Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/23/2017

The situation on the contact line remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 62 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on 11 localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked three localities, having launched 37 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibred on the settlements, as well as resorted to various grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired attacked the locality of Ozeryanovka with grenade launchers and small arms.

In total, over the past 24 hours, 25 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

The level of discipline in the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces continues declining.

Thus, according to our reconnaissance service, the day before yesterday, during a sudden check by the Chief of Staff of the 1st mechanized battalion of the 28th separate mechanized brigade, Sinyuk E.V., of personnel on the front line, the absence of 15 servicemen out of 70 people on the list of one of the companies was revealed.

At that, during the preliminary investigation it was established that these servicemen are missing from 3 to 5 days. And this information was hidden by the commander of the company.

Thus, we can argue that in one of the units of the 1st mechanised battalion the 28th separate mechanised brigade virtually a whole mechanized platoon defected for a week.

After the report on this fact to the headquarters of the so-called 'ATO', it was decided to urgently allocate in the area of Svobodnoye locality servicemen from the company of the 37th separate motorized infantry battalion of the 56th separate motorized infantry brigade, to close the 'gaps' in the defense.

When soldiers of the 56th brigade were coming into positions abandoned by military servicemen of the 28th brigade, a fight broke out between units of two brigades of the AFU due to incoordination of actions. In particular, the servicemen of the 56 brigade refused to obey the commanders of the 28 brigade. As a result of the battle, one serviceman of the 56th brigade received a gunshot wound. At the same time, the command of  the 'ATO' considers the 56 brigade guilty in the incident, which do not think so, and in this connection, now they refuse to help their 'comrades' from the 28 brigade.

The most interesting thing is that the command of "ATO", plugging holes in the defense of the 28th brigade by the 56th military, sends an entire reconnaissance company from the 28th brigade to reinforce the neighbouring 59th separate mechanised infantry brigade stationed in the Mariupol direction.

Such a decision to plug holes indicates one thing: the defense of the Ukrainian party is like a board of a sinking rotten longboat, the rats and captain of which continue to flee. And a clumsy team is trying to save this ship, plugging holes with everything that comes in handy, not understanding the purpose of their units and their capabilities.

The neighbouring 59th separate motorised infantry brigade stationed in the Mariupol direction did not stand aloof from discipline violations.

Thus, our reconnaissance learned that the other day, as a result of careless treatment of a mounted large-caliber machine gun, one soldier of the AFU received a wound incompatible with life. At that, the command of the brigade, in order to hide this fact, reports on the death of a serviceman as a result of shelling from our side.

But comrades-in-arms of the deceased report that they he had received mortal wounds from the gun machine, which was out of order. At that, the cause of the non-standard operation of the machine gun, which resulted in the death of a man, was the independent development of the weapon, carried out by Ukrainian volunteers.

Besides, it is already known that the deceased serviceman was in a state of alcoholic intoxication, which, in fact, is already the standard state of the servicemen of the 59th and 79th brigades.

And in conclusion, according to the information from the military of the 36th separate marine brigade, we became aware of the commander's horse on one of his guilty subordinates. In particular, last weekend, a serviceman of the 1st separate battalion of the Marine Corps, in a state of intoxication, went on a rampage in one of the stalls in Novosyolovka Vtoraya village. Only the foreman of the unit and the commander himself - Risovanny, who arrived on call from the owners of the store, could calm him down.

As punishment for this misdemeanor, the commander put the serviceman under arrest for four days in a specially excavated hole in the open air. Simply put, in a zindan, which was covered with sheet iron only at night, in order not to get snow in there. This practice of upbringing becomes the norm in the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in connection with the exhaustion of other measures of influence, which the faulty servicemen react to.

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