The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense.
The enemy continued shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Bezymennoye, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Trudovskiye, Alexandrovka, Kominternovo, Oktyabr, Staromikhailovka, Sakhanka, Dokuchayevsk, Telmanovo, and the area of the Donetsk Airport.
In total, over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the DPR territory 2,015 times. Among this shelling number heavy artillery was applied 134 times, including 18 projectiles of 122mm calibre, mortars of various calibre – 591 times, including 262 shells of 120mm calibre, tanks – 22 times, IFV arms – 25 times, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 1,243 times.
No losses detected among the DPR military personnel, losses among civilians are being specified.
In violation of the Minsk Agreements, the Ukrainian party continues shelling the Republic's residential areas and vital infrastructure, at that using mercenaries from the radicals' ranks, supported by the AFU unis.
As a result of the shellings, eight houses sustained damage in the Third residential district of Yasinovataya locality on Zheleznodorozhnaya St., 35, Chekhov St. 41, 42, 43, Yesenin, Kuibyshev and Pobedy streets, and a power line was damaged as well.
Besides, last night, the adjacent territory of the Donetsk filtration plant underwent a mortar attack by radicals. A power line sustained damage, therefore, the station's operation was stopped. At the moment power lines adjacent to the DFS are being examined by representatives of the DPR Emergency Situations Ministry and power networks, assessing the scale of destructions. Recovery works are to be carried out tomorrow with involvement of the OSCE Mission and JCCC representatives.
All these facts prove criminal actions of the Ukrainian command against the Donbass civilians which happen on approval of the military and political leadership of Ukraine.
The enemy continues concentrating forces and means at the contact line. Our reconnaissance detected another objects strengthening the enemy group the contact line which were to be withdrawn:
- Near Novoluganskoye (3 km to the contact line) there were detected firing positions of a platoon of 120mm calibre mortars;
- Near Svetlodarskoye (7 km to the contact line) there were detected temporary firing positions of two mortar squads.
These facts were passed to representatives of the OSCE SMM confirming gross violations of the Minsk Agreements by the AFU.
I stress that we will bend every effort to show the OSCE Mission's representatives the real picture of crimes committed by the Ukrainian command against the Donbass civilians.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency