Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/16/2017

The Ukrainian party keeps violating the "harvest truce."

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted 15 localities and adjacent areas with five artillery projectiles of 152mm calibre and 24 of 122mm calibre, 16 tank rounds, 75 mortar shells of 120mm calibre and 70 of 82mm calibre.

I would like to once again draw the world's attention to the criminal nature of the actions conducted by the Ukrainian military. Yesterday, on July 15, at the orders of the commander of the 55th separate artillery brigade, war criminal Brusov, the enemy fired at the DPR territory with 152mm and 122mm artillery from the positions stationed in the residential districts of Krasnogorovka. These actions by Ukrainian criminals are aimed at provoking the DPR Armed Forces into opening response fire whilst events dedicated to the Day of the Metallurgist were taking place in the locality. But I want to note that the DPR units are observing the "harvest truce" and will continue doing thins, as well as all the previously reached agreements on the ceasefire regime.

We hope that representatives of the OSCE Mission will take all the necessary measures and demand from the Ukrainian party to withdraw heavy weapons, increasingly used by the AFU.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired at six localities and adjacent areas, applying 23 artillery projectiles of 122mm calibre and 25 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres.

In total, 57 occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were registered over the past day.

One soldier was wounded whilst fulfilling his duty on protection of the Republic.


Our reconnaissance continues detecting an increase in the number of weapons banned by the Minsk agreements on the contact line. Thus, near ​​Mariupol (16 km to the contact line), there was detected the concentration of 24 tanks.


Our reconnaissance received data on the recent savagery of the radicals. Thus, on July 12, 2017, a group of servicemen of the 57th separate mechanized infantry brigade, formerly part of the nationalist Right Sector movement, professing Slavic paganism, celebrated the ancient Slavic feast "The choice of sacrifice to Perun." In one of the forest zones in Pervomaiskoye village (near the locality of Avdeyevka) they built a sanctuary for the pagan god Perun and sacrificed to him Yevgeny Viktorovich Prokharchuk, born in 1979, previously considered missing.

According to the Old Slavonic canons, the holding of this "holiday" is accompanied by a sacrifice of slaves from among the captured enemies.

There is noted a growing panic among the AFU servicemen, as well as an increase in the number of objectors in units sent by rotation to the so-called ‘ATO’ zone. Thus, to date, more than 70 servicemen have deserted from the 87th separate airmobile battalion, belonging to the AFU elite. Basically, they are formerly mobilized soldiers, with whom the unit commander Rimarchuk fraudulently concluded contracts without their consent. Information on the most part of the deserted military personnel Rimarchuk is being concealed from the supreme command. 

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