Situation at the front
There has appeared a video of the battle of the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the “DPR” militants near Maryinka, the Donetsk region.
On Sunday, April 24, illegal “LPR” militants shelled the objects of the infrastructure of Stanytaya Luhanska.
At night, April 24, illegal armed grouping shelled Pravdivka from heavy artillery. The settlement is located 20 km away from the demarcation line. The information was presented by the ATO press center. A church was partially ruined as a result of the shelling.
News from the territory controlled by Ukraine
The Donetsk region has not received 2.4 bln UAH to spend on the development and restoration of the infrastructure objects. That was claimed by Pavlo Zhebrivskiy, Chief of the regional military and civil administration. It was informed before that the money was for the territories controlled by illegal “DPR”. The provision on the transfer of the money from the occupied territories is fixed in 2016 State Budget Act.
Officials of the Donetsk regional military and civil administration have been paid raised salary from March 1. It was the direction of Pavlo Zhebrivskiy, Chief of the regional military and civil administration. It will be in force till the end of the ATO in the Donetsk region. The salaries of department chiefs, specialists, and officials of the administration and structural subdivisions of the regional administration were doubled.
The volume of industrial production of the Donetsk region in January-March 2016 increased by 10 % in comparison with the same period of 2015. The information was presented by the main department of statistics in the Donetsk region. However, in comparison with 2014, it decreased by 47.3 %.
On April 24, there was a picnic in Mariupol devoted to “decommunization of consciousness”. Activists gathered busts of Lenin, Stalin, Zhdanov, USSR flags, WWII guns, and other stuff in the back yard of the Local Studies Museum.
News from the occupied territory
“Interfax-Ukraine” reports that Aleksandr Zakharchenko, head of the illegal “DPR” faction, says that he is going to shoot at armed OSCE SMM monitors if they arrive in occupied districts of the Donbas. “If they decide to come here carrying weapons, I will consider this an intervention and all OSCE monitors will be shot dead. This will teach others not even to think about coming here with a gun... A Monitoring Mission got a mandate for monitoring an this is why we are not going to tolerate any OSCE monitor who is carrying arms”, said Zakharchenko in his interview on April 25.
The illegal “DPR” faction is not going to resume broadcasting of Ukrainian channels on the occupied territory. This is a condition for holding local elections. As it was said by Nataliya Nikonorova, “acting minister of foreign affairs”, the Ukrainian side demands that broadcasting of Ukrainian channels should be restored for conducting elections in separate districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Elderly supporters of the illegal “LPR” organization demand Ukrainian pensions. “I wonder, how am I supposed to live? To pay for utilities, gas, water? What is to become of us? How long is it going to last?.. Try to live for the money we get for a week or two. It is impossible. How long should we talk about this? I do not mean clothes, I do not care about clothes. I have some which I bought in the time of the USSR and I am going to wear them. But I need, food, I need to buy medicine, I need to fix my false teeth... You must solve this problem as people want to be well-off. We demand Ukrainian pensions. Solve the problem so that we could get it”, said the retiree.
Aleksandr Zakharchenko, head of the illegal “DPR” faction, claims that the grouping is going to hold a military parade in occupied Donetsk despite the protest of the OSCE Monitoring Mission. The militant says that this is “personal business of the grouping”. “We are not going to react to what OSCE thinks about this. This is our personal business and we are going to hold a high-class parade showing all kinds of weapons and all kinds of military regiments we have”, said Zakharchenko.