Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/18/2017

Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 45 violations of the ceasefire, while the enemy kept on applying heavy weapons, which are banned by the Minsk Agreements.

The biggest number of bombardments, once again, is noted in the Donetsk direction, where 29 violations are documented.

The settlements of Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, the Petrovsky and the Kirovsky districts of Donetsk were targeted with 28 artillery shells of 122 and 152 mm calibers, five rocket projectiles, 20 tank shots and 495 mortar rounds. As a result of shelling of Krytaya Balka locality, a female civilian, Burova Larisa Nikolayevna, 1955, died and Nakrapas Vitaly Yurievich, 1983, was wounded. In addition, four residential houses in the same locality were damaged. In the Petrovsky disctict of Donetsk, two houses received damages.

In the Gorlovka direction, when striking with heavy artillery and mortars from the AFU positions, eight buildings, among which there are two schools, received damages in Golmovsky settlement.   The enemy launched in this direction seven 122-mm artillery shells and 18 rounds of various calibre on the Republic’s territory.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired eight 122-mm artillery shells and 24 mortar rounds of 82 and 120-mm at the areas of Kominternovo, Leninskoye, Oktyabr and Sakhanka.

In addition, we have noted the active use by the enemy of various types of grenade launchers and small arms during the shelling of the Republican territory along the entire contact line.

The Ukrainian side once again showed its beastly face. So, an ambulance that arrived in Krutaya Balka to two victims of an artillery strike could not pass because of the continuing shelling. The evacuation of the wounded and died was carried out by the forces of our servicemen under fire.

The most terrible thing is that the Ukrainian fascists, having received data about the arrival of the ambulance, only increased the shelling.

At the same time, all the shellings, including those with the use of MLRS Grad, are taking place against the backdrop of the frankly false statement of the Minister of Defense Poltorak in Germany that Ukraine does not plan to regain control over Donbass by force.

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