DPR Defence Ministry: Situation Report, 4.11.2015

The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic has become tense over the past day. The number of attacks almost doubled during the day. There were 26 ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian war criminals.

Zhabichevo, Spartak settlements, the area of "Volvo-Center" and the Donetsk airport were heavy shelled from the positions of the Ukrainian forces manned by the Ukrainian nationalists from the direction of Avdeyevka, Peski settlements and from the mine shaft Butovka with mortars of 82 mm calibre. In addition, Zaitsevo and Ozeryanovka were shelled with mortars from the direction of Zhovanka and Novoselovka settlements. In total more than 30 mortar shells were fired into settlements of the Republic.

In violation of the Minsk agreements by the Ukrainian side a deployment of heavy weapons to the line of contact is observed. So, the positions of two Ukrainian MRLS BM-21 "Grad" in Granitnoe settlement (500 meters to the contact line) were detected.

The attack on the settlement of Staromykhailovka by the Ukrainian side using rocket systems on November 2 was confirmed yesterday. Joint Centre for Coordination and Control and the Monitoring Mission of the OSCE have detected and identified several pieces of shells MRLS BM-21 "Grad" in this settlement.

We have repeatedly pointed out the facts of location of heavy weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements along the line of contact. And now observers of international organizations have recorded the use of heavy weapons during attacks on settlements. I recall that the President of Ukraine Poroshenko stated publicly, that he was going to stop the shelling of settlements and positions along the line of contact starting from September 1, 2015. But the facts speak for themselves, and the destruction of a residential house in Staromykhailovka confirms these facts.

In connection with these and other facts of violations, we ask the OSCE monitoring mission to record these incidents impartially and include them in their reports to inform the public and international human rights organizations.

Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency