"The village, in which 80 people lived before the war outbreak, remained empty during the four years of war. Civilians left it, because the occupants, despite the Minsk agreement, went into the village, robbed houses and kept people in fear. After the settlement became empty, the militants hid in abandoned houses and attacked from there positions of the Ukrainian army," the message reads.
It is noted that in order to prevent unwanted provocations, the Joint Forces conducted a special operation to clean up the village, having advanced 1,200 meters forward, demining the approaches from the Ukrainian side, and set secret posts and barriers.
The Joint Forces HQ said that traces of the occupation forces were found in the abandoned village.
As it was reported earlier, the Armed Forces of Ukraine took control of the village of Novooleksandrivka located in the "gray zone" of the Donbas conflict area on February 2, 2018.
The OSCE monitoring mission was dissatisfied with the fact that the Ukrainian military take control of settlements in the so-called "gray zone" in Donbas. This was stated by then deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, at a briefing on March 1. According to him, the recent arrival of Ukrainian fighters to the small village of Novoaleksandrivka, which was in the "gray zone" of Luhansk region, moved the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces even closer to the line of contact.