Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/16/2017

In total, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 35 occasions of the ceasefire violations in 24 hours. The Republic’s territory was targeted with mortars of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre, IFVs, armoured personnel carriers, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms.

Mortar batteries of the 46th fired 39 rounds of 82-mm and 120-mm calibre mortars on the area of the Donetsk Airport.   

From the positions of the 72 separate mechanized brigade, 55 rounds of 82-mm and 120-mm calibre were fired at the areas of settlements Vasilyevka and Yasinovataya.

At that, in the vicinity of the settlement Vasilyevka, there is a pumping station of the first rise of the South Donbass water conduit, supplying filter stations that provide drinking water for two million inhabitants in the territories of the Dobroposky, the Krasnoarmeysky, the Volnovakhsky and the Mariupolsky districts controlled by Ukraine, as well as residents of the republic living in the territory of Donetsk and the Yasinovatsky district.

Thus, despite the threat of a humanitarian catastrophe, the Ukrainian security forces continue to shell the territory of the Republic to fabricate accusations of violation of the Minsk Agreement by the DPR Armed Forces.

Over the past day, as a result of shelling from the positions of the AFU, two soldiers of the DPR army received injuries. In addition, the damage was sustained by one apartment building in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk along Mamin-Sibiryak Street, 41.


At that, we again record cases of drunkenness and desertion in the ranks of the AFU units. So, according to data from our sources, drunken slaughter occurred in the vicinity of the Artyomovsk settlement in one of the units of the 53 separate mechanized brigade, which has an extremely low level of discipline. As a result of the fight and stabbings, a woman was killed - a servicewoman of the AFU, and two servicemen were injured. Guilty in this incident, a Ukrainian soldier left the unit with his regular armament and ammunition and is on the wanted list.

These facts bear evidence to the degradation of the Ukrainian security forces and jeopardize civilians.


We call on the Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to stop shelling the settlements of the republic at least during the celebrations of the Easter week.

We express our intention and hope for the observance of the armistice established on our common great holiday – Easter.

From the side of the Command of the Armed Forces, and on my own behalf, I congratulate our servicemen and residents of the republic, the entire Donbass and temporarily occupied territories, as well as our fraternal peoples – Russian, Belarusian and other Orthodox Christians on the holiday.

I wish all of us peace and quiet, prosperity to our families and friends.

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