The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic keeps being tense.
Shellings on the AFU part won’t stop. The enemy continues shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Zaitsevo, Dolomitnoye, Mikhailovka, Yasinovataya, Zhabichevo, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, Yakovlevka, Vasilievka, Dokuchayevsk, Oktyabr, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, Zaichenko, Gagarin mine, the area of the Airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the DPR territory 1,048 times. Among this shelling number MRLS were applied 20 times, heavy artillery – 321 times, tanks – 15 times, mortars of various calibre – 418 times, IFV arms – 69 times, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 205 times.
I especially stress the fact that the enemy applied multiple rocket launcher systems against the area of Yasinovataya and Krutaya Balka localities. As a result of the shelling, a house burned down in Krutaya Balka locality. Other destructions are being specified.
The DPR Army again suffered losses caused by ongoing AFU shellings: two soldiers perished.
Our reconnaissance continues detecting the presence of forbidden enemy arms near the contact line:
- Near Krasnogorovka (3 km to the contact line) – there was detected four 152mm howitzers Giatsint-B and three 122mm howitzers D-30;
- Near Peski (3 km to the contact line) – there were detected ten anti-tank rocket complexes Stugna-P.
Besides, a platoon of the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps The Right Sector arrived in Avdeyevka.
These facts were passed to the OSCE Mission's representatives confirming commission of gross violations by the AFU, what evidences unwillingness of the Ukrainian party to observe the Minsk Agreements.
According to our information, a group of Finnish journalists arrived at a strong point of the 79th AFU separate assault brigade stationed near Peski locality. Command of the 79th AFU separate assault brigade together with SBU representatives intend to arrange a provocation during these journalists’ visit to the contact line, for the world community to mold a negative attitude to Donbass defenders. According to the plan developed by Ukrainian military and intelligence agencies (which was obtained from the headquarters deployed near Netailovo locality), the reporters' team is to come under fire pre-organized by Ukrainian military. As a result of this planned provocation, foreign journalists should get either killed, or wounded. At the same time, a shooting team of the Ukrainian TV channel "1+1" will be present nearby and immediately make and share a report on journalists' coming under fire with consequent casualties. At that, a number of statements are planned to be made by Ukrainian politicians against this background.
In this regard, we urge Ukrainian authorities not to commit crimes which will be still proved. Besides, we draw attention of all the foreign journalists to this deadly prospective and ask them to exercise the highest possible caution with observance of all security measures. All the risky visits should be made only in the presence of the AFU command structure's representatives, the lives of which are appreciated in that environment more than yours.
Besides, we obtained information that the task had been set before commanders of nationalist units The Right Sector and OUN to gather citizens of localities in the 'ATO' zone and make them set off to Kiev and hold a rally in support of participants of ‘Donbass trade blockade’ in front of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada building on February 21, 2017. 1,600,000 hryvnias were allocated for gathering people only in the AFU-occupied territories, calculated as each participant of the rally would receive 200 hryvnias. Respectively, if the money isn't plundered, not less than 8,000 protesters can be expected in front of the Verkhovna Rada building. The political party Ukrop acts as the sponsor and organizer of the rally. According to preliminary data, disorders are to take place in the rally as well, so that reaction and actions of law enforcement agencies could be assessed, for these data to be regarded in view of preparation for another, even more large-scale actions.
Combat training is well under way in the People's Militia units. Technical, special and medical trainings are to take place today, as well as radiochemical protection and topography ones.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency