Donetsk Defense: Situation Report 08/10/2017

The Ukrainian side keeps violating the truce applying heavy weapons concentrated near the contact line in violation of all the agreements. 
 
Thus, in the Donetsk direction, the enemy applied large-caliber artillery, tanks and mortars. Five projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, four tank-shells as well as 90 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber were launched on the territories of 14 localities and their nearby areas. 
 
In the Mariupol and Gorlovka directions, the enemy applied artillery, mortars of 120mm and 82mm caliber having launched 25 projectiles of 122mm caliber, 30 tank-shells, 84 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 77 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber and also shelled 8 localities and their nearby areas with grenade launchers and small arms. 
 
Altogether, over the past 24 hours there were registered 54 ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 
 
There are no casualties among DPR Armed Forces’ servicemen and civilians. 
 

The localities in the south of the Republic were intensively shelled by the AFU. Thus, the locality of Bezymennoye was shelled with mortars and tanks since 10 p.m. The observation post of the JCCC was in a field of fire. Observers of the Russian and Ukrainian parties of the Joint Center coming under fire had to temporarily cease observation and take shelter. Only by a lucky accident, no casualties were reported. 

It should be noted that this case took place not for the first time, on July 25 an observation post of the JCCC in Bezymennoye underwent shelling on the part of Ukraine as well. The fact of systematic shelling of observers causes anxiety. 
 
As a result of this shelling on the part of the AFU there were damaged power lines, the localities of KOMINTERNOVO, ZAICHENKO, LENINSKOYE, BEZYMENNOYE, SAKHANKA, NOVAYA TAVRIYA were left without electricity. Repair works are carried out. 
 
I am appealing to the OSCE Mission leadership with an urgent request to urge the Ukrainian military command to investigate these facts in deal and take measures not to allow such cases any more. 
 
I would like to hope that the representatives of the OSCE Mission will do everything possible to convince the Ukrainian side of the necessity for withdrawing tanks which AFU hide in the vicinity of the locality of Talakovka and take them to firing positions in the localities of Vodyanoye and Shirokino from the contact line by the determined distance. Apart from it, I would like to remind you of the fact that Shirokino, according to the reached agreements, is de-militarized zone in which not a serviceman is to be and military equipment as well. 
 
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency