Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 03/29/2018

The situation on the contact line has deteriorated.

Over the past day, the Ukrainian occupation forces shelled two settlements in the Donetsk direction, firing five tank rounds, ten 82-mm mortar rounds, 25 IFV-1 rounds and 43 shots with grenade launchers.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired at three settlements’ areas 70 IFV-1 rounds and 122 shots with grenade launchers and small arms. One house was damaged in Shirokaya Balka village.

In the Mariupol direction, the occupants shelled the settlements of Sakhanka and Sosnovskoye with 120-mm and 82-mm mortars and heavy-calibre small arms. On these peaceful settlements, the enemy launched 30 shells and nine rocket grenades.

In just one day, the Ukrainian armed formations committed 13 violations of the truce, firing 320 pieces of ammunition at the territory of the Republic.

While defending the borders of our Republic, two servicemen of the DPR Armed Forces were wounded.


Our intelligence has become aware of the details of the attempt of a sabotage group to penetrate positions near Luganskoye settlement.

The group consisted of eight militants. The task of the group was to reach out to the positions of our units, eliminate personnel, plant mines at the positions, and withdraw.

The group was personally instructed by the commander of the 30th brigade, war criminal I. Garaz. The senior officer of group was an instructor-scout from the 3rd separate special purpose regiment of special operations forces.

However, the reconnaissance of the 30th brigade brought their comrades-in-arms directly to a minefield.

As a result, losses among the occupants are confirmed as a result of the unsuccessful diversion attempt – two killed and three wounded. The so-called "ATO" headquarters once again reports about the absence of losses among its militants.

We assume that these losses will be written off as non-combat ones, and will be gradually publicized by 1 to 2 people during the week.


We also learned that on the eve of another Easter truce coming into effect on March 30, ATO commander M. Zabrodsky tasked all the units on the contact line to intensify the shelling of our positions, and to take all available opportunities to improve their tactical positions on the front line.

As we can see, some commanders of the invaders' brigades took this instruction literally and began to throw their subversive groups to our minefields. Others simply confined themselves to preparing fake videotapes showing allegedly incessant shelling of the occupants' positions from our side and the impossibility of conducting sabotage in this situation.

All these actions of the occupation troops, as well as secondary signs, such as the deployment of four additional field hospitals near Mariupol, and the training in admission of the wounded in civilian hospitals of this city, suggest the only thing - the occupants are preparing for an offensive in the south of our Republic.


Also, our intelligence received information about the upcoming provocation against representatives of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine.

According to available information, the Mission's Camcopter S-100 UAV, which is to be launched in the Mariupol area on March 30-31, may be shot down by the air defense means of the AFU land forces. Exercises to destroy unmanned aerial vehicles at different altitudes were held yesterday in all air defense units of land formations and units. After that, the Strela-10 air-defence systems of the invaders were deployed closer to the contact line.

We do not exclude an attempt to shift the responsibility for the US drone shot down by the Ukrainian Strela to our Republic and subsequently use this fact as an excuse to launch an offensive on the DPR.

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