In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on October 20, 9 violations of the ceasefire by the Russian occupation forces was recorded, 3 of which - with the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, - the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy fired from small arms near Berezove. The occupiers fired from 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, heavy machine guns and small arms near Krasnohorivka. The mercenaries fired twice in the direction of Zolote-4, using 120 mm mortars, an anti-tank missile system and small arms. The enemy armed formations fired at Ukrainian positions twice from hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms in the area of Novoluhanske. The enemy opened fire from 82 mm mortars near Troitske. The Russian occupation troops fired from small arms in the direction of Prychepylivka. In addition, the enemy unmanned aerial vehicle, probably Orlan-10, was recorded in the Donetsk oblast passing through the contact line. One member of the Joint Forces was injured as a result of the enemy fire. The warrior is in a hospital. His health condition is satisfactory. Ukrainian defenders returned fire and forced the enemy to stop firing, not using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements.
First leader of the "DNR" Alexander Borodai admitted that the so-called "People's Militia Corps of the DNR/LNR" were an integral part of the Russian armed forces. He stated this on the air of one of the Russian TV channels. He complained that "our troops" had lost control over the grey zone after the Debaltseve operation. The journalist asked him to clarify what he meant by the words "our troops". To which Borodai directly stated that these were "Russian troops". Ignoring the presenter's call to be more careful in voicing the presence of Russian troops in the Donbas, the ex-leader of the "DNR" confirmed that both in the occupied part of Ukraine and in Russia itself, there is only a single armed formation: Russian troops. "This is a matter of principle: some call Russian troops "people's militia corps of the DNR and LNR", others – simply the Russian army. This is the same thing", - A.Borodai stated.
The headquarters of the OSCE SMM in occupied Donetsk is surrounded by armed militants, and the so-called activists who allegedly spontaneously take part in the protest campaign should be registered on the name lists upon arrival. This was said in the daily report of the Mission. "According to the SMM, a mass gathering of 20-60 people continued around the hotel during the day", - it noted. At the same time, the Mission's team noted the good organization of the campaign, in particular, "some of the protesters communicated through radio handsets". "Observers saw that some of the protesters, who arrived on the morning of October 18, studied, exchanged and signed papers which apparently contained the name lists", - the OSCE SMM said in the report. In addition, the observers "recorded… the presence of members of the armed formations around the hotel".
The OSCE SMM observers, who were blocked by "activists" organized by the occupation authorities of the "DNR" at their headquarters in Donetsk, are not able to undergo routine testing for COVID, since the stockpiles of tests have run out. This was saidin the OSCE SMM report.
A fire broke out at the Molodohvardiiska mine (the Krasnodonske mine management) in the occupied Luhansk region, in which there were 141 people at the time of the fire. This was reported by the fake "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LNR". The fire broke out in the 21st eastern conveyor walkway at the interface with the 29th Orlovskyi conveyor walkway. All miners were brought to the surface of the mine at 15:46. There are no casualties or injuries.
Another 764 cases of coronavirus disease were detected in certain areas of the Donetsk oblast (CADO), over the day. This was reported by the so-called "DNR Ministry of Health". In addition, another 83 patients died over the day. In total, 77 513 people have been infected with COVID-19 in CADO since the beginning of the pandemic. 12 357 patients are undergoing treatment (inpatient and outpatient). 6 044 people died. Thus, the mortality rate rose to 7.8% (2.3% - in the free territory of Ukraine and 2% - in the world). The occupiers also identified 373 cases of "usual" pneumonia over the day. Of these, 196 patients were hospitalized. In total, 3916 patients with pneumonia are being treated, of which 1791 are on oxygen support (+127 over the day).
Doctors registered another 40 deaths from COVID-19 in the occupied Luhansk region over the day, separatist media wrote. Thus, doctors have registered 1960 deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus in the occupied territory of the Luhansk oblast since the beginning of the pandemic.
Corpses from a covid department are being piled in cellophane bags right on the street near the building of the Kalinin hospital in occupied Donetsk. This was reported in the local segment of social networks with posting a photo. "Eerie footage from the Kalinin hospital – there is nowhere to put the corpses of those who died from covid. When it seems that nothing will surprise or scare us, another horror appears, which at first is difficult to believe in", - the blogger wrote. He recalled that a medical facility set up an army tent at the morgue recently: "Everyone guessed that this is in order to temporarily store the bodies of the dead in the covid department. Now there is not enough space in the tarpaulin structure as well. Silhouettes of human bodies are easily guessed in a heap of cellophane bags…". The blogger also reported that he conducted a survey in his channel on the social network of whom the residents of CADO blame for coronavirus. "54% of the respondents chose the option – the authorities of the "republic" are to blame, which were not engaged in medicine and did not prepare for the epidemic. 31% of the survey participants believe that Russia is to blame, which does not really help the "DNR", although it sends both material aid and medical teams to other countries. Only 10% believe that people themselves are to blame, as they ignore the danger, do not wear face masks and do not keep the distance", -the blogger reported.
The concerts of Russian 70-year-old artist Oleg Gazmanov, who has been banned from entering Ukraine, planned in occupied Donetsk and Luhansk, are not going to be canceled, despite the indignation of residents, given the tense epidemiological situation in CADLO due to coronavirus. This was reported in the local segment of social networks. "Earlier, the question of Gazmanov's concert in the "DNR" was in the air. Supporters of the cancellation of mass events amid the rampant coronavirus epidemic opposed his visit", - the local Telegram channel wrote.