Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 04/18/2017

The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia has negative growth. 

Over the past 24 hours there was registered one occasion of ceasefire violation on the part of the enemy. Our units’ positions in the vicinity of the locality of PERVOMAISK underwent shelling. When shelling automatic grenade launchers, anti-aircraft installations and small arms were applied. 

Today, the Ukrainian side, one more time, hasn’t met conditions of realizing the framework agreement on disengagement of forces and facilities on the territory Num.1 in the vicinity of the locality of Stanitsa Luganskaya. This fact was recorded by the representatives of the JCCC and OSCE. The LPR People’s Militia complied with all the requirements of this agreement. We are still ready to disengage forces and facilities but it will happen only simultaneously with the Ukrainian side. 

Also, Ukraine keeps concealing prohibited military hardware on the contact line from international observers. The representatives of the OSCE Mission have been registering access restriction in the vicinity of the localities of POPASNAYA, KATERINOVKA, ZOLOTOYE, STANITSA-LUGANSKAYA and Schastye in the their reports for a long time. It is very localities where we registered the enemy’s military equipment concentration several times.  

Regular non-battle losses of the AFU were recorded in the 308th engineering battalion in the vicinity of the settlement of NOVOAIDAR where a moral and psychological condition of servicemen is characterized as low. Thus, a serviceman of the battalion after regular booze consumption started swearing at the commander of the unit during which he cut the officers’ neck with a knife. The wounded-officer is at a health center. 

The command is concealing this criminal violation fact from the top-leadership. 

I would like to draw your attention to the false statements made by the Ukrainian side on absence of depots and arsenals with chemical weapons and other constitutive elements. We know exactly that in contravention of the state’s convention on prohibition on developing, manufacturing, collecting and using the chemical weapons and on their destruction, since April 13, 1993, they are located on the territory of Ukraine. I’m calling upon an international community to pay attention to the current problem i.e., Ukraine can use such kind of weapons or it can illegally happen due to a low moral and psychological condition of AFU servicemen.  

The LPR People’s Militia, in its turn, complies with all taken agreements reached in Minsk. 

Our units always stay on station, hold trainings on battle readiness, aimed at maintaining high battle readiness.

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