(MILITARY SITUATION REPORT/VIDEO FROM THE DPR PEOPLE’S ARMY HIGH COMMAND COL. BASURIN )
The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense.
The shelling from the Nazi Ukraine Units (AFU) positions does not stop. The enemy continues to conduct fire impact on the following localities of the Republic: Golmovsky, Zaytsevo, Mikhaylovka, Ozeryanovka, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Yasinovataya, Krutaya Balka, Vasilyevka, Alexandrovka, Yasnoye, Dokuchaevsk, Sosnovskoye, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, the area of the airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city.
Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the territory of the Republic 509 times, with heavy artillery used 36 times, tanks 4 times, mortars of different calibers 176 times, infantry fighting vehicles 21 times, anti-aircraft systems, grenade launchers and small arms 272 times.
As a result of the ongoing shelling by the AFU, the DPR army again suffered losses of one soldier killed.
Our intelligence continues to reveal new prohibited weapons of the enemy near the contact line.
- In Roty (15 km away from the contact line), there were detected six 122mm motorized artillery systems «Gvozdika»;
- In Trudovskoye (Nikolaevka) (13 km away from the contact line), there were detected three 122mm motorized artillery systems «Gvozdika» and nine trucks with ammunition;
- In Kalchik (19 km away from the contact line), there were detected six MLRS «Grad».
These facts were passed to the OSCE mission representatives; they confirm gross violations by the AFU, which indicate the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side to observe the Minsk Agreements.
The moral and psychological state of the AFU units in the area of the so-called ATO is coming to the critical level, which is complemented by a catastrophic shortage of trained military personnel, including non-commissioned officers. Due to this fact, the AFU command has organized, on the basis of higher educational institutions of Ukraine, short-term courses of officers, where non-commissioned and warrant officers, who do not have higher education, are trained.
In addition, after a shortened training of citizens of Ukraine, from January to February, in the 24th battalion «Aydar», situated in the locality of Avdeevka, arrived another replenishment. The main task of the nationalist battalion is now defined as strengthening blockade of communication of various kinds between Ukraine and the Republic, during which the use of weapons is not excluded. In particular, it became known that this weekend, near the locality of Selidovo, the AFU soldiers tried to stop several cars with radicals of the «Right Sector», followed by fire opened from small arms to kill. The shooting resulted in the death of two AFU soldiers and injuries to three civilians who came to support the AFU commanders preventing the lawlessness of the «Right Sector» radicals.
In addition, our intelligence received the reliable data that Poltorak had given informal orders to the commanders of the radical armed groups “OUN” and “Right sector” to arm units and advance into the “ATO” area in order to shell objects of the life support systems of the Republic (boilers, transformer stations, power lines and gas pipelines) for creating a humanitarian catastrophe. Such measures, according to the military and political authorities, should force the DPR authorities and Armed Forces to intensify fighting, which will cause accusations of violating the Minsk Agreements and provide arguments for complaints to the leaders of Western states.
These facts confirm Poroshenko’s chronic unwillingness to solve the conflict in Donbass by peaceful means, and the intention of the “party of war” to aggravate the situation in Donbass, for their enrichment from unleash bloodshed and fratricide.
No matter what, we strictly adhere to the Minsk Agreements and the ceasefire. We stand for a peaceful process of the conflict resolution.
However, the units of the People’s Army , continue to hold routine exercises for combat training which will be based on defensive issues. The plan includes classes on technical, tactical and special training as well as training with tank and artillery platoons.
Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin
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