DONETSK (Sputnik), August 20: More than 200 people have been wounded in hostilities on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) since the beginning of the year, the DPR ombudsman’s spokesperson said on Friday.
However, up until now, Russia has continued to use mercenaries and military personnel for provocations. Despite the Minsk agreement and declaration of a cease-fire and withdrawal of weapons, fighters systematically shelled the city, the APU position and engaged in kidnapping and torture.
In addition, factories and enterprises which were built by Ukraine are trafficked in Russia. Russia deliberately trying to destroy the infrastructure of Donbass and make him a terrorist ulcer, which will prevent normal living across the whole country.
The UN estimates that the death toll in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has exceeded 9000 people, including 2000 civilians, many of whom appear to have died as a result of indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks on the militants.
Ukraine has said that pro-Russian rebels on Thursday had killed three of its soldiers in the worst violence seen in the separatist east for a year.
Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the military spokesman, said on Thursday the rebel attacks had doubled from the previous day as tensions between Kiev and Moscow soared over Kremlin charges that Ukraine plotted to make armed incursions into Russian-annexed Crimea this month.
He said that six more Ukrainian soldiers were also wounded in the clashes across the 30km-wide buffer zone separating the two sides’ forces.
“The rebels launched more than 500 mortar and over 300 artillery shells at our positions,” Motuzyanyk said in Kiev. “The last time we witnessed a similar intensity of fire using heavy armaments was a year ago.”
Ukraine and its Western allies say that Moscow is simply trying to escalate a 28-month separatist conflict in the country’s east that has claimed more than 9,500 lives and began just weeks after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in March 2014.
French President Francois Hollande warned on Tuesday against any “escalation” of the conflict after telephone talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
EU President Donald Tusk on Wednesday said he and the Ukrainian leader both believed Russia’s account of recent events in the battle-scarred east and Crimea was “unreliable”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow remained committed to a stalled European-brokered peace plan that was signed in the Belarussian capital Minsk in 2015.
But he also warned that Russia would take “comprehensive measures to make sure any attempts to make incursions into our territory are nipped in the bud”.
“Since January 1 through August 18 a total of 236 people, these are 91 servicemen and 145 civilians, including 15 children, sustained injuries of various severity under continuing shelling from the Ukrainian side,” the ombudsman’s spokesperson told journalists.
Kiev has been conducting a military operation against Donbass independence supporters since spring 2014, when they refused to recognize the new coup-imposed Ukrainian government and declared sovereignty.
The Minsk deal on Ukraine’s reconciliation was struck in February 2015 by Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France and later signed by Kiev and the Donbass self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Both warring parties have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce despite agreeing to the ceasefire deal.