Donbass, 23rd of September
The DPR is under constant fire of the Ukrainian forces around the Mariupol area — especially the southern settlements of the Republic during the last two weeks — the shelling there have intensified significantly. Now, not only the unlucky Kominternovo gets under fire each evening from all the guns of the Ukrainian army — but the near settlements as well, especially Sakhanka.
The fighters of the DPR shot down an UAV of the Ukrainian army that was correcting the artillery fire targeting the settlement of Sakhanka, located on the south of the DPR, said the official representative of the operational command of the DPR, Daniil Beznosov, to the journalists. »After the destruction of the UAV — the shelling stopped right away» — said Beznosov.
The special monitoring mission of the OSCE, from 1st of January to 17th of September, have recorded 34 dead and 148 injured civilians — the result of the conflict in the Donbass. This was stated by the first deputy head of the mission — Alexander Hug. He announced that during this year, the special mission of the OSCE confirmed the information on 182 victims among civilians. «These are the victims among the civilian population, which we were able to confirm. Either we saw their bodies, or we could talk to the victims» — the deputy head of the special mission said. He noted that one third of all victims are the locals that stepped on landmines installed on the line of contact. In general, the conflict in the Donbass affected the lives of over 3 millions of people. All of them do not have a normal access to food, water, medical care, education.
The Ukrainian army, over the past week, violated the ceasefire 152 times, with the use of heavy mortars, Eduard Basurin said. He noted that 24 settlements of the Republic were under fire. 2 people died, 1 person was injured, and 10 houses were damaged as the result of the Ukrainian aggression.
President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, while making an annual address to the Ukrainian Parliament, said that the Ukrainian troops have occupied two thirds of the territory of Donbass. «People’s militia of the DPR doesn’t give up their positions. Poroshenko’s statement is just another attempt to talk about the imaginary victories of the Ukrainian army, which is merely capable of occupying plots of land in the grey zones where our units are absent» — said a representative of the command of the DPR. He noted that «the ratio of territories of the Donbass under the control of the Ukrainian army and the republics didn’t change since the beginning of the Minsk agreements, signed back in February of 2