Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 05/31/2017

The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People's Militia underwent no essential changes and remains tense.

Over the past day, the enemy committed five violations of the ceasefire. 

Our units' positions near the localities of Sokolniki, Frunze and Novokievka were shelled. When attacking, the Armed Forces of Ukraine applied 120mm mortars, banned by the Minsk accords, IFV cannons, grenade launchers and small arms. In total, 128 projectiles and shells were launched onto the Republic's territory. 


Also, the Ukrainian side continues to violate the Minsk agreements on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line. According to our reconnaissance, in the area of Troitskoye village (5 km from the contact line) - there was detected the presence of seven 122 mm howitzers D-30.


We continue to record a decline in the level of the moral and psychological state in the ranks of the AFU. This was confirmed by another fact of desertion in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces units.

Thus, a serviceman of the 14 separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, unable to withstand pressure from the nationalists, left the unit location, taking with him an AKS with ammunition, two grenades F-1 and one RGD-5. Currently, the location of the serviceman is unknown. The fact of the unauthorized abandonment of the unit is hidden from the superior leadership.


And in the 3rd battalion of the 24 separate mechanised brigade more non-combat casualties were revealed. So, yesterday, during the provocative bombardment of the Republic from the already known with its tragicalness mortar "Molot". As a result of the mortar rupture, three soldiers of the Ukrainian  Armed Forces were injured.


I note that the units of the Republic's People's Militia, as before, do not react to provocations, adhering to the "silence regime" and respecting the Minsk accords. We are aimed at solving the conflict in Donbass peacefully. But in case of an aggravation of the situation, we reserve the right to act decisively, in order to protect the interests of our citizens.

To this end, trainings to increase fieldcraft and combat readiness are held in the units of the LPR People's Militia. So, yesterday, at the polygon of the People's Militia, classes were held on the combat shakedown of platoons. During the training, tactical tasks were conducted to maintain the position defense, to repel enemy attacks and to switch to a counterattack.

Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko,
official translation by DONi News Agency