In Digest, Ukraine

By New Cold, July 27, 2015

Enclosed are six news reports from Donetsk news agencies as well as links to related articles.

Shelling by Ukraine in Donetsk, July 27, 2015 (Novorossiya Today)

Shelling by Ukraine in Donetsk, July 27, 2015 (Novorossiya Today)

1. Ten buildings damaged by Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk overnight

Donetsk News Agency, July 27, 2015

Ukrainian Armed Forces carried out massive shelling of two districts of Donetsk last night. Ten buildings are damaged, the Donetsk City Administration reports.

“During the night of July 26/27, Kirovskiy and Petrovskiy districts were subjected to fierce shelling by Ukrainian military,” representatives of City Hall reported. “Nine buildings in several streets of Staromikhailovka locality of Kirovskiy district were damaged.”

Earlier, the city administration reported damage of a residential house in the settlement of Aleksandrovka of Petrovskiy district of Donetsk.

According to the data of the City Hall, there were no casualties.

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2. Twenty nine people gone missing or detained by Ukraine in Donbas over week — DPR human rights office

Novorossiya Today, Monday, July 27, 2015

A total of 29 people have gone missing or have been illegally detained by Ukrainian security forces in the south-eastern Donbas region over the past week, the office of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Daria Morozova, reported on Monday.

“In the period from July 18 to July 24, as many as 29 people have been reported missing and illegally detained, including 17 civilians and 12 military personnel,” reports the Donetsk News Agency, quoting the report of the Commissioner.

Daria Morozova reported one week ago that the number of people from Donetsk detained by Ukraine’s security forces has reached 1,500 people.

Here are the texts of clauses five and six of the Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement signed on Feb. 12, 2015:

5. Provide pardon and amnesty by way of enacting a law that forbids persecution and punishment of persons in relation to events that took place in particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.

6. Provide release and exchange of all hostages and illegally held persons, based on the principle of “all for all”. This process has to end – at the latest – on the fifth day after the pullout (of weapons).

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 3. Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire regime eight times in the last 24 hours in Lugansk republic

From the Lugansk Information Center, in Novorossiya Today, July 27, 2015

Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire regime eight times in the last 24 hours, reports the Deputy Chief Igor Yashchenko of the people’s militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic.

“The ceasefire regime is not observed by the Ukrainian side. We’ve recorded eight cases of ceasefire violation over the past day.

“From 13:05 to 15:00 on July 26, Ukrainian servicemen fired 82-mm mortars on the village of Veselaya Gora and at an intersection in the village of Oboznoye.

“The OSCE representatives came under fire and hid from shelling in a drainpipe. [See report below.]

“Ukrainian forces also shelled the Prince Igor Monument and the LPR checkpoint over the Seversky Donets river near the village of Stanitsa Luganskaya. They used tanks, mortar-guns of 120-mm and 82-mm caliber, automatic grenade launchers, and small arms.

“No casualties among the LPR fighters or civilians have been registered,” Yashchenko said.

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4. Water filtering station damaged in Gorlovka

Novorossiya Today, July 27, 2015

Last night’s shelling of Gorlovka led to destruction of the water filtering station No 1. Window panes were broken, walls were punctured by fragmentation and the power line was cut.

The bombardments of the filtering station occurred at 1 am.

Damage of water supply equipment could result in serious environmental hazards, in particular, if equipment containing liquid chlorine fro disinfection of water were damaged. Were shell fragments to strike the chlorine container, the ecology of the region would be affected.

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5. Donetsk water filtration system hit ten times in past six months by Ukrainian shelling

Donetsk News Agency, July 28, 2015 (Google-assisted translation by New Cold

DONETSK—The Donetsk region water filtration station (DFS) has stopped functioning ten times during the past six months due to damage caused by shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, reports the administration of the facility in the Yasinovatskiy district of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

“From January to July 2015, the DFS’ functioning was completely stopped ten times,” reports the administration. The Donetsk mayor’s office says the cessations have been caused uniquely by bombardments of the Ukrainian military. “Multiple damages to buildings and treatment facilities have happened,” said a mayoralty spokesman.

Regional authorities say that when working at full capacity, the DFS pumps 180 to 190 thousand cubic meters of water and supplies towns which are not only under the control of the Donetsk People’s Republic (Donetsk, Yasinovataya, Vasilevka, Spartacus but also those in the areas occupied by the Ukrainian military–Avdeevka, Krasnogorovka and Verhnetoretskoe settlemenst.

“The shellings by the Ukrainian military cause frequent failures of the DFS. Environmental disaster threatens the residents of the republic when the station is halted, ” say district authorities.

As previously and repeatedly pointed out by district authorities, Ukrainian security forces are deliberately shelling vital installations of the Donetsk republic.

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6. During the past week, Ukrainian forces hit Donetsk territory with nearly 500 rounds of heavy artillery – Donetsk Ministry of Defense

Donetsk News Agency, 27 July 2015 (Google-assisted translation, from Russian original)

Donetsk–Three were 366 violations of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine/Donetsk-Lugansk republics during the past week, according to the Deputy Commander of the Ministry of Defence of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Eduard Basurin.

“Intense attacks by the Ukrainian side for the past week amounted to 366 violations of the ceasefire. On the territory of Donbas were released 488 artillery shells of 152 and 122 mm caliber, 293 tank shells, 862 mines and 120 rounds of 82 mm  caliber,” he said.

Basurin listed the areas hit during the period from July 20 to 27, including Gorlovka, Logvinova, Zaitsev, Zhabichevo, Kalinovka, Nikolaevka Lozove and the Kiev, Kuibyshev, and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk region. Also listed was the Donetsk international airport .

Basurin stressed that the Ukrainian attacks this week claimed the lives of three civilians and six were wounded. In addition, one self-defense forces member was killed and nine were wounded.

“Ukrainian law enforcers continue to grossly violate the Minsk agreement–shelling settlements, using heavy-caliber artillery and mortars of 100 mm and more, and constantly provoking units of the DNR to conduct counter operations.”

He added that despite the provocation by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the DPR militia continues to exercise restraint and to comply strictly with the Minsk agreement.

Read also:

Donetsk residents vent anger at OSCE and Red Cross for “silence” over Ukraine shelling, New Cold, July 27, 2015

OSCE delegation confirms that it came under fire in Donbas, Sputnik News, July 26, 2015

Six killed, 13 wounded by Ukraine Army shelling during the past week, reports DPR, news summary on New Cold, July 20, 2015


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