Donetsk Defense: Situation Report March13 2017
The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic remains tense.
The enemy continues shelling districts of the Republic's localities: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, Styla, Luganskoye, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, Yelenovka, Ozeryanovka, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye, Oktyabr, Kominternovo, Staromikhailovka, the area of the Airport, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
Over the past day there were registered 81 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The total of ammunition launched onto the Republic's territory by the AFU with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements made: heavy artillery was applied 83 times, including 49 projectiles of 152mm calibre, tanks – 33 times, mortars of various calibre – 627 times, including 549 shells of 120mm calibre, infantry fighting vehicles and armoured personnel carriers were applied 106 times, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms – 1008 times.
Today, repair works began on the power lines in the area of Krutaya Balka locality which had been damaged as a result of a mortar shelling by the AFU. Representatives of the OSCE Mission and JCCC are present at the site. Besides, there were launched engineering works on demining the area adjacent to the damaged power lines.
According to our reconnaissance, the enemy continues regrouping heavy artillery near the line contact of troops:
- Near Pobeda (6 km to the contact line) there were detected three units of self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika from the 92nd separate mechanized AFU brigade;
- Near Novomikhailovka (6 km to the contact line) there was detected the self-propelled artillery mount which was used previously for shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk;
- Near Primorskoye (7 km to the contact line) there were detected two units of MLRS BM-21 Grad from the 36th separate marine brigade;
- Near Chornenko (8 km to the contact line) there was detected an up-to-a-platoon-strong unit of self-propelled artillery mounts.
Also, in Nikolayevka (8 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of eight tanks from the 54th separate mechanized AFU brigade.
There is being detected a growing confrontation between the AFU and the radicals, who have introduced an economic blockade. The developed situation was caused by the undisclosed instruction of the Ukrainian leadership to lift the blockade due to the multibillion losses of Ukraine, as well as the additional sources of the Ukrainian authorities’ income which appeared to be blocked.
This confrontation has already passed into open fighting skirmishes which result in losses on both sides. According to our data, medical institutions in the front-line zone being overcrowded, the wounded are now sent to hospitals in Dnepropetrovsk, Kiev, and Odessa.
In addition, land-mines having been planted by radicals on the approaches to their check-points, several military vehicles carrying the AFU personnel have tripped a wire in recent days. The latest case occurred yesterday in the Mariupol direction, where an Ural vehicle exploded on such a mine near the blockade-followers’ checkpoint. As a result, two soldiers got killed, nine were wounded. This and other cases are still being concealed from the public by the military leadership of Ukraine.
According to information from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, in the period from March 1 to March 12, the AFU losses made eight killed and 87 wounded personnel.
According to data obtained from Ukrainian media and AFU soldiers’ pages in social networks, during the same period the losses amounted to at least 27 killed and 96 wounded personnel.
Thus, the Ukrainian military and political leadership continues misinforming the public, accusing the DPR Armed Forces of causing human losses, instead of recognizing their real causes. The political redistribution of power and internal contradictions between the AFU and nationalist units led to a new round of the secret civil war in Ukraine.
In turn, our units continue participating in combat training activities in order to improve their combat skills; and they strictly observe the Minsk Agreements aiming at creation of proper conditions for the existing contradictions to be settled peacefully.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, translated by DNI news agency.