In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on September 16, 7 violations of the ceasefire by the armed formations of the Russian Federation were recorded, - the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy twice fired at the positions of the Ukrainian defenders near the settlement of Taramchuk from 120 caliber mortars and 122 mm artillery prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The settlement itself came under fire, as a result of which a residential building and an adjoining territory were damaged. Russian mercenaries used 120 mm mortars in the area of the settlement of Pisky. The enemy twice used drones of the Quadrocopter type in the Luhansk region, with the help of which it fired at the settlement of Shchastia. In addition, the enemy used 82 caliber mortars in Shchastia, damaging civilian infrastructure and private cars. One local resident was injured as a result of shelling. His health condition is satisfactory. There are no losses among the Ukrainian defenders. Ukrainian defenders returned fire to the enemy shelling.
Occupation authorities of CADO stated the restriction of traffic on the section of the uncontrolled by Ukraine border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation from September 17 to September 19. This was reported in the so-called "customs service" of the "DNR". The occupiers stated that the traffic flow would be limited at the officially closed Uspenka, Marinovka and Novoazovsk international checkpoints. Drivers were asked to "correct the routes of cars and trucks during this period at night from 21:00 to 05:00".
Another 529 cases of COVID-19 were "officially" detected in the occupied territory of the Donetsk oblast over the day. This was said in the message of the so-called "Ministry of Health of the DNR". The occupiers also admitted 39 more deaths over the day. In total, the puppet authorities of the "DNR" recognized 61 400 cases of COVID-19 in the occupied territory of Donetsk oblast. There are 7629 patients undergoing treatment (inpatient and outpatient), 4520 people died. In addition, 263 cases of "usual" pneumonia were detected over the day, which is 27 cases more than in the previous day. 181 patients with "pneumonia" were hospitalized. In total, 2791 patients are being treated for alleged pneumonia, of which 978 are on oxygen support.
Doctors registered another 94 cases of coronavirus infection in the occupied territory of the Luhansk oblast over the day, separatist media wrote. 13 more deaths over the day were also reported.
38 hospital bases were opened in healthcare institutions in the occupied part of the Donetsk region due to the tense epidemiological situation with COVID-19. All of them are 100 percent full. This was reported on September 16 by the so-called "DNR Ministry of Health". "As of today, 38 hospital bases have been organized… Hospital bases are almost 100% filled due to the recorded increase in morbidity, which significantly increases the workload on doctors, thereby complicating the difficult conditions in which they have been working for a year and a half", - the message said. Doctors emphasized that most of the patients admitted to hospital were not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Occupation authorities of CADO admitted that railway workers were leaving for Russia because of higher wages. So-called "head of the railroad car shed" of Yasynuvata Valeriy Kovalevsky told this to separatist media. He admitted that workers were leaving mainly because of low wages, the average amount of which is $165-193. People leave almost immediately after receiving a Russian passport. Railway workers in Russia receive about $690 for similar work on the railway. As noted by Kovalevsky, "30 people have been paid off lately, and 7 people replaced them". There is also a shortage of millwrights, welders, turners, milling-machine operator and car inspectors in the railroad facilities of the occupied territory.
Occupation authorities of CADO promised to resume coal mining at the Chelyuskintsev mine, which had been idle for more than a year. This was announced by Pavel Tolstous, who calls himself the general director of the so-called "Donetsk Coal Energy Company". It was noted that the mine planed to extract only one thousand tons of coal per month. All of it will be intended for boiler houses and privileged categories of household consumers. CADO admits that "this amount of coal will not be enough to meet the needs of everyone, but at least those in dire need will be provided".
A workshop for the production of Silver Well water burned down in the Kyivskyi district of occupied Donetsk. This was reported by Alexey Kulemzin, who calls himself "the head of the city administration". He clarified that the enterprise is located at 20 Tamansky Ave. Local publics reported that the building had burned down almost completely. "There are ashes left", - local bloggers wrote.