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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 31.01.2017

31.01.17 04:41
Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 31.01.2017

The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic continues escalating.

Over the past day Ukraine’s criminal forces violated ceasefire 2411 times. At that the enemy launched onto the Republic’s near-front areas 128 artillery projectiles, including 47 of 152mm calibre, fired five packages from MRLS BM-21 ‘Grad’, made four tank shots, launched 829 mortar shells, including 397 of 120mm calibre, and 1205 ammos from grenade launchers of various types. Besides, IFVs and small arms were used for shelling.

The following Republic’s localities underwent shellings under commanders of the 53rd, 72nd, 92nd, and 30th separate mechanized brigades of the AFU Gruzevitch, Sololov, Nikolyuk, Garaz, commander of the 55th artillery brigade Brusov and commander of the 36th marine brigade Delyatitsky: Shirokaya Balka, Zaitsevo, Dolomitnoye, Mikhailovka, Vasilyevka, Krasny Partizan, Yasinovataya, Makeyevka, Spartak, Yakovlevka, Zhabichevo, Aleksandrovka, Staromikhailovka, Yelenovka, Signalnoye, Dokuchayevsk, Novolaspa, Belaya Kamenka, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, Kominternovo, Dzerzhinskoye, the area of the Airport and Trudovskiye locality of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.


At all the localities the enemy was conducting heavy fire with application of all the types of arms forbidden by the Minsk Agreements. There were detected shell-hits in residential houses.

So, there was detected a direct hit of a 122mm artillery projectile in the roof of a nine-storey building at the address Donetsk, Kuibyshev St. 242. In the same area there was again a direct hit in the roofing on Tovarnaya St. 7/9.

A shell hit a nine-storey house on Listoprokatchikov St. 15.

An apartment at the address Donetsk, Privokzalnaya St. 16 was also targeted by a shell.

There was also detected a shell-hit in a car service at the cross-roads of Svetlov and Partizanskaya streets.

The railroad tracks were damaged near the Donetsk Railway station. Power lines were broken in the same area, and it caused disruption of electricity supply to Severny village of Donetsk.

Houses on Dnipropetrovskaya St. 9 and 11 in Makeyevka locality sustained damage as a result of the artillery shelling.

The enemy fire damaged a power substation feeding the mine named after Zasyadko, 203 coalminers were blocked underground as a result of the accident. At the moment the Republic's Emergency Situations Ministry forces are carrying out evacuation of miners.

In the southern direction the enemy hasn't ‘underserviced’ Kominternovo locality either. So, as a result of the shelling, three houses were destroyed by direct shell-hits in the locality on Korolev St., eight more houses sustained partial damage.

Three civilians were wounded in the AFU shellings last night. Besides, two civilians perished from the punishers' fire and three got wounded yesterday. Information on casualties continues being specified.

Over the past day losses of the DPR army made: four dead and seven wounded personnel.


Our reconnaissance continues registering strengthening of the AFU positions near the contact line:

- Near Berestki (21 km to the contact line) there were detected three units of MRLS "Uragan", which are ready to be applied against the DPR territory.


Yesterday, after having received confirmation to the request for ceasefire observance by our party, at 8 p.m. the enemy started shelling the localities of DONETSK and Makeyevka from heavy weapons. Then two enemy platoons went into assault near the Avdeyevka industrial zone, trying to seize our positions and obtain control over the route between the cities of Donetsk and Gorlovka. Our units were forced into opening backfire. At the enemy units' advance the attacking forces came to minefields. The enemy suffered mass losses and stepped back. According to our data, in the yesterday's attack punishers lost more than 15 dead and 30 wounded.

Today, from 4 a.m., after the artillery preparation was over, the enemy repeated an attempt to take under its control the route between Donetsk and Gorlovka, having carried out attacks near the Avdeyevka industrial zone by forces of three platoons. As a result, the DPR Army was forced into opening return fire to deter aggressor's attacks. According to our data, as a result of the unsuccessful morning attempt to attack our positions, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and punishers of The Right Sector have lost more than 15 killed and 30 wounded.

At the moment the DPR Armed forces have ceased backfire unilaterally and completely observe the silence regime to ensure security of repair brigades engaged in restoration of power lines damaged by the AFU shellings, as a result of which the Kievsky district of Donetsk and the town of Avdeyevka were left without electricity supply.

We will continue observing the ceasefire provided that the Ukrainian side stops shelling the DPR territory.

It is important to note that the Ukrainian authorities themselves broke power supply to Avdeyevka so that to charge us with a provocation, it was done in the technical way.

Having failed to cause an ecological accident by shelling Donetsk filtering station, the criminal authorities of Ukraine created a humanitarian disaster on the territories under their control, having de-energized the city and accused us of the shellings. At that our intelligence confirms the fact of application of MRLS BM-21 'Grad' by the Ukrainian units against their own territories. It was also confirmed by mass panic messages written by the AFU fighters in social networks. Most likely, the fire was launched from the positions of The Right Sector fighters.


Besides, having taken advantage of the situation neat the Avdeyevka industrial zone, the enemy committed a breakthrough attempt in the Mariupol direction by forces of up to three platoons of the 36th separate AFU marine brigade and The Right Sector fighters backed with three IFVs, having begun their attacks after a traditional shelling with large-calibre artillery. The enemy attack was repelled by skilful actions of our units. Punishers stepped back in panic. Losses among the AFU and radical fighters made about 14 killed and tens of wounded personnel.


Despite complete ceasefire by the DPR Armed Forces' units, Ukrainian punishers continue violating the silence regime. Artillery, mortars and volley fire systems launch fire from the AFU positions mainly at residential districts of the following localities: Donetsk, Makeyevka, Yasinovataya, Kominternovo, Aleksandrovka, Staromikhailovka, Gorlovka, Krasny Partizan, Mikhailovka, at that shooting the civilian population.


The DPR Armed Forces' reconnaissance obtained a report of the AFU Chief of Staff V. Muzhenko on real losses among the Ukrainian military on January 29 and 30, which had been presented to the 'president' of Ukraine, and which became the reason of the P. Poroshenko's emergency return from Germany. According to the obtained materials, at the moment in morgues and military medical institutions of Ukraine there is the following situation:

- In Selidovo's morgue – 29 bodies of dead Ukrainian military personnel;

- In Krasnoarmeysk's morgue – 41 bodies of dead military personnel;

- In the 65th mobile military-medical hospital in Chasov Yar62 wounded fighters;

- In the 66th mobile military-medical hospital in Novy Trudeight dead bodies and 14 crippled military personnel.

True losses are being concealed from the public in order to prevent panic in the AFU ranks and among the population. We will publish this information for the 'president' of Ukraine P. Poroshenko to have an opportunity to offer explanations personally, looking in the eyes of the dead and crippled soldiers' mothers, for the sake of what ambitions he had ruined so many people. And what did he win by having launched into eternity more than 70 fighters? For justification of such huge losses Poltorak stated the alleged capture of some "10-meters plot", but actually – they have failed the situation.


Regardless of the current situation, combat training continues in the DPR Armed Forces. Artillery and tank units have drills at proving grounds. The Command noted the high level of training of the DPR military personnel. As a results of the held trainings, personnel received 'perfect' marks.

We will continue improving skills on protection of our Homeland – Donbass.

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


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