Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 03/13/2017

The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia remains tense.

Over the past 24 hours there were twelve occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime by the enemy. The positions of our units in the areas of the localities of Logvinovo, Nizhneye Lozovoe, Lozovoe, Kalinovka, Nikolayevka and in the area of the monument to Knyaz Igor were attacked. During shellings the enemy used mortars of 120 and 82 mm calibre, IFV cannons, grenade launchers and small arms. In total, one hundred and sixty-three mortar rounds and shells were fired at the republic’s territory. No casualties reported.

The Ukrainian military criminal leadership does not intend to comply with the agreements reached to maintain the ceasefire, and is doing everything to further escalate the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian security forces intensified reconnaissance on the contact line in Donbass, including UAVs, banned by the Minsk Agreements. Servicemen of the 14 brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces particularly actively use UAVs in order to reveal the front positions of the PM and the movement of forces and facilities across the territory of the Republic.

Our intelligence continues to record new cases of desertion in the AFU ranks. In the units of the AFU 54 brigade last week, only for March 11, three soldiers left their units without permission. In addition, seven servicemen were detained in a state of intoxication. These facts testify to the unsatisfactory moral and psychological state of the personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and to inability of commanders to ensure law and order and discipline in their units.

In this connection, the arrival in the so-called 'ATO' zone of a commission under the leadership of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, General of the Army S.Poltorak, is expected to bring discipline to the deployed AFU military units. At the same time, on the eve of this inspection, Lieutenant-General R.Khomchak, 'ATO' commander of the operational-tactical group "Lugansk," arrived in the zone of responsibility to sweep through his inactivity.

The LPR People's Militia, as before, strictly observes the agreements reached in Minsk, not responding to provocations by Ukrainian security forces. We continue to count on a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass, but, as the proverb says, "If you want peace, prepare for war."

To this end, the People's Militia units conduct scheduled military training, during which, in conditions as close as possible to combat, PM servicemen improve the skills of field training at the training grounds. Also, much attention is paid to the study of modern models of air defense technology and artillery systems.

In addition, PM engineering units supervise demining activities in the areas from unexploded ordnance, including near roads leading to checkpoints on adjacent territory that is under the control of the AFU.

Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko,
official translation by DONi News Agency