The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains complicated and tense.
Over the past day the territory of the Republic was shelled 296 times as a result of 22 violations of the ceasefire regime. In total the enemy launched 190 shells from mortars of 82 mm and 120 mm calibre. Besides, the enemy 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: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Shirokaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Krutaya Balka, Vasiliyevka, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, Panteleimonovka, Sakhanka, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. The orders to shell the territory of the Republic were given by the well-known war criminals: Sokolov, Krasilnikov, Shaptala and Melnik.
Besides, the Ukrainian side carried out another diversion against the civilian population of Donbass. Without any explanation of the reasons, the local Ukrainian authorities unilaterally shut off gas supply in the locality of Pervomaiskoye. At the attempt to contact with the Ukrainian party, we never received any intelligible explanations. We regard this step of the authorities of Ukraine as a crime against the civilians. The genocide of the Donbass population is conducted by the Ukrainian authorities not only by massed shellings of residential areas from heavy weapons, but by shutdown of life-supporting infrastructures as well. Currently without gas there are left social objects, such as Pervomaisk general city hospital, more than 30 educational and pre-school educational institutions, and other social objects. All these actions of the punishers are aimed at sufferings of common people which just keep resisting the American puppets in power in Kiev operating against the people of Ukraine.
The intelligence of the Donetsk People’s Republic continues registering the concentration of forces and means along the contact line:
- North-eastwards from Avdeyevka (1 km away from the contact line) there was registered a platoon strongpoint with the ready-to-use units of MRLS BM-21 ‘Grad’ on the positions;
- In Pravdovka (18,5 km away from the contact line) there were registered eight tanks;
- In Dobrovoliye (24 km away from the contact line) there were registered seven tanks;
- In Rybinskoye (19 km away from the contact line) there were registered eight infantry fighting vehicles;
- In Krasnogorovka (3 km away from the contact line) there were registered seven infantry fighting vehicles;
- In Maryinka (1 km away from the contact line) there were registered two armoured personnel carriers, and 12 units of MTLB;
- In Yelizavetovka (18 km away from the contact line) there were registered 13 armoured personnel carriers, and two units of MTLB.
These facts show the intentions of the Ukrainian authorities to continue shelling the localities of the DPR. At that our intelligence registers preparation for a serious provocation by the AFU. One cannot exclude that it will be directed against the civilian population on the territory occupied by the AFU. It comes in connection with the fact that a number of the weapons forbidden by the Minsk Agreements are deployed as closely as possible to the line of fighting contact. In fact, the punishers are preparing a shelling of their localities to present it as aggression on the part of the Armed Forces of the DPR. In particular, special concern is caused by the presence of multiple rocket launcher systems of the AFU near the contact line near Avdeyevka.
We draw attention of the OSCE Mission's representatives to these facts. Right under your nose by the AFU there is planned a bloody provocation. Civilians may suffer from your inaction! Take timely measures for identification of the forbidden samples of arms and prevention of its application by the Ukrainian military.
Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Corps Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency