Good afternoon! Last week, from January 21 till January 28, drills on coordination of platoons of various types of troops’ branches were continued in forces and military units of the Donetsk People's Republic’s People’s Militia, according to the combat training plan. All the drills were defense-oriented.
In total over the past week the enemy fired at the Republic’s territory 5,956 times. That is 1,500 shellings more, than for the previous week. 1,976 times the fire was launched with application of artillery, tanks and mortars. 26 localities of the Republic underwent shellings by punishers: Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Mikhailovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, Yasinovataya, Zhabichevo, Spartak, Vasilievka, Aleksandrovka, Signalnyoe, Staromikhailovka, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, Dolomitnoye, Krutaya Balka, Veseloye, Dokuchayevsk, Bezymennoye, Shirokaya Balka, Mikhailovka, Oktyabr, Yelenovka, Nikolayevka, Starolaspa, area of the Airport and Trudovskie locality of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The fire was launched from the positions of the Ukrainian criminals Gorbatyuk, Gruzevich, Vlasenko, Shaptala, Nikolyuk, Sokolov, Garaz and Delyatitsky.
The artillery of 152mm calibre was applied actively from the positions of the 55th artillery under the criminal Brusov. And from the positions of the 3rd battalion of the 79th separate airborne brigade under command of another Ukrainian criminal – Colonel Shandar, multiple rocket launching systems ‘Grad’ were used against the DPR People’s Militia units’ positions near the Volvo Centre in Donetsk.
The greatest concentration of the enemy artillery fire was directed against the vicinities of Dokuchayevsk, and the localities of Sakhanka and Kominternovo in the south of the Republic.
26 houses sustained damage caused by the AFU shellings in such localities as Zaitsevo, Yelenovka, Nikolayevka, Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Gorlovka, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
Ukrainian artillery fire disrupted the system of power supply to the localities of Kominternovo, Sakhanka, Sergeyevka, Leninskoye, Zaichenko, Signalnoye, Luganskoye and Yelenovka where civilians were left without electricity for over 24 hours.
A woman got wounded as a result of the cynical shelling of the Dokuchayevsk-Donetsk commuter bus near Yelenovka.
Besides, shellings of the Donetsk filtration station still continue at the order of the ‘ATO’ command. So, on January 26, a shift of the station’s workers were shelled with mortars of 82 mm calibre, five shells were launched. Purification and treatment facilities also came under fire with 122mm artillery systems near Dokuchayevsk locality. All these shellings bear evidence of the enemy’s passing to fiercer retaliatory actions against Donbass civilians.
According to our reconnaissance, the Ukrainian criminal command is augmenting a shock group in the Mariupol direction what proves the increase in the number of shellings of the DPR People’s Militia positions and the Republic’s territory, despite even the work of the OSCE Principal Deputy Chief Minitor A. Hug in the DPR.
Altogether, over the past week our reconnaissance revealed more objects to be destroyed in case if the enemy starts an offensive. In particular:
- In the Gorlovka direction – a division of MLRS ‘Grad’, up to a company of armoured personnel carriers and an IFV platoon;
- In the Donetsk direction – a battery of 120-mm mortars, and a battalion of personnel;
- In the Mariupol direction – a platoon of tanks, two battalions of personnel.
I would like to note that the enemy continues establishing and augmenting new positions in a close proximity to the Donetsk filtration station, what is the worst violation of all the earlier reached agreements, as well as the Geneva convention. The fact of presence of constructions in the ‘grey zone’ was confirmed during the press conference of the SMM OSCE Principal Deputy Chief Monitor to Ukraine, and was also documented in the Monitoring Mission’s report.
Moreover, mass media representatives were placed at a safe distance while A. Hug was visiting the DFS for the sake of security, as Ukrainian military personnel could open fire. Thus, they couldn't cover the work of the OSCE Mission’s Deputy Chief Monitor which was taking place under fire from the AFU positions.
Besides, during the OSCE high-ranking official’s visit to the DPR, Ukrainian punishers didn't hesitate to demonstrate aggression towards civilians of Donbass. This fact is also confirmed by the shelling of a regular bus near Yelenovka locality. One female passenger got wounded by targeted fire launched from a large-calibre weapon. At that the Ukrainian command didn't take the responsibility for this crime, having shifted the whole blame to the Ukrainian nationalists who, in their opinion, act at the whim of their fallen conscience.
We have repeatedly stated the progressing moral degradation of personnel in the ranks of AFU. Only this week as a result of alcoholism and absence of control on the part of commanders, noncombat losses in the units of the 36th marine brigade and the 72nd AFU brigade made five killed and six wounded. In addition, two 'marines' from the 137th battalion of the 36th brigade left their units with arms.
All this demonstrates that in the AFU units deployed in the so-called 'ATO' zone there is almost no commander's will to power, especially in the link company-battalion. Officers don't wish to take care of personnel's problems. The moods of Ukrainian military personnel tortured by senseless war can be characterized as decadent. In this regard the Ukrainian leaders stake on nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries who, according to our reconnaissance, appear at the advanced positions more and more for carrying out provocations against the Republic.
We, in our turn, are ready to any option of the situation's development, we have a have a complete grasp of the enemy's plans and are capable of thwarting their plans at the first serious attempt to take an offensive.
Fighting spirit of our units is at the high level! We are ready not only to repulse the enemy's offensive, but also, in case if we receive such an order, to liberate the occupied territory from the Ukrainian Nazis, including, with assistance of the AFU military units tired of excesses committed by the puppet authorities of Ukraine.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency