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New Cold War.org, Sept 9, 2016

At a meeting of the Minsk-2 Contact Group in Minsk, Belarus on August 26, an agreement was reached to cease military hostilities in Donbass (Donetsk and Lugansk) beginning September 1, the first day of the new school year. The reports below document the failure, once again, of Ukraine to live up to ceasefire agreements it signed onto.

As with all previous pattern, Western media and Western governments will maintain a studied silence over Kyiv’s latest ceasefire failings and betrayals. Instead, they will fill their reporting and their statements with false and misleading  representations claiming that rebels in eastern Ukraine are hell bent on “separatism” and Russia is intervening militarily to back them.

The  Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement was signed by Ukraine and the rebel forces in Donbass on February 12, 2015. The text is here. The agreement was endorsed by the UN Security Council several days later. The ‘Normandy Four’ group of countries–Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine–was supposed to oversee and guarantee implementation of Minsk-2. Hard information about the actual agreement and about who is, and is not, living up to its terms is rarely if ever reported in Western media.

Donetsk situation report on Sept 9, 2016

By Major-General Denis Sinenkov, Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Operations Command, lengthy report published on Novorossiya Vision  [click on weblink to read report]

Ukrainian army shells Donetsk republic with mortars

TASS News Agency, Friday, Sept 9, 2016

DONETSK- The Ukrainian armed forces shelled with mortars on Thursday evening the western outskirts of Donetsk and villages in Novoazovsky district in the south of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a source in the DPR defense and law enforcement agencies told the Donetsk News Agency on Friday.

“Between 19.00 and 01.00, the Ukrainian side shelled with mortars the villages of Trudovskiye and Alexandrovka in the west as well as Sakhanka and Kominternovo firing 81 82mm and 120mm mortar bombs,” the source said.

DPR representatives earlier said the Ukrainian army shelled the area close to an observation post of the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCC) in Bezymennoye village.

Members of the Contact Group on the settlement in eastern Ukraine agreed at an August 26 meeting in Minsk on a ceasefire on the line of contact in Donbass as of September 1, the ninth one since autumn 2014, when the first of two comprehensive ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine were signed.

The special envoy to Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Martin Sajdik, said at the group’s meeting in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on September 7 that the ceasefire is generally observed, adding that the situation in the Donbass region has improved. However, the parties to the conflict continue to accuse each other of violating the truce. [End article]

Ukrainian army violates ceasefire regime almost 530 times this past week,

DONi News, Sept 9, 2016

The Ukrainian military violated the ceasefire regime 526 times this past week. This was reported by Denis Sinenkov, the DPR Operative Command Commander at a briefing.

“Despite the truce that came into force on September 1, daily increases in the number of violations of the “ceasefire regime” have been registered on the part of the Ukrainian punishers. Altogether, the enemy violated the ceasefire regime 526 times this past week,’ pointed out Denis Sinenkov.

In addition, according to the data of the commander, the enemy used arms prohibited by the Minsk Agreements 264 times.

Sinenkov added that as a result of shelling the territory of the Republic by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, three residential houses were damaged, including a tenement house.

Earlier, the DPR Defense Ministry representative informed that overnight, the Ukrainian military had shelled the outskirts of Donetsk and southern localities of the country with mortars. [End article]

UN reports record-high civilian casualties in Donbass in  August 2016

TASS, Sept 9, 2016

According to the UN, 16 people were killed and 75 were injured in Donbass in August 2016, the highest monthly figure in one year…

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