In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on July 20, 7 violations of the ceasefire by the Russian occupiers were recorded, - the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy opened fire from 120 caliber mortars in the area of Vodiane on Pryazovia. Russian occupiers fired at our positions from heavy anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms near Marinka. The armed formations of the Russian Federation fired 4 times from 120-caliber mortars, hand-held anti-tank and under-barrel grenade launchers, as well as small arms near Avdiivka. The enemy unmanned aerial vehicle of the Orlan-10 type flew by crossing the demarcation line on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. There are no combat losses among our defenders. The Ukrainian military returned fire to the shelling of the Russian occupation forces.
The CEC of Russia confirmed that electronic voting in the election to the State Duma was organized specially for residents of the occupied Donbas with the Russian Federation passports. A similar statement was made by Deputy Chairman of the CEC of the Russian Federation Nikolay Bulyaev, - Russian media reported. According to him, Donbas is a kind of "beginner's exercise" in organizing remote voting of Russians abroad. The introduction of electronic voting for persons who have received Russian citizenship under simplified procedure will allow the development of such a method of voting for all Russians living abroad, - Bulayev stated. An experiment in remote electronic voting, conducted within the framework of election to the State Duma, will allow drawing conclusions about its future in Russia, - he added. Election to the State Duma of the Russian Federation will be held in September 2021.
Occupation authorities of the "DNR" announced the establishment of a "state defense industry" corporation ALMAZ. This was said in the "decree" of leader of the fake "republic" Denis Pushilin. It was noted that the "corporation" would ensure "the implementation of the policy in the defense industry". Occupation authorities have quite ambitious plans: the "corporation" will allegedly be engaged in "the development, production and assistance in the development, production and export of military, civil and dual-use goods". Its structure includes Topaz, the Donetsk state-owned plant of chemical products, the Makiivka State Design Institute and other enterprises stolen from the legitimate Ukrainian owners.
222 cases of coronavirus disease were registered in CADO in the previous day. Another 17 patients died. This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Health of the DNR". In total, as of July 20, the "DNR" occupiers counted 45 799 cases of COVID-19 infection, 3065 patients are undergoing treatment (inpatient and outpatient) and 3455 people died. 134 cases of "usual" pneumonia were also detected over the day, which is 82 cases more than in the previous day. Of these, 104 people were hospitalized. In total, 1210 patients with pneumonia are being treated, of which 547 are on oxygen support (+42 over the day).
The so-called "LNR court" declared religious publications distributed by the Baptist church to be extremist. This was said in the message of the "Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic". By the decision of the traitorous judges, publications Jesus: Our Destiny, The Door of His House is Open, Doomed to exist? and Born to Die were recognized extremist. Apparently, the Baptist church fell under the roller of yet another repression due to the lack of "registration" in the so-called "LNR Ministry of Justice".
Anti-tank mines, attached to wooden planks and scattered across the road, were spotted on the outskirts of Spartak in occupied Donetsk. This was said in the report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. The report noted that on the northeastern outskirts of the Spartak settlement (non-government-controlled, 9 km north of Donetsk), the SMM short-range UAVs again spotted 35 anti-tank mines attached to wooden planks scattered across the road leading to the Yasynuvata settlement (non-government-controlled, 16 kilometers northeast of Donetsk). According to the OSCE observers, these mines belong to the illegal armed formations.
Residents of occupied Donetsk received payment documents with 10% higher tariffs for services for the maintenance of apartment buildings, structures and adjacent territories, which were introduced on July 1. This was written in local publics. It turned out that the "DNR" occupiers issued an order dated July 8, 2021, in which they explained that the increase in tariffs was due to "the goal of improving the financial condition of housing enterprises and the quality of housing services provided". Residents reacted highly negative to the new payments, given that tariffs had already been raised in February of this year. They wrote that they received their salaries "piece by piece", and now the rent has also increased. "We did not have time to get used to the tariffs, they raised them again", - indignant Donetsk residents wrote. They also complained about the virtual absence of the "local building-utilities administrator offices' services": "No one cleans the entrance halls and sweeps the yard, the weeds have grown to human scale, no one mows. What to pay for?"