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Donetsk Defence: Weekly Situation Report, 09/01/2017

01.09.17 03:57
Donetsk Defence: Weekly Situation Report, 09/01/2017

Good afternoon!

Last week, tank crews' contests was completed in the formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic, the best tankmen of the DPR were identified. Tactical exercises also took place in formations and military units.

Jointly with other power-wielding structures of the Republic, the DPR Armed Forces continue carrying out activities to counter terrorism and combat enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups.

Over the past 24 hours, 17 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers and small arms. 14 mortar shells of 82-mm calibre were launched at five localities and the surrounding areas.

In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired at one locality with small arms.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy used weapons of an infantry fighting vehicle to shell one locality's area.

In total, over the past week, the enemy committed 186 violations of the ceasefire regime, launching onto the Republic's territory 642 artillery projectiles, tank shells and mortar shells of 120 and 82-mm calibres.

Areas of 22 Republic's localities were affected by the AFU fire, one building was damaged in one of the localities.

The regime of a full ceasefire has been in effect since August 25 midnight, in accordance with the additional agreement. The Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic strictly observe the 'silence' regime. Special groups comprising officers of the DPR Defense Ministry and the People's Militia Office operate around the clock To ensure control and for it to be observed in all units and formations.

In case if weapons are applied by the DPR party, senior officers of these special groups are obliged to take urgent and effective measures for the fire to be ceased immediately, and conduct a detailed investigation for all guilty officials the punishment of. To date, these measures have not been required, since our command and military personnel are flawlessly carrying out the order on the 'academic ceasefire' observance given by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief – the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko.

To our great regret, we do not see any corresponding reaction from the AFU.

Since August 25, there has not been a single day that units of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade and the terrorist bandit Donbass group would not use all the weapons at their disposal. The suburbs of the Yasinovataya, the localities of Spartak, Yakovlevka, Vasilyevka and Krutaya Balka of the Yasinovataya area, the village of Zhabichevo, and the Petrovsky district of the city of Donetsk underwent the heaviest bombardments on these units' part. At the same time, with the tacit consent of these units' commanders, war criminals Sokolov, Krasilnikov and Vlasenko, and often on their direct orders, the enemy used heavy artillery, tanks, mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms.

Also, the Ukrainian military began to use sniper teams more actively. Devices for silent shooting with small arms are used most often as well. Supporters of war criminals, Ukrainian volunteers, increased supplies to the AFU units of self-made adapters to 82-mm shells for RPG-7, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles capable of carrying combat load. All these measures significantly reduce the probability of detection by the OSCE Mission observers of armaments at the APU units' positions, making it difficult to record the results of their use. At the same time, the task of carrying out provocations and destabilizing the situation is still being carried out by the Ukrainian military.

Since the beginning of the 'academic truce', one civilian was wounded and two defenders of the Republic were killed as a result of the AFU shelling, one house was damaged, and a filming crew of the Russian federal television Russia 1 channel got under attack. This is a clear confirmation of how exactly Ukrainian militants are observing the ceasefire regime.

The Ukrainian military command has recently announced its readiness to conduct an official investigation into each violation of the 'silence' regime and to bring its militants to justice, up to the criminal liability for such violations. I wish I could be hopeful that in support of his words the 'ATO' command would initiate criminal cases on the listed facts against the perpetrators. However, practice shows that those guilty of war crimes against the Donbass people often receive state awards from the hands of their patron Poroshenko.

According to the information we have obtained, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine uses the 'academic truce' as a cover for building up forces and facilities in the 'ATO' zone. The armament and military equipment are being actively deployed in the direction of Starognatovka and Maryinka localities. Under the guise of carrying out military assemblies, reservists, with a total strength of up to 1,500 people, have been brought together in the city of Artyomovsk with a view to complete the units and formations in the 'ATO' zone. Also, engineering works are carried out on making passages in minefields in the 'grey zone'. The enemy reconnaissance stepped up its activities with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. All these facts contradict the general rhetoric of the Kiev authorities about their readiness to follow the peaceful resolution of the Donbass conflict.

The situation is further complicated by the actions of radical-minded nationalists, as well as by Ukrainian politicians engaged in showboating. In particular, Semyonchenko recently took up the old one and announced the beginning of the second stage of the blockade of Donbass. At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities do not interfere with these unlawful actions, fearing discontent of the organizers and participants of the blockade.

Thus, the Ukrainian party does not make even a slightest effort to stabilize the situation, but, on the contrary, all its actions are aimed at the of the armed conflict's resumption in Donbass.

Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency


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