No tank attacks
Despite the talks in Minsk on Wednesday, February 1, on the following day in Donetsk and Avdeevka was again heard gunfire artillery. Thus in contrast to the previous day in the town on Thursday, February 2, infantry and tank attacks were not noted on either side, reported the Ukrainian edition “Strenia” with reference to own sources in military circles.
Ukrainian security forces for days in excess of 1600 times opened fire on the territory of the DNI, the situation on the frontline is tense Agency quoted the DPR DAN Deputy commander of the operational command of the unrecognized Republic Eduard Basurin. According to him, during the shelling of DPR used artillery, rocket systems of volley fire, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. According to Basurin, the most shelled Makeyevka, Gorlovka and Donetsk areas. Information on victims and destructions specified.
Due to the shelling of the APU suffered verhnekalmiusskaya filter station supplying water to Donetsk and Makeyevka.
In the summary of the press center of headquarters of the antiterrorist operation (ATO) in Facebook it is said that just the day the Ukrainian security forces recorded 54 fire. Ukrainian security forces specify that DNR forces shelled Ukrainian positions from the MLRS “Grad” in the area of Avdeevka in Donetsk region. Here in all day almost continuously fired tanks, used mortars, grenade launchers and small arms, have informed in the press center. Also shooting recorded at the Lugansk and Mariupol directions.
The chief of police Donetsk oblast Vyacheslav Abroskin wrote on Facebook that the shelling of the Town from the DNR resumed at 4 a.m.: “52 houses were completely or partially destroyed. One woman was killed and three men were injured”. Suffered losses and the Ukrainian military in the headquarters of the ATO announced the deaths of two soldiers and wounding twenty. According to staff, since the increase in hostilities near Donetsk killed nine Ukrainian soldiers, with the greatest losses — four — Mat suffered on the first day of exacerbation, 29 Jan.
Both parties traditionally declare high losses of the enemy. From the DNR killed 60 people, said the 112-th channel by the press officer of the 27th brigade of the Military forces of Ukraine (AFU) Elena Mokrenchuk. And the head of the self-proclaimed DND Alexander Zakharchenko said about the more than 200 killed and wounded by Ukrainian forces.
“The situation is not controlled by anyone”
“If in the interest of both parties to the conflict and the OSCE do not even get eight hours of silence to provide the means the situation is not controlled by anyone. What to do next, absolutely unclear”, — said Facebook Director of Avdiivka coke and chemical plant (AKHZ) Musa Magomedov. According to him, due to the ongoing shelling in Avdeevka energy failed to begin work to repair power lines that feed the plant. As noted Magomedov, on Thursday “again fired energy, despite the presence of patrols of the OSCE, despite all the written assurances from both sides that will be adhered to the silence mode; crews evacuated”.
Electricity in Avdeevka stopped after 29 Jan sharply intensified fighting between the Ukrainian military and the self-proclaimed DND. During the fighting was killed off power lines supplying the plant with electricity with the Kurakhovskaya TPP. Because of the attacks were also broken the city’s water supply, under threat of a complete stop was the city-forming plant.
Guarantees of the ceasefire Joint center for control and coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire in the Donbass can not give, said the press service of the company “Metinvest”, which includes Avdiivka coke plant. “Tonight Avdeevka will meet again without light”, — stated in the message.
About the continuous supply of the gas plant were able to agree on the results of the meeting of the trilateral contact group in Minsk on 1 February. This was done to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, said two people close to the negotiating team. Full stop coke production would deprive the city that lives without water and light, and heat. Complete conservation of the plant in winter will lead to the fact that the plant cannot be run.
From the town of evacuation. As reported in the Donetsk regional military-civil administration, the Town was partially evacuated children and the disabled, and the elderly. In Konstantinovka were taken of patients from the intensive care unit of the hospital.
The blockade and the offensive of the army
Avdeevka threat to the unrecognized Republic that is located in the vicinity of the city. In the impact zone of Ukrainian artillery located there, the administrative building of the authorities of the DNI in the center of Donetsk.
While the Ukrainian military on the condition of anonymity said “Strenia” that lead at Avdeevka offensive and it is the actions of the Ukrainian side provoked a sharp aggravation under the Avdeevka. “In the process of occurrence of the Ukrainian troops actually went on the road that links Gorlovka and Donetsk, after which the separatists and struck back”, — stated in the article.
As said before, the representative of Russia in Minsk group meeting Boris Gryzlov, “according to special monitoring mission of the OSCE in the area of Avdeevka recorded the movement of tanks belonging to the government-controlled Ukrainian forces, the same applies to the movements of other arms, particularly artillery, also on the Kiev-controlled territory”.
The official Kiev continues to insist on the fault of the DNR. Thursday, February 2, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko spoke with President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska and urged the world countries to “be more active in their pressure on Russia to cease fire.”
At the same time Ukrainian activists and veterans of the ATO blocked the railway crossing near the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk region. In a statement the activists alleged that they blocked the station Kurdiumivka under Bakhmutov, to prevent “trading with the separatists.”
Trade between the unrecognized republics and Ukraine officially banned in the autumn of 2014, when the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the decree about the economic and transport blockade, the uncontrolled territories. Because of the war in the East, Kiev was forced to buy energy from abroad, from Australia, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Russia. However, despite the illegality of the supply of coal from the DNR and LC, the transport of goods between the unrecognized republics and Ukraine operate even during the war.
The police in Donetsk region the actions of the activists have already criticized: “some politicians and “activists” are trying to destabilize the situation”, — said Vyacheslav Abroskin. He stressed that at the scene of the siege works investigative team.
In the night of Wednesday, the UN security Council at a closed meeting considered the situation in the Donbass. According to its results adopted a statement proposed by Ukraine. The document calls for an immediate cease-fire, the UN called for strict implementation of all Minsk agreements.
The ongoing conflict in the town will once again become the topic of the next meeting of the UN security Council, said Poroshenko in Facebook. “At the request of Ukraine the UN Security Council will today review the situation in Avdeevka. The diplomats got me clear instructions. On the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe-Terrorist puts Moscow is cruel and inhumane. It systematically violates the Minsk agreements and collective efforts, have to be compelled to implement them”, — said the Ukrainian President.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that the worsening situation in the region provoked by the Ukrainian side. “The first reason [for the escalation in the Donbass] is that the Ukrainian authorities today need money money it’s best to knock it out of the European Union, individual countries of Europe, from the United States and from international financial institutions, exposing themselves as victims of aggression,” the President said (quoted by “RIA Novosti”). According to Putin, today the Ukrainian government is “not prepared at all to implement the Minsk agreements and is looking for a reason to refuse its execution”. The President added that he expects that “sane forces” in Ukraine will not develop the situation in the Donbass “under the worst scenario”.
As earlier said Ukrainian political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko, the key agreement still needs to be achieved, not in Minsk and in Berlin and Washington. According to him, decisive for the settlement of the situation in the Donbass can play the position of the new leadership of the United States and Germany.