Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/21/2017

The situation on the contact line remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 28 artillery projectile of 122-mm calibre,  145 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on 11 localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked three localities, having launched 16 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres on the settlements, also applying grenade launchers and small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacked the settlement of Verkhnetoretskoye Nizhneye with grenade launchers and small arms.

One DPR Armed Forces’ serviceman perished during the defense of the Republic.

As a result of the AFU shelling of Yasinovataya, one civilian was killed, three were wounded, 13 house buildings, including the comprehensive school No. 6, as well as eight cars damaged by shrapnel.

In total, over the past 24 hours, 36 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.


Tonight the enemy committed another inhuman act, aimed only at one thing - the elimination of civilians in our Republic.

At 10 pm, the AFU hit from the western outskirts of the settlement of Avdeyevka the center of Yasinovataya with artillery guns of 122-mm. A total of 28 shells were fired on the center of the city.

The Ukrainian command tried to justify this crime as a response to the shelling of its positions in the vicinity of Avdeyevka, which was allegedly done on the part of our Republic.

Officially, I declare that the Armed Forces of the DPR did not open fire using the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. All attempts to blame us for this are blatant lies!

And I'm not sure if it is worth talking about this at all, when in retaliation for the mythical shelling along the trenches in the field, a a strike is staged on the center of a sleeping city!

A war criminal who gave the order for the use of artillery is known to us: the commander of the 25 separate airborne brigade Zenchenko O.V.

And now the investigative bodies of the Republic are preparing materials for the initiation of criminal cases on the fact of this crime.

Also, representatives of the Public Commission conducted work on recording the war crime and are preparing their materials for sending it to the International Criminal Court.


At the same time, we appeal to international observers - where are you, where is your work?! Why does the Ukrainian party continue bombarding us with large-caliber artillery with impunity?! Currently, there is a strong belief that all the work to contain and record the shelling by the AFU was carried out only by Russian representatives of the JCCC. As soon as they left our Republic, Ukraine launched massive shelling of civilian settlements with the use of 152 and 122-mm artillery, MRLS. Why OSCE representatives are silent about this is not clear.

We hope that our appeal will reach the OSCE leadership and it finally will put order among its subordinates, and they will start monitoring violations twenty-four seven and leave the hotel not only within the center of Donetsk.


We do not know for sure how the work of the OSCE observers on the territory temporarily occupied by Ukraine is organized, but we assume that it is just as bad as in our Republic.

Otherwise, the representatives of the Mission would have already found out from the local residents that the bombardment of Novoluganskoye locality from the MRLS on December 18 was conducted from the territory under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We contacted residents of Novoluganskoye and nearby settlements, who confirmed that even military suggestions about 'friendly fire' from the brigade artillery group of the 128th Brigade sound from the lips of the AFU.

But the representatives of the mission are not up to this - they have a working day ending at 15-16.00, and taking into account the departure from the hotels at 10-11 a.m. and lunch break, they simply do not have time to reach the settlements that were bombarded.

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