Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 14.02.2017

Over the past 24 hours the situation in the responsibility zone of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic deteriorated, but remains controllable. 

Servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire regime twenty times. They shelled our units’ positions in vicinity of the localities of PRISHIB, SOKOLNIKI, ZNAMENKA, LOGVINOVO, KALINOVKA, LOZOVOYE, VESELOGOROVKA, SANZHAROVKA, KALINOVKA, KALINOVO and LOGVINOVO. Fire was conducted with mortars of 120mm caliber, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms, including sniper ones. 

A low morale and psychological condition keeps being registered in the Ukrainian army that can be tied to a long stay in the “ATO” zone. In the AFU units excessive drinking, personal weapon loss, army regulation relationship violations, unit unauthorized leave, including combat duty places keep taking place. 

I would like to highlight that in addition to this non-battle losses growth among AFU servicemen keeps going on. According to our information yesterday in the locality of OLKHOVOYE of the Stanichno-Lugansky district, the serviceman of the 14th brigade of the AFU staying on station and because of his unbearableness of being under bestial conditions and under the influence of narcotic drugs, made a decision on committing suicide by shooting at his chin with the automatic machine. But it seems that there was a little dosage and was not enough his willpower, well he shot at his own forearm. At present time this grief-suicide has been hospitalized. The suicide fact is concealed by the unit command itself.

I would like to comment on the Ukrainian mass media statement on intelligence officers’ loss. “We don’t exclude the fact that the AFU servicemen group, the Ukrainian command states their disappearance, died in vicinity of PERVOMAISK. According to our data, the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group went to the “grey zone” in that particular area and our servicemen managed to catch their radio message to their command with a request of help. According to the message, the Ukrainian servicemen placed trip wires and tripped them. However, there was no event concerning the deceased and wounded evacuation in that area. It seems that the servicemen were left without help. Our intelligence didn’t go to the incident area i.e., it’s located in the “grey zone”. According to what happened, we can presuppose that it is the very group the Ukrainian command states disappearance of,” reports the press-office of the LPR People’s Militia.  

We in our turn keep holding People’s Militia training on ranges. Special attention is paid to weapons and specific trainings objectives drill during battle readiness trainings.   

Today the LPR People’s Militia has been smoothly placed to a high level of alert. During the training there were drilled objectives concerning military hardware preparation for exploitation and regarding platoon-battalion-squadron signal operation organization. 

We don’t weaken our vigilance and pay great attention to the Republic’s security issues, due to this, one of our priority missions is strengthening of efforts to its protection. 

Today, we are celebrating the Day of Lugansk Liberation from German-fascist invaders. It’s a significant day in our history. Today like it was 74 years ago, we are defending our right to freedom with arms. We like our grandfathers and great-grandfathers believe that we will win. We bow down before all the veterans, cleansing our lands from the fascist evil spirits and defending our right to life. We won’t let you down. 

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