The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic remains tense. The enemy stepped up the number of bombardments of the Republic's territory, at that continuing to use mortars of various calibres banned by the Minsk agreements, as well as small arms.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 32 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres onto the areas of Dokuchayevsk, Zhabichevo, Yasinovataya, Styla, Petrovskoye and Spartak settlements. In addition to that, IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms were engaged.
In the Gorlovka direction, the areas of Krasny Partizan, Golmovsky and Zheleznaya Balka settlements came under fire launched by the AFU. The enemy fired five 120-mm mortar shells. Along with that, the Ukrainian troops actively engaged various types of grenade launchers and small arms during the shelling.
In the Mariupol direction, the areas of Kominternovo, Kulikovo and Leninskoye settlements underwent shelling. The enemy used 82-mm mortars, firing 28 mortar shells, and IFV weapons, various types of grenade launchers and small arms.
In total, over the past day, there were registered 15 violations of the ceasefire regime by the AFU.
The town of Dokuchayevsk being shelled by Ukrainian war criminals, a residential building was hit by fragments on Lenin Street, 82. Fortunately, this time there were no losses among civilians.
A group of officers from the US Armed Forces, accompanied by representatives of the AFU General Staff, arrived to the so-called ATO zone to hold an inspection. Currently, brigades of the AFU, which are part of the Donetsk operational-tactical group, are being inspected. The main purpose of this inspection is to check the readiness of the AFU formations to conduct offensive operations. Besides, Western experts are interested in the problem of the Ukrainian military command's plundering funds allocated by US special services.
As a result of the inspection, the American overseers strongly recommended that the commander of the so-called ATO, General Zabrodsky, withdraw fighters of the Right Sector from the positions near Avdeyevka settlement in view of their unreliability and inability to conduct offensive actions. In turn, Zabrodsky immediately fulfilled the demand of Western patrons and redeployed the nationalist militants.
I note that the AFU command has repeatedly stated that uncontrolled Ukrainian nationalists, in particular the Right Sector militants, have been withdrawn to the rear, and the front defense line is occupied only by regular units. In this regard, the Ukrainian generals also refuse to recognize losses among the nationalists.
Today is the anniversary of a terrible tragedy and a great loss for our people. Exactly one year ago, on February 8, Ukrainian terrorists deservedly KILLED the Hero of the Donetsk People's Republic, the commander of the Somali battalion, Colonel Mikhail Tolstykh, known far beyond the borders of the Republic under the call sign "Givi". The punishers who came with a sword to our land, could not defeat him in battle and they could only strike him in the back, commit this terrorist act. Mikhail perished... but the memory of him will live on in our hearts. He will forever remain for us an example of courage, selflessness and heroism!