Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova commented the new facts of massive shelling of the Republics’ territory

13 August 2019
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Despite the decrease of total amount of shelling, thanks to approved ceasefire in Minsk, the provocations and aggressive actions of the armed formations of Ukraine damage all efforts for a peaceful resolving of the conflict in Donbass.
Today in the early morning, the AFU conducted a heavy attack to the south of the Donetsk People’s Republic, for the first since the truce has begun using 122 mm artillery.

As a result of the barbaric shelling, 10 residential buildings, a gas pipeline and power lines in the village of October were damaged, civilians in the village were left without gas and light. Also yesterday, for the second time, the school and the residential sector in Gorlovka were bombarded from the AFU positions.

Unfortunately, we have to admit that the AFU war crimes will continue until the issue of applying disciplinary measures to violators is fundamentally resolved. We have not seen yet the results of the proceedings conducted by the Ukrainian party on any fact of shelling of our territory and its devastating consequences.

Instead of fulfilling their obligations in accordance with the adopted package of additional measures, the representatives of Kiev escalate the atmosphere in order to destabilize the situation on the contact line.

We hope that common sense will prevail over the disastrous idea of ​​war and our opponents will return to the diplomatic field. We reckon on the active support from the OSCE and Ukraine’s curators, as well as from the guarantor countries of the Minsk agreements.