Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/15/2017

Ukrainian military, despite Ukraine’s military and political leadership’s statement on observing the full ceasefire regime along the whole contact line during the Easter week, keep shelling the territory of the Republic. 

Over the past 24 hours there were registered 49 occasions of ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was shelled with heavy artillery, tanks, mortars of 120mm and 82mm caliber, IFVs, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft installations, grenade launchers, and small arms.

The enemy shelled the localities of Zaitsevo, Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Sakhanka and the area of the Donetsk airport with the weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements.

The terrorists of the 53rd separate infantry brigade shelled Zaitsevo locality with mortars. As a result, a residential house on Rybalko Street, 174 was damaged. 

Mortar detachments of the 92nd separate infantry brigade launched 12 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber onto the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. As a result, a residential house on Urozhainaya Street, 2 was damaged.

Besides, from the positions of the 46th separate brigade of the AFU there were launched two projectiles of 152mm caliber and 383 mortars-shells of 82mm and 120mm caliber onto the areas of the localities of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka and Staromikhailovka.

Our intelligence keeps recording the AFU grouping’s augmenting along the contact line:

- Near Konstantinovka (12 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of four 122mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika, two 152mm towed howitzers Giatsynt-B and one unit of MLRS Grad in the combined unit of 92nd separate mechanized brigade and 55th separate artillery brigade;

- Near Novomikhailovka (5 km to the contact line) there were detected five tanks, four Hunter cars with 120mm mortars, as well as 200 servicemen of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade and the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps The Right Sector;

- Near Novotroitskoye (12 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of seven 122mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika, two 152mm towed howitzers Giatsynt-B.

Also, in the locality of Krasnogorovka (5 km to the contact line) there as detected the arrival of twelve 122mm towed howitzers D-30. Residents of Krasnogorovka, outraged by this fact, appealed to servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces demanding to take artillery away from the city and cease provocations near the village during the church holidays.

By the way, yesterday, in Kiev, the deputy head of the OSCE CMM to Ukraine, A. Hug noted that OSCE monitors possessed the necessary skills and abilities, had technical means and will to achieve peace in Donbass. It is completely unclear what the head of international observers meant, if such blatant violations of the Minsk Agreements were taking place within spitting distance.

The military and political leadership of Ukraine continues showing its double-dealing towards its army.

Yesterday Poroshenko signed a law on the increase in soldiers’ responsibility for administrative violations. The report notes that the law is aimed at improving discipline among the armed forces in general, and among the rank and file military in particular.

We also established that on the basis of the 53rd brigade in the area of Avdeyevka locality there were taking place military assemblies of battalion commanders, and in view of the lack of the required amount of food products, a decision was made on one-time meals for a part of common and sergeant personnel in order to provide food for officers involved. The brigade’s private corps have complained of this fact already by telephone hotline of the military prosecutor's office of Ukraine.

Once again Ukraine reveals the treatment of its soldiers. In every possible way it reduces financing, ‘fines’, drives into a strict framework, whilst not fulfilling elementary duties on food provision.

In conclusion, on behalf of the People's Militia Command and myself, I would like to congratulate the people of our Republic on the upcoming holiday of the Bright Resurrection and assure of the security provided by our Republic’s soldiers.

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