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Donetsk and Lugansk (Ukraine) declare a state of general mobilization

The authorities of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk announced early this Saturday the state of general mobilization that imposes the activation of all reservists and the transformation of the economy with a view to an armed conflict. “I urge my compatriots who are in the reserves to go to the military registration and enlistment offices,” Donetsk People’s Republic leader Denis Pushilin said in a recorded statement.

The tension of recent months due to the accumulation of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, added to the consequent intensification of NATO operations, have once again overwhelmed the conflict in the east of the country, whichConfrontation with the Kiev authorities with these two separatist zones, related to Russia. “I appeal,” added Pushilin to all the men in the republic that can bear arms to defend their families, their children, their wives and their mothers. Together we will achieve the victory that we all want and need,” according to a recording collected by the official Russian news agency Sputnik. The leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (PLR), Leonid Pásechnik, has also signed this decree.

These declarations take place after both territories declared on Friday the evacuation of their citizens to the Russian region of Rostov. Some 35,000 residents of Lugansk have already started moving there, according to the head of the Ministry of Emergencies, Yevgeny Katzavalov, while his Donetsk counterpart, Alexei Kostrubizki, estimates that the region’s authorities have already evacuated 6,603 people to Russia. , including 2,436 children. Meanwhile, in Rostov, six ten-car trains have already been launched each to evacuate civilians from the region, according to sources from the Russian Emergency services to the TASS agency.

These mobilizations take place after the situation on the line of contact in eastern Ukraine – the front between the Ukrainian Army and the separatists – intensified on Thursday morning, culminating in a succession of violations of the ceasefire in force. unprecedented in recent months. Specifically, they have recorded 222 ceasefire violations in the Donetsk area, of which 135 have been explosions, while in Lugansk, 648 violations have been recorded, of which 519 have been explosions, as explained by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ) in a report.

These figures reflect a significant increase in armed violence in eastern Ukraine, as pointed out by the organization, which has reiterated “the need” to refrain from the use of force and de-escalate an “already tense” situation. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, for its part, has denied that it is preparing an armed offensive in Donbas, the region in eastern Ukraine where the two self-proclaimed republics are located. “The claims that the government Ukrainian tries to launch an operation offensive in the Donetsk and Lugansk territories are far from reality”, he made it known in a note issued this Friday.

A soldier dies in a bombing

The Armed Forces of Ukraine reported this Saturday the death of one of its troops during a new series of clashes on the contact line in the east of the country against troops from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The Ukrainian Army has denounced that the soldier has died as a result of a bombardment carried out with heavy artillery around 09:00 in the morning, local time.

The deceased, unidentified, succumbed to a shrapnel wound, according to the note, published by the Ukrinform portal. “The Armed Forces of Ukraine express their deepest and most sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased,” according to the statement, which did not provide further details at this time. In recent hours, Ukraine has denounced the deployment of 122-mm caliber artillery systems, 120-mm caliber mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns in multiple towns in Donetsk and Lugansk, contrary to the regulations of the Minsk agreements that regulated the, until now, a precarious ceasefire in the region.