“The soldiers of the 93rd mechanized brigade” Kholodny Yar “took full control of the Ukrainian village of Staromaryevka. The establishment of a checkpoint, the equipment of defensive positions and the raising of Ukrainian flags over Staromaryevka were carried out in response to numerous requests from local residents concerned about the threats of the Russian invaders and terrorist attacks,” he wrote.
According to the journalist, “normal work of the Ukrainian authorities will be ensured in the village, humanitarian issues will be resolved.”
“The counterintelligence service of the SBU began to check reports in the Russian media that allegedly 37 residents of the village are Russian citizens and received Russian passports. The facts of possible cooperation with the Russian occupiers will receive an adequate legal assessment, and the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Donbass is Ukraine, and there is no Russia here. All residents of Donbass should know: we will liberate the entire Donbass the same way as Staromaryevka, and the entire world community will support us, and all traitors will get what they deserve, “Butusov explained.
According to him, the Ukrainian military took control of Staromaryevka without loss.
“Russian troops did not dare to attack Ukrainians. However, in retaliation, the Russians carried out a terrorist attack on the village of Granitnoye, causing great damage to civilian objects. Thanks to the soldiers of the 93rd brigade for the fact that another Ukrainian village has ceased to be a” gray zone, “Butusov emphasized.
On the 93rd Brigade Facebook page published the statement that “no changes are taking place in the position of the brigade’s units, all the units of the 93rd brigade are in their positions and strong points.”
“On October 26, in order to protect the working group, which carried out measures to provide humanitarian assistance to residents of the Staromaryevka settlement and at the request of the leadership of the local military-civilian administration, a group of servicemen of the 93rd mechanized brigade took up observation posts in the vicinity of the Staromaryevka settlement and ensured the safe stay of civilians. After the completion of the work of the humanitarian mission on the same day, October 26, all the servicemen of the 93rd brigade, involved in the protection of the working group, left the settlement of Staromaryevka, “the military said.
They stressed that the Ukrainian military “returned to their duty stations on the line of collision in accordance with the Minsk agreements.”
“To date, there is not a single serviceman of the brigade within the settlement of Staromaryevka. Do not succumb to provocations and information propaganda of the invaders,” the 93rd brigade said.
Immediately after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia launched an armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. The fighting is between the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other. Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
Staromaryevka is in the “zero” or “gray zone” reported on the UNICEF Facebook page in August 2020. 150 people live there, seven of them are children.
On the capture of Staromaryevka under the control of the Joint Forces information appeared on October 26th. But her denied in the press center of the headquarters of the Joint Forces operation… “This is another attempt by illegal armed groups of the Russian Federation to discredit and accuse Ukraine of violating the line of demarcation,” the statement said.