Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 08/18/2017

Good afternoon!

Last week, formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic held complex battle drill and tactical and fire exercises. Also, the first stage of the contests of tank crews was completed, the results of which determined the best tankmen.

The DPR Armed Forces together with the security agencies of the Republic continue to conduct active measures to counter terrorism and combat enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups.


Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 51 ceasefire violations. 

The enemy launched two artillery shells, eight tank shells and 224 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre onto the Republic’s territory. 

As a result of shelling by the AFU of Zaitsevo locality, a civilian, Vasilet Semen Ivanovich, born in 1958, living at Brusilov Street, 14, received a shrapnel wound.


In total, over the past week the enemy committed 362 ceasefire regime violations and fired 2085 artillery, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic.

AFU shellings affected 32 settlements of the Republic, in seven of them 24 buildings were damaged and destroyed.

Mostly the bombardments affected the Petrovsky and Kievsky districts of Donetsk, as well as settlements of Spartak, Kominternovo, Sakhanka.

As a result of AFU attacks, four civilian were wounded.

Defending the Republic, 12 soldiers perished, two were wounded.


Orally declaring full observance of the Minsk agreements, in fact the Ukrainian side is making every effort to resume the armed conflict. Heavy weapons, which should be withdrawn at appropriate distances from the contact line, are systematically recorded in the border areas. The use of tanks and artillery with the caliber of 152 and 122-mm and mortars according when attacking the positions of the DPR Armed Forces and settlements of the Republic is a common thing for the Ukrainian forces.

The cases of applying unmanned aerial vehicles, both od industrial production and drones made by the handicraft method, have become more frequent on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fact that with their help the enemy carries out reconnaissance of targets for striking and correcting artillery fire on houses and objects of civil infrastructure is of concern. So, according to the results of aerial reconnaissance, the houses in the settlements of Leniniskoye, Zaichenko, Sakhanka, Oktyabr, Staromikhailovka, Alexandrovka and Kominternovo were subjected to targeted attacks on the part of the AFU. Thanks to the vigilance and skillful actions of our defenders, four UAVs, through which Ukrainian militants fired on inhabitants of the Republic, had been shot down. Three of them are presented to your attention. The fourth, the multicopter "Commander", was shot down in the "grey zone", the wreckage of which remained there.

I will stop separately on this drone. A hollow-cone charge "KZ-6" was installed on its bearing part, the drop of which was previously recorded in the residential areas of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. To the creators of the Commander, Ukrainian volunteers who have become accomplices of war criminals on goodwill, I want to report that your awkward, stout, expensive and loud drones are an excellent target for our air defense units.

And I remind the so-called 'ATO' zone command that, in accordance with the Minsk memorandum, there is a ban on flights of combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles along the entire contact line of the sides to a depth of at least 30 km. The exceptions are the flights of unmanned vehicles of the OSCE Mission.


In addition to more frequent bombardments from heavy artillery and mortars of residential buildings, the fires that are being created by purposefully Ukrainian terrorists are of threatening scale. When they set fire to the fields, they pursue the goal of spreading fire to residential areas of the Republic's settlements for maximum material damage. However, while the incendiaries do not always take into account the prevailing and dominant winds. So, on August 15, servicemen of the AFU set fire to one of the fields in the "grey zone". Because of the gusts of the wind, the flame engulfed the settlement of Verkhnetoretskoe, temporarily occupied by Ukrainian troops. As a result of the arson, ten private households were destroyed.


Yet another incident occurred on the territory of the Donetsk filtering station. In particular, the Ukrainian Armed Forces servicemen used weapons against the employees of the communal enterprise "Water of Donbass", which demonstrates the hatred towards the peaceful inhabitants of Donbass on the part of the Ukrainian punishers' side. I remind you that a violation of the DFS functioning will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe, which will affect not only residents of the Donetsk People's Republic, but also the population living on the territory occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. That, in turn, confirms the falsity of the statements of Ukraine's leadership about the desire to protect civilians. The only protection that the Ukrainian people need is protection from criminal actions by the government and the power structures of the country.


We note the stepping up of enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups in the Mariupol direction. So, on August 15, two groups of enemy saboteurs made an attempt to advance deep into the "grey zone" in the vicinity of the settlement of Kominternovo. Aggressive intentions of Ukrainian militants were prevented by the skillful and determined actions of the defenders of the Republic. The enemy, having suffered the losses of 6 killed and 3 wounded, was forced to retreat.

An analysis of the results of the so-called 'ATO' command's activity testifies to the desire of the Ukrainian military and political leadership to resume bloodshed in Donbass to divert the people's attention from impoverishment and the coming collapse of the country. The Armed Forces of the DPR strictly abide to the agreements reached. At the same time, we are ready to give a commensurate and adequate response to any provocations and acts of aggression by the AFU.

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