Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 04/01/2017

The situation in the LPR People's Militia responsibility zone has not changed and remains tense.

Over the past day, there were registered 14 occasions of ceasefire violations by the enemy. Our units’ positions near the following localities underwent shellings: Slavyanoserbsc, Kalinovka, Annovka, Donetsky, Lozovoye, Frunze, Logvinovo, Kalinovo, Pervomaisk, Sokolniki. 122mm artillery pieces, 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various types and small arms were used for shelling. In total, 555 artillery projectiles, mortar shells and grenades were fired at the Republic’s territory.


As you have learnt already, today the Ukrainian party once again failed to fulfil the terms for the Minsk Agreements’ implementation on the situation’s settlement in Donbass. The AFU were to ensure silence regime today, but it never happened. All the obligations were fulfilled on our part. We are still ready to fulfil the agreements’ terms, and we hope that the Ukrainian party will still find the nerve and meet its engagements, including the withdrawal of its units.


The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue understating their combat and non-combat losses. Thus, it became known that a dozen of killed and wounded AFU soldiers are daily admitted to the military hospital of the city of Kharkov from the so-called ‘ATO’ zone. The hospital’s chief physician was instructed to conceal these facts.


The famous Ukrainian mortar Molot continues reducing the number of the AFU servicemen. Another rupture of the gun occurred on March 30, having resulted in the death of three AFU soldiers. At that, the ‘ATO’ headquarters does not report that they have got killed in a mortar explosion. According to the ‘ATO’ headquarters representative’s statement of March 30, the AFU fighters were killed as a result of the Republics’ People’s Militia shellings.


In turn, the LPR People’s Militia units are holding regular military trainings, servicemen are engaged in servicing weapons and military equipment, improving the educational and material base. Military assemblies continuing being held for artillery units’ reservists.

We resist provocations by Ukrainian Armed Forces and strictly comply with the Minsk Agreements, but, in case of gross violations by the Ukrainian party, we are ready to act decisively.

Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko,

official translation by DONi News Agency