Over the past 24 hours, the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire regime 12 times. The areas of settlements: Verkhnetoretskoye, Spartak, Dokuchayevsk, Leninskoye and Sakhanka were targeted by the enemy with 69 mortar rounds of 120-mm calibre, 169 ordnances of IFV-2, as well as various types of grenade launchers and small arms.
Yesterday, at about 5.30 pm, the Ukrainian party bombed our positions in the vicinity of the settlement of Leninskoye in the Mariupol direction. In total, the enemy launched more than 20 mortar rounds of 120-mm calibre. Grenade launchers and small arms were also actively used. As a result of shelling, two servicemen were wounded, one of whom later died in a medical facility. In addition, because of the shelling by the Ukrainian security forces of the village of Sakhanka, there were damaged four housing constructions, part of the village was de-energized and a gas pipeline was damaged.
We associate the step-up of combat operations by the enemy in the Mariupol direction with two factors. The first is the departure of the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE mission A.Hug, and the second is the revenge of the commander of the 59 separate motorized infantry brigade Osipchuk for our charges of the brigade command in violation of the Minsk agreements regarding attempts of a subversive and reconnaissance group to penetrate the zone of responsibility under the cover of the mortars' fire.
I can assure you that this crime will not go unpunished. There are already more than one official that was removed from office. An example is the former commander of the 73 Center for Special Operations Forces of the AFU Shevchenko, whose bloody crimes, negligence and lack of any control over his subordinate personnel overflowed the patience of the higher command. As a result, he was dismissed and a criminal case was instituted against him. Currently, his deputies, knowing that the same fate will befall them, urge personnel for holding protests outside the building of the Ministry of Defense in Kiev.
Our reconnaissance became aware of the exercise with the involvement of units from the 38th SAM regiment and the use of the "Osa" air defense missile system in the responsibility zone of the 93 separate mechanized brigade of the AFU. During the drills, we do not exclude the commissioning of a provocation designed by the Ukrainian command to destroy an UAV of the OSCE, with further accusations of the DPR Armed Forces.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency