In the area of the Joint Forces Operation as of 10:00 p.m. on February 17, 50 violations by the Russian occupation forces were recorded, 39 of which were with the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, - the JFO headquarters reported. The Russian occupation forces fired at: NOVOTOSHKIVSKE - from 122 mm artillery, 120 mm mortars and mounted anti-tank grenade launchers; VODIANE - from mortars of 120 mm and 82 mm caliber, mounted anti-tank grenade launchers, automatic mounted grenade launchers and anti-tank missile systems; TRUDIVSKE - from mortars of 82 mm caliber; STAROHNATIVKA - from mortars of 120 and 82 mm caliber, automatic heavy grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms; PIVDENNE and MAYORSK - from 82 mm mortars and automatic heavy grenade launchers; LOBACHEVE - from artillery of 122 mm caliber, mortars of 120 mm caliber, 82 mm and automatic easel grenade launchers; NOVOSELIVKA DRUHA - from anti-tank missile systems; LUHANSKE and STARYI AIDAR - from artillery of 122 mm caliber, mortars of 120 mm caliber; MARINKA - from mortars of 120 mm and 82 mm caliber, anti-tank grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms; SVITLODARSK - from 120 mm mortars and heavy machine guns; TROITSKE - from the tank armament, mortars of 120 mm and 82 mm caliber; POPASNA - from easel anti-tank grenade launchers; ZAITSEVE - from automatic easel grenade launchers; NOVOZVANIVKA - from artillery of 152 mm caliber; STANYTSIA LUHANSKA - from 122 mm artillery, 120 and 82 mm mortars, as well as automatic mounted grenade launchers; PISKY - from 82 mm mortars, hand-held and mounted anti-tank grenade launchers; HOLMIVSKYI and MAYORSK - from 120 mm mortars and automatic heavy grenade launchers; KHRIASHCHEVKA and SYZE - from artillery of 122 mm caliber; AVDIIVKA, SHUMY, TRAVNEVE, NEVELSKE, DONETSKE, OPYTNE AND HRANITNE - from mortars of 120 mm caliber; SHYROKYNE - from hand and easel anti-tank grenade launchers. As a result of the shelling, one member of the Joint Forces was injured and another was injured in combat. The warriors are in a medical institution. The state of health of the wounded soldier is moderate, of the injured one - satisfactory. Two civilians were wounded as a result of shelling by the Russian occupation forces. Also a kindergarten building and power lines in Stanytsia Luhanska were damaged by the enemy shelling yesterday. Three employees of the preschool educational institution received contusions. In addition, the armed formations of the Russian Federation fired artillery at the settlement of VRUBIVKA and damaged the building of the local general education school and the gas pipeline. Ukrainian defenders returned fire to stop the enemy activity only in case of a threat to the lives of servicemen.
43-year-old citizen of Ukraine Oleksandr Pohorelov has been illegally imprisoned in CADO for the fifth year. This was reported by the Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova. "Oleksandr is a resident of Donetsk, a builder by profession. He left for Kyiv after the start of Russian aggression, but from time to time, he came to visit his relatives in temporarily occupied Donetsk", - Denisova wrote. Representatives of the occupation administration abducted him on November 30, 2017, while crossing the checkpoint in the temporarily occupied territory, when he was returning to the capital. They came to the parents' house in Donetsk with searches in a few days. Oleksandr's mother was accused of "administrative violation" and detained for 30 days. Later, Oleksandr was accused of "involvement in the assassination attempt" on leader of the terrorists Zakharchenko, who was blown up on August 31, 2018. The cynicism of the occupiers lies in the fact that by that time, Oleksandr had been behind the bars in Donetsk for ten months. Oleksandr 's state of health is critical: as a result of torture, his arm and jaw are broken, and his kidneys are very sore. Denisova called on the leadership of the International Red Cross in Ukraine to urgently visit Oleksandr Pohorelov and facilitate his immediate release.
1821 cases of COVID-19 were detected in the occupied territory of the Donetsk oblast over the past day, - the so-called "Ministry of Health of the DNR" reported. In total, CADO has counted 147 572 infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 9 639 people died. 24867 patients are undergoing treatment (inpatient and outpatient). 154 cases of "usual" pneumonia were also detected during the day (the occupiers do not recognize the connection between coronavirus and pneumonia in the "official" statistics), which is 12 more than in the past day. Of these, 91 people were hospitalized. 1 294 patients with pneumonia are being treated, 541 of them are on oxygen support (+31 over the day).
The movement of trams along routes No. 9, 10 in occupied Donetsk was suspended due to a tram derailment in the Voroshylovskyi district of the city. This was announced by Alexey Kulemzin, who calls himself the "head of administration" of the city. "Due to the derailment of a tram car, the movement of trams on routes No. 9, 10 along Tramvayna St. in the direction of Gorky St. has been temporarily suspended", - he reported, having added that an emergency recovery team was working on the spot.
The fare will increase on the occupied territory of the Donetsk oblast from March 1, both in urban transport, suburban and intercity. This was reported in the so-called Donelektroavtotrans and the fake "Ministry of Transport of the DNR". According to Yuryi Atamanov, who calls himself the director of Donelectroavtotrans, the increase in travel in Donetsk will be four rubles from March 1. First of all, this refers to municipal transport - trams, trolleybuses and large-capacity buses, but an increase in fixed-route taxis is also planned. A total rise in the price of utilities, spare parts and other things was named as a justification for the reasons for the increase in the fare. An increase in fares was also reported in other cities of CADO - Khartsyzsk, Ilovaisk and Zuhres - also from March 1 by 4 rubles. In addition, the so-called "Ministry of Transport of the DNR" reported that the cost of travel in suburban and intercity traffic would increase by an average of 30%. Citizens shared their indignation at the increase in tariffs In the local segment of social networks: "Do we raise the fare by 4 rubles every year? Like a knockout game, who will stop riding the minibus faster? "; "I am a student, I am studying at university in Donetsk and I live in Makiivka. Previously, 44 rubles were enough for travel. This is 220 rubles a week. Now I spend 300 rubles for a week of travel"; "Bread is getting more expensive, travel is getting more expensive, only salaries stand still"; "And what about improving the quality of the services provided? Can you at least wash the transport?"; "We will be walking soon".