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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 25.02.2017

25.02.17 04:12
Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 25.02.2017

The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic has deteriorated.

Tonight the Ukrainian side, in violation of all the agreements and obligations taken on, captured the objects of the Donetsk filtration plant to carry out provocative firings from its territory at our positions. From this area the enemy applied mortars and heavy machine guns. At the same time, the fire was carried out from the station's premises not only at our positions, but also at the residential areas of Yasinovataya and Spartak localities. Knowing that our units follow the Minsk Agreements and do not open fire at objects of life support, the enemy felt its full impunity.

It was established that the DFS seizure was carried out by fighters of the radical nationalist divisions of Ukraine, who after yesterday's announcement by the former commander of the regiment "Azov" A. Biletsky got completely out of control of the weak Ukrainian President and unleash a new round of hostilities in Donbass. It can be concluded that the Ukrainian authorities do not currently control the situation and are unable to ensure the safety of Ukrainian citizens.

In this regard, we urge the world leaders to strongly condemn the Poroshenko regime and force the Ukrainian president to bring order to his army: to withdraw nationalist units from 'ATO' zone, completing written guarantees from the March 15, 2016.

At the same time, we register inactivity of the AFU Command and its inability to change this situation, providing more opportunities for mayhem of radical nationalists. Since 2014 they have been disadvantaging the country's territorial integrity. In this case, at the moment, after a significant weakening of Poroshenko's authority, contradictions between Ukrainian radical groups, each of which is eager for power, have sharply amplified.

Just for tonight our intelligence recorded two clashes between Ukrainian units, resulting in the deaths of over ten soldiers. There is also a fact of undermining by Ukrainian nationalists of two AFU cargo vehicles near Avdeyevka locality.

Such actions are directed exclusively to aggravate the situation in the 'ATO' zone, which radical nationalists continue to exacerbate. And all this is the consequences of sending by the Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the national battalions to the contact line to avoid their involvement in the riots in Kiev. In response the nationalists began to worsen the situation, putting the government forces at the failure of the Minsk Agreements.

At the same time, the enemy intensified fire activity at areas of the localities: in Gorlovka, Donetsk and Mariupol directions, concentrating the main effort at Yasinovataya, Spartak, and the outskirts of Donetsk.

Most likely, the increase in provocations is also associated with the arrival to the DPR of people's deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Nadezhda Savchenko. She, in contrast to the Ukrainian authorities, is concerned about the fate of the POWs. We do not exclude that the Ukrainian law enforcement bodies were ordered to disrupt the meeting of the people's deputy with prisoners, abandoned by the Kiev authorities.

In total, over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the DPR territory 2,161 times. Among this number heavy artillery was applied 99 times (of which 13 shells of 152-mm calibre), mortars of various calibre – 627 times (of which 337 mortar shells of 120-mm calibre), tanks – 58 times, IFV arms – 62 times, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 1,315 times.

As a result of shelling positions of the DPR Armed Forces by the AFU, one soldier was wounded.

Our intelligence continues detecting the prohibited weapons of the enemy near the contact line:

Near Ocheretino (20 km to the contact line) – there were detected six 152-mm self-propelled guns Akacia and four tanks;

Near Novobakhmutovka (10 km to the contact line) – there were detected three 122-mm self-propelled Gvozdika.

We are grateful to the Ukrainian soldiers, who support us by providing accurate information about the placement of equipment and radical nationalists' crimes against civilians in Donbass.

Our units are ready for any variant of development of the situation.

The DPR People's Militia units carry out full-swing trainings no matter what. All the departments are trained to act in various conditions.

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


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