Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has refuted Russian fakes about Ukraine’s alleged invasion or attacks against occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
February 17, the situation in the Donbas conflict area worsened after a relative lull. As reported earlier, Russia-backed militants shelled a number of civilian facilities, including a school and a kindergarten.
Over the past 24 hours, 80 ceasefire violations by the armed forces of Russian-backed militants were recorded, 72 of which were performed by the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. In addition, 22 houses of civilians in the Kyiv-controlled territory of Donbas were damaged during heavy shelling on the line of contact.
Earlier today, Rostyslav Shurma, Deputy Head of President’s Office stated that irreversible losses in such a stressful situation are 2-3 billion dollars a month.
Since 2014 the armed conflict waged by Russia has claimed the lives of about 14,000 people, injured at least 30,000, including civilians, and forced more than 1.5 million people to flee their homes in Crimea and Donbas to escape occupation for the government-controlled territory of Ukraine.