Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 7.01 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continue to carry out active attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian objects, including with heavy weapons.

In the coastal areas, insurgents led active attacks over a wide area from 82-mm and 120-mm mortars; the use of 122-mm artillery was recorded from positions north and east of Bezymenne and Krasnoarmiisk during the past 24 hours. Also, terrorists at the front line in this area are actively using  AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers and Zu-23-2 in addition to small arms. Strikes on the positions of the ATO forces in the vicinity of Shyrokyne, Lebedynske, Berdyanske were observed. Strikes were also carried out on positions between Hnutove and Talakivka.

There are no civilians remaining in Shyrokyne. Source

There are no civilians remaining in Shyrokyne. Source

Terrorists fired on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of Mari’nka, Pisky, Krasnohorivka, and the Butivka mine from AGS-17 and from several ZU-23-2 mobile units [mounted] on MT-LB and trucks. Northeast from Krasnohorivka, insurgents on two BTR-80‘s tried to reach a comfortable firing position to fire large-caliber machine guns (APC weapons). Advanced units of the ATO forces entered into an armed confrontation with the enemy and forced the enemy to withdraw to their starting line.

Ukrainian National Guardsmen complete the 1st of 5 modules during their Fearless Guardian training. Source

Ukrainian National Guardsmen complete the 1st of 5 modules during their Fearless Guardian training. Source

An intensification of Russian-terrorist forces is observed in the direction of Kostyantynivka and north of  Avdiivka. In particular, terrorists in these areas use 122-mm artillery for shellings (fire strikes were carried out on the village of Druzhba and on the ATO forces’ operations base located in this area).

Between the settlements of Leninske and Shumy, under cover of mortar fire (120-mm mortars), the enemy in two infantry groups totaling up to 50 people tried to attack the positions of Ukrainian troops. A dense retaliatory fire from the Ukrainian side forced the enemy to retreat towards the north-western outskirts of Horlivka; the terrorists experienced losses.

The activation of a Stakhanov-Pervomaisk insurgent tactical group has been observed ([the group] includes local insurgents, Russian “Cossacks” and other Russian mercenaries, as well as amnestied criminals from the Krasnodar Territory and Rostov region of Russia).

Ukrainian APC "Cougar" managed to withstand this many precise shots to its bulletproof windshield during separatist ambush. Source

Ukrainian APC “Cougar” managed to withstand this many precise shots to its bulletproof windshield during a separatist ambush. Source

Artillery units of the MLRS BM-21 Grad from this tactical group carried out fire strikes on Zolote and Vrubivka. Enemy surveillance with optoelectronic equipment was observed during attacks to monitor the results of the firing raid.

Insurgents fired from four 82-mm mortars onto the settlement of Novotoshkivka and on Checkpoint #29; the mortars were transferred from the direction of Zholobok on a GAZ-66 vehicle and several UAZ-469 off-road vehicles.

Insurgents also fired at the positions of Ukrainian troops between Dovhe and Zhovte from three 82-mm mortars and an AGS-17.

Insurgents simultaneously carried out fire attacks from several positions onto the positions of ATO forces between Krymske and Sokolniki and on the settlement of Krymske itself, using AGS-17s. Insurgents were also observed using an SPG-9 “Kopye” [Spear] recoilless gun in the area.

In the vicinity of Shchastya, insurgents fired at the positions of ATO forces from small arms and mortars (three mortars are positioned in the area of Vesela Hora). Terrorists fired at the positions of ATO forces in the vicinity of Stanytsia Luhanska from ZU-23-2 and heavy machine guns (with two spaced positions).

Russian units, with drones and electronic warfare (15 UAVs and an EW platoon), arrived in Horlivka. UAV operators and EW unit personnel are Russian servicemen without insignia accompanied by guard units staffed by servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces (about 20 people). In addition, units of the Russian Armed Forces received a guard of the local insurgents – a division of the “DNR army.”

The transfer of an insurgent armored group [consisting] of six BMP-1 and BMP-2 accompanied by three cargo trucks was observed through Kalynivka towards Donetsk.

Another terrorist armored group was deployed in the vicinity of Debaltseve. The group includes five T-72BA tanks, two T-64B tanks, a BMP-1KSH “Potok-2″ staff and command vehicle, and two BTR-80s.

In the occupied districts of Donetsk region, insurgents vigorously spread rumors among civilians about “Ukrainian gas industry saboteurs” who allegedly carry out gas attacks in the rear of the “DNR,” using certain “orange containers” that are later taken away by the OSCE representatives.

Donbas Battalion in Shyrokyne, June 2015:

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Reports from Mechnikov Hospital: “I want to love and not to fear”


Serhiy Ryzhenko, Chief Doctor at Mechnikov Regional Clinical Hospital in Dnipropetrovsk
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

A mine orchestra plays painfully.

Denys, a major with the [Ukrainian] Armed Forces, is 34 years of age.

[He received] heavy mine-explosive wounds in the village of Vodyane.

Open head injury, closed abdominal trauma. Severe fractures of both legs.

[He] endured lengthy surgeries.

[Denis is currently facing] the risk of an ischemic left foot. [He] had a colossal blood transfusion.

Resuscitators, neurosurgeons, and trauma surgeons saved [his] life; [we are] now trying to save his leg.

The soldier says weakly: “[I] want to love and not to fear.”


Mechnikov Regional Clinical Hospital

Source: Serhiy Ryzhenko FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 6.30 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

The IR group states that the withdrawal of heavy combat equipment (first of all, tanks) from the contact line in Donbas “by June 26,” as “advertised” by the MoD heads of the “Normandy Four,” has unequivocally failed. Russian-terrorist troops actively employ heavy armaments banned under the Minsk Agreements (including combat equipment), and continue bringing them towards the front line.

In the seaside areas, in the vicinity of Shyrokyne, Lebedynske, and Berdyanske, terrorists continue actively shelling the ATO forces’ positions, including with the use of 120-mm mortars. Over the past 24 hours, insurgents in this area also made multiple 122-mm artillery strikes (employing the insurgent artillery group that the IR group had previously spotted on the southward march from Donetsk, through Krasnoarmiiske).

Ukrainian soldier defending Shyrokyne. Photography by Noah Brooks

Ukrainian soldier defending Shyrokyne. Photograph: Noah Brooks

In the areas of Pavlopil and Chermalyk, insurgents fired small arms from under the cover of vegetation, and also employed AGS-17 grenade launchers (afraid of retaliatory fire, terrorists fired at random and from a long range, changing their positions immediately after short bursts of fire).

South of Donetsk, Russian-terrorist troops are carrying out a set of measures to conceal the concentration and deployment of new battalion technical groups (on the Mospyne – Komsomolske stretch; near Telmanove; and on the stretch between Olenivka and Dokuchajevsk). The IR group analysts believe that the above [arrival of reinforcements] is the real reason behind the increased use of 122-mm artillery on the positions of Ukrainian troops near Hranitne, Starohnativka, and south of Novomykhailivka (vicinity of Stepne). The arrival of several groups of insurgent armored vehicles on the front lines in these areas (terrorists used tanks and the cover of armored fighting vehicles to shell the advance ATO positions near Hranitne several times over the past 24 hours) should also be viewed in the context of the above deployment of new battalion tactical groups.

In the vicinity of Mar’inka, terrorists actively employed several mortar squads using 82-mm mortars and supported by AGS-17. Under this fire for cover, insurgents regrouped their advanced units stationed west of Oleksandrivka, south of Mar’inka, and on the stretch between Mar’inka and Krasnohorivka.

In the areas of Opytne, Pisky, Krasnohorivka, and south of Avdiivka, the insurgents actively employed heavy combat equipment. Several insurgent tank groups at once, after taking concealed and camouflaged positions on the front line, would open direct fire on the advanced ATO positions, under cover of ZU-23-2 artillery guns and mortars (82 mm and 120 mm). Then the tanks would quickly retreat deeper behind the lines, under cover of 76-mm and 30-mm weapons of BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles, and heavy machine guns (on board of BTR-70 and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers). In the vicinity of Pisky and Opytne, terrorists also used 122-mm and 152-mm artillery (the enemy’s shelling follows the pattern of: 2-3 shots of trial fire, assessment, adjustment of fire, 5-6 shells “firing for effect,” followed by transfer of fire and a pause, then, once again, trial fire followed by fire for effect).

