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Ukraine Live Day 624
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The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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With Reports Of Fighting Last Night And This Morning, Situation In Donetsk Area Deteriorating
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The Ukrainian military says that Russian-backed fighters attacked their positions near Peski and Avdeyevka, outside Donetsk, last night.

According to the ATO Press Centre, Ukrainian troops near Peski were fired on with small arms while those in the Avdeyevka area were bombarded with automatic grenade launchers.

The Press Centre claims that Ukrainian troops "complying with the Minsk agreements, did not return fire."

An hour ago, the ATO Press Centre posted another update, reporting that Ukrainian troops near Avdeyevka had come under sniper fire at 6:07 this morning, followed by automatic grenade launcher attacks. 

Overall, the military claims, Russian-backed fighters fired on Ukrainian positions four times and conducted "provocative" fire six times between 6 am and 10:50. 

The language of the post, which begins with "ATTENTION!!! The terrorists are continuing to fire on our positions," marks a significant change in the tone of Ukrainian military briefings compared to recent weeks.

At the same time, the 'defence ministry' of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) claimed that Ukrainian forces had violated the ceasefire 14 times over the past 24 hours, shelling areas on the outskirts of Donetsk with 120 and 82 mm mortars, as well as automatic grenade launchers.

The pro-separatist Donetsk News Agency (DAN), reported that Ukrainian troops had fired on the Donetsk suburb of Spartak "all night long," continuing into the morning.

Reports on Twitter also indicated fighting this morning to the north and west of the separatist-held city: 


Translation: Avdeyevka. From the south we can hear occasional, single bangs.

Translation: Just now another bang...(((

Translation: It's not all quiet here in Marinka. Occasional bangs (every 15 minutes) but powerful ones.


Translation: Staromikhailovka, what can you hear? - Bangs and blasts somewhere from time to time.

This unconfirmed report would suggest an even more dramatic escalation:


Translation: Attention! 30 armoured vehicles observed in Donetsk moving towards PESKI

 

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In another worrying sign of the possible breakdown of the current peace process, Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the armed forces of the DNR, said today that the Russian-backed separatists would not exclude postponing the date of the withdrawal of their heavy mortars from the front line due to "more frequent provocations by the Ukrainian side."

According to Basurin, the DNR currently plans to begin withdrawing 120 mm mortars on November 5, completing the process by the 10th. 

 

-- Pierre Vaux