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Lysenko: Rebels pull in troops in the Mariupol direction
Terrorists are sideslipping units and equipment in the Mariupol direction, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.
According to him, the number of attacks on Ukrainian positions in the ATO area is decreasing.
However, according to Lysenko, rebel materiel and personnel are being moved closer to the line of demarcation, especially in the Mariupol direction.
He noted that Russia continues to supply militants with equipment and to give them practical help.
Tymchuk: Rebels try to breach the defensive line near Shyrokine
Positions of Ukrainian troops and civil objects near Shyrokine came under saturation fire in the past 24 hours, the head of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted on his Facebook Wall on the morning of February 24.
"Russian and terrorist troops backed by armoured vehicles (including at least 6 tanks) made two attempts to rupture Ukrainian army's positions," he writes.
Apart from that, the enemy carried out a number of saturation attacks on our positions near the settlements of Oktyabr and Zaichenko using MLRSs and barrel artillery, Tymchuk reports.
"In the Novoazov direction, the enemy was moving up military hardware (4 tanks were seen moving along the highway T0508)," he adds.
Situation tense in the Debaltseve and Mariupol directions at night
Insurgents carried out 12 attacks on positions of ATO forces overnight into Tuesday, February 24, the ATO press centre reports.
"The largest number of violations of the truce agreement was detected in the Debaltseve direction. The enemy shelled the village of Luganske once and the village of Popasna seven times within the period of time from 8 p.m. to10 p.m.," the press centre added.
In the Donetsk direction, gunmen shelled and mortared the settlements of Opytne, Tonenke, and Avdiivka overnight.
In addition, rebel infantry attempted to assault army positions situated near the Dutovska mine at about 9 p.m.
"In the Mariupol direction, outlawed units of gunmen continued to attack our positions near the village of Shyrokine. A battle for this settlement started at about 1.45 a.m. and was raging for half an hour," ATO headquarters reported.
No attacks were recorded in the Lugansk direction.
Meanwhile, the headquarters drew attention to enemy's drones: "Ukrainian air-defence forces spotted 10 UAVs along the front line within the past 24 hours".
Tymchuk: Rebels pretend to withdraw materiel; armoured vehicles brought in from Russia
Russia continues to move military hardware to Donbas despite the ceasefire agreements and all pledges to withdraw heavy equipment from the front line, the head of the Information Resistance Group, MP Dmytro Tymchuk, posted in Facebook on February 24.
"The leadership of Russian and terrorist forces is pretending to withdraw heavy equipment in the PRL-held territories of Donbas". Artillery is moved from the front line and left nearby in well-disguised places. Inhabited settlements or "private sectors" are used as hiding places as a rule, he reports.
"A transit centre for Russian and terrorist troops was set up to the south of Lugansk. Equipment and arms coming from Russia are moved straight there. Part of heavy armaments withdrawn from the front line is also moved to this area, Tymchuk writes.
According to information provided by IR, "material and technical resources, as well as arms continue to arrive from the RF territory to Donbas".
"At least 3 convoys with supplies were detected in the past 24 hours, one of which (consisting of 22 vehicles) went to Donetsk," Tymchuk says.
The leadership of the so-called PRL announced last week that they started withdrawing heavy armaments from the front line. One of the so-called PRD leaders, Eduard Basurin, asserted on February 24 that PRD rebels had allegedly begun withdrawing heavy equipment from the demarcation line separating ATO forces and rebels.
One service member shot to death, and 7 others wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours
1 soldier was killed, and 7 others were wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.
"One service member shot to death, and 7 others were wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours," he said.
He noted that the tensest situation was near Svetlodarsk and Shyrokine.
"ATO positions near Shyrokine were attacked 9 times with tanks, mortars and machine-guns," the Colonel said.
According to him, all attacks were repelled.