They evacuated the town of Starobesheve, among other areas in the 75-kilometre (47 mi) stretch of borderland from the Sea of Azov to the existing insurgent-held territories.  The Daily Telegraph called the Ukrainian defeat at the airport "devastating". The vice-president of the Donetsk People's Republic, Maxim Petrukhin, was killed in the fighting, and president Denis Pushilin was wounded.  OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter said that he was "very concerned" about the "resurgence of violence", and stressed the importance of adhering to the Minsk Protocol.  The statement that announced the release of the report said that at least 331 people had been killed since the start of ceasefire, and that the most fierce fighting took place around Donetsk International Airport, Debaltseve, and Shchastya.  In response to the attack, Ukrainian president Poroshenko said that "For every life of our soldiers, the militants will pay with tens and hundreds of their own". Skirmishes between the troops and local demonstrators caused the city administration building to be set on fire.  These denials have been viewed as implausible, to the point where it seemed that the Russian government no longer cared about the appearance of propriety.  According to Kyiv Post, many of the protesters stated that they had clashed with Euromaidan protesters, and that they were not in favour of that movement.  OSCE monitors reported on 8 November that there were large movements of unmarked heavy equipment in separatist-held territory.  On the next day, a city administration building in Pervomaisk was overrun by Luhansk People's Republic insurgents, who then raised their flag over it.  Four militants were captured, and five policemen were wounded. , Government forces destroyed a separatist stronghold in Semenivka, and regained control of Krasnyi Lyman on 3 June.  Amidst this renewed violence, OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter issued a statement that "urged all sides to immediately stop fighting", and also said that putting the ceasefire at risk of collapse would be "irresponsible and deplorable". , Clashes between government forces and pro-Russian groups escalated in early May, when the city administration building was briefly retaken by the Ukrainian National Guard. , This article is about the ongoing armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine.  The Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) was declared on 27 April. , Some of the volunteer battalions belong to Right Sector. 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Numerous ceasefire violations were recorded, with most occurring near Donetsk International Airport. , By the end of August 2020, DPR separatist authorities reported that a total of 4,932 separatists and civilians had been killed in DPR-controlled territory, while the LPR reported 1,328 people had died in the LPR by January 2018..  " Directly prior to the appearance of the column, the area was heavily shelled. Specifically, protesters demanded that the separatists cease firing rocket attacks from residential areas on the outskirts of Donetsk.  The status of the remaining volunteer units remain legally ambiguous.. Międzynarodówka bije się na ukraińskiej wojnie", "At least 100 Serbs fight in Ukraine on pro-Russian side", "Ukraine conflict: Spanish suspects held for 'joining rebels, "Spain Arrests 8 on Suspicion of Fighting for Rebels in Ukraine", "Eight Spaniards arrested after returning from combat in Ukraine", "We fought together, communists and Nazis alike, for the liberation of Russia", "В Донбассе воюют более сотни граждан Германии – СМИ", "Kazakh Citizen Sentenced For Joining Russia-Backed Separatists in Ukraine", "Moldova Indicts, Sentences Individuals Who Fought As Mercenaries in Ukraine", "Serbia opens 45 cases against Serbian mercenaries fighting abroad, incl. Volodymyr Zelensky(2019–present) Petro Poroshenko(2014–2019) Oleksandr Turchynov(2014), The War in Donbass is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine, part of the Ukrainian crisis and the broader Russo-Ukrainian War. 21-64. Ukrainian forces were forced to withdraw from the Debaltseve area on 18 February, leaving separatist forces in control of it. A paper released by the Royal United Services Instituteestimated that 9,000–12,000 Russian troops had been deployed to parts of eastern Ukraine in early 2015, with 42,000 troops having been involved in the combined service rotation.  The US government is sending military advisors to Ukraine to aid the Ukrainian government in its fight against the insurgents. , The scheduled summit at Minsk on 11 February 2015 resulted in the signing of a new package of peacemaking measures, called Minsk II, on 12 February.  A report by Human Rights Watch said "Anti-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine are abducting, attacking, and harassing people they suspect of supporting the Ukrainian government or consider undesirable...anti-Kiev insurgents are using beatings and kidnappings to send the message that anyone who doesn't support them had better shut up or leave". Russia called the reports "another fake piece of information. The survey results showed that 80% of Ukrainians nationally and 73% of people living in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts supported that the separatist-controlled areas should remain part of Ukraine. , The Russian Orthodox Army (Russian: Русская православная армия, Russkaya pravoslavnaya armiya), a pro-Russian insurgent group in Ukraine, originated in May 2014 as part of the insurgency. , A poll of the Ukrainian public, excluding Russian-annexed Crimea, was taken by the International Republican Institute from 12 to 25 September 2014.  Zelensky also admitted, however, that despite the prisoner exchange and de-mining operations that had taken place, the peace process did not move as fast as he had expected when he signed the 9 December 2019 summit.  On the following day, the Russian Defence Ministry said these soldiers had crossed the border "by accident".  Protesters barricaded the building, and demanded that all arrested separatist leaders be released. , As of February 2018, the number of separatist forces were estimated at around 31,000 out of which 80% (25,000) were Donbass residents, 15% (≈5,000) were military contractors from Russia and other countries and 3% (900–1,000) were regular Russian armed forces personnel. As this attack occurred, insurgents in Luhansk received reinforcements. Gubarev's team met Girkin's as it entered Ukraine from Russia, and the original plan was to capture Shakhtarsk first, as it was much closer to both the Russo-Ukrainian border and the Russian military base in Rostov-on-Don.  Particularly heavy fighting broke out along the Siverskyi Donets River, to the north-west of Luhansk city. , Heavy fighting also resumed around Donetsk airport overnight, and explosions were heard in all districts of the city. 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