Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 4.1 #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 last 24 hours saw a rapid increase of the combat activity of Russian-terrorist troops in the ATO zone. The insurgents were actively using cannon artillery and 120-mm mortars, and made several assault attempts on the Ukrainian units, some with the use of armored vehicles. We observed a rapid increase in the Russian-terrorist combat activity in the Luhansk, Donetsk, and Seaside [Mariupol] sectors.

The terrorists have been particularly active in the vicinity of Avdiivka. Before midday on March 31, a group of enemy tanks fired on the Ukrainian positions from a pre-equipped firing position and subsequently retreated behind enemy lines; after that, the insurgents made two fire strikes using 122-mm cannon artillery that, according to the Minsk Agreements, should have been withdrawn from the contact line. (Specifically, a battery of D-30 howitzers was operating from the positions near Yasynuvata.)

Russian-terrorist units also made two fire strikes on Ukrainian troop positions in the vicinity of the settlement of Opytne, using 120-mm mortars. At the same time, a terrorist armored group (three BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles) approached the Ukrainian positions near Pisky and fired on them using 30-mm automatic cannons.

In the Luhansk sector, near Stanytsia Luhanska, a patrol group of one of the Ukrainian airborne forces was attacked by two groups of terrorist “infantry” while moving along the demarcation line. The enemy used small arms, grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns. The insurgent fire group has moved towards the route of the Ukrainian paratroopers and took firing positions ahead of time, while a support group occupied a blocking position. Both groups were acting in a coordinated and covert manner. (This mechanism is described in the collection of standard tactical objectives developed by the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, several years ago, for the “new type” combined arms teams.) As a result of counter-attack by Ukrainian paratroopers, the terrorists were forced back behind the demarcation line.

In the Seaside [Mairupol] sector, the insurgents  shelled the ATO forces stronghold near Pionerske using 120-mm mortars, with numerous adjustments and transfer of fire during the shelling. After this diversionary strike, which is an attempt to restrict our reserves in this area, the enemy shelled the settlement of Shyrokyne twice, using 120-mm mortars and 122-mm cannon artillery. After the artillery preparation, a clash started in the vicinity of Shyrokyne. The insurgents used armored vehicles (3-4 tanks and an “infantry” assault team) to attack the positions of Ukrainian troops.

In addition to the increased combat activity, the terrorists continue reinforcing their tactical strike groups in certain sectors. Several supply convoys were spotted moving through Lutuhyne – Perevalsk – Alchevsk (the “northern route”) – a total of 27 different vehicles, including trucks, fuel tankers, and specialized vehicles (mainly mobile repair stations and vehicles with specialized technical equipment). Plus, three train cars were unloaded at the approaches to Debaltseve – mainly unguided 122-mm missiles for Grad MRLS (the ammunition was transported to the area of Chornukhyne).

Insurgent forces stationed on the outskirts of Debaltseve. Photo by AFP.

Insurgent forces stationed on the outskirts of Debaltseve. Photo by AFP.

Resources, supplies, and combat equipment are also being transferred along the “southern route” to the vicinity of Donetsk and areas south of the city. A total of 34 pieces of equipment were spotted (including 26 supply vehicles).

In the Artemivsk sector, two company-level tactical groups arrived from Donetsk, and were deployed on the flank positions near the settlements of Luhanske and Svitlodasrk. At this time, the terrorist forces concentrated north of Debaltseve include 22-24 tanks, 38 armored combat vehicles, and up to 1500 personnel organized in three main battalion-level tactical groups and a number of smaller units. Their supporting artillery has been withdrawn behind the Luhansk – Donetsk motorway (only small, 3-4-gun, artillery units are operating north of this line).

Three Russian-terrorist radio intelligence points are operating near Donetsk, Horlivka, and Dokuchajevsk. A new radio network is operating near Starobesheve (even though the enemy attempts to maintain radio camouflage in this area by trying to conceal the arrival of the new battalion task group [reported previously by the IR group]).

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Ukraine’s post office issues Nadiya Savchenko postal stamp (PHOTO) #FreeSavchenko

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

UkrPost issued a stamp dedicated to Nadiya Savchenko, imprisoned in Russia.

Ukrposhta (Ukraine’s postal service, UkrPost) has issued a stamp dedicated to Ukrainian pilot, Aidar [battalion] fighter, Member of Parliament, PACE delegate, and Hero of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko, who was illegally kidnapped on the territory of Donbas and taken to Russia.

On it’s website, UkrPost states:
“In support of our compatriot, the Hero of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko – UkrPost launched its own letter stamp of the pilot, which she will be given as a gift together with a letter from all the employees.”

“We are very worried for the fate of our Nadiya, because she is an example for each of us. As [Taras] Shevchenko put it: ‘Fight – and you will overcome!’ She is not just a pilot, not just our fellow-countrywoman, she is first of all a woman who should not suffer like this. We wish to see her back in her native land healthy and smiling as soon as possible!” – stated UkrPost’s Acting Director General, Ihor Tkachuk.

 Source: UkrPost


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You asked how to help: Adopt A Soldier

By Voices of Ukraine Senior Staff and Ukraine War Amps

ADOPT A SOLDIER – a new project of the Ukraine War Amps 

On Feb 26th, 2015 at Kyiv’s Central Military hospital, the Ukraine War Amps’ Adopt A Soldier project was founded, with former soldier Vyacheslav Buynovsky as its first recipient. Buynovsky has had one leg and one arm amputated.

Adopt a Soldier aims to provide monthly stipends of approximately $50 USD to as many veterans of the Russian invasion and war on Ukraine as they can on an ongoing basis. Your assistance can make the difference between their living with some dignity or living in hopelessness. 100 percent of the proceeds goes directly to those being helped. Ukraine War Amps provides photographic evidence of payments. In addition, they put you directly in touch with the war amp you’re helping! Proofs of payment and stories of war amps can all be found on the Ukraine War Amps Facebook page. (More details on how to participate below).

John Broached and Gene Berezovsky. Source: Echo of Ukraine

John Broached and Gene Berezovski. Source: Ukrainian Echo

John Broadhead and Gene Berezovski co-founded Ukraine War Amps. John is a third generation Canadian born in Toronto of Irish descent whose father was a war amputee from World War II. His father was given the help necessary to raise four children and enjoy a 20-year retirement. John would also like to help men who were injured protecting their country. Gene is a Ukrainian from Kyiv. John and Gene have worked together for 9 years now at GestureTek, an interactive software and computer vision software provider, both of them on the technical side dealing with Pre & Post Sales support, installation, and training all over the world. They started Ukraine War Amps in July 2014, after Gene had already spent a couple of months helping the Donbas battalion. Gene realized he could only give so much individually, but if he organized and made it easy and direct, he could greatly increase the effectiveness of help given. Ukraine War Amps is an ongoing effort to assist the veterans of Ukraine.

Here is Gene talking about Adopt A Soldier:

The ultimate goal of Adopt A Soldier is to ensure that amputees have everything they need to live as normal a life as possible. In return, they provide those who want to help with a unique bridge between the donor/sponsor, wherever they are in the world, and the amputees in Ukraine by putting them directly in touch with each other. Ukraine War Amps is in constant touch with the amputees by phone, email, Facebook, Skype, the Ukraine War Amps group, as well as through their representatives in Ukraine who go to the hospitals and doorsteps of the war amps.

Four amputees – including Vyacheslav Buynovsky – will be helped this month, in March. The others include Vasyl Pelysh, whose story Voices of Ukraine translated last year, Maksym Vakuleno, and Oleksiy Zamirko. Please go to the UWA website and Facebook page for their full stories and updates. Ukraine War Amps hopes to add more guys in April. Right now Ukraine War Amps promises to provide them with a $50 USD [approx. $1,083 Hryvnia] monthly stipend and they hope to be able to increase that amount soon.

Within the Adopt a Soldier project Gene and John want to establish a relationship between the amputees and their global friends and make sure this relationship lasts and thrives. They state that it is very important aid for the amputees when they return home, providing them with a message of global care, hope and human support beyond financial aid. The fundraising is all done through a crowd funding website (, where donors can also find pictures, YouTube videos, and personal stories of the veterans being sponsored. From today there are 48 days left on this project, so don’t wait to donate! 

