The situation at the contact line underwent no changes over the past 24 hours.
In violation of the Minsk Agreements the enemy fired on the territory of the Republic four times. There underwent shellings the areas of the localities of Kominternovo, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak. In total onto the territory of the Republic there were launched more than twenty two mines of the 82 mm calibre, made more than seven shots from infantry fighting vehicles and rocket anti-tank launchers.
The intelligence of the Donetsk People’s Republic continues registering the facts of redeployment and concentration of the enemy’s military equipment and personnel at the contact line:
Dzerzhinsk – 5 km from the contact line – registered up to the self-propelled artillery battery of the 26th separate artillery brigade (two 152-mm self-propelled artillery systems ‘Peon’, four 152-mm self-propelled artillery systems ‘Ghiatsint’);
Novoselovka Second – 8 km from the contact line – registered two self-propelled artillery systems and up to 150 personnel;
Pavlopol (buffer zone) – registered three tanks, four IFVs, two armoured personnel carriers and eight vehicles with ammunition and personnel;
Artemovsk – deployed artillery unit of the 30th separate mechanized brigade.
These facts reveal the readiness of the Ukrainian power agencies to aggravate the situation in Donbass, in violation of all arrangements of the ‘Normandy Four’.
Besides, our intelligence recorded the following facts:
In eight localities of the ‘buffer zone’ seized by the AFU there were registered cleansings of the local population, defiant to the occupational power. The cleansings are carried out by the representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) with reinforcement by units the 36th separate naval infantry brigade, by reason of the huge information leak in these areas. In particular, about concentration of the AFU’s forbidden arms and personnel in the so-called ‘grey’ zone, and preparation by the Ukrainian power structures of provocations against civilians.
In the zone of conducting the anti-terrorist operation near the locality of Lebedinskoe there were registered facts of disagreements emerging between the regular units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Voluntary Ukrainian Corps ‘Right Sector’ turning into collisions with resorting to firearms. The military personnel of the 36th separate naval infantry brigade carry out extrusion from the locality of radical nationalists who now control all the cargo transportations.
Allegedly on January 17, 2016 there is planned executing the rotation of personnel of the 57th separate motor-infantry brigade. Due to mass theft of military property in the 57th separate motor-infantry brigade, before rotation of the military personnel in the units there are carried out inspections for assessment of the damage caused by thefts. Amongst others there are also exposed to inspections the means of communication, weapons and ammunition the part of which were sold through various channels to the units of the Armed Forces of the DPR.
The 26th separate artillery brigade underwent the same check-up. Due to numerous thefts, the staff of the SSU checks the weapon storages, warehouses with ammunition.
According to the medical personnel of the AFU units there were recorded mass diseases among the Ukrainian military personnel in the field. Physicians recorded the unknown virus as a result of which the infected get the high fever which cannot be subdues by any medicines, and in two days there comes the fatal outcome. Thus far from the virus there have died more than twenty servicemen, what is carefully shielded by the commandment of the AFU from the publicity.
There was confirmed the use by the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the terrorist groups formed by the fighters, who were directly involved in military operations in the territory of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. The part of the criminals who were earlier participating in terrorist groups in the Chechen Republic were amnestied by the leadership of Ukraine and appointed commanders of the units under the direction of the AFU General Staff. Now these rabid criminals are near the locality of Shirokino and conduct recurrent attacks on our positions.
On their basis there will be created gangs to be further engaged in organization of terroristic attacks against the DPR. But then, as it happened already, they will establish broad activities on destabilization of the situation in Ukraine, and then in other countries of Eastern Europe. That is, Ukraine will become a new platform for expansion of the ISIS terrorist groups’ influence.
Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency