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Monday, 27 April 2015

Basurin sez Junta Artillery Fire Increasing Against Schools and Civilian Neighbourhoods in the Southern Sector

00 dnr. donetsk pr. shirokino damage. 27.04.15

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Today, Deputy DNR Defence Minster E А Basurin told reporters that junta shelling of civilian targets in the southern sector increased, saying, “The tense situation in the southern sector continues to be of particular concern to us, where shelling by the Ukrainian side continues to intensify, embracing Sakhanka and Bezymennoe as well as Shirokino. Over the past 24 hours, this area underwent massive bombardment from heavy artillery, tanks, and mortars… 117 shells from 15.2-cm and 12.2-cm howitzers, 10 shells from tank guns, and 68 shells from 12-cm mortars. During the bombardment, howitzer shells hit public buildings, schools, and civilian neighbourhoods in Sakhanka. Immediately, we reported this fact to members of the OSCE observer mission. Unfortunately, due to the constant artillery fire, the observers couldn’t reach the area”.

27 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/defence/sektor-obstrela-silovikov-yuga-dnr-vyros-pod-ognem-shkoly-i-zhiloj-massiv-basurin.html

DNR Ministry of Transport Reported Junta Militants Attacked Trains and Damaged Tracks on Sentyanovka-Shipilova Line

00 russian locomotive. 27.04.15

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Today, the DNR Ministry of Transport (Mintrans) told us that junta militants fired at locomotives and damaged railway tracks on the Sentyanovka-Shipilova line, saying, “On 25 April at 07.20 at the 47-kilometre-mark of the Sentyanovka-Shipilova line near Popasnaya the Ukrainian side fired RPGs at two shunting locomotive near the Popasnaya marshalling yard”. One of the RPGs hit a wagon; two trainmen received minor injuries and a concussion. In addition to the damaged locomotive, the blast damaged eight sleeper-ties and three rails. In addition, the Mintrans reported that on Sunday 26 April, junta militants damaged the track at the 53-kilometre-mark, noting, “Right-of-way maintenance crews noticed damage on the tracks, but there were no injuries”. Earlier, on 17 March, junta militants sabotaged the Sentyanovka-Shipilova line; they damaged the tracks, leading to a derailment where one wagon left the track. The Mintrans emphasised, “This section is mostly under the control of the Ukrainian side. The constant shelling and sabotage here is due to irregular bands not under the control of the Minoborony Ukrainy, which complicates shipment of the coal mined here”.

27 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/ukraine/mintrans-dnr-soobshhili-o-podryve-vsu-vagonov-i-zhd-putej-na-peregone-sentyanovka-shipilovo.html

Pushilin sez DNR hasn’t Received News of When the Teleconference of the Contact Group Will Occur

00 denis pushilin. 27.04.15

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Today, D V Pushilin, Vice-Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet and DNR Delegate to the Contact Group said, “We still don’t have any information about when the Contact Group teleconference will take place”. Earlier, he said that the delay in the next round of negotiation was due to obstructionism by the Ukrainian side. Repeatedly, the LNR and DNR argued for the urgent implementation of a new round of the Contact Group. The Novorossiyan side insists on a speedy and simultaneous convening of the four core subgroups of the Contact Group:

  • on economic issues and rehabilitation
  • on refugees, internally displaced persons, and humanitarian assistance
  • on political affairs
  • on security issues

Meanwhile, an EU-Ukrainian summit opened in Kiev, attended by senior EU representatives, with an agenda focused on three main points:

  • providing macro-financial assistance to Kiev
  • the conflict in Novorossiya
  • preparations for the Riga summit “Eastern Partnership” 21-22 May

According to the British newspaper Financial Times, besides all this, Germany and several other European countries are putting pressure on Kiev to accelerate its implementation of the Minsk agreements, especially the political sections. According to diplomatic sources in Germany, the general position is that “Kiev has to be more compliant”. In turn, a source in UK government circles told the Financial Times that the Ukraine should fulfil its obligations and give Russia room to manoeuvre.

27 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/politics/v-dnr-poka-tak-i-ne-postupila-informaciya-o-date-videovstrechi-kontaktnoj-gruppy-pushilin.html

DNR Minoborony Recorded 51 Ceasefire Violations by the Junta Forces Over the Last 24 Hours

00 E A Basurin. VSN. Novorossiya. 18.02.15

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The DNR Minoborony told us that the junta forces violated the ceasefire 51 times over the past 24 hours, saying, “In the past day, we recorded 51 incidents of firing on populated points by the Ukrainian side Again, they used artillery. They were supposed to have withdrawn heavy artillery by early March according to Minsk-2, but the enemy used them six times yesterday, along with 5 incidents using tanks, 25 with mortars, 1 with APCs, 1 with anti-aircraft guns, 4 with ATGMs, and 9 with RPGs and small arms. This killed one of our soldiers and seriously wounded another. Ukrainian aggressor (карательных) battalions fired on Novaya Marevka, Shirokino, Gorlovka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Bezymennoe, and the Oktabyrskaya mine, Volvo-Tsentra, and the Donetsk airport”.

27 April 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/defence/vsu-za-sutki-51-raz-obstrelyali-dnr-v-tom-chisle-iz-tyazhelogo-vooruzheniya-minoborony.html

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