The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains complicated and tense.
Over the past day the territory of the Republic was shelled 449 times as a result of 56 violations of the ceasefire regime. In total the enemy launched 261 shells from mortars of 82mm and 120mm calibre, 22 artillery shells of 122mm and 152mm calibre, and also made 31 shots from tanks. The enemy also used infantry fighting vehicles, various types of grenade launchers and small arms.
All the data about the Minsk Agreements violations were passed to representatives of the JCCC and the OSCE Mission.
The most intense shellings from heavy weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements were applied to the following localities: Gorlovka, Zaitsevo, Shirokaya Balka, Golmovskoi, Nikitovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, Vesyoloye, Zhabichevo, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, the Petrovsky district and the areas of the Volvo Centre and the airport of Donetsk city. The orders to shell the territory of the Republic were given by the same war criminals-commanders of the AFU units Sokolov, Krasilnikov, Shaptala and Melnik.
The intelligence of the Donetsk People's Republic continues registering the concentration of forces and means along the contact line:
- In Prokhorovka (14 km away from the contact line) there was registered arrival of two motorised artillery installations and two tanks;
- In Donskoye (23 km away from the contact line) there was registered arrival of up to 300 personnel from the nationalist battalion, among whom there are foreign mercenaries;
- In Novosyolovka (23 km away from the contact line) there was registered arrival of two 100mm antitank cannons ‘Rapira’.
We have repeatedly reported about the facts of non-obedience of the military personnel of the force structures to the AFU command which became known to us. In combination with incessant drinking and the low moral and psychological state among the military, such facts lead to tragic consequences. So, near the locality of Avdeyevka there increased in number the cases of firing all over the localities of Yasinovataya, Spartak, Krasny Partisan, the areas of the Donetsk airport and the Yasinovataya post of traffic police. It is connected, among other, with non-obedience of again arriving units of the AFU manned by the radical nationalists and foreign mercenaries.
Besides, our intelligence registered the facts of skirmishes between the nationalists and the military of the 90th airmobile brigade of the 81st separate airmobile brigade of the AFU in this area. In particular, on April 18, the military of the 81st airmobile brigade in the area of the Yasinovataya junction fired at the ‘Ural’ vehicle with nationalist fighters, as a result nine personnel died and 22 got wounded. The shooting was caused by the appearance of a cargo vehicle from the direction of the line of fighting contact at night. As it turned out later, the nationalist fighters had got lost being in the state of drug intoxication and moved first to the contact line and then backwards.
After this incident there is registered aggravation of contradictions between the nationalists and paratroopers of the AFU. In particular, according to our intelligence, yesterday, near the locality of Avdeyevka, in violation of the silence regime the nationalists opened massive fire both against the DPR Armed Forces’ positions and the positions of the 81st airmobile brigade. As a result of the firefight the Ukrainian paratroopers sustained losses. Only in the 90th airmobile battalion of the 81st separate airmobile brigade there got wounded up to 15 personnel, information on the dead is being specified.
Our intelligence registers the similar conflicts along the whole contact line.
Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Corps Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency