Information on ceasefire violations in Eastern Ukraine (July 25 - July 31, 2015)

Thursday, 06 August 2015 18:36

The Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) continue to shell the DPR and the LPR violating the ceasefire regime. These shellings led to casualties among the civilian population and destruction of social infrastructure facilities.

The city of Donetsk, the Donetsk Airport area, settlements Spartak, Horlivka and Debaltseve were intensively shelled by artillery and mortar fire.

On July 29, 2015, from 20:30 till 23:20 hrs (GMT+3), Horlivka was shelled from Mayorsk and Dzerzhynsk, controlled by the AFU, by artillery systems over 100 mm caliber. This resulted in damage of four residential buildings (27,31/Pereyaslavska st. and 17,13/Rtutna st.), which were directly hit.

Two persons, Ms. U.Babenko (born 1986) and Mr. N.Sergiyenko (born 1950), were killed. Five citizens (including two children) were injured:

- Mr. V.Bazanov (born 2001);

- Ms. V.Belkavadze (born 1939);

- Mr. O.Makaronsky (born 1963);

- Mr. V.Makaronsky (born 2007);

- Ms. V.Mazur (born 1946).

On July 30, 2015, in the Shyrokyne settlement, the Russian Mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) conducted a working meeting with the representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU), the JCCC and the DPR Emergency Situations Ministry to discuss the reconstruction of the settlement. An expert assessment of the required engineering works and access to the settlement residents for inspection of their properties and belongings is planned to be held in the shortest possible time.

On the initiative of the Russian Mission to the JCCC, the repair companies continue the emergency reconstruction of power and water supply facilities and related infrastructure. The Médecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) personnel were also assisted in rendering humanitarian and medical aid to the population in the area of conflict.

The Ukrainian Side continues to violate the agreement on withdrawal of heavy weapons under 100 mm caliber from the contact line. 22 tanks and two anti-aircraft mounts were detected in the AFU-controlled areas. The data from the OSCE SMMU unmanned aerial vehicle confirmed the deployment of three tanks, four APC near the AFU-controlled Bila Kam’yanka settlement and one T-64 tank near Granitne. In Novotoshkivs'ke, controlled by the Ukrainian government, the SMMU patrol witnessed 9K111 “Fagot” anti-tank missile system.

During the inspection of storage areas of withdrawn heavy weapons, the SMMU patrol noted absence of all the previously registered weapons in three places. In other two the AFU representatives prevented the patrol from identifying the registration data. In the rest of the storage areas absence of three “Giatsint-B” field guns and three “Grad” MLRS was noted.

Against the background of the Minsk accords, Ukrainian authorities have launched an information campaign against the unrecognized republics. At the same time, the violations by the AFU listed above highlight Kiev’s unwillingness to resolve the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine peacefully.

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