Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 02/09/2018

Good afternoon!

Last week, the team training of battalions, divisions and individual companies continued in the units and military bases of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic.

Over the past 24 hours, 11 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. A total of 39 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres were fired at the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

In total, over the past week, the enemy 95 times violated the ceasefire regime, and launched 423 120 and 82-mm calibre mortars, 629 IFV ordnances and seven tank shells on the territory of the Republic including one artillery projectile.

12 localities of the Republic were subjected to fire by the AFU.

As a result of AFU shelling, two buildings suffered damage in Dokuchayevsk.

The AFU command continues concentrating heavy weapons near the line of contact:

122-mm SP guns Gvozdika – 5 units;

100-mm anti-tank cannons Rapira – 15 units;

Т-64 tanks – 18 units.

I draw the attention of the OSCE Mission's management to the regular facts of violation by the Ukrainian side of the Minsk agreements, regarding the withdrawal of weapons. Our reconnaissance revealed firing positions and areas of hidden deployment of AFU armaments applied in daily shelling of the territory of the Republic.

In the vicinity of Novopokrovskoye settlement (16 km to the contact line) – there were revealed two 122-mm self-propelled artillery piece Gvozdika.

In the vicinity of Pavlopol settlement (4 km to the contact line) – there is a command and observation post of a howitzer battery, fully prepared for combat operations and control of artillery fire.

In the vicinity of Opytnoye settlement (2 km to the contact line) – there were revealed temporary firing positions of a mortar squad, from which the Ukrainian forces carry out regular shelling.

Ukrainian representatives to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire regime with the help of controlled media again spread false information, trying to cover up the traces of crimes that are daily committed by the command of the so-called 'ATO' zone. So, the Ukrainian side, after the completion of another targeted bombardment of the of the first ascent of the Yuzhnodonbass water conduit's pumping station, hastened to justify itself and tried to shift the blame to the Armed Forces of the DPR.

I note that the disabling of civil infrastructure facilities by shelling, as well as attacks and intimidation of civilian personnel of facilities located near the demarcation line, have already become commonplace for Ukrainian fighters cynically calling themselves "defenders".

Violation of the pumping station's functioning, which is constantly being subjected to bombardment by the AFU, will lead to the termination of water supply both to the territory of the Republic and to the settlements occupied by the Ukrainian troops. As a result of these criminal actions, a humanitarian catastrophe can affect more than 1.5 million civilians.

In January 2018, the non-combat casualties of the Ukrainian army amounted to 48 servicemen, of which: suicides - 19, careless handling of weapons and violation of security measures - 14.

According to the official data, non-combat losses were only 22 servicemen.

I note that the circumstances of servicemen's death are hushed up and hidden by the command from the public and relatives of the deceased.

AFU military criminals' sense of fear towards international organizations has long become blunt. Impunity and lack of honour have no limits. According to the official reports of the OSCE mission, punishers openly, during the daylight, move the prohibited weapons to the line of contact.

As we stated earlier, the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in order to conceal the absence of prohibited weapons in the designated storage area, tried to bring down an OSCE UAV, through which the Mission's observers monitored the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Once again I appeal to representatives of the Mission: do not turn a blind eye to gross violations by the AFU and take appropriate measures.

Against the backdrop of the deepening crisis in the country, the Ukrainian authorities are trying to distract their citizens and switch their attention to alleged "successes" at the front. To do this, the press service of the so-called 'ATO' zone headquarters, repeatedly caught in lies, spreads information about the return of the settlements of the Republic under its control. Thus, the Ukrainian propagandists reported on occupation of the settlements of Verkhnetoretskoye, Gladosovo and Travnevoye.

I want to remind you that Verkhnetoretskoye is divided into two parts, one of which from the very beginning of the aggression was under the occupation of Ukrainian troops. And the settlements of Gladosovo and Travnevoye are located in the "grey zone", in which our troops are absent in accordance with the Minsk agreements. The occupation of these settlements is a direct violation of the agreements reached, but the Ukrainian side refuses to acknowledge this fact.

By the way, the forcible occupation of Gladosovo and Travnevoye settlements turned into a reputation for the AFU, as the humanitarian situation deteriorated significantly with the arrival of the punitive forces in the villages. And the further presence in these villages resulted for the AFU in massive losses among the personnel, due to the emergence of contradictions between Ukrainian servicemen and Georgian mercenaries against the background of the division of civilians' property, as well as suppression of the enemy's further military activity, which was expressed in shelling by the Ukrainian forces of nearby villages.

In the Republic, a number of measures are constantly being taken to counteract enemy sabotage and terrorist activity. And along the line of contact between the troops and the cities of the republic, special rapid response teams have been formed and are in constant combat readiness to counter Ukrainian DRG.

However, due to the increasing threat of the use of terrorist methods of warfare by the AFU command of the Special Operations Forces, we ask the residents of the Republic to be vigilant and timely report any suspicious persons and objects. This will save your life and the lives of people close to you.

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