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Despite the declared in the Donbass absolute perpetual truce for the first week since its introduction on the line of contact continued to record violations. The Special monitoring mission of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (SMM OSCE) said the decrease in the intensity of the attacks, writes “Strenia”.
According to the publication, the headquarters of the Ukrainian Operations of the United forces (EP) stated, in particular, about 10-minute shelling of positions of Ukrainian forces from heavy machine guns and combat vehicles in the area of the Farm Free in the direction of Lugansk on July 22 and firing from automatic grenade launcher and small arms near the settlement Lugansk on July 23. Also, on 24 and 25 July, the armed forces reported that the enemy opened their fire positions from manual anti-tank grenade launcher and heavy machine gun near the village of Prichepilovka. As a result, two Ukrainian servicemen were injured.
In turn, the self-proclaimed representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR) reported an attack in the direction of the village of Lebedinskoe — New REP on July 21, seven violations of the 22 July and mortar shelling Dokuchaevsk July 23. In addition, there said sporadic shelling of Donetsk and Gorlovka on 24 and 25 July. Only since the inception of the agreement, representatives of the DNR has recorded about 30 attacks from the APU, and the representatives of the LC — 80 attacks. They also noted that the Ukrainian troops used mortars of caliber of 120 millimeters and 82 millimeters, grenade launchers of various types, weapons, infantry fighting vehicles and small arms.
The OSCE mission noted increase in the number of violations from the evening of July 20 until the evening of 21 July compared to the previous day — there were about 155 explosions. However, on July 24, according to the OSCE, the number of attacks in the DNI declined. Thus, in the Luhansk region irregularities in this day would happen more often than in Donetsk, but in total there have recorded only 17 shots from a heavy machine gun near Pervomaisk.
Thus, notes “Strenia” the truce is observed approximately the same as in previous times. In such circumstances, the main question is how the results of this truce will be interpreted at the next meeting of the contact group in Minsk, which will be held July 31. “If there is political will to recognize the cease-fire effective negotiations can finally move on to the next stage,” the newspaper writes.
21 Jul at 00 hours 01 minute at the Donbass entered into force a new open — ended and absolute — the truce. A few hours before the truce, Ukrainian security forces shelled houses in Pervomaisk in the LC, in order to provoke the militia to break the agreements. One person was killed, seven people were injured, including a child of three.
Part of Donbass is out of control in Kiev after an armed conflict that lasted almost five years. In April 2014, the Ukrainian government began a military operation against the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, which declared independence from Kiev after the change of the Central government. In the spring of 2018, the format operation has been changed, the control over its implementation have received the Armed forces of Ukraine from the HSE, which replaced the anti-terrorist operation under the control of the security Service of Ukraine.
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