As March begins, ceasefire violations continue in Donbas, with four further incidents recorded on Wednesday, March 3. According to the press center of the Join Forces Operations (JFO) Headquarters, the Russian occupation forces opened fired with various types of grenade launchers near the village of Vodiane, in the Azov Sea region. In addition, it was reported that the enemy fired several random shots at Ukrainian positions near Vodiane, outside Donetsk, using antitank guns, and near Kamyanka, 62 kilometers south of Donetsk, from small arms. Ukrainian troops responded to the attacks. Fortunately, there were no fatalities in these recent attacks. However, a Ukrainian soldier was wounded.
The main motive behind these Russian attacks is to provoke the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces into returning fire and then blame them for the ceasefire violations. This confirms the widespread Russian manipulation by the enemy and distortion of information to achieve its goals.
Despite the Russian forces’ efforts to distort the news and place the blame the Ukrainian military for ceasefire violations, they continue to act aggressively and transport weapons to different sites throughout Donbas. On Tuesday, March 2, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) reported that 174 units of weapons and equipment were deployed outside designated storage sites in the training areas of the Russian-occupation forces in Donbas.
On February 23, aerial imagery revealed the presence of 21 tanks, 11 self-propelled howitzers and mortars, and 10 towed howitzers and mortars in a training area near Myrne, 28 kilometers southwest of Luhansk. Additionally, 56 armored combat vehicles, which were not prohibited by the provisions of the Minsk Agreements on the withdrawal of weapons were seen in the same training area.
The OSCE SMM’s drone revealed another 16 tanks in a training area near Ternove, located 57 kilometers east of Donetsk, along with 32 more tanks spotted in a training area near Kruhlyk, 31 kilometers southwest of Luhansk. More weapons were revealed in two more training areas near Miusynk and Buhaivka. These included 24 tanks, 20 self-propelled howitzers and mortars, 7 surface-to-air missile systems, 25 towed howitzers and mortars, and 109 additional armored combat vehicles.