Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/19/2017

Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 36 occasions of the ceasefire regime violations. The territory of the Republic was attacked with artillery of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms.

From the positions of the 36 separate marines brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 49 rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre were fired at the localities of  Sosnovskoye and Sakhanka.

Also, the enemy applied various grenade launchers and small arms when attacking the following localities: Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Veseloye, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Leninskoye, Sosnovskoye, Nikolayevka, Oktyabr, the area of the Airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

The Ukrainian leadership continues its policy of destabilizing the situation in Donbass. The continuous artillery shelling of the Republic's territory, on which we have already accentuated attention, is a clear confirmation of this.

Our reconnaissance records the facts of reinforcing the enemy's forces along the contact line, including the deployment of AFU units at civilian and infrastructure facilities. So, on the territory of the Avdeyevka Coke and Chemical Plant, the deployment of Ukrainian security forces' units has been revealed. The approaches to the locations are equipped in an engineering manner and mined, which constitutes a potential danger to civilians.

We do not understand how the military and political leadership of Ukraine is going to fulfill its promises for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass against the backdrop of another statement by the Defense Minister of Ukraine about the intention to send over 20 tanks to the so-called 'ATO' zone and continue to build up the tank grouping on the contact line.

What is it if not terror of the civilian population by Ukraine? How many peaceful inhabitants of Donbass have already perished from Ukrainian shellings? How many more will be killed by rounds hitting civilian property? Suffice it to say about the tragedy caused by accidental explosions due to improper handling of weapons and ammunition at such a facility as the Avdeyevska Coke and Chemical Plant, where chemically dangerous substances are stored.

Units of the People's Militia are constantly in a state of combat readiness. The units conduct trainings on managing artillery fire and counter-battery fighting, as well as countering the sabotage and reconnaissance groups and terrorist threats.

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