In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on January 31, the enemy fired at the positions of our troops twice. In one of the attacks, the occupiers used weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, - the JFO headquarters reported. In the zone of action of the Sievier operational-tactical grouping, the mercenaries fired at the positions of the Ukrainian military near the village of Kriakivka from 82 mm mortars and grenade launchers. In the zone of action of the Vostok operational-tactical grouping, the criminals fired at the positions of our defenders in the area of the Pisky settlement from the BMP-2, large-caliber machine guns and grenade launchers.
The "DNR" insist that Ukraine should resume social benefits in the uncontrolled territories without implementation of the main provisions of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements by the occupation authorities. This was stated by "Minister of Labor and Social Policy of the DNR" Larisa Tolstykina following the results of the next meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk. At the same time, Tolstykina distorts the content of the Package of Measures, emphasizing the fact that "Ukraine should restore social benefits by means of a jointly developed mechanism". In fact, the Package of Measures (clause 8) clearly defines that the restoration of pension and social benefits is possible only after the return of occupied territories to the legal terrain of Ukraine.
The occupied Donbass will remain under the control of Russia, although the Russian authorities are largely dissatisfied with what is happening in the "DPR/LPR". This was stated in the video comment by Russian mercenary and propagandist Zakhar Prilepin. "Donbass just intruded itself upon our Russia – a deeply capitalist country, an oligarchic country, a country with all understandable minuses. The Donbass intruded itself, it said: "Here we are, and you will not turn away from us". And they (Russian authorities – OstroV) are forced to deal with it. Of course, if it were possible they would push it back", – Prilepin stated.
The collapse of the roof occurred in one of the workshops of the Donetskgormash enterprise in occupied Donetsk, - the separatist media reported. The cause of the collapse was not specified. According to preliminary information, there are no injuries.
A resident of the occupied territory, who worked for the "DNR" militants, decided to return to peaceful life and voluntarily surrendered to the Ukrainian police, - the Volnovakha police department of the Donetsk oblast reported. While on duty at the Novotroitske checkpoint, an employee of the Volnovakhskiy police department was contacted by a 32-year-old resident of the occupied territory, who said that in December 2018, she had left the militant ranks and wants to return to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. According to the woman, she worked in the correctional facility of the "State Service for Execution of Punishment" under the "Ministry of Justice" of the "DNR". The inspector had the title of senior sergeant and guarded the exterior perimeter of the facility. A month ago, she was forced to resign from the service due to the illness of her child. The former participant of the illegal armed formations told that she was going to Volnovakha for medicines, since there is no possibility to get them in the occupied territory. The woman expressed a desire to cooperate with the police.
The "DNR" militant was in absentia reported on suspicion of execution of a resident of Sloviansk in 2014, - the press service of the Donetsk oblast Prosecutor's Office reported. As part of the criminal investigation into the premeditated murder of the resident of Sloviansk, which occurred at the end of May 2014, the Sloviansk local prosecutor's office established that there were valid grounds for an absentee report to a 36-year-old man about a suspected crime. It was established that during the occupation of the city by illegal armed formations of the "DNR", the attacker actively cooperated with the militants. In particular, he transported citizens detained for violating the so-called "curfew" to the administrative building of the Sloviansk city police department, and, being armed with firearms, participated in their interrogation. During one of the interrogations, the man and his accomplice made several aimed head- and chest-shots of his 35-year-old prisoner from a Makarov gun. As a result of the injuries received, the victim died on the spot.
The militants create an operational reserve of missile-artillery weapons and ammunition in occupied Sorokyne (Krasnodon). Coordinator of the Information Resistance Dmytro Tymchuk wrote this on Facebook. So, according to his information, the command of the Russian occupation forces is taking measures to organize the long-term storage, protection and defense of this facility. In addition, there are preparations at this facility for the deployment of additional stocks of ammunition, which will soon come from the territory of the Russian Federation, in case of intensification of the hostilities.
Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant may cease its production in the near future due to the shortage of raw materials. Coordinator of the Information Resistance Dmytro Tymchuk wrote this on Facebook. According to him, the raw materials (ferrosilicon), which ensures the work of the enterprise, remain for about 10 days. "There are rumors among those close to the "LNR" leaders that the company has been already divided by certain groups of the militants, who are preparing to plunder it and cut it for scrap", - Tymchuk wrote.