Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 10/18/2017

Over the past day, the number of bombardments by the AFU units increased two-fold! A total of 50 violations of the ceasefire regime were recorded on the part of the the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used tanks, mortars, IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms. Seven tank rounds, 83 mortar shells of 120-mm and 146 of 82-mm calibre were fired at 12 localities and adjacent areas.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy launched 12 mortar shells of 120-mm calibre onto the area of Zaitsevo locality. The areas of Verkhnetoretskoye and Zaitsevo localities, and Mayorsk checkpoint were bombarded with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy launched 28 mortar shells of 120-mm and 34 of 82-mm calibre onto the adjacent areas of Leninskoye, Oktyabr and Sosnovskoye localities. IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also applied.

The enemy continues concentrating forces and assets near the contact line.

Thus, according to our reconnaissance, six tanks, eight 122-mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika and two 152-mm self-propelled artillery mounts Akatsiya arrived in the area of ​​Kurakhovo locality. Along with that, in the vicinity of Maryinka village, there was noted an increase in the number of drones' flights to adjust enemy artillery fire.

Yesterday evening, on the eve of the meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk, the military and political authorities made another attempt to destabilize the situation and discredit the DPR Armed Forces. Two civilians, Bolotov V.T. born in 1947 and Isayeva E.V. Born in 1976, received shrapnel wounds in the mortar bombardment of Trudovskiye village in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The commander of the 92nd separate mechanized AFU brigade, criminal Kokorev, ordered to open fire at residential quarters. This coward, undeserving the officer's rank, is incapable of waging war against the regular army. His unit is responsible for dozens of ruined lives of civilians and hundreds of destroyed houses! We officially declare that all the war criminals of the AFU will be brought to the account for all their atrocities!

Regarding the tense political situation in Kiev, Poroshenko's team is ready to do anything to hold the power. Poroshenko sees the escalation of the conflict in Donbass as the only salvation from the crowd of people who have gathered in front of the Verkhovna Rada, demanding his resignation. Trying to divert the attention of the people from internal problems, the Kiev authorities do not spare women or children, wiping out the residential quarters of Donbass from the face of the world.

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