The situation on the contact line has deteriorated.
Over the past day, the Ukrainian occupation forces shelled five settlements in the Donetsk direction, firing four 82-mm mortar rounds, seven IFV rounds and 38 shots with grenade launchers and small arms.
In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired at Zaitsevo village ten artillery projectiles of 122-mm calibre, and 42 mortar shells of 82-mm and 120-mm calibres.
In the Mariupol direction, the occupants shelled the settlements of Sosnovskoye, Sakhanka and Oktyabr with 120-mm mortars, grenade launchers, and small arms. The enemy launched 30 shells and nine rocket grenades onto these peaceful settlements.
In just one day, the Ukrainian armed formations committed 12 violations of the truce, firing 293 pieces of ammunition at the territory of the Republic.
As a result of the bombardment of Dokuchayevsk with IFV guns, a residential apartment was damaged on Tsentralnaya Street, 89.
Fragments of 122-mm shells damaged two houses in Zaitsevo village on Poletayev Street, 140 and Astangovo, 29.
Further information on destructions and casualties is being specified.
Thus, there is observed an increase in shelling by the Ukrainian terrorist forces.
As we can see, even the fact of today’s arrival in Donetsk of the OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug does not stop the Ukrainian occupants from shelling our settlements.
According to our intelligence, the bombardment of Zaitsevo village with 122-mm artillery was carried out by a brigade artillery group of the 24th separate mechanized brigade under the command of war criminal Shevchenko A.M.
On the eve of the Great Easter holiday, knowing that people will go to the burial place of their families, the bastards from the 24th brigade destroyed a cemetery in Zaitsevo. All night long, targeted projectiles and shells destroyed the graves of the deceased. This reveals the true nature of the Ukrainian invaders, who came to the land of Donbass to make evil things only.
We do not exclude that this blasphemy was carried out under the supervision of the fascist A.M. Shevchenko, who, as is known, is an adherent of pagan cults and fiercely hates traditional religions.
In addition, according to our information, shelling in the Gorlovka direction and in the area of Pesky settlement will be only intensified in the coming several days. According to the information received from local residents, journalists from the TSN and Inter TV channels have arrived in Pesky and Dzerzhinsk in order to make staged video reports.
To prepare a spectacular picture illustrating, allegedly, shelling of the AFU's position by our Armed Forces, the enemy will once again follow a proven method. In particular, at first it will try to provoke us with its shelling in the hope that we will open return fire. Then, they will open "friendly" fire on their positions, on those from which provocative fire was engaged. The damage received from their own positions will be recorded by representatives of Ukrainian lying media with a view to subsequently distribute these videos as evidence of aggression by the DPR Armed Forces.
It is especially sad that in order to maintain public opinion about constant shelling on the part of our Republic, the military and political leadership of Ukraine, in favour of its interests and earnings in this war, gives orders to bombard not only our towns and villages, thus killing civilians, but also sacrifices its misfortunate fighters.
This war would have ended long ago if the people of Ukraine had dispersed the mist of false propaganda coming from the Kiev media, and demanded that the Kiev criminal leaders terminate this bloodshed, at which both soldiers of the warring parties and civilians perish.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency