On the eve of the New Year holidays, the Ukrainian Armed Forces started to massively shell Donbass, including with the use of phosphorus-incendiary bombs banned worldwide. This was reported by the press service of the People’s Militia of the DPR.
“On the eve of the New Year holidays, against the background of the aggravation of the situation along the entire contact line, there is an increase in the number of attacks from the UAF with the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements in the Mariupol direction.
The militants of the marine battalion of the 36th brigade of the UAF for two days from positions located in the village of Vodyanoe, in the direction of the settlements of Leninskoye and Kominternovo, 113 shells were fired from 120-mm mortars, 12 of which were phosphorus-incendiary ammunition.
Our video surveillance systems recorded the fact that the enemy used this type of ammunition on our positions in the area of the village of Leninskoye,” the report says.
The published video shows how the positions of the defenders of Donbass were shelled with phosphorus-incendiary shells, prohibited not only by the Minsk Agreements, but also by the UN Convention of 1997, according to which incendiary ammunition is conditionally classified as a weapon of mass destruction. In Donbass, such weapons were used for the first time in 2019.
“It was established that the group of special forces ‘Bears’ from the Special Operation Forces of the UAF under the leadership of Kravtsov continues to work on positions in the area of the settlement of Vodyanoe, from where provocative fire was made. To move between positions, members of the group use medical vehicles based on the UAZ-452A car with deliberately added ‘Red Cross’ symbols. At the same time, the firing positions of two mortar crews are located directly in the private sector of the village of Vodyanoe. Using local residents as a human shield, the enemy understands that the People’s Militia of the DPR will not return fire to suppress the firing points.
These facts show that cowardly Ukrainian servicemen, under the guise of medical workers, cynically hide behind the backs of civilians and provocatively open fire,” the press service added.
The defenders of Donbass stressed that people in white helmets and with the inscription “Press” were also recorded at Ukrainian positions, which indicates Kiev’s attempts to provoke People’s Militia units to open fire, which is supposed to result in casualties among the population and the destruction of civilian infrastructure, with the subsequent accusation aimed at the DPR of waging inhumane methods of war.
However, as the First Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov reported on his Telegram channel, the DPR People’s Militia servicemen did not ignore the shelling.
“I would like to note that after that our Ukrainian colleagues responded from heavy weapons. Recently, our fighters started to respond more often and this is a good sign,” Bezsonov wrote.
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