The situation on the contact line over the past day has not changed significantly and remains controlled.

Ukrainian fighters at the order of the terrorist and criminal Gorbatyuk violated the ceasefire twice. The LPR People's Militia's positions near Kalinovka and Logvinovo localities were under fire from mortars of 120 mm and 82 caliber, IFV, anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms.

The criminal Ukrainian government continues using the ceasefire for carrying out regrouping and positions' strengthening on the contact line, as well as for carrying out provocative attacks. Thus, in the vicinity of the fish farm in Valuiskoye locality the enemy placed weapons from the 14 separate mechanized brigade of the AFU, including two 122-mm self-propelled howitzers 2S1 "Gvozdika", prohibited by the Minsk agreements, and one tank.

At the same time, against the background of low manning of Ukrainian army with personnel, the Ukrainian command continues seeking the help of nationalist gang-formations and is making every effort to discourage the dismissal of military personnel serving in the area of 'ATO' zone. The soldiers and officers of the AFU do not express a desire to renew the contracts for military service. In this regard, the AFU divisions are marked by decline in military discipline, sense of duty, and an increase in the number of cases of unauthorized leaving of service places by servicemen at the end of the contract.

Thus, in the official statement of 'ATO' headquarter's representative there was a piece of information about three AFU servicemen, who hadn't returned after another sortie. We assume that they will soon join our ranks to fight the Ukrainian terrorism.

Besides, the Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko ordered to recruit regular officer positions of the AFU by means of recruitment of reserve officers who had received higher education and military rank, but do not have the experience of military service. These measures confirm full deplorable situation in the AFU ranks.

Alongside this, the AFU command continues violating the rights of military personnel: we know about the deliberate postponement of rotational events scheduled in the AFU for February-March 2017 for two months.

The manning level of the AFU units and formations with arms and equipment is characterized as low. Up to 70 percent of military equipment is in poor condition, of which, according to the annual report, half cannot be repaired. The 'ATO' headquarter's Commission, headed by one of the deputy commander, is investigating this case. In particular, in the repair and restoration battalion of the AFU 24 brigade, stationed near Kamyshevakha locality, the Commission found the facts of theft of petroleum products and illegal sales of repair kits and assemblies of motor vehicles.

This week, the People's Militia scheduled classes on special, tactical, intelligence and fire training, including practical shooting at military sites. In addition, the Command of the People's Militia pays special attention to the level of physical training of personnel, monitoring standards are passed by all categories of servicemen.

We invite all media accredited by the People's Militia to cover the classes during combat training. We are maximally open and ready to show what we have achieved in the mastery of military prowess.

Once again I want to say that the LPR People's Militia strictly observes the Minsk Agreements, but in the event of their failure by the Ukrainian side we are ready to act decisively.

Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Major Andrey Marochko, official translation by DONi News Agency




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