OSCE observers confirmed the death of civilians during the shelling in the Donbass

Liquidation of consequences of shelling in Donetsk

Observers Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine confirmed the deaths of civilians during the shelling of the Town (controlled by the Armed forces of Ukraine) and Donetsk (controlled by militias). This is stated in the daily report, published on Saturday, February 4.

“SMM confirms the death of several civilians and injured a number of residents of Avdiivka and Donetsk after the shelling,” — said in the report. The exact number of dead and injured is not specified.

In addition, observers noted damage to several buildings in these cities. So, in the Kalinin district of Donetsk, in addition to the houses, destroyed the store.

February 3, Deputy commander of the operational command of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said the number of dead and wounded among the militia and the civilian population since the beginning of the escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. According to him, killed six and injured 34 civilians, the loss of the militia amounted to 18 people dead and 26 wounded.

On 2 February President of Russia Vladimir Putin has expressed the opinion that another escalation of the conflict in the Donbass, instigated by the Ukrainian authorities who want to abandon the Minsk agreements.

The escalation of the conflict in the Donetsk region began after the APU attempts to go on the offensive in late January. The fighting that ensued under the plant, were the most violent since August 2015, when Kiev security forces conducted massive bombardment of the territory of the DNI.

The warring parties are fighting for the industrial area, near to important transport hub Yasynuvata interchange. DNR estimates the losses of the Ukrainian side in recent days, several hundred people accurate information about the losses of the militia there.