Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 02/28/2018

Over the past day, there was detected a decrease in fire activity of the Ukrainian invaders. It comes connected, first of all, not with good intentions of the Ukrainian side to start implementing the Minsk agreements. The reason is simple. The combat readiness of one of the "strongest armies on the continent," as Poroshenko has repeatedly stated, has been undermined by the cold weather.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy engaged grenade launchers and small arms at the area of Staromikhailovka village and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

A relative calm was detected in the Mariupol and Gorlovka directions.

According to the information we possess, yesterday commander of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade, war criminal Klochkov planned to carry out another shelling of the town of Dokuchayevsk. He gave the corresponding order to the commander of a howitzer self-propelled artillery battalion to engage 122-mm artillery. By the already established tradition, Klochkov designated a residential district of Dokuchayevsk as target for the fire strike.

A sharp deterioration in weather conditions impeded the implementation of criminal plans. Fuel froze in self-propelled artillery mounts and infantry fighting vehicles, which prevented them from being driven to firing positions. Proceedings are already under way in the brigade into the fact of non-fulfilment of the military order.

In total for the past day, two violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian forces were registered.


In the Maryinka, Krasnoarmeisk and Volnovakha areas, occupied by the Kiev troops, there is detected a step up in the activity of the Security Service and the National Police of Ukraine. Patrols at checkpoints are reinforced by officers of the special services and the Kord special forces unit. Along with that, targeted round-ups and check-ups of citizens are conducted in the streets. Civilians are arrested on the slightest suspicion of "unreliability" and refusal to comply with the orders of punishers.

According to the information received from local residents, more than 30 persons have been unreasonably detained. So far, there has been no information on their future fate. The majority of those arrested have a residence permit in settlements of the Donetsk People's Republic, or used to cross checkpoints to visit relatives living in the Republic.

These measures are organized by the central office of the Security Service of Ukraine on the eve of Pyotr Poroshenko’s arrival to the so-called "ATO" zone. As we have previously reported, the President of Ukraine had had this visit planned on the urgent recommendation of the American curators, in order to check the combat readiness to active hostilities of the formations and military units performing tasks in the "ATO" zone.

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