The situation has abruptly aggravated in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Ukraine’s criminal forces violated the ceasefire regime 911 times over the past 24 hours, having increased, at the same time, the shelling number by 2 times. The enemy launched 24 artillery-shells, 11 tank-shells, 269 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber and also 527 ammunitions with different types of grenade launchers on the Republic’s territory. Besides, infantry fighting vehicles and small arms were used.
The Ukrainian terrorists under the command of the commanders of the 53rd, 72nd, 92nd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Gruzyevich, Sokolov, Nikolyuk and the commander of the 36th naval infantry brigade Delyatinsky shelled the Republic’s settlements of Zaitsevo, Dolomitnoye, Mikhailovka, Ozyeryanovka, Nizhnyetoretskoye, Yasinovataya, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, the area of the Donetsk airport and the locality of Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city.
As a result of the Ukrainian artillery’s fire there was damaged a servicing shop of the Yasinovataya railway and totally destroyed a maintenance building in the settlement of Krutaya Balka.
A serviceman of the DPR Armed Forces was wounded while shelling our positions.
Our intelligence keeps registering strengthening of the AFU positions near the contact line. Thus in vicinity of the localities of:
Primorskoye (7km away from the contact line) – there were detected three self-propelled artillery platforms of 122mm caliber ‘Gvozdika’;
Starognatovka (4km away from the contact line) – there were detected howitzers of 122mm caliber D-30 and three cargo trucks with ammunition.
Besides we have the information on what the command of the 36th separate brigade of the naval infantry is going to collect artillery controllers from January 10 till 19.
The Ukrainian criminal command does not leave attempts to start full-fledged military hostilities. It means that the Ukrainian criminal command wants to solve the conflict in Donbass by arms, in particular yesterday evening the AFU command attempted to seize our positions in vicinity of the locality of Spartak.
The People’s Militia units repelled the attack by resolute actions and stopped the enemy. According to our data, the losses of the AFU servicemen amounted to two dead and five wounded.
It is important to say that the Ukrainian command has begun using perfidious war tactics, hiding behind promises of ceasing fire and not seizing vital infrastructures what leads to the increase of losses among civil population and creates a threat of the humanitarian disaster.
Thus, according to the data we have, the Ukrainian servicemen crudely violated earlier-taken agreements between the sides, concluded in written form that prohibit location of any armed unit and military hardware at least 1,5km away from the Donetsk water purification installation. Nevertheless we have registered blindage installing with military personnel of the AFU 200km away from the station and also registered facts of horrification on the part of the Ukrainian servicemen of the station’s working personnel, threatening to use weapons and forcing them to temporarily leave working places to the available shelter. Such criminal actions of the AFU can lead to the Donetsk water purification installation operation violation with ensuing consequences.
We would like to remind the Ukrainian command of the Geneva Conventions, in particular, according to the additional protocol written in 1997 Ch.10 Art. 54, objects targeted at surviving population, it is prohibited to attack or destroy and also to violate their functioning.
Thus, the Ukrainian command one more time violated the international law, using terroristic methods, creating precedents for blocking vital infrastructures of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
In our turn, we are addressing the representatives of the OSCE Mission and United Nations Organization to register these crimes and convict the Ukrainian authorities, sanctioning the violation of the international law.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency