Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 17.11.16

The situation in the zone of the responsibility of the LPR People’s Militia is stabilizing.  

Over the past 24 hours the Ukrainian punishers shelled our units’ positions in the area of the locality of Kalinovka, Kalinovo, Kalinovo-Borshchevataya three times over the past 24 hours. 10 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber altogether were launched. The fire was also opened with small arms.  
The fire was corrected by drones set up by the Ukrainian volunteers - the supporters of the terrorism.

The Ukrainian command is strengthening the work of the intelligence groups along the whole contact line. Our intelligence registered a new checkpoint of the Ukrainian military near gray zone in the area of the locality of Popasnaya in the zone of the responsibility of the 24th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We also registered that intelligence units of the 14th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were planning to explore the area of Stanitsa Luganskaya.    

According to our data, checks of the brigades located in the “ATO” zone near the contact line by the top commanders of the AFU were started. Thus, there was registered arrival of the officer-groups of the General Staff of Ukraine in the zone of the responsibility of the 24th brigade, under the command of the Commander of Support of the AFU, General-major Gavrilyuk there is carried out the check of providing the units with war outfits and winter uniform due to the information spread on the fact that the servicemen bought the uniform for their own money. Another issue of concern is the low moral-psychical condition of the military personnel and growth of criminality and violations of the military discipline.  

The Ukrainian military-criminal leadership is not going to implement the agreements reached on keeping the ceasefire regime and doing everything to escalate the conflict in Donbass.  
In turn, in the units of the LPR People’s Militia there are carried out exercises on increasing fieldcraft and battle readiness. There are also carried out  learning and teaching meetings with junior specialists of the engineering and intelligence units.  

We are complying with the ceasefire regime and implementing the Minsk agreements. Our actions are aimed at solving the conflict in Donbass by peaceful means but in case of escalating the situation, the LPR People’s Militia has the right to liberate the territories occupied by the Kiev bandits with the help of resolute actions.

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