Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 21.07.2016

Over the past day the number of bombardments reached three hundred and eight.

The enemy launched sixty-three 120mm mortar shells and a hundred twenty 82mm mortar shells. In addition, the enemy used in shelling infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms.

The war criminals continued to shell the following localities of the Republic: Vasilyevka, Zaytsevo, Yasinovataya, Mineralnoye, Staromikhaylovka, Dokuchaevsk, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, the Petrovsky district and the airport of Donetsk city, which resulted in thirteen households damaged.

As a result of the shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city, a woman born in 1947, Vaseline Scherbina, received a shrapnel wound.

The orders to shell the territory of the Republic were given by the Ukrainian «pseudo-heroes» Ryabokon, Vodolazsky, Gorbatyuk, Delyatitsky, Voylokov and Zabolotny.

We passed all the data about the Minsk Agreements violations to representatives of the OSCE and JCCC.

Despite the protests of local residents of Dzerzhinsk (5 km away from the contact line) against the deployment of the AFU military equipment and the personnel, the enemy continues amassing the equipment at the social objects and in the residential areas.

According to our intelligence, in the residential areas of the locality of Dzerzhinsk, there was detected the arrival of up to a company of the AFU personnel, as well as the deployment of twenty 122mm D-30 towed howitzers.

We have repeatedly drawn attention to the fact that the AFU units do not allow representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission to their fighting positions in order to conceal the heavy weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, deployed there.      

On the other hand, the commander of the 30th separate mechanized brigade Yakubov did not conceal from the monitoring mission eight MLRS «Grad» withdrawn from the sites of storage of the prohibited weapons and deployed at the fighting positions in the area of the localities Kalinovo and Makedonovka (19 km away from the contact line).    

This fact became evidence demonstrating the reluctance of a  Ukrainian commander to carry out criminal orders of his superiors. Having the honor of an officer, he refused to open deadly fire on civilians of Donbass. 

We call all the commanders of the AFU military units to follow his suit and stop the senseless and fratricidal war.

Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency