MOSCOW, March 10 – RIA Novosti . In the village of Mikhailovka (Zolotoe-5), battles began between the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the People's Militia of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, former official representative of the militia Andrei Marochko said in a Telegram channel.
He posted a video in which intense shooting from various weapons is heard. According to Marochko, the Armed Forces use small arms and grenade launchers, and there is a school in the shelling zone.
“Local residents write that a lot of bullets ricochet off the walls of houses,” he wrote.
According to the authorities of the self-proclaimed republic, one militia was injured.
Aggravation of the situation in Donbass
The conflict in Donbass has been going on for seven years, about 13 thousand people have become victims. The settlement is being discussed at the meetings of the contact group in Minsk. The parties have adopted several documents aimed at resolving the conflict, but shootings continue.
Since February, the situation began to deteriorate: there was an attempt on the life of the battalion commander of the People's Militia of the DPR, Ukrainian security forces fired mortars at Gorlovka and the outskirts of Donetsk, and the fighting intensified.
The self-proclaimed republics believe that a large-scale offensive is being prepared in Kiev, pulling new forces to the line of contact. The Ukrainian capital partially confirms this information: on February 22, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak said that the army was working on a scenario of assaults in urban settings.
In recent days, videos from different Ukrainian regions have been published on social networks, showing trains with military equipment.