Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/09/2017

The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic has escalated.

Yesterday, the Ukrainian security forces fired phosphoric ammunition on the DFS area, jeopardising a crucially important facility that provides water to a part of the DPR and the territory occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. These crimes of the Ukrainian authorities should cause resolute condemnation of Ukraine by the whole world community for not allowing an ecological and humanitarian catastrophe throughout Donbass.

In the Donetsk direction, 170 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres were launched by the enemy on ten localities and the surrounding areas; the enemy also resorted to various grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, AFU units targeted two settlements – Leninskoye and Kominternovo with 32 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres, IFV cannons, grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the areas of four localities were targeted with 31 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres and small arms, grenade launchers.

In total, over the past 24 hours, 29 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

As a result of an attack from the AFU position on Golmovsky during the day, four housing constructions suffered damage. The damage was 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 of the Ukrainian authorities in Donbass, including in international courts.

Also, when defending our Republic from aggression of the enemy, one DPR Armed Forces' soldier received fatal wounds.

The Ukrainian forces continue incurring large losses because of ignorant actions of their commanders.

Yesterday, the enemy once again made an attempt to seize our positions, but was repulsed and neutralized. Due to its stupidity, the enemy lost two killed. This provocation of the AFU took place in the vicinity of the settlement of Dolomitnoye.

In the same area, from the occupied settlement of Metallist (Travnevoye), the enemy fired at residential areas of Golmovsky, including, with the use of mortars of 120-mm. As a result of purposeful fire, four housing constructions were damaged. To protect their citizens, the units of the DPR Armed Forces were forced to fire back from non-banned weapons to suppress enemy firing points, as a result of which the enemy has such high losses, voiced today by the press center of the headquarters of the so-called 'ATO'. The disadvantageous location of the positions held, the high losses and the unjustified price of their retention, as well as the humanitarian problems caused by the gross violation of the Minsk accords, turned the false victory of the AFU into the 'Gladosovsky pocket'. It is this name that is now being strengthened in the minds of the Ukrainian public.

Our reconnaissance revealed the fact of large-scale theft of ammunition in the 28 brigade of the AFU with the purpose of their illegal sale.

In particular, we know that Zubovsky O.V., the commander of the 28th brigade, and commander of the 1st battalion Krupko Yu.Yu. tasked the subordinates to export unaccounted ammunition to a pre-prepared place. Only in the past two weeks, 4 trucks with ammunition of various caliber - from rifle to mortar and artillery - were transported in the direction of Lesnoye locality. The write-off of these funds was carried out under the direct control of the counterintelligence officers of the SBU who supervise the brigade. These persons not only covered the illegal export of ammunition, but also ensured their sale.

Currently, the brigade is undergoing inspections, during which a shortage of a large quantity of ammunition was revealed. At the same time, the commander of the brigade, Krupko, set the task of shifting the blame for the lack of property to the people out of favour, as well as blaming them for incompetence, and eventually writing off everything for confusion in 2014-15 with the order of ammunition accounting.

In connection with the revealed shortage facts, the supply of ammunition to the 28th brigade was temporarily suspended, which can postpone offensive plans of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbass.

Besides, according to data supplied to us by servicemen of the 1 mechanised battalion of the 28 separate mechanised brigade, it is established that the commander of the battalion Krupko Yu.Yu. legalized the use of narcotic drugs among his subordinates.

Restrictions apply only to the use of the so-called 'heavy' drugs, as well as the state of drug intoxication when leaving for a higher headquarters.

Delivery of drugs is carried out through the Novaya Pochta in the nearest branch to the battalion, where one of the drug couriers is working.

Let me remind you that this battalion occupies positions opposite Dokuchayevsk and is involved in bombardments of residential quarters of the city, as a result of which a civilian was wounded on December 5-7 and house-buildings were damaged.

This information may be useful to the investigating authorities for the initiation of a criminal case against this person on the facts of using prohibited methods of warfare.

We continue analyzing the propaganda materials of the Ukrainian forces. We noticed that our assessments of the Ukrainian propagandists are very offensive to them. To their regret, the truth is hard to swallow.

Today we will explain what caused the extremely low level of propaganda of the Ukrainian security forces:

First of all, this is the lack of professionals among those dealing with these issues. It is felt by the primitiveness of the materials, the superficial approach to their preparation.

Second, the lack of reliable channels for obtaining information. In this regard, the enemy has to invent everything. At the same time, materials that have nothing to do with reality cause complete rejection here.

Third, the intervention of foreign advisers, who are accustomed to working in a straightforward way with a contingent that has never before given them worthy resistance. At that, it is felt that foreign advisers are above AFU 'experts', because the higher race does not even listen to their 'slaves'.

Fourth, political motives that make people mislead, and therefore conduct their propaganda in a false direction. For example, multiple repetition by the Ukrainian media of the fact that Russian troops are present here does not turn the desired into the real. At that, because of this frank lie, the population loses interest in any information from Ukraine. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the AFU is insulted to admit their failures and defeats from the DPR army, therefore, in their mind they need to draw a more formidable opponent.

You can give many reasons, but most importantly, the Ukrainian propaganda does not work here, it is primitive and not reasoned.

Everybody in Ukraine understands it perfectly well, noticing how the region is withdrawing farther and farther away from it. At that, the withdrawing Donbass steers new regions, which also doubt the correctness of the chosen path in Kiev.

And in their justification, the Ukrainian 'experts; with the efforts of complete degradation can arrange only a show with ridiculing their unprofessionalism, as it is done on the ICTV channel.

At that, after our last criticism of Ukrainian propaganda, an extreme stage of hysteria and confusion was recorded among its individual representatives. All these people began to make amicable acquiescence, first of all before the customers who pay them. After all, why such experts who are absolutely useless. But it seems to me that this situation will be corrected not by the fight against corruption and lazybones in Ukraine, but by the construction of a qualitatively new state on the basis of our independent republics - the DPR and the LPR.

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