Very serious aggravation of the situation can be observed since January 1, 2017 in the southern part of the Republic. Apart from constant attacks of the DPR army’s positions by Ukrainian forces, frontline villages are being constantly and systematically destroyed.
"Power lines, dwelling-houses. From yesterday’s evening, over 40 shells of 120, 122 and 150 mm caliber were fired onto Leninskoye village", reports Michail Andronik, representative of the Donetsk People's Militia's press service.
"There’s loads of armor that came recently. A large tank column came from Mariupol and Sakhanka directions. It entered Lebedino, which is extremely close. And Stariy Shlyakh. Loads of tanks as well. Loads of armor too. And these armored vehicles are already on board. There’s a tank firing from Shirokino, Sakhanka direction. There’s a tank firing from Stariy Shlyakh. There’s IFV-2 firing directly from Lebedino. There’s a position near the grain storage. There’s an IFV and APCs shelling our positions three days running," said interviewed soldier of Donetsk Armed Forces.
"They use heavy artillery, especially yesterday for a long period of time. Leninskoye, Sergeyevka were under the shelling, as well as Talakovka and Sartana," he continued.
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DONi News Agency
Video: DPR Ministry of Defense, 9.1.2017