Last week, instruction-methodical and control exercises on combat training with battalion commanders and fire-control classes with artillery officers were held in formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic. Officers showed excellent and good results during the control exercises.
The DPR Armed Forces continue provide comprehensive assistance to social facilities and the Republic’s population. Together with charitable foundations, more than 10 tons of foodstuffs, hygiene products and office supplies were handed over to families of perished servicemen this week.
Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 44 violations of the ceasefire.
The enemy targeted the Republic’s territory with 98 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, 184 mortar shells of 82mm and 120mm calibre, and 63 tank rounds.
In addition, in violation of the Minsk agreements, yesterday, at about 4:30 pm, up to two enemy detachments made another unsuccessful attempt to seize our positions in the vicinity of Vasilyevka locality, after the artillery preparation and supported by armoured vehicles. Forced fire by the DPR Armed Forces’ units repelled the attack, destroying infantry fighting vehicles and armoured personnel carriers of the Ukrainian forces. The enemy suffered losses among personnel – five AFU soldiers were killed and 11 wounded. As for our party, one soldier perished and five were wounded when defending the Republic.
This fact demonstrates a flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements by the Ukrainian party.
In total, over the past week, the enemy committed 185 ceasefire violations and targeted the Republic’s territory of 847 rockets, artillery projectiles, tank rounds, and mortar shells.
28 localities of the Republic were affected by the AFU fire, 32 residential buildings were damaged and destroyed in seven of them. In addition, gas, water and power supplies were disrupted in the localities of Dokuchayevsk, Vasilyevka, and Yasnoye.
The Petrovsky, Kuibyshevsky and Kievsky districts of Donetsk, and the localities of Krutaya Balka, Alexandrovka, Kominternovo, Vasilyevka and Gorlovka suffered from the attacks most.
Unfortunately, over the past week, there were registered casualties among civilians. As a result of the AFU shelling, a resident of Staromikhailovka locality Shakilov Igor Vladimirovich, born in 1960, perished, and a resident of Dokuchayevsk locality Irina Zabrodina, born in 1963, was wounded. Along with that, one DPR Armed Forces’ serviceman was killed, six were wounded this week.
Our reconnaissance keeps detecting the AFU weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements near the contact line.
Also, over the past week, according to official reports, the OSCE SMM has detected the absence of heavy weapons in the AFU storage areas:
12 howitzers D-20 of 152 mm calibre,
one towed howitzer (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm),
12 self-propelled howitzers (Akatsiya, 152mm),
three anti-tank guns Rapira.
The application of drones by the Ukrainian party for artillery fire adjustment while shelling the Republic’s localities was detected. One of these unmanned areal vehicles, was shot down by the air defense forces of the Republic’s Armed Forces after having crossed the contact line. Due to this, we obtained unique shootings from the Ukrainian drones, starting with the take-off and the flight itself over the AFU heavy armaments’ positions in the immediate vicinity of the demarcation line. These images will be presented today.
We also ask you to pay attention of the OSCE SMM representatives to this information for them to record the fact of the Minsk agreements’ gross violation by the Ukrainian party.
Our reconnaissance keeps recording the facts of internecine war between the AFU units and nationalist battalions, reasoned by the redistribution of influence spheres in business.
After rotational activities when the 30th, 46th, and 36th brigades of the AFU left the first line defense areas, there is a growing tendency among the nationalist groups of the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps The Right Sector, Azov, Aidar to take control over some businesses in the localities of Volnovakha, Dmitrovka, Opytnoye, Zhelannoye, Mariupol, Talakovka, Volodarskoye and others, previously supported by the AFU commanders. Such actions of the nationalist battalions are negatively perceived by unit commanders of the 28th, 57th, 59th brigades, which replaced their colleagues who had left the ‘ATO’ zone. At the same time, new commanders, try to regain lost influence in the so-called business by force.
The most aggressive of such criminal clashes occur near Avdeyevka between the units of 72th separate mechanized brigade and the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps The Right Sector. The last clash between the servicemen of the 1st battalion of the 72nd brigade and the Right Sector fighters occurred on the road in the vicinity of Netailovo locality, when nationalists tried to take away the looted property of inhabitants of Avdeyevka and Maryinka. As a result of the shootout, which began after the Right Sector fighters refused to voluntarily give away the stolen property, three persons were killed on both sides, and one was seriously wounded. It was established that the stolen property of civilians had been taken by the 72th brigade’ soldiers, who safely appropriated it.
Marauding and looting by the Ukrainian forces knows no boundaries. After the 30th brigade departed from the localities of Nikolayevka and Starognatovka, entire streets were left empty.
The opportunity to make money the defenseless and weak, turned the war in Donbass into a profitable business for the Ukrainian forces. Thus, even Ukraine’s Security Services and Head Intelligence Department employees, who have trimmed the sails of their colleagues’ greed, die due to the showdowns for the redistribution of influence spheres in business.
These facts significantly undermine public confidence in the power structures of Ukraine, which for three years of the civil war have failed to prove themselves to the Donbass people on the positive side.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency