I arrived back in Donetsk just over a week ago, and was immediately pitted back into the unwelcome routine of daily attending scenes of Ukrainian shelling. On the 18th, it was the edge of Donetsk, and a home hit by 122mm Ukrainian shelling, from their positions at the nearby village of Pesky, northwest of Donetsk –
(A huge thanks to Sergey Yermolayev and Anastasia
The next day, it was a trip to the western edge of Donetsk, and the village of Staromikhailova, where Ukrainian forces had fired 152mm artillery on homes, from their positions at nearby Marinka –
Here was a conversation with residents there –
The 20th began with an early morning trip to Zaitsevo, on the outskirts of Gorlovka, where a man herding his cows had been blown up by a Ukrainian-planted landmine –
Next, it was a journey of around 118km to the village of Stilo, where Ukrainian forces at the nearby village of Nikolaevka had launched a Grad attack hitting a home –
A nearby farm had also been hit. The OSCE were on the scene, and with the direction of shelling absolutely clear, I asked if they would be stating that it was Ukrainian forces who had shelled. This was their answer –
And, in their report, they also didn’t identify the Grads as having come from Ukrainian positions, writing fired from a direction ranging from south-west to west – the only positions there are Ukrainian positions.
Which leads to the rather uneasy question, if the OSCE are not doing their designated job here, and they are clearly not, then what are they doing in Donbass?
On a more positive note, the 20th November was the last, to date, shelling I’ve had to report on as, over the past few days, no hits of note have been reported, and shelling, a few days ago highly audible in Donetsk, has substantially subsided.
That’s all for this update, more soon. For this time, it was an escalation, then a calming.