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By RIA Novosti, Feb 4, 2017, translated from the original Russian by New Cold War.org

DONETSK – Ukrainian security forces have damaged the power lines supplying the city of Gorlovka (Horlivka) in Donetsk. Electricity supply to the city is now on backup supply, reports a representative of the Ministry of Defence of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Map of ‘contact line’ separating Ukraine from the Donetsk People’s Republic

“In the area of ​​the village of Svetlodarsk in territory controlled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, security forces blew up a power line at 14:30, causing electricity loss in the entire city Gorlovka [population app 300,000]. At the moment, the city is being supplied from the nearby cities of Yenakiyevo and Makeyevka,” said the spokesperson.

This past week, many residents of Gorlovka were without electricity due to attacks on the two transmission lines between the city and Uglegorsk [15 km east].

Earlier, Ukrainian military and police officials said the situation is worsening in the Donbass region. Parties to the conflict each accuse the other of increasing intensity of the attacks, including attacks along the line of contact in the region of Donetsk.

The Defense Ministry of Ukraine said in a statement several days ago that “Meter by meter, step by step, our guys are heroically moving forward.” A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov called this a de facto confirmation of Ukrainian offensive actions which undermine the Minsk ceasefire agreement.

Related reading:
Situation report in Donbass on Feb 3, 2017 by Essence of Time information center

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