Last week, tactical exercises without troops were held in the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic, in the course of which questions were worked out, as well as bringing units to the highest degree of combat readiness, interaction of commanders of units with the military enlistment offices of the Republic in recruiting and full equipping of volunteers in the DPR army in the event of enemy aggression. Also, the Armed Forces of the DPR, together with other force structure, conduct activities countering terrorism and fighting enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups.
Over the past 24 hours, 37 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers and small arms. 29 mortar shells of 120-mm calibre and 66 of 82-mm calibre were launched on 12 localities and the surrounding areas.
In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired 15 mortar rounds of 82-mm calibre at five localities.
In the Gorlovka direction, the locality of Zaitsevo was attacked from small arms.
In total, over the past week the enemy committed 199 ceasefire regime violations and fired 344 artillery, tank shells and mortar rounds of 82-mm and 120-mm calibre at the territory of the Republic.
AFU shellings affected 25 settlements of the Republic.
The command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces continues to move heavy weapons in close proximity to the contact line.
152-mm Giatsint B – 5 units;
122-mm SP gun Gvozdika – 6 units;
122-mm howitzer D-30 – 9 units;
120-mm mortars – 29 units.
According to the information available to us, the 54th brigade of the AFU is returning to the so-called 'ATO' zone for the performance of combat missions.
Also, the absence of heavy weapons in the storage areas is recorded daily in the reports of the OSCE Mission:
122-mm SP gun Gvozdika – 4 units;
122-mm howitzer D-30 – 2 units;
In total, for the past week, the absence of 55 AFU heavy weapons units has been established.
To our great regret, the announced academic truce did not bring a proper result. Despite all the assurances of the Ukrainian military and political leadership about taking additional measures to control the observance of the ceasefire regime, up to the initiation of criminal cases against servicemen who use weapons, the ‘silence’ regime is violated on a daily basis.
Over the past week, the character AFU units' actions has changed, the activity of sabotage and sniper teams has increased in all directions.
The arrival in the area of MAYORSK of sniper teams of the 130 separate reconnaissance battalion, armed with sniper rifles of American production, is marked. The proof of provocative actions of Ukrainian snipers are numerous video materials posted independently in the network by Bandera shooters who openly boast of the murders of our servicemen, not caring at all about all agreements previously reached in Minsk.
I will focus more on American-made rifles. According to the information available to us, Ukraine purchased sniper rifles of 12.7 mm Barrett M82 in the USA, as well as a batch of hand grenade launchers from the American company AirTronic.
Officially, the United States declare military assistance in the supply of non-lethal weapons only. In fact, American lethal weapons are already in Ukraine.
Ukraine has long been buying weapons through private companies for the money allocated by the US, which in fact does not differ from direct supplies.
It should be noted that the activities of sabotage and reconnaissance groups were stepped up not only by the AFU, but also by the terrorist organization Right Sector.
At that, its militants do not coordinate their actions with the so-called ATO command, which leads to shelling of settlements and losses on both sides.
So, this week a group of militants from the Right Sector tried to penetrate imperceptibly into the 'grey zone', south of the settlement of Maryinka, however, when approaching it, servicemen of the 22nd separate infantry battalion of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade, mistaken the nationalists for saboteurs and opened fire on them from 82-mm mortars. One guerilla was destroyed, four were wounded. As a result of provocative forays, enemy losses amounted to five killed and 11 wounded.
The leadership of the Security Service of Ukraine continues carrying out measures to expand the agent network, encouraging peaceful citizens crossing the control points on the demarcation line to cooperate, and also trying to coerce the military of the DPR Armed Forces to participate in espionage activities.
So, in the area of the checkpoint in Mayorsk, we note the active work of the SBU and military personnel of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who, disguised in civilian clothes, collect intelligence from citizens coming from the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic.
In the settlement of Talakovka and adjacent areas there were recorded counterintelligence measures by the SBU. In the course of targeted inspections, two local residents, who have relatives and significant others living on the territory of the Republic, were arrested. Under the threat of filing fabricated criminal cases for aiding 'terrorists', SBU officers force detainees to cooperate.
In addition, Ukrainian special services are trying to lure servicemen of the DPR Armed Forces into the territory temporarily occupied by Kiev, not giving a damn about all moral principles. Lately, our servicemen have been receiving calls from unknown people, as well as from their distant relatives, who appear to be acting under the control of the SBU, who report the death of their relatives and friends. At that, the callers insist on their obligatory presence at the funeral.
I appeal to the citizens and servicemen of the Republic! Be vigilant in such situations. The enemy applies any, even the vilest methods to achieve his goals.
According to the information received from our sources in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the commanders of the military units and detachments of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were instructed to interact with the press center's officers for coordinated submission of information to the media, and the press center of the so-called 'ATO' zone headquarters was tasked with presenting facts of non-combat losses as a result of shellings by the DPR Armed Forces.
So, we received information about a gross violation of safety measures when dealing with ammunition, as a result of which the combat vehicle's commander from the 3rd mountain infantry platoon of the 6th of the mountain infantry company of the 2nd AFU mountain infantry battalion of the 128 separate mountain infantry brigade, the senior sergeant Ilyin Gennady Yuryevich, 03.06.1982, received numerous shrapnel wounds incompatible with life. And once again the losses cynically written off on the result of the shelling of the party by the DPR Armed Forces.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency