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Translated by Ollie Richardson


Donbass continues to bury its inhabitants. Yesterday, closer to midnight the UAF opened fire on the village of Kominternovo in the south of the Republic. A shrapnel wound to the head was received by a peaceful local resident – 19-year-old Elena Pokushalova. The girl died on the spot.

The past weekend was quieter than the previous ones. However, the geography of the attacks expanded, a boarding school for children ill with scoliosis was hit, and also houses were damaged again.

On Saturday, June 17th, at 04:00 punishers opened fire on the Telmanovo area of the Republic. The villages of Novogrigoryevka and Staraya Laspa were hit. In these settlements 15 addresses were damaged: Lenin Street – houses No. 1, 3, 6, 7 8, 12; Mira Street – houses No. 2, 6, 12; Sadovaya Street – No. 1, 2, 3, 4; Stepnaya Street – house No. 6. The night before punishers shelled these villages using barreled artillery, and already on Saturday morning they used MLRS. A half-package of “Grad” was dropped on Staraya Laspa. The village is several kilometers from the contact line, there is no military personnel and military facilities there. Peaceful people live there. And they were shelled by the Ukrainian military personnel.

In the evening of Saturday the suburbs of the Kievsky district of Donetsk were shelled. Here objects on the territory of the asphalt concrete plant on Novorossiyskaya Street sustained damage – the living room, electric equipment, the glazing were all damaged.

On Saturday the attacks on the DPR came to the end closer to midnight.

Sunday in general passed silently in the Republic, apart from a provocative attack on the village Spartak in the Donetsk direction. At 18:00 punishers opened fire on the settlement, having fired more than 20 rounds from a tank and 35 from a BMP. This attack by the military command of the DPR was regarded as a provocation directed at provoking the Republic into returning fire. Units of the DPR didn’t succumb to the provocation, as the intelligence of the Republic received information that on the eve of the meeting of the President of Ukraine Poroshenko with the US President Donald Trump planned for June 19th and the upcoming meeting of contact groups on June 21st in Minsk, the military-political leadership set the task for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the media to show in any way an aggravation of the situation in the “anti-terrorist operation” zone. For this purpose the command of the “anti-terrorist operation” sent brigades the instruction to prepare and carrying out provocations during the period from June 17th to June 21st at the contact lines, including attacks on the territories under the control of the UAF.

By the way, for the same purpose since the beginning of last week on the basis of the instructions of the head of the military civil authorities of the Donetsk region Pavel Zhebrivsky, representatives of regional administrations held meetings in frontline settlements, on the territories under the control of the UAF, where locals received instructions for actions in the form of shelling from positions of the UAF that will imitate shelling allegedly from the territory of the DPR.

Thus, according to the Republic’s intelligence, during the specified period (up to June 21st inclusively) it is necessary to expect new “fakes” in the Ukrainian media and provocations from positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Such is the past weekend in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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