Donetsk, Aug 4 — DAN. Ukrainian armed formations have fired about 300 rounds of ammunition at settlements in the Donetsk People’s Republic on Thursday.

Military situation

Ukrainian forces shelled eight districts of Donetsk (except Proletarsky district), Yelenovka, Dokuchayevsk, Makeyevka, Yasinovataya, Novobakhmutovka and Gorlovka. The enemy used “Uragan” multiple rocket launchers to scatter “Lepestok” anti-personnel mines, 155mm NATO standard artillery, 152m and 122mm artillery and mortars.

Cynical strikes were delivered at central Donetsk on Thursday morning as the funeral ceremony was held for Hero of Russia and the DPR, Guards Colonel Olga Kachura (“Korsa”) at the Donbass Opera and Ballet Theatre. Projectiles exploded next to the theatre and the Donbass Palace Hotel and on Pushkin Boulevard and Gurov and Teatralny Avenues.

Ukrainian forces used 155mm artillery (NATO standard). Five people were killed in the attack and another seven were wounded. An adolescent was among the fatalities. Damage was caused to the theatre, the hotel, seven apartment houses and a boiler house.

In Donetsk’s Kievsky district, a penitentiary came under fire. One inmate was killed and a penitentiary officer was wounded. The facility sustained damage to windows. Seven houses, a utility company and an electric transformer were damaged in the same district. “Uragan” MLRS missiles fired at the city scattered PFM-1 “Lepestok” mines in Belgradskaya, Malinovskaya and Slepneva Streets. A DPR Emergencies Ministry officer was wounded in a mine clearance operation.

Meanwhile, civilians continue to get hurt in “Lepestok” explosions. On Thursday, a Kuibyshevsky district resident was wounded in detonation of a “Lepestok” mine. A woman was wounded when the district came under fire. Elsewhere in the capital, Ukrainian strikes damaged houses, an administration building, and a private business and de-energized 50 electrical substations.

A bakery in Yelenovka and a house in Luganskoye came under fire. A woman was wounded in Makeyevka’s Chervonogvardeisky district; in Gorlovka, enemy artillery attacks caused damage to seven houses and two transmission lines.

Success on the front

Reports on Thursday said that units of three Ukrainian brigades had suffered huge losses and withdrew from their positions in the outskirts of Soledar, Artyomovsk and Avdeyevka. Russian, DPR and LPR servicemen destroyed ten enemy fire emplacements on the Donetsk axis. Some 400 Ukrainian gunmen were killed in Russian airstrikes at targets outside Konstantinovka.

Other news

Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded the title of Hero of Russia to Colonel Olga Kachura (“Korsa”) posthumously. She was killed in a Ukrainian strike at Yasinovataya outskirts on August 3. The funeral ceremony for the legendary commander was held in Donetsk on Thursday.

Energy workers began to restore power supply to the Verkhnekalmiusskaya Water Treatment Plant which went offline on Wednesday. They plan to replace the concrete support of the Chaikino-Yasinovataya transmission line which was ruined in an artillery strike. Simultaneously, they are working on the Makeyevka 330 — Yasinovataya 110 transmission line which supplies power to the plant. The repairs are due to be completed within the next two days.

DPR and Russian engineers rendered harmless more than 1,350 PFM-1 “Lepestok” anti-personnel mines. Ukraine first scattered anti-personnel mines in the DPR in mid-July. Eighteen people have been hurt in “Lepestok” explosions since.

One hundred and twenty-one DPR athletes from Khartsyzsk, Ilovaisk and Zugres  went to football, track and field, handball and mountaineering training camps in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region.

Donbass Heroes Square has appeared in Novosibirsk, and in Voronezh, local authorities named a street in honor of the DPR’s First Head Alexander Zakharchenko.


The report is based on Donetsk News Agency original stories and information supplied by the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination, the Territorial Defense Headquarters, dedicated ministries and local authorities.*jk