Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/22/2017

The situation on the contact line remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 57 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on eight localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked Leninskoye locality, having launched five mortar rounds of 120-mm calibre on the settlement, as well as resorted to various grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired five mortar shells of 82-mm calibre at the locality of Dolomotnoye, as well as applied grenade launchers and small arms.

In total, over the past 24 hours, 23 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

As a result of the shelling by Ukrainian punishers of Dokuchayevsk, female civilian Goncharenko Tatyana Vladimirovna, born in 1965, received a fragmentation wound of the thorax at the address: Lenina Street, 26/20, apt. 4. Besides, according to updated data, 17 housing constructions sustained damage because of the shelling of the AFU.

We're receiving alarming messages from residents living in the territory temporarily occupied by the AFU. Yesterday, according to their data, three trucks were seen moving with the personnel, dressed in a military uniform of the Russian model, from Artyomovsk area in the area of Svetlodarsk. In addition, according to our reconnaissance, in the area of Svetlodarsk, the film crews of Western and Ukrainian television channels have now arrived to prepare the staged video material. Directions for ensuring the work of foreign journalists are given directly by the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In this connection, we do not exclude the provocations of the Ukrainian siloviki on the contact line, which have the goal of preparing fabricated evidence of the presence of Russian troops in the Donbass, and use their fakes to justify aggression against the republics.

We appeal to the OSCE Mission with a request to help prevent illegal actions by the Ukrainian forces, destabilizing the situation in the area.

Also, we continue recording the massing of prohibited weapons of the AFU near the contact line. In particular, our reconnaissance marks the move to the area of Krasnogorovka village (north of Avdeyevka) of the 1 howitzer battalion of the 55th separate artillery brigade. We have identified the location of six units of large calibre artillery hidden in the private sector of the village and agricultural buildings, located near, eight kilometers from the contact line. According to information from sources in the 25 separate airborne brigade, the units of the 1st howitzer battalion are being prepared to be used in the interests of the criminal command of the airborne brigade.

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