In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on April 18, the enemy violated the ceasefire four times, including one - with the use of 82 mm mortars prohibited by the Minsk agreements. This was reported by the press center of the JFO headquarters. The armed formations of the Russian Federation fired at the positions of our units from grenade launchers of various systems and large-caliber machine guns. There are no casualties among the Joint Forces. One Ukrainian defender was wounded as a result of shelling.
Leader of the "DNR" Denis Pushilin appointed director general of Vneshtorgservis (the company to which the occupation authorities transferred control over the Ukrainian enterprises in CADLO) Vladimir Pashkov deputy prime-minister of the unrecognized "republic". Vladimir Pashkov is former vice-governor of the Irkutsk oblast of the Russian Federation. After the completion of his career as official, Pashkov became president of a charitable Fund for support of international humanitarian projects, which was registered in Moscow in December 2015. The Security Service of Ukraine accused Pashkov of using the fund to increase the "LNR" budget.
There is an underground "Resistance Movement" in the occupied Donbass, which consists of local residents. This was told by one of its coordinators with a call sign "Alekseich" at a briefing in Kyiv. "Our main task is to monitor the infrastructure of the military occupation forces, including of the leaders of the so-called "republics". I can say that quite a lot of our patriots are doing particular actions in the (occupied, - OstroV) territory", - he told. According to him, one of the tasks of the underground movement is to search and record the burial places of Ukrainians, who "disappear without a trace" after the arrests and interrogations by the "law enforcement agencies".
The "DNR" occupation authorities state that Syria will buy their cement, metal and ropes. This was reported by the so-called Minister of Economic Development Alexey Polovian in the framework of the "International Economic Forum", held in the annexed Crimea. According to him, representatives of the "DNR" and Syria began negotiations on the export of the "republican" products. As previously reported, the unrecognized "DNR" "exports" through Russia the products and raw materials produced in the occupied territory via illegal schemes.
The main part of the so-called "Ministry of State Security" of the "DNR" and "LNR" consists of former members of the Security Service of Ukraine. This was told by one of the coordinators of the underground "Resistance Movement" in the occupied Donbas with the call sign "Alekseich" at a briefing in Kyiv. At the same time, he reported that the senior positions in the "republics" are being occupied by people sent by the FSB or GRU of the Russian Federation. According to the observations of the underground worker, there is an unspoken distribution of the spheres of influence of the Russian special services in the occupied Donbass: the FSB coordinates the work in the "DNR" and the GRU - in the "LNR". "In the military structures, right up to the commanders of troop and platoon, it is observed that these are Russian servicemen. This is obvious and typical", - the coordinator of the underground "Resistance Movement" added.
It was stated in the "DNR" that the curfew would be suspended on the Easter night from 23:00 on April 27 until 05:00 on April 28. This was reported by the press service of the "administration" of the ringleader of the "DNR". It was reported that "thanks to the suspension of the curfew, everyone can go to church for Easter service".
Sixteen trucks from the International Committee of the Red Cross crossed the Novotroitske checkpoint to leave for the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. This was reported by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. Humanitarian aid weighing 295 tons was sent to the residents of Donbass, namely: food packages, hygiene kits, building materials and agricultural materials.