In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on November 18, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the ceasefire 8 times, - the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy fired at the positions of our units from 82 mm mortars prohibited by the Minsk agreements, as well as from the IFV, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and other small arms. There were no losses due to shelling among the Joint Forces' personnel during the day.
If Ukrainian volunteer battalions will enter the disengagement sites, the informal armed formations of the "DNR", in particular, the Vostok Battalion, will "deal" with them. This was stated by founder of the Vostok terrorist grouping Alexander Khodakovsky.
The "DNR" leader Denis Pushilin supported the provocation of separatist propaganda, having stated that he would not allow the implementation of the "plan of Ukraine to deport the pro-Russian population" of the now occupied Donbass to the central and western regions of the country. Despite the obvious absurdity of the "deportation plan" that came from nowhere, the "DNR" leader also joined exaggeration of anti-Ukrainian hysteria. The leader of the "DNR" repeats the horror stories in his statement that "the Kyiv government is preparing a "plan for the deportation of the people of Donbass" at the state level".
Nearly 160 units of explosive ordnance were identified during clearance in the area of disengagement of forces near the settlements of Petrovske-Bohdanivka in the Volnovakha district. This was reported by the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Ministry in the region. Mine clearance on this site began on November 13. A survey of the contaminated area will continue on November 19.
The Ukrainian border guards did not let a Renault passenger car through the Hnutove checkpoint, with the help of which its owner tried to remove 600 kg of non-ferrous scrap metal (copper) from the occupied territory. This was reported by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. The cost of cargo amounted to about $2500. According to the man, many enterprises in the occupied territory ceased to function, therefore, in order to earn money, people have to plunder them and bring for metal. This time, the man decided to try to make money in this way in Mariupol, hoping to "get more".
An elderly man died during the passage through the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint. This was written on Facebook by human rights activist Pavlo Lysianskyi. According to the source, the deceased was 77 years old, he passed through the checkpoint towards the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk oblast. According to the reports and information from medical staff, heart problems caused the death.
The Luhanskvoda enterprise, controlled by the "LNR" occupiers, cut off water supplies to a number of settlements in the occupied Slovianoserbsk district due to repairs, separatist media reported. "In connection with the repair work at the Rodakove water main with a diameter of 1000 mm and the Rodakove water intake, the water supply to the villages of Rodakove, Sukhodil, Krasnyi Luch, Novodachne and Zamostia was stopped on November 18 from 6.00. The water supply will be 20% less in the cities of Alchevsk and Perevalsk, and 10% less - in Krasnyi Luch and Antratsyt", - the report said.
Famous Donetsk satirical draughtsman, illustrator and journalist Mykola Kapusta died in occupied Donetsk at the age of 81. This was reported by writer Pavlo Kushch on Facebook. Mykola Kapusta was an honored journalist of Ukraine, a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine, an honorary member of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine. He published his first cartoons in 1953. He participated in more than 500 international, all-Union and republican caricature exhibitions. He received more than 100 prizes at various cartoon competitions. Last year, Pokrovsk hosted an exhibition of Mykola Kapusta, dedicated to his 80th birthday.