Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 19.07.2016

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

Yesterday, the Ukrainian punishers from the 28th and 54th separate mechanized brigades, on orders of their pro-Nazi commanders, five times shelled our positions in the area of the Cont Igor monument and the locality of Logvinovo.

In shelling the punishers used:

- 120mm mortars, 10 mortar shells launched;
- 82mm mortars, 17 mortar shells launched;
- automatic grenade launchers, 50 rounds made;
- anti-tank grenade launchers, 10 rounds made;
- small arms.

There are no casualties.

The Kiev punishers use civilians of Donbass as a «living shield» to build up the military potential and equipment of their positions in the area of the so-called «ATO».

In particular, according to local residents, the AFU military, located at the checkpoint near the locality of Stanitsa Luganskaya, hide, for security purposes, behind the civilian population at the checkpoint and carry out the fortification equipment of the checkpoint with concrete blocks. All attempts to equip the checkpoint on our side fail, due to the regular shelling from the AFU.

In addition, due to the low morale and the increase in the number of hazing cases in the AFU units in the area of the so-called «ATO», the AFU command is forced to carry out regular checks of the situation in the AFU units. For this purpose, in the units of the 92nd mechanized brigade of the AFU today is arriving a commission under the leadership of the Task group «Lugansk» commander, Major General Nazarkin.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to violate the terms of storage of the military equipment along the contact line, provided by the Minsk Agreements, as well as they use the ceasefire regime to build up the military potential of their units in the area of the so-called «ATO».

In particular, our intelligence reports that near the locality of Svetlodarsk, there was detected a fire position of a 82-mm mortar which is used by the Ukrainian punishers to carry out the provocative shelling on the positions of the LPR People’s Militia. 

We, on the contrary, keep the peace agreements reached in Minsk, despite repeated provocations from the Ukrainian military.

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