Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 12/01/2017
Last week, the preparation of weapons and military equipment for operation in winter conditions was completed in the formations and military units of the DPR Armed Forces, the qualitative preparation of the training and material base, as well as landfill equipment, was carried out. The units of the DPR Armed Forces are ready for a new academic year.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 71 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on ten localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms.
In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked four localities, having launched 19 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres on the settlements.
In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacked three localities from grenade launchers and small arms.
In total, over the past 24 hours, 29 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.
In total, over the past week, the enemy committed 167 ceasefire regime violations and fired 725 artillery, tank shells and mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre at the territory of the Republic.
In total, over the past month, the enemy committed 1107 ceasefire regime violations and fired 7085 artillery, tank shells and mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre at the territory of the Republic.
AFU shellings affected 24 settlements of the Republic.
As a result of attacks on the part of the AFU over the month, 51 house buildings in the following settlements received damage: Zaitsevo, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, Golmovsky, Leninskoye, Krutaya Balka, Sakhanka and in the Kievsky district of Donetsk.
I want to note that the shelling of the territory of the Republic from the positions of the AFU claimed the life of one civilian. Six civilians were wounded.
During the defense of the republic, in November, four soldiers of the DPR Armed Forces perished and four were wounded.
The AFU command continues deployment heavy weapons to the contact line:
152-mm SP gun Akatsia – 2 units;
Air defense systems Strela – 1 unit;
Also, the absence of AFU heavy armament in storage areas is recorded daily in the reports of the OSCE Mission:
152-mm towed howitzer Msta-B – 25 units;
Air defense systems Osa – 1 unit;
T-80 tanks – 9 units;
T-72 tanks – 20 units;
120-mm mortars – 5 units.
In total, over the past week, the absence of 60 units of AFU’s heavy stores was recorded.
Despite the statements of the Ukrainian military and political leadership about the readiness to resolve the armed conflict in the Donbass through negotiations, all this remains empty words.
This week the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Avakov made a statement that "Minsk agreements do not work, and it's time to change them to others." It's strange that some Minister of the Interior starts to creep into the sphere of activity which he is not in charge of. It seems that with this statement Avakov makes it clear to the president of Ukraine that he intends to seize the initiative with the subsequent replacement of Poroshenko on the presidential chair.
However, what new agreements can be discussed if Ukraine is not able to carry out the agreements adopted previously? For example - Minsk, as evidenced by the worsening of the situation in the Donbass, solely through the fault of the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. This is exactly the direct proof to the whole world of the inability of the current government of Ukraine to fulfill any obligations assumed.
In particular, from last week to this week, the Ukrainian party was preparing a large-scale operation with some activity in the Gorlovka and Lugansk directions. We managed to disrupt this operation due to the personal negligence of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Muzhenko, as well as to the professional actions of DPR Armed Forces' reconnaissance officers.
As it turns out, the 'ATO' forces were preparing to aggravate the situation at the junction between the Armed Forces of the People's Republics by creating hotbeds of tension by improving tactical positions near Gorlovka and the Svetlodar arc. They aimed at distracting part of the republican forces to inflict sudden, decisive attacks on other areas by enhancing activities in these areas of our defense, so to speak. But, fortunately, Muzhenko himself opened the plan and failed the whole operation. At the same time, as we noted earlier, Ukrainian units suffered tangible losses, and took only those positions that were unprofitable for them by selling down the river those who no one will feel sorry about.
The failure of the AFU significantly undermined the morale of Ukrainian servicemen and increased the confidence of our units in the ability to withstand the 'strongest army in Europe'. I can assure the inhabitants of our Republic that our army will not give a single span of the land to the enemy.
Currently, in the villages of Gladosovo and Travnevoye, occupied by the AFU, the intensification of the humanitarian catastrophe is noted. Residents are deprived of the opportunity to import coal, fuel for generators, and food. All this time the villagers stay without electricity. At the same time, the power supply had been violated by Ukrainian punishers purposefully a few days before the occupation of the settlements. At present, the Ukrainian party does not make any efforts to restore the supply of electricity, despite the fact that we continue daily to declare our readiness to provide all necessary security guarantees for the restoration work.
Simultaneously, to prevent the opening of facts of bullying of civilians and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, the Ukrainian party is taking all measures to prohibit access to the settlements, occupied by the AFU, for international observers of the UN, OSCE, ICRC. Arguments for banning the entry of observers are threats to their lives through systematic shelling and mining the roads by Ukrainian law enforcers. The influx of Ukrainian media into the settlements in order to prepare fake stories aimed at justifying the criminal actions of the AFU is noted. Unfortunately, all the help remains only in the picture, outside of it there is only terror and the excesses of the punishers in relation to civilians!
It is worth noting the fact that the Ukrainian party began to actively conduct provocations aimed at accusing the DPR of violating the ceasefire on the eve of the Minsk talks. Most of these provocations turned out to be a fiction, and the other part - real facts of shelling from the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. In particular, we are still surprised at the shooting by the brigade artillery team of the 128 separate mountain infantry brigade of positions of the "Georgian National Legion", as a result of which six foreign mercenaries were wounded, as well as the shelling of the Mayorsk checkpoint on November 28 by the same brigade. Most likely, after the Minister of Defense of Ukraine handed personal weapons to the commander of the 128 brigade Sobko, he became more diligent towards criminal orders.
It is important to note that AFU's provocations on the eve of the Minsk talks are a practice that has long been accepted by Kiev into service. Namely, to dirty yourself and try to smear the enemy by presenting counterclaims, false accusations. All this is done by the Ukrainian party with only one goal - to prevent constructive negotiations in Minsk.
The fact of the conflict between SBU and AFU's interests in the zone of the so-called 'ATO' on the contact line of the troops has become another, no less important circumstance of the past week, aiming, in particular, to disrupt the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the law "On the reintegration of the Donbass", according to which the authority to conduct an anti-humane operation in the Donbass would be transferred from the SBU to the competence of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. To undermine the country's confidence in the decisions of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Muzhenko personally, the leadership of the Ukrainian Security Service sent a special unit to the area of Gladosovo and Travnevoye settlements, which started the liquidation of Ukrainian servicemen. In particular, according to our reconnaissance, since the units of the 54 brigade of the AFU occupied tactically disadvantageous positions, the brigade suffered losses in the amount of 12 people killed from the sniper fire of the SBU.
And this is a fact!
Moreover, it is not customary to mention these losses in the official reports of the press center of the so-called 'ATO' zone headquarters. Nevertheless, through the SBU, this information is guaranteed to be brought to every people's deputy, whose voice will determine the fate of the punitive operation in the Donbass and the status of the Ukrainian Security Service.
It is for this same purpose that the SBU uses its own agent, volunteer Yury Mysyagin, who, in response to the request of his supervisors, is doing his best to discredit the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and frustrate their plans for the subsequent accusation of a number of officials in incompetence.
And finally, the documents from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, intended for closed distribution to the Verkhovna Rada deputies, about the results of the investigation by the investigative authorities of the national police on the facts of ignition and detonation of ammunition in the warehouses of the Ukrainian army came to us. The fact that all the explosions occurred solely to conceal the scale of the theft of weapons and ammunition by the brass of the military command of Ukraine became a sensational conclusion of the investigations.
Abroskin has already tried to refute one of these documents, being afraid to take responsibility for its credibility, but failed.
Thus, the Ukrainian Security Service together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs put doubt on the competence of the Chief of Staff of Ukraine Muzhenko and several other high-ranking officials of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This is direct proof of Ukrainian military officials' plundering their country. At the same time, the appearance of these documents in the Ministry of Internal Affairs shows that Avakov is clearly interested in depriving Poroshenko of his right hand – Muzhenko, who Defense Minister Poltorak, among other things, opposes.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency