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Published in Stream:
Day 940: September 14, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Heavy Shelling Last Night In Donetsk And Gorlovka Areas Puts Paid To Any Talk Of Ceasefire
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Last night saw heavy fighting in the Donbass, with sustained, heavy shelling reported in the north of Donetsk and Gorlovka for the first time time since the ceasefire agreement came into effect on September 1.

Attacks were reported on both sides of the front line. Reports on social media attest to heavy outbound fire from Russian-backed forces, as well as inbound fire, presumably from Ukrainian troops.

Here are some tweets reporting fighting in the Donetsk area overnight: 

Translation: #Avdeyevka can hear shells whistling. Very loud in the town.
Translation: Flashes and single outgoing [shells] somewhere in the north of the Kuybyshevsky district [of separatist-held Donetsk].

Translation: Azotny-Flora: Sounds, seem like incoming.

Translation: #Avdeyevka , 100 Krasnaya Street, impact around 20:40.

This video purportedly records the sound of shelling, both out- and inbound, in the north of Donetsk: 

English Lugansk translates further reports from separatist-held areas, including the eastern suburb of Makeyevka and Yasinovataya, which lies just southeast of Ukrainian-held Avdeyevka: 

From separatist-held Gorlovka:

Translation: #Gorlovka Stroitel, can hear salvos from the south.
Translation: #Gorlovka several salvos from the direction of Zheleznaya Balka.
Translation: The same single shots from heavy [weapons]. Seems like they're shooting in the northwest with tanks. #Gorlovka
Translation: In Rtutny can now hear the rustling of shells and impacts in the area of [Ukrainian-controlled] Zaytsevo. #Gorlovka .

Translation: After a little pause there are heavy outbound again in the northwest. #Gorlovka .

Translation: They're still shooting. Can hear reverberations from heavy [weaponry]. #Gorlovka .

The Donetsk regional police report that the shelling of government-controlled Avdeyevka continued into this morning, with a heavy barrage beginning at around 4 am.

In addition to the front-line industrial park defended by the Ukrainian armed forces, shells also struck a grave yard in the town itself.

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A few miles to the south, the separatist-backed administration in Makeyevka reports that four civilians were wounded, one of them critically, when Ukrainian forces shelled the suburb last night.

The administration claimed that more than twenty shells had fallen on Makeyevka, damaging 15 houses and a school.

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Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the armed forces of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), claimed today that six civilians, two of them children, had been wounded by Ukrainian shelling yesterday.

Basurin accused Ukrainian forces of having fired on separatist-held territory 585 times over 24 hours, using heavy artillery and mortars to shell the outskirts of Donetsk and Gorlovka.

Meanwhile the Ukrainian military claimed that Russian-backed forces had violated the ceasefire 56 times yesterday.

Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, gave a briefing at noon, announcing that one Ukrainian soldier had been killed and one wounded when Russian-backed forces shelled Zaytsevo, north of Gorlovka, with 152 mm Giatsint-B artillery.

By 8:00 am today, the Ukrainian military had already reported a further 15 attacks since midnight.

Ivan Arefeyev, head of the ATO Press Center, told the 112 television channel that Russian-backed forces had continued to use 152 and 122 mm artillery in attacks near Zaytsevo and Avdeyevka. 

As we reported yesterday, all talk of a ceasefire now seems fantastical.

-- Pierre Vaux