Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 03/27/2017

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

Over the past day, there were registered 14 occasions of ceasefire violations by the AFU. Our units’ positions near the localities of Kalinovo, Logvinovo, Lozovoye, Smeloye, Kalinovo-Borshchevatoye, Vesyolaya Gora, Almaznoye underwent shellings. 120mm mortars, grenade launchers of various types, IFV-1 and small arms were used while shelling. In total, over 370 projectiles, shells and grenades were launched onto the Republic’s territory.

The Ukrainian command continues augmenting its positions on the contact line between the parties with heavy weapons and units of the Ukrainian army, including nationalist ones.

According to our information, a convoy of the AFU armoured vehicles arrived in Shiroky village from Kazachy locality, comprising tanks T-64, IFVs, and armoured personnel carriers.

In the village of Mironovka there arrived a unit including nationalists of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps The Right Sector.

Also, soldiers of a special purpose company of the 3rd operational brigade of the Ukrainian National Guard arrived at the vicinities of the AFU ​​positions at the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint. The National Guard is trying to control the passage of residents across the checkpoint, carried out by the AFU soldiers and border guards.

The facts of mass theft of state property continue being revealed in the AFU units deployed in the ‘ATO’ zone. Thus, it became known that in the units of the 14th brigade there was a shortage of petroleum products amounting to 100 tons. A commission headed by the commander-in-chief of the operational tactic group "Lugansk" arrived at the brigade’s base to conduct a trial on this fact.

Non-combat casualties continue occurring due to the intake of alcoholic beverages. So, it became known that on March 24 in a reconnaissance platoon of the 3rd battalion of the 24th separate mechanized brigade, during the quarrel that arose after the joint drinking of alcohol, one of those drinking was shot with a rifle by his fellow soldier.

The LPR People's Militia units are intensively engaged in combat training, servicing weapons and military equipment, and improving the educational and material base. At that, special attention is paid to the training of tank crews, special purpose units, and sniper pairs.

The LPR People's Militia resists provocations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and strictly observes the Minsk Agreements.

Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko,

official translation by DONi News Agency