In the area of the Joint Forces operation on August 16, Russian occupation forces violated the ceasefire 6 times, including once from heavy weapons. This was reported by the JFO headquarters. The occupiers opened aimed fire from the IFV weapons, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms at the Joint Forces' positions near the settlements of Krymske, Luhanske and Krasnohorivka. Along with this, the enemy shelled the defenders of Luhanske from 82 mm mortars.
In the territory of Donetsk oblast occupied by the "DNR" militants, former so-called "head of the administration" of Siedove settlement Piotr Sviatovets was forced to write a letter of resignation "voluntarily". He complained about this in an interview with the pro-Russian Komsomolskaya Pravda. Sviatovets stated with regret that he was "refused to be heard", and "a decisive role" for the resignation was played by "unsatisfactory condition and preparation of the settlement for summer season".
A woman, born in 1958, received a heat stroke at the checkpoint of militants in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. This was reported by the fake "Miniistry of Emergency Situations" acting on the part of Donetsk oblast controlled by the militants.
A resident of Luhansk became the victim of disorderly mining by the "LNR" militants of the surroundings of Siverskyi Donets. This is reported by residents in social networks. According to the source, on August 15, a 36-year-old resident of Luhansk was brought to the resuscitation department with multiple shrapnel wounds of the body and legs. It was established that the man was injured in a field near the village of Obozne in the vicinity of the line of demarcation, having stepped on the mine.
The so-called "Ministry of Communications and Mass Media" of the "LNR" warned about possible interruptions in power supply and work of the Vodafone mobile operator during the repair and restoration work after the accident in the area of one of the substations of Luhansk, separatist media writes. The so-called "Ministry of Communications of the LNR" warns that the Vodafone Ukraine mobile operator may be out of operation beyond the territory of Luhansk.
A combine was blown up by a land mine in the occupied Antratsyt district of the Luhansk region. This is reported by the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LNR". The blowing up occurred on a field between the villages of Diakove and Krasny Oktiabr. According to preliminary data, "during the moving of combine from one field to another, there was an explosion when the right wheel hit, presumably, an anti-tank mine, as a result of what the wheel and header fell off, the cabin was destroyed". The glass splintered the face of 45-year-old driver.
The militants of the so-called "Prosecutor General's Office" of the "LNR" opened a criminal case on the theft of equipment of the Stakhanov Ferroalloy Plant by a group of people, separatist media writes. According to the information provided by the enterprise, the plant suffered damage amounting to $8300. "During the conducted search and investigation activities, it was established that employees of the enterprise and employees of the plant's security staffs were involved in the theft", - the prosecutor's office reported.