Good day! Today, I’m going to sum up the results of the LPR People’s Militia units’ activities over the past week and also provide you with the information about the situation on the contact line.
We still don’t weaken our vigilance and pay greater attention to the Republic’s security issues.
At present, the formations and units of the People's Militia are completing the transfer of military equipment for the summer period of operation and preparing it for combat use.
Also, at the high level, the leadership of the LPR People's Militia prepared and held the Victory Parade on Theater Square in Lugansk on May 9. 1,200 servicemen and 68 military hardware were involved in the parade as part of a mechanized column.
The military personnel involved in the parade showed excellent combat skills and coherence of actions, and military hardware - the strength and power of the young Republic.
I would like to assure international organizations, and first of all the OSCE SMM, that the military equipment involved in the Parade was returned to the places of the established storage.
Over the past week Ukraine’s military committed 47 violations of the ceasefire regime. Fire was conducted with all the types of weapons including those prohibited by the Minsk agreements - anti-aircraft installations, IFVs and mortar-shells. Altogether, 996 projectiles and mortar-shells were launched on the territory of the Republic.
Ukraine’s military shell the following areas of the localities of:
in the Debaltsevo direction: Kalinovka, Logvinovo, Lozovoye, Veselogorovka;
In the Popasnyanskaya direction: Kalinovo, Pervomaisk;
In the Slavyanoserbsky direction: Frunze, Sokolniki;
In the Stanichni-Lugansky direction: Krasny Yar.
Besides, the OSCE Mission registered absence of the following weapons of the AFU in their reports over the past week:
MRLS BM-21 ‘Grad’ – 12 units;
152mm self-propelled artillery weapon ‘Akatsiya’ – 11 units;
122mm caliber self-propelled howitzers ‘Gvozdika’ – 8 units;
122mm towed howitzers D-30 – 10 units;
120mm mortars – 23 units;
100mm anti-tank cannons MT-12 ‘Rapira’ – ten units;
tanks T-64 and T-72 – 33 units.
We are sure that these weapons are exactly those with which the AFU units regularly shell the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic.
Receiving information from our sources in the headquarters of the OTG 'Lugansk', as well as analyzing intelligence data obtained from other sources, we can say, with confidence, that the Kiev authorities continue preparing sabotage on the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic, including at municipal facilities and critical infrastructures for intimidating civilians and undermining the Republic's economy.
I can assure you that not a single crime committed by Ukrainian security forces against civilians will go unpunished. And all the provocations and sabotage planned and conducted by Ukrainian sabotage-reconnaissance group, will be equated with the "terrorist act".
At present, the evidence base for the initiation of a number of criminal cases against Colonel Romigailo P.D, Commander of 'Lugansk', the Commander of the 8th regiment of the SSO Colonel Nechaev A.V., Commander of the 14th brigade, Colonel Zhakun A.N., Commander of the 53th Brigade Colonel Vodolazsky V.V. is being collected.
It was these commanders who gave criminal orders to their subordinates to prepare and commit blowing-up of the OSCE SMM car in the vicinity of the locality of Prishib on April 23, 2017, the shelling of civilians in the locality of Frunze on May 7, 2017 and also opening of fire with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements at the localities of Kalinovka, Logvinovo, Kalinovo, Veselogorovka, Pervomaisk, Sokolniki, Zhelobok, Krasny Yar and other crimes.
The whole evidence base against the war criminals of the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies will be used, including in international courts.
The People’s Militia units fully comply with the Minsk agreements and don’t react to provocations on the part of Ukraine.
We, as before, are ready and fully open for a peaceful dialogue and cooperation. We stand for the fact so that peace keeps going on our land and no people’s blood is shed.
We steadfastly guard the borders of our Republic, paying special attention to it during the holidays, when everyone celebrates the 3rd anniversary of the formation of the Lugansk People's Republic.
On my own behalf and on behalf of the servicemen of the LPR People’s Militia I congratulate everyone on the Republic’s Day! Wish you happiness, goodness and the peaceful sky over your heads, dear residents of the LPR!!!
Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko, official translation by DONi News Agency