Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/20/2017

The situation on the contact line remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired nine artillery ordnances of 152-mm calibre and 70 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre were launched on ten localities.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy attacked four localities, having launched 81 mortar rounds of 82-mm calibre on the settlements, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy launched six mortar shells of 82-mm calibre at three localities, as well as applied grenade launchers and small arms.

In total, over the past 24 hours, 38 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

As a result of shelling by the AFU, four housing constructions in the localities of Dokuchayevsk, Leninskoye and Zaitsevo were damaged; also, the locality of Naberezhnoe was de-energized, restoration works are currently underway.

Our reconnaissance continues revealing gross violations of the Minsk accords by the Ukrainian party. So, yesterday, from the withdrawal areas of Stepnoye and Zelyony Gai, the take-away of 26 tanks and their demonstrative movement in the south direction with a subsequent return were marked.

These actions by the Ukrainian law enforcers were conducted with the aim of revealing the reaction of the DPR Armed Forces' units, as well as recording civilians' calls for their subsequent detentions.

I want to disappoint the Ukrainian command: our reconnaissance has its sources in the so-called 'ATO' zone headquarters, in the South field force and in every brigade. We secretly receive timely and reliable information about all movements of Ukrainian units, therefore, there can be no question of any surprise or deception from the Ukrainian side. In addition, it is known from the analysis of Ukrainian servicemen's moods, and also as a result of tight work with agents in the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, that more than 60 percent of the officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are against military operations in the Donbass, and 40 percent of the command staff of the Ukrainian army in general intend to prevent aggressive initiatives of their own military and political leadership, which allows us to be confident of a guaranteed disruption of any offensive plans of the enemy.

Besides, our reconnaissance obtained data on the withdrawal of the 81 separate air cavalry brigade from the so-called 'ATO' zone to a firing range deep into Ukraine for conducting drills. Also, one division of the 55 separate artillery brigade is leaving for the drills. The enemy wanted to hide from us all these activities.

Also, the fact of the arrival of USA foreign instructors for the inspection of the AFU units and assisting in carrying out provocations on the contact line of troops was established on 18 November in Mariupol. Moreover, we have already received lists of foreign servicemen, despite the agreement of April 2017 between the SBU and the US embassy in Ukraine about the non-disclosure of personal data of representatives of Western special services and regular military personnel detached to the war zone.

And in the end, our reconnaissance got data on the facts of subversive activities of foreign mercenaries in the AFU units. In particular, after receiving secret brief from the mediator from the leader of the opposition, Mikhail Saakashvili, in the area of Novoluganskoye settlement, four Georgian mercenaries from the "Legion" subunit arrived at the responsibility zone of the 25 separate mechanised infantry battalion "Kiev Rus" of the 54 separate mechanised brigade. According to timely information, mercenaries from Georgia: Tilikh, Kunshanov, Ikvendzhenadze and Mebonia will conduct work with officers in the 54 separate mechanised brigade on the need for military support of the opposition movement and preparation of an anti-state coup in the coming months. The same activity will be carried out by foreign mercenaries in the units of the 25 separate airborne brigade, the 95 separate airborne assault brigade, the 79 separate airborne assault brigade in the area of Avdeyevka, as well as in the 30 and 59 brigades in the Mariupol direction.

Thus, the fact of foreign special services' interest in destabilizing the situation in Ukraine is noted, which indicates the imminent and early completion in the near future of the anti-people's rule of the Ukrainian president-oligarch Poroshenko.

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