Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 17.02.2017

Today, I will traditionally sum up the activities of the LPR People's Militia units over the past week, and will provide information about the situation on the contact line.

People's Militia tirelessly continues to raise the level of professionalism and readiness to carry out tasks for protection and safety of republican residents.

In the period from February 11 to 17 subordinate units and subunits underwent combat and coordination trainings, as well as trainings on placing in different degrees of readiness. On the site "Uspensky" there were held driving and fire trainings with the tank, motorized rifle, artillery and special forces, during which the military performed control exercises.

In addition, this week, the forces of engineer units carried out demining works. In the course of the area's clearing from explosive ordnance there were cleared ten kilometers of the main pipeline near the localities of Krasny Liman, Slavyanoserbsk and Dolgoye.

The situation on the frontline remains tense. During the week Ukrainian law enforcers eighty one times violated the ceasefire. The fire was conducted from all types of weapons, including those banned by the Minsk agreements: 152-mm artillery, tanks, 120 and 82-mm mortars. At the same time, five hundred eighteen shells and mortar rounds were launched onto the Republic.

Positions of the People's Militia units came under fire from Ukrainian punishers in the areas of localities:

in Debaltsevo direction: Kalinovka, Logvinovo, Veselogorovka, Lozovoye, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Sanzhaovka. Orders to open fire at the territory of the LPR were given by commander of the AFU 54 mechanized brigade Colonel Gorbatyuk.

in Popasnoye direction: Kalinovo, Pervomaisk, Kalinovo-Borschevatoe, Sadovoye. Orders to open fire were given by commander of 24 separate mechanized brigade Shevchenko.

in Slavyanoserbsk direction: Sokolniki, Smeloye, Frunse, Slavyanoserbsk, Znamenka, Prishib, Krytaya Gora. Orders to open fire were given by commander of the AFU 93 mechanized brigade Colonel Klochkov.

At the same time Ukrainian security forces have stepped up reconnaissance using unmanned aerial vehicles on the contact line, as well as for adjusting fire of artillery units.

We recorded AFU drones flying in the area of Sokolniki, Zolotoye and Kalinovka localities.  

Our intelligence continues detecting prohibited AFU weapons located along the contact line.

Proof of this is presence of disguised equipment in the area of Novozvanovka, Orekhovo, Luganskoe, Novoaleksandrovka, Novotoshkovskoe and Schastie localities, where, in total, there are three platoons of 152-mm and 122-mm artillery, a tank platoon and two batteries of 120-mm and 82-mm mortars. Resupply of ammunition for conducting by the Ukrainian side of disturbing, provocative fire at our positions and localities of the Republic is carried out constantly.

And that's just the amount of equipment that can be seen with the naked eye.

The basic amount of Ukrainian weapons held on the contact line is shown in the daily reports of the OSCE Mission as missing as a result of control of allotted weapons' storage sites.

Thus, this week Mission reports record the absence:

MLRS BM-21 Grad – thirteen units;

152-mm towed howitzer Hyacinth-B – ten units;

152-mm towed howitzer Akacia – twenty two units;

122mm self-propelled howitzers Gvozdika – seventeen units;

122-mm towed howitzer D-30 – eight units;

120-mm mortars – twenty eight units;

100-mm anti-tank guns MT-12 Rapira – fourteen units;

Т-64 and Т-72 tanks – thirty two units;

In addition to weapons, the Ukrainian command deploys to the contact line nationalist units and groups of mercenaries from foreign PMCs. The deployment is carried out, ostensibly, to replenish the shortage and, and in fact – for conducting provocative actions against the Republic, oppression of civilians living in the area of location of departments, as well as the psychological and physical impact on the very AFU soldiers who are already tired of fratricidal war and do not want to continue this bloodshed.

Thus, the arrival and activities of nationalists from Ukrainian volunteer corps "Right sector" in Trehizbenka, Prishib and Novaya Astrakhan localities was noted. In this regard, there is an upsurge of discontent among local population.

In addition to the nationalist units, near the localities of Zaitsevo and Svetlodarsk there is located a mobile DRG unit "Georgian squadron," and in Stanitsa Luganskaya and Schastie localities there was recorded the arrival of the Polish mercenaries.

All these facts are further proof that the Ukrainian side does not want to peacefully resolve the situation in Donbass, and ignores all the agreements and arrangements reached by the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk.

Despite all the combat power that the Kiev leadership wants to show our troops, military discipline and combat readiness of AFU troops in the zone of the so-called ATO is very low: alcoholism, drug abuse and desertion cases are continuing. All this is due to dissatisfaction of the military with the current government's actions and unwillingness to serve in the 'ATO' area and leads to another non-combat losses in already understaffed AFU units:

in the AFU 54th brigade: as a result of an internal blow-up, three soldiers were stabbed; as a result of careless handling of weapons in a state of extreme intoxication, one soldier was wounded;

in the AFU 14th brigade: one brigade soldier died and two got wounds of moderate severity due to the ammunition warehouse explosion on the territory of Schastie CHP; one soldier while on duty, intoxicated, decided to commit suicide, but was strong enough for a shot in the arm.

These and many other cases of non-combat losses among the AFU personnel indicate only the fact that the service conditions became unbearable, the Command structure completely turned away from their subordinates, activities of nationalist groups in the units went far over the line.

Everything leads to the inevitable collapse of 'ATO' started by Kiev and which no one understands. The majority of the Ukrainian people still does not understand against whom this 'ATO' was created since Kiev sees that life in the Republics is getting better, and in the very Kiev in a short time there will be no heating and electricity due to the acute shortage of funds to pay for them.

We all need peace. Residents of Donbass wish stability. We are completely open to dialogue in Russian and Ukrainian languages.

But, at the same time, I want to assure you – we will not retreat, we will give a fitting rebuff to every provocation. For each killed, five will rise, on the site of each destroyed house – two will be built. We are committed to our Republic, and our spirit cannot be broken.

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