Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 10/23/2017

Over the past day, there were registered 24 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used mortars, IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms. 59 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre were fired at seven localities' adjacent areas.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy launched 43 mortar shells of 82-mm onto the area of Bezymennoye locality. IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also applied.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy shelled the locality of Zaitsevo with the application of grenade launchers and small arms, causing damage to a house on Gladky St., 43.

One serviceman of the DPR Armed Forces was wounded as a result of the AFU shelling.

Our reconnaissance continues detecting the equipment, banned by the Minsk agreements, the deployment of which near the contact line confirms Kiev's intention to use a forcible option to resolve the conflict.

Thus, in the Mariupol direction, in the vicinity of Khlebodarovka locality, there was detected the 1st rocket artillery battery from the rocket artillery division BM-21 Grad of the 28th separate mechanized brigade, and in the vicinity of Kalinino locality there was confirmed the deployment of a unit from the 1st howitzer self-propelled artillery division of the 28th separate mechanized brigade armed with 122mm 2C1 Gvozdika. These deployment points of the AFU units are located in a 15-kilometres zone from the contact line, which roughly violates the Kiev Minsk agreements.

The facts of looting and seizure of property of civilians by the AFU servicemen are detected. At the same time,, Ukrainian units are not limited to the usual looting to get settled in localities, as it was before. Now, to make local residents vacate the premises, in particular, in the locality of Novosyolovka, people are accused of separatism and imprisoned. Militants of the 1st separate marine battalion of the 36th separate marine brigade do this in such a way.

At present, we know about at least five residents of Novosyolovka detained in the basement of the Marine Corps battalion's headquarters. One of them is Grudy Pyotr Sergeyevich, born in 1958, who refused to provide a place for the accommodation of personnel in his house.

Thus, lawlessness and anarchy on the Ukrainian side near the contact line are escalating. Nationalists from the Right Sector stationed in Avdeyevka locality earn their living by almost openly selling weapons and ammunition. In particular, according to the information received from the local residents of Avdeyevka, to the question "Whom can I address to purchase an assault rifle, a pistol, a grenade or ammunition?" almost everyone will send you the Right Sector fighters, namely to a certain Chingiz.

As a conclusion, according to local residents, there is information about the shootout in the vicinity of Avdeyevka locality between the Ukrainian forces, which caused the death of personnel. It is important to note that the clash occurred during Poroshenko's visit to the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, who had arrived there to receive support from the army during the unrest started in Kiev by Ukrainian nationalists.

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