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Enemy doubles aerial reconnaissance: 27 drones spotted in the ATO area
The enemy has intensified air intelligence in the area of the anti-terrorist operation, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Wednesday.
According to him, 27 unmanned aerial vehicles were registered in the ATO area in the past 24 hours.
1 serviceman killed and 4 others wounded in the past 24 hours in Ukraine
As of 9 o'clock a.m., one soldier died, and 4 others were wounded in Donbas in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the General Staff, Vladislav Selezniov, reported at a briefing.
He also added that further data should be ascertained before noon.
As of the morning of March 11, 408 Ukrainian military were treated in hospitals, Selezniov announced.
Nuland: The Crimea and part of Donbas live in terror
The occupied Ukrainian territory of Crimea and some areas in the Donbas live under a "reign of terror" and Moscow is guilty of inciting the bloody conflict in the east, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday, according to Deutsche Welle.
"While Ukraine is building a peaceful, independent, democratic state on 93% of its territory, Crimea and some parts of the east of Ukraine suffer under a reign of terror," she said.
Nuland accused Russia of unleashing an armed conflict that has taken thousands of lives.
"Today the Crimea is illegally occupied and the human rights violations are the norm rather than the exception, for many at-risk groups," she said.
According to Nuland, Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians, journalists, and those who refused to give up their Ukrainian passports are under threat of prosecution.
"In the east of Ukraine, Russia and its separatist puppets have unleashed a campaign of unprecedented violence and looting," Nuland said.
"The conflict in the east of Ukraine is fabricated, it is controlled by the Kremlin and fed by the deliveries of Russian tanks and heavy weapons, and it is funded at the expense of Russian taxpayers," she said.
"In addition, this conflict has already taken not only the lives of more than six thousand Ukrainians, but hundreds of young Russians who were sent to fight," Nuland added.
Prime Minister of Poland: Ukraine shed the first blood for the EU
According to her, it would be grossly naive to treat the situation in Ukraine with levity.
We have to keep balance in order to protect our citizens, so that they feel secure and, at the same time, to fight at full strength for Ukraine, where the first blood was shed for the European Union or for a desire to join the EU," Kopacz said.
"It is a sovereign decision of the Ukrainians and we have to support them. At the same time, those who do not support this decision deserve to be condemned," the premier minister of Poland added.
The Defence Minister of Poland asserted earlier that a "frozen war" went on in the east of Ukraine, but there was no threat for Poland.
NATO confirms that the number of Russian military in Ukraine does not decrease
NATO does not see any changes in the number of Russian troops and weapons stationed in the territory of Ukraine, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Philip M. Breedlove, announced on Wednesday as reported by “Ukrinform”.
There is no change in number of troops if you compare with what we have seen so far, US General asserted.
He also added that NATO was watching movements of troops and weapons, but had no information whether they returned to Russia or were transferred elsewhere.
Ministry of External Affairs of the RF: Russia has the right to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimea
According to him, there is no information on such plans.
"Of course, Russia has the right to deploy nuclear weapons in its own territory in any regions, if it considers it necessary," Ulyanov said.
Jens Stoltenberg: Russia continues to arm separatists
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Russia was still arming and training rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, and called for the warring parties to help foreign monitors to reinforce a ceasefire.
Stoltenberg and the top NATO commander, U.S. General Philip Breedlove, told reporters at the alliance's military headquarters in Belgium that their priority now in Ukraine was to see monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) given the safe and free access and comprehensive information they needed to reinforce the truce.
Breedlove said NATO could not say if numbers of combatants and weaponry had changed from estimates before the ceasefire because of the difficulties of monitoring movements. It was positive that men and equipment had moved back from frontlines, he said. "But we're not sure where they've been moved."
Ukraine's government says rebels have been concentrating armaments in depots near the main eastern city of Donetsk.
Stoltenberg said he was concerned that weaponry which was not being monitored could be repositioned for future combat.
"Our main message today is that the OSCE needs access," he said. "What we ask for is both freedom of movement ... but also that they get access to necessary information ... The monitoring of ceasefire is by no means sufficient today."
British investigators told in details how the Russian army fought in Ukraine
Russian troops have participated in the war in the east of Ukraine since July 14, 2014.
The first phase of large- scale incursions by regular Russian troops commenced on 11 August 2014 and has involved a substantial array of forces. Elements of some Russian reconnaissance and special operations units have operated on Ukrainian soil since 14 July (at the latest), comprising teams generated by six units.
The Russian military operation against Ukraine is instructive, having been waged in accordance with the Gerasimov Doctrine of Ambiguous Warfare.
Following their increasingly large-scale, direct and conventional involvement in combat against Ukrainian troops in the middle of August 2014,3 Russian troops in Ukraine numbered between 3,500 and 6,000–6,500 by the end of August 2014, according to different sources.4 That number fluctuated, reaching approximately 10,000 at the peak of direct Russian involvement in the middle of December 2014. The Russian Ministry of Defence had to involve 117 combat and combat-support units to generate the approximately 42,000 troops rotating in the vicinity of the Russian–Ukrainian border: stationed there, delivering artillery fire against Ukrainian territory from Russian soil, or directly participating in combat operations on Ukrainian sovereign territory. It is noteworthy that 104 of these 117 units have been involved in combat since autumn 2014 in either one of the two above mentioned forms – 3.5 times more than the number of military units involved in Crimea and in south-eastern Ukraine over spring and summer 2014.
The overall figure of Russian troops operating in eastern Ukraine reached approximately 9,000 by the last week of February 2015 and has increased by at least 1,500–2,000 personnel since then.5 Russian troops stationed in Crimea should be also kept in mind – they might conservatively be estimated to number 26,000–28,000 now, including approximately 13,000 of the Russian Black Sea Fleet (other estimates of the overall number of Russian troops in Crimea range between 29,000 and 40,000).
The Russian MoD kept sending reinforcements to the east of Ukraine even after the ceasefire was signed in Minsk on 13 February. Indeed, two days later detachments of the 2nd Guards were detected in combat near Mariupol, where they arrived as a fresh reserve to replace the 138th Motor-Rifle Brigade, which had suffered serious manpower losses over a three-week period.