On the eve of a meeting in the Minsk format, the situation on the contact line escalated sharply.
Over the past 24 hours, 41 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers and small arms. 24 mortar shells of 82-mm calibre and 44 of 120-mm calibre were launched on 11 localities and the surrounding areas.
In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired three mortar rounds with a 120-mm caliber and five of 82-mm calibre at the villages of Kominternovo and Sakhanka; also the enemy fired from IFV cannons, grenade launchers and small arms at the settlements of Oktyabr and Novolaspa.
According to the information we have, there was marked the arrival in the Mayorsk settlement of several sniping groups from among the 130 separate reconnaissance battalion, armed with sniper rifles of foreign production.
In the conditions of the 'academic armistice,' to which the command of the Armed Forces does not pay any attention, diversionary and sniper groups are the best suited for carrying out provocations along the entire contact line.
But no matter how the command of the so-called 'ATO' tried to shift responsibility for their crimes to the Armed Forces of the DPR, 'valorous' Ukrainian snipers themselves upload video materials with evidence of their crimes, openly bragging about the murdering of our servicemen, not caring about all previously reached agreements in Minsk.
Talking about the peace agreements, the actions of the AFU command scarcely resemble the actions of troops during the truce.
So, according to the information available to us, sending of the 54th AFU brigade with a full complement to the so-called 'ATO' zone for the performance of combat missions is possible in the near future.
In the past, this brigade had been operating for over a year in the Svetlodarsk arc area, making foolhardy attempts to break through our positions time after time. Because of the senseless aspiration of the commanders of the 54 brigade curry favour with the Kiev leadership, many Ukrainian mothers received death notices instead of their sons returning home.
Today, the DPR army continues command-and-staff mobilization training. Within the framework of the training, the methods of work of military commissariats were worked out in the conditions of the situation's aggravation.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency