Ceasefire Over: Shelling Resumes In Mariupol And Donetsk


Ceasefire Over: Shelling Resumes In Mariupol And Donetsk (ZeroHedge, Sep 6, 2014):





Perhaps unsurprisingly, numerous reports (from both sides) state that the long-awaited cease-fire in Ukraine is over. As RIA reports, the pro-Russian separatists noted Ukrainian special forces continued shelling towns and militia positions in the Donetsk region late Friday despite the ceasefire established hours before. Several reporters in the strategic ‘land-bridge’ city of Mariupol claims to have seen flashes from explosions and heard powerful detonations, where tanks are moving rapidly towards the eastern checkpoint. France24 also reports the Ukraine military is now accusing rebels of violating the cease-fire. AP further confirms sustained explosions outside the city of Mariupol with journalists reporting “people dying of bullet wounds.”

As we noted previously, Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky explains how Ukraine’s Cease-Fire Is Putin’s Victory.

As for Russian President Vladimir Putin, he has secured a ringside seat and may settle down with a bowl of popcorn. Any outcome suits him as long as Ukraine struggles to get out of its impasse alone. He will be happy to see the Lugansk and Donetsk regions turn into a frozen-conflict zone, precluding Ukraine’s further integration into NATO and the European Union, and equally pleased to have them gain broad autonomy from Kiev and a veto on major political decisions. A military solution suits him, too, since the West has refused to engage him except in the form of ineffectual sanctions.Make no mistake about it: The ceasefire is a victory for Putin, a vindication of his aggression and duplicity. I just hope it ends the bloodshed.

But late last night, RIA reports Ukrainian forces begin shelling again…

City authorities of Donetsk reported that shelling continues in the city despite ceasefire that came into force at 15:00 GMT Friday.

“As of 18:00 [local time, 15:00 GMT] situation in Donetsk remains far from being calm, sounds of explosions are heard. At the moment, artillery shelling is under way in the city’s Petrovsky district,” the city council said in a statement.

Which continues this morning

Ukrainian special forces continued shelling towns and militia positions in the Donetsk region late Friday despite the ceasefire established hours before, the militia forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said Saturday.

“The people’s militia’s subdivisions in Horlivka and Makiivka fell under mortar shelling in the Donetsk direction at 20 hours 15 minutes [17:15 GMT],” said in the DPR headquarters.

Some 1.5 hours later, the Ukrainian forces attacked the city of Yasynuvata, and at 10:30 p.m. (19:30 GMT), the positions of the militia forces’ at the Donetsk airport, according to militia.

“Along the whole contact line with the enemy, [militia forces] adhered to the commander’s order not to fire back,” the DPR representatives said.

Several reporters note flashes and explosions…

But as France24 reports, the Ukrainian army points the finger at the pro-Russian separatists for breaking the cease-fire…

A top Ukrainian defence official accused pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday of violating a ceasefire the two sides signed up to in a bid to halt nearly five months of bloodshed.

“We have recorded a series of provocations by the rebels. They fired on our anti-terrorism units on 28 occasions (on Friday), with 10 of those coming after the ceasefire,” National Security and Defence Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters.

AP confirms,

Witnesses in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are reporting sustained explosions outside the city and a volunteer battalion of Ukrainian fighters says Grad rockets are being fired at its positions.

The reports Saturday night come little more than a day after Ukraine and Russian-backed separatist rebels signed a cease-fire after more than four months of fighting in the country’s east.

The cease-fire had appeared to largely been holding during much of the day.

But late Saturday, witnesses in Mariupol told The Associated Press by telephone that heavy explosions were coming from the city’s eastern outskirts, where Ukrainian troops retain defensive lines against the rebels.

The volunteer Azov Battalion said on Facebook that their positions were hit by Grad rockets, but did not give details.

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So, Rebels blame Ukraine… Ukraine blames Rebels… back to square 1 we go

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So it looks like more sanctions will be coming on Monday (European blowback any minute), no Mistral delivery (French losses), and a NATO rapid response team engage (more costs for Europe), leaving Putin with some decisions to make – move now, or wait til winter…

2 thoughts on “Ceasefire Over: Shelling Resumes In Mariupol And Donetsk

  1. Reading this article I am attaching is excellent proof of why history is made by individuals, not groups of people. The EU is committing financial suicide, while leaving enough loopholes to drive trucks through……..have to let greedy guts go on making money……

    But, if any of these fools think Putin isn’t prepared for this, they need a dose of reality. Russia, and their entire coalition are all solvent…….China has the blueprints to every product ever MFG there by greedy western corporations………that was the price for 25 years of slave labor…..GE gave them the plans for building power plants…..the greedy bastards gave away all their technological secrets to gain 25 years of slave labor. Now, it is about up, and China is in a remarkable position.
    1. They lie about their debt to GDP, real debt is 5-12X GDP depending on where you read. China bases GDP on what they build, not what they earn.
    2. A mass exodus is happening there. When I worked for global companies, my hiring managers hated going to China….they had to spend at least a week a month there. Today, it is so polluted, nobody will go there.
    3. It is cheaper for greedy corporations to MFG in Vietnam or Taiwan now….
    4. None of this matters. China has the infrastructure to provide the rest of BRICS members everything from computers to vehicles, to power plants…..so any financial weakness they have, and it will cost to clean up the air and land……..all will be resolved serving BRICS members.

    China is the weakest link, and they will be fine. The west, especially the US and the EU are mired in debt. Yet, here they are, laying down the rules to Putin…..they are idiots. This act will send the EU and the US into harder times than they already suffer.
    A. Russia alone contributed E120 billion a year to the EU GDP. They have already curtailed it, be ready for them to turn off the faucets. They can get everything they need from their partners.
    B. Putting down the rules to Russia’s gas company is sheer madness. Russia will continue to make money, and stupid acts like this will show the world how.
    C. Russia has built an entire world economy based on Hugo Chavez’s system of baskets of currencies. It allows all member nations to trade with each other using their own currencies, leaving the dollar out. Switzerland just joined BRICS…….another solvent nation moving away from the US and EU.
    D. Anything the west does, Putin has another system underneath to move around it, and squeeze the debt laden countries like the EU and US as well. This man is a chess player. Many think Chess is a war game, but it is far more than that…..it is a game to win……..the purpose is to checkmate your opponent until he cannot move in any direction without losing everything.
    E. The incredible arrogance of these people knows no bounds.
    I can go on. Read this story, it will make you shake your head in disbelief. Gaggles of fools never win over a master chess player. Like him or hate him, he is what he is…..

  2. Back to the worst story out there, Fukushima.
    Sea lions are dying as their internal organs are falling……goddam these Jap bastards!
    The nightmare is just beginning. This will happen to people before long. This is the reason I cannot get too excited about any of the other stories…….we won’t be alive for most of their plans to grow into reality. They know, but they cannot face it.
    this is terrifying.

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