The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense.
Shellings on the AFU part won’t stop. The enemy continues shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Golmovsky, Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka, Ozeryanovka, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Yasinovataya, Krutaya Balka, Vasilievka, Aleksandrovka, Yasnoye, Dokuchayevsk, Sosnovskoye, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, area of the Airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the DPR territory 509 times. Among this shelling number heavy artillery was applied 36 times, tanks – four times, mortars of various calibre – 176 times, infantry fighting vehicles – 21 times, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 272 times.
The DPR Army again suffered losses caused by the ongoing AFU shellings – one soldier perished.
Our reconnaissance continues detecting the presence of forbidden enemy arms near the contact line:
- Near Roty (15 km to the contact line) – there were detected six 122mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika;
- Near Trudovskoye (Nikolayevka) (13 km to the contact line) – there were detected three 122mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika and nine cargo vehicles with ammunition;
- Near Kalchik (19 km to the contact line) – there were detected six units of MLRS Grad.
These facts were passed to the OSCE Mission's representatives confirming commission of gross violations by the AFU, what evidences unwillingness of the Ukrainian party to observe the Minsk Agreements.
The moral and psychological state of the AFU units in the so-called 'ATO' zone, matches the critical state which is supplemented with catastrophic shortage of trained military personnel, including non-commissioned officer's staff. In this regard, on the basis of Ukraine's higher educational institutions the AFU command organized short-term courses in order to train officers among sergeants and warrant officers who haven't got higher education.
Besides, after the training of Ukrainian citizens was reduced, over the period from January to February another replenishment arrived to the 24th Aidar battalion deployed near Avdeyevka locality. At that, from now on the main objective of the nationalist battalion will be stepping up the blockade of any communications between Ukraine and the Republic. Application of weapons cannot be excluded. So, the fact was established that on the latest weekend the AFU personnel tried to stop several vehicles with The Right Sector fighters near Selidovo locality, and for doing that they underwent a deadly shelling with small arms. As a result of the shelling there were killed two AFU soldiers, and three civilians got wounded when they came up to support the AFU commanders interfering the lawlessness of 'The Right Sector activists'.
Besides, our reconnaissance obtained reliable data proving that Poltorak had given commanders of radical armed groups OUN and The Right Sector the informal order: to get units armed and start advancing to the 'ATO' zone for conducting shellings of the Republic's critical infrastructure (boiler rooms, transforming stations, power lines and gas pipelines), for humanitarian disaster to emerge. Such measures, according to the military and political leadership, are to induce the DPR Leaders and Armed Forces to step up back-fire, what would become a reason for claiming charges with violation of the Minsk Agreements and obtaining proof-points for complaints to the western states' leaders.
These facts confirm chronic unwillingness of Poroshenko to solve the conflict in Donbass peacefully, as well as intention of the 'war party' to aggravate the situation in Donbass for personal enrichment at the expense of the launched bloodshed and fratricides.
Despite all this, we are strictly adhering to the Minsk Agreements and ceasefire regime. We support the peace process of settling the conflict.
Nevertheless, planned defense-oriented combat trainings continue taking place in the DPR People's Militia units. The plan includes technical, special and tactical trainings, and weapons practice in tank and artillery platoons.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency