Last week, from March 11 till March 17, in the formations and military units of the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic, the main effort was focused on conducting command post exercises aimed at improvement of the command and control bodies’ coherence in the course of preparation and conducting defensive and counteroffensive actions.
The People's Militia continues rendering all the possible assistance to the population of the Republic. In particular, this week humanitarian aid was provided to residents of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk, they received warm clothes and essentials from the Republic’s residents. Besides, cultural and entertainment events were organized in the "Cosmos" circus for children from the rehabilitation centre in Torez and children of the DPR People’s Militia personnel.
Over the past day, there were registered 61 occasions of ceasefire violations by the AFU. The Republic’s territory was shelled with application of heavy artillery, tanks, mortars of various calibre, IFV weapons, anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers, and small arms.
In total, over the past week the enemy violated the ceasefire regime 529 times, and launched onto the Republic territory 5,842 projectiles and shells with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements.
22 Republic’s localities underwent shellings on the AFU part. The following localities were damaged most: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Krutaya Balka, Spartak, Kominternovo, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, Oktyabr, Yelenovka, Luganskoye, the areas of the Volvo Centre and the Airport, as well as the Petrovsky, Kirovsky and Kievsky districts of Donetsk. 49 houses sustained damage or were destroyed on this territory, one civilian perished and nine received wounds of varying severity.
The shellings were conducted at the command of war criminals Gorbatyuk, Gruzevich, Shandar, Vlasenko, Nikolyuk, Samarsky, Garaz, and Delyatitsky.
Over a week, losses among the DPR military defending the Republic made four killed and two wounded.
Besides, during the week the enemy made repeated attempts to disable and prevent the repair of life supporting facilities, in particular the Donetsk filtering station, as a result of which the temporarily AFU-controlled Avdeyevka locality and the Avdeyevka Coke-processing plant were not supplied with electricity. The enemy continued adjustment of the AFU fire at vital infrastructure facilities using unmanned aerial vehicles.
All these facts prove the criminal actions of the Ukrainian command against the peaceful population of Donbass which occur under approval of the military and political leadership of Ukraine.
The AFU command continues the build up of heavy weapons near the contact line. In total, over the past week our intelligence revealed the following:
In the Gorlovka direction – up to a company-strong tank unit, a battery of 152mm shelf-propelled artillery mounts Akatsiya and a battery of 120mm mortars.
In the Donetsk direction – two batteries of 122mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika and a battery of 120mm mortars.
In the Mariupol direction – two units of MLRS BM-21 Grad, two batteries of 122mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika, a battery of 152mm self-propelled artillery mounts Akatsiya and a battery of 120mm mortars.
The earlier detected AFU equipment is also still present near the contact line.
During the week, the Ukrainian party continued arranging provocations along the contact line, actively using controlled Ukrainian media, in order to publicly blame the DPR Armed Forces of violating the Minsk Agreements.
It is a common thing already for official representatives of the Ukrainian authorities to report alleged violations of the ceasefire regime by the DPR as a result of which the vital infrastructure was damaged. In particular, this week, the head of the military and civil administration of the former Donetsk region, Zhebrivsky, made a statement on the fact of the DFS de-energizing one hour earlier than it actually happened, which proves the direct involvement of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Ukrainian authorities in this provocation, directed solely against their own population.
Ukrainian military committed an outrageously cynical crime in Avdeyevka locality, where the AFU fired at a nine-story house with a tank. At that, one of the top Ukrainian TV channels videotaped the shooting with a view to accuse the DPR People’s Militia of this violation. The primitive nature of the provocation was so obvious that local residents almost applied rough justice to Ukrainian journalists who decided to clarify the residents’ opinion on the fact of the shelling and to impose the point of view which is beneficial to the criminal authorities of Ukraine.
This week, the Ukrainian party arranged provocations not only on land, but also in the sea. Thus, on March 11, at the orders of the 1st Rank Captain Eduard Shevchenko, Commander of the 73rd Special Operations Centre of the Ukrainian Navy, two combat boats entered the territorial waters of the Donetsk People's Republic in the vicinity of Bezymennoye locality to fire at our positions. After they were detected while firing at the DPR Armed Forces’ positions, we were forced to open back-fire with small arms and antitank guided missiles, as a result, one of the boats sustained serious damage and was towed off later.
The ill-considered actions of the AFU command again resulted in useless casualties among Ukrainian servicemen and caused serious damages to the expensive equipment of the combat ship.
The so-called economic blockade continues exerting impact on the military and political situation’s development in Donbass. Over the past period, there has been detected an increase in confrontation between the AFU and radical nationalists from among the blockade-supporters.
This confrontation has already passed to blatant combat clashes, as a result of which both sides suffered losses. The blockade’s organizers began to apply the tactics of planting mines on the approaches to check-points actively, as a result of which several military trucks were blown up when carrying the AFU personnel. The latest case occurred on March 12 in the Mariupol direction, where an Ural vehicle tripped a wire near the check-point due to the radicals. As a result, two of the servicemen were killed, nine got wounded. Because of the increase in the number of casualties in such internal squabbles and the overcrowding of medical institutions in the front-line zone, the wounded servicemen were sent to hospitals in the regional cities, including for concealment of the consequences of clashes between supporters and opponents of the blockade.
All these cases and losses are still being concealed from the public by Ukraine’s military leadership. According to information from the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, for the period from March 11 to March 17, the AFU losses made five people killed and 42 wounded personnel. According to our data, the real number of losses is 24 dead and 79 wounded servicemen, which is confirmed by information from social networks, in particular, by private pages of fellow-soldiers of the dead and wounded.
Thus, the Ukrainian military and political leadership continues misinforming the public, accusing the DPR of their human losses, instead of recognizing the real causes of soldiers’ getting killed and wounded. The political redistribution of power and internal contradictions between the AFU and nationalist units caused a new round of the concealed civil war in Ukraine. In this regard, we urge the world community to force the Ukrainian authorities into complying with their own laws to ensure security of their civilians who are exposed to the threat of illegal actions by Ukraine’s inadequate radical nationalists.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency