The center of Donetsk was shelled // Shells hit a drama theater
«The total number of civilian casualties after the Ukrainian attacks on 3rd of August has reach 16 people — 2 of them were killed, 14 were wounded» — the Ceasefire Center reported. It was previously reported that 4 men — residents of Donetsk and Makeevka — were wounded by high-explosive anti-personnel landmines «Lepestok». The number of civilians wounded by these internationally prohibited landmines has risen to 17. 1 of the injured people is a child — the Ceasefire Center reported and added that during 3rd of August, the Ukrainian forces fired 520 shells and rockets of various types, including rockets form MLRS ’’Uragan’’ and ’’Grad’’, plus 122mm , 152mm, and 155mm artillery shells. The shelling of the DPR continues.
The DPR’s Territorial Defense HQ reported that the Ukrainian forces planted landmines ’’Lepestok’’ via rockets, launched at the residential areas of the Kirovsky district of Donetsk. «The landmines fell near the residential buildings and roads» — the HQ reported on their telegram channel. The DPR’s office in the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire stated that the special rockets from MLRS ’’Uragan’’ were fired at 14:45 from the village of Karlovka. The Center added that the Ukrainian forces fired three 152mm artillery shells at the Leninskiy district of Donetsk at 14:45. They fired ten 152mm shells at the Kuibyshevkii and Kirovskii districts at 15:00 — the RIA NEWS reported.
The Ukrainian forces shelled the center of Donetsk. 2 shells hit the local drama theater, where the last farewell with the Colonel of the People’s Militia of the DPR, Olga Kachura, was supposed to take place. People who came to the farewell ceremony were evacuated to shelters. The farewell ceremony did take place afterwards. The ceremony was attended by leaders of the DPR, the People’s Militia Command of the DPR, and other officials — the RIA NEWS reported. According to the data from the DPR’s Territorial Defense HQ — 5 people were victims of the attack on the Voroshilovsky district of Donetsk. 6 people were injured. The RIA NEWS added that a young woman died near the hotel ’Donbass Palace’. A mother with her child died on the Pushkin Boulevard as well.
The spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, reported that 3 Ukrainian brigades left their positions near the towns of Soledar, Artemovsk and Avdeevka, due to the heavy losses they suffered due to the actions of the Russian, the DPR, and the LPR forces. «As the result of active offensive operations of the Russian, the DPR, and the LPR forces — the Ukrainian 54th mechanized, 56th and 58th motorized infantry brigades, located in the areas of the settlements of Soledar, Artemovsk and Avdeevka, left their positions due to high loses» — he stated.
The NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, had a speech in Norway on 4th of August. He accused Russia of attacking the current world order, and called to not let Russia win in the special military operation in Ukraine. He explained that in order to prevent Russia from winning — the NATO will have to continue to support Ukraine, with weapons and in other means, for a long time. «It is in our interest that this kind of an aggressive policy fails» — the former Prime Minister of Norway explained and added that «What is happening in Ukraine is terrible, but it would be much worse if there was a war between Russia and the NATO» — end of quote. In his opinion, the NATO won’t allow the spread of the hostilities.
On 4th of August, China began 4-days-long military training in the territorial waters and the airspace in 6 areas around Taiwan. The training was announced in a response to the visit of the US Congress Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to Taiwan. The Chinese newspaper ’Global Times’ reported that the Chinese forces are conducting the training while using modern weaponry, including the J-20 fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles. One military expert called the training to be «unprecedented», since the Chinese missiles will cross the skies over the island of Taiwan for the first time. The Chinese forces will be at a distance of 12 nautical miles from Taiwan. The Ministry of Defense of Taiwan stated that China shelled the islands near the Matsu archipelago near Taiwan. 2 missiles were fired at 14:00 — ’The Guardian’ reported. The Taiwanese Ministry of defense condemned the Chinese attacks, and added that they «destabilize the regional security». Constantine Reztsov, specially for the ANNA NEWS