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Summary of hostilities in Novorossia on March, 17

Author: Ayre от 18.03.2015, 12:00
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On March 17 sluggish fighting continued in Novorossia, which, of course, do not cause significant changes in the front line, but they maintain degree of confrontation. The north and north-west of Donetsk and Shirokino village in the south of the DPR are still hot spots. Some calm is observed on the track Bakhmutka.

map for February 23
Hostilities in DPR

In the night of March 16 to 17 Ukrainian batteries near the village of Peski repeatedly opened fire on the Kievsky district of Donetsk. The fire was conducted with 122 mm and 152 mm howitzers. Shells lay mainly in the already bombed-out neighborhoods which most residents have left, so there were no casualties.

Spartak village was fired from the ventilation shaft of the mine "Butovka" (Putilovskaya mine) with mortars, heavy machine guns, grenade launchers and two tanks at night of March 16 to 17. The bombardment destroyed several houses in the private sector, there are no victims among the civilian population.

During the day there was shooting battle in the area of ​​the settlement Peski with the use of automatic grenade launchers. Also skirmishes were reported in the area of ​​Opytnoye.

According to the Ukrainian side, at 7:50, 12:45, 17:30 fire was conducted on AFU positions near Avdeyevka with 120-mm artillery, mortars and tank shells.

In the area of Shirokino positional battles continued on March 17 whose aim was to maintain the degree of conflict with the ability to quickly start the active hostilities in case of the final failure of the truce.

AFU opened fire at the territory of the Donetsk Republic for totally five times on Tuesday, March 17. In particular, Donetsk Airport was twice fired and the village Spartak - three times. Security officials opened fire with grenade launchers, mortars and anti-aircraft systems.

Hostilities in LPR

On March 17 three powerful explosions thundered simultaneously in Stanitsa Luganskaya around 16:30. Details of the incident were not specified. According to preliminary data, the incident happened at the entrance to Stanitsa, near the checkpoint from Makarovo. The so-called Lugansk Regional Administration, meanwhile, reported that the militia allegedly crossed the bridge and are building fortifications on the banks of the Seversky Donets River, which is the line of demarcation between the AFU and the LPR army. In response to their actions Ukrainian military moved forward and began to build fortifications at the bridge. There is no combat activity between the two parties, now the distance between checkpoints of militias and Ukrainian military is about three hundred meters.

In the evening of March 17 local residents heard an explosion in Severodonetsk and Rubezhnoye at about 7-8 pm. Bursts of presumably MLRS were later observed the sky between the villages Kapitanovo and Muratovo. The likely direction of the fire - Tryokhizbyonka or Slavyanoserbsk.


On March 17 about 500 Ukrainian soldiers having participated in military operations in Donbass, blocked Kiev Khreschatyk Street in front of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. Data on the requests of the military were not reported.

Summary prepared by the staff of the Information Analytical Center "Cassad"

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