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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/03/2017

03.12.17 02:12
Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12/03/2017

The situation on the contact line remains tense.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired six 152-mm and one 122-mm missiles, 232 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at ten localities' adjacent areas. Various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also applied.

In the Mariupol direction, the AFU units fired six tank rounds and 57 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at six localities’ areas.

In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy launched ten tank rounds, six 122-mm artillery projectiles, 29 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres onto four localities’ areas, at that engaging fire with grenade launchers and small arms.

Yesterday, as a result of the AFU shelling, two buildings sustained damages in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk and four in Golmovsky locality, power lines were also damaged in Golmovsky locality, as a result of which the village was de-energized. The Ukrainian side does not only refuse to restore the power transmission lines damaged in the attacks by the AFU units in the villages of Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye), but also has bent every effort to cut the neighbouring locality off power supply. The brutality of Ukrainian punishers in the Donbass has no limits!

In total, over the past 24 hours, there were registered 46 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which is almost twice as much as yesterday's quantity.

The Ukrainian side continues flagrantly violating the Minsk agreements. For instances, yesterday, during the visit of parliamentarians from the UK to the Avdeyevka locality, the political authorities of Ukraine tasked units of the AFU to provoke the DPR Armed Forces into shelling the territory under the control of the Ukrainian government. However, our units did not succumb to provocations.

The shelling of their own territories is a common practice for the Ukrainian illegal power, which, on the eve of the arrival and during the visit of foreign delegations, seeks to demonstrate the intensification of military operations on the contact line in order to beg for a little charity or to receive some pity.

In fact, yesterday, we recorded massive shelling of the outskirts of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk and the AFU-controlled territory from the positions of the 25th separate airborne brigade and the 55th separate artillery brigade, including with heavy artillery of 152-mm calibre. The punishers launched artillery and mortar fire at the localities of Donetsk, Maryinka and Avdeyevka, where damages were recorded in the private sector.

Also, according to our intelligence, yesterday the Ukrainian forces carried out measures to mop up the units of Ukrainian nationalists who refused to obey the AFU command. In particular, units of the 30th separate motor rifle brigade and the 34th battalion of the 57th brigade were engaged in cleansing operations in the vicinities of Maryinka-Avdeyevka localities. Units of the 25th separate airborne brigade were used in the vicinities of Kamenka-Verkhnetoretskoye localities. The consequences of such cleansings were as follows: a platoon commander of the 34th battalion of the 57th brigade was killed, and a civilian of Verkhnetoretskoye locality was wounded. In total, as a result of the yesterday’s crossfires between the Ukrainian forces, two servicemen of the AFU were killed and three were wounded. At that, it was succeeded to rendered harmless only one group of bandits consisting of five Ukrainian radicals, in the vicinity of Verkhnetoretskoye locality.

We continue monitoring the situation in the vicinities of Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye) localities. Thus, our servicemen have been recording firefights between villages for two days already. Generally, the fire is conducted from the locality of Gladosovo onto Metallist (Travnevoye) village, endangering the lives of civilians. According to our data, another two servicemen perished as a result of the tensions between the Ukrainian forces in the occupied villages.

Thus, during the presence of the AFU units on tactically disadvantageous positions in the localities of Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye) since November 22, the punishers have lost already 17 servicemen killed and 11 wounded. This is the most disastrous "operation" of the AFU in the last two years. It can be said that the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has organized the Gladosovo Pocket. At the same time, the Ukrainian forces suffer all the losses due to internal contradictions only. The DPR Army does not even have to interfere.

But, unfortunately, civilians primarily suffer from the criminal actions of the AFU. In particular, the Ukrainian forces have not yet taken any steps to restore the power lines damaged in the AFU shelling, as well as an electrical substation located in the territory occupied by the Ukrainian punishers.

Despite full compliance of the ceasefire in this area on our part, the Ukrainian side deliberately does not restore the electricity supply of the occupied villages. The punishers seek a complete blockade of the localities from the outside world, forbidding civilians not only to move freely, but also to call their relatives and friends. There is information that cell phones are withdrawn from local residents and given back only for one or two calls a day in the presence of Ukrainian militants. In the villages there have been assigned "petty officers", who immediately report on anti-Ukrainian activity of local residents to the Ukrainian leaders. In fact, the Great Patriotic War has now renewed for the residents of these localities, where the fascists and Banderites are operating.

The lack of adequate response from international organizations, in particular representatives of the UN, the OSCE and the ICRC, led to the fact that during the filtration activities in the occupied villages of Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye), the punishers have completely cleansed them from civilians who had appealed to the OSCE Principal Deputy Chief Monitor in Ukraine Alexander Hug.

Yesterday, the Ukrainian side stated with enthusiasm that no inhabitant of the occupied villages can complain to Alexander Hug from now on, due to the fact that repression and torture have been applied to these people.

Thus, inaction of certain individuals leads to the fact that the people who sought their help get completely affected.

And in conclusion, our units, in the case of provocations by the AFU in the areas of the so-called “buffer zones", are ready to inflict irreparable damage on the enemy. Any attempt to improve their positions will end for the Ukrainian forces with mass losses. We warn, do not endanger civilians! Residents of Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye) localities have suffered already. Now, any attempt to reduce the inter-position space between the units of the AFU and the DPR Armed Forces will be severely suppressed. We favour compliance with the Minsk agreements, and direct the Ukrainian side to implement them, otherwise, another mini-pocket will be waiting for you.

Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency


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