Donetsk residents fear their forceful evacuation means “DNR” plans mass attack on Avdiivka

Workers of the Ministry of Emergencies during an evacuation. Illustrative photo. Source: 24tv.ua 

War in the Donbas

The Ukrainian Channel 24 reports that sources in occupied Donetsk have informed them of forced evacuation in Kyivskyi Raion of the city.

Armed individuals and the so-called “DNR Ministry of Emergency Situations” are forcing people to leave their homes. According to sources, no reasons have been given for this emergency evacuation and residents have been told either to leave immediately or stay in their apartments all day tomorrow.

The source said that large-caliber Multi Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) pointing towards Avdiyivka are being installed in the district.

“Some locals approached these armed units and asked them to remove the military hardware from the residential areas or at least refrain from firing as there might be a response from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. These armed men opened fire in the air and promised to shoot anyone who interfered.” reported the source.

Locals believe that Avdiivka will be massively shelled tomorrow so that Ukrainian troops will fire back. They also suppose that Donetsk could be provocatively shelled by the “DNR” forces.

On 2 February, Ukraine’s permanent representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko stated that a provocative shelling of Donetsk by “DNR’s” own army is a possible explanation for the forced evacuations of civilians from residential areas of Donetsk at a session of the UNSC.

“We do not exclude any escalations or provocations in Donetsk and the vicinities with the attempts to further compromise the Ukrainian armed forces and Ukrainian leadership. There exist reports about the evacuation of civilians from Donetsk, which we view as a preparation for a possible provocation,” he stressed and added that a similar situation occurred when Russia was preparing to attack Georgia in 2008.

Ukraine has seen a peak of violence in Donbas, with a massive attack being launched upon the government-held city of Avdiivka in the outskirts of Donetsk.

On 30 January, the government-held Avdiivka on the outskirts of Donetsk was massively shelled, in the result of which 16,000 residents were left without heat, water, and electricity. Thus far, the attacks are continuing. The city’s strategic position overlooking the highway connecting Donetsk and Horlivka is a likely explanation for the attack.

Avdiyivka11

On 2 February 2017, the Bellingcat investigative journalism team issued a report detailing the practice of Russian-backed militants firing missiles on Ukrainian positions near residential areas in Donetsk. The report found that the “DNR” forces had repeatedly used a launch site 200 meters from a supermarket in Donetsk, deliberately risking the lives of the civilians in the area.

Advertisement

Dear readers! Since you’ ve made it to this point, we have a favor to ask. Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine is ongoing, but major news agencies have gone away, which is why it's extra important to provide news about Ukraine in English. We are a small independent journalist team on a shoestring budget, have no political or state affiliation, and depend on our readers to keep going (using the chanсe - a big thank you to our generous supporters, we couldn't make it without you.)  If you like what you see, please help keep us online with a donation

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments

  1. Avatar veth says:

    Trump: Sanctions will be lifted after Crimea is returned to Ukraine.

  2. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

    It means nothing to Russia to sacrifice Ukrainian lives in Donetsk with their false flag attacks. Even when the locals (that Russians claim support them) ask the ruSSo-Terrorists not to set up their missles, behind apartments, markets, schools and hospitals. Putin is a war criminal.

    1. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

      It means nothing to Russia to sacrifice Russian lives in Donetsk, either. Weren’t the “rights” of those people they were supposedly going to “protect” with their Ukrainian adventure? Yeah, right.

      1. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

        Best news of the day!!!!

      2. Avatar туфтуф says:

        Got back to the frontline yesterday. Ukros will bleed. Serbian batallion killing them like bunnies, Cossacks of Don arrived y day. Rivers of blood will flow. Sad for Ukraine l am.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          No need to be sad. Rivers of blood are already flowing, but not from Ukrainians.

          1. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Read D’ e mail. Had to edit out the header cus this is being read by several intel agencies. I support territorial integrity of ukroland and my “pro-Russian rants” should be taken as warnings. Its a different story that l believe Ukraine will not be able to achieve it.

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            LOL You have no emails, no data and no sources. You occasionally cut and paste things from web-sites, but even then you often get it wrong. You are just an old windbag.

          3. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Read.

          4. Avatar MichaelA says:

            read what?

          5. Avatar туфтуф says:

            U think ukri are bullet proof? Play Unreal tournament. There u can find a proof for ur assertion (or mine).

          6. Avatar Alex George says:

            Why on earth would I suggest they are bullet proof, when at least 13 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed?

            Its just that many, many more Russians have been killed. Its not just lack of skill, but the way they are treated – herded into the fight to die.

          7. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Ma pricas gluposti

    2. Avatar туфтуф says:

      He will be brought to justice by John J Rambo. Potroshenko (Ripper in Russian) just killed my friend, an Ukrainian girl named Tanya. She had no contacts with the army of the Republics. Her only “crime” was that she lead a peaceful life in Donetsk. He is a war criminal and will be tried.

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        You don’t have any friends in Donetsk, nor ever did.

        Just as you don’t have any sources, as has been shown time and time again.

        You are just an old windbag trying to seem important.

        1. Avatar туфтуф says:

          Read Dejans e mail.

          1. Avatar Alex George says:

            You have no email, no contacts and no sources.

            You are just an old windbag trying to seem important.

      2. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

        You need to get a life, ToofToof. Its clear youre not in Ukraine and you can’t even spell L’viv. Your time is coming and when you are gone…nobody will miss you. How does that feel?

        1. Avatar туфтуф says:

          They will not ban me cus serious ppl read me. Operative info, they call it.

          1. Avatar Alex George says:

            LMAO No serious person reads you, unless you respond directly to our posts, and then we waste little time on you. You are just an old windbag wishing you were important.

          2. Avatar туфтуф says:

            At least 4 intel agencies read me. Thats why the web master is not banning me. U r too slow.

          3. Avatar MichaelA says:

            you forgot the pope and all the aliens on mars

          4. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Serbs jokingly refer to pope as papak, which means hoof, but also a slang word for someone naive or slow…

          5. Avatar Alex George says:

            In other words, nobody reads you.

            You are just an old windbag trying to seem important.

          6. Avatar Alex George says:

            Sure they do…. ;o)

  3. Avatar туфтуф says:

    US supports Ukraine! Donbass will be Ukrainian, and so will Crimea! US rep says sanctions remain in place till Russia doesnt return all occupied territories. Russians are trembling with fear and dnt know what to do.

    1. Avatar Murf says:

      Here is a thought; get used to breadlines again.
      Hay, they wanted to return to the glory days of the USSR.
      It’s all part and parcel.

      1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        Rats are getting scarce in Dwarfstan, so people with dogs and cats as pets should keep an eye on them to prevent their disappearing. Before long catburger and dogburger will supplant ratburger as a Dwarfstanian delicacy.

        1. Avatar туфтуф says:

          Rats are staple Chinese diet. And China is the most civilised country in the world. No other nation on Earth can boast 5k years of written history. If rats bee gud for chinks, why not for ukros or russians?

          1. Avatar Alex George says:

            Excellent example of the contemptuous attitude that Russians have to all other races.

            hence why they are a pariah nation.

          2. Avatar туфтуф says:

            I am not Russian but my wife is. I have a huge amount of family and friends who adore China as much as l do. Just stating facts. I ate a live black scorpion with my Chinese girlfriend 20 yrs ago and received my first scorpio kiss and it was tasty. I love Chinese culture and speak basic Mandarin together with my wife. In other words, u r talking nonsense.

          3. Avatar Alex George says:

            Yes, try and deflect. But your post was an excellent example of the contemptuous attitude that Russians have to all other races. Hence why they are a pariah nation.

      2. Avatar туфтуф says:

        I mix truth with lies, remember? Neurolinguiscics…

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          No, you are just an old windbag trying to make yourself important.

    2. Avatar Alex George says:

      Some Russians are, some are unreconstructed fascist warmongers, and most jkust shiver as they wait in queues for food.

      But regardless, their occupation of Donbas and Crimea is doomed.

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        The war is still ongoing. That protoukros have won all battles they have taken part in dsnt mean they won the war.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          No indeed. This war has years to run yet, and it weakens Russia every day.

          1. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Except the arctic drilling. Trump has interests there.

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            Including the arctic drilling. Russia’s problem is not lack of resources, and never has been. Russia’s problem is entrenched corruption whereby its ruling class plunder the country for their own benefit while the common people live on the poverty line.

    3. Avatar Vol Ya says:

      putin is leading Russia down the wrong path from which it will never recover: rising poverty and disease rates and declining life expectancy. So what is putin’s response to those problems. It is to pay Russian trolls like this to spread lies.

      1. Avatar Kruton says:

        Stalin already took care of that.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          Go back to school and learn when Stalin lived.

    4. Avatar Kruton says:

      #Russians are crazy

    5. Avatar Forewarned says:

      Perhaps the day will come when we grow tired of your tyrant, but we haven’t even begun to be involved. If we do, you will die in great numbers.

      Chance after chance to change your conduct. Now a maniac you helped elect in our country is calling the shots. Be careful.

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        Why does everyone believe l m P’s man? I support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, only dnt believe it will attain it.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          LOL Yes, keep deflecting – I can understand why you are so embarrassed at things you have written in the past.

  4. Avatar Alex George says:

    “Some locals approached these armed units and asked them to remove the military hardware from the residential areas or at least refrain from firing as there might be a response from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. These armed men opened fire in the air and promised to shoot anyone who interfered.”

    One positive benefit from this long conflict, is that the people of occupied Donbas are learning just how much Russia and its puppet separatists care about them, i.e. zero.

    This will make it much easier when the Russians eventually leave Donbas – most people there will be pro-Ukrainian

    In that sense, the longer this “frozen conflict” goes on, the better.

  5. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

    Destroy Muscovy.

  6. Avatar Vol Ya says:

    Putin is destroying Russia: check out their rising poverty and disease rates and declining life expectancy. So what is putin’s response to those problems. It is to attack other countries and pay Russian trolls to spread lies.

  7. Avatar туфтуф says:

    My friend Tanya , Kievskaya No 5, Donetsk, was killed yesterday during the illegal “gvt” shelling of the city centre. Rest in peace, girlie, l love you.

    The legendary commander of the Somali batallion, Mihail Tolstih, with the nomme d guerre Givi, was wounded day b4 yrsterday, but rejoined his comrades yesterday despite the wound.

    Serbian volunteer batallion eager to meet the enemy.

    1. Avatar Kruton says:

      Now she’s a good Russki,dead!

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        She was not in the military and held Ukrainian passport. If ur baby killer ukro ultra friend was killed, l wld express condolances to u. U support genocide of ppl who have nothing to do with war, their only “crime” being they live as Ukrainians in Doneck. U r a monster and a maniac, sir!

        1. Avatar Forewarned says:

          Putin started this war, the blood is on his hands.

          1. Avatar туфтуф says:

            No. ATO was started by a putsch “gvt” against Ukrainians who didnt recognise the illegal “gvt”. Get the facts straight. Donbass population is being killed for political reasons. Very civilised way to deal with political opponents.

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            Yes, you need to get the facts straight – the ATO was started by a popularly elected government. There was no putsch.

            President Yanukovych lost the confidence of the people when he ordered the arrest, torture and killing of peaceful protesters, on orders from Moscow. The people rose up against him, and he fled like a coward.

            Putin ordered his military to attack Ukraine, but they failed because the Ukrainian people refused to be intimidated. Now the Russian army holds only a tiny sliver of eastern Ukraine, but does its best to kill as many Ukrainians as it can – on both sides of the line. And it is fialing at that, too.

        2. Avatar Alex George says:

          You don’t have any friends in Donetsk, just as you don’t have any sources. You have never been able to come up with a single piece of news or information that you didn’t get from open source websites.

          Nice try.

          1. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Ovde potpuna tisina drugu noc.
            Tako su dobili po guzici da je to strasno.
            Dobro ce da razmisle kad krenu onovo napred.
            Imali smo gubitaka ,ali to je rat. medjutim kod njih je strasno.
            Sto je najgore , nesahranjuju svoje mrtve , tek jedan mali deo sto su javno rekli da su izgubili, vecinu pale u krematorijumima.
            Uskoro se moze ocekivati da bude novi izvestaj ukrainske armije otme kako je veliki broj vojnika dezertirao i oni nemaju poima gde us pobegli. Kad se porodica obrati u vojni odsek oni kazu vas sin, muz je dezerter i vise nam nedolazite .
            Eto drzave koja salje pravo u smrt i posle se okazuje od svojih ljudi.
            Sve vise sam uveren da ce u otku ove godine da se sve zavrsi
            Izvinjavam se sto neodgovaram na poruke ali skoro da ih i nepogleda, previse ih je a vremena se nema.

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            Which doesn’t change the fact that you don’t have any friends in Donetsk, just as you don’t have any sources. You have never been able to come up with a single piece of news or information that you didn’t get from open source websites.

    2. Avatar Alex George says:

      Givi can hardly have rejoined his comrades – he admitted his four best fighters are already dead

      And since his group ran away, they aren’t at the front line anyway.

      Sorry, but I don’t take your claim to have a friend in Donetsk seriously. You make many claims and can never support any of them. Nice try.

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        Nevertheless he s back. With a vengance, l hear.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          Hardly. He just has nowhere else to go.

          Putin is using this operation to kill off the Ukrainian born separatists, by putting them in the front line. Givi will die too, its just a matter of time.

  8. Avatar туфтуф says:

    Georgian mercenaries almost totally wiped out at Debaltsevo. Russian source, but contains video footage. Dnt know if shot in Hollywood at CNN studios, but worth reading and watching. Rivers of blood have started flowing. Seems there s no turning back. God have mercy on Ukrainian ppl.

    http://russ-vesti.ru/wall/view/964

    1. Avatar Forewarned says:

      Yes, the mighty Russian army. You couldn’t roll the Ukrainians up before so what makes you think you can do it now they are stronger? In Soviet Russia, loser feels sorry for YOU!

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        A part of Georgian mercenaries left the front the other day due to Kievs failure to pay their salaries. Via Harkov.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          Which “part”? The arms? The legs? ;o)

          1. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Lolz. In pieces. Haha

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            Correct that is indeed what has happened to the Russians

            Now what is all this about Georgians? You clearly have no idea about what they are or are not doing. Its the same as your mythical serb battalion

    2. Avatar Alex George says:

      There is no fighting at Debaltseve. Total Ukrainian casualties so far, 35 including civilians.

      Keep trying you silly old man .

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        There is. That western sources dnt report it dsnt mean they dnt exist.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          Actually that’s precisely what it means. In this case, nobody else reports it either. Try again.