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ATO forces have begun mopping up other five settlements; the enemy suffers from losses
ATO forces continue to defend Novosvitlivka and Khriashchuvate, and have begun to mop up the settlements of Illyria, Malonikolayevka Stanichno-Luganska Yasynivka and Zemlyanka.
In addition, troops of the anti-terrorist operation destroyed several pieces of equipment, the ATO press centre reports
"Our positions were shelled nine times from the territory of the Russian Federation", the ATO press centre said earlier today.
"However, troopers have learned to establish an effective scheme of artillery observation. Therefore, they manage to avoid losses among military personnel and equipment", officials say.
Russian armoured vehicle with soldiers' records inside has been seized during a battle near Lugansk
Ukrainian service members seized a Russian armoured vehicle BMD-2 with papers left by officers inside near the village of Georgiivka (Lutugin district in Lugansk region), journalist Roman Bochkala posted on his Facebook wall.
"On-board number 275, 1st Airborne Company, Army Unit 74268, Pskov Airborne Division (platoon commander Senior Lieutenant Popov) ", the journalist reports.
"You can see now a fighting machine and a machine gun with the name of a machine-gunner (Private Surnachov N.) on it in the following pictures. The same name and surname was taken down in a register which in normally used for so-called evening checks", Bochkala added.
The journalist says that some of soldiers on the list were born in 1994.
"That means that Putin might be short of experienced recruits if he had decided to send raw troops to fight in battles", he believes.
According to Bochkala, one soldier's wife from Pskov confirmed that Russian service men had been sent to Ukraine to fight.
In turn, a spokesman for the National Security Council Andriy Lysenko announced at a briefing that two armoured vehicles had been captured. According to him, a map case which used to belong to platoon leader Guards lieutenant Popov was also found in the vehicle.
5 soldiers killed and 21 wounded in the past 24 hours in the ATO area
5 Ukrainian military were killed and 21 injured in the past 24 hours in the ATO area, a spokesman for the National Security Council Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing on Thursday.
Militants have fired at a car with refugees; a child has been shot to death
Terrorists fired into a car with refugees in Lugansk region causing casualties, a spokesman for the National Security Council Andriy Lysenko said.
The tragedy happened yesterday near the village of Khryashchuvate. According to eyewitnesses, the car was moving with a big white flag sticking out, he said.
"There was a family with a 5-year-old child in it. The father and the child died on the scene. The woman died when being attended to by Ukrainian military doctors", Lysenko added.
As you already know, a column of refugees was fired upon earlier this month in the same area by terrorists who used Grad volley fire systems. At least 17 people were killed at that time.
National Security Council: Orders have been given to execute the Russian "humanitarian aid" as soon as possible
As of Thursday, the customs clearance of the Russian humanitarian aid was not carried out. However, all the orders to start the customs registration as soon as possible have already been issued, a spokesman for the National Security Council Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing.
"The Ukrainian part will start to do their job without delay, once a final confirmation from the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding its readiness to deliver goods to the point of destination has been received", Lysenko reports.
"The Russian Federation itself as well as terrorist groups controlled by Russia are still to offer guarantees to the International Committee of the Red Cross", Lysenko said.
"PRL" leadership changed like socks
Igor Plotnizky has become a new self-proclaimed "Prime Minister" of the Peoples' Republic of Lugansk and is going to lead the region from now on, the press-centre of "Novorossia" reports.
Plotnizky previously held the post of the Defence Minister of the "Peoples Republic of Lugansk", and was appointed "Prime-Minister" and the "PRL" leader on 20 August during "a session of the PRL parliament”.
Marat Bashirov who became the PRL Prime Minister in July has already resigned.