(MILITARY SITUATION REPORT FROM THE HIGH COMMAND DPR PEOPLE’S ARMY COL. BASURIN)
Good Morning ~
Last week, from 18 to 24 February, in the detachments and units of the People’s Army of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in accordance with the plan, there were vigorously conducted classes with crews of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles to pass test exercises on driving, shooting with weapons of combat vehicles and small arms. There were conducted control sessions with experts in artillery, intelligence, engineering, as well as with experts in communications and air defense. In addition, there was conducted training with the personnel of special units to counter the enemy subversive groups.
We have repeatedly stated about the plans of the Nazi Ukrainian command and radical nationalists to create a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe on the territory of the DPR.
As a result of deliberate and systematic artillery and mortar attacks on the Donetsk filter plant (DFP), the enemy has achieved its goals. Today, at 5:45 am, the Nazi Ukraine Units (AFU) units shelled again the DFP with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements from the territory controlled by them, which resulted in the plant severely damaged.
There were recorded eight hits, presumably, of 122mm artillery shells, on the objects of the plant:
- one hit in the roof of the chlorine building;
- two hits in the building of clean water reservoir;
- one hit in the building of chemicals storage, filters and components for water treatment;
- two hits close to the DFP;
- and the most insidious – two hits in a bomb shelter where the staff of the plant had been placed.
Fortunately, there were no casualties among the plant workers.
Due to the significant damage to the chlorine storage building and the building of reagents storage, the DFP management took a decision on an emergency evacuation of employees and the temporary conservation of the plant.
The consequences of stopping the DFP will affect not only localities of the Republic, but also localities situated on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. It is in this way that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to restore their territorial integrity, using the most sophisticated methods of genocide and terror of the Donbass population.
Hasty statements by the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities accusing us are an unconvincing attempt to shift the blame to the DPR. I urge international organizations to conduct a thorough investigation and to provide the entire world with evidence against the Ukrainian military. This is not the first crime that the Ukrainian authorities have committed against civilians, including on the territory controlled by the AFU.
Over the past day, the Nazi Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the territory of the Republic 1,550 times, including with heavy artillery 65 times, tanks 33 times, mortars of different caliber 572 times, infantry fighting vehicles 97 times, and anti-aircraft systems, grenade launchers and small arms 783 times.
In total, over the past week, the enemy shelled the territory of the Republic 9,360 times, including 3,354 times of using artillery, tanks and mortars.
The AFU opened fire virtually on all localities of the Republic, including Zaytsevo, Golmovsky, Krasny Partizan, Dolomitnoye, Shirokaya Balka, Ozeryanovka, Mikhaylovka, Spartak, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Zhabichevo, Vasilyevka, Krutaya Balka, Alexandrovka, Styla, Dokuchaevsk, Naberezhnoye, Petrovskoye, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, Kominternovo, Vesyoloye, Signalnoye, Luganskoye, Novozhilovka, Elenovka, Starolaspa, Belaya Kamenka, Novolaspa, Novomaryevka, Staromaryevka, Oktyabr, Bezymennoye, Novaya Tavria, Sosnovskoye, the area of the airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city.
The bombardments were carried out on orders of the war criminals Gorbatyuk, Gruzevich, Vlasenko, Nikolyuk, Samarsky, Garaz and Delyatitsky.
There was actively used 152mm artillery from the positions of the 55th artillery brigade commanded by Brusov, and from the positions of the 3rd battalion of the 79th separate airborne assault brigade commanded by the Ukrainian criminal Shandar.
As a result of the shelling from the AFU positions, there were damaged 11 houses in the localities Donetsk, Gorlovka, Novolaspa, Dokuchaevsk and Kominternovo,
At the same time, on February 18, a unit of the AFU, with up to two platoons supported by mortar fire, made an attempt to attack, from the localities Opytnoye and Peski, our positions near the locality of Spartak. Due to the ability of the commanders and personnel of the DPR People’s Army units to act in such a situation, the enemy was repelled to its initial positions. The Ukrainian military suffered significant losses; according to updated figures, there were killed four Ukrainian soldiers and nine wounded.
By the Ukrainian artillery fire, over the past week, in the ranks of the DPR People’s Army, there were killed two soldiers and five wounded.
In addition, on February 22, during the protests in Kiev in support of the Donbass blockade, the Ukrainian nationalists disrupted the communication system of the «Ukrzaliznytsia» («Ukrainian railway»), a major rail carrier of Ukraine. As a result of sabotage, there was also disrupted the main communication operator «Life» and a number of major Ukrainian Internet providers. This is yet another confirmation of the rash and foolish policy of Kiev to disrupt the relations with Donbass.
During the week, in order to prevent, by maintaining tension on the contact line, riots in Kiev and departure of the nationalist battalions from the «ATO» area to participate in them, the Ukrainian authorities tried in every way to sabotage the implementation of their obligations on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line. Despite the active participation of the OSCE representatives in the negotiations, the Ukrainian side constantly avoided the implementation of these commitments. The reason for Kiev’s sabotage is the fear of the Ukrainian President Poroshenko of the possibility of radical nationalists in Kiev to arrange a third «Maidan» and overthrow his government.
Due to the failure to comply with the requirements for the withdrawal of heavy weapons, we continued to record violations of the Minsk Agreements by the Ukrainian side. In particular, our intelligence revealed in the «ATO» area the following prohibited weapons of the AFU:
- In the Gorlovka direction, one tank platoon and one platoon of 122mm motorized artillery systems «Gvozdika»;
- In the Donetsk direction, one division of motorized artillery systems, two tank platoons and one platoon of MLRS «Grad»;
- In the Mariupol direction, two platoons of 122mm howitzers D-30, one division of 122mm motorized artillery systems «Gvozdika» and one platoon of 120mm mortars.
Our intelligence also notes an increase in tension in the power structures of Ukraine in the «ATO» area. In particular, during the blocking of departure of nationalist units to Kiev, aimed at preventing their participation in anti-government riots, there were recorded three clashes between units of the 72nd, the 79th brigades of the AFU and radicals of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps «Right sector». Two of them occurred near the locality of Avdeevka, and the other near the locality of Starchenkovo. As a result of fights between the AFU units and members of the «Right Sector», the losses of the Ukrainian military have amounted to four men killed and six wounded.
These facts have led to new contradictions between the Ukrainian nationalists and the AFU.
In addition, this week, from sources in the «ATO» headquarters, we have received statistics on non-combat losses of the Ukrainian military in the combat zone. As a result of drinking alcohol, violating military discipline and security measures, as well as suicides, in the AFU military units 16 men were killed and nine wounded. These figures indicate that the AFU commanders have withdrawn from the performance of their duties, with none of the perpetrators recognized responsible and the command covering for negligent subordinates. In this regard, we do not recommend mothers and wives to give their husbands and sons to the army which will ruin your men. They had better join us, and together we will establish order in Ukraine!
Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin
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