According to the ATO press service, that in Kominternove the illegal armed groups are preparing another propaganda show for Russian media and in order to deceive the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Joinfo.ua reports.
This morning, DPR’s media have already lied that yesterday, allegedly the ATO forces carried out shelling from mortars at Kominternove and Vodyane, which is located 2.5 km south.
Now the militants are preparing a show specifically for Russian journalists, representatives of OSCE SMM and the Joint Coordination Center for Ceasefire Monitoring, to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Militants again temporarily withdrawn machinery and heavy weapons from the settlement. They are working with the local population, preparing the relevant statements about shelling at the village, looting and violence on local people, allegedly carried by Ukrainian military. Besides, on the road connecting Kominternove and Mariupol, the militants built a checkpoint, so no one was let out of the village.
Yesterday, the militants shelled twice from 120-mm mortars, prohibited under the Minsk Agreements. The shelling destroyed several households, so the people spent the whole day hiding in basements. Occupants conducted shelling from their part of Shyrokyne, Zayichenko and the outskirts of Kominternove.
Recently, the gangs of Russian-terrorist forces increased a number of armed provocations, combined with information-psychological attacks. Responsibility for the planning of these actions lies directly on their supervisors from the Russian Federation. These actions of the invaders continue to openly violate all the previous agreements on a ceasefire and try more and more to shatter the situation in the ATO area.
From midnight to 13:00 of Saturday, the Russian-terrorist gangs carried out 13 attacks in the direction of Ukrainian defense positions.
In particular, the shelling continued near the temporarily occupied area in Donetsk and Horlivka agglomeration. The militants carried out armed provocations with small arms and rocket launchers.
Meanwhile in Kominternove, all attempts of SMM to check carefully the situation were again ineffective today. Observers were able to examine only those areas of the village, where the mercenaries allowed them. However, the militants continue hiding arms and military equipment in the yards of the local residents, including the weapons, prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. They also equip positions in the local buildings.
It should be recalled that 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.”