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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 23.10.2016

23.10.16 03:16
Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 23.10.2016

The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense.

Over the past day the Ukrainian fighters violated the ceasefire regime 446 times. The enemy continues artillery, tanks and mortars, the number of shellings with these arms made 282 times.

The Ukrainian terrorists Drapaty, Delyatitsky, Shaptala and Vlasenko continued shelling such localities as Zaitsevo, Verkhnetoretskoye, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, Staromikhailovka, Aleksandrovka, Kominternovo, Sakhanka, the area of the airport and the locality of Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

As a result of the terrorists’ mortar fire at the locality of Sakhanka, a house was completely destroyed by a direct shell-hit on Babenko Street.

We are sure that the recent increase in the number of provocations and shellings by the Ukrainian military at the DPR territory with application of the forbidden arms comes in connection with, among other, consideration by the Ukrainian government of the budget for 2017. The puppet authorities of Ukraine try to prove by artificial aggravation of the situation in Donbass the need of the increase in expenses for the AFU for 29 billion hryvnias next year through the reduction of social programs for the citizens, that is 30% more than in 2016. At that, the main part of expenses will be wasted for fratricidal war in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone, and also account settlement with foreign mercenaries, whose requests for performing tasks are estimated 15 times higher than expenses on regular officers of the Ukrainian army. At that the events near the localities of Leninskoye and Sakhanka show that their efficiency is neither here nor there, and the benefits for death of such fighters are twice more expensive for Ukraine, than their allowance within one year.

We urge residents of Ukraine to express protest to thoughtless actions of the military and political leadership and silly decisions of their puppet ruling clique.

Our intelligence continues detecting the facts of the forbidden AFU armament’s presence in the ‘ATO’ zone along the contact line:

- Near Mayorsk (1,5 km away from the contact line) there were detected two 120mm mortars;

- Near Avdeyevka (5 km away from the contact line) there were detected firing positions of a mortar battery – six 120mm mortars;

- Near Shirokino (1 km away from the contact line) there was detected the arrival of a battalion of the 45th air assault brigade for strengthening positions of the 137th battalion of the 36th separate marine brigade and participation in provocations near Mariupol;

- Near Mariupol (13 km away from the contact line) there was registered the arrival of several groups of fighters of the nationalist units The Right Sector, Azov and Aidar from the cities of Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk.

All the data on violation of the Minsk Agreements by the Ukrainian party and the positions of the forbidden AFU arms were passed to the OSCE Mission and JCCC representatives.

On October 20, the Deputy Head of SMM OSCE in Ukraine Alexander Hug gave to one of the French magazines an interview which I can't ignore.

I didn't like the fact that Hug openly says about participation of the international observers in interrogations of WAR PRISONERS, what doesn't correspond to the Mission’s mandate. I can assume that Hug distorts the reality significantly, then all his other words in this speech cannot be trusted either. If it is true, then representatives of the Mission really violate their mandate being involved in interrogations of war prisoners. Anyway, such personal statements of Alexander Hug considerably discredit the international mission. I ask him to think it over, and not to undermine the trust of the international public to SMM OSCE next time.

Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency


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