In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on August 31, 4 violations of the ceasefire by the Russian occupiers were recorded, - the JFO headquarters reported. Russian mercenaries fired at our positions from heavy anti-tank and automatic heavy grenade launchers, as well as from heavy machine guns, in the direction of Shyrokyne. The enemy used 120 caliber mortars near Novozvanivka. The armed formations of the Russian Federation fired from heavy anti-tank grenade launchers near New York. The enemy fired 120 caliber mortars and MT-12 anti-tank guns at Ukrainian positions not far from Krasnohorivka. Our defenders returned fire to the enemy shelling. There are no combat losses among the Joint Forces military.
In August, armored vehicles repaired in Russia, more than 6 thousand tons of fuel, anti-tank guided missiles, anti-tank and anti-personnel mines and sniper systems were brought to the occupied Donbas through sections of the border uncontrolled by Ukraine. This was said in the message of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. A large amount of ammunition for heavy machine guns and sniper rifles was also imported.
Fire destroyed 90 hectares of deciduous forest and 4 hectares of dry grass in the unique Donets Ridge Landscape Park located on the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast. This was said in the message of the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DNR". The fire on the Donets Ridge territory began the day before. The suppression of the fire was complicated by gusty wind up to 20 meters per second. In addition, the occupiers reported another fire in the protected environmental zone in the Zaitseve isolated terrain feature near Horlivka. 500 sq/m of forest litter was destroyed by fire there. The Donets Ridge Landscape and Recreational Park was created in 2000. In 2015, the occupiers announced that they would control it. The park includes 814 plants, including 33 Red Book plants. The fauna includes 255 species of vertebrates, of which 35 are listed in the Red Data Book.
The miners in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast were informed about the increase in wages. In fact, it turned out that this was not at all the increase that the local miners had hoped for. This was told by the so-called "chairman of the Donetsk trade union of coal industry workers" Gennadiy Kovalchuk in a report to the separatist media. "On the eve of Miner's Day, the "DNR" promised to gradually raise tariff rates and official salaries to workers in the coal industry, at first by a factor of 1.7-1.8", - the report said. As a result, in fact, they made a decision to multiply by such a coefficient already in August, however, the minimum tariff rate or official salary will be taken as the base one. "However, we have enterprises of various categories. For example, the Skochinsky mine is a supercategory one, so higher tariff rates and official salaries are applied there. But it will be increased for the employees proceeding from the minimum one. That is, in fact, rates and salaries will grow by only 1.3-1.4 ", - Kovalchuk explained. According to him, allowances and surcharges will also be removed. Kovalchuk also previously reported on existing wage arrears to coal miners. For example, the workers of the Torezantratsyt mines were paid off the debts for June and were paid 25% of their salaries for July, a salary only for May-June was given at Makiivvuhillia and the Zasyadko mine, and that was with the help of loans.
330 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast over the day. This was reported by the fake "DNR Ministry of Health". At the same time, the occupants did not conduct a study for coronavirus in the previous two days, on August 28 and 29. 20 patients have died during this time. 56 336 cases of COVID-19 were registered in CADO during the pandemic, 6805 people continue to be treated, 4094 people died. Thus, the mortality rate among patients with COVID reached 7.3% (for comparison, it is 2.4% in the free territory of Ukraine and 2.1% in the world). The occupiers also identified 207 cases of "usual" pneumonia over the day, which is 20 cases more than in the previous day. Of these, 139 patients were hospitalized. In total, 2570 patients with pneumonia are being treated, of which 906 are on oxygen support (+92 over the day).
Doctors registered five deaths from COVID-19 over the day in the occupied territory of Luhansk oblast, separatist media wrote. Thus, doctors have registered 887 deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus in the occupied Luhansk region since the beginning of the pandemic.
Prices for gas and petrol in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast have once again been raised. This was reported by separatist media. "On August 31, the price for a liter of A-95 gasoline and A-92 gasoline increased by 1 ruble. The gas price increased to 39 rubles", - the message said.