Donetsk not encircled yet - militias

By Wednesday afternoon the Ukrainian army units have occupied positions south, west and north of Donetsk but have not encircled the city yet, the militia headquarters told Interfax.

By Wednesday afternoon the Ukrainian army units have occupied positions south, west and north of Donetsk but have not encircled the city yet, the militia headquarters told Interfax on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian forces have been trying to round up the cities of Yenakiieve and Horlivka located several dozen kilometers from Donetsk, the headquarters said.

At the same time, the militia forces have managed to foil the enemy's attempts to seize control over the city of Ilovaisk east of Donetsk, the headquarters said.

The army also failed to storm the cities of Shakhtarsk and Krasny Luch and thus close the circle around Donetsk, the militia headquarters said.

"The city of Vuhlehirsk as an object of no strategic or tactical interest has been left by militiamen. Yenakiieve and Horlivka are practically rounded up, it was quiet in Ilovaisk this morning, and in Shakhtarsk too," the militia headquarters said.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army managed to cut off communication with Torez but the militia headquarters claims these army units have "now been practically rounded up."

Furthermore, the Ukrainian forces on Wednesday launched an attack against the militia positions on the edge of the village of Korsun in the Yenakiieve area. "A fight is taking place there now," the militia headquarters said.

Hostilities have also been reported around Saur-Mohyla and Ilovaisk. "Neither side has made strategic gains by this moment," the militia headquarters said.

Meanwhile, in Donetsk proper, several dozen residential buildings, mainly on the outskirts of the city, have been damaged in artillery fire, a spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) told Interfax.

According to the Donetsk city hall, around 60 people injured in artillery attacks have been hospitalized. Also, serious damage has been caused to infrastructure. Several businesses experienced power disruptions.

"Shells are exploding in the vicinity of coal mines and hit substations feeding electricity into supply systems," the DPR spokesperson said.

At the same time, "the humanitarian situation in the city remains satisfactory. Bread factories and bakeries are meeting their daily quotas. The city is fully provided with essentials and foodstuffs. Volunteers continue cleaning up bomb shelters," the DPR spokesperson said.

For his part, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Andriy Lysenko said earlier on Wednesday that over the past 24 hours the Ukrainian military had engaged with the militias 25 times and that the circle around Donetsk and Luhansk was getting tighter.

Read more: Nearly 5,750 people leave Lugansk via humanitarian corridor - regional administration


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