Situation in the area of the Joint Forces Operation on September 23 was controlled by our units, - the JFO headquarters reported. There were no violations of the ceasefire on all sections of the demarcation line. At the same time, two violations of the agreements reached on July 22, 2020 within the Trilateral Contact Group were recorded. So, the flights of two enemy unmanned aerial vehicles - of the type "Quadrocopter" and "Phantom-4", which crossed the line of demarcation, were documented in the area of Vodiane settlement. The enemy UAVs were suppressed by electronic warfare systems, which made their further use impossible.
Two AFU servicemen were blown up by an unknown explosive device in the Donbass, - the press group of the East operational-tactical group reports on Facebook. It was noted that two servicemen from the Joint Forces sustained shrapnel wounds in the area of the settlement of Pisky as a result of detonation on the unknown explosive device. They were provided with pre-doctor care and promptly taken to a hospital. The state of health of the soldiers is of medium severity.
The Joint Forces Operation headquarters denied the fake video concocted by the CADO militants and posted on their YouTube channel. "The enemy side has once again posted a video on the YouTube channel, where, allegedly, Ukrainian defenders are carrying out engineering work in the area of Vodiane settlement. This video was filmed without reference to the place and time of fixation, which indicates its staged nature. This is another example of manipulative enemy propaganda aimed at accusing the Joint Forces of non-compliance with the terms of the agreements of July 22, 2020 and a desire to disrupt the peace process", - the headquarters stated. "Having failed to achieve a result during the recent provocations to discredit the marines in the area of Shumy settlement, the armed formations of the Russian Federation are trying to use the same tactics near Vodiane. Such actions lead to increased tension and escalation of the situation on the line of demarcation of the sides", - the headquarters added.
The so-called "DNR head" Denis Pushilin reported that due to the worsening epidemiological situation in the neighboring "LNR", plans to open the "borders" with it were revised. This was written by separatist media. According to Pushilin, the conditions and mechanisms for the movement of residents of the "republics" with one another had already been prescribed earlier. "But the situation began to change then. Unfortunately, we see that several schools have closed on the territory of the Luhansk People's Republic since the beginning of the week. In general, the situation in the world is aggravating, we see that we also have certain tendrils of fear", - the "DNR" leader said. He also said that "for the sake of observing the safety of people, the issue of opening "borders" with the "LNR" is no longer being discussed". "First of all, we are concerned about the safety of our citizens. Therefore, we have suspended this discussion for now, and now we need to reduce the number of contacts between the republics", - Pushilin said, having noted that the situation on the "border" with the Russian Federation would not be affected. "Naturally, this does not concern Russia, we do not even discuss this issue, because the work of our enterprises, movement and interaction with the Russian Federation are vital for us. All other restrictions will exist for now", - the militants' leader of stated.
So-called "head of the DNR" Denis Pushilin signed a "decree" on the specifics of using the passports of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territory of Donetsk region. Separatist media write about it. We are talking about a situation when the passports of Ukraine of residents of the occupied territories contain marks of the authorities of the Russian Federation or "DNR". "…A passport of a citizen of Ukraine is accepted as one of the identity documents of individuals whose place of permanent residence is the Donetsk People's Republic, including with marks affixed by civil registration authorities and subdivisions of the authorized body of the Russian Federation in the field of migration", - the "decree", which will apply "to relations that arose before its entry into force", said.
Occupation authorities of the "DNR" recognized 50 cases of COVID-19 over the past day. This was said in the report of the so-called "Ministry of Health". In addition, one death was registered - a woman aged 83 years. In total, there were 3 090 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the occupied territory of Donetsk region as of the morning of September 23. Of these, 180 were fatal.
Occupation administrations of the Russian Federation in CADLO systematically carry out measures to strengthen the militarization of children. This was stated by Human Rights Ombudsman of the Verkhovna Rada Lyudmyla Denisova, - Ukrinform reported. She also reported that the occupiers were pursuing a policy aimed at extirpating all forms of religion, except for the Orthodox, which is subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate. "Occupation administrations of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are systematically implementing and financing measures to strengthen the militarization of children. The so-called airborne patriotic club Bars carries out military education of children and youth aged 5 to 20 years in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk oblast. The first and second sessions of the military-patriotic "St. George's Gatherings" took place in June-July", - Denisova stated.
Residents in occupied Donetsk are outraged by the intention of "head of the DNR" Denis Pushilin to conduct "a lesson about the heroism of the militia and the memory of victims of the Ukrainian aggression" in all schools on October 1. The Donetsk residents wrote this in social networks. Parents of the students are outraged by such cynical propaganda and lies and promise not to let their children to such a lesson. In particular, residents of the occupied city wrote: "God forbid, it will take place. My child will not attend this lesson!", "Teach a lesson about how your heroes seized cars, apartments and businesses!", "Do you also want to brainwash children with your Russian World?"...
So-called "head of the DNR" Denis Pushilin stated that tariffs for heat supply services in the "republic" do not cover all costs, therefore the cost of heat and hot water for the population will increase in four settlements from October 1. Separatist media wrote this. "Utilities, in fact, are unprofitable. The costs are reimbursed only by 54%. Three billion rubles, which were allocated to compensate for the difference in tariffs this year, are enough to pay only for electricity. It was decided to equalize the tariffs in order to balance losses and revenues of the enterprise. In this regard, the heat rose in price in some cities of the republic: Donetsk, Makiivka, Horlivka and Novyi Svit", - Pushilin said. As previously reported, the tariffs will be increased in four occupied cities: in Donetsk - by 28%, in Makiivka - by 5.1%, in Horlivka - by 17.8% and the village of Novyi Svit - by 72%.