Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/18/2017

Over the past day, there were registered 32 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was fired with mortars of 120mm and 82mm calibre, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and small arms.

Mortar detachments of the 46th separate air assault brigade of the 72nd separate mechanized AFU brigade launched 397 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre onto the areas of Yasinovataya, Spartak and the airport of Donetsk.

Nine tank rounds and 12 mortar shells of various calibre were fired at the area of ​​Belaya Kamenka village from the positions of the 30th separate mechanized brigade.

Also, the enemy was actively applying various types of grenade launchers and small arms against the areas of the localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Krutaya Balka, Kulikovo, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye, Leninskoye, Dzerzhinskoye, Sosnovskoye, Dolomitnoye, Oktyabr and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

The AFU command continues taking measures for augmenting its positions along the entire contact line. Thus, according to our reconnaissance, in Novoluganskoye locality (3 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of 18 mortars of 120mm and 82mm calibre and 200 servicemen of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade.

As we can see, last night was very restless in Avdeyevka locality, several houses were fired with mortars. According to local residents, the bombardment of the industrial zone had been planned in advance and was conducted from the positions of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, staffed with The Right Sector nationalists. This is due to another demonstrative theatrical performance titled ‘terrorists shooting Avdeyevka’ for Ukraine’s central TV channels and members of the ‘ATO’ headquarters’ commission, who arrived at the 72nd brigade’s base to check the accounting and storage of weapons, ammunition and material and technical equipment.

I draw attention to the following facts.

Civilians were not effected by the shelling, there was reported only a wounded AFU serviceman, that is, the AFU units were accommodated in the houses. Also, there is not excluded the usual non-combat losses’ charge off, caused by sloppiness and lack of discipline in the 72nd brigade. Therefore, the commission is operating there, trying to restore order.

Also, we learned from local residents that the OSCE Mission’s monitors had not observed this violation of the ‘silence regime.’ Perhaps, representatives of the Mission were warned of the impending provocation in advance, and this was the reason why they left the locality of Avdeyevka before the due time (at 17.30 instead of 19.00).

As we can see, our Republic’s struggle for the right to exist and prosperity is opposed by both the Nazi regime of Ukraine and the observers from Western countries, supporting them.

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