Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 09/13/2017

The DPR Armed Forces are assuring measures to improve the professional skills of servicemen and the command staff of the 1st and 9th units of the People's Militia detachments. In the course of joint command and staff exercises, the issues of interaction of units during defense were worked out.

Over the past 24 hours, 36 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used artillery, tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers, various grenade launchers, and small arms. Four artillery projectiles of 122-mm calibre, 13 tank shells, 59 mortar shells of 120-mm calibre and 49 of 82-mm were launched on ten localities and the surrounding areas. As a result of an attack, one house in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk at the address Mark Ozyorny St., 61, was damaged.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired from various grenade launchers and small arms at the villages of Oktyabr, Sakhanka, and Leninskoye.

In the Gorlovka direction, the localities of Gorlovka and Zaitsevo were attacked from IFV weapons, grenade launchers and small arms.

According to our reconnaissance, the enemy continues concentrating heavy weapons. In the areas of responsibility of the AFU units there were revealed:

59th separate mechanized infantry brigade, westward of the Lesnoye locality (15 km to the contact line) – up to 25 tank units;

53rd separate mechanized brigade, near the Svetlodarskoye locality (7 km to the contact line) – up to a cannon platoon of D-30 revealed in the area of the Uglegorskaya CHP plant;

south-westward of the Granitnoye locality – the build-up of the AFU 28th separate mechanized brigade’s positions with five IFVs is noted.  

We also revealed that more than fifty employees of the special unit Alpha of the Ukrainian Security Service came to the responsibility zone of the 59 separate mechanised infantry brigade in order to carry out provocative actions against the divisions of the Ukrainian volunteer corps Right Sector, who had previously repeatedly participated in armed clashes with AFU units.

It should be noted that once again the AFU deliberately fire on peaceful areas and vital infrastructure facilities, the disabling of which could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. Yesterday, the enemy fired on the pumping station of the first level of the Yuzhnodonbass water conduit near the village of Vasiliyevka near Yasinovataya. All the personnel of the station were evacuated in a timely manner. This incident could entail a halt to the supply of water to a population of up to two million people, most of them residing in the territory controlled by Ukraine.

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