How it works is that donors can choose an amputee from the list on the website and choose to donate to their “adopted” amputee on a monthly basis. All you have to do is leave a message in the comments for your chosen amputee or for the Ukraine War Amps (UWA) team… and UWA will help to provide a direct connection between both sides. Here is what all the options look like:

Option 1 : an ongoing monthly payment in any amount for a chosen amputee
Option 2: an ongoing monthly payment in any amount for the general cause
Option 3: a one-time donation in any amount for a chosen amputee
Option 4: an occasional donation in any amount for a chosen amputee
Option 5: a one-time donation in any amount for the general cause
Option 6: an occasional donation in any amount for the general cause

In other words if you are unable to make an ongoing donation of $50 monthly, then together all monies will be grouped toward individual war amps to make up a regular monthly donation amount which they will receive. All the options include UWA’s invitation to leave a message for the soldiers, or for an adopted soldier, which UWA will directly deliver. Everyone can send them an email with suggestions, recommendations, or ideas through their website.

UWA hopes that in establishing some direct connections between the helper and the helped, funders will understand more about the developments and circumstances surrounding the amputee whom they are helping. They may feel personally involved and confident their money reaches the amps and follow the progress or discover other (non-monetary) needs that may be addressed. For example, even small talk on Skype may present much needed emotional support for the wounded or help him improve his English. Also it is a unique opportunity to learn the real ground situation first hand. Some amps have little kids and donors may realize that clothes/toys/computer games could also be a big help as families with 2 kids and an amputee father have to cope without many necessities. In the end, timely help may preserve the family. Sharing information on gaining new skills through free online learning, perhaps on how to get into website building or the computer industry for example, so that an amp is able to work from home, or to help the amp get a job he can do is also seen as a very valuable part of the exchange.

Ukraine War Amps will send out a reminder to make a donation on a monthly basis through the website. UWA collects funds during the first 2 weeks of the month and delivers them during the second half of the month.

Gene Berezovski (R) with Canadian Federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander (L) at March 1, 2015 rally for Ukraine at the Russian Embassy in Toronto

Gene Berezovski (R) with Canadian Federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander (L) at March 1, 2015 rally for Ukraine at the Russian Embassy in Toronto

Please help Ukraine War Amps help these Veterans; help them help the heroes who stood up for their homeland, freedom, democracy and human rights.

Adopt A Soldier website for donations 
Ukraine War Amps Facebook

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 3.31 #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:

Due to the inclement weather conditions, the intensity of shelling and combat activity on the part of Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas has somewhat reduced. Nevertheless, the terrorists are using small arms, 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers, anti-tank missile systems, ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft systems, heavy mortars, as well as 120-mm mortars that, according to the Minsk Agreements, should have been withdrawn from the line of contact. During the last two days, we also observed one instance of the use of rocket artillery by the insurgents (in the vicinity of Sokilnyky).

The enemy fire was the most intense in the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Seaside [Mariupol] sectors. In particular, the insurgents used 120-mm mortars in an attempt to defeat the advance positions of Ukrainian troops near Lebedynske and Shyrokyne). Simultaneously, terrorist personnel and equipment in the vicinity of these settlements were actively regrouping, and reserves have been pulled up from the direction of Bezymenne.

During the last two days, Russian-terrorist troops were also active in the Artemivsk direction, in the area of Luhanske [settlement in Donetsk oblast; not to be confused with the city of Luhansk] and Troitske. In this sector, the enemy is using small “infantry” groups (sometimes supported by 1-2 tanks) that fall back to their initial lines when Ukrainian troops return fire.

Anti-aircraft battery command vehicle 9S737 Ranzhir in Luhansk. SOURCE

Anti-aircraft battery command vehicle 9S737 Ranzhir in Luhansk. SOURCE

In the area of Opytne, the terrorists opened intense fire from heavy machine guns, twice (from several positions at once), and used a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft system against the positions of Ukrainian troops. The insurgent command believes that the current dislocation of Ukrainian troops in this sector is restricting Russian-terrorist formations on the Pisky – Krasnohorivka stretch (a similar situation is observed in Avdiivka, where the insurgents also continue their efforts to “squeeze out” Ukrainian troops from their positions).

Four tanks, accompanied by two army trucks, two infantry fighting vehicles BMP-2, and a BTR-70 armored personnel carrier, were seen transferring to an area southwest of Horlivka.

Two “fresh” mortar batteries were spotted in the Petrovskyi and Kuibyshivskyi districts of Donetsk (one employing 120-mm mortars, and the other, 82-mm mortars, for a total of 12 units). The mortar units arrived from the vicinity of Makiivka.

The combat activity of Russian-terrorist troops (primarily units that are part of the “Prizrak” [“Ghost”] gang) continues to increase in the Luhansk – Pervomaisk sector. Namely, small mobile terrorist groups continue their attempts to infiltrate through the gaps between the positions of Ukrainian troops.

The terrorist formations concentrated on the Pervomaisk – Stakhanov stretch continue being reinforced and resupplied. A convoy of six BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, two BTR-80 APCs, and two specialized vehicles (command and control vehicles equipped on board of Ural trucks) proceeded northwest through Alchevsk.

The enemy continues fortifying and entrenching the artillery firing positions in the vicinity of Chornukhyne and Alchevsk. Six Grad BM-21 multiple rocket launcher systems have been spotted moving towards Stakhanov. The enemy is carefully camouflaging the artillery positions and improving their approach routes.

In the vicinity of Kryakivka, Krymske, and Sokilnyky, the terrorists shelled the positions of Ukrainian troops several times during the past 24 hours, attempting to push the ATO forces from their positions near the Bakhmut motorway.

On the Dokuchajevsk – Stepne stretch, the enemy has deployed two battalion tactical groups, as well as several smaller groups (each of them up to a platoon in strength, mainly the remaining members of the “Kalmius” gang). The total enemy strength in this area is some 1100 – 1200 personnel, 28 tanks, and 42 armored combat vehicles. The insurgent artillery on this stretch has been somewhat pulled back, to an area behind Starobesheve.  The tank units of these BTGs are mainly employing T-72 tanks of various modifications. These BTGs are separated into a number of separate units, different in number and composition (namely, company tactical groups on the basis of tank units, and infantry units without armored vehicles). The units deployed in this sector will be following the orders of the single command point set up near Starobesheve.

A “rotation” of the gangs is underway in the Seaside [Mariupol] sector. Some of the insurgents previously stationed north of Shyrokyne have been moved towards Novoazovsk. They were replaced by an armored group consisting of three tanks and four ACVs (advanced towards Shyrokyne), which was later reinforced by 70-80 personnel with mortars and mounted grenade launchers, delivered by truck.

Russian-terrorist troops continue increasing the combat potential of their units with deliveries of resources and supplies from Russia. Over the last 24 hours, approximately 28 vehicles were spotted making these deliveries (mainly along the “northern” route). Large shipments of resources and supplies are being sent from the direction of Luhansk and Lutuhyne, as well as through Krasnyi Luch, towards Debaltseve, Stakhanov, and Pervomaisk.

The enemy continues repairing railway tracks between Donetsk and Luhansk (a “test” electrical train was sent along the track), and works to increase the capacity of this railway section.

A Russian military column near Shakhty, Rostov region. SOURCE

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 3.28 #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:

During the past 48 hours (March 26-27), Russian-terrorist forces continued shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian objects in the Donetsk, Mariupol and Artemivsk directions, using small arms, 120-mm mortars and other heavy infantry weapons (rocket-propelled grenade launchers, heavy machine guns). Insurgents were observed using MLRS BM-21 “Grad” from their positions north-east of Stakhanov (earlier, the IR group reported on the transfer of artillery to terrorists in this stretch). In Mariupol (the seaside) direction, along with shelling, insurgent attempts to maneuver their manpower and equipment, as well as transfer of reinforcements to advanced positions have been observed.

In addition to significantly heavy shelling at the forefront, insurgents continue to increase combat capability of their units. In particular, to reinforce “Oplot,” “Vostok,” and “Sparta” gangs, the enemy has moved marching replenishment to the vicinity of Donetsk (Petrovskyi and Kuibyshev city districts) – about 400 armed men that were transported by road (including grenade launchers, heavy machine gun, and anti-tank systems). This reinforcement includes a significant (about 75%) number of residents of Crimea and residents of Donbas who were earlier “evacuated” to the Russian Federation [RF]. These people received specialized instruction in training centers in the vicinity of Rostov-on-Don (Russia) and Perevalsk (Crimea). Russian mercenaