Those who are concerned with the fate of republics have been waiting for this step for almost three years. On the one hand, it is possible to grieve on the fact that for so long I had to wait, but on the other hand, a lot went wrong, not as we would have liked in 2014. Most importantly, in my opinion, this step is finally done. But the difficulties Donbass have learned to overcome more than anyone, so I am sure that the difficulties associated with the mutual blockade will be overcome, building a future separate from Ukraine.
Given the fact that the Minsk agreement obviously will not be fulfilled (which is today actually recognized Merkel), this is actually the first step to the recognition of the republics.
In General, unilateral “truce” and statements about “separatist groups”, quite clearly shows that the Kremlin is not interested in the violation of existing in the Donbas the status quo pending negotiations with the United States. The junta, in turn, is interested in intensifying the fighting to those negotiations, to sit down favorite skate “Russian aggression” and “humanitarian catastrophe”, which they themselves cause. So from Kiev shouting that the international institutions put pressure on Russia and LDNR that they stopped to fire at Avdeevka, and from Moscow and Donetsk claim that it is Germany, France and the OSCE should put pressure on the junta to stop shelling Donetsk and other cities DND.
By 21 December, the situation on the Debaltsevsky direction is stabilized. The enemy was not able to make significant progress in the direction of Logvinovo and Kalinovka, moving away from most of the occupied territory after the losses incurred. At the moment, the fights are positional, that is typical for episodic escalations, which, after several days of activity gradually fade and return the situation to standard for the war in the Donbass 2015-2016.
“Yesterday the enemy attempted a breakthrough. Thanks to the resilience of our guys, they were rejected on pre-equipped for their positions. Also they do not adhere to the Minsk agreements and we are exposed to mortar and artillery fire, with small arms working almost constantly. Now the situation: keep your positions. The shelling continues. Guys hold position. Work with the APU mortars and artillery, but the situation is stable, we, of course, they do not miss. Also we hear from small arms work — there is a battle”.
11 November 2016 as a result of the MGB DNR search actions in the city of Donetsk, they detained 6 active members of the Ukrainian nationalist organization “Misanthropic Division”, whose leaders had earlier claimed responsibility for the murder of the legendary commander of division “Sparta” Arsene Pavlov, better known as “Motorola”.
The grave near Lutugino contained the victims of Ukrainian fascists. MGB LC found that the grave contained the remains of three people with bullet holes in the temporal part of the skull.