In blatant violation of the Minsk Agreements, Russia and its proxies are escalating the situation in the Donbas region. Russian-backed terrorists continue shelling Ukrainian army positions with small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers.
Since November 1, Russian terrorist forces have carried out over 350 shellings and provocations along the contact line, including with 82 mm and 120 mm mortars and grenade launchers. At least 7 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in its reports has also confirmed the intensification of shelling in recent days. On November 15, positioned at the Donetsk railway station, the SMM heard a total of 229 explosions (anti-aircraft gun, one impacting 120mm mortar round, and undetermined weapons), as well as at least 250 bursts of small arms and heavy machine-guns.
Russian terrorist forces resumed using deadly multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) Grad and launched three rockets at the town of Krasnohorivka in Donetsk region on November 13 and 12 rockets at the residential areas of Krasnohorivka and Hirnyk towns on November 16 (video: https://youtu.be/PvQy_fx2bsg?t=65). Ukraine submitted the evidence of the Grad MRLS shelling to the OSCE SMM (http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2015/11/17/ukrainian-party-of-jccc-submits-evidence-of-grad-mrls-use-to-osce-smm-(pictures)/).
According to the Ukrainian Intelligence Service, on November 16, an echelon of eight railroad cars with ammunition supplies and four tanks of fuel arrived at the railway station “Ilovaysk”. This is yet more evidence of Russia’s breach of its commitments pursuant to the Minsk documents and direct fueling of military escalation in Donbas.
Ukraine calls on the international community to increase pressure on Russia in order to prevent the renewal of full-scale hostilities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.