Donbass, Weekly news

On 25th of December, 6 houses in the towns of Gorlovka, Dokuchaevsk and the village of Staromikhailovka, located near the city of Donetsk, were damaged as a result of shelling from the Ukrainian army. This was announced by the head of the DPR representative office in the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime, Ruslan Yakubov. On 24th of December, at about 03:00, a residential building in the village of Zaitsevo, to the north from Gorlovka, was destroyed by the shelling from the Ukrainian troops. 

The statements of Kiev regarding the movement of Ukrainian troops further to the front-line zone are designed to contribute to the growth of the tension in Donbass, and for the sake of the next martial law. This was stated by the head of the press service of the People’s Militia Department of the DPR, Daniel Bezsonov. According to him - similar Ukrainian methods are being actively applied since Sergey Naev began leading the (пью ни тэв) punitive operation of Kiev in Donbas. 

The People's Militia Department is ready to comply with the agreement on the cease-fire regime in Donbas starting from 29th of December. This was stated by the Deputy Head of the People’s Militia of the DPR, Eduard Basurin. The people's militia of the LPR are also ready to maintain the truce. This was stated by the official representative of the defense department of the LPR - Andrei Marochko. Earlier it was reported that the participants of the Minsk subgroup on the security matters, during a videoconference on 27th of December, agreed on the date of the start of the cease-fire - it is 29th of December, starting from 01:01 AM, Moscow time. The DPR also expressed their hope that the Contact Group will agree on the date for a new truce in the near future. 

The Ukrainian command is forming a new tank unit in the Konotop region, the Public Relations Center of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the LPR told to RIA NEWS. According to the source of the agency - the new tank unit will be added to the 58th brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It was specified that the staff of the brigade has already been increased by 120 people. It is also expected that before the end of December of this year, 20 'T-64' tanks will be added to this brigade. 

The servicemen of the People’s Militia of the DPR, the ones that hold the lines of defense in the Gorlovka sector, told us that Ukraine is concentrating troops, and is waiting for something. The Ukrainian troops constantly open fire. Since recently - they do it regardless of the time of the day. 

"Ukraine hasn't fulfilled its obligations to the exchange of prisoners in Donbass". This was stated by Boris Gryzlov, Russian Permanent Representative at the negotiations in Minsk, following the results of a video conference of the participants of the subgroup on the security matters of the Contact Group gathered to settle the situation in the east of Ukraine. As Boris Gryzlov noted, a day before the videoconference, and during the videoconference, the Ukrainian participants "tried to replace the day's agenda." “The representatives of Kiev started talking about the need for the exchange. From their side, these were empty words, because Ukraine hasn't fulfilled its last year’s agreement on the returning of people in the framework of the exchange. I remind you - Donetsk and Lugansk have already fulfilled their obligations, while Kiev has violated their own promises - the words of the Russian permanent representative were quoted in a message to the media.


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