The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic continues deteriorating.
Shellings from the AFU positions won't stop. The enemy keeps shelling the Republic's localities, at that subjecting to fire mainly residential areas.
Over the past day criminal forces of Ukraine fired at the DPR territory 607 times. At that, heavy artillery was applied 90 times, mortars of various calibre – 221 times, tanks – 13 times, IFVs – 41 times, 23mm antiaircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 281 times.
The enemy was launching fire at the following localities along the contact line: Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Yasnoye, Krutaya Balka, Dokuchayevsk, Aleksandrovka, Tavricheskoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, the area of the Airport, the Petrovsky and Kievsky districts of Donetsk.
The AFU shellings caused damages to six houses in the localities of Donetsk, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo and Yasnoye.
Losses of the DPR army made: two hilled and one wounded soldier.
Data on casualties and destructions are still being specified.
Our reconnaissance continues registering concentration of the enemy forces and means near the contact line:
- Near Ivanopolye (16 km to the contact line) – there were detected six self-propelled artillery mounts;
- Near Maryinka (1 km to the contact line) – there were detected 13 tanks;
- Near Novomikhailovka (5,5 km to the contact line) – there were detected two 152mm self-propelled artillery mounts "Akatsiya";
- Near Novokalinovo (16 km to the contact line) – there were detected three MLRS Grad;
- Near Primorskoye (Sartana) (7 km to the contact line) – there were detected two MLRS Grad;
- Near Ivanovka (37 km to the contact line) – there were detected eight MLRS Grad.
Besides, in the locality of Kramatorsk military registration and enlistment offices of the city and its vicinities send draft notices to men of military age, including students.
Besides, I would like to stress the facts of devil-may-care attitude of the AFU command to its subordinates. The volunteer organization Vernis Zhivym ("Return Alive"), instead of the AFU command, is again providing ware property and food to units of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade which is deployed in the locality of Avdeyevka.
Forces of radical activists and former military personnel of the AFU plan conducting outreach efforts in the city of Mariupol for the purpose of involvement of people into actions aimed at blocking railway tracks and roads in the 'ATO' zone.
Earlier we noted the arrival to the area of Avdeyevka locality of Ukrainian and foreign journalists performing tasks of the Ukrainian military command on falsification of the situation. Now we can see the results of their nonprofessional activity. In particular, Ukrainian channels display reports with the background of destructions caused by forces of retaliatory battalions and personnel of the 72nd brigade. There are demonstrated 'charades' with involvement of pre-paid activists, who present themselves as alleged civilians and expressing poor support to criminal actions committed by the AFU. At that, the truth is concealed that local citizens are absolutely dissatisfied with the nationalists' crimes and provocative actions of the AFU.
Civilians of Avdeyevka locality attend mass protests against placement of punishers' heavy artillery and tanks in the residential quarters. There were detected facts of involvement of Nazis of the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps The Right Sector for dispersal of protesters, including, with application of arms. Naturally, these pictures are missing in reports of Ukraine's news agencies and TV channels, the situation is presented as if local citizens are happy with cleansings and tyranny on the part of Ukrainian military.
It is important to note that the Ukrainian command hasn't refused plans on aggravation of the situation and so far has been waiting for an appropriate occasion only. So, yesterday, from a source in the 'ATO' headquarters our reconnaissance obtained operational information on the order given to the commander of the Azov battalion to deliver a blow by means of allocated forces and with application of four packages (160 rockets) launched with MLRS Grad at Mariupol and adjoining localities, so that to document casualties among civilians and then charge the DPR People's Militia with killing civilians.
The agony and hopelessness in the minds of the military and political leadership of Ukraine and the 'ATO' command may lead to new awful tragedies.
Our reconnaissance elicited and confirmed the fact of application by Nazis' retaliatory battalions of multiple rocket launcher systems against the locality of Sartana overnight to February 4. Fortunately, this blow by war criminals had caused no casualties among civilians, therefore the 'ATO' command planned to strike another blow, but this time at Mariupol itself.
Thanks to our operational spread of information on the punishers' being ready to strike a blow at the peaceful city, this tragedy was prevented.
In our turn, we continue promoting the initiative on termination of shellings of the entire contact line and introduction of total 'silence regime'. We are observing it and are ready to keep doing this further. Withdrawal of forces and means from the contact line of the parties is to follow ceasefire.
This initiative on ceasefire is being actively promoted by representatives of the OSCE Mission, including A. Hug. However, the Ukrainian military command pretends as if doesn't hear this and continues augmenting the group of forces and means in the 'ATO' zone and conducting shellings, what clearly evidences preparation of Ukraine's military and political leadership for offensive actions in Donbass.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency