On July 19, Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions in Donbass five times. According to the press center of the HQ of the Joint Forces Operation, the occupant forces used small arms and automatic grenade launchers to disturb the defenders of Krymske, Svitlodarsk, Luhanske and Lebedynske. The government forces took no casualties over the period.
The so-called "Supreme Court of the DNR" issued a verdict against ten persons "engaged in robbery, kidnapping, extortion and murder as part of an armed group (gang) in 2014-2015" on July 18. "All the convicts acted under the cover of membership in the public organization "Cossack Union The Don Army", - the "court" statement reports. It states that "one person was sentenced to death, eight - to life imprisonment, another member of the gang - to 13 years in prison".
Propagandists of the "DNR" are trying to blame Ukraine for the death of the militant shot dead by the terrorists in the back when he tried to surrender to the JFO. According to the so-called "official representative of the people's militia of the DNR" Daniil Bessonov, it was a native of Donetsk Andrey Gordeev.
The SMM’s long-range UAV spotted two self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) near occupied Alchevsk (40km west of Luhansk), as well as 14 self-propelled howitzers (2S1), three towed anti-tank guns (MT-12 Rapira, 100mm) and 14 towed howitzers (D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) near Buhaivka (37km south-west of Luhansk).
Two children and their grandmother are in serious condition as a result of the explosion of a grenade in occupied Horlivka, the separatist media reported. The circumstances of the explosion are not specified.
A driver shot another driver in the leg in the occupied Snizhne. This was reported by the fake "MIA", acting on the part of the Donetsk oblast controlled by the militants.
A former militant from Makiivka was detained by Ukrainian policemen on the Marinka checkpoint. The fifty-year-old resident was previously part of an illegal armed group as the "senior sergeant". He was given several types of weapons and sent to the location of the deployment. After the unit began to disband, the militants detained the man in the basement, and after a while, they set him free. The other day, he went to get a pension in Myrnohrad and was sure that nobody knows about his illegal activities.
A member of the illegal armed group of the "DNR", who was hiding from justice on the peaceful territory of Ukraine, was exposed and detained by the military counterintelligence of the United Forces, the press center of the JFO HQ said. The law enforcers established that in 2014, the 43-year-old Sloviansk resident, under the influence of pro-Russian propaganda, with her husband voluntarily joined the "militia of Novorossia". Under the leadership of the militants, one of whom had the call-sign "Khmel", she revealed patriotic citizens of Ukraine and brought them to the commandant's office of the "DNR" in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. With the beginning of the active operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the liberation of Ukrainian cities, the militant voluntarily left the "service". Now the detainee cooperates with the investigation.