Situation in the area of the Joint Forces Operation on October 21 remained under control, - the JFO headquarters reported. Since the beginning of the day, the Russian occupation troops have violated the agreements reached three times: the enemy fired several shots from small arms in the area of responsibility of the East tactical force near Lebedynske. Another fact of violation of the ceasefire was recorded near Avdiivka, where the enemy opened fire from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher. The enemy fire posed no threat to our soldiers, so they did not open fire. There are no combat losses or injuries among the Ukrainian defenders as a result of shots. In addition, the passage of the enemy Orlan UAV along the demarcation line near the settlements of Marinka and Avdiivka was documented. Our means of electronic warfare suppressed the enemy's drone, which made its further use impossible.
Creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky predicts an armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine over the occupied Crimea in case the Kremlin's refuse to make a "political decision" on the Donbas. He expressed his concerns on social networks. "Moscow needs to make a political decision on the Donbas! How was it before? We said that a deepening in affairs in the Donbas could entail the involvement of Russia in a serious armed conflict with difficult consequences. Now, against the background of Ukraine's militarization actions, a closer alliance with "partners" of Russia, acting, as a rule, by proxy, the paradigm has changed: it is the refusal of an active position in the Donbas that will lead to involvement in a more serious conflict with Ukraine through the Crimea. Maybe, it was not so clear in 2014, but it becomes obvious in 2020. The games are gradually ending", - the organizer of the terrorist Vostok Battalion predicted.
117 cases of COVID-19 were detected in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast over the day of October 20. This was reported by the fake "DNR Ministry of Health". In addition, 18 deaths were recorded. Men aged 65 to 86 years and women aged 49 to 90 years died. In total, there are 5509 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and 385 deaths as of the morning of October 21. The mortality rate is 6.99. 205 cases of pneumonia, which the occupation authorities refuse to associate with COVID-19, were also identified over the day. 109 patients with such "unidentified" pneumonia were hospitalized.
Due to the lack of beds for patients with COVID-19 in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast, they want to discharge and transfer untreated the patients to the so-called "pink zone" for convalescents. This was discussed at a meeting of medical workers with the "DNR" leader Denis Pushilin. It was noted that the "DNR" leader received a proposal to create a separate base for convalescents, the so-called "pink zone", thanks to which it will be possible to quickly free up beds for newly admitted patients.
The occupiers in Donetsk intend to repurpose the 14th corps of clone of the Donetsk Clinical Territorial Medical Association (DoCTMO, better known as Kalinin Hospital) for the treatment of COVID-19. This was discussed at a meeting of medical workers with the "DNR" leader Denis Pushilin. At the same time, there are fears that the "non-COVID" patients, who need resuscitation measures, will suffer. However, the "DNR Ministry of Health" believes that this building has a sufficient bed capacity (200 beds plus 90 in the departments) and the ability to deploy up to 100 beds with oxygen support in operating rooms. It was clarified that the thoracic department would be transferred to another building, and the DoCTMO has another intensive care unit on the basis of the neurosurgical bulk. "Now there are few planned neurosurgical operations. That is, the closure of the 14th bulk will not reduce our ability to provide secondary care. Urology and hemodialysis, located in the 14th bulk, will not be affected", - the "DNR Ministry of Health" assured.
Antibiotics, prescribed to treat complications caused by COVID-19, have begun to appear in some pharmacies in the center of occupied Donetsk. The residents line up in huge queues, - eyewitnesses wrote in social networks. For example, a number of antibiotics have gone on sale in the Olvia pharmacy on Yuzhny, opposite the Kontinent shopping center. Many residents found out about this the day before, as they call all pharmacies in search of drugs for the relatives with COVID-19. Huge queues formed. "I stood in line for an hour and a half", - a woman from Donetsk told, having added that now "she is very afraid of getting infected, although everyone was wearing masks, but there must have been some sick people among them". At the same time, pharmacies in other parts of the city did not receive the antibiotics in short supply. "I visited 11 pharmacies in the Tekstylnyk micro-district. There are no antibiotics needed", - another woman from Donetsk wrote. The situation in all the occupied cities of the oblast is similar. "Amvrosiivka - there is no trace of these drugs. Antiviral drugs are taken away like hot cakes. There are queues in the pharmacies. Antibiotics are represented by amoxicillin alone", - the residents wrote. "Yenakiieve - help to save my husband, there are no antibiotics in the pharmacies, where to go, whom to ask?", - desperate relatives of those infected with coronavirus infection wrote.