Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/07/2017

The situation in the zone of responsibility of the DPR Armed Forces remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired six tank rounds and 166 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres, at 12 localities' adjacent areas. Various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also applied for shelling.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU units fired 106 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at four localities' areas.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired 13 mortar shells of 120-mm calibre at two localities' areas, and also resorted to various types of grenade launchers and small arms.

In total, over the past 24 hours, there were registered 46 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Dokuchayevsk locality being shelled from the AFU positions, six houses were damaged, as well as a gas pipeline on Kuibyshev Street, 13. These damages and testimonies were recorded by the investigative authorities of the Republic and representatives of the public commission. All these materials will be used as evidence of war crimes by the Ukrainian authorities in Donbass, including in international courts.


As is customary in Ukraine, the Ukrainian terrorists intensify fire at the DPR territory during holidays.

The yesterday's Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was not an exception, to mark it these inhumans launched a total of 311 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres onto our localities.

At the same time, it should be noted that the orders for the use of artillery are given personally by the brigade commanders, in whose responsibility areas the localities are, and mortar fire is opened, as a rule, upon the decision of battalion commanders, or even the commanders of companies of the AFU.

Based on the foregoing, and also according to the data obtained by our intelligence, it became known that the area of Zhabichevo locality was shelled with mortars from the positions of the 3rd motorized company of the 34th battalion of the 57th brigade.

The shelling began at 2:00 pm and lasted until midnight. The commander of the 3rd company of the 34th battalion of the 57th brigade, Zmeul O.V., personally ordered the use of mortars. According to the information we have, he had been drunk by this time already.

At 8 pm the commander of the 34th battalion Shpanko S.M. arrived at the company's position to congratulate the subordinate personnel. The attacks were only intensified upon the arrival of the battalion commander. At the same time, in the intervals between drinking alcohol, this persons themselves adjusted the mortar fire launched by their subunits onto Zhabichevo locality, as their subordinates told us.


We continue recording the AFU preparation for military operations against our Republic.

In particular, we have established the arrival of additional aerial reconnaissance units in the responsibility zone of each of the AFU brigades. This explains the increased use of UAVs along the entire contact line. Some of these drones are used by the enemy to adjust artillery and mortar fire.


We continue noting the deterioration in the situation in Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye) localities. The enemy does not restore power lines feeding the locality, as it realizes that it will leave these populated areas in the near future due to massive losses among servicemen and retention of a tactically disadvantageous situation. A diesel generator was transferred only for a while, to ensure the occupational activities of their units. According to residents of the occupied villages, electricity is distributed only between houses in which Ukrainian servicemen live.

At the same time, yesterday the authorities of our Republic organized the delivery of humanitarian aid to residents living in Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye) localities as well. However, the Ukrainian occupation forces did not let out residents of the villages, mockingly allowing some people to carry coal in their hands with cellophane bags.


Everyone knows why Ukrainian propaganda does not affect our citizens and servicemen of the Republic. The main reason is that it has nothing to do with reality. We do not even have to refute it if noticed. Our citizens laugh at it, in the form in which it is distributed in the Ukrainian media. Moreover, it seems that in Ukraine they have created their virtual reality, and then believed in it themselves. The gap in the understanding of the situation only increases between us.

At the same time, this misunderstanding of the situation in the Ukrainian media is caused by the fact that the Ukrainian army is mired in failures and defeats, and it is only by outright lies that it can smooth out all the negative that is formed around it. It can be stated that there are no more competent people in the AFU intelligence, and there are no reliable channels for obtaining information. For this reason, every Burba (the head of the GIS of the Defense Ministry), Tymchuk (a Verkhovna Rada deputy, a science fiction writer) and others have to invent "fakes." At what, their fantasies are absolutely low-quality due to the lack of imagination. The same can be said for the SBU, which is mired in its terrorist methods of struggle and is not familiar with the situation.

All this speaks for one thing, Ukraine and its power structures are administered from the outside — foreign instructors, NATO advisers, who are far from understanding the situation. With such helpers, Ukraine is steadily moving into the abyss!


In conclusion, our intelligence has obtained information about the intention of the AFU command to once again use weapons — phosphorous bombs, forbidden by international conventions — against the population of Donbass with a view subsequently accuse the DPR.

The main mistake of the Ukrainian war criminals is that they do not take into account the fact that these munitions are available only in the NATO countries and their satellites. It was foreign friendly assistance to Ukraine from 2014 to lead to the fact that the Ukrainian side became the owner of such a terrible weapon more than once used in Donbass. Thus, any use of these prohibited means immediately frames the West.

We are counting on the last remnants of the mind in the heads of those who are striving for war. Stop, think again! And we urge the Ukrainian servicemen not to carry out the criminal orders of their command!

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