On May 9, all over Ukraine, about a million people took to the streets to celebrate Victory Day and protest against the actions of the Maidan authorities. The retaliatory blow of the latter followed immediately: from an increase in the intensity of shelling in Donbass, mostly on residential areas and infrastructure, to the all-Ukrainian action «Punishing» declared by the nationalists.
On May 10, the number of bombardments from the Ukrainian side, including with122 and 152mm artillery, tanks and heavy mortars, sharply increases in the DPR, as a result of which a 25-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter are wounded, the latter is taken to hospital with a severe craniocerebral injury.
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine fires the Dnepropetrovsk policemen who did not allow the Nazis to attack the «Immortal Regiment» procession on May 9.
The mayor of Dnepropetrovsk announces the termination of funding veterans' organizations and the creation of an analogue of German «Freikorps» in the city.
In Nikolaev, the Nazis attack the premises of the Union of Afghan Veterans who guarded the «Immortal Regiment» procession on May 9. As a result of the attack, one of the Afghans had a head trauma, another had a broken arm.
The former leader of the «Right Sector», Yarosh, states that the nationalists will take up arms if the organizers of the «Immortal Regiment» are not arrested.
On May 11, the DPR celebrates the third anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic. About 60,000 people take part in the celebrations.
On the same day, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the DPR and the South Ossetia (Alania) sign a protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The number of bombardments of the territory of the Republic from the Ukrainian side is somewhat reduced, possibly, due to the arrival in the DPR of the deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug.
Nevertheless, only in the Donetsk direction, the Ukrainian military make about 50 rounds from 122mm artillery and over 30 rounds from tanks, as a result of which three houses are damaged.
The DPR intelligence reports that, due to the rotation in the Ukrainian army, the front cover is entrusted to the nationalist battalions that shell the suburbs of Donetsk at night to the sound of the Third Reich marches from the loudspeakers set along the contact line.
In the LPR, the intelligence reports that the Ukrainian side shells the territory of the Republic directly from the localities under their control, using civilians as a living shield. Moreover, the Ukrainian military received such an order from the command of the ATO headquarters.
Meanwhile, in Kiev, the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) nationalists block the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, demanding the resignation of the Minister who, on May 9, gave the order to storm their headquarters after a grenade launcher aimed at the «Immortal Regiment» procession had appeared in one of its windows.
In Dnepropetrovsk, still unknown persons set fire to the office of the «Opposition block».
Near the administration of the President of Ukraine Poroshenko, the police demolish a tent city of the mothers of the dead and captured soldiers of the AFU.
In the Lvov region, Western Ukraine, a user of Facebook, who published posts with communist symbols, is sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment.
Nevertheless, on the same day, the European Union Council makes a decision on granting Ukraine a visa-free regime.
On May 12, the Ukrainian President Poroshenko says that the visa-free regime with the European Union means ‘the final divorce between Ukraine and the Russian Empire’, and the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine announces the first arrest of a defender of the «Immortal Regiment» march in Dnepropetrovsk.
In Lvov, the deputies of the Regional Council demand that the mayor of the city demolish the Monument of Glory, a monument to Soviet soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War.
The LPR celebrates, on this day, the third anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic.
The deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, arrives in Lugansk to hear the results of the investigation into the explosion of the OSCE car.
The OSCE observers in the LPR say that the situation has worsened on the front: in the Zolotoye area, where the forces and means of the sides of the conflict were previously withdrawn, and near Stanitsa Luganskaya, where such a withdrawal has been repeatedly foiled by the Ukrainian side.
Meanwhile, an AFU soldier, a native of Lvov, voluntarily surrenders to the LPR soldiers. He explains his decision by misunderstanding the purpose of the Ukrainian army presence in Donbass and the massive drunkenness and debauches in its ranks.
In the DPR, the number of attacks from the Ukrainian side is increased by almost half, most likely due to the departure of Alexander Hug from the Republic. The Ukrainian military continue to conduct fire from heavy artillery, mortars, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.
In addition, the military authorities of the Republic report that, only during the past week, 3 citizens of the DPR were blown up on stretch mines.
Nevertheless, the second meeting of the «Russia - Donbass» integration committee takes place in the DPR, during which the Kiev district of Donetsk, one of the most shelled, and the Crimean city of Sudak, sign an agreement on establishing twinning relations.
The Russian government allocates 10 billion rubles to the Rosrezerv (Russian Reserves) for ‘purchasing raw materials and materials for the metallurgical industry’. Presumably, the Rosrezerv acts as an intermediary in the supply of raw materials to the metallurgical enterprises of the DPR and LPR.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the Minister of Education reports that a number of Middle East countries, whose citizens have been educated in Ukrainian medical universities for years, have ceased to recognize Ukraine's medical diplomas.
On May 13, the intensity of shelling of the DPR from the Ukrainian side does not decrease, and the enemy strikes the main blows in the Donetsk and Mariupol directions.
On one of the towns in the Donetsk area, the Ukrainian military launch over 100 122mm artillery shells for 2.5 hours of the continuous shelling, as a result of which 2 civilians are wounded and 22 residential houses damaged.
Moreover, the DPR military authorities note the targeted bombardment of the vital infrastructure of the town, as a result of which, in addition to the damages, over 500 houses and buildings are left without electricity, gas and water.
In the southern, Mariupol direction, as a result of the direct hit of mortar shells, 2 houses are practically destroyed and a civilian is wounded.
In the northern, Gorlovka direction, the number of bombardments from the Ukrainian side is much lower. However, during one of them, the power line is damaged and a whole district of the city is left without electricity.
On the same day, the military authority of the Republic say that on May 11, above the outskirts of Donetsk, the DPR air defense shut down a projectile, supposedly of 220mm Uragan MLRS, launched from the Ukrainian side on the center of the DPR capital at the time of the Republic Day celebration.
In addition, the DPR law enforcements detect and neutralize 4 improvised explosive devices on one of the OSCE mission's routes.
In the LPR, the OSCE observers document the absence of over 100 units of Ukrainian equipment and weapons at the storage sites.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the Nazis set fire to offices of the «Opposition Bloc»in two other cities.
In Odessa, the head of the local branch of the «Right Sector» publishes in Facebook personal data of a young man who prevented the Nazis from attacking the «Immortal Regiment» procession on May 9, as well as personal data of his parents.
At the same time, the former head of the National Bank of Ukraine announces that 75% of the country's gold reserves are under the IMF control as a guarantee of repayment of debts on loans.
On May 14, the intensity of shelling of the Donbass Republics from the Ukrainian side does not decrease, with most of them occurring at night, while in the Mariupol direction, the Ukrainian military continue using 122mm artillery and tanks.
As a result of the shelling, in the DPR, one civilian is killed and an elderly woman, born in 1939, wounded.
On the same day, the Ukrainian artillery strikes a blow at Kiev-controlled Avdeevka, killing four civilians and wounding another.
According to the DPR intelligence, the fire on the town was opened by the «Right Sector» nationalists, while the ATO headquarters immediately states that the town was shelled from a DPR-controlled locality, which contradicts the photo and video materials from the site of the bombardment and is not confirmed by the OSCE and JCCC (Joint Center for Coordination and Control) observers.
At the same time, the OSCE observers who have arrived at the site of the bombardment, do not indicate in their report the direction from which the attack was made.
According to the results of the analysis of the photo and video materials presented by the Ukrainian media, the DPR military authorities declare that the shelling of Avdeevka was conducted from a Ukraine-controlled locality, in which, according to the DPR intelligence, 4 tanks, 2 122mm D-30 cannons and 2 122mm motorized «Gvozdika» artillery systems had arrived the day before.
On the same day, the Ukrainian President Poroshenko cancels his visit to the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, explaining it by ‘an emergency situation caused by the separatist militants’.
For the first time, Avdeevka was shelled by the AFU in the winter of 2017, when the Ukrainian President Poroshenko was on a visit to Germany, which, rather incidentally, gave him the opportunity to demonstratively interrupt his visit, stating from the international rostrum on ‘the bloody provocation of Russian and pro-Russian terrorists’.
In the LPR, the intelligence of the Republic reports that in the Kiev-controlled town of Popasnaya, local residents have already filed over 10 applications to the local police, accusing the Ukrainian military of looting, robbery and illegal occupation of living quarters.
In addition, also according to local residents, at the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint, the SBU officials force civilians crossing the contact line into the LPR, to distribute pro-Ukrainian leaflets on the territory of the Republic.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, in Dneprodzerzhinsk, the Nazis of the «Right Sector», including an employee of Yarosh’s personal guard, shoot a taxi driver in both legs for refusing to respond to the Ukrainian nationalists greeting «Glory to Ukraine!».
On the same day, the German edition of Junge Welt reports that the Ukrainian special services openly monitored a group of journalists and experts from Germany, while they were collecting information about the tragedy in Odessa on May 2, 2014, when local residents were burned alive by the Nazis in the House of Trade Unions.
On May 15, the number of attacks on the territory of the DPR decreased somewhat, while most of them again occur in the Donetsk direction, while in the southern, Mariupol direction, the Ukrainian military still conduct targeted artillery fire on the infrastructure of the Republic, resulting in another locality left without electricity.
Despite the continuous bombardments, the DPR starts a major repair of the Donetsk - Novoazovsk highway, which was not repaired for 15 years the Ukrainian rule.
Representatives of international organizations arrive in Avdeevka to investigate the deaths of 4 civilians as a result of the shelling by the Ukrainian army.
At the same time, the inhabitants of Donbass on both sides of the front line perish not only under the Ukrainian army fire.
According to the DPR intelligence data, the ATO headquarters has prepared an order to transfer the conscripts from the Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk and Lugansk regions, from the ATO zone to the military units in the zone of responsibility of the operational commands "North" and "West", because in the ATO zone, the nationalists subject them to bullying and torture.
One such incident occurred a week earlier, when a soldier called up from Mariupol, died under torture of his «comrades» and whose funeral the residents of Mariupol were forbidden to attend.
In the LPR, the law enforcements have neutralized explosives established on a window of a dental clinic in a residential quarter of Lugansk.
The Nazis also continue to take revenge on the Ukrainians for their protest on May 9. A group of them, led by Semenchenko who started the blockade of Donbass, stages a diversion on communication facilities in the Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk regions, cutting them off of the long-distance telephone communication and the Internet.
In the Kharkov region, the court sentences a retired woman to 5 years in prison for publishing news from Donbass and the Crimea in social networks.
Meanwhile, the Maidan authorities again shut down the Tripolskaya TPP, stopped earlier due to a shortage of coal and then started in order to supply electricity to Kiev only for the duration of the Eurovision Song contest.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister says that Ukraine should be included in the eastern flank of NATO.
The website «Mirotvorets» (Peacemaker), which publishes personal data of «enemies of Ukraine», publishes the personal data of the Polish Defense Minister and a number of public figures of the country for their opposing to the heroization of the Banderite UPA (Ukrainian Rebel Army).
On May 16, the number of bombardments of the territory of the DPR decreases again. However, the maximum number of them is again recorded in the Donetsk direction, including the shelling of one of the suburbs of Donetsk with artillery and tanks.
The decrease in the intensity of shelling is most likely due to a shortage of ammunition in the Ukrainian army. On the same day, the DPR intelligence reports the arrival to the front line of a train of 20 carriages with ammunition for artillery, mortars and MLRS.
Ukraine also disrupts again the negotiation process in Minsk - even in the only issue on which agreements were previously reached.
During the next meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, the representative of Ukraine declares the categorical refusal of Kiev to include civilians arrested in Odessa and Kharkov in the lists for the prisoners exchange.
Moreover, on the same day, the Kiev authorities take a number of decisions simultaneously directed against Russia and infringing upon all the possible rights of their own citizens.
The Verkhovnaya Rada adopts the law on administrative responsibility for wearing the St. George ribbon.
Ukraine also imposes three-year sanctions on the Russian Internet resources Yandex, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, and bans the Russian «1C» program which is used by 300,000 Ukrainian enterprises, or 80% of them.
The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine decides to allow the confiscation of the Russian Gazprom property in Ukraine.
On May 17, the number of bombardments of the territory of the DPR from the Ukrainian side, once the ammunition was brought there, again sharply increases.
In the Donetsk direction, the Ukrainian military launch over 100 122 and 152mm artillery shells and make about 20 rounds from tanks, as a result of which a civilian born in 1942, is wounded, and the direct hit of an artillery shell completely destroys a residential house.
In the northern, Gorlovka direction, the number of artillery shells launched from the Ukrainian side, reaches 200, which leads to a damage to two residential houses.
In the southern, Mariupol direction, the Ukrainian military conducts targeted fire from 152mm artillery at a pumping station and a TV tower. As a result, the station is de-energized and the entire region remains without water.
The JCCC observers report that the DFP (Donetsk Filtration Plant) has also been de-energized again, with the plant personnel blocked in a shelter because of the continuing bombardment.
Against this background, the Defense Minister of Ukraine declares in an interview with Deutsche Welle that Kiev does not even consider the power option for returning Donbass.
At the same time, judging by the absence of any statements from the representatives of international organizations, investigating the attack on Avdeevka, the Ukrainian side has failed to convince them that the bombardment was carried out by the DPR.
In the absence of an international confirmation of the «bloody aggression of the separatists», the press service of the ATO headquarters declares, just before the dramatic increase in the intensity of attacks on the DPR, that the army of the Republic has advanced at 400 meters in the Donetsk direction and is preparing for the offensive in the Mariupol direction.
On the same day, the head of the DPR states at a press conference that Kiev is considering options for environmental attacks in Donbass. The day before, on the Ukraine-controlled territory, a large chemical enterprise, where hundreds of tons of dangerous substances are stored, stops operating.
Meanwhile, the regime of terror is growing in Ukraine.
A MP of the Verkhovnaya Rada announces from the parliamentary rostrum his readiness to shoot those wearing the St. George ribbon.
In one of the localities of the Kharkov region, special forces are introduced. The day before, there was a massive attack of local residents, headed by a local deputy, on the Roma, as a result of which one person was shot and 4 injured.
In western Ukraine, representatives of the Banderite «Svoboda» (Freedom) party seize a church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). This is the 46th church of the Moscow Patriarchate, seized by the nationalists since the coup in Kiev.
In Odessa, the city authorities decide to cut off hot water in the city for six months.
On the same day, a record number of 18 million residents of Ukraine visit the Russian social network VKontakte.
On May 18, the number of bombardments of the DPR again decreases a little, but the overwhelming number of them, including those with MLRS «Grad», again occur in the Donetsk direction. As a result of the shelling, a woman born in 1955, is killed, another civilian is wounded and six residential houses are damaged.
Moreover, the ambulance can not reach the spot to pick up the wounded and dead, because after receiving a report on its approaching, the Ukrainian side intensifies the shelling of this locality. The wounded is brought to the ambulance, under fire, by soldiers of the DPR army.
In the LPR, the Ukrainian party again foils an attempt to separate the forces and means of the parties of the conflict in the area of Stanitsa Luganskaya.
The LPR intelligence reports that the ATO command has sent instructions to the Ukrainian army units to prevent the OSCE observers from visiting military sites.
The OSCE observers confirm in their report the restrictions in access in the areas of five localities where, according to the LPR intelligence, the Ukrainian army's forces and means are being actively amassed.
In the meantime, Ukraine imposes sanctions on the Russian railway companies engaged in the export of anthracite. In response, the Russian railway declares the withdrawal of its rolling stock from the territory of Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine Poroshenko appeals to the chairman of the European Parliament with a request not to allow visits of the MEPs to the Crimea.
On the same day, a delegation of representatives of the US Center for Civil Initiatives arrives in the Crimea.
The US State Department finally decides to react to the ban of the Russian social networks, and urges Ukraine to observe the constitutional rights of its citizens.
In the Verkhovnaya Rada, the consideration of draft laws aimed at the actual elimination of the UOC-MP on the territory of Ukraine, is included in the agenda of the Parliament.
On the same day, in the Odessa region, the nationalists make another attempt to seize a church of the UOC-MP.
The Kiev authorities clearly follow the behests of their idol Bandera, who said that it was not a crime to drown half of the inhabitants of Ukraine in blood, since the remaining ones would become ‘real Ukrainians, pure as a tear’.
It appears that they intend to add to the already ongoing civil war a religious one, intentionally, it would seem, disregarding the fact that in the history of mankind, there have been no bloodier wars than those for faith.
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