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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Clashes in Yasinovataya put the Donbass on the brink of renewed war

The Ministry of defence DND stated that the Ukrainian military are preparing to strike on Donetsk from the West. For the offensive began, according to authorities, announced the evacuation of Marinka. Reported resolution of the SCU to open a massive fire to take control of the track near Yasinovataya. The Ukrainian side in response accuses DND in the shelling of Gorlovka to Shirokino. The OSCE mission does not keep track of the obvious failure of “Minsk-2”.

In the Donbas both conflicting parties record a sharp aggravation of the situation, which should be considered as attempts of the Ukrainian military breakthroughs to the route Donetsk – Gorlovka in the area of Yasinovataya.

“It can be expected that hostilities will resume. The parties want to zavoevat to the result which is desired of every one of them”

In defense of the Donetsk national Republic reported that the Ukrainian side has started the evacuation of residents of Marinka in the Donetsk direction for the start of the offensive of the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the West of Donetsk.

The representative of administration of Petro Poroshenko on the “anti-terrorist” operation Andriy Lysenko, speaking at a briefing on Saturday, said the last day was characterized by the increasing attacks and provocations armed with mortars, armored vehicles and artillery.

As informs “Interfax”, according to the Ukrainian side, the centers of confrontation in the direction of Donetsk are three regions: the Donetsk airport, the outskirts of Gorlovka and village of the Luhansk on Svetlodarskoye arc. Lysenko said that on the eve of the Ukrainian position in the area of the Town was repeatedly exposed to tank fire and came under accurate fire self-propelled artillery units (SAU).

According to the representative for the “anti-terrorist operation” in the area of human settlements Mayorsk and zaytsevo near Gorlovka militia were firing from small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers. The Ukrainian side States and about the escalation in Mariupol direction near Shirokino, Granite and Water.

In turn, the military leadership of Donetsk national Republic declare that the command of the Ukrainian army gave the order to use heavy artillery in the area yasinovatskiy checkpoint.

“Allowed to access a massive artillery fire”

“According to obtained data, before the Ukrainian party’s task is to take Yasinovatsky track. In this regard, the command of the APU (armed forces of Ukraine) was allowed to open a massive artillery fire throughout the area, even if under it gets residential areas Yasinovataya and the Northern outskirts of Donetsk”, – reported “Donetsk news Agency” the Deputy commander of the corps of defence DND Eduard Bacurin.

“The situation has deteriorated. Ukrainian security forces 384 times fired DND”, – quotes the statement of Colonel Basurin, RIA “Novosti”. In particular, tank and mortar fire from the Ukrainian positions were subjected to Yasinovataya and Donetsk suburbs. Exploration DND again captures the movement of military equipment of the enemy – tanks.

Similar reports come from representatives of the leadership of the Luhansk national Republic: “In the area of the settlement Novozvanovka the Popasnyansky region of the position on the 59-th separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces marked the placement of five units ACS five kilometers from the line of battle of contact,” announced Tuesday the official representative of the LC Andrey Marochko.

According to intelligence LNR, also to the South of the settlement of the steppe in the forest belt found camouflaged tanks of the armed forces. Yesterday in the headquarters of the people’s militia LNR said that for the past day, Ukrainian security forces twice shelled the territory of the Republic.

“In the provocative military actions”

We will remind, the day before the Deputy commander of defense corps DNR Basurin said Ukrainian security forces tried to capture the neutral zone in the area of Yasinovataya, backed by tanks and armored vehicles.

“After a heavy shelling of our positions during the three days of division of the 13th and 16th companies of a battalion 58th motorized infantry brigade, supported by several tanks and armored vehicles tried to run for the neutral zone in the area Yasinovataya and to gain a foothold, but the attempt was foiled,” he said.

On Saturday at a briefing Basurin said: in recent days in the fighting in Yasinovataya 31 Ukrainian military was killed, 73 were wounded, and these data open sources.

Most of the losses in the already mentioned 58-th separate mechanized infantry brigade (Onbr) – 18 killed, 41 wounded. “In addition, the scouts 74-th separate reconnaissance battalion suffered losses in 13 people, 32 were injured,” – said Basurin.

According to him, the Ukrainian military killed were buried on 8-9 March. “According to medical staff, burial was to be soldiers of the 16th and the 58th separate infantry brigades of the Ukrainian armed forces killed in fighting near Yasinovataya”, – he said, Baturina TASS.


Who is to blame

According to representatives of DND, the blame for the situation around Yasinovataya lies with those who are called to enforce the conditions “Minsk-2”. Eduard Basurin mentioned by the representative of Ukraine in the Joint centre for control and coordination (SCCC) major-General Andrei Taran and the Deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine Alexander hug.

“At the time of a powerful fire from the positions of the AFU representatives of Russia in SCCC contacted the General with a battering RAM, and he said, give Yasinovataya and fire stop – which confirms the violation of Kiev Minsk agreements”, – said yesterday the Deputy commander of the corps of defence DND.

On Saturday, President Francois Hollande stated: “the Ukrainian side is represented in SCCC, does nothing to stop the fire, but only gives the appearance of participation in the resolution of contradictions. In this case, using his official position, is moving to the command of the Ministry of defence DND to leave their positions”.


With regard to the OSCE mission, said the spokesperson, Ministry of defense of the Republic sent an appeal to the representatives of the OSCE for peaceful settlement of the situation in the area of Yasinovataya, but there was no reply. The Deputy head of mission Alexander hug “still has not arrived in this area, even though it was in Kramatorsk,” said Bacurin.

“I want to ask him a question how he would comment on the entry of Ukrainian military in the “gray zone”? In his briefings that we have not heard” – asks the representative of the Ministry of defence DND.

“Not finish the war”

As previously noted columnist of the newspaper VIEW Evgeny Krutikov, there is a move from local attacks to attempt a breakthrough in the direction of the route Donetsk – Gorlovka. Such a breakthrough seems Ukrainian strategists critical: the route Donetsk – Debaltsevo (E-50) and Donetsk – Gorlovka are essentially lateral relative to the front.

In the vicinity of the route is the line of contact, a few kilometres from Yasinovataya, Avdeevka is controlled by the APU. If the Ukrainian security forces will establish control over this area, it can be disrupted transport between the major agglomerations of Donbass – Donetsk – Makiivka and Horlivka – Enakievo. The exit of the Ukrainian troops on this line can break and the message from the city of Lugansk, which leads M04 highway, extending from the E50.

Regardless of the outcome of the current clashes taking place now in the area Yasinovataya – a signal that the visibility of the armistice may be replaced by a large-scale military actions.

“Parties not finish the war, they were simply forced to stop the war, despite the fact that neither one nor the other did not want it. Despite the fact that both sides want to resume hostilities and to zavoevat to the result which is desired by each of the parties. It can be expected that hostilities will resume,” – said in comments the newspaper VIEW Deputy Director of the Institute for political and military analysis Alexander Khramchikhin.

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