The situation returned to normal in the Donetsk People’s Republic in contrast to the previous days.
The Ukrainian terrorists violated the ceasefire regime 71 times over the past 24 hours. At the same time the enemy launched 18 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber and also 36 ammunitions with different types of grenade launchers on the Republic’s territory. Besides, infantry fighting vehicles and small arms were used as well.
The Ukrainian terrorists under command of the commanders of the 53rd, 72nd, 92nd separate mechanized brigade of the AFU Gruzyevich, Sokolov, Nikolyuk and the commander of the 36th naval infantry brigade Delyatitsky shelled the Republic’s localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Krutaya Balka, Dokuchayevsk, Sakhanka, the area of the airport and the locality of Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city.
As a result of the shelling on the part of the AFU in the locality of Gorlovka there were destroyed two houses on Brusilova street, 30 and Poleayeva street, 185. The residential house on Polyetayeva street, 158 was partially damaged.
Our intelligence keeps registering strengthening of AFU positions near the contact line. Thus in vicinity of:
Novgorodskoye (6km away from the contact line) – there were detected three self-propelled artillery platforms of 122mm caliber ‘Gvozdika’ and three tanks T-64;
Donskoye (24km away from the contact line) – there was registered delivery of ammunition to military supply depots with the total weight of about 200 tons;
Artyomovsk (20km away from the contact line) – there was detected arrival of a troop train. Up to 300 people of the military personnel of an unknown unit were inside 5 wagons.
We are connecting the situation normalization and decrease in the number of shellings of the Republic’s territory with the OSCE Deputy Chief to Ukraine Alexander Hug’s arrival to Donetsk city on January 20, 2017. Thus, the Ukrainian military try to make themselves white in the eyes of community and of the OSCE Mission. But I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this happens not for the first time and we suppose and even are sure that after departure of the said official, the Ukrainian criminals will strengthen shellings and provocations in relation to the People’s Militia units and to the Republic by two times.
Besides, the Ukrainian side keeps carrying out provocations in relation to the Donetsk People’s Republic. Thus, yesterday, the Ukrainian special services kidnapped the former serviceman of the DPR Armed Forces Shatalov Yevgeny Viktorovich under false pretence.
He, being a citizen of the Russian Federation, arrived on the territory of the DPR earlier and served in one of the military units of the DPR People’s Militia. However, because of violating the contract’s conditions that consisted of violating the military discipline and in consuming boozes, he was dismissed in December last year. According to his fellows in Donetsk city, after being dismissed, he led a riotous life and drank a lot. He also got to know a woman via social media who might have lured him to be kidnapped by the representatives of the Ukrainian special services to organize provocations.
It is remarkable in the video published, as it says with the naked eye that the person detained is nervous so much, frequently winks and he answered questions, even not listening to them and not musing on them.
His hands are not shown to conceal his tremble and tortures’ traces. Also special attention is paid to the former serviceman’s knowledge who did not go out of the units’ lines as he speaks. But despite this, the former Lance Corporal even knows about the American funds in Yekaterinburg and makes geopolitical conclusions.
It is obvious that under the influence of physical and psychological compulsion and of drastic psychotropic substances, this person is used to accuse the army of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Russia of all the possible sins. It is quite possible after harder influence of executioners from the State Security Service of Ukraine, the serviceman will be forced to keep stating the false testimonies that are used by Ukraine to bring the DPR and Russia to discredit.
In my turn I would like to state that we are taking every effort to show the real picture of the Ukrainian command’s crimes in relation to civilians of the Donetsk People’s Republic to the OSCE Mission representatives.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency