Good afternoon. Today, first of all, I want to congratulate the DPR tank crew on the professional holiday. Tank troops are the iron fist of our army, the protection and support of the young Republic.
With all my heart, I wish you success in your hard work on defending the borders of the Republic.
Over the past 24 hours, 25 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers and small arms. One artillery shell of 122-mm calibre, 32 mortar shells of 82-mm and 120-mm calibres were launched on eight localities and the surrounding areas, including with active use of grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of the shelling, two houses at the address Shchors Street, 46, 33/17 were damaged in the locality of Yasnoye.
In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired seven mortar rounds of 82-mm calibre at the village of Kominternovo; also the enemy fired from small arms at the settlement of Sosnovskoye.
In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacked Zaitsevo locality with small arms.
Once again, the Ukrainian media spread a message that did not correspond to the reality, presenting a failed provocation at the Mayorsk checkpoint as an alleged attack by our units.
The Ukrainian command is deploying to the so-called 'ATO' zone additional forces of the Air Force. Four Mi-8 combat transport helicopters and an An-30 reconnaissance aircraft arrived at the Kramatorsk airfield.
I want to warn Ukrainian pilots and their commanders from provocative flights near the demarcation line and urge them to strictly observe the Minsk agreements.
The fights of 2014, during which most of AFU planes and helicopters were destroyed, did not teach the Kiev leadership anything. They again try to intimidate the defenders and civilians of Donbass with the imaginary power of their aviation.
The loud case of Deputy Commander of the Ground Forces General Nikitenko, who was not afraid to publicly express the opinion of the general mass of Ukrainian servicemen, led to mass checks in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
In the units and parts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Security Service conducts checks that include surveys and questionnaires to identify officers whose opinions are in conflict with Kiev's political course. Servicemen that cause suspicion are withdrawn to the rear or dismissed from the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
And repressions have already been applied to a number of officers from the 59th motorized infantry brigade, the 72 and 92 mechanized brigades, condemning the punitive operation against the inhabitants of Donbass and the deterioration of relations between Ukraine and Russia.
This shows that the Ukrainian leadership is afraid of pressure from its own security forces and is afraid of disobedience on their part.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency