Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/01/2018

Over the past day, in the Donetsk direction, the Ukrainian occupation forces shelled the areas of the Staromikhailovka and Trudovskiye settlements, firing four grenades and using small arms.


The punitive forces, taking advantage of the armistice and violating the Minsk agreements, conducted exercises to practice details of disembarkation using inflatable boats, elimination of the enemy and occupation of the defense area. The exercises were held in the vicinity of Berdyanskoye settlement in 4 kilometres away from the contact line with the involvement of militants from an air assault battalion of the 36th brigade.

This is also confirmed by the fact that today Poroshenko has visited Mariupol and held a meeting with the so-called "ATO" command at the base of the 36th brigade.

The fact of carrying out exercises in the coastal zone and the arrival of Poroshenko in Mariupol bears evidence of planned provocations against the Republic.


Along with this, the enemy, taking advantage of the truce, increased the air reconnaissance with the use of unmanned aircraft on the entire contact line.

We register cases of conducting reconnaissance via UAV most often in the Gorlovka and Mariupol directions.

Our units timely destroy them with small arms. Thus, only over the past day we destroyed two units of aircraft, which fell on minefields between positions.

We address international organizations with a demand to register these facts of the Minsk agreements' violation and remind that we consider the fact of crossing our border with the temporarily Ukraine-occupied territory by aircraft as an act of aggression and reserve the right to destroy them.

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