The OSCE is finally seeing up close the death and damage caused by Ukraine’s war on its citizens in southeastern Ukraine… So sad. Vera Watkins, USA
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic downed two Sukhoi Su-25 assault aircraft belonging to the Two Ukrainian Air Force, which were attacking the positions of the region’s self-defense fighters, Interfax cites Donbas militia’s information center as saying.
Ukrainian aircraft have attacked positions of self-defense forces near Saur Mogila Hill in the east of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. Self-defense troops are trying to repel the attack, using anti-aircraft guns.
Militiamen have launched an attack against Ukrainian troops near the village of Stepanovka, Donetsk region of Ukraine; troops loyal to the Kiev regime have already sustained casualties, according to the Ukrainian National Guard’s official website.
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More than 800 disabled children and orphans are currently living in Lugansk and Donetsk regions in the area where special military operation is conducted, said on Tuesday Ukraine's presidential envoy on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the east, Irina Gerashchenko. "Today, according to the presidential administration, there are 600 orphans in Donetsk region," said in a statement.
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) self-defense forces have reported that Ukrainian troops resumed airstrikes on the town of Snezhnoe, there are 11 dead and 8 injured, according to Interfax. "New airstrikes are being delivered on Snezhnoe. Preliminary reports say two Su-25 attack aircraft are delivering pinpoint strikes against the town," Konstantin Knyrik, head of the South-Eastern Front information center, told reporters.
The Ukrainian elderly, who survived the Second World War, truly are the most deeply affected by the current trauma being inflicted on them, by their own countrymen. What a horrible final chapter to their lives. Patty Edwards, Moscow-Washington
Nearly 600 Ukrainian security employees of Donetsk were dismissed from their posts after the "first stage of checking of allegiance the oath and service of Ukraine." On Monday informed the appointed by the Supreme Rada Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, reports TASS.
Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko had telephone consultations with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, discussing, in particular, the creation of a joint Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian manoeuvre brigade, the Ukrainian president's press-service reports on Monday, informs RIA Novosti.
Ukraine's National Guard says it had nothing to do with the shelling of the Russian town of Donetsk in the Rostov region on Sunday, July 13. "The Ukrainian National Guard command categorically denies reports that the National Guard was involved in the shelling of the Russian town of Donetsk on July 13. Again, the National Guard is not deployed in the cited district, or in a territory matching the shell's trajectory," the National Guard announced. This was a response to Moscow saying that the Russian government "knew exactly where the gunfire was coming from".
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) officials announced that residents of some Donetsk districts are suburban areas are being evacuated in an orderly manner due to constant artillery strikes carried out by Ukrainian troops, reports Interfax.
Poroshenko has said he wants to kill hundreds of people in eastern Ukraine in retribution for dead Ukrainian soldiers. This is not the kind of statement a sane leader of a country makes ... I have never heard of any head of state making such stupid remarks. Steve Wojcyk, Canada
The self-defense forces of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) have taken Lugansk airport under control, the ITAR-TASS reported on Sunday, citing the Novorossia news agency. Eyewitnesses reported "a strong fire in the vicinity of Lugansk aerodrome."
Ukraine has refused to admit that it shelled Russian territory. The country's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday in which it said that Ukrainian soldiers did not deliver fire in the region mentioned by Russia. "Ukrainian servicemen have never shelled, are not shelling and will not shell territories of a neighboring state or residential quarters," the statement said, according to ITAR-TASS.
Ukraine's armed forces shelled from mortars the Yuzhny (southern) quarter of the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, reported the press service of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR). "According to a report, the building of school N 51 was damaged," the LPR reported. "Mortar fire was delivered from inside the city."
Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine the government of the Russian Federation, the Russian Armed Forces, the president of the Russian Federation and Russia's leaders have dealt with the threat to Russia's national security strictly within the guidelines of international and national law, in keeping with all international norms and conventions, within the framework of the United Nations and its charter and have maintained the moral and ethical high ground.
Ukrainian law enforcement units have launched another attack on both Lugansk and a Donetsk suburb using Grad launchers, Interfax reports the self-defense forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as saying on Sunday. "Immediate reports suggest that Ukrainian forces are storming the city from Aleksandrovka in an offensive supported by 50 tanks and two fighter bombers," a spokesman for the self-defense command in Lugansk told Interfax
On Sunday fighters of the Donetsk People's Republic’s militia managed to destroy a Grad multiple rocket launcher system (MRLS) belonging to the Ukrainian military near the village of Karlovka in the Donetsk region, the self-proclaimed republic’s representatives report citing the militia commander Igor Strelkov.