Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 10/19/2017

Over the past day, there were registered 47 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used artillery, tanks, mortars, IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms. 11 artillery projectiles, 13 tank rounds, 145 mortar shells of 120-mm and 109 of 82-mm calibre were fired at 14 localities and adjacent areas.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy shelled the areas of Zaitsevo and Zheleznaya Balka localities with grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy launched 33 mortar shells of 120-mm onto the adjacent areas of Oktyabr locality. IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also applied.

According to our reconnaissance, the AFU continue holding the redeployment of forces and assets to the contact line.

Thus, in the Mariupol direction, in the vicinities of Granitnoye locality, there was detected the arrival of four tanks T-64 and ten cargo vehicles with personnel. Along with that, in the western part of Novotroitskoye, in the Barvinok kindergarten, there was identified the location of a foreign PMC. At the moment, there are up to 30 mercenaries.

According to information received from local residents in the territory under Ukraine's control, Ukrainian punishers continue the export weapons and ammunition from the war zone for their subsequent sale.

For instance, in Selidovo locality police officers detained a militant of the illegal nationalist formation 'Ukrainian Volunteer Army' when the latter was trying to sell four units of AK-74, 400 cartridges to them and six units of RGD-5 grenades.

However, according to our information, no criminal case has been initiated, no investigative measures are being taken. This is due to the fear of revenge from uncontrolled gangs of nationalists to the Selidovo police department authorities.

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