The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic remains tense.
Over the past day, there were registered 59 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The following localities underwent the most intensive enemy shellings with application of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements: Yasinovataya, Alexandrovka, Dokuchayevsk, Kommunarovka, Kominternovo, Bezymennoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Spartak, the areas of the Airport and the Volvo Center of Donetsk. In total, 17 Republic’s localities were shelled with the AFU’s heavy artillery (152mm and 122mm calibre), tanks, mortars (120mm and 82mm calibre), as well as IFV and armoured personnel carriers’ arms, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers, and small arms.
Nine houses sustained damage in the AFU fire. Thus, in Kommunarovka locality a kindergarten and school were damaged on Tsentralnaya St., 2b, 4, two houses on Oktyabrskaya St., 67, 68, one private house in Zaitsevo village on Yesenin St., 8.
One house was damaged in Alexandrovka locality on Ordzhonikidze St., 29, and the AFU shells damaged two apartments in a five-story house in Dokuchayevsk locality on Lenin St., 100 and one private house on Bazarnaya St., 8.
Due to the genocide of the Donbass people, one civilian, born in 1968, received shrapnel wounds.
Losses among the People’s Militia personnel made three killed and two wounded.
It is important to note that Ukrainian forces’ losses as a result of the March 20 failure near Kominternovo amounted to: 12 killed and 14 wounded fighters, among the equipment there were damaged two IFVs and a tank.
We managed to evacuate the bodies of one dead and one wounded Ukrainian soldiers, who died from received severe wounds, despite the rendered medical assistance. It should be noted that most of the bodies of Ukrainian fighters were abandoned right near our positions by their commanders and fellow-soldiers who fled from the battlefield after the failed attack. This evidences the lack of organization, the combat spirit’s weakness and the lack of mutual assistance among Ukrainian military.
The fact that the killed Ukrainian soldiers’ bodies were found near our positions confirms the offensive attempt made by the AFU forces. It was aimed at creating basis for breaking through our defense and development of offensive operations after a massive artillery fire. These facts confirm the direct culpability of the AFU command in aggressive intentions and Kiev's refusal to comply with the Minsk Agreements. But the plans of those fail-warriors were foiled by the courage, heroism and skills of Donbass defenders. We inflicted considerable damage to the enemy, having stampeded it. Concealing this retreat, the enemy opened fire with large-calibre artillery at the advanced line. Part of shells targeted the attacking AFU units. In addition, two bodies of dead Ukrainian soldiers were mined. Our units repulsed the attacks by organized defensive actions, caused losses to the enemy and improved their positions in certain areas.
The reasons for regular defeats of Ukrainian troops are as follows: low professional level of commanders, poor combat training of personnel, obsolete armament and equipment, as well as the lack of motivation to serve the interests of oligarchs ruling the country.
The Ukrainian side continues to misinform the public about alleged armed provocations by the DPR, involving the controlled media in a lie.
So, yesterday, with the purpose of diverting the attention of the Ukrainian public from the next failure of Ukrainian forces nearby the locality of Kominternovo, where on March 20, an unsuccessful attempt was made by units of the 36 separate marines brigade, together with the servicemen of the 73rd centre of the Special Operations Forces to seize our positions, the command of the so-called 'ATO' ordered its units to fire from the MLRS Grad at Vodyanoye locality. At the same time, the fire was recorded by journalists of one of the leading Ukrainian TV channels, from a perspective that does not provide an accurate determination of the shelling's direction. Subsequently, the cadres were published as an alleged fact of shelling by the units of the DPR Armed Forces.
The facts of recent AFU shellings of the Avdeyevka residential buildings and Sartana locality from the MLRS Grad by subunits of the regiment Azov in February this year, as well as last week's Ukrainian army's shelling of Avdeyevka with tanks, which are confirmed by witnesses from among the local residents, as well as videos posted by them in the Internet, also speak about the involvement of Ukrainian forces in the shelling of the settlement Vodyanoye.
According to our intelligence, a part of the Ukrainian volunteer corps "Right Sector" the unit "Witches," consisting of female snipers known for their crimes against the peaceful population of Donbass, and also on the Svetlodarsk arc in September 2016, arrived in Artyomovsk locality.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency