He notes that the website of occupied "Donetsk Administration" posted information about alleged shelling of residential areas of the city by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on June 24. Later, information that a few houses and a children's clinic were damaged as a result of the shelling appeared in pro-Russian media.
"A detailed analysis of photographic images of one of the cases of shelling confirmed our worst fears. The illegal armed groups decided to take another cynical provocation!" the statement reads.
According to the press officer, pro-Russian terrorists fired the 3rd clinic of the 25th city hospital themselves. It was found that the shelling was coming from the north-east direction, which is the opposite side of the ATO forces' locations.
However, the Russian side of the JCCC did not record any cases of Donetsk shelling by the Ukrainian troops on the night of June 24, 2016.
The OSCE SMM confirmed the conclusions of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC in its report.
"The SMM followed up on reports of shelling. In "DPR"-controlled Kirovskyi district (8km west of Donetsk city center), the SMM saw four relatively fresh craters in a residential area and assessed them as caused by artillery (undetermined caliber) rounds - two of them fired from a north-north-easterly direction. The SMM saw the collapsed roof of a nine-storey building and shrapnel marks on the staircase of a hospital on the ground floor. Residents told the SMM that shelling had occurred during the previous night," the SMM reported.
"Thus, both the Ukrainian side of the JCCC and the OSCE SMM, who personally inspected the shelling site of the Donetsk city residential areas, are unanimous in their conclusions. Shelling of a residential building at 35a Biriuzova str. (Donetsk) was carried out from the direction and position which are, unfortunately, not yet available for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. However, given the presence of a large number of weapons of the illegal armed groups, which should have withdrawn them from the line of contact at a certain distance according to the Minsk agreements long ago, as well as the received information, one can speak about another cynical provocation of the militants' troops against the people of Ukraine, who are forced to currently live in the militants-held city," the JCCC concluded.