Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 05/19/2017

Good afternoon! In the period from May 13 to May 19, in the large units and military units of the DPR Armed Forces, the main efforts were focused on conducting complex battle drill exercise of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units aimed at improving defensive skills in the conditions of direct contact with the enemy..


Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 36 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The territory of the Republic was attacked with artillery, tanks, mortars of various calibres, weapons of the IFV, grenade launchers and small arms.


In total, over the past week the enemy committed 324 occasions of the ceasefire regime violation and fired 2,146 rocket projectiles, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic from weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements.


The Armed Forces of Ukraine exposed 31 Republic's localities to fire: Golmovsky, Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Mikhailovka, Dolomitnoye, Verkhnetoretskyoe, Ozeryanovka, Shirokaya Balka, Signalnoye, Zheleznaya Balka, Krytaya Balka, Zhabichevo, Yasinovataya, Valilievka, Yakovlevka, Mineralnoye, Spartak, Luganskoye, Yasnoye, Dokuchayevsk, Zaichenko, Naberezhnoye, Sosnovskoye, Kominternovo, Nikolayevka, Leninskoye, Oktyabr, Dzerzhynskoye, Sakhanka,  the area of the Airport, the Petrovsky and the Kirovsky districts of Donetsk, in which 60 houses were damaged.

Casualties among the DPR Armed Forces personnel amounted to two perished and five injured.

The Ukrainian side continues shelling peaceful areas of our Republic. In total, over the past week, as a result of shellings by Ukraine, two civilians were killed and six were injured.

The Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces continues to move heavy weapons near the contact line. The absence of heavy weapons in the storage areas is recorded daily in the reports of the OSCE Mission. In total, over the past week, Mission's representatives noted the absence of 73 units of AFU heavy weapons:

152 mm howitzer Akatsia - 8 units;

152 mm howitzer Giatsint-B -7 units;

152 mm howitzer Msta-B -25 units;

122 mm MRLS Grad – 4 units;

122 mm SP gun Gvozdika - 1 units;

100 mm AT guns Rapira - 6 units;

85 mm cannons D-44 - 8 units;

Tanks - 14 units.

Ukrainian fascist forces moved from the tactics of theatrical productions of strikes for the media to the direct of the front-line territories civilian population and the infrastructure destruction.

Thus, the provocative shelling of Avdeyevka settlement, committed by units of the "Right Sector" on May 13, and planned as another theatrical production for the media, grew into the deliberate killing of four civilians, in whose death Ukraine is now actively trying to blame our Republic. At the same time, the fact of conducting this shelling from the Ukraine's territory is confirmed in the investigation conducted by one of the independent international human rights organizations, which will soon publicize them.

The military-political leadership of Ukraine simply does not have courage to admit guilt before its citizens. Instead, through the controlled media, they implant our Republic's troops’ involvement in these atrocities. But even in this there is an inconsistency between the military and the politicians of Ukraine, leading to the fact that the first one, on the morning of May 16, declared of our troops' moving forward for 400 meters in the "gray zone", and in the evening the second one refuted these statements.

Along with this, under the cover of such statements, the AFU conduct intensive shellings from artillery and mortars of residential areas of settlements, vital facilities of the Republic and our positions. So, during the past week, the enemy repeatedly conducted targeted shelling of power lines, as a result of which residents of Golmovsky, Krasny Partizan, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Zaichenko, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Dzerzhinskoye remained without electricity supply.

In addition, attacks on water supply facilities continue, among which the Donetsk filtering station. So, because of the shelling by the Ukrainian security forces, the station employees were forced to conduct a shift in the shelter. And also the water pump station in Telmanovo, the power supply failure of which left the entire Telmanovsky district without drinking water.

In order to conceal their criminal activities, Ukrainian security forces are making attempts to impose information blockade on the Republic's territory. This is evidenced by a targeted artillery strike on the television station in the locality of Telmanovo. The disabling of this facility is the fulfillment of the programme of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council to block alternative sources of information that bring the real picture of events in Donbass to the inhabitants of the territories under Kiev's control.

Involvement of nationalist movements' representatives to perform tasks that require meanness and inhumanity became common for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard.

The Azov militants carry out elimination of people disliked by the regime in populated areas on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities and in the military units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, while those from the Right Sector, who now are among the punitive crews of the 55 separate artillery brigade, are provocatively attacking Avdeyevka.

The nationalistic background of the tasks performed is actively enforced by the command of large and military units, and is strongly encouraged by career growth and material rewards for the military.

At the same time, by paying all the care to nationalists loyal to the regime, Ukraine forgets about the rest of its soldiers. The state remembers them only in cases when the mail boxes of the military prosecutor's office and the presidential administration are clogged with complaints from the servicemen of the 36th separate marines brigade and the 30th separate mechanised brigade on the low material and technical support, and on behalf of the peaceful citizens of Mariupol – on looting by the AFU.

In order to eliminate hotbeds of tension, the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces dispatches the commissions as a matter of urgency, the results of which are carefully hidden.

Our sources provided us with verification reports were received by the Integrated Commission of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which were compiled on the basis of the results of the work in the 36th separate marines brigade and the 30th separate mechanised brigade in the period from May 10 to May 17, which speak of the low manning of checked units, the shortage of a significant amount of ammunition and military equipment.

The revealed shortcomings in both formations are:

The manning level by the military personnel of the 36th separate brigade is 69%, including by officers - 76%, in the 30th separate brigade - 59%, by officers - 58%.

The general shortage concerning fuel and lubricants is more than 24 tons of AI-92 gasoline, almost 37 tons of diesel fuel, and 3 tons of motor oils.

- Concerning food service - more than 2 tons of butter and 6 tons of meat.

- Regarding clothing service - 900 sets of winter and 800 sets of summer uniforms.

- Concerning the service of weapon ordnance - almost 2,5 thousand 152-mm ammunition, more than 2 thousand 122-mm ammunition, 1,5 thousand sets of bullet-proof vests and almost 1000 helmets.

- Regarding medical service - more than 1000 syringes for injections with narcotic containing solution from the composition of individual first-aid kits ... ".

A total sum of damage is more than seventy million UAH.

In addition, the proposals of the commission are indicated:

 «…1. For omissions and low control, the commanders of military units shall be removed from the performance of their duties until the end of the proceedings.

2. Carry out an official investigation, the results of which should be forwarded to the military prosecutor's office to initiate criminal proceedings and bring the perpetrators to justice... "

And this is in the 36th separate brigade, in one of the best formations, as the “ATO” headquarters declares?! Then, what is going on other, so-called, "elite" units?

We keep revealing the facts of total drunkenness in the ranks of the AFU. In particular, during a recent check by the deputy head of the ATC under the SBU, four facts of alcohol abuse were revealed in the units of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade. It is important to note that the military personnel of the brigade knew about the arrival of the commission, but this did not stop servicemen from abusing alcohol. At the same time, according to official statistics, more than 40 cases of drunkenness were recorded in this unit since the beginning of 2017, the command managed to hide the rest of facts. During the trial, the commission found that the main losses among Ukrainian servicemen, and this is 32% of the total number of the dead and injured, occur precisely when servicemen perform their official duties in a state of intoxication. To hide the facts of general drunkenness and, as a consequence, the death of servicemen, the tragic cases were reportedly being attributed by the command, allegedly, to the “shellings” by the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The commission came to conclusions about tougher responsibility on the part of commanders. And revealing of the facts of alcohol abuse in military units will be dealt by the Security Service of Ukraine Representatives, using the established network of informers.


In addition, the deception of the relatives of the servicemen serving in the so-called “ATO” zone continues.

According to the information we have, a sister of one of the servicemen addressed the command of 72 separate mechanized brigade, whom we previously indicated in the list of the missing and of those secretly buried near Krasnogorovka, asking for the exact location of the burial. The commander of the brigade, refused to help, in every way denying the fact of burial. But not indifferent people from the headquarters of the same unit offered to assist in solving this problem for the corresponding material compensation in the amount of 10,000 UAH.

But the fact of profit on the blood and people's health is not unique for the so-called "ATO" zone. The command of formations arranged a business on the lives of their heroes.

So, in the headquarters of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, tariffs range from 5 to 15 thousand UAH, in the 36th separate marines brigade - up to 10 thousand, and in the most well-to-do "Azov" - from 20 thousand UAH.

A window-dressing fight against corruption by the military prosecutor's office of Ukraine brings no results, and the appointment of a new military prosecutor of the "ATO" zone, Colonel Senyuk, by the way, he is already a famous corrupt official, will not change this situation for the better, most likely the tariffs will only grow.

Separately, I would like to dwell on the appeal of the officers who graduated from the military departments of civilian universities in Ukraine.

The declared information that they will serve in the so-called "ATO" zone only on their own will does not represent the facts. According to the instructions of the General Staff of the AFU, obtained by our reconnaissance, 1,435 reserve officers are subjected to the call-up. Also, the document sets the task for the commanders of military units, in which these officers will arrive: "... for the purpose of completing the posts to be replaced by servicemen of junior officers in the large and military units involved in carrying out tasks in the area of the antiterrorist operation ... I require commanders of all rungs to conduct active explanatory work with officers called up from the reserve on their further service in the "ATO" zone... ".

The main goal of these great superiors is to create unbearable conditions under which the officer will have only one way out: to sign a contract and leave for the-called 'ATO'.

This is not an "anti-terrorist operation" - it's an ordinary market where everything is stolen and sold, and people, whether civil or military, are only consumables for someone's profit.

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