As soon as it became obvious that Defense force “Donbas” is capable of mopping-up terrorists from next and next districts of the Donetsk region, an unaccountable event happened. Actually, there is an explanation. “Donbas” has been betrayed and information about its movement route became know to the terrorists. “Donbas” ran into an ambush near village Karlovka and accepted battle. Snipers, submachine gunners were engaged against “Donbas” and bazookas were being used. There are wounded (the amount is being verified). There are 2 persons in the hospital of one of the nearby towns, 2 persons were moved from the block-post to the hospital. One of them is in the surgery operating theatre and the other one is in traumatic surgery. Guards were left near the hospital with the wounded. The other wounded are waiting for evacuation.
There are no means of communication with the group blocked in Karlovka. We will inform you about the course of events as soon as we restore connection with “Donbas” men who still are in the thick of the morning armed conflict and get more precise information.
Unfortunately Defense Force came out with losses. Some ”Donbas” fighters were captured or killed. Approximately twenty fighters are wounded.
Press-center of “Right Sector” informed that “Right Sector” fighters arrived to the rescue of Ukrainian patriots from “Donbas” and provided cover enabling unblocking and retreat of Defense Unit into Krasnoarmiisk area. Since the connection of “Donbas” press-center with Force is broken, we can not verify this information.
Recognizing the importance of conduction of the valid presidential elections and election of a legitimate President of our State Defense Force “Donbas” has made a decision to take under its protection administrative offices and district and local election committees in some areas of the Donetsk region.
We would like to remind you that as of May, 22 2014 “Donbas” has taken under control district and local election committee offices in the Velikonovoselovsk, Dobropolie, Aleksandrovsk, Volodarsky and Krasnoarmiisk districts.
Semyon Semyonchenko has announced yesterday: “We do it to prevent possible terrorism, provocations in the premises of the election committees, thefts of voting papers, to guarantee that members of the comities are not being pressured. Right now our task is to provide maximum safety for the people of these districts during presidential elections. Due to the actions taken in order to protect the Donetsk region and to provide law, order and peace for the citizens of Donbas, more districts are becoming really safe.”
As for performance of the functions of the district and local election committees – it runs pretty smoothly. Local election committees are completely formed and are functioning. We have already received registers of voters, voting papers and stamps. The committees are provided with the vital equipment.
During the past 3 weeks “Donbas” has proved to be a strong Force and showed everybody fortitude and true patriotism of Donetsk citizens. Despite its formal independence Defense Force synchronizes its actions with Command of ATO (anti-terrorist operation).
Unlike the terrorists from the pseudo-republic “DPR”, “Donbas” has managed to establish real friendship and partnership with the locals and succeeded in winning their trust.
Note: It has been commonly assumed for along time that Defense Force “Donbas” was created by “Right Sector” and is being one of its units. We deny that. Defense Force “Donbas” is a volunteer independent unit formed by patriotic citizens of the Donetsk region, though we have some people from the other Ukrainian cities. As of today “Donbas” consists of 120 persons. The Commander of Defense Force is Semyon Semyonchenko, and he is the one who has created the Force.
We would like to note once again that Defense Force “Donbas” interacts and synchronizes its actions with all the military units protecting territorial integrity of Ukraine and defending the Donetsk region, and “Right Sector” is not an exempt and doesn’t get any preferences.
Source: Ukrainian Volunteer Defense Force “Donbas” FB