In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on April 20, three violations were recorded by the armed formations of the Russian Federation, - the JFO headquarters reported. In particular, the enemy opened fire from heavy anti-tank grenade launchers not far from the village of Vodiane in the Donetsk oblast; the enemy fired from heavy anti-tank and automatic heavy grenade launchers in the suburbs of the village of Zolote-4. There are no combat losses among our defenders.
In the event of a mythical offensive by the AFU, the Russian-occupation forces of the "DNR" will not hold the front line, preferring to pull back to the cities. This was announced on the air of one of the anti-Russian video channels by creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky. He is confident that the tactics of transferring hostilities to places of dense residence of civilians will help impeding the advance. "Keeping the front line in open areas of places, which, according to our calculations, occupies about 70% of our front line, is of course difficult. We are stretched out in our orders. But if we return to the 2014 tactics and pull back to the cities, as we are planning, we will meet the enemy there and the enemy will not like it. We will fight at the most qualified level", - the militant assured. Khodakovsky did not specify that the transfer of hostilities to cities poses a huge danger to the civilian population.
Rumors circulating recently that the Russian president is going to recognize the independence of the "DNR/LNR" in the coming days is "information sabotage". This opinion was expressed by Russian propagandist Alexander Kots. "The story of the spreading of rumors that Putin will recognize the LDNR independence on February 21 (April - OstroV) is similar to information sabotage. Effect of disappointed expectations will be the result", - he wrote on his Telegram. "I would like to find the original source of the spread of false stories, although it seems to me that it is clear where the ears are sticking out from. But, of course, I really want to be wrong in this case", - he said.
Occupiers of the "DNR" state the impossibility of a new exchange of prisoners, demanding that Ukraine carry out the so-called legal "cleansing" of previously released persons. This was stated by Daria Morozova, who calls herself the "DNR Ombudsman". According to her, the main condition is that Kyiv must perform a procedural "cleaning" of the participants in the 2019 and 2020 exchange. "In this case, the previous exchanges will be completed, and we can proceed to discuss the next stages of the procedure", - Morozova stated.
The so-called "public commission for the assessment of economic damage" in the occupied Donetsk region recognized that the Russian occupation and the subsequent hostilities caused damage to the uncontrolled part of Donetsk oblast for more than 1.3 trillion Russian rubles. This was announced by Ukrainian lawyer-collaborationist Yelena Shyshkina, who calls herself a "deputy of the people's council". Traditionally, local propagandists have blamed Ukraine for such a significant damage to the Donbas economy. "Losses from sales in industry and agriculture amounted to 295.8 billion rubles, losses of the social sector - 421.7 billion rubles, costs of restoring destroyed housing - 603.4 billion rubles. Losses at the first stage amounted to 1.321 trillion rubles", - Shyshkina said. The calculation method was not disclosed. At the same time, the representative of the occupation administration did not explain why the destruction and plundering of Donbas, which began with the arrival of the Russian World, is blamed on Ukraine.
232 more patients with coronavirus were identified in the occupied Donetsk region on April 18-19. This was reported by the fake "DNR Ministry of Health". In addition, 13 more patients died. In total, as of April 20, there are 31637 people with COVID-19 infection in CADO, 4591 patients are on treatment (inpatient and outpatient) and 2413 people died. The mortality rate remains at the highest level in the world, excluding CALO - 7.6% (2.1% - on free the territory of Ukraine and 2.1% - in the world). The occupiers also identified 104 cases of "usual" pneumonia over the day, 47 cases more than in the previous day. Of these, 83 patients were hospitalized. In total, 1255 patients with pneumonia are being treated, of which 572 are on oxygen support (+34 over the day).
The so-called "investor" of the grabbed Donetsk Metallurgical Plant (DMP) annexed Yuzivka Metallurgical Plant and formed a new enterprise, OOO DMP, having dismissed some of its employees without paying wage arrears. This was written in the separatist segment of social networks. "Employees of the former" flagship of the DNR economy" "Yuzivka Metallurgical Plant" told that the entire property complex of" the YuMP was transferred to the new OO DMP enterprise. The director and the chief accountant stayed at the YuMZ now, and all the rest were fired from the plant. But the automatic transfer of the YuMP workers to the DMP did not take place", - the message said. It is noted that "only two divisions have been fully attached to the DMP: the railway shop and the Central Measurement Laboratory. All of them were transferred to the DMP. As the former employees of the YuMP, who were left without work, told, now they apply for information about work at the plant to the nominally remaining director of the YuMP. But the most interesting thing is that all the debts on wages to the workers remained at the YuMP. And nobody paid them. "When workers apply for the debt payments, they are gently sent… to the YuMP, which no longer exists. But there is a director, an accountant and debts. That is, the workers were left again. But the DMP promises to return the debts to all its former employees", - was written in social networks. The authors of the reports doubt the prospects of the reunited DMP, since "the investor depends on the Russians all the same".
Several road accidents occurred in occupied Donetsk during April 20. This was reported by eyewitnesses in social networks. So, one of the accidents occurred in the city center, at the intersection of St. Artem and 25 years of the Red Army Avenue, near the former Moscow grocery store. It was also reported about an accident on Dzerzhynskiy Avenue, near the former "Regional Department of Internal Affairs". Another accident took place along the Ilyich Avenue, near the "medical institute". The details of the accident are not yet known.
The movement of trolley buses on several routes was suspended in occupied Donetsk on April 20 due to power outages and the accumulation of rainwater. This was announced in social networks by Alexey Kulemzin, who calls himself the "head of the city administration". "The movement of trolleybuses on routes No.10 and 17 has been temporarily suspended due to the lack of voltage in the contact network, as well as trolleybuses on route No.14 due to the accumulation of rainwater", - Kulemzin reported.
Employees of the enterprises of power grids and energy audit in occupied Donetsk were offered to pick up their employment books. This was written in the separatist segment of social networks. "As part of the campaign to stir up panic, a meeting with employees of energy networks and energy control enterprises was held. The main reason for the gathering was check of shelters that will host citizens in case of active hostilities. All employees were asked to take their employment books at the end of the "excursion" - just in case, if people suddenly lose their jobs and will be forced to look for new ways to earn money. In 2014, when the shelling began, the documents were not handed out, but everyone could take the employment books at will (and there were a lot of people willing)", - a local blogger wrote. According to him, documents are handed out not only to employees of energy enterprises in Donetsk. "The employment books are distributed in other budgetary enterprises as well. The reason is "military situation". People are not fired, they are simply handed over documents - just in case, so that they are preserved in the event of shelling. People were anxious about the innovation - they are worried if this will affect the calculation of pension insurance record, because a large part of the employees of energy enterprises are people of retirement or pre-retirement age", - the message noted.