Just ignore the flaming troll. He is a traitor, and is a waste of time and space to reply to him.
Ok, back on topic. I really try hard to figure out what's going on the front. I think it has been ascertained that DPR official daily briefings are badly translated and incomplete. At another forum I am having a hard time explaining civilians with no knowledge of war or history what is positional warfare like, and people are a bit schyzophrenic. Everybody accepts at face value that the war in Syria is bloody and there are hundreds of wounded and killed in every major attack, but because the Ukraine war remains unseen and there are no videos, people have a hard time understanding there's no ceasefire but a constant exchange of fire and shelling.
I am pretty confident that judging from the reports and logic, the Ukrops fire many many more times shells than what the Novorussian briefings say, because when translating to english they confuse "times" with "individual shellings"
A cannon or mortar doesn't just fire one projectile and it's done for the day. It's evident that the Ukrops don't have anything remotely resembling a fire plan, but even if they fire by single pieces and not batteries, they surely fire more than single rounds. Even for ukropithecs, they must have some semblance of fire mission orders and some plan. That's why I say, and voenkor "Mage" confirmed this, that every time a "shelling" is reported it means more than single shots. An average of 10 rounds per shelling per piece it's a low end estimate wich takes into account that either the ukrops are firing a few rounds from isolated guns, or couple salvos for whole batteries.
I checked the OSCE monitor reports but I find them useless, since what they report does not match at all with the DNR briefings, and videos from the front.
I would like the professional opinion of Khepesh. There has been many complaints that the OSCE people are worse than useless in that they are systematically lying and looking the other way regarding ukrops attacks, but from what little they report from the handful of cameras that they have on, at least they are sincere in saying "undetermined" explosion, or "uncountable overlapping shots".
This is physically impossible that the DNR briefings are able to count so precisely every individual shell and to precise the caliber. The Russian original says "times" not "individual shells".
Besides is plain common sense. Anybody that has read a little history knows what positional warfare is like. A constant shelling, exchange of shots, patrols and raids. Of course the intensity of the fighting is not anywhere near the trench warfare of the Western Front in 1914-1918, and there doesn't seem to be massed artillery fire or sustained barrages but neither is just a few isolated shots throughout the day.
Thus I believe the Ukrops are firing thousands of cannon and mortar shells daily and countless other munitions. and despite the claims of adhering to the ceasefire, we all know the Novorussian artillery hits back. Locals have many times recorder the sound of the outgoing cannonade. It can't be just counterbattery fire. It may be that they do not fire on Ukrops frontline positions, but given the low density of troops, I think artillery barrages are essential part of the Novorussian defensive tactics. Whenever the enemy assembles for an attack, they get pummelled by artillery and mortars, wether on their concentration areas, or once they go over the top and enter the Novorussiand defense zone. The accounts of the Ukie attempts at breakthrough suggest this is the case.
On the other hand, maybe Novorussian cannon keep silent, but if nobody is firing artillery, then where all the Ukrainian wounded are coming from? It may be as Khepesh describes:
krops take casualties when they are in the open and engaged in small scale infantry attacks, raids really, and so are hit by fire from small arms, AGS and BMP. They are not taking artillery fire onto their prepared field positions, and VSN are only using artillery for counter battery fire, if necessary. If ukrops fixed field positions were being hit by VSN artillery then they can show the evidence to media and OSCE that VSN break Minsk, but nothing. Casualties from small arms fire don't have propaganda value to them as it shows that they can only have occurred because they have moved forward from their fixed positions and actively attacked, and so broke Minsk.
But in that case we would have a situation where the Ukrops dare not use their big guns, but sends mobs of orks one after another to be mowed down by Novorussian machine guns. It sounds ludicrous, but the casualty returns indicate that there is a real war going on