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Military situation in Donetsk is drastically deteriorating as Kiev wages intence shelling

Ukrainian armed forces have broken the latest ceasefire-within-a-ceasefire in Donbass with shelling of the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, reports the DPR envoy to the Minsk-2 ceasefire process, Denis Pushilin.

“We are forced to report a drastic deterioration of the situation in the south of the DPR. Despite the agreements signed in Minsk and the recent decisions on disengagement of forces and weapons withdrawal, the Ukrainian side renewed today its provocations towards DPR,” he said.

Pushilin said that early on Oct 14, Ukrainian forces attacked DPR troops in Leninskoye village area, in the south of the republic. After artillery preparation with 152mm guns, an enemy unit backed by mortar fire launched an offensive.

“The Ukrainian side used tanks, artillery and mortars in the clash. They answer every request for ceasefires by continuing their attacks. They use pauses in fighting for the purpose of regrouping,” Pushilin said.

“Escalations by Ukraine have not stopped, even when the Joint Control Commission and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe attempt to enforce a ceasefire regime.”

The DPR envoy called the situation “a striking example of Kyiv’s disregard for signed agreements and assumed obligations.”

October 14

Six people have been killed and nine more injured during the past week as a result of Kyiv’s  military aggression in eastern Ukraine, reports the office of Darya Morozova, ombudsperson of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

“Ten people were injured for the period of October 7 to 13 as a result of the armed aggression on the part of the Ukrainian military,” reported Morozova. Five civilians and five servicemen of the republic were injured.”

“Five servicemen and one woman civilian perished on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic from October 8 till 14 as a result of the aggression on the part of Ukraine,” the ombudperson also reported.

Altogether, 4,220 people have died in the armed conflict in the Donetsk People’s Republic since Kyiv first launched military action against the territory in April 2014.

October 15

The Ukrainian armed forces have shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic more than 600 times during the past 24 hours. Three soldiers of the DPR army were killed, three more were wounded as a result of bombardments carried out by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reports the vice-commander of the DPR military command, Eduard Basurin.

“The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic has become aggravated. Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military violated the ceasefire regime 608 times, including 452 times with heavy artillery and mortars,” Basurin reported.

“As a result of the shellings by Ukrainian forces, three DPR soldiers died and three more were wounded,” he said. Six houses were damaged as well.

The date and venue of the meeting of leaders in the Normandy format (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) are still being discussed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reports.

“No, nothing has changed,” Peskov said here. “The situation remains as it was.”

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Thursday the possibility of a meeting of the leaders in the Normandy format on October 19 would become clear within the next two days.

Germany proposed holding an informal lunch on October 19 with the participation of the Normandy Four group leaders, he said. This proposal remains on table, but its implementation depends on the extent to which the parties will manage to agree by the summit on concrete progress in the settlement in Ukraine, Ushakov added.

Aides to the Normandy Four leaders “will be directly looking into this now – today – tomorrow”.

At their meeting in February of 2015 in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the Normandy Four leaders approved a plan for the settlement in Ukraine. However, Russia has repeatedly stressed that the Kyiv authorities are failing to abide by many of its points.

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