The village of Kominternove, located in the so-called gray area on the contact line, 23 km north-east of Ukrainian-controlled strategic Azov sea port city of Mariupol in Donetsk region, has been occupied by the militants of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (“DPR”) since Tuesday morning.
According to the report of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as of December 22, “SMM attempted to reach Kominternove to follow up on reports about the presence of armed “DPR” members in the village, but was not able to do so due to security concerns: the south-western and north-eastern entrances to the village blocked with mines, trip wires, improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.”
As the ATO press service reported earlier, the militants had armored vehicles, possibly up to 5 tanks and 5 armored personnel carriers, other weapons prohibited by Minsk Agreements.
SMM reported also: “At a checkpoint at the south-western entrance of the village, the Ukrainian Armed Forces commander told the SMM that in the early morning they had spotted the presence of five tanks, four 120mm howitzers, and 100-150 “DPR” members in the village. Earlier, a civilian resident had told the SMM by phone about the presence of armed persons in camouflage uniforms without insignia.”
Yesterday, TSN TV channel journalist Andriy Tsaplienko wrote on his Facebook page that local residents of Kominternove were not allowed either in or out of the village.
Tsaplienko wrote with reference to the locals: “Yesterday they allowed the people to leave. A woman was in charge of all that. Today the situation has changed. There is a new commander there now. The people are not allowed either in or out. But they treat the local residents in a correct way, without threatening or insulting. They say that the way in and out will be blocked for two more days. But then, as they claim, the situation will change.”
He also said that the situation with food and water was bad. The militants allowed only 30 loafs of bread to be brought into the village. According to the residents, the occupiers are building the fortified positions, supposedly for a long stand.