Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 03/19/2018

Despite the armistice, Ukrainian militants fired at the territory of the Republic with the use of mortars, which should be withdrawn from the line of contact.

In the Donetsk direction, the area of the Volvo Center of Donetsk was subjected to shelling, during which the enemy applied mortars with a caliber of 120 mm.

In the Mariupol direction, 120-mm mortar shells were fired at Leninskoye and Sakhanka settlements. As a result of bombardment, three houses were damaged in the village of Sakhanka on the street of Gavrilenko.

In total, during the past day, two violations of the ceasefire regime by Ukrainian occupants were registered.

The occupation authorities of the criminal Kiev regime, together with the armed groups called the "Armed Forces of Ukraine", continue to carry out activities aimed at cleansing the territories temporarily under their control in the conflict zone from the civilian population.

Thus, in the area of Granitnoye locality, the command of the 93 separate mechanized brigade, in conjunction with an IPO group (information-psychological operations) and the SOF (special operations forces), conducts activities to misinform local residents about allegedly approaching active combat operations on this sector of the front.

At the same time, it is reported that the 'AFU gang will be the initiator of ceasefire termination.

We attribute these actions to the need to seize citizens' houses for the residence of militants, as well as to mislead our intelligence.

Besides, we have received data on the rotation of the IPO group's personnel with an 'ATO' grouping. In connection with this we forecast in the near future an increase in low-quality and deliberately false reports of a stop of the truce in the conflict zone, since the new personnel of the groups have not yet understood the situation, but already wants to prove themselves in the eyes of their superiors. With these fakes, as experience shows, Ukrainian groups of misinformers will mislead only their military leadership, distracting it from the main tasks.

According to data obtained from people close to the IPO, the main task for a trip for the arrivals is to prepare and disseminate false information about the capture or voluntary transfer of DPR Army's soldiers to the AFU servicemen's side. According to the requirements of the management of the AFU IPO, such messages must appear at least once per week. In turn, I want to warn the public to pay attention to the evidence provided by the AFU, And since this is a tradition for Ukrainian fraudsters, we will again see blurred faces, fake documents, as well as the unprofessional play of the appointed actors.

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