Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 01/18/2018

Over the past 24 hours, the situation in the responsibility zone of the DPR Armed Forces didn't undergo any essential changes and remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy launched 20 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber on the areas of three localities and conducted fire with IFVs, grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy launched eight mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on the area of the locality of KOMINTERNOVO and conducted fire with IFVs. Besides, the enemy applied 152mm artillery, having launched one projectile for the first time since the New Year ceasefire announcement.

As a result of the mortar-shelling on the part of the AFU in the locality of Veseloye and Dokuchayevsk there were damaged two house-buildings. In the locality of Yasnoye there was damaged a high-voltage power line. As a result, 560 private houses and a boiler house were de-energized.


Our intelligence received data giving evidence of the fact that the AFU are concentrating forces and facilities in the Mariupol direction.

Thus, in the responsibility zone of the 28th separate mechanized brigade there was detected arrival of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade. The brigade's artillery move secretly at night and is disguised in forest plantations and on the territories of hangars 22-23km away from the contact line in the vicinity of the locality of SVOBODNOYE.

The units of the 1st and 2nd battalions of the 93rd brigade completed downbedding on the positions together with the 28th brigade. There were loses. In the process of unloading from the railway platform, as a result of a short circuit, the battalion commander's IFV-1KB was burnt.

As we can see, the state of military equipment, even of commanders' personal combat vehicles, is so bad that they "self-destruct" before they reach the front line. At the same time, I remind you that the military-political leadership of Ukraine continues talking about increasing funding for the restoration and repair of equipment. Where this funding goes, let the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ask their questions to their commanders.


Against the backdrop of a noticeable reduction in the number of shelling on the part of the AFU, we predict an increase in the enemy's sabotage activities on our territory. According to the data obtained from the SBU of Donetsk and Lugansk region, two subversive cells operate on the territory of the Republic, which have tasks for carrying out blasting of military equipment, as well as terrorist acts at military facilities.

Our units are ready for this development of the situation! But I would like to appeal to the citizens of our Republic with a request to remain vigilant and calm. In case of detection of any suspicious persons and orphan objects, immediately inform this information to the representatives of law enforcement agencies of our Republic.

Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency