|"On the eve of the Minsk talks, mortar shells continue to rain down on|
Donetsk -- Situation report of the DPR November 17, 2015"
Translated from French by Tom Winter
"The situation in the Donetsk People's Republic remained tense during the past day. There were six violations of the cease-fire by Ukrainian 'punishers'", said Edward Basurin today. Basurin is second-in command of the Army of Donetsk. "On the eve of the meeting in Minsk, the corrupt Ukrainian media are keeping up their massive smokescreen operation and alleging attacks made by the Donetsk People's Republic on positions of the Ukrainian armed forces," Basurin said.
"The districts of Zaitsevo, Lozovskoy, Staromykhailovka and Spartak, and the mine named in honor of Abakumov were bombarded from positions of Ukrainian units and battalions with 82 caliber mortars, with infantry fighting vehicles, armored vehicles, and small arms. More than 20 mortar shells were fired on the territory of the Republic overnight.
"DPR intelligence services continue to record Ukrainian armed forces violations of the Minsk agreements on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line. For example, in the area following areas:
- Verhnetoretskoe (4 km from the contact line) the arrival of two multiple rocket launchers units BM-21 "Grad" was detected
- Nikolayevka (8 km from the contact line) the arrival of 20 tanks and four multiple rocket launcher units, type BM-21 "Grad" was observed.
- Peski (3 km away from the contact line) the arrival of 20 heavy weapons units and about 500 soldiers was detected.
The military leaders and Ukrainian politicians are taking no step towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbass. We note the continued escalation of the conflict along the line of contact."
"On the eve of the meeting in Minsk, corrupt Ukrainian media continue their massive smokescreen operation alleging attacks made by the Donetsk People's Republic on positions of the Ukrainian armed forces. We hope that the next meeting of the contact group on the resolution of the situation in the South-East of Ukraine will lead to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Donbass," Basurin announced.