Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

STATEMENT OF NATALIA NIKONOROVA REGARDING ESCALATION ON THE CONTACT LINE

06 November 2020
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Against the backdrop of regression in the negotiation process, there is a significant escalation on the contact line between the parties. For the second day in a row, the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic is subjected to massive shelling by the armed formations of Ukraine.
According to the DPR Representation in the JCCC, 15 ceasefire violations were recorded over the past day, 182 ammunition was fired, including 35 mines with a caliber of 82 mm. Today the shelling continued - in half a day, the AFU opened fire four times on the DPR territory, firing more than 30 ammunition, including 20 mines.
The enemy, disregarding all the agreements reached, fires with the use of various types of weapons, including those prohibited by the Minsk agreements, in all directions. In addition, two servicemen of the DPR People's Militia were killed today as a result of AFU shelling.
Despite the agreed terms - until Wednesday of this week - we received the version of the draft Roadmap from the Ukrainian side only yesterday evening. As it was already obvious from the theses of the representatives of Kiev declared in the media, the project completely contradicts the essence of the Minsk agreements and represents another attempt to rewrite the Package of Measures. This fact only shows that the supposedly assumed obligations are nothing more than another populist move by the Ukrainian leadership, which has nothing to do with real peaceful intentions.
We are compelled to warn the Ukrainian side that its “game with fire” will inevitably lead to an adequate response: if the situation on the contact line does not stabilize and the AFU does not stop shelling our territory, we will be forced to open counterfire to suppress it, which was also allowed by Measures to strengthen the existing ceasefire of July 22, from which Kiev withdrew, refusing to fully use the coordination mechanism to respond to and prevent violations of the ceasefire.
We call on the guarantors of the Minsk agreements to exert influence on the Ukraine’s leadership, which not only withdrew from additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire, but also actually disrupt the truce itself.