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Novorossia/ Ukraine update 5\20\2015..Only possible path Poroshenko sees is ‘escalation and threats

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:51
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Militias restricted by Minsk Agreement cannot attack, and are forced to give up the initiative to the AFU. Ukrainian military use the moment and constantly shell militia positions. This situation is beneficial to the Ukrainian authorities. Although the level of training, the army of Ukraine has much greater mobilization resources than the militia, and it can easily make up for the loss of positional battles, while sitting in the defense for militia is a war of attrition of, anyway small, resources.

Residents of Donetsk videotaped the moment when exploding shells were heard in the evening of May 19

The press center of the so-called Governor Gennady Moskal reported as of 19:20 that there was a battle near the settlement Katerinovka on the demarcation line, as a result of the battle four Ukrainian military were killed and two more wounded (one seriously).

The situation in the DPR and LPR over the past day.

2. SBU spy detained in Crimea.
3. Semenchenko: Power must be changed.
4. Kiev signed an agreement on US guarantees for $ 1 billion.
5. Moskal calls upon the residents of Lugansk to rebel against LPR.
6. NYT: corruption has not diminished in Ukraine for one year with the new government.
7. The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine proposed to place the monuments to Lenin in a museum of ethnography.
8. Donetsk will host an exhibition of Victor Mikhalyov’s works “Donbass of Steel “.

The Ukrainian side says that a fight started near the town of Zolotoye and Katerinovka (Popasnaya district controlled by the AFU) at about 1 pm of May 19. It is known that at least one Ukrainian soldier was injured.

Then the Ukrainian side reported that a group on reconnaissance patrol car later moved on for the wounded AFU soldiers, but they drove into a land mine on the way. Data on the wounded at the moment (17:27 – ed. “Voice of Sevastopol”) was not reported, but it is known of at least one killed.

MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. The Kremlin said on Tuesday Moscow considered Ukrainian military action in war-torn eastern territory another violation of ceasefire arrangements.

Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, told reporters, “we have repeatedly talked about violations on the part of Ukraine, and there is nothing to add,” when he was asked whether continuous shelling of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, including Donetsk airport, by Kiev forces contradicted the agreements signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February.

Peskov added that the situation in eastern Ukraine “is constantly escalating.”

According to the Donetsk republic authorities, Ukrainian government forces have intensified military action against local militias over the past few days. Various heavy weapons are said to have been used by Kiev forces to shell residential areas and suburbs. Shelling has been recorded also around Donetsk airport.

Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that the airport, controlled by the militias of the self-proclaimed republic, would be recaptured. “I do not doubt that we will free the airport because it is our land. And we will restore the airport,” he said.

Poroshenko’s statements drew sharp criticism not only from negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks, but also from the United States.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on May 12: “If indeed President Poroshenko is advocating a forceful engagement at this time, we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in this kind of activity. That would put Minsk in serious jeopardy and we would be very, very concerned of the consequences of what that kind of action would be.”


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