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Donbass blog, May 23: 16 Destroyed Homes - Snipers’ Duel - AFU Soldiers as Bait

Over the past three days, the most intense fighting took place around Donetsk, near the Yasinovatskiy checkpoint, to the north of the DPR capital, and in the area of Dokuchaevsk, in the southern, Mariupol direction.

According to the DPR Defense Ministry, the number of attacks is daily calculated by hundreds. Over the past week, the total of bombardments of the DPR territory by the Ukrainian side reached more than two thousands, including over a thousand carried out with heavy weapons.

During the attacks Kiev used heavy mortars, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, anti-tank guided missiles and artillery. The artillery fire in the north of Donetsk was clearly audible even in the city centre, while in Yasinovataya, according to local residents, shock waves made windows swing open.

Residents of one of the shelled outskirts of Donetsk say that the bombardment was totally unexpected. In this area, there are no positions of the DPR army, and recently it had been relatively quiet there. Despite the fact that the Ukrainian side clearly shelled innocent civilians, the OSCE observers did not arrive to document this fact.

On another outskirt, as a result of the direct hit by a projectile, a private house completely burnt down, the owners of which, fortunately, were not there at the moment of shelling. Two more homes there were severely damaged. The bombardment was allegedly carried out with an anti-aircraft system.

Residents of this locality say that, after the May holidays, the intensity of shelling by the Ukrainian army has dramatically increased. According to them, even last year, during the active phase of hostilities, the bombardments weren’t so numerous.

On the whole, over the past week, according to the DPR authorities, 16 houses and a granary were destroyed by shelling.

After shelling the suburbs of Donetsk by the Ukrainian military, the DPR army open return fire, and on the outskirts of the city heavy fightings broke out. According to the DPR military, Kiev drove into attacks all types of weapons, including tanks and artillery. In particular, the Donetsk airport and the Yasinovatsky checkpoint were shelled with artillery. Residents of Donetsk wrote in social networks, that the entire northern front was roaring and flashes were continuously appearing in the sky.

The DPR Defense Ministry reported that the fightings had resulted in three DPR soldiers killed and another three wounded.

On the western outskirts of Donetsk fightings were less ambitious. In the area of ​​the industrial zone of Avdeevka, to the west of Donetsk, that the Ukrainian media have turned into a new fetish, a group of Ukrainian snipers tried to get closer to the positions of the DPR army. Republican snipers sent them a warning, which remained unanswered, and then opened return fire. As a result, as one of the DPR snipers wrote in social networks, the Ukrainian side lost ‘a sniper with a large caliber, a bunch of simple sniper and machine gunner’.

In recent days, the Ukrainian side has begun using in clashes all heavy weapons previously delivered to the front line. However, its delivery there has not stopped for a single day. The DPR Defense Ministry reports that the number of pieces of heavy equipment has increased by dozens in each sector of the front.

Only over the past week, according to the DPR intelligence, Kiev delivered to Donbass over 100 pieces of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, including infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, tanks, motorised artillery systems, howitzers, anti-tank systems and MLRS "Grad". Moreover, ammunition for this equipment is now delivered to the front line not by trucks, but by trains.

Thus, the DPR intelligence sources on the ground reported the arrival, to the south of Donetsk, of a train, four cars of which contained about two thousand rockets for MLRS “Grad".

Residents of the Kiev-controlled territories of Donbass also continue to report on the arrival to the contact line of foreign mercenaries and nationalists of the punitive battalions.

In the south of Gorlovka, the largest city in the north of the DPR, arrived Canadian instructors, presumably representing a private military company and sent to the Ukrainian army to prepare saboteurs.

In the west of Donetsk arrived up to 400 radicals of the nationalist battalion “Aydar", who immediately entered a conflict with the Ukrainian military, having undermined, for unclear reasons, their car. The explosion resulted in two Ukrainian soldiers wounded, with one of them immediately taken to hospital. When the army officers came to the battalion for an explanation, the "Aydar" radicals opened fire, leaving two Ukrainian military killed and another five wounded.

Kiev is apparently doing everything possible to provoke the DPR army to open massive fire, by both shelling the civilian population of the Republic and turning their own soldiers into a bait.

According to the DPR intelligence, last week on the Ukraine-controlled territory in the west of Donetsk a bridge over a river was intentionally blown up, which deprived the Ukrainian units located there of the possibility of retreat in the case of shelling by the DPR.

Two days later, the DPR Defense Ministry received, from an unknown e-mail address, accurate data on the location of the Ukrainian military units on an adjacent sector of the front. The verification of the data confirmed their validity.

It looks like Kiev intends to disrupt the Minsk Agreements at any cost.

Two days ago the President of Ukraine Poroshenko called on the leaders of Germany and France to enter an international police mission to Donbass as soon as possible.

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