Updated report on Kiev’s war in Donbas

February 20th, 2022

1. Dangerous plan

The intelligence of the Donetsk People's Republic (UPR) has obtained a plan for the offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) in the Donbas, the main purpose of which is to oust the Russian-speaking population from the territory. This was stated at a briefing by the deputy head of the People's Militia Department of the DPR Eduard Basurin.

"The purpose of the Ukrainian offensive operation is to "clean up" the territory of the people's republics from the Russian-speaking population, bumping it out into the territory of Russia, and gaining control over the entire territory of the people's republics," he said.

In his words, the UAF plan provides for the encirclement and blocking of large cities in Donbas: Donetsk, Lugansk, Gorlovka and Alchevsk.


2. Kiev seeks NW

Speaking at the Munich security conference on February 19, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky pointed out that in 1994 Ukraine joined the Budapest Memorandum and gave up its nuclear weapons [NW] in exchange for security guarantees, suggesting the move could be reversed

Note: Such statement has not been criticized at the 2022 Munich Security Conference.

3. Ceasefire violations: latest report

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) daily report # 39/2022 issued on 19 February 2022 admitted that:

(a) in Donetsk region, the SMM recorded 591 ceasefire violations, including 553 explosions. In the previous reporting period, it recorded 222 ceasefire violations in (b) in Luhansk region, the SMM recorded 975 ceasefire violations, including 860 explosions. In the previous reporting period, it recorded 648 ceasefire violations in the region.

So, there have been total 1556 ceasefire violations, or 1.78 times more than a day before (870 violations).


4. The UAF aggression continues

According to the DPR, the Ukrainian military continued shelling at the settlements of the DPR and LPR from 122-mm artillery systems, 120 and 82-mm mortars, machine-gun and automatic grenade launchers. 27 cities and other populated sites have been shelled by indiscriminate UAF fire.

"As of 5:00 p. m. [15:00 GMT February 19], the enemy opened fire 39 times on the DPR territory... launching 424 shells and mines. Areas of 21 settlements in the DPR came under fire. Various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also used. In total, more than 627 shells, mines and grenades were fired on the DPR territory," the militia said in a statement.

Earlier in the night of February 20, Kiev forces had fired twelve 120-mm caliber mines at the city of Donetsk and four 122-mm shells at the settlement of Oleksandrivka located in Donetsk suburbs. Several other settlements in DPR were also shelled in the early hours of February 20 using grenades and mines prohibited by the Minsk agreement (paragraph 2).

Defenders of Donbas have not crossed the line of disengagement all these days when the UAF started military invasion vs Donbas.Russia believes that to de-escalate the situation around Ukraine, “it is fundamentally important” to implement an array of steps, including the halt of arms supplies to Ukraine, the recall of all Western advisers and instructors from there, and NATO countries’ refusal to hold any joint exercises with the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Kiev regime prevents 400 foreign newsmen to visit areas adjacent the line of disengagement between Donbas and Ukraine to conceal the UAF attacks.

5. Genocide

According to the UNO, during two armed aggressions conducted by Ukrainian Armed Forces in 2014-2015, and later about 14,000 civilians in Donbas have been killed. Moscow will send to Berlin and Washington a dossier describing investigation of massive graves found in DPR and LPR filled with people killed by the UAF by shots and heavy devices. More than 80 such graves with group killings have been found so far.

On February 20, 2022 two civilians have been killed, several persons have been wounded, five living houses have been destroyed in Donbas by the UAF.

During current Ukrainian armed invasion in Donbas the UAF is still shelling civilian infrastructure and terrorizing the peaceful population in Donbas in order to complicate living conditions for the Donbas people.

6. Hypocrisy

The EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says the European Union condemns the shelling of civilian areas in southeastern Ukraine (Donbas), but sees no proof that Kiev is preparing an attack against Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. "The EU condemns the use of heavy weaponry and indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, which constitute a clear violation of the Minsk agreements and international humanitarian law," Borrell said in February 20 statement.

At the same time, he claimed that: "The EU sees no grounds for allegations coming from the non-governmental controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of a possible Ukrainian attack." Blatant lie.

Russia still believes that to de-escalate the situation around Ukraine, it is fundamentally important to implement an array of steps, including the halt of arms supplies to Ukraine, the recall of all Western advisers and instructors from there, and NATO countries’ refusal to hold any joint exercises with the UAF.

7. Influx of refugees

A total of 16,747 people have been evacuated since yesterday” [February 19], the LPR announced. As of Saturday morning [February 20], around 25,000 people have crossed the border with Russia from the LPR side.

Acting head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russia Alexander Chupriyan said that totally more than 53,000 refugees from Donbass have already arrived in Russia. 60% percent of them are children.

Nevertheless, still too many “Thomas the Unbeliver” in NATO assert that it is not true.

Note: The issue of current refugees from Donbas has not been debated at the Munich Security Conference at all.

8. Holders of Russian passports in Donbas

As of February 15, 2022, the number of Russian citizens holding Russian passports who live in the DNR and the LPR is 775,620 people.

Another 170 thousand people are still undergoing the procedure of obtaining citizenship.

The number of residents of Donbass who have applied for Russian citizenship, according to the latest data, is about 950 thousand people.

Written by Vladimir P. Kozin 
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