Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/15/2017

Over the last 24 hours, there were registered 48 occasions of the ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 25 of which were registered in the Donetsk direction. The localities of Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Dokuchayevsk, the airport area, the Kirovsky and the Petrovsky districts of Donetsk were hit by 218 120-mm and 82-mm artillery shells and over 700 munitions from hand and automatic grenade launchers, resulting in damage to one residential house in Donetsk on the street of Mamin-Sibiryak.

19 violations were recorded in the Mariupol direction. At that, the enemy launched on the localities of Kominternovo,  Sosnovskoe,   Oktyabr, Leninskoye, Dzerzhynsk  and Sakhanka 13 mortar shells of various calibre. In addition, the enemy continues purposefully attacking the vital objects of the Republic, as a result of which the residents of Leninskoye settlement have once again been cut off electricity supply.

At the moment, the supply of electricity from wind farms located in Bezymennoye locality and damaged by shelling of the Ukrainian side is restored.

Four violations were recorded in the Gorlovka direction. Five 82 mm mortar shells, as well as 164 grenade launchers’ shots were fired at the territory of the Republic.

As a result of shelling of our positions, one soldier of the DPR Armed Forces is wounded.

We established the arrival in Avdeyevka locality of international organizations' representatives to conduct a thorough investigation of the death of four people as a result of planned shelling from the Ukrainian side.


We continue recording the facts of oppression of Ukraine's eastern regions by Ukrainian nationalists. In particular, as a revenge for the participation of citizens in the action "Immortal Regiment" and opposition to the police of the Dnepropetrovsk region on May 9, radical nationalists under the leadership of Semenchenko blocked intercity communication and access to the Internet to residents of the Donetsk and the Dnepropetrovsk regions. The communication disruption occurred as a result of the sabotage of nationalists at the objects of communication.

In addition, representatives of nationalist movements in the military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to infringe on the rights of people native of the eastern regions of Ukraine among their fellow soldiers, forcing them to suicide or leave the units without permission. The Ukrainian Command is afraid of riots among servicemen from the eastern regions of Ukraine. In order to exclude new tragedies, the command of the so-called "ATO" prepared the instruction of the Commander, in which it is prescribed "... with a view to excluding cases of unauthorized relations between servicemen called from the western and eastern regions of Ukraine... to prepare and submit for approval lists of servicemen called from the Dnepropetrovsk, the Lugansk and the Donetsk regions for their subsequent withdrawal from the zone of the Antiterrorist operation and appointment to equivalent posts in military units deployed in the responsibility zone of the operational commands "North" and "West" within ten days."

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