Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 10/05/2017

Over the past 24 hours, 40 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, various grenade launchers, and small arms. Three tank  shells, 76 mortar shells of 82-mm and eight of 120-mm calibres were launched on 11 localities and the surrounding areas.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired 27 mortar rounds of 82-mm calibre, as well as resorted to IFV cannons, various grenade launchers and small arms, at the villages of Leninskoye, Sosnovskoye, and Sakhanka.

In the Gorlovka direction, five 82-mm calibre mortar rounds were launched on the localities of Zaitsevo and Panteleimonovka; the enemy also applied various grenade launchers and small arms.

According to the information of Zachatovka locality (53 km to the contact line), there was recorded the transfer of a heavy equipment train to the area of Volnovakha locality (12 km to the contact line), including three IFVs, two tanks and four self-propelled guns.

Also, the arrival of three tank units, up to 200 people of personnel, fuel tankers and ammunition in the responsibility zone of the 92 separate mechanized brigade was recorded.

In Andreyevka locality (12 km to the contact line) – there was noted the arrival of well-equipped personnel in the amount of up to 100 people. Notably, most of them speak English, but locals also heard them speak Arabic.

According to information available to us, during the live fire exercises by the 55 separate artillery brigade, two units of 152 mm towed howitzer MSTA-B were damaged, which according to the Minsk agreements should be in the places of heavy weapons storage. For this incident, the interim commander of the artillery battalion, Senior Lieutenant Mironenko, was subjected to the disciplinary charge.

Due to total negligence at the military facilities, combat losses have become routine in the Ukrainian army.

So, due to the lack of adequate supply, inhuman living conditions and lack of food, on October 3, in the Rovne region, during the planned exercises at the range, a contract serviceman of the 24 separate mechanized brigade died.

The non-combat losses in the AFU ranks are carefully hushed up by the command. So, a soldier of the 54th brigade, Serebrennikov, disappeared from the temporary deployment of the brigade under strange circumstances. Subsequently, the body of the soldier was discovered in the city of Kremenchug. The military criminal, the commander of the 54th separate mechanised brigade Colonel Maystrenko, personally instructed to fire in hindsight the fighter from the lists of the unit and to stop further proceedings into this case.

Our sources in the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies informed us that the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces plans to conduct provocative shelling and clashes in order to destabilize the situation in the so-called 'ATO' zone with the use of special operations forces, as well as involve the controlled media. Sources note that this action is planned on the initiative of the Chief of the AFU General Staff Muzhenko and was agreed by the president of Ukraine to motivate the Verkhovna Rada deputies to vote for the Donbass reintegration law.

In this regard, the commanders of all ranks and the DPR Armed Forces personnel were instructed not to succumb to provocations, as well as to open fire only from small arms in cases of immediate threat of violation of the Republic's current borders.

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