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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 04/28/2017

28.04.17 04:31
Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 04/28/2017

Good afternoon!

In the period from April 22 to April 28, in the large units and military units of the DPR People's Militia, the main efforts were concentrated The main efforts were focused on carrying out control exercises for the winter period of fire trainings and driving, as well as conducting complex tactical combat training of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units aimed at improving the combat skills in conditions of direct contact with the enemy.


Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 53 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The territory of the Republic was attacked with tanks, mortars of various calibres, weapons of the IFV, grenade launchers and small arms.

In total, over the past week the enemy committed 280 occasions of the ceasefire regime violation and fired 1,097 projectiles, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic from weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine exposed 23 Republic's localities to fire: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Shyrokaya Balka, Dolomitnoye, Zheleznaya Balka, Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Valilievka, Veseloye, Spartak, Makeyevka, Zhabichevo, Yasnoye, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Oktyabr, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye, Zaichenko, Dzerzhynskoye, Kulikovo, the area of the Airport, the Petrovsky and the Kirovsky districts of Donetsk, on which territories 17 houses were damaged.

Casualties among the DPR Armed Forces personnel amounted to three perished and six injured.


An outrageous case of shelling of peaceful areas occurred today at 6 am. Ukrainian tanks from Avdeyevka locality conducted a random fire at residential houses in the localities of Makeyevka and Yasinovataya. As a result of this deceitful act, a two-story apartment house in Makeyevka was damaged, in which at that time there were 26 residents, 4 of whom were children. By a lucky chance, no one was hurt.

In total, over the past week, as a result of shelling by Ukraine and explosions of explosive devices installed by Ukrainian sabotage groups, nine civilians were wounded.


Also, Ukrainian security forces continued to shell life-support facilities.

So, yesterday, in the vicinity of Krytaya Balka locality, the Ukrainian forces fired on a car of the pumping station service staff in the village of Vasilyevka. The staff was forced to abandon the car attacked by fire and rush to get to a safe place.


Over the past period, the work of the OSCE mission in the territory under Ukraine's control has been completely blocked, which contradicts all the statements of the Ukrainian leadership on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Representatives of the OSCE were not allowed on any site of Ukrainian law enforcers. As a result, mission reports are biased and dry. They do not mention the Ukrainian armament, but only the equipment located on the training grounds for carrying out combat training.

The statement by the Deputy Minister of Defense Igor Pavlovsky made by the Ukrainian media on April 27, 2017, confirms the build-up of Ukrainian arms: "Minsk agreements are used by Ukraine to prepare for large-scale offensive operations."


Separately, I would like to dwell on the professionalism and mood in the ranks of the enemy.

Widely announcing the allocation of funds for equipping and training their troops in the so-called 'ATO' zone, the Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces forgets about the units sent to the landfills of Ukraine during rotation which remain there abandoned. Contrary to the statements of the Ukrainian Command that the rotation of the AFU units is aimed at conducting training sessions and restoring combat capability, servicemen at the training grounds are engaged only in drunkenness and the commission of crimes.

So, according to our reconnaissance, driving classes in the 54 brigade are not held due to a complete lack of fuel. And in the units where they are held, classes are conducted with a gross violation of security requirements, which entails replenishment of the non-combat losses lists of the AFU. One such incident occurred on April 26, when two brigade servicemen were killed in the course of the training.

Besides, as for six soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who spent their time in the locality of Chuguyev, there were opened criminal cases – one is suspected of rape, three – of a robbery, two remaining ones are suspected of hooliganism. What is noteworthy is that all crimes were committed by servicemen in a state of intoxication. And this is for two weeks after the completion of the Ukrainian General Staff's commission’s work on checking the living conditions at this training ground.


Not everything is calm at the forefront of the AFU, too. We continue to receive information about the low food security of servicemen in the 72 separate mechanized brigade. I repeat – FOOD! The command of the brigade for already ten days has been trying to at least somehow  justify themselves before their subordinates, referring to some contracts not concluded by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine with the "Ukrainian Railways", the transport of which must have delivered food, and reduced the number of meals to one! And in order to avoid cases of unauthorized abandonment of parts and riots on the part of the starving personnel, they strengthened security measures by installing additional patrols from the National Guard and the SBU, which, unlike the AFU, are fed and provided with the prescribed standards.

But even qualitative supply does not mean that servicemen will perform their duties in a high-quality and full-scale manner.

So, according to reports that we receive from civilians of the city of Mariupol, servicemen of the Azov regiment, which is one of the so-called elite units of the National Guard of Ukraine and supplied as a matter of priority, "went completely rampagin." If earlier inadequate behavior of fighters of this military unit was limited to harassment of the civilian population of Mariupol and nearby areas, recently there have been cases of open terror. National Guardsmen, using the official position to protect law and order and the having weapons, unlawfully detain passers-by and vehicles, after which the detainees are deprived of valuables and transport they have. Explaining this by saying that confiscated things are used "to conduct investigative actions," and detainees are, at best, simply released, without causing physical injuries.

All these cases are never brought to the court of the public, as all the Ukrainian media are full of news about the supply of new weapons to the troops. Part of this is true - our reconnaissance confirms the arrival to the front line of night vision devices, unmanned aerial vehicles, AN/TPQ artillery reconnaissance equipment deployed by NATO countries. The presence of this hardware does not mean that soldiers of the AFU are able to use it, let alone carry out combat missions. According to our data, trained foreign military instructors have taken their places, continuing to arrive in the so-called 'ATO' zone.  No, we do not want to show our enemy stupid - representatives of Ukraine's Western partners are doing it, who do not let Ukrainian soldiers to use expensive equipment, planning to return it soon, and arguing that arms were supplied to Ukraine for temporary use. If something happens with the equipment due to the fault of the Ukrainian side, then fines exceeding their cost at times are imposed.

Moreover, it's not the state but rightless soldiers have to pay for it who understand the impossibility of paying thousands and multimillion sums and flee from their units and hide.


The AFU continue suffering a shortage of both officer personnel and contract servicemen in general who want to serve in the country armed forces, even in elite divisions of airborne forces.

Thus, we got to know that more than a thousand servicemen, from them more than 170 are officers, gave an official report on dismissal only in airborne forces. Most of them run from "punitive" units of the 45th, 79th and 81st separate brigades.

Thus, we observe Ukrainians’ unwillingness not only to wage the war against their people, but also, in general, to serve in a killer army. One can only guess the scale of a catastrophic condition of AFU completeness because the provided figures are official, but the document where they are written has a signature stamp "confidential" and won't be published for the public.


In the AFU, there is shortage not only of personnel, but of arms, military hardware and small arms, part of which commanders have sold out for own enrichment, and other part was ruined by contract employees and ordinary military personnel, not knowing service regulations and not observing safety requirements.

The deplorable situation is in the same elite units of airborne forces in which expensive special arms and military equipment are generally used. The total of missing arms amounts to over a hundred units and more than 8,000 units of small arms. The 45th separate brigade became the leader in breakage and sale of military property, where shortage of arms is over thirty units, and small arms – more than 7,000.


But let's return to life of the ordinary citizens, who continue suffering from this war. When Ukraine’s military-political leadership continues filling their pockets with "kickbacks" from purchases of non-combat-ready arms for the AFU, hiding misconduct in units for a certain bribe, selling fuel and lubricants for fighting vehicles and ammunition, writing off shortages for warehouses fire and imaginary shellings on the part of the Republic  

Ordinary people want peace! They got tired to be constantly in a condition of fear for their life for continuing shellings of peace quarters on the part of the AFU! Besides, shellings are conducted not only onto the territory of the Republic, but also on the territory controlled by Kiev during production and provocative actions of Ukraine’s military. 

But it, due to some reasons, is noticed only by us. The representatives of the OSCE Mission purposefully don't pay attention to these facts, also as well as to numerous warnings of possible diversions on the part of the military occupational specialties against them, including with involvement of military instructors of the NATO countries.

We have repeatedly reported about presence of experts of diversionary subversive activities and snipers from the countries of the West in the so-called “ATO” zone.


I would like to address the Ukrainian command – if you choose terror tactics in relation to us, then it is a mad step on your part – in our ranks, the majority having got wide experience of the guerrilla war in 2014-2015. And if you don't stop your terror, then we will struggle against you, like against terrorists! To reveal, deliver to our territory and bring to justice! 

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


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