On the Svitlodarsk bridgehead, insurgents are using the “mortars + tanks” method “traditional” for this area. The strikes are mainly made on the ATO positions near Luhanske, Myronivske, and Novozvanka; less frequently, on the eastern outskirts of Popasna. At the same time, insurgents are progressively using short artillery attacks more often to accompany the “mortars + tanks” tandem, mainly using 122-mm caliber weapons (usually employing two “interchangeable” firing units, one with 122-mm D-30 howitzers, another with 122-mm 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled guns; stationed on the positions west of Bryanka). On rare occasions, 152-mm caliber artillery is used (Msta-B howitzers, stationed between Verhulivka and Chornukhyne).

In the vicinity of Krymske and Novotoshkivka, insurgent sabotage and reconnaissance groups attempted to infiltrate and lift mine fields, working under the cover of 120-mm mortars and AGS-17 grenade launchers. Additionally, a group of four insurgent infantry combat vehicles shelled the advanced ATO positions near Krymske for 15 minutes. After several aimed bursts of fire from heavy machine guns, the armored group retreated.

Movement of terrorist personnel and weapons:

• In Stakhanov, insurgents established a temporary combat vehicle park at a local stadium. 15 MT-LBs (without weapons), 12 vehicles on wheels, two tanks, two BMP-2, 4 bowser tankers were observed. The equipment continues to arrive; in the last 24 hours, the arrival of five more vehicles has been recorded – a BAT [tow vehicle], two BTR-70, and two BMP-2.

• Several units of the “DNR army” in Horlivka received an order to provide “work teams” to unload ammunition (12-15 people from every company). Teams are formed to send off “to the Donetsk bases.”

• Several mobile brigades are formed on the basis of the Horlivka “ambulance” station to provide emergency assistance and evacuation to “militias” located at “combat areas” nearby.

• Two reinforced companies of terrorists deployed earlier to the area near Olenivka (the IR group reported about them) were reorganized and redistributed. Some went towards Donetsk (up to a company [in size] – eight BMP-1 and BMP-2, four tanks), others – towards Dokuchajevsk (seven BTR and BMP-2 and five tanks). The remaining [personnel] was transferred to the local infantry “battalion.”

• A battery of six 122-mm 2S1 “Gvozdika” self-propelled guns and up to 10 units of APCs – four BMP-1 and BMP-2, three BTR-80, and three MT-LB were transferred in the vicinity of Donetsk.

• In the Donetsk area near mine #12/18, a build-up of terrorist armored vehicles is observed – five tanks and four AFVs (three BMP-2 and a BTR-80). The equipment is dug in and camouflaged.

• In Yasynuvata, insurgents held [military] “exercises” using means of radiation, chemical, and biological protection (gas masks) near the local “Commandant’s office.”

VIDEO: Front line footage by Noah Brooks

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Nadiya Savchenko fears for her defense attorneys’ lives and freedoms #FreeSavchenko

By Nadiya Savchenko, via Mark Feygin (lawyer)
Translated by Maria Stanislav and edited by Voices of Ukraine


“To my attorneys
Mark Feygin
Nikolay Polozov
Ilya Novikov

I have decided that on July 2, 2015, I will stop studying the materials of the criminal case [open against me], having studied them over a period of 1 (one) month, from June 2, 2015 to July 2, 2015.

I do not consider it necessary to spend more time in my life in prison studying [those materials].

I accept all responsibility for any procedural consequences, because I believe that the institution of the legal profession in Russia is pointless in essence, because the law does not work in Russia.

I fear for the life and freedom of my defense attorneys, Mark Feygin, Nikolay Polozov, and Ilya Novikov, in connection with their defense of me.

[Signed] Nadiya Savchenko

[His words from the tweet of her letter: “Just came from Nadiya Savchenko in prison. Here’s her statement.”]

Mark Feygin went on to clarify that this address does not mean that Nadiya is refusing the services of her defense:

“Perhaps, a clarification is required. Savchenko is not refusing the defense of Feygin, Polozov, and Novikov. She decided to speed up the process planned for August.”

Source: Mark Feygin twitter


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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 6.26 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

After a decrease in the activity of Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas on June 24, for the past day (25-26.06), an increase in insurgent attacks and armed confrontations with Ukrainian troops were observed. In addition to 120-mm mortars, 122- and 152-mm cannon artillery allegedly “pulled out” from the demarcation line and in spite of appeals by the foreign ministers of the Normandy Four to move tanks away from the line of contact by June 26, terrorists use heavy armored vehicles against ATO forces widely.

In particular, in the area of Mar’inkaMayorskTroitske, insurgents used 120-mm mortars and armored vehicles in their attacks. In the vicinity of Mar’inka and Krasnohorivka, the IR network has identified a “roving” consolidated mortar battery (about eight 82- and 120-mm mortars) on vehicles. Near Pisky, north and south of Avdiivka, terrorists used the tactics of infantry “firing teams” trying to carry out concentrated fire from small arms and grenade launchers from the “neutral zone.” The enemy provided cover to the firing teams with ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft systems and mortars.

The positions of ATO forces in the vicinity of Shumy, Troitske, and Mayorsk were also attacked from 120-mm mortars and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers. Armed provocations by insurgents were accompanied by their attempts to get closer to the advanced positions of the Ukrainian troops.

In the vicinity of ​​Butovka mine, the settlements of Opytne and Vodyane, insurgents fired on the advanced positions of ATO forces from mortars (82-mm mortars were mostly used). In addition, several advanced armored terrorist groups operated in this area on the first echelon [of the front]. An insurgent tank group carried out between five or six aimed strikes with high explosive shells on the positions of ATO forces from the greenery in the vicinity of Pisky. Another armored terrorist group with several BMP-1 and BMP 2 and two BTR-80 has been observed near Opytne, firing from 73-mm weapons (BMP-1), 30-mm automatic guns (BMP-2), and Vladimirov heavy machine guns (APCs).

North of Krasnohorivka (closer to Pisky), an insurgent sabotage and reconnaissance group under cover of mortar and AGS-17 fire tried to infiltrate the tactical rear of the ATO forces. The group included 10 persons with anti-tank weapons; two strikes from RPG-7V grenade launchers were observed. As the result of an armed confrontation with advanced units of Ukrainian troops, the enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group returned to their beginning point.

In the coastal areas, insurgents used 122-mm artillery from new firing positions (the IR group previously reported on an artillery insurgent group that provided support to terrorist groups in the vicinity of Krasnoarmiiske changing its firing positions). Positions of the ATO forces in the vicinity of Shyrokyne and access routes to this settlement near Kominternove and Lebedynske.

A Ukrainian serviceman checks his mashine-gun as he holds a position near the frontline with pro-Russian separatists in Krymske village, Lugansk region on June 25, 2015. Source: © AFP

In the vicinity of Krymske, Novotoshkivka, Shchastya, Luhanske, and Myronivske terrorists used mortars, small arms, and AGS-17. Insurgents opened fire using tank weapons from hideout shelters and laid ambushes. Near Shchastya, insurgents continue their attempts to probe the advanced line of ATO forces with sabotage and reconnaissance groups and small infantry units (up to a platoon in size), supported by mortar and ZU-23-2 fire.

In the vicinity of Stanytsia Luhanska, terrorists fired at the positions of ATO forces (mainly from a fortified area of ​​defense near Mykolayivka). AGS-17 and mortars are used in continuous fire strikes from Vesela Hora.

Movement of Russian-terrorist forces:

• In the vicinity of Mykolaivka, the arrival of a howitzer battery (four D-30 units) has been observed;

• About 150 terrorists in army trucks were transferred to reinforce a group stationed near the Donetsk airport;

• A convoy of a “Lexus” SUV, two BTR-80, a command and staff vehicle, and a MAZ-537 trailer with the “Tor-M1″ missile system proceeded through Shakhtarsk towards the East;

• A battery of three 2B16 “Nona-K” 120-mm towed artillery systems were observed on the march through Alchevsk to Perevalsk. Four “Ural” [military cargo trucks] with insurgents on board were observed in the same convoy.

• Three “Toyota” SUVs marked with “OSCE” moved through Shakhtarsk in the direction of terrorist positions ([they] stopped at an insurgent base). One [of the SUVs] had an orange trailer (1m x 1m in size). Sometime later, all three SUVs left the insurgent base without the trailer.

• Military equipment – tanks, IFVs, APCs continues arriving to the settlement of Kalynove for four days in a row. Currently, a total of over 20 armored vehicles have arrived (most of them arrive with infantry). Over the past 24 hours, four tanks and a BMP-2 have arrived.

• Armored vehicles (T-72BA tanks) were transferred through Kalinovka to Makiivka on trailers. The tanks are not tented – the tactical signs of a motorized infantry brigade of the Southern Military District of Russia were badly painted over on one [of the tanks].

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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