Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
17th April, 2016
During the previous evening, and the subsequent night, units of the UAF opened fire for a total of approximately 150 minutes on the outskirts and suburbs of Donetsk, Gorlovka, and a checkpoint on the highway in the area of Yasinovataya, reports DAN news citing a source in DPR law enforcement agencies.
“The shelling by the Ukrainian side began at about 20:00 and finished near midnight. The following were fired upon by the UAF: Zaytsevo, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Vesele, Trudovskoy, the airport, the “Volvo-Center”, and Yasinovatskiy checkpoint,” said the agency’s interlocutor. “In total across these territories, for 77 minutes, 63 mortars of calibers of 82 mm and 120 mm were fired”.
The UAF were firing from positions in the occupied settlements of Zhovanka, Bahmutka, Opytne, and Piski, the cities of Maryinka and Avdiivka, and from Butovskaya mine. In addition to mortars, anti-aircraft guns, heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, and small arms were used. Information on the destruction and any victims is being verified.
According to the report, a private residential house burned down in a local village in Spartak in the Northern suburbs of Donetsk during the UAF shelling.
“Tonight was the result of the direct hit of a shell in Spartak on Chapayev Street, house #38 burned down, and #40’s outbuilding burned down,” said one of the residents of the village. “Before the morning, we were all sitting in our basements, afraid to look outside”.
She added that the fire brigade arrived at the scene of the fire, but due to the shelling they were only able to get into the town until the morning.
Information on any victims has not been released.