The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) claimed that Aleksey Zhuravlev, the MP of the State Duma of Russia came under fire. The ‘representative office of the DPR’ in the Joint Center of Control and Coordination (JCCC) claimed this.
‘Today at 13:45, the Ukrainian security officials opened the fire from the heavy weaponry at Avdiivka and Kruta Balka; 10 mines of 82mm were launched. The group with the humanitarian aid to the military was shelled. Aleksey Zhuravlev, the MP of the State Duma of Russia and the journalists were within a group’, the message said.
It is noted that this trip was not coordinated with the ‘command of the Armed Forces of the DPR’ and ‘the representative office of the DPR’ in the JCCC.
At the same time, Roman Yurchylo, the press officer of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC did not confirm this information in the broadcasting of 112 Ukraine.
‘The Ukrainian side of the JCCC connects these provocative attacks (that took place from the beginning of this day) at the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the attempt to provoke the backfire and shift the responsibility for the violation of the ceasefire. I cannot say whether it will take place tomorrow. The conditions that I mentioned should be fulfilled to make the ceasefire regime to come into force. I cannot confirm this information (on the presence of the Russia’s State Duma MP)’, he said.
The HQs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces warned about the possible provocations made by the militants on the eve of the ceasefire regime.
The militants shelled the Ukrainian soldiers in an hour after the beginning of the ceasefire regime.
As it was reported, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were ready to the settlement and observance of the ceasefire regime since midnight of March 5, 2018.