Minsk is dead. Kiev forces commit dozens of daily ceasefire violations. It breached virtually all agreed on terms – in most cases straightaway.
In the last 24 hours alone, it committed 58 violations. The People’s Republic of Donetsk’s (DPR) Defense Ministry said “shelling include(d) use of heavy weapons.” Kiev forces used artillery, tanks and mortars.
Areas targeted included Donetsk, its airport (already turned to rubble) and coal mines, Gorlovka and Dokuchayevsk, as well as the following settlements:
Kurganka, Veseloye, Shirokino, Lozovoye, Spartak, Novaya Maryevka, Zheleznaya Balka, Yelenovka, Signalnoye and Sakhanka
On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov said Minsk is “under the constant threat of failure due to the actions of Kiev authorities who are trying not to comply with commitments on establishing a direct dialogue with Donbas.”
“(T)he policy towards subordination of the fates of entire nations to unilateral geopolitical plots has led to a severe internal crisis in Ukraine.”
On Wednesday, DPR Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov said Kiev forces fired on Donetsk’s militia along the entire contact line – blatantly violating Minsk.
Konovov accused Kiev of willfully “disrupt(ing) Minsk II.” Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said orders to attack Donbass cities and surrounding areas came directly from the Ukrainian Armed Forces command.
Ukrainian state media reported its armed forces used artillery. Poroshenko vowed to maintain illegal blockade on Donbass until Kiev controls its borders and makes its territory “an integral part of Ukraine.”
Basurin said Wednesday attacks killed 14 DPR fighters and wounded 86 others. He warned against Kiev aggression leading to resumed full-scale war.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed Ukraine for multiple Minsk breaches, saying:
“The violations are obvious and (Foreign) Minister Lavrov has already said that the representatives of the OSCE are to draw corresponding conclusions and to clearly identify who is responsible for these violations.”
Clearly, Kiev willfully and provocatively continues violating Minsk. “Donbas is being shelled,” Peskov stressed. “Self-defense forces (aren’t) shell(ing) their own territory.”
“These provocative actions are organized by Ukraine’s military forces and we are concerned with that.”
Peskov believes the timing of increased Kiev aggression isn’t coincidental. An EU Brussels summit is scheduled for June 25 and 26.