Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 01/15/2018

The situation hasn’t changed in the past day.

In the Donetsk direction, 19 mortar shells of 82-mm calibre were launched by the enemy on three localities; the enemy also resorted to grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.

In the Gorlovka direction, the areas of four localities were targeted with 19 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibers, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.

In the Mariupol direction, AFU units targeted Sakhanka locality, having launched 36 mortar ammos of 120-mm calibre and ten of 82-mm, as well as fired over 60 grenades from shoulder launchers and automatic grenade launchers.

One serviceman perished and three were wounded during the defence of the Republic.

In total, over the past 24 hours, 13 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

I would like to note the ongoing decline of the Ukrainian armed forces in matters of relations between commanders and subordinates.

Our intelligence has repeatedly recorded cases of open disobedience to commanders from the junior command and rank-and-file.

The reason for the worsening of relations, of course, is the mythical increase in the monetary allowance of AFU servicemen.

Why mythical? Because with increasing salaries and proper allowances on paper, the soldier actually started to receive less, as this year in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense, behind the scenes, was declared "a year of economy".

And, as we see, the task set by the military-political leadership of Ukraine is systematically fulfilled.

The command staff deprives personnel of all possible allowances for insignificant faults and remarks. At the same time, if there are cases of excess expenditure of any material means or ammunition, servicemen pay for the whole overrun, despite the objective reasons for this shortage.

This situation has now developed in the 28th mechanized brigade, where the brigade commander at the expense of the personnel is trying to return part of the stolen funds, the shortage of which was revealed during the commission of the headquarters of the so-called 'ATO' zone.

A similar situation is in the 57th motorized infantry brigade, located in the area of Peski locality and commanded by the war criminal D.S. Krasilnikov.

The saving mode in this connection is so severe that the servicemen receive a 'bare' salary despite being on the front line. The deprivations are made simply on the orders of the brigade commander, without conducting any relevant proceedings. All servicemen trying to restore justice are experiencing frank rudeness of the brigade commander. Even the immediate deputy brigade commanders suffered the fate of ordinary soldiers - they were deprived of all allowances, allegedly for the low quality of performance of official duties. Which prompted these officers to transfer to other military units.

Thus, we see that a beautiful wrap in the form of high monetary allowance and full security, which the military-political leadership is trying to cover its armed forces of Ukraine with for external views, remains a wrapper.

And all the hopes of Ukrainian citizens who have signed a contract with the Defense Ministry to make money on the killing of peaceful citizens of our Republic will remain hopes, since you will be debtors who are soldiers of the AFU.

Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency