Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/17/2017

Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 54 violations of the ceasefire, while heavily weapons, which are banned by the Minsk Agreements, were actively used.

Massive artillery and mortar fire on the part of Ukrainian punishers targeted the settlements of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Krytaya Balka, the Kievsky and the Kirovsky districts of Donetsk. The enemy fired 180 artillery shells of 122 and 152 mm calibers, 18 tank shots and 470 mortar rounds, 308 of which were of 120 mm caliber. As a result of a direct artillery hit, one apartment house in the village of Spartak was destroyed, and one apartment house in the Kirovsky district of Donetsk city was damaged. In the village of Yakovlevka, a local resident Slobadenyuk Pyotr Nikolaevich, born in 1942, was wounded.

In the Gorlovka direction, criminals of the 53 separate mechanised brigade inflicted an artillery strike on the settlements of Golmovsky and Dolomitnoye. The enemy launched more than 20 122-mm artillery shells, resulting in damage to two apartment buildings.

Artillery and mortar crews from positions of the 36 separate marines brigade launched 28 rounds of different calibers on Sakhanka area and 29 artillery shells of  152-mm caliber on the locality of Telmanovo.

Shelling of our positions resulted in one soldier of the DPR Armed Forces killed, two are wounded.


The Ukrainian invaders continue their policy of destabilizing the situation in Donbass. The Ukrainian side is trying to compensate with the next false reports the broken legend of us shelling Avdeyevka, when four civilians were killed. Yesterday the press service of the so-called 'ATO' zone headquarters burst out with reports accusing us of moving forward for 400 meters in the Donetsk direction and preparing for an offensive in the Mariupol direction, after which the territory of the Republic startled because of Ukrainian shelling by the AFU.

At the same time it is noted that the Ukrainian side inflicts targeted artillery strikes not only on residential areas of populated localities, but also on vital facilities of the Republic. The enemy struck an artillery blow on the territory of the pumping station and the TV and radio tower of Telmanovo. As a result, damage to the building and de-energization of the station, which provides the entire Telmanovo district with drinking water, is recorded. Besides, the TV and radio broadcasting system in the district is disabled. Restoration work is under way.

I call on international observers to pay special attention to these facts. The Ukrainian side is carrying out a frank genocide of the population of the Republic with impunity.

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