Ukrainian security officials opened fire on the village of Zaitsevo on the outskirts of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). This was reported in the DPR office at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) in the Telegram channel on Saturday, August 29.
At 11:40 am, shelling was recorded in the direction of Zaitsevo – “1 VOG-17 grenade was fired, and small arms are also used.”
The message on the website of the People’s Police Department of the DPR says that on August 28, the Ukrainian Military Forces (AFU) opened fire on the northern outskirts of Donetsk.
Small arms fire was opened from the positions of the 23rd battalion of the 56th brigade in the direction of the Volvo Center. The DPR representative office in the JCCC recorded a violation.
At the talks of the contact group on Donbass in the Minsk format on July 22, the parties agreed on additional measures to “support and observe the current indefinite ceasefire for the entire period until a complete comprehensive settlement of the conflict.”
Additional measures to ensure the ceasefire entered into force in Donbass on July 27. The measures imply a complete ban on firing, the deployment of weapons in and near settlements, offensive and reconnaissance and sabotage actions.
On the first day of the ceasefire coming into force, the commander of the United Forces of Ukraine, Volodymyr Kravchenko, said that the militias in Donbass had violated the ceasefire. On that day, two attacks were fired from the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass.
Later, on August 5, Donetsk reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces fired on the territory of the village of mine 6/7 in the vicinity of Horlivka. The next day, the JCCC said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine dropped ammunition from the UAV in the area of the Leninskoye settlement.
Since 2014, Ukraine has been conducting a military operation against Donbass, whose residents refused to recognize the results of the coup and the new government in Kiev. Conflict settlement issues are discussed in the Minsk format and at the Normandy Four meetings.
Russia, France and Germany have repeatedly noted that the basis for the offensive of peace in southeastern Ukraine is the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Kiev has periodically announced recently that the agreements are outdated and need to be revised.