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Summary of hostilities in Novorossia on March, 21-22

Author: Ayre от 23.03.2015, 11:22
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On March 21 and 22 the situation heated increasingly on the territory of Donbass. Fighting continued in the area of ​​Peski and Shirokino, Ukrainian security forces resumed shelling of residential areas in the north and north-west of Donetsk on March 22. AFU provocations were observed in Gorlovka with tanks firing on militia positions. Ukrainian military also continued provocations in the area of ​​the track Bakhmutka firing at LPR army positions with mortars and SPGs.

map for March 1
 Hostilities in DPR

By 9:30 of March 21 gunfire was heard on the northern outskirts of Donetsk, the city itself was quiet. DPR militia positions near Putilovka bridge in Donetsk suffered Mortar fire from the settlements Avdeyevka and Opytnoye. At about 16:00 of March 21 Ukrainian armed forces began shelling the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts Donetsk. Three residents of Donetsk, including one child, were wounded during shelling of Petrovsky district by Ukrainian security forces. AFU were shelling with mortars of 120-millimeter caliber. By 22:00 of March 21 the city was quiet.

Ukrainian security forces conducted fire at militia positions near Donetsk airport with mortars and small arms from Peski and Opytnoye in the night of March 20 to 21. Militia units in the "Volvo center" of Donetsk were fired with mortars and small arms From firing positions located near the village of Peski on March 21. DPR militia in the area of ​​the mine Oktyabrskaya and the village of Vesyoloye suffered mortar and small arms fire from Peski. The village Spartak was fired with mortars, small arms and ICV guns from Avdeyevka, Peski, Opytnoye. As a result of attacks four militia soldiers were wounded near the village of Peski on March 21.

On March 22 AFU conducted an artillery attack on the territory of Donetsk railway Station around 11 am. A direct hit of explosive projectile into a three-story building of the station was recorded. OSCE officers arrived at the place of the firing. Representatives of the international mission recorded the fact that the combat projectile hit into the building. The shelling was conducted from Avdeyevka. As a result, the projectile destroyed the roof, there were no injuries.

By 12:20 of March 22 there were active small arms firefights in the Petrovsky district. There were also several artillery shells in the neighborhood Azotny. Around 19:45 AFU conducted fire in the direction of the Oktyabrskaya mine terricone. By the night of March 22 shelling of the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk began.

On March 22 fighting broke out in the north-western outskirts of Donetsk near the villages of Peski and Spartak in the morning. In Peski they continued throughout the day until evening.

According to the headquarters of the so-called ATO, AFU positions near the settlement Peski suffered fire of grenade launchers, 82 and 120-millimeter mortars 6 times at the Donetsk direction in the night of March 20 to 21. On March 21 positions of AFU at Krasnogorovka, Opytnoye, Peski were fired with 120-millimeter mortars.

On March 21 artillery worked at Avdeyevka for two hours since 5:30 am. At 13:20 shelling happened again.

According to the Ukrainian side, a fight began between the Ukrainian military and militias near the village of Opytnoye in the night of March 21. From 5:50 to 7:40 of March 21 fire was conducted with a tank at Opytnoye.

On March 22 the sound of gunfire was heard from the area of Yasinovataya traffic police post. A battle with the use of machine guns and small arms was going on at the site since morning.

Positions of the DPR Armed Forces in the area of Gorlovka were fired with ICV guns from the mine "Yuzhnaya" on March 21. By 21:40 AFU were shelling AFN positions near mines number 6 and 7 in Gorlovka with tanks and large-caliber small arms. the militia have losses as a result of attacks - several armored vehicles. On March 22 about two dozen AFU tanks, going out to firing positions in turns, continued to fire at DPR army positions near the mines number 6 and 7. By 13:30 militias did not open fire in response, as all heavy weapons had been withdrawn and it did not have time to go back to the front by this time.

In the village Signalnoye security forces used artillery from Slavnoye at 19:15 of March 21, the system was not determined. No injuries were reported.

In the morning of March 21 the situation remained tense in the direction of Mariupol. Ukrainian side said that AFU positions near the settlement Shirokino were twice fired in the morning. It is also alleged that the positions of AFU near Staromaryevka were twice fired with antitank guided missiles around 11:00.

According to the DPR Defense Ministry, Ukrainian security forces violated the ceasefire along the line of contact in Donbass on March 21. Violations were recorded in the area of Dokuchayevsk, Granitnoye, Logvinovo. Totally, 41 attacks by Ukrainian army were recorded on March 21. The villages Shirokino, Kalnovka, Zhabunki within Donetsk, mines6-7 in Gorlovka, as well as settlement Signalnoye came under fire. The fire was conducted with 82 and 120 mm mortars, machine guns, RPGs, AGLs, small arms.

On March 22, in general, there were 36 violations. Militia artillery positions in Shirokino were fired for more than an hour. There were also attempts to breakthrough in the area of ​​Spartak and Avdeyevka. The shelling of the area of ​​"Volvo-center" was also conducted from Peski. As a result, five militia fighters were injured.

Hostilities in LPR

In the morning of March 21 the bridge over the river Seversky Donets River was undermined in the area of ​​the settlement Tryokhizbyonka. Circumstances of undermining are unknown.

On March 21 militia positions on the track Bakhmutka were shelled by security forces with mortars, tank shells and small arms for at least 30 times. The militia returned fire only in response to attacks with mortars and tanks. On March 21, three hits in LPR army positions were recorded at the 29th checkpoint, probably with SPGs "Akatsia".

On March 22 Ukrainian security forces fired at militia positions in the area of ​​Zhelobok and Novotoshkovskoye with SPGs "Gvozdika" and howitzers D-30.


Additional forces of the National Guard of Ukraine began to move up quickly to Dnipropetrovsk region from the front. Such measures were taken in connection with possible unrest in the region because of the likely resignation of State Administration head Igor Kolomoisky, who can, try to create a separate republic for himself using the controlled armed groups of the radical organization "Right Sector".

Russian Emergencies Ministry started forming another humanitarian convoy for Donbass on March 21, the most of cargo will include the seeds for spring sowing.

Summary prepared by the staff of the Information Analytical Center "Cassad"


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