The Ukrainian side continues violating its obligations at the cost of the lives and health of the citizens of our Republic.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 11 artillery projectiles of 122-mm calibre, 180 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres, and nine tank rounds at 14 localities' adjacent areas. Various types of grenade launchers and small arms were also applied for shelling.
In the Mariupol direction, the AFU units fired three artillery projectiles of 122-mm calibre and five mortar shells of 120-mm calibre at the area of Leninskoye and Kominternovo localities.
In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired 24 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at three localities' areas, and also resorted to various types of grenade launchers and small arms.
In total, over the past 24 hours, there were registered 44 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Force.
Four houses were damaged as a result of the bombardments of Dokuchayevsk locality from the AFU positions.
One soldier of the DPR Armed Forces was killed in the defense lines of the Republic.
The enemy continues engaging fire at our positions, adjusting the mortar fire using unmanned aerial vehicles. We shot down one of them yesterday in the vicinity of Golmovsky locality during the enemy's mortar shelling of a residential quarter of the settlement. As we can see, this drone belongs to the Aidar nationalist battalion, the militants of which suffered massive losses in the Gladosovo Pocket. Now they are remotely supporting other units, which the command does not feel sorry to leave on tactically disadvantageous positions. It should be remembered that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the opposing sides is categorically prohibited by Minsk agreements. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian forces use drones not only for reconnaissance purposes, but also for adjusting the fire.
Our intelligence continues recording an increase in non-combat losses in the AFU units deployed in the "ATO" zone. For instance, according to reports to the supreme headquarters since the beginning of December 2017, in the 25th separate airborne brigade of the AFU, stationed in the vicinity of Avdeyevka locality, there have occurred four cases of death of personnel. Eight cases of injuries, deaths through negligence and suicides have been registered this month in the 30th separate mechanized brigade, located in the vicinity of Maryinka locality. Three deaths not related to military operations were recorded in the 128th brigade of the AFU in the first six days of December. The greatest number of suicides is noted in the 54th, 59th and 28th brigades of the AFU. At the same time, most of them were caused by the fault of the commanders, who left their subordinates to their fate. Based on sociological research, the bodies for work with personnel report to the "ATO" headquarters the following reasons for the increase in the number of non-combat losses:
firstly, it is the lack of motivation among the majority of Ukrainian servicemen for whom the service in the "ATO" zone becomes a burden;
secondly, protracted conflict, long missions and rare contacts with the family;
thirdly, the lack of real successes on the front, which could encourage military personnel.
Thus, following the reports of the AFU representatives for the work with personnel to the "ATO" headquarters, it can be stressed that there are no real victories in the AFU units, despite the fact that the Ukrainian media are trying to create a myth about the successes of the Ukrainian army on the contact line. The Gladosovo pocket, which is already on everyone's lips, proves this.
Moreover, according to our intelligence, in view of the increase in non-combat losses in the AFU, Zabrodsky, the commander of the "ATO" forces, set the task to conceal them. One way to deceive will be association to combat losses. However, this decision is not that good, due to the fact that the Ukrainian side has always understated combat losses, misleading the public. It seems that the AFU command has driven itself into a dead end, unwilling to fight the causes, and begins to hide the consequences.
Our intelligence records the Ukrainian forces' preparation for provocations on the contact line. In particular, in the 128th separate mountain-infantry brigade, which is located in the Gorlovka direction, there was detected replenishment of ammunition stocks for the MLRS Grad. In addition, our intelligence detected the eight units of MLRS BM-21 Grad in the industrial zone of Dzerzhinsk locality, six units in the private sector of Novgorodskoye locality and four units near Zelenopolie locality. In this connection, we draw the attention of the OSCE SMM to the fact that a rocket artillery division of the 128th brigade can be engaged against the DPR territory and urge international observers to increase their vigilance to prevent the Ukrainian side from flagrantly violating the Minsk accords.
In conclusion, it should be noted that the International Mission decided to reduce the financing of humanitarian programs in Ukraine due to the appropriation of the UN humanitarian aid by the Ukrainian forces for the promotion of the AFU in Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye). In fact, the dirty work of the Ukrainian servicemen of the 54th brigade have significantly undermined the image of all the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Since the beginning of the occupation of two localities outside Gorlovka by the AFU, the Ukrainian army has began to lose its face, losing the prestige of military service and the image of the military command. The failure in Gladosovo and Metallist (Travnevoye) turned out to be a big problem for all the armed forces of Ukraine. In reality, the AFU are not able to provide for residents of the occupied villages. At the same time, they categorically forbid the captured people to receive humanitarian assistance, allocated by the DPR leadership, which causes an even more negative attitude towards the Ukrainian army. Moreover, the increase in corruption in the Defense Ministry of Ukraine as a whole made Minister Poltorak appeal to the population and volunteers to help the Ukrainian army. According to our intelligence, the AFU management of civil-military interaction is monthly stealing about one million hryvnias of budget funds allocated for humanitarian programs. In view of such theft, they naturally have to address the population seeking to reimburse the looted funds.
Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency