Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/13/2017

The situation on the contact line remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 11 artillery ordnances of 122-mm calibre, 15 tank ammos, 185 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on nine localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of the shelling, the gas pipeline in the Kievsky district of Donetsk at the address Obsky lane, 1, suffered.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked five localities, having launched 63 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres on the settlement, also applying grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired attacked the settlements of Gorlovka and Golmovsky with 14 artillery projectiles of 122-mm calibre, 38 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres, as well as grenade launchers and small arms.

Four 122-mm artillery shells, fired at about two o'clock in the morning at Gorlovka, hit a gas pipeline, an apartment on the 6th floor of a nine-story building on the street of 60 Let SSSR and a private house on the street of Stakhanova, as well as the kindergarten № 134.

As a result of the shelling by the Ukrainian security forces of Dokuchayevsk, civilian citizen Svinorenko L.Ya., born in 1955, was wounded.

In total, over the past 24 hours, 39 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

We continue to record the facts of the presence of prohibited weapons near the line of contact, as well as the preparation of the Ukrainian side for active offensive operations in the Gorlovka direction.

Thus, our reconnaissance has established the deployment of a 152-mm howitzer battery 2C3 Akacia in the vicinity of the settlement of SEMIGORYe 11 km from the contact line.

The entire locality of Golmovsky can fall under the bombardment of this prohibited weapon, as well as part of Gorlovka and Zaitsevo.

Also, these settlements are in the sector of shelling of a brigade artillery group from among the 128th brigade. Due to the fact that the level of training of the fire adjusters of the control battalion and the artillery of reconnaissance of the brigade artillery group is at a very low level, it is possible to forecast the hits of shells in residential areas of our settlements, as well as on the positions of the AFU near the contact line. As it often happens.

Another way to increase the level of combat training was chosen in the 1st battalion of the 28th brigade, notorious for the arms trade, the legalization of drug use, and the corruptness of the combatant Krupko Yu.Yu.

These stoners use Dokuchayevsk as a shooting gallery, in which there are static targets - houses, and moving targets - the inhabitants of this city.

Firing exercises are carried out from all types of weapons, both at night and in the daytime, not even embarrassed of the work of international observers in the area.

Such actions of the 28th brigade very much set the power of Ukraine up, which, allegedly, stands for the political solution of this conflict. However, in fact they cannot prove their commitment to peaceful dialogue. Therefore, we are inclined to the fact that the Ukrainian authorities demonstrate open hypocrisy at international platforms. Otherwise, this can be explained by the fact that servicemen of the 28 brigade simply refuse to obey their command and top management, and therefore they commit outrage not agreed with anyone.

In this connection, we appeal to the representatives of the OSCE SMM. Over the past few days, Ukrainian troops have been shelling Dokuchayevsk daily, with the Mission patrol for the past four days never arrived at the site of the devastation and did not record the damage to the houses. While the shelling of Ukrainian security forces are carried out even in the daytime.

We continue to record the facts of war crimes of Ukrainian siloviki in the shelling of settlements. From the position of the 128 brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the use of banned artillery when attacking Gorlovka and Golmovsky is noted. At the same time,  the punitive forces of the 54 AFU brigade resort to banned arms while shelling Golmovsky area. Shelling is conducted mercilessly even against the seized settlements of Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye). Perhaps, some of the AFU ammunition accidentally does not reach the residential areas of the village of Golmovsky and fall on the territory of Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye). But it is possible that these attacks are carried out purposefully, so that residents of 'liberated' settlements are kept under constant strain.

At the same time, our units are forced in response to work to suppress enemy firing points without using the means prohibited by the Minsk agreements. So, yesterday, our units destroyed another two Ukrainian terrorists from the 1 mechanised battalion of the 54 smb from small arms, who carried out targeted shelling of civilians.

We warn the other war criminals from the AFU, NGU, mercenaries and terrorists, we forbid you to shell peaceful settlements! Otherwise, each of you will suffer a well-deserved punishment.

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