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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report 03/24/2017

24.03.17 06:07
Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report 03/24/2017

Good day! Ukraine’s special operations forces and the Security Service of Ukraine still attempt to destabilize the situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic by carrying out terrorist attacks and to spread panic among civilians. 

Today at 08:50 Ukraine’s sabotage-reconnaissance group consisting of three people conducted a shot with rocket anti-tank launchers, the fragments of which hit the residential house near the military base of the defense establishment in the downtown of Donetsk.  As a result of the act of terrorism, the citizen Sukhova received shrapnel wounds, she was provided with medical treatment. Guard forces which immediately arrived at the scene repelled an attack. Search and blocking of the group of terrorists in Donetsk and other districts of the Republic are carried out. 

Due to continuing terrorism act threats, we are asking residents of the Republic to keep their vigilances and help security agencies and law-enforcements agencies reveal Ukrainian terrorists and warn about their attempts of sabotages and acts of terrorism.  

I’m calling on the OSCE Mission to record new Kiev’s act of terrorism and to draw international community’s attention to criminal activities of Ukrainian special services. 

Last week, from March 18 till 24, in formations and units of the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic main efforts were focused on carrying out command post exercises and on summing up results and also on drilling military readiness of units. Tank and IVF crews passed driving trainings. And with other units there were carried out trainings on study subjects and on tactics on the defensive. 

Over the past 24 hours there were registered 85 occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The enemy applied heavy artillery, tanks, mortars of various caliber, IFVs, anti-aircraft installations, grenade launchers and small arms. 

Altogether, over the past week there were registered 467 occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime on the part of the enemy. Ukraine’s military launched 4,950 projectiles and mortar-shells on the Republican territory with the weapons prohibited. 

The Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled 28 localities of the Republic. There were seriously damaged the following localities: ZAYTSEVO, GORLOVKA, YASINOVATAYA, KRUTAYA BALKA, SPARTAC, KOMINTERNOVO, DOKUCHAEVSK, YASNOE, OCTYABR, ELENOVKA, LUGANSK, the suburbs of the Volvo-Center and airport and also the Petrovsky, Kirovsky and Kiyevsky districts of Donetsk on the territories of which there were damaged and destroyed 41 houses. 

Eight residents of the Republic were differently wounded in Ukrainian shellings. 

The military criminals Gorbatyuk, Gruzyevich, Shandara, Vlasenko, Nikolyuk, Samarsky, Garaz and Delyatitsky gave orders to shell the Republic. 

Over the past week, the losses among the servicemen of the DPR People’s Militia when defending the Republic amounted to three dead and three wounded. 

Besides, on March 22, as a result of shellings on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine there was damaged the electrical substation feeding the Donetsk Filtering Station. As of today, damages were repaired, the Donetsk Filtering Station works as usual. 

All these facts prove criminal actions of Ukrainian command in relation to civilians of Donbass which take place with the approval of the military and political command of Ukraine. 

The AFU command keeps concentrating heavy arms near the contact line. Absence of heavy arms at storage sites is daily recorded in reports of the OSCE Mission. Altogether, over the past week there was registered absence of:

152mm and 122mm self-propelled artillery platforms – 23 units; 

152mm howitzers ‘MSTA-B’ – 3 units;

152mm howitzers ‘Giatsint-B’ – 25 units; 

152mm howitzers D-20 – 3 units; 

Tanks T-64 and T-72 – 10 units; 

AA missile systems ‘Strela-10’ – 2 units; 

AA missile systems ‘Osa’ – 3 units. 

The past week was characterized by escalating the situation on the contact line. It’s associated, first of all, with the attempt of the 36th brigade of naval infantry together with the special units of the 73rd center of special forces to break through, on March 20, the defense of the DPR People’s Militia in the vicinity of the locality of KOMINTERNOVO and to take the highest elevation.  However, as a result of skilled actions of our units, we managed to repel the attack and to inflict damage on the enemy and also to improve our positions in some areas. Only registered losses of Ukrainian military amounted: concerning the military personnel – to 12 dead and 14 wounded and regarding the military equipment – to two armored vehicles destroyed and one tank damaged. Besides, it should be noted that the official representative of the “ATO” press-service informed only about three dead and nine wounded.  

It should be noted that the majority of the bodies of Ukrainian fighters, after unsuccessful attack, were left near our positions by their commanders and comrade-in arms, running from the battlefield. This fact one more time highlights lack of organization of attackers, weakness of their spirits and absence of mutual assistance. 

We have evacuated several bodies of dead Ukrainian soldiers from the battlefield. The biochemical blood analysis of the dead servicemen' bodies from the Ukrainian Armed Forces, conducted by our doctors, showed the presence of narcotic and psychotropic substances. Thus, it becomes clear why the Ukrainian servicemen, who were stuffed to utter insanity, having completely lost the sense of reality, went for the breakthrough of our positions. (expert's conclusions is expected)

A characteristic feature of this kind of provocation by the AFU is the involvement of controlled Ukrainian media to conduct stage shootings to record, allegedly, shelling from the prohibited weapons by the DPR People's Militia.

The Ukrainian military command is trying to write off the failure of the offensive and huge losses among personnel and equipment, accusing the People's Militia of violating the Minsk Agreements. Immediately after the failure of the attack nearby Kominternovo locality, the Ukrainian artillery opened fire from the MLRS Grad at Vodyanoye village, which was filmed on camera of one of the leading Ukrainian TV channels. This false reportage was shown on all Ukrainian TV channels.

These provocations are necessary for the Ukrainian authorities to maintain tension in the so-called 'ATO' zone, as well as to evoke rejection and hatred of the Republic among the residents of front-line settlements, most of whom do not support the actions of Ukrainian forces in Donbass and sympathize with the DPR.

However, all the efforts of the Ukrainian military leadership are in vain. Every day I get around hundred calls from our citizens living in the adjacent territory. According to them, armed people break into their homes and all males from 18 to 64 years are forced to sign a contract for military service in various units - from regular units to national battalions. Residents are asking me to voice these facts, as local administrations hold aloof and turn a blind eye to the ongoing lawlessness.

This shows the critical state of the Ukrainian so-called army's manning, whose command goes for such extreme measures to make up for the shortage.

Thus, the Ukrainian military and the political leadership continues to misinform the public, accusing the DPR People's Militia of the human losses, instead of recognizing the real causes of injuries and death of its servicemen.

We have repeatedly said that we comply with our commitments. Nevertheless, we are always ready to punish terrorists who carry out various provocative forays against our Republic.

The People's Militia continues rendering all possible assistance to the population of the Republic. In particular, this week, humanitarian aid was provided to the Republican Rehabilitation Centre in the form of a wheelchair, walkers, mattresses from the humanitarian fund "The Road of Goodness" and the DPR People's Militia Office.

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


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