Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 13/01/2018

The situation on the entire contact line tends to aggravate.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used mortars, various types of grenade launchers and small arms against the areas of four settlements. By the enemy launched 19 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres onto the area of ​​Spartak settlement and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

In the Mariupol direction, 54 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres were fired at the adjacent areas of four settlements.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired at Zaitsevo locality with grenade launchers and small arms.

In total, 16 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were registered over the past 24 hours.

As a result of the mortar shelling of Dokuchayevsk locality there was damaged a multi-storey house at the address Tsentralnaya Street, 83, in which the glazing was damaged. Along with that, roofs were damaged in a store on Lenin Street, 30A, and outbuildings on Rabochaya Street, 81, 82.

From our sources in the ‘ATO’ headquarters there was obtained information on the instructions received at the headquarters of the 128th separate mountain infantry brigade and the 80th separate airmobile brigade from the so-called ‘ATO’ headquarters, in which there was mentioned the termination of the "New Year armistice," and the strengthening of units of these brigades, located at the advanced positions.

Also, we recorded the arrival of the units of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade at the responsibility zone of the 28th brigade, holding defense lines from Novotroitskoye to Granitnoye in the Mariupol direction.

In addition, we continue to record intimidation by the AFU commanders of their subordinates, who are on the front line.

Thus, according to our data, the command of the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade actively disseminates among subordinates information on the involvement of the Armed Forces of our Republic in blasting the BRDM armoured reconnaissance vehicle, which took place on December 11.

Let me remind you that, according to the official version, voiced by the headquarters of the so-called "ATO", BRDM drove into an anti-tank land mine, installed on the roadside near Pesky locality, and two servicemen of the AFU were killed as a result of the explosion.

However, the headquarters of the 57th brigade, taking advantage of the inability of the military to double-check the information, and to justify their war crimes and strikes at the Republic, spreads the myth about the alleged mortar shelling by the DPR Armed Forces, and the direct hit of a 120-mm mortar shell in the fighting vehicle.

As we see, the flow of disinformation poured into the heads of the AFU fighters is truly enormous. And only the opportunity to receive reliable information through our media, broadcasted on the contact line, stops many Ukrainian servicemen from opening fire on civilians of our Republic.

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