November 8, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Christelle Néant in DONiPRESS, translated from French by Tom Winter –
In a statement made yesterday, while the head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, had gone to the scene bombed the by the Ukrainian army the night before, the head of state maintained that last night’s attack did not go unpunished.
While the DPR continues to respect the Minsk agreements, it seems nevertheless that the exasperation of the authorities of the republic is in tune with that of the population.
As the patience of the DPR authorities seems to have reached its limits, the DPR army responded to the fire on the evening of November 5 to destroy several enemy artillery pieces and fortified shelters from which firing coordinates were given, and most importantly, this response was publicized.
“We did not let the AFU aggression go unanswered. The armed forces of the DPR destroyed two artillery batteries, and three bunkers, one of which was a command post that was used to adjust the fire on Donetsk,” said Alexander Zakharchenko.
This response was targeted to hit only the military installations, unlike soldiers of the Ukrainian army, who admit publicly on TV, they do not even know what they are shooting at!
“Honestly, we do not know what targets we are shooting at. We are given coordinates, we fire one or two shells. If on the other side, it does not calm down, then we fire another pair of shells,” said a Ukrainian gunner.
A statement that is enough to leave you speechless, so shocking.
Be that as it may, the response of the DPR was effective, since during the last 24 hours, the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian army dropped to 18 (as against 51 during the previous 24 hours).
This response has been more effective than the DPR’s requests to the OSCE concerning scrupulously reporting the bombing of the Kievskyi District.
“Ukraine is bombing residential areas again with heavy artillery. There are no military units here, only civilian neighborhoods, a school, public infrastructure. This shows that Kiev is deliberately destroying the city of Donetsk. It is a crime, and I hope that the OSCE representatives will react to this incident and record the bombings,” said Alexander Zakharchenko during his visit to the bombed sites.
“OSCE representatives do not consider it necessary to record obvious facts. Because their recording would show that Ukraine has started a war here, and that everything is the fault of Ukraine. For the OSCE, which initially supported Ukraine, recording these facts would be a recognition of its defeat. And, taking advantage of the media, I appeal to all OSCE representatives to ask them to record this bombing. For our part, we will also send our report to the CCCC,” said Alexander Zakharchenko a little later.
It is indeed time for the OSCE to do its work, when we see that since the beginning of the school truce (started on 25 August 2017), the Ukrainian army has violated the ceasefire 2,494 times, pulling 9,719 projectiles and shells and 463 multiple rocket launcher rockets, which killed four civilians, injured 17 and damaged 100 homes.
The resumption of large-scale hostilities in Donbass is getting closer and closer, and the international bodies charged with preventing this are looking elsewhere.