Translated by Ollie Richardson
Residents of the occupied-by-the-Ukrainian-Army Mariupol in Donbass reported about rumors in the city about the alleged “imminent attack of the DPR Army”.
This was stated by the Deputy Head of the DPR People’s Militia Eduard Basurin.
“The military personnel of the UAF in large numbers buy civilian clothes so that in the event of an escalation of the situation their belonging to the UAF is hidden, and to blend in among peaceful citizens,” he noted.
“In this regard it is established that the morale and psychological condition of the personnel of the 501st Independent Marine Battalion 36th separate brigade is characterized as low. In connection with this the military personnel show reluctance to renew contracts with the UAF. It was discovered that at the moment the staff of the battalion totals 352 persons (which is 73% of staffing), from which about 300 servicemen plan to leave the ranks of the UAF. Thus, in April-May, 2017, the level of staffing will be no more than 20%,” said Basurin.
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