Donetsk Blog, June 13: Another 'Silence Regime' - Continued Shelling of DPR Territory - DPR Army Returns Deadly Fire
Ukraine’s civil war is still very much ongoing. Both sides are exchanging fire. Civilians and soldiers continue to die on both sides.
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Donetsk, Friday, June 13, 16.30 pm. Exclusive to Russia Insider
In the morning of June 10, 2016, the DNR requested an emergency meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk following the severe bombardment of the previous night that caused the death of one and injury of another 15 civilians, including a three-year old child as well as the destruction of 77 homes in the Republic.
The first attempt at negotiations was thwarted by the Ukrainian side, and the meeting was held, via video conference, only in the late afternoon. As a result of the negotiations, it was decided to establish a “silence regime" to conduct an investigation into the attacks. The investigative commission comprised representatives of Kiev, the DPR, the OSCE and the JCCC.
The following night, Kiev resumed its massive shelling of the DPR territory.
The district of Donetsk, adjacent to the airport, was bombarded with incendiary shells. According to DPR soldiers there, the Ukrainian side also used artillery, anti-aircraft systems and anti-tank grenade launchers in the attack. Residents of the DPR capital said that explosions of incoming shells were heard in almost all districts of the city.
Makeevka, a satellite town of Donetsk, was shelled with Ukrainian artillery. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, Kiev used 152mm howitzers in the shelling, and by midnight, residents of the town counted about 20 explosions.
Especially intensive fire was directed by Kiev at Gorlovka, the largest city in the north of the DPR, and its northern suburbs. The bombardment continued, according to local residents, from 11pm to 5am, forcing them to spend the night in their basements. In the morning, the local authorities reported that the Ukrainian side had shelled the city with heavy mortars, having seriously damaged about 20 homes, and leaving the northern outskirts without power.
The Ukrainian artillery firewall was also directed at the Yasinovatsky checkpoint and many localities situated between Donetsk and Gorlovka. Locals reported bright orange flashes and multiple explosions of incoming projectiles.
The DPR army was forced to return fire. An artillery duel near the Yasinovatsky checkpoint was clearly audible in many nearby localities. Judging by the sounds, the locals suggested the involvement of large-caliber guns. The DPR soldiers reported of at least several successful hits, as fires broke out in the Ukrainian positions.
On June 11, Kiev made two attacks on DPR army positions. Judging by their direction, the Republican army had managed to push the Ukrainian troops out of the neutral zone, not only in the area of Gorlovka, which had been confirmed by Ukrainian volunteers, but also to the west of Donetsk, as Kiev tried to regain the lost territories. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, both attacks failed, with the Ukrainian side having lost 9 men killed and 19 wounded. Repelling the Ukrainian attacks, two DPR soldiers were killed.
The shelling started at the Yasinovatsky checkpoint, at which, according to DPR soldiers, the Ukrainian side launched 15 122mm artillery projectiles and dozens of 82 and 120mm mortar shells for an hour and a half.
After that, Kiev shifted the attack to the residential areas of Makeevka. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian army shelled the town with 122 and 152mm cannons, as well as with 82 and 120mm mortars. Staying in the centre of Donetsk, DONi reporters personally saw flashes and heard the roar of explosions.
In the morning, the local authorities reported that the bombardment of Makeevka had resulted in five civilians being wounded and houses on seven streets and a railway station being damaged. In addition, eight transformer substations lost power, which left about a thousand residents without electricity supply and 166 of them without gas supply.
Residents of the affected districts of the town talked of direct hits on homes, gates torn by blasts, and walls and fences riddled with shrapnel.
In addition, the DPR soldiers announced a hunt in the neutral zone for the Ukrainian armoured vehicles that had regularly been used in attacks at the outskirts of Donetsk. In the case of it being impracticable to deliver a captured tank or an infantry fighting vehicle (see below pictures of weapons mentioned) to DPR-controlled territory, the vehicles are to be destroyed.
The Ukrainian military command, however, perseveres in refusing to recognise their losses. Over the past day, the press centre of the Ukrainian operational headquarters reported of 49 bombardments of Ukrainian positions by the DPR, including the 24 counter-battery strikes in the Mariupol direction and 19 in the Donetsk direction, and three wounded soldiers of the Ukrainian army.
At the same time, Kiev volunteers report that all Ukrainian paramilitary units in Donbas have been placed on full combat readiness.
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The Donetsk International News Agency is a private, non-profit information agency located in the center of the city of Donetsk. It is headed by Finnish journalist, Janus Putkonen and has 10 full time journalists on staff. Approximately half of them are natives of Western European countries. Its website is: www.dninews.com
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