On September 4th, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin gave the order to open fire on Ukrainian positions in Eastern Ukraine.
The artillery strike will be delivered on the morning of September 7th.
Pushilin called on the Ukrainian side to withdraw the personnel from the place where the blow would be struck.
He made the announcement on his Telegram channel.
Pushilin wrote that he called on Ukraine to bury the trenches that were dug after the ceasefire agreement of July 22nd, 2020.
However, there was no response, so the DPR’s forces would open fire on “illegally erected engineering structures in the area of the Shumy settlement,” which is near Gorlovka.
Below is the entire statement by Pushilin:
“Since my statement on August 28, 2020, we have made intensified attempts to persuade the Ukrainian side to eliminate its positional violations of the additional measures agreed on July 22, 2020 to strengthen the ceasefire regime.
At the negotiating platform in Minsk and through the coordination mechanism in accordance with clause “e” of additional measures, we repeatedly pointed out the need to dig the trenches dug by the Ukrainian side after July 22, 2020, and not to arrange further provocations aimed at disrupting the ceasefire. In addition, we have repeatedly warned that in the current situation we have every right to use clause “e” of additional measures and eliminate these violations on our own, but we did our best to avoid this.
The Ukrainian side ignored our reasonable demands. I expected yesterday to receive a document from the JCCC stating that the violations had been eliminated by the Ukrainian side, or at least work is underway to eliminate them. I have not received such a document.
In this regard, I officially declare that in accordance with clause “e” of additional measures, I decided to issue an order to open fire on illegally erected engineering structures in the area of the Shumy settlement (600 meters north-east of the Shumy settlement – the area contains newly equipped Ukrainian positions with center with coordinates 48 degrees 22 minutes 57 seconds north and 37 degrees 56 minutes 55 seconds east).
Formal notification of this decision will be sent by our representatives to the Trilateral Contact Group. The detailed coordinates of the location of the operation will be communicated to the Ukrainian side through the JCCC. I call on the Ukrainian side to ensure the absence of personnel in the indicated area from 08:00 on September 7, 2020. We don’t need human sacrifice. We don’t need to break the truce. We only want to comply with the agreements reached.
I appeal to the OSCE SMM with a request to monitor this operation at the designated time.”
Essentially, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine is such that Kiev’s forces refuse to withdraw from positions beyond the separation line and fully implement the ceasefire agreement, and the DPR feels its hand is forced, it needs to clear out those positions.
As a result, it is releasing a formal statement of an impending attack, so that no life is lost, but the positions are destroyed and the ceasefire agreement can be actively (and proactively) implemented, in a way.
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