Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 03/18/2017

The situation in the responsibility zone of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic remains tense.

For the past day there were registered 15 occasions of ceasefire regime violations by the enemy. The following localities’ vicinities underwent shellings: Kalinovka, Logvinovo, Kalinovo, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Lozovoye, Rayovka. When shelling the AFU applied 122mm artillery, mortars of various calibre, infantry fighting vehicles, man-portable anti-tank guns, automatic grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns, and small arms.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to violate the conditions for deployment of military equipment near the contact line stipulated by the Minsk Agreements, and also continue to build up the capacity of their units in the ‘ATO’ zone.

So, in the area of ​​Krymskoye locality, at a distance of 3 km from the line of combat contact, we identified the location of two batteries of 122mm self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika from the 24th AFU brigade.

Also, according to our information, in the vicinities of Petrenkovo locality, the Novoyaidarsky district, there is stationed a rocket division of MLRS Uragan, which is equipped with six units.

The AFU command shows a disregard for its subordinates. Because of the extremely poor moral and psychological state, the intake of alcoholic beverages continues taking place in the 54th brigades’ units, after which the servicemen go down to squabbling. As a result of such a disassembly, non-combat losses in one of the brigade’s battalion made up to three soldiers. The brigade is holding internal proceedings.

The People's Militia of the Republic is ready to settle the conflict in Donbass peacefully and strictly observes the Minsk Agreements, but if they are disrupted by the Ukrainian party, the Republic’s defenders will pass to decisive actions.

With this purpose in view, we continue the planned perfection of military skills. Daily training sessions are conducted in the People’s Militia units.

Today, upon the training alert, artillery units were alarmed for their combat readiness to be checked and tasks performed, including with access to the concentration area, geo-tagging and preparing to open fire. The servicemen showed a high level of preparation and correctness of calculations for the defeat of enemy's hypothetical targets.

Next week, special attention will be paid to the training of special purpose and reconnaissance units. For this purpose, training of recommended combat practices in an unfamiliar territory will be carried out at the People’s Militia proving grounds, as well as observation and defeat of mobile targets by snipers.

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