Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 06/20/2017

The situation in the People's Militia responsibility zone has not undergone significant changes and remains tense.

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

Our units’ positions near the localities of Slavyanoserbsk, Frunze, Zheltoye, Sokolniki and Golubovsky were attacked. The Armed Forces of Ukraine used 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, IFV-2, antiaircraft mounts, grenade launchers of various types and small arms, banned by Minsk agreements, for shelling. A total of 124 projectiles, mortar shells and grenades were launched onto the territory of the Republic. It was managed to avoid casualties among civilians and military personnel.


The AFU stepped up reconnaissance along the contact line by means of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Thus, it was established that in the 53rd AFU brigade’s responsibility zone, in the vicinity of Sanzharovka locality aerial reconnaissance was being conducted by UAVs. According to our information, reconnaissance is aimed at a subversive and reconnaissance group’ infiltration into the grey zone for committing sabotage in anticipation of the OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug’s working trip to Donbass.


We have established new facts of non-combat losses in the AFU units deployed in the ‘ATO’ zone. So, one serviceman of the 93rd AFU brigade perished due to security requirements’ violations when driving a vehicle. And two servicemen of the 14th brigade were killed by a grenade’s explosion due to careless handling of weapons and ammunition. These losses are regular in nature. Both facts are being carefully concealed from the supreme command. The AFU command is incapable of saving its soldiers’ lives and health.


The military and political authorities of Ukraine are trying to justify the fact of the Kiev forces’ surrendering their advanced positions, stating that there was no confirmation. In fact, the AFU command can not verify this information, as the lines abandoned by the Kiev forces have been occupied by our units already. But results of the AFU’s fake offensive in the vicinity of Zhelobok locality are available on the Internet, where a video taken by local residents shows the ‘ATO’ command evacuating columns of burned equipment. The number of burned equipment reveals the scale of losses among the AFU personnel.

In conclusion, I want to urge to the entire world community to influence the Ukrainian military and political authorities, for them to cease the fratricidal war. We, as before, are ready for a dialogue and a peaceful settlement of the Donbass conflict.

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