Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 06/22/2017

The situation in the People's Militia responsibility zone underwent no 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 Kalinovo, Smeloye, Zheltoye, Zhelobok and in the Knyaz Igor monument vicinity were attacked. The Armed Forces of Ukraine used 120mm and 82mm mortars, IFV-2, recoilless antitank guns and small arms, banned by Minsk agreements, for shelling. A total of 44 projectiles and shells were launched onto the territory of the Republic.


The criminal Ukrainian military authorities do not intend to observe the agreements reached on maintaining the ceasefire, and are taking efforts for further escalation of the conflict in Donbass.


In addition, the number of offenses and crimes is steadily increasing due to the low moral and psychological level of the AFU servicemen. The number of suicides and defections has grown among the personnel of the 1st battalion of the 24th brigade due to the increase in alcohol incidence and drug use. A group of the SBU counterintelligence officers of arrived at the brigade’s base to clarify the situation with a comprehensive inspection.


Non-combat losses continue taking place in the units of the 14th AFU brigade.

 

For instance, according to the available information, on June 19, at about 7 pm, in Bolotnoye village of the Stanitsa Luganskaya district, a soldier of this brigade committed a suicide having shot himself in the chin with AK-74 machine gun at an observation post. This fact once again confirms the callous attitude of the command staff towards subordinates, bringing them to complete despair and desire not to live.


We adhere to the ‘silence regime’ and observe the Minsk agreements. Our actions are aimed at resolving the conflict in Donbass peacefully, but in case of the situation’s aggravation, the LPR People’s Militia reserves the right to act decisively to liberate the territories seized by the Kiev forces.

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