Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 26 ceasefire violations.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted ten localities with 14 tank rounds, eight mortar shells of 120mm calibre and three 82mm ones.
In the Gorlovka direction, the area of Zaitsevo locality was shelled with the AFU grenade launchers and small arms.
In the Mariupol direction, the enemy applied grenade launchers and small arms against two localities.
Our reconnaissance keeps registering the concentration of weapons banned by the Minsk agreements along the contact line:
- Near Krasnogorovka (3 km to the contact line) there were detected three motorised artillery mounts Gvozdika;
- Near Maryinka (1 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of a unit of female snipers – 20 personnel of a Polish private military company.
All the data on deployment of the prohibited AFU equipment were passed to representatives of the OSCE SMM.
Our reconnaissance received confirmation of the AFU Command’s preparation for serious provocations on the eve of the G20 leaders’ meeting what I had previously voiced, including shelling of residential areas, terrorist attacks on localities and attempts to seize a part of the grey zone territory.
In particular, on July 3, scouts of the DPR Armed Forces stealthily lured a serviceman of the 128th separate mountain-infantry brigade into the grey zone, outside Pesky locality. The Ukrainian serviceman carried secret documents received that day at the headquarters of one of the interacting brigades, on application of arms prohibited by the Minsk agreements against the DPR territory from July 6, 2017.
According to the plan of the ‘ATO’ command, forces and facilities of the 72nd separate mechanised brigade, 55th separate artillery brigade and part of the 128th separate mountain-infantry brigade that arrived for reinforcement from the Gorlovka direction are to participate in the provocation.
The Ukrainian officer did not try any resistance during the detention and immediately began to give evidence. After we received secret documents from the AFU serviceman, the officer was released. The 128th brigade’s officer has a negative reputation among his command, therefore, he had no value for us.
At that, I want to draw attention to the brutality of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group’s punishers, who in the same situation in the Lugansk direction mercilessly slaughtered two servicemen of the LPR People's Militia and captured four. And now, by means of tortures and psychological pressure, they are trying to get false testimonies from them, forcing them to pretend to be, allegedly, active military personnel of the Russian army.
The extreme brutality of the Ukrainian fighters’ actions struck the whole world then!
Due to the enemy’s stepping up preparation for carrying out terrorist acts in the DPR territory, as well as bloody provocations with shelling civil localities, including in the Kiev-controlled areas, we urge the world community to exert pressure on the Ukrainian authorities and force them into giving up war crimes agenda.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency