Donetsk on Wednesday showed few signs of a ceasefire as reports continued of fighting in parts of the city, which has hardly had any let-up in the fighting at all.
Locals claimed residential buildings had been hit by at least five Ukrainian mortar shells in the morning. At least two people were been killed. The Ukrainian side insists it is under almost continuous fire from heavy weapons parked close to civilians’ homes.
“They started to shoot at each other and a shell hit a working gas pipeline that was under pressure. That started a strong fire, and flats started to burn,” said local man Alexander Dubkin.
While the “special status” approved in Kyiv for parts of the Donbass region for three years allows considerable autonomy, many want full statehood without any more waiting. December 7th sees local elections. The Russian foreign ministry called the move “a step in the right direction.”