Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/15/2017

The Ukrainian side keeps violating the 'harvest ceasefire'. 

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy launched 27 projectiles of 122mm caliber as well as 10 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 48 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on 14 localities and nearby districts. 

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy shelled the locality of Zaitsevo with grenade launchers and small arms. 
In the Mariupol direction, the enemy shelled seven localities and nearby districts launching 4 projectiles of 122mm caliber, 21 tank-shells, 44 mortar-shells of 82mm and 120mm caliber. 

I would like to draw your attention to the fact of how the command of the so-called “ATO” zone congratulated Dokuchayevsk on its Town's Day. Wards of the town were shelled with 122mm leaflet shells with propaganda leaflets from the positions of the Ukrainian 28th separate infantry brigade. 

This shelling on the part of the AFU using a large-caliber artillery systems is a  direct demonstration of violation of the Minsk agreements by Kiev, concerning withdrawal of heavy weapons and conduction of fire on socially significant facilities. 

After direct shell hits, a residential house on Donetskaya Street sustained damages. Apart from it, a gas pipe line was damaged on Stroitelny Alley, repair works are carried out. Besides, during shellings on the part of the AFU, electrical substations were damaged. As a result, the localities of Leninskoye, Dzerzhynsk, Kominternovo, Novaya Tavriya and Zaichenko were left without electricity. Repair works are carried out. 

Altogether, over the past 24 hours there were registered 49 ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 

Performing his duty which is to defend the Republic, one DPR Armed Forces Serviceman perished. 

Our intelligence keeps registering increase in a number of prohibited-by-Minsk-agreements weapons along the contact line. Thus, in the vicinity of the locality of Artyomovsk (20km away from the contact line) there was detected arrival of eight howitzers 'Giatsint – B'. 

The command of the 92nd separate infantry brigade Kokorev, following an order given by the command of the so-called “ATO” zone planned and committed another provocation that was shelling of residential areas in the vicinity of the locality of Maryinka. This shelling was represented like a ceasefire violation on the part of the DPR to the arrived Ukrainian journalists.  

I would like to note that we consider civilians living on a territory of the Donetsk People's Republic which is temporarily occupied by Kiev as our fellowmen and bend every effort to unite our families, so that people will be able to get back their own homes and begin restoring economics and people's lives destroyed by Ukraine's government. 

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