Lugansk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 03/17/2017

Good afternoon!

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


We still do not weaken vigilance, paying increased attention to the security issues of the Republic. To this end, tactical and fire trainings, as well as special trainings with reconnaissance, air defense, EW, communications and logistic support units, were conducted at the PM proving grounds during the current week. Particular attention was paid to the training of special purpose units and reconnaissance, during which the training courses and methods of combat in the unfamiliar terrain were tested at the PM proving grounds.

In addition, the combat readiness of the air defense units was checked, during which the servicemen showed a high level of qualification, having confidently struck the enemy's hypothetical air targets.

The main task for combat training remains the same – to achieve a level that guarantees the performance of tasks by units in accordance with the purpose in different conditions of the situation.

And this level should not decrease. Therefore, everything here depends, first of all, on the one who directly organizes combat training. That is, from the officers, their professional and official qualification, methodological skill. That is why we do not forget about the training of command personnel in the chain squadron-battalion, so next week the assembly events with the specified categories of commanders are planned. As the great Russian commander Alexander Suvorov said, "The field is a soldier's academy," therefore, all combat training activities are conducted exclusively at the proving grounds of the People's Militia.


Over the past week, Ukrainian forces committed 121 occasions of ceasefire violation. Fire was conducted from all types of weapons. In particular, 122-mm artillery, 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, which are banned by the Minsk Agreements. In total, 2,600 shells and mortar rounds were fired at the territory of 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, Lozovoye, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Vesyologorovka. 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, Almaznoye, Pervomaisk, Stakhanov, Nikolayevka, Novoakezandrovka, Kalinovo-Borschevatoe. Orders to open fire were given by commander of 24 separate mechanized brigade Shevchenko.

in Slavyanoserbsk direction: SokolnikiFrunse, Zhelobok, Krytaya Gora, Zheltoye, Krasny Liman. Orders to open fire at these localities were given by commander of 93 separate mechanized brigade Klochkov.

in Stanitsa Luganskaya direstion: the area of the monument to Knyaz Igor. Orders to open fire at this locality were given by commander of 14 mechanized brigade Zhakun.   

As a result of Ukrainian artillery's fire, one serviceman of the People's Militia, who is currently hospitalized, was wounded.

These facts only indicate one thing: the criminal leadership of Ukraine does not plan to implement the Minsk Agreements and is doing everything to violate them in the continuation of the fratricidal war in Donbass.


The Ukrainian Command systematically violates the conditions for the presence of heavy weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements along the contact line, and uses the ceasefire regime to build up the military potential of its units near the contact line with the aim of provocative shellings of the Republic's territory.

Valyiskoye – there were detected two 122-mm self-propelled guns Gvozdika and one tank;

Popasnaya – there were detected two 152-mm self-propelled guns Akacia;

Orekhovo – there was detected one firing point of 122-mm self-propelled gun Gvozdika;

Troitskoye – there were detected two equipped firing points with two 122-mm howitzers D-30;

Mironovka – there were detected four disguised MLRS Grad.


The absence of the AFU weapon at the withdrawal sites also confirms the monitoring OSCE Mission, which publishes in its daily reports the facts of violations by the Ukrainian side of the Minsk Agreements.

So, this week there was a lack of the following armament of the AFU in designated storage areas:

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

152-mm self-propelled howitzer 2C3 Akacia – twenty-one units;

122-mm self-propelled howitzers 2C1 Gvozdika – five units;

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

Tanks T-64 and T-72 – thirty units;

82-mm mortar – eight units.

It is possible that from of this armament AFU units regularly shell our positions.


The fire was corrected using UAVs. I would like to note the fact that Ukrainian punishers intensified aerial reconnaissance in the area of the localities Debaltsevo, Pervomaisk, Molodyozhnoye, Kalinovo. It is possible that the enemy thereby tries to find breaches in our defence, aiming to continue provocative actions against the territorial integrity of our Republic.


In connection with the catastrophically low manning of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian Command continues to resort to the help of nationalist gangs and makes every effort to prevent the dismissal of servicemen who serve in the so-called  'ATO' zone. The rank and the officer corps of the AFU do not express a desire to extend contracts for military service. In this connection, the decreased level of military discipline, efficiency and the increase in the number of cases of desertion of Ukrainian servicemen have been noted in the military units.

So, last week in the so-called 'ATO' zone, more than 30 servicemen from the 14 and the 24 AFU brigades left their places of service without permission.

Hoping to fix the situation, simultaneously with the rejection of the seventh wave of mobilization, P. Poroshenko signed a decree on conscription of reserve officers. In total, according to the Ministry of Defense, about 4,000 people are to be called up. In addition, the Ukrainian government approved the recruitment for military service of citizens born in 2000, who hardly turned 17 years old. These measures confirm the catastrophic state of affairs in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the degradation of the military and political leadership of Ukraine.


The Command of the Armed Forces continues to deceive the citizens of their own country and hides their losses in the so-called 'ATO' zone. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the losses of the AFU for the week in the 'ATO' zone were two dead and 26 wounded. However, we know about 10 dead and 30 wounded during the unsuccessful provocations on the contact line, including during the testing of the 'hi-tech' Ukrainian mortar "Molot" in the trunk of which the mine exploded and killed two people and injured one serviceman of the 24 AFU battalion.

In addition, in the 24th Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces there are also non-combat losses, which amounted to four dead soldiers and eight wounded.

All this says about the inactivity and negligence of the commanders of the Armed Forces, as a result of which soldiers and junior die, and generals receive awards and titles for the successful fulfillment of their duty on the genocide of their own people, including in the ranks of subordinate units and subunits.


Fighters of the Ukrainian voluntary corps "Right Sector," using their impunity, committed at night the robbery of the grocery store in the locality of Stanitsa Luganskaya.

And this is the face of the Ukrainian army, these are the people who came to ‘liberate’ Donbass.


The units of the People's Militia strictly observe the Minsk agreements and do not react to provocations from Ukrainian side.

We, as before, are ready and fully open to peaceful dialogue and cooperation. We are in favor of preserving peace in our land and not shedding human blood.

Thank you for attention. 

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