Over the past day, Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire agreement 14 times, firing 391 shells at the front-line territories of the DPR. During the shelling, mortars, weaponry of the IFV, various types of grenade launchers and small arms were used. The northern and western outskirts of Donetsk — the territory of the airport, the villages of Trudovsky and Staromikhaylovka, as well as the suburb areas of Gorlovka and Dokuchaevsk were under attack.
During the past day, Ukranian forces fired at the positions of the People’s Militia of the LPR twice. This was reported today in the Defense Ministry of the Republic. The shelling occurred in the areas of settlements Logvinovo and Lozovoye. During the shelling, mortars, grenade launchers of various types, and small arms were used. The destruction of buildings and casualties among the civilian population and military personnel has not been reported.
The Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria reported on the impending false-flag operation with usage of chemical weapons. According to the available data, a resident of the Syrian village of Serakab reported that the «Jebhat an Nusra» militants brought gas tanks with chlorine to the city, as well as personal protective equipment. In addition, according to an eyewitness account, the »White Helmets» conducted a training session of «providing the first aid to the injured». He clarified that all events were filmed by correspondents who spoke English, the microphones of which had inscriptions of CNN.
Significant part of militants from the group of »Syrian democratic forces», that are supported by the United States, was redeployed to the Afrin area, chief of Pentagon James Mattis announced. Because of the military operation «Olive Branch» of the Turkish army in the region of Afrin, «The attention of some of the Kurds switched from the fighting ISIS to the situation in the north-west Syria. It’s about 50% of the fighters of the Syrian democratic forces, or maybe a little more.» — The chief of Pentagon said.
The »US National Interest» news portal writes that the US and its allies have miscalculated «change of the behavior» of Russia by influencing the IOC. Their plan that Russia, «ashamed» by doping charges and a ban on state symbols at the Olympics, would recognize the blame for the «annexation» of the Crimea, interference in the elections in the US and Europe, and other «crimes» attributed to Russia by Washington and Brussels, was not justified. Russia not only rallied under external pressure, but also received serious «unilateral concessions» in the form of permission from the IOC for the participation of many athletes in the Olympic Games. Russia received an acquittal verdict of the international sports court, which recognized the previously accused athletes as «clean».
The Syrian military found in the province of Deir az-Zor stashes with weapons made in Israel. The statement underlines that the weapons were in the territory from which the militants of the «Islamic State» were recently pushed out. The representative of the Ministry of Defense stated that the stashes were located near the city of Abu-Kamal. There were rockets, mortar and tank shells, custom-made artillery, landmines and explosive devices. An underground ammunition factory was discovered, within which suspicious tanks were found. It is assumed that they could contain the substances necessary for the production of chemical weapons.