Ukrainian shelling disrupts ceasefire, “disappoints” OSCE

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September 29, 2016 – Fort Russ News-

Roman Veprev, Antifashist– translated by J. Arnoldski – 

Over the past 24 hours, the situation on the Donbass republics’ frontline has dramatically deteriorated.

204 shots were fired by the Ukrainian punishers from tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, and small arms.  Yasinovataya, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, the villages of Signalnoe and Sakhanka, the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, and the residential areas of Aleksandrovka, Zaytsevo, Shirokaya Balka, Krasny Partizan, as well as the city of Dokuchaevsk came under enemy fire. So far, no victims have been recorded.

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On September 28th, the situation deteriorated sharply in the industrial zone. Firefights lasted almost the whole day. Around 3:00, the UAF opened fire from its positions in Avdeevka using 82-mm mortars. Closer to the evening, mortar fire was joined by a tank, an infantry-fighting vehicle, and grenade launchers. Until nearly midnight, the Western outskirts of Donetsk and the residential areas of Aleksandrovka and Trudovskie were under fire.

Meanwhile, Alexander Hug, the first deputy head of the OSCE monitoring mission, yesterday visited the village of Petrovskoe where from October 1st to 3rd a withdrawal of troops and weapons from the frontline was supposed to be carried out. The inspector was not satisfied with what he saw. One of the main complaints was that security was not provided for the mission observers and the outskirts of the village had not been cleared of mines. 

The DPR’s command has stated that de-mining will begin after it has been announced that all forces and equipment have been withdrawn, which is supposed to happen by October 4th. In other words, agreements must be fulfilled and troops withdrawn and then the territory will be de-mined, not like the West, represented by Alexander Hug, wants by first de-mining and then – only then – will the Ukrainian side make up its mind about withdrawing its troops. Ukraine’s negotiator at the contact group in Minsk, Evgeny Marchuk, wrote on his social network page: “The distrust between parties is tremendous.”

Nevertheless, preparation for the withdrawal of forces is ongoing in Petrovsky. Yesterday, representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire organized radio contact in the village. During the removal of troops, the two sides will use radio to communicate insofar as the cellular network on the frontline is down. In addition, the Russian side of the Joint Center has performed a full inspection of the sector for withdrawal and de-mining. 

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