Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 02/17/2018

The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the settlement of Alexandrovka and the airport area were targeted with 30 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres, as well as various grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the foe hit the localities of Shyrokaya Balka, Mikhailovka and Gorlovka (6/7 mine) with five 82-mm mortar shells, also applying anti-aircraft gun and grenade launchers. As a result of this bombardment, FOUR house-building in Gorlovka were damaged: along the streets of Otechestvennaya 48; 50/1; 54/2 and Divnogorskogo, 49. Fortunately, there are no civilian casualties.

A total of eight violations of the cease-fire regime by the AFU were recorded in the course of the past 24 hours.


While in Munich Poroshenko tries to convince the international community in Ukraine's desire to establish peace in Donbass, the AFU command continues to carry out his orders and do everything to turn this shaky truce into large-scale military operations.

Last night the Ukrainian invaders conducted another combat sortie of a sabotage and subversive terrorist group. So, from the positions in the area of Peski, a group of Ukrainian militants from among the 57 separate motorized infantry brigade under the command of war criminal Golovashenko, in the amount of eight people, tried to conduct a military sortie. By engaging fire from small arms, at least two Ukrainian militants were killed, two were wounded. One of the saboteurs, Vasily Zhemelinsky, abandoned by his co-servicemen on the battlefield, was captured.

Having talked with him, interesting details were revealed. Ukrainian occupiers overstay for the second time in the trenches, waiting for the change. Alcoholism and drug addiction thrive due to idleness. So, last night a group of servicemen of the 34th battalion of the 57th brigade, having consumed faked alcohol, decided to earn medals before leaving the so-called 'ATO' zone. The captured Ukrainian militant told that in the same insane state, the mortarmen of the 57th brigade are shelling the settlements of the Republic.

In addition, he confirmed the information we had before, about the inspection in the units in the area of the so-called 'ATO' zone by a group of high-ranking officers from the United States. According to him, soldiers had been preparing for this inspection more carefully than for the arrival of generals from the AFU General Staff. They were forced to buy a new uniform, hid heavy and faulty equipment. The headquarters of the brigade gave clear instructions to show off before American curators and try to act out high combat readiness.

The captured told about the extremely negative attitude towards the Ukrainian occupants from the peaceful population, in connection with the flourishing crime rate in the ranks of Ukrainian 'defenders'. Leaving from the positions in the headquarters of the battalion and the brigade to other settlements, the Ukrainian military, in order to preserve their life and health, dress in civilian form, so that human 'gratitude' does not catch them up.

Dissatisfaction with the president of Ukraine and the policies pursued by him, which is leading the country into the abyss, is growing in the ranks of the 57th brigade's servicemen. Up to 70% of servicemen support anti-government sentiments in the society and are ready to support Poroshenko's impeachment.

Head of the DPR Armed Forces' Press Service Daniil Bezsonov, official translation by DONi News Agency