Good afternoon!

Last week, in the large and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic, comprehensive training sessions and exercises with command strength were conducted, aiming at improving the skills of units management in conducting defensive operations in the conditions of direct contact with the enemy.

Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 55 ceasefire violations. 

The enemy launched 95 projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 267 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber, 11 tank-shells onto the territory of the Republic. 

In total, over the past week the enemy committed 447 occasions of the ceasefire regime violation and fired 3,850 rocket projectiles, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic.

AFU shellings affected 40 settlements of the Republic, in 13 of them sixty-two houses were damaged and destroyed.

Mostly the bombardments affected the Petrovsky, the Kuybyshevsky and Kievsky districts of Donetsk, as well as settlements of Krutaya Bulka, Sakhanka, Aleksandrovka and Kominternovo.

Unfortunately, over the past week there were yet another casualties among the civilian population of the Republic and the military personnel of the DPR.

As a result of shelling from the AFU positions of Trudovskiye locality, the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, two civilians perished and two were injured, and in Sakhanka village, as a result of the sniper fire of foreign mercenaries from the position of the AFU, a woman was killed. On the northeastern outskirt of Gorlovka, as a result of a car tripping a mine, two civilians were wounded. In the Kievsky district of Donetsk one civilian was wounded as well.

One soldier died in the Republican Armed Forces. 

This week, there is an increase in the number of civilian casualties, as well as the destruction of civilian infrastructure, as a result of punitive shelling of Ukrainian security forces. The enemy deliberately chooses residential areas and vital civilian infrastructure facilities for destruction. In particular, as a result of systematic shelling from the positions of the 12th battalion of the 72th brigade, the technical structures of the pumping stations of the first uplift and power supply substation in the area of Vasiliyevka settlement have received damage. At present, the repair teams of the DPR have restored the damage, and the station is operating normally.

We note cynicism of Ukrainian servicemen, who are firing at objects, as a result of which people who live in the territory under Kiev's control suffer as well.

According to our reconnaissance, shellings of populated areas and life support facilities are conducted, mainly, by nationalist battalions and divisions of the UVC "Right Sector", which are part of the AFU. The bombardments are aimed at provoking our units to respond and put the army of the Ukrainian units that are unwilling to fight under DPR army's fire.

Thus, it seems that part of AFU soldiers are held hostage by the Nazis, which contributes to an increase in the cases of Ukrainian servicemen's unauthorized abandonment of advanced positions.

In a number of cases, the withdrawal of the AFU units takes place by mutual agreement with our commanders. In particular, in the responsibility area of the 36 separate marine brigade, the 92 and 72 brigades, we managed to persuade a number of Ukrainian commanders to abandon their positions, holding of which was not justified by the victims and whims of the big bosses in the AFU.

In some cases, the AFU units commanders transfer their positions to us for cash consideration. At that, the amounts do not exceed 10-20 salaries of the platoon commander of the AFU platoon, which is acceptable for us.

Vice-Commander of the DPR People's Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency


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