The AFU deploy military equipment near residential buildings in the Ukraine-controlled territory — Eduard Basurin

By the medium of the coordination mechanism, we timely notify Ukraine of all violations and engineering works. However, the failure of the command staff of the armed forces of Ukraine to take action on time and punish those responsible as provided for by the agreements creates preconditions for escalation of the situation, spokesman for the DPR People’s Militia Directorate Colonel Eduard Basurin said during the briefing on August 14.

“We hope that the Ukrainian command will be able to settle the situation with the ceasefire violators on its own in the shortest possible time, so DPR People’s Militia units will not have to resort to emergency measures as envisioned by the agreements.

Our intelligence confirms that AFU units deploy weapons and military equipment near residential houses and municipal facilities in the Ukraine-controlled territory. This violates the approved measures and endangers the lives and health of civilians. These facts are also confirmed by the OSCE SMM report of August 13.

For the past 24 hours, armaments were spotted near Zaytsevo, Krasny Pakhar, Nevelskoye and Krasnogorovka.

We also registered a new trench system (about 150 meters long).in the zone of responsibility of the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade.

In addition, units of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade were actively carrying out engineering works in the area of Bogdanovka. A new trench with a length of about 45 meters was spotted, as well as a camouflage net.

We call on Ukrainian soldiers not to participate in the schemes of their commanders in order to save their lives.

We call on international monitors to compel the AFU command to observe the agreements reached and not to take advantage of the ceasefire regime for their self-serving purposes,” Eduard Basurin said.


The AFU carried out one combat provocation for the past 24 hours — Eduard Basurin

For the past 24 hours, the armed forces of Ukraine carried out one combat provocation from positions of the 501st battalion of the 36th brigade in the direction of our positions in the area of Sakhanka with the use of small arms. The shots were unaimed and did not threaten the lives of our soldiers and civilians, spokesman for the DPR People’s Militia Directorate Colonel Eduard Basurin stated during the briefing on August 14.

In addition, our lookouts spotted the flight of a Mavic Pro UAV of the 36th brigade from the direction of Gnutovo, which was monitoring camouflage activities at positions of the 501st battalion and attempted to conduct reconnaissance activities in the Kominternovo area.

The armed forces of Ukraine also regularly violate the first paragraph of the additional measures for the enhancement and control of the effective ceasefire, namely the ban on offensive and reconnaissance-sabotage activities, which, according to the agreements, are referred to as attempts to change the original position of the troops and additional position hardening.

Our lookouts registered engineering works that were carried out by the 2nd battalion of the 24th brigade in the Zaytsevo area (north) and we also registered one explosion.

Defenders of the Republic did not give in to this provocation, did not open fire and were watching the enemy, strictly observing the ceasefire.


Zugres paid tribute to the memory of the victims of the air attack committed by the armed forces of Ukraine

On August 13, Zugres hosted a commemoration event dedicated to the sixth anniversary of the air attack on the town, committed by Ukrainian air forces.

Hundreds of citizens assembled to honor the memory of the victims.

“Many lost their loved ones, friends, fathers, mothers and children that day. The criminal Kiev power issued the terrible and cruel order. That air attack left non-healing wound in our souls. Our sacred duty is to do everything to reestablish peace in Donbass, to ensure that the criminals are justly punished,” Secretary of the local branch of the Donetsk Republic Public Movement and Head of the Zugres Town Hall Nikolay Poyaus said to the residents of Zugres.

The residents of the Republic observed a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of the dead civilians of Zugres and defenders of the Donetsk land and laid flowers at the memorial sign.

Six years ago, on August 13, 15 residents of Zugres fell victim to the air attack committed by Ukrainian air forces. Three of them died on a children’s beach, two in town. Four more people died from their wounds afterwards.

As a sign of unity and aversion to the war, the children of Zugres released pigeons into the sky. May they represent the souls of those who are no longer with us. And may their flight remind everyone that Donbass is for peace!


The AFU carry out fortification works and deploy troops near residential buildings — DPR PMD

The armed forces of Ukraine did not carry out fire provocations for the past 24 hours, spokesman for the DPR People’s Militia Directorate Oleg Nikitin gave the details on August 13.

“We register that the enemy has violated the first paragraph of the additional measures for the enhancement and control of the effective truce, particularly, the ban on offensive and reconnaissance-sabotage activities, which, according to the agreements, are referred to as attempts to change the original position of troops and additional position hardening. Our lookouts continue to register fortification works in three areas: Shumy, the 137th battalion of the 35th marine brigade; Novoluganskoye, the 2nd battalion of the 24th separate mechanized brigade; and Novotroitskoye, the 24th battalion of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade,” he said.

According to Nikitin, one enemy soldier died and one was wounded by an explosive device that detonated near positions of the 18th battalion of the 35th marine brigade in Novgorodkoye.

“We hope that the Ukrainian command will be able to settle the situation with truce violators on their own in the shortest possible time, so DPR People’s Militia units will not have to resort to emergency measures provided for by the agreements reached,” Nikitin said.

Moreover, in violation of the ban on the use of all kinds of aircraft, a Mavic PRO drone from the 503rd battalion of the 35th brigade was spotted in the area of Shumy. It was trying to carry out intelligence activities.

“Defenders of the Republic did not give in to this provocation, did not open fire and were watching the enemy, strictly observing the ceasefire,” the spokesman for the DPR PMD noted.

According to him, it has been confirmed that AFU units deploy weapons and military equipment near residential houses and municipal facilities in the territory controlled by Ukraine, which is a violation of the measures taken and endangers the lives and health of civilians.


During the exclusive interview with RIA Novosti Crimea, Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin answered questions about the Minsk talks, about the chances of holding elections according to Ukrainian laws in the DPR, about the non-observance of the ceasefire by the armed forces of Ukraine, about the likelihood of an exchange in the format “100 for 100”, Zelensky’s policy and other matters, the press service of the Administration of the Head of the DPR reports.

Expressing his stance on the replacement of Leonid Kuchma by Leonid Kravchuk in the Trilateral Contact Group, the Head of the Republic said,

“It is important for Donbass that peace comes, what persons will contribute to it is a secondary issue. At the moment the chances for a political reconciliation are extremely low. We still see a blockage, sabotage in the negotiation process at certain points. And this is already happening under the new president Zelensky. Therefore, we are not sanguine about that.”

Denis Pushilin commented on Kravchuk’s proposal to hold a round of talks in Kiev.

“Direct dialogue is needed and the venue for these negotiations is the Contact Group, the Minsk talks. As for the trip to Kiev, excuse me, but it is not safe for many Ukrainian politicians to be there. We see the radicals attacking the representatives of opposition parties, TV channels, the authorities are toothless, do nothing with it, and it only promotes the aggression of the active minority, from which the manifestations of outright terrorism come, which recently ran rampant in Ukraine. 

Therefore there is no more talk that someone can guarantee us safety there, and it is wrong for our part even to consider having the talks in Kiev. At this stage, we need to use the mechanisms and tools that are prescribed and supported by the UN Security Council. It is necessary to conduct negotiations in the subgroups at the Minsk venue. Only this way we may understand how to settle the conflict and how Donbass will coexist with Ukraine,” the Head of the Republic explained.

As for the elections in the republics under Ukrainian laws, as one of the conditions of the Minsk agreements, Denis Pushilin said that there are many nuances and opposite positions in this matter.

“This is the job of the political subgroup, which is supposed to find common ground. But there is still a lot to do before the elections. Ukraine has not outlined a clear plan of action yet, how they see it, how they will fulfill their obligations.

For now, we need to establish a direct dialogue, not to avoid it,” Denis Pushilin said.

As for Ukraine’s compliance with the ceasefire regime, the Head of State stressed that all the ceasefires were of short duration.

“Now we are watching whether the countries-guarantors of the Minsk Agreements will have enough political will or pressure to make Ukraine comply with this regime. At the moment we can say that since July 27, heavy weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements have not been used. At the same time, Ukraine has violated the ceasefire ten times: small arms and under-barrel grenade launchers were used on the Mariupol and Gorlovka fronts.

According to the agreement, the perpetrators must be punished. Unfortunately, we have not see that. But we can safely say that during this period no one has been killed, wounded, the infrastructure has not been damaged. The lives and health of people is the most important thing to pay attention to,” Denis Pushilin emphasized.

Commenting on Ukraine’s statement about the exchange based on the “100 for 100” format, the Head of the DPR noted that the exchange was discussed by the Contact Group, but it is being blocked by Ukraine. The lists have not been provided or corrected yet.

Denis Pushilin said about Zelensky’s policy towards Donbass,

“It turned out to be a lie primarily towards the citizens of Ukraine who voted for Zelensky. They voted for him just not to support Poroshenko and his warmongering policy. Unfortunately, there were more hostilities under Zelensky, except for the last period since July 27. More people were killed.

The last one is worse. In his rhetoric, he gets farther and farther away from the peaceful resolution of the conflict, which is why many people were disappointed. This is easily evidenced by the rapidly falling rating of both Zelensky and his party itself. In this case, I am not talking about us, because we harbored no illusions from the very beginning."

Commenting on Russia’s role in the settlement of the conflict in Donbass, Denis Pushilin noted that Russia is one of the main peacekeepers and is pushing for the political settlement by all available means.

The Head of State also highlighted the issue of cooperation with the Republic of Crimea.

“There are many areas of common interest, now the issue of their implementation is being considered. Given the warm relations with Crimea and Sevastopol, the plans will be carried out. As the result of the working meetings, which took place yesterday and today, we can say that many projects will be implemented in the near future. Of course, we are talking about mutual supplies of various products, there are many mutually profitable areas,” Denis Pushilin said.

Regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the Head of the DPR said that the situation in the Republic remains stable, given the constant support from Russia he hopes to agree on the vaccination of DPR residents in the future.

Ukraine’s intentions to rewrite the Minsk Agreements have become its tradition — Natalya Nikonorova

New representatives of Ukraine to the Minsk venue so far demonstrate in their media statements a distorted and often completely contradictory approach to the talks, DPR Plenipotentiary Representative and Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalya Nikonorova stated on August 12.

“The ideas about a new wording on some special administrative regime are in fact yet another attempt to rewrite the Minsk Agreements; that has already become a tradition for Ukraine. However, we have to remind them once again: such attempts failed for all the previous representatives, and, accordingly, will fail in this case too.

It is high time that Kiev realized and accepted the obvious fact: it is pointless to try to change, supplement or reduce the Complex of Measures or other agreements of the Minsk package. They just must be implemented in mandatory and consistent coordination with the second party to the conflict — the republics.

Statements that the Minsk Agreements should be brought in line with the Ukrainian reforms are also very perplexing. In reality it is exactly the opposite: these Ukrainian reforms must be implemented in full compliance with the Complex of Measured approved by the UN Security Council. And this means, among other things, the implementation of the constitutional reform, in whose follow-up the special status of Donbass must be enshrined in the constitution of the country. The statements that this is allegedly unrealistic, firstly, are untrue, secondly, will not help Kiev to quit this obligation under the Complex of Measures, and, thirdly, bring out the worst in the Ukrainian authorities themselves.

We call on the representatives of Kiev to be guided both in their speeches for the media and during the negotiations first of all by the simple truth: the Minsk Agreements are the only way to settle the conflict in Donbass peacefully.

As long as Ukraine does not stop twisting the essence of these agreements and substituting notions, or  trying to take some steps to implement political and other items of the Complex of Measures without coordinating with us, no real settlement is possible,” Nikonorova said.


Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin during the show “Interview” on the TV channel Crimea 24 answered questions about the military situation in the Republic, the Minsk talks, the economic situation and the further course of the country’s development, the press service of the Administration of the Head of the DPR reports.

The Head of State stressed that despite all the truce agreements, despite all the loud statements by Ukraine about the desire for peace, all that remains mere words.

“If heavy weapons are not used, then small arms are used. From the military point of view, the Minsk agreements made it possible to end chaotic, mass attacks on residential areas, blocks and populated localities. That made it possible to ensure the security and safety of our citizens in some measure, what cannot be said about the line of contact, where is always dangerous,” the Head of the Republic said.

Speaking about the role of the Minsk venue, Denis Pushilin noted that the hopes placed on it are not fulfilled through the fault of Ukraine.

“It is entirely Ukraine’s fault. Or maybe the guarantor countries have not done enough work yet. That is, Germany, France are not doing everything that should have been done with respect to Ukraine. In fact, now it is possible to negotiate only at this venue. There is no other, since the other was not approved by the UN Security Council,” the Head of the DPR stressed.

Answering a question about the future of the Republic, Denis Pushilin said that it is impossible to return to the past, to Ukraine.

“Ukraine itself is no longer exists. There is the remainder of Ukraine, with which we need to coexist. How to coexist is exactly what is being worked out at this venue, which is the only one now. Yes, it is the Minsk venue. Time will show how the situation will turn out and what will happen next. So far, we are very skeptical about Ukraine,” Denis Pushilin stated.

The Head of the Republic focused on the issue of economic relations with other countries. He noted that the easiest thing to do is build relations with Russia.

“Although we interact with other countries not at the state level because of our non-recognition, there is progress in terms of business contacts,” the Head of State said.

As for the living standards of the Republic’s residents, Denis Pushilin said, “This year I instructed the Government to reach the level of the neighboring Rostov region within two years. Therefore, by January 1, 2022, we must equalize pensions, social benefits, public sector salaries with the Rostov region. This is our task, so far we are moving towards this goal, even the coronavirus did not interfere with these plans. We are moving forward now, I hope all this will work out.

Moreover, the Development Program of the Donetsk People’s Republic is already being implemented by the Government, of course.

The Head of State also noted that against the background of the pandemic we do not have enough medical workers. But at the same time, it is planned to allocate 600 million rubles for the purchase of equipment for medical institutions of the Donetsk People’s Republic this year.

Concerning the housing and public utilities sector, Denis Pushilin said that the cost of public utilities had been practically not raised in the Republic since 2014.

“That has already been hard enough for people, the financial component leaves much to be desired. But at the same time, we realize that the housing and utilities sector has deteriorated over the years. You know and remember how it was under Ukraine, nothing was invested. These six years, during which we did not raise the costs, also added to it.

Therefore, now a certain amount has been pledged, about three billion rubles, to compensate for the difference in the rates. It, of course, will also go to the development of the housing and public utilities sector. This is the repair of elevator facilities, this is the repair of roofs, this is the restoration of residential buildings and a number of other areas that are planned within the Development Program on the improvement of various aspects of life of our citizens,” Denis Pushilin explained.

According to the Head of the DPR, the coal industry of the Republic is aimed at modernization and development.

“Now we can say that it will be difficult to make progress without applying modern technologies, without involving our specialized institutes. Therefore, they have already been tasked with developing technologies for coal upgrading and a number of other areas. That is, involving a scientific component and attracting additional investment will bring our coal industry to the pre-war level, then we will plan out further development,” Denis Pushilin said.

The Head of State also highlighted the issue of integration with the Russian Federation.

“For us, the vector has been the same for all these six years, it is directed towards Russia. In practical terms, it is carried out in such areas as the accreditation of higher education institutions, the acquirement of Russian Federation passports by our citizens, as well as integration processes in scientific and educational terms. It’s a whole range. We are going to bond with Russia to the maximum, and the more Ukraine shoots, the more it does not fulfill its obligations under the Minsk Agreements, the closer we are with Russia.

But a full-scale integration would be desirable. We see only the Big Russia in the future, we are interested in it,” Denis Pushilin summed up.

The enemy opened provocative fire at the Republic territory — Eduard Basurin

For the past 24 hours, the enemy twice violated the ceasefire regime by carrying out fire provocations with the use of rocket launchers in the area of Dzerzhinskoye and the village of  Trudovskaya Mine in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, spokesman for the DPR People’s Militia Directorate Colonel Eduard Basurin reported during the briefing in Donetsk on August 12.

“From positions of the 2nd battalion of the 79th brigade a firing provocation was carried out with the use of automatic rocket launchers in the direction of our positions in the area of the village of Trudovskaya Mine. According to the data of observers the shooting was aimless, the arrival of a group of people with video cameras to the Ukrainian positions was registered before the committed provocation, and the negotiations on ensuring the work of mass media was registered on the enemy radio network.

Following the example of violators of the truce from the 79th brigade, militants of the 1st battalion of the 36th brigade carried out a fire provocation in the direction of our positions near Dzerzhinskoye. According to observers, one indirect shot was fired from an automatic rocket launcher,” Basurin said.

In violation of the reached agreements, the enemy also intensified engineering works.

Thus, our observers noted additional reinforcement of fortifications:

— engineering works were carried out in the area of Novomikhaylovka by the 2nd battalion of the 79th separate airborne assault brigade using a trench charge;

— in the area of Maryinka, Vodyanoye and Shumu, units of the 79th separate airborne assault brigade, 36th and 35th marine brigades were carrying out engineering work to reinforce positions.

Colonel Basurin emphasized that with these actions the enemy openly violated the measures taken to strengthen the ceasefire regime.

“As part of the coordination mechanism, the Ukrainian side is timely notified by us of all violations and engineering works being done. However, the failure of the AFU command to take timely action and punish those responsible, as prescribed in the agreements adopted, creates conditions for further escalation of the conflict. In case of further inaction of the Ukrainian command and failure to take action, we will have to give an adequate response by the decision of the Head of the Republic.

We call on international observers to force the Ukrainian leadership to abandon actions that escalated the situation at the line of contact,” the spokesman for the DPR PMD noted.


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The Russian Federation has sent over 45 thousand tons of humanitarian cargo to the Republic

Since August 2014, 97 white convoys from the EMERCOM of Russia, weighing more than 45 thousand tons, have arrived in the Donetsk People’s Republic, the press service of the DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations reports.

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The humanitarian cargo included foodstuffs, infant formulae, medications and medical equipment, building materials and production machinery, seeds and other commodities (stationery, clothes, shoes, household chemicals, study books, presents, etc.).

“For six years, over 1,400,000 families with children aged under 3 have been provided with humanitarian packs of infant formula; healthcare establishments of the Donetsk People’s Republic have received more than 2,000 tons of medications and medical supplies.

Thanks to the aid in the form of construction materials, socially significant facilities in the Republic were restored. In addition, citizens who found themselves in difficult circumstances received food products through the humanitarian line.

We express our great gratitude to the Russian Federation for the invaluable help given to the residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic!” the statement reads.


AFU dropped a grenade near DPR People’s Militia positions for the purpose of instigation — Eduard Basurin

Over the past 24 hours, the armed forces of Ukraine carried out a false flag attack, spokesman for the DPR People’s Militia Directorate Colonel Eduard Basurin reported during the briefing in Donetsk on August 10.

“In the area of Leninskoye, militants from the 501st battalion of the 36th brigade used a quadcopter drone with a device fixed on it for dropping a grenade launcher fragmentation round. 300 meters from our positions, the drone operator dropped the round.

We note that the lack of control and low demanding on the part of the command of the 36th brigade and Vostok Task Force towards their subordinates facilitate the violation of the order from the staff of the Joint Forces Operation on strengthening the measures of control over the truce observance.

Defenders of the Republic did not fall for this provocation, did not open fire and were watching the enemy, strictly observing the ceasefire.

Within the framework of the coordination mechanism, the Ukrainian party to the JCCC was promptly notified of this incident in order to take appropriate disciplinary action against the violators,” Eduard Basurin noted.