The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic has sharply escalated in anticipation of the ceasefire introduction agreements’ coming into force from April 1.
20 localities of the Republic were subjected to shellings by the AFU with heavy artillery (152-mm and 122-mm calibre), tanks and mortars (120 mm and 82 mm calibre), as well as armoured vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers, and small arms.
As a result of the AFU fire, 18 residential buildings were damaged, among them:
three in Mineralnoye on Komsomolskaya St., 7, 9 and 11;
two in Sakhanka village on Sergeyev St.;
one in Dokuchayevsk locality on Lenin St. 82;
and 12 in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk on Sokolovsky St., 2 and 3, Revyakin St. 10 and 17, Mark Ozerny St., 35 and 59, Karbyshev St. 13, Zelyony Gai St., 14, Karnavalnaya St., 77, Petrovsky St., 167, School No. 87 on Revyakin St., 2 and Populyarnaya St., 4, where an elderly woman, born in 1928, received a shrapnel wound.
Besides, Kiev terrorists continued shelling the Republic’s vital facilities. Their "diligence" again de-energized the Donetsk filtration station, temporarily Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka and a part of Sakhanka locality.
In total, for the past day, there were registered 70 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The following localities came under brutal fire with application of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements: Yasinovataya, Mineralnoye, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Oktyabr, Kominternovo, Sakhanka, Spartak, the area of the Airport district and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
As a result of the shelling, one DPR People’s Militia soldier got wounded.
I would like to dwell upon Kiev’s treatment to the AFU army and nationalist units of the National Guard of Ukraine. It became known that, unlike the AFU, the National Guard units’ rotation is carried out in a timely manner and under suitable conditions.
According to information obtained from local residents, city councils of Novomikhailovka, Slavnoye, Taramchuk, Sladkoye, Stepnoye, Beryozovoye and Novotroitsk are preparing lists of empty houses for accommodation of personnel of the 18th separate special purposes Azov regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard which getting ready to replace 24th air assault battalion Aidar within the rotation. This comes connected with the fact that the old accommodation of Aidar units were thoroughly looted and destroyed.
Thus, the weakening Kiev’s fear of the tenuously controlled mercenaries, makes it please the nationalists to the detriment and at the expense of the regular army servicemen and Ukraine’s population.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency