President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko proceeded telephone consultations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During the discussion Petro Poroshenko described the results of a multilateral meeting in Minsk as a positive signals that may give start to a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas. Among them – finding of common approaches to the control of the border, particular steps in the solving of the release hostages problem, building dialogue about trade relations.
The parties agreed that the logic of President Poroshenko peace plan found support among participants of the meeting in Minsk. The vision itself contained in the peace plan can be the basis for practical steps to de-escalation, particularly for functioning of tripartite working group with representatives of Donbass nominees who will be offered soon.
Also Petro Poroshenko and Angela Merkel discussed further format of international negotiations, including the possibility of its proceeding in the Norman or the Geneva format to work on the peaceful settlement according the results of the Minsk meeting.
Military actions in the conflict zone
The forces of counter-terrorist operations continue to keep taken position and successfully beat off terrorists’ counter-offensives.
The situation in the area of Novoazovsk remains difficult. After the Ukrainian military reinforcements, the town is fully controlled by the combined ATO forces and volunteer battalions of territorial defense. At the same time from abroad there are continuing the attacks of 10 km zone around the city.
This section is enforced with additional forces and means. Ukrainian military organize extra bases and checkpoints. According to the latest data the situation in Mariupol remains calm.
Militants have been attempting in vain to relieve Donetsk and do not stop shelling residential areas. There are lasting counterattacks in the suburbs of the city.
The spokesman of the Information and Analytical Center of NSDC of Ukraine Andrey Lysenko told about that during today’s daily briefing,.
The situation in the conflict zone localities
In the Donetsk region, terrorists fired the villages Starobeshevo, Noviy Svit, Komsomolske, and killed dozens of civilians, destroyed homes, and also Division of the Pension Fund. There is no gas, water, electricity, telephone and mobile communications in this area.
Systematic attacks, sabotage-and-subversion activity of the terrorists indicate that the militants’ target is the complete destruction of the infrastructure of Donbass. Russian mercenaries systematically fired industrial plants, public facilities, residential buildings, bridges, destroying the productive capacities of the region. Such actions are aimed at creating in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions “humanitarian catastrophe.”
As of today, all enterprises of coke and chemical industry are stopped in Donbass due to fighting actions of terrorists and Russian mercenaries in the ATO area. Lugansk and Debal’tsevo railway department road, Yasinovatskiy, Ilovajskij railway junctions stopped after the destruction of communications. Stations in Donetsk, Luhansk, Debaltseve, Ilovaisk do not send trains.
Because of constant attacks by terrorists the coal-mines of Kirov and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk region are working in the mode of ventilation and drainage. Most miners were left without pay. Mine “October Mine” is flooding.
There was completely stopped the life-support of “Luhansk” coal-mine of state enterprises “Luganskugol”. There is possibility to pump water, to ventilate damaged catting space, there is damaged the head frame lifting.
Terrorists destroyed the loading point of coal-mine “Trudovskaya” in Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Also, due to significant damages there was almost lost the possibility of recovering the further production of mine “Rovenkiantratsit.”
As a result of terrorists fighting in Stanichno-Luhansk district there was damaged the main gas pipeline, which provided the supply of natural gas from Olginskaya fields to the towns of the region. As a result, without gas supply remained about 15 thousand people in the region.
In Mariupol soldiers of volunteer battalion “Azov” detained the organizer of subversive groups, who financed the terrorists.
The Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Luhansk region has established cooperation with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The operational information is provided in real-time mode, regarding the location and displacement of military equipment and living forces of terrorists. As a result during the last week we managed to avoid the losses of our military and also to destroy a large number of disguised terrorists’ vehicles.
On August 26th the Ministry of Defence of Poland sent into Ukraine a first shipment of humanitarian aid to be delivered to the military by the end of August. The Polish Ministry reminded that in general it planned to send into Ukraine about 320 tons of humanitarian aid, including food items with extended shelf life, mattresses, blankets and bedding. The cargo is to be delivered to one of the military bases near the city of Lviv. The transfer of assistance is provided according to the agreements of 14 August between Polish and Ukrainian Ministries of Defence.
Today Switzerland has tightened sanctions against Russia in connection with the events in Ukraine. The list of sanctions has been extended by 11 names and five banks. The country has forbidden starting new financial relations with them. Also it’s obligatory to inform the government about the existing respective relations. In addition, the Swiss authorities have banned the import of war materials from Russia, as well as the export of equipment for the oil industry.
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