Donetsk Blog, July 4: Ukrainian Attacks Staged for TV - Kiev's Losses on Minefields - Secret Service Cleansing Ukrainian Army

Ukraine’s civil war is still very much ongoing.  Both sides are exchanging fire. Civilians and soldiers continue to die on both sides.

Always a good idea to remember where you've planted your own mines

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Due to its slow, simmering nature, events in Novorossiya rarely make headlines, so people forget there is a real war going on.

Donetsk, Friday, July 1, 16.30 pm. Exclusive to Russia Insider

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After Kiev’s unsuccessful attempt to break through the defenses of the army of the Republic in the Debaltsevo area, which received a harsh response from the DPR, the intensity of the shelling by the Ukrainian military has declined slightly. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian side opened fire on the territory of the Republic mainly with mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, and small arms, with single rounds from artillery.

Despite the failure of the attack, Kiev tried to squeeze everything possible out of it. The men manning DPR positions reported that the next day the Ukrainian side brought to this segment of ​​the front journalists, including European ones, and at night the Ukrainian military went on the attack again.

Apparently they were counting on the Republic to react harshly once again and enable the journalists to show to the world a barrage hitting Ukrainian army positions and, consequently, supporting the words of a Ukrainian politician that proclaimed, “Ukraine is an outpost of Europe, standing guard in front of Russian hordes.” The soldiers of the Republics, however, again did not succumb to the provocation, just repelling two staged attacks.

In addition to the provocation in the Debaltsevo area, Kiev already attacked the territory of the DPR in three traditional directions: Gorlovka, in the north of the Republic, Dokuchaevsk and Kominternovo in the south, and near Donetsk in the central part of the front line.

In Gorlovka, fire was opened again on its northern suburbs. Locals reported the landing of a series of Ukrainian projectiles and mortar bombs and tried to remain close to shelters.

In Donetsk, infantry battles were fought in the northern and western suburbs, but the central part of the city was relatively quiet over the weekend.

In the south, the Ukrainian side again shelled the residential areas of Dokuchaevsk. According to local residents, the bombardment was mostly carried out with mortars, with occasional rounds from heavy artillery of no less than 152mm caliber. The attack resulted in a local resident being wounded.

On the whole, over the weekend, according to the DPR authorities, as a result of bombardments by Kiev, two civilians were wounded and nine houses seriously damaged, with one of them completely destroyed.

Over the past week, the DPR Defense Ministry reported nearly four thousand attacks on the Ukrainian side, including about three thousand with heavy weapons. As a result of the bombardments, two soldiers of the DPR Army were killed, together with three civilians, including two children, and another 10 civilians wounded. In addition, the attacks resulted in two houses being completely destroyed and another 61 households severely damaged.

The press service of the Ukrainian operational command (ATO) reported dozens of attacks on their positions on the part of the DPR in the Donetsk and Mariupol directions, noting that in some segments of the front, the army of the Republic had used 122mm self-propelled artillery systems and howitzers. The reports of the ATO press service included no information on casualties in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

At the same time, according to DPR intelligence, over the past week Kiev lost about 20 men killed and wounded, but due to their own mines as a result the absence within Ukrainian units of maps detailing the whereabouts of their own minefields. The total weekly casualties in the Ukrainian army in the ATO area number 80 men.

The efforts of the Ukrainian military command to hide real losses in the army leads to a constant discovery of unidentified corpses in Kiev-controlled territories. Earlier, locals already reported of finding bodies dressed in Ukrainian military fatigues in abandoned houses. Yesterday, DPR intelligence sources on the ground also reported two tilt KAMAZ trucks located in a green zone near Donetsk containing about 15 unidentified bodies.

Additionally, on the same day, soldiers of the LPR army gave the Ukrainian side the body of a soldier left behind on the battlefield during the attempted breakout in the Debaltsevo area. The day before, Ukrainian volunteers reported on social networks of another three Ukrainian soldiers killed in the "grey" area whose ​​bodies Ukrainian officers had refused to recover. It is possible that these soldiers were reported missing.

Yesterday, the military authorities of the DPR once again urged the Ukrainian military not to take part in the crimes of Kiev authorities and to come over to the side of the Republics.

Locals also continue to disappear in the Kiev-controlled territories. A few days ago, it was suggested that the Ukrainian army seizes, in particular, parts of the "grey" area in order to take localities not yet plundered. According to local residents, the Ukrainian military immediately occupied the most comfortable houses, with their owners taken in an unknown direction.

The losses of the Ukrainian Army may also include the results of regular checks carried out by the SBU (Ukrainian security service) to identify Ukrainian military assisting the army of the Republics. DPR intelligence reported that over the weekend alone in one of the Ukrainian units located in the Donetsk area, several soldiers were arrested without any explanation.

DPR intelligence also reported of new columns of heavy weapons and equipment delivered by Kiev to the front line consisting of heavy mortars, tanks, self-propelled artillery systems, howitzers, anti-tank cannons and "Grad" and "Uragan" MLRS’s (see below pictures of weapons mentioned). It was noted that recently in the Donetsk and Mariupol directions, a lot of tanks were evident whose numbers cannot be found in lists of the OSCE monitoring the arms withdrawn by Kiev, which suggests that Ukraine is bringing new equipment to the front.

Yesterday, Ukraine’s President Poroshenko announced that Ukraine had received from the US counter-battery radars that would soon be sent to Donbass.

Information on weapons mentioned in this article

A mortar is a tube-like cannon which fires a projectile which explodes upon impact. They have ranges of up to 3 miles

An infantry fighting vehicle

A tank T-72

A 122mm motorised artillery system “Gvozdika”

A 152mm motorised artillery system “Akatsia”

A 120mm motorised artillery cannon “Nona”

A 122mm howitzer D-30

A 152mm howitzer MSTA-B

An 100mm anti-tank cannon “Rapira”

A 122mm MLRS “Grad”

A 220mm MLRS “Uragan”

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