wounded in the last 24 hours
7 service members of the Armed Forces and 8 border guards have been killed and 79 troopers wounded. Such a big figure can be explained by attempts of the Army to escape the blockade, where soldiers were fiercely shelled both from the Russian territory and the territory controlled by mercenaries, he said.
ATO forces engaged in fighting with terrorists 44 times in the past 24 hours.
Four border guards from Odessa were killed, when running the blockade on the border with the Russian Federation
Four border guards from Odessa were killed when trying to break the encirclement in Donbas region, where Ukrainian troops had spent 22 days, the press service of the Southern Regional Department of State Border Service of Ukraine reported.