In the area of the Joint Force Operation on December 16, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the ceasefire twice, - the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy fired at our units from 82 mm mortars prohibited by the Minsk agreements, as well as from grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and other small arms. There are no casualties among members of the Joint Forces as a result of the enemy shelling.
Occupation authorities of the "DNR" decided to indicate to Ukraine convenient for them areas of the separation of forces and means. This was reported by separatist media. The militants intend to offer new sites for the separation of forces and means on the contact line in the Donbass at their discretion to the Minsk Contact Group. At the same time, the command of the illegal armed formations of the "DNR" announced its readiness to "comply with the arrangements for the preparation and control of the process, subject to the response of Kyiv".
Two "DNR" militants, who were on combat duty at the positions near the city of Debaltseve, left their post and fled in an unknown direction with service weapons on the night of December 14th to 15th. This was stated in the message of the Sverdlovsk – you should know this group in social network. "The servicemen could advance both in the direction of Luhansk and Donetsk. The motives for this crime are being specified. We are asking for maximum publicity! The command of the 3 BERKUT Separate Motor Rifle Brigade asks for help in searching two servicemen of military unit 08803, who escaped from the combat duty with regular weapons! Junior sergeant Fiodor Nazarov and Soldier Ivan Kononov", - the report said.
An elderly couple died in a fire in the Sorokinsky district of the Luhansk oblast, occupied by the "LNR" militants. This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LNR". When the fire was localized, the bodies of the owners, a 70-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, were found in one of the rooms. " it is known from the relatives and friends that it was an ordinary family of pensioners without addictions. The alleged ignition cause is a short circuit in the wiring. Neighbors say that voltage variations occur in the village quite often", - the reported said.