Despite the operating ceasefire, the Ukrainian militants continued to violate the truce, endangering the lives and health of citizens of our Republic.
Over the past day, the Ukrainian occupation forces shelled the areas of six settlements in the Donetsk direction. The enemy engaged fire with infantry fighting vehicles, and also used grenade launchers and small arms.
In the Gorlovka direction, the militants subjected Zaitsevo settlement to a bombardment, the punishers launched fire with large-calibre small arms.
In just twenty-four hours, the Ukrainian armed groups committed 16 violations of the ceasefire.
The DPR Representation to the JCCC 15 times requested silence regime. During the negotiations with the representatives of Ukraine in the Joint Center, only in eight cases it was possible to achieve a ceasefire.
Representatives of the Ukrainian JCCC in an informal conversation explained their failures to demand the ceasefire observance by the occupying forces by the fact that they had not had the opportunity to influence the command structure of military formations and even by the frank refusal of the commanders of separate units to obey the instructions of the OOF (operation of the occupation forces) in matters of compliance with the ceasefire.
Our intelligence received information about another dastardly provocation, which is being prepared by the Ukrainian invaders to take place during the "Easter truce."
Thus, at the present time, a group of 15 militants, who had completed four-week courses of subversive and terrorist training in the 198th training centre of the Ukrainian Navy Forces under the guidance of instructors from Great Britain, arrived at the base of the 36th brigade. The course was focused on intelligence training and conducting subversive and terrorist acts in enemy settlements.
In view of the arrival and the meeting held with the command of the occupant forces under the leadership of Poroshenko on April 1 in Mariupol and Volnovakha, we do not exclude that the newly trained saboteurs will try to destabilize the situation on the contact line of the troops.
The brutal and criminal actions of the Ukrainian forces cause us serious concern. In the agony of demonstrating the effectiveness of programmes to lure servicemen of the DPR Armed Forces to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian militants, the punishers are engaged in outright kidnapping, interrogation and murdering the captives in case of their refusal to cooperate, as it had happened to the DPR Armed Forces' serviceman, E.I. Toropkin, who was abducted on March 2 and killed by punishers during interrogations. And now the same situation is repeated with the serviceman Tkachenko A.A., kidnapped last week near the town of Gorlovka and executed by the Ukrainian militants. At that, in order to save their faces, the Ukrainian thugs, having slaughtered the captive, do not even admit the fact of the abduction of our serviceman.
According to our intelligence, the body of the serviceman is in one of the morgues of Kramatorsk, and is to be exhumed.
We call on the Ukrainian authorities to answer for their crimes! And stop tormenting the captives, despicably kidnapped or seduced by the false forgiveness of resistance to the illegal Ukrainian government and its Nazis, who came to Donbass to kill.
New methods of the Ukrainian punishers' work are clear, they cunningly entice people into their territory, involving women of easy virtue, or by blackmailing close relatives of servicemen, and in some cases use crime services, involving unprincipled criminals in human trafficking. After prisoners fall into the hands of the Ukrainian punishers, filtration measures are carried out, as a rule, they are recruited and coerced to work for the Ukrainian special services. For example, to commit acts of terrorism in the territory of the Republic or provocations against international observers. If a serviceman cannot be persuaded to cooperate, he is humiliated, and afterwards forced to condemn his homeland to cameras, compromise his colleagues, and praise the Ukrainian programmes that justify betrayal. Otherwise, if a serviceman refuses to obey the Ukrainian punishers, he is tortured and executed. This is the essence of the Ukrainian army and the SBU, who within this period of little over three years have turned into Satanists, sacrificing to Western ideals new human lives.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency