Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 05/16/2017

The situation in the LPR People’s Militia responsibility zone underwent no considerable changes and remains tense.

Over the past day, the enemy committed four violations of the ceasefire.

Our units’ positions in the vicinities of Sokolniki, Donetsky, Pervomaisk and Molodyozhnoye localities were bombarded. When attacking, the AFU applied mortars of 82mm calibre, automatic grenade launchers, and small arms. A total of 168 projectiles and shells were launched onto the Republic’s territory.

The facts of selling arms and ammunition to civilians by units’ commanders have been detected in the course of the work of the commission, operating in the 14th separate mechanized brigade since May 13. The commander of this brigade is the war criminal Colonel Zhakun A.N., ‘famous’ for giving criminal orders for the application of heavy artillery and rocket systems against civilians and civil infrastructure.

The Ukrainian command continues the build up of its forces and facilities near the contact line. Thus, according to our reconnaissance, yesterday, in the vicinity of Severodonetsk locality, 125mm artillery shells and ammunition for small arms were received from a rocket and artillery warehouse, for the ammunition stockpile of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade to be replenished.

The LPR People's Militia does not relax vigilance and sets the Republic’s security as a priority. Units keep switching equipment to the summer operation period.

We are aimed at a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Donbass and do not react to provocations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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