Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 03/18/2017

The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. 

Over the past 24 hours there were registered 88 occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime on the part the Armed Forces of Ukraine.  

The enemy using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements intensively shelled the following localities: ZAITSEVO, GORLOVKA, YASINOVATAYA, NABEREZHNOYE, DOKUCHAYEVSK, SPARTAK and the Kievsky district of Donetsk. Altogether, 18 Republican localities came under AFU fire. Ukrainian military applied heavy artillery of 152mm and 122mm caliber, tanks, mortars of 120mm and 82mm caliber and also IFVs and armored vehicles, anti-aircraft installations, grenade launchers and small arms. 

As a result of the shelling on the part of the AFU there were damaged 8 residential houses, as in: six – in the locality of YASINOVATAYA on Ordzhonikidze Street, 215 and 203, Mayakovsky Street 3, Privokzalnaya Street 1, 10 and 12; one house – in the locality of NABEREZHNOYE on Polyevaya Street, 22 and one – in the Kiyevsky district of Donetsk on Novorossyskaya Street. 

Three civilians were differently wounded: Gorbushin P.V. born in 1971; Sinitsin A.A. born in 1951 and Zurun L.E. born in 1965. 

Yesterday, the Ukrainian side repeated its provocation again as it had been on February 16, it fired with tanks at the locality of AVDEYEVKA as a result apartment houses sustained damage. The Police Head of the “Donetsk region” V. Abroskin, who had been earlier caught by locals in a lie, tried "to solve" the fact of fire allegedly conducted from the DPR side once again. As well as in February, after AFU firings with tanks at multi-storey houses in Avdeyevka from the vicinity of a sandpit, the Ukrainian media at the command of Abroskin instantly arrived to the place of firing and tried again to force residents of Ukraine to believe in the ridiculous lie.

These provocations are necessary to the Ukrainian authorities, first of all, to maintain intensity in the "ATO" zone, and also to make the residents of Avdeyevka, the most of those don't support actions of the Ukrainian military in Donbass and sympathize with the DPR, to reject and hate the Republic. Nevertheless, all these crimes of the Ukrainian authorities against civilians will be solved and will entail punishment of responsible persons.

Besides, according to the information from inhabitants of the locality of MARINKA, during shelling of houses of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk with artillery by the 92nd brigade of the AFU there was an explosion of a shell in a trunk in ONE of TWO 122-mm self-propelled artillery platforms ‘Gvozdika’ standing nearby that led to detonation of ammunition allowances of both self-propelled artillery platforms and to losses among the company: EIGHT people died, and FIVE – were wounded.

Our intelligence registered that in the vicinity of the locality of OPITNOYE in the park of fighting vehicles 1039 of the AFU, because of violation of safety requirements when carrying out loading and unloading works, the detonation of the ammunition being in one of the vehicles occurred. About TEN cargo and special vehicles suffered from explosion, and there was also damaged the air defense system ‘Buk’ standing nearby. At least THREE persons were injured among the military personnel. 

The Ukrainian military keep committing crimes in relation to civilians living on the Ukraine-controlled territory. Thus, 3 servicemen of the 1st battalion of the 25th separate parachute brigade in the vicinity of the locality of KIROVO in a state of alcoholic intoxication while they were driving hit the pregnant woman and left the site. The command of the brigade wasn’t able to conceal this fact from the top command. The military procurator's office is working now in the unit and there was placed a ban on using the personal vehicle while serving. 

The units of the Republican People’s Militia keep drilling its combat skills, including holding trainings on ranges. Fire and engineering trainings have been scheduled for today. Trainings will be held with application of individual means of chemical protection. Besides, there will take place communication and special trainings. 

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