Fire intensity at the contact line remains relatively low, but Ukrainian Army Command redeploys heavy artillery and foreign instructors to the zone of conflict, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on April 17th.
During April 17th, the Ukrainian army opened fire on the northern and south-western suburbs of Gorlovka. The enemy mainly used 82mm mortars, automatic grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, and small arms. Trench combat on the Svetlodarsk part of the front was reported.
In the afternoon, the Ukrainian military provoked combat in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone and shelled the village of Spartak with 120mm mortars. The situation on the Donetsk part of the front remains tense.
Around 12.30 PM, the Ukrainian army shelled the village of Belaya Kamenka in the Telmanovsky district of DPR. There is no information on destruction and victims among civilians.
DPR PM intelligence informed on the arrival of the large number of the foreign military instructors in the zone of responsibility of the 25th Independent Airborne Brigade of the Ukrainian army near Konstantinovka. There is also information on the arrival of the foreign military instructors in the area near Mariupol, where the 36th Independent Marines Brigade is stationed. A battery of 122mm “Gvozdika” self-propelled guns was redeployed to the north of Donetsk, to the area near the village of Yasnobrodovka under the control of the Ukrainian military. The arrival of 122mm D-30 howitzers in the area of the villages of Netaylovo and Georgievka near Donetsk was noted.
During April 16th, the Ukrainian army violated ceasefire 20 times. The Ukrainian military shelled 8 towns and villages of the Republic.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency