Ukraine Day 887: LIVE UPDATES BELOW.
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Aleksandr Zakharchenko, leader of the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) announced that elections, which he had scheduled for tomorrow, July 24, would be postponed to November 6, 2016, Gordonua.com reported, citing the DNR’s site.
“We came here as international observers but we are interested in the real state of affairs in Donbass. The lesson of World War II cannot be forgotten. Personally I am for peace in Europe;’ after all, war in the 21st century should not be the method of resolving political problems.”
“I saw a fair amount of destruction here. I saw the impact marks of shells in a school where children were studying, and saw burning and destroyed homes. I spoke with local residents, I heard what our media doesn’t tell us. In fact, it is terrible, Ukraine has unleashed a war against its own people instead of establishing dialogue and looking for a compromise.”
The Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) made two reports on the situation at the front today on its Facebook page.
In the first report, the ATO said Russian-backed forces had shelled Ukrainian positions 54 times in the previous 24 hours: 24 times in the Donetsk area; 26 in the area of Mariupol and 4 near Luganskoye.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick