Over the past 24 hours, in the Donetsk direction the enemy launched 10 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber and conducted fire at the areas of four localities with grenade launchers and small arms.
As we can see, in the first 24 hours of the New Year ceasefire the Ukrainian side clearly showed that it hadn't planned to comply with the ceasefire.
At present, we are considering two versions explaining this behavior of our enemy:
The first is that the platoon-company junior level commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who are on the front line, either are unable to control their units, or personally, persecuting their goals, give orders to use weapons in the direction of our Republic.
And the second one is that those illegal armed groupings such as the Ukrainian Volunteer Army and Right Sector who are on the front line refused to comply with the orders of the "ATO" headquarters to comply with the ceasefire.
Unfortunately, we have to state the fact that the officers of the Ukrainian side to the JCCC failed to fulfill their functional duties. Instead of objectively and impartially recording violations of the ceasefire by the AFU, these officials, not giving a damn about their conscience and officer's honor, deny and turn a blind eye to the fire conducted by the AFU during the "New Year ceasefire".
We call on the supreme leadership of the AFU to calm its violent subordinates and the Nazis, spitting on you, your instructions and written orders. You must do this, even including the use of force, if necessary.
All responsibility for the observance of the ceasefire regime rests with the commander of the "ATO" Zabrodsky and AFU General Staff Chief Muzhenko.
None of us needs bloodshed! We are ready to observe the truce!
Separately, I would like to dwell on Ukraine’s military and political leadership’s actions on concealing war criminals.
As it is known recently, the commander of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade V.Kokorev was removed from his post and sent to the military medical commission.
The official version is hazing relationships, or, more simply, the brigade commander's, in the state of intoxication, attempt to assassinate his deputy when redistributing the control of contraband flows in the so-called "ATO" zone.
In fact, things are somewhat different. We have repeatedly reported that all the facts of war crimes of the AFU are recorded and transmitted to the International Criminal Court. Currently, one of our statements on the facts of war crimes committed personally or by order of V.Kokorev in relation to Donbass civilians is accepted for consideration.
In turn, Ukraine, in order to relieve itself of responsibility, as from the state, for the actions of this serviceman, taking advantage of the fact of hazing, dismisses Kokorev for health reasons, namely in connection with a mental disorder.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency