Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/10/2017

The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired three 122-mm artillery projectiles and 171 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres, at 13 localities' adjacent areas. Various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also applied for shelling.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU units fired 70 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at three localities' areas, along with that applying various types of grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired 15 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at four localities' areas, and also resorted to various types of grenade launchers and small arms.

In total, over the past 24 hours, there were registered 43 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Yesterday, the arrival of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Muzhenko was detected in the locality of Metallist (Travnevoye). According to our intelligence, Muzhenko personally assessed the moral and psychological state of the servicemen of the 54th brigade, deployed in the two occupied villages. According to the estimates of the General Staff, the morale of servicemen is extremely low. This is due to large losses borne while retaining tactically disadvantageous positions, as well as the lack of understanding of the appropriateness of the localities’ occupation, which harms their image.

From the analysis of the AFU General Staff it follows that the presence of the Ukrainian forces creates problems not only for residents of the occupied villages, but also for the servicemen of the Ukrainian army. First of all, this is due to the remoteness of the localities from their nearest positions, the absence of passable roads, the impossibility of fortification structures’ erection (since under the Minsk agreements this is the "buffer zone"), as well as the location in the lowland compared to the positions of the DPR Armed Forces. In fact, servicemen of the 54th brigade are blocked in the localities. They will have no timely reinforcement. As experience shows, they have no opportunity for operational evacuation of the wounded. In this connection, the number of irretrievable losses increases. Only for the last five days, the enemy failed to save the lives of two its servicemen, lacking time to transfer the wounded to a medical institution to provide them with qualified assistance due to the broken-down roads. At the same time, the enemy’s opening fire on civilians in the localities of Golmovsky and Zaitsevo forces us to respond with the use of non-prohibited types of weapons to suppress the firing points, which inflicts losses on the 54th brigade of the AFU. Thus, according to updated information, for December 8, enemy units near Gorlovka lost two servicemen of the 25th Kievan Rus battalion killed and one wounded, and two servicemen of the 24th Aidar battalion killed. We do not exclude that a part of these losses may come connected with the actions of blocking detachments of the National Guard of Ukraine.

We do not even want to calculate the total amount of enemy losses in the occupied villages since November 22, as these are very terrible figures. Let Ukrainian volunteers count them up, as well as families of the military that had been left without breadwinners through the fault of Muzhenko, Zabrodsky and other great strategists who think in terms of "pockets."

We appeal to the mothers of Ukraine: your sons have been brought back to a pocket, now it is the Gladosovo one. The dead can no longer be resurrected, but it is still possible to save lives of those remaining in the pocket. Only by your concern for the living can you stop the bloodshed and save your sons from the illiterate and erroneous actions of the AFU command. Do not stay aside, condemn the criminal actions of the Ukrainian command! Save your sons’ lives!

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