The AFU carried out 40 provocations with the use of weaponry during the week — DPR PMD

Over the past week, AFU militants violated the Complex of Additional Ceasefire Enhancement and Control Measures 42 times. In violation of the second clause of the Additional Measures, the enemy carried out 40 provocations with the use of weaponry, official spokesman for the DPR PMD Oleg Nikitin reported during the briefing on January 22.

In addition, our observers registered two violations of Clause 1 of the Additional Measures, namely, the conduct of engineer work to retrofit positions. One time by militants from the 23rd battalion of the 56th AFU separate motorized infantry brigade near Peski and one time by militants from the 36th brigade’s marine battalion near Talakovka.

“The enemy continues to endanger the lives and health of civilians by placing weapons and equipment in populated areas. In violation of Clause 3 of the Additional Measures, which provides for the ban on deployment of weapons in populated areas and their vicinity, 43 units of weaponry and military equipment of the Vostok strategic force were revealed during the past week,” Oleg Nikitin said.

The enemy used electronic warfare equipment to jam the flight control and navigation signals of OSCE SMM UAVs in order to conceal the deployed weapons, as well as the conduct of engineer work, from international observers.

In addition, military from the 28th brigade’s 3rd battalion planted 185 anti-tank mines on public roads and in the immediate vicinity of residential buildings in Krasnogorovka without putting up mine danger signs.


Over the past 24 hours, the AFU violated the Complex of Additional Ceasefire Compliance Measures 9 times, having carried out 8 provocations with the use of weaponry, spokesman for the DPR PMD Oleg Nikitin reported at the briefing on January 22.

At the Donetsk front, militants from the 28th AFU brigade, in violation of Clause 2 of the Additional Measures, opened fire twice on the Staromikhailovka area with 120mm mortars, SPG, AGS and small arms, having launched three shells and 18 grenades. 20 shots were also fired with the use of a BMP-2.

As the result of the attack, three houses are damaged at 20, 24 and 32 Chkalova Street.

At the Mariupol front, militants from the 36th separate marine brigade carried out 6 provocations, having used 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various types and small arms against Oktyabr, Zaichenko, Sakhanka and Bezymyannoye, having fired 17 shells and 26 grenades.

We regret to inform you that as the result of enemy attacks, two of our defenders were wounded, one of whom died. We offer our sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased.

In addition, our observers registered a violation of Clause 1 of the Additional Measures, namely, militants from the 36th AFU brigade’s marine battalion were conducting engineer work in the Talakovka area.

“The facts of violation have been reported to representatives of the Ukrainian side to the JCCC in order to take action against the violators and exclude the falsification of data on ceasefire violations by Ukrainian militants.

We call on international observers to immediately intervene in what is happening and force the Ukrainian military and political leadership to comply with the Minsk Agreements, demanding in writing that the Ukrainian side conduct thorough investigations into the facts of firing, in accordance with Clause 4 of the Additional Measures, to bring commanders of the 28th and 36th brigades Marchenko and Gnatov to criminal liability,” Oleg Nikitin stressed.

According to our sources, in the zone of responsibility of the 36th AFU brigade’s marine infantry battalion near Talakovka, Ukrainian militants opened fire with small arms at an UAV belonging to the OSCE SMM in order to conceal the deployment of prohibited weapons. The monitors managed to get the drone out of the firing and land it in a safe area.

The enemy also used a Bukovel-AD electronic warfare station from the mobile electronic warfare team of the 36th separate marine brigade to jam the flight control and navigation channels of OSCE SMM drones in the areas of Gnutovo, Pishchevik and Shirokino not to allow detecting mortar crews deployed in these localities.

For the same purpose, in the responsibility zone of the 28th AFU brigade’s 1st mechanized battalion, a flying squad of the 306th separate EW battalion was jamming the flight control and navigation channels of OSCE UAVs in the Maryinka area.

Today, on January 22, residents of the Donetsk People's Republic commemorate the tragic events of six years ago, when as the result of the attack from Ukraine, civilians were killed and wounded at the traffic interchange in the Bosse neighborhood, the Leninsky district of Donetsk. Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin also paid tribute to the memory and laid flowers at the scene of the tragedy, a correspondent of the Republic's official website reports.

“One of the tragic dates for Donbass is January 22. At that time, shells were cynically and inhumanly launched from Ukraine, as the result of which civilians were killed and wounded.

These are the moments, the dates that do not allow us to forget the horrors of this war and the horrors of war crimes on the part of Ukraine.

This gets Donbass irrevocably farther and farther away from Ukraine. Such things cannot be forgotten or forgiven. It is the fates of people, the fates of loved ones, families, and just the residents of Donetsk and the Donetsk People's Republic who cannot stay away on such dates.

May the blessed memory of the victims live forever and the relatives be stout-hearted,” Denis Pushilin said.

The AFU opened fire on the Donetsk and Mariupol fronts — DPR Representative Office to the JCCC

The Representative Office of the Donetsk People's Republic to the JCCC reports that the AFU violated the indefinite ceasefire regime eight times over the past 24 hours.

The following weapons were used against the DPR territory in violation of the Minsk Agreements and ceasefire agreements:

  • Donetsk front: 120 mm mortar — 1 time (3 shells); RPG/SPG — 1 time (3 grenades); AGS — 1 time (15 grenades); small arms — 1 time.
    Mariupol front: 82 mm mortar — 3 times (17 shells); RPG/SPG — 3 times (12 grenades); AGS — 2 times (14 grenades); small arms — 3 times.

Staromikhailovka, Oktyabr, Zaichenko, Sakhanka and Bezymyannoye were under fire from the AFU.

In addition, there were two explosions registered near Talakovka and indiscriminate fire with the use of small arms from AFU positions near Gnutovo.

No civilian casualties were registered during the reporting period.


Kiev is doing everything possible to exacerbate stagnation in the negotiation process — Natalya Nikonorova

The first meeting of the Contact Group in 2021 unfortunately took place in a destructive manner when it comes to political issues, the press service of the DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

“Instead of finally engaging in substantive activities to unblock the work on the political track, Ukrainian representatives are doing everything possible to further exacerbate the already extremely deep stagnation in the negotiation process. We have been waiting for more than three months for a response to our draft of the Road Map. But the Ukrainian side, judging by the statements they made today, still have not found time even to read the text of our paper, let alone prepare any comments or responses to it,” Natalya Nikonorova said.

Instead, Ukrainian negotiators have time for making some other proposals and documents within the Normandy format. Despite our repeated questions in this regard, we have not received a response from Ukrainian representatives as to what document still reflects Ukraine's official position and what document should be worked on at the Minsk venue.

“Moreover, we heard appeals from Mr. Kravchuk to wait until there are results of tomorrow's meeting of advisors to the Normandy Four leaders and only then begin working on the Road Map. But the appeals to “wait until there are results” are in fact nothing more than the evidence of Kyiv's unwillingness to work in a substantive and constructive manner on the real political settlement. Once again, we remind you that such a settlement is only possible in the Minsk format, in which the parties to the conflict — Kiev and Donbass — have the opportunity to communicate and coordinate issues directly.

Furthermore, we have an absolutely transparent and understandable proposal: to begin discussions on the Republics' draft, since there have been no objections to it either from Ukraine or from the mediators in the person of the OSCE and the Russian Federation. However, the Ukrainian side has been rejecting this plain and logical idea for several meetings now without a single intelligible argument.

Under the circumstances, we stated that Ukraine currently has only two options: either to start working with us on the Road Map, taking into account and based on the draft we proposed, in full compliance with the Minsk Agreements, or to withdraw its signature from the Complex of Measures,” the DPR Plenipotentiary stressed.


The enemy violated the ceasefire four times

During the past 24-hour period, the armed forces of Ukraine violated the Complex of Additional Ceasefire Compliance Measures four times, an official representative of the DPR PMD told more about this at the briefing in Donetsk on January 21.

  • At the Donetsk front, militants from the 23rd battalion of the 56th AFU brigade fired six rounds with an underbarrel grenade launcher at Vesioloye from positions near Peski.
  • At the Mariupol front, the enemy attacked Kominternovo with small arms from positions near Talakovka.

Also, from positions of the 24th separate assault battalion in Starognatovka, militants of the 53rd AFU brigade twice opened fire with small arms on Rodnikovo.

The facts of violation were promptly reported to representatives of the Ukrainian side to the JCCC in order to take action against the perpetrators and exclude the falsification of data on ceasefire violations by Ukrainian militants.


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We consider the attack on Staromikhailovka to be a deliberate provocation aimed at undermining all the agreements — Ruslan Yakubov

This morning, the armed forces of Ukraine committed a gross provocation, having opened mortar and grenade launcher fire on residential areas of Staromikhailovka, head of the DPR Representative Office to the JCCC and the negotiation process Ruslan Yakubov commented on this fact.

“As the result of the attack by the AFU, dwelling separate houses on Chkalova Street are damaged. Fortunately, none of the civilians was hurt.

Hostilities are being stepped up on the Donetsk front against the background of the recent progress concerning the agreement on repair and restoration work at the Maryinka gas distribution station, and on the eve of the Contact Group meeting.

We consider the fact of aggression of the AFU to be a deliberate provocation aimed at disrupting all the agreements. We demand that Ukraine conduct an investigation into the attack on the Staromikhailovka residential area and subsequently bring all perpetrators to justice.

We also call on the OSCE Mission to register the consequences of the attack and document them in the next daily report,” Ruslan Yakubov said.


A residential building in Staromikhailovka has been damaged by AFU fire— DPR Representative Office to the JCCC

At 11:05 a.m. today, the armed forces of Ukraine opened fire on Staromikhailovka with the use of mortars and grenade launchers of various types, the DPR Representative Office to the JCCC reports.

A residential building at 32 Chkalova Street was damaged as the result of a direct hit. There were no casualties reported, details are being specified.

 


Vesioloye, Rodnikovo, Kominternovo were attacked by the AFU — DPR Representative Office to the JCCC

The Representative Office of the Donetsk People's Republic to the JCCC reports that the AFU violated the indefinite ceasefire regime 4 times over the past 24 hours.

The following weapons were used against the territory of the DPR in violation of the Minsk Agreements and ceasefire agreements.

  • Donetsk front: AGS — once (6 grenades).
  • Mariupol front: small arms — 3 times.

Areas of Vesioloye, Rodnikovo, Kominternovo came under AFU fire.

No civilian casualties or damage to civil infrastructure were registered during the reporting period.

The AFU used 6 items of ammunition in total.


The enemy was attacking with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns and small arms

Over the past 24 hours, the armed forces of Ukraine violated the Complex of Additional Ceasefire Compliance Measures eight times, an official representative of the DPR PMD reported at the briefing in Donetsk on January 20.

  • At the Gorlovka front, AFU militants twice opened fire on the village of Gagarin Mine with the use of AGS and small arms, having fired 25 rounds.
  • At the Donetsk front, Staromikhailovka was attacked by grenade launchers from positions of the 28th brigade’s 3rd battalion.
  • At the Mariupol front, militants from the 36th AFU brigade attacked Leninskoye with the use of SPG and underbarrel grenade launchers from positions near Vodyanoye, having fired six rounds, and small arms fire was opened on Kominternovo. Also, from positions near Lebedinskoye, militants opened fire on Leninskoye with the use of large-caliber machine guns and small arms.

From positions near Starognatovka, the AFU opened fire with small arms on Novolaspa.

Defenders of the Republic did not respond to the provocations, strictly observing the ceasefire regime and continuing to monitor the enemy.

In order to exclude the falsification of data on ceasefire violations by Ukrainian militants and to take action against the violators, the facts of provocation with the use of weaponry were promptly reported to representatives of the Ukrainian side to the JCCC.