Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/04/2017

The situation on the contact line remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy launched four 122mm projectiles, 132 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 158 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on the areas of 11 localities. Besides, the enemy conducted shelling with the use of different types of grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU units launched 9 projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 19 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber on the areas of four localities.  

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy launched two projectiles of 100mm caliber, 23 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber on the areas of six localities. Besides, the shelling was conducted with grenade launchers and small arms.

As a result of the shelling on the part of the AFU, one serviceman of the DPR Armed Forces perished, one more was wounded. Four residential houses in the locality of Dokuchaevsk and one building in the locality of Krutaya Balka were damaged.

Altogether, over the past 24 hours there were registered 48 ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Our reconnaissance keeps marking the internal squabbles among the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the vicinity of settlements GLADOSOVO and METALLIST (Travnevoye). Yesterday, there were recorded shelling of these settlements from the Ukrainian military occupied part of the village Zaitsevo, as well as between the villages of GLADOSOVO and METALLIST (Travnevoye). According to the information available to our intelligence, as a result of yesterday's squabbles among the AFU units, the serviceman of the 25th separate mechanized battalion of the 54th separate mechanized brigade was seriously injured in the legs in the village of GLADOSOVO (presumably a Georgian mercenary), who was then evacuated to the village of Luganskaya and died on the way due to the loss of blood. A source from the 25th battalion also reported that the cause of the death of the serviceman was not the injury, but the impossibility to provide him timely medical assistance because of the remoteness of the positions and the lack of a normal road to the medical center.
It is important to note that our units do not intervene in the squabbles among the units of the AFU, and only observe them.

Particular attention should be paid to the following information. Yesterday, the official representative of the headquarters of the so-called "ATO" Vasily Labai officially confirmed the data on large irrecoverable losses of the AFU in the occupied villages of GLADOSOVO and METALLIST (Travnevoye) to the information agency "RBK". However, the press-officer of the headquarters of the "ATO" understated the number of the dead, saying that since the occupation by the AFU units of the settlements near Gorlovka, the security forces suffered losses of "ABOUT 10 KILLED". At the same time, from the lips of Labai the word "NEAR" sounds like more TEN!

It should be noted that earlier the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Ukrainian volunteers confidently announced the allegedly most successful "recent operation", during which Ukrainian units occupied and are holding two villages without any losses. And now it turns out that only TEN of Ukrainian servicemen were killed.

Near Frunze, AFU units suffered losses much less: where FOUR were killed and three soldiers of the AFU got wounded. What was in this case the CONDEMNATION of the illiterate actions of the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And during the "most successful operation" the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost only “ABOUT TEN people dead, and officially confirmed".

At the same time, all these losses in the units of the Ukrainian army are caused solely by the contradictions between the leadership of the SBU and the AFU command, as well as the cleansing conducted against the "fifth Georgian column".

Thus, it can be concluded that the Ukrainian units, by order of the military command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took tactically not advantageous positions, their political opponents in the Security Service of Ukraine used this in the struggle for control over the "anti-terrorist operation" in Donbass, turning the success of the AFU into a new "Gladosovsky mousetrap".

For this failure, the people who made fatal decisions will bear responsibility: Muzhenko (AFU General Staff Chief), Zabrodsky (Commander of "ATO" forces), Vishnevsky (Commander of operative-tactical grouping "Yug") and Maistrenko (Commander of the 54th separate mechanized brigade).

In the settlements themselves of GLADOSOVO and METALLIST (Travnevoye) the humanitarian situation keeps straining. Ukrainian military categorically forbid civilians to go (not to mention moving) to the nearest settlement of GOLMOVSKY for receiving humanitarian aid allocated by the leadership of the DPR. By such actions, Ukrainian security forces only exacerbate the situation, and incite hatred by forbidding residents to get coal and food supplies for survival in the Ukrainian occupation.

Also, for the purposes of their own PR, Ukrainian military conducted an action in the occupied villages to distribute someone else's food packages. The distributed on behalf of the AFU on the cameras of the Ukrainian media products were transferred to the affected residents from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. About which the Ukrainian side does not even mention in its PR action. At the same time, the Ukrainian punitive squad under various pretexts did not let the UN representatives into the occupied settlements of GLADOSOVO and METALLIST (Travnevoe), to exclude contact with the affected residents. What confirms the facts of repressive measures against the residents of GLADOSOVO and METALLIST (Travnevoye), which the Ukrainian authorities are trying to hide.

According to our intelligence, the Ukrainian side plans, in the next few days, to seek guarantees through the JCCC to prohibit the opening of fire on the part of  the DPR Armed Forces, allegedly to restore damaged power lines. Under the cover of the mirror patrols of the OSCE SMM, the AFU units intend to bring construction equipment for the erection of fortifications to the settlement of GLADOSOVO and METALLIST (Travnevoe). We warn the Ukrainian side against such provocations. We are ready to provide security guarantees for restoration work, as stated more than once, but we will not allow the erection of fortifications under the cover of the OSCE.

We call on both the Ukrainian side and OSCE representatives to be honest and transparent.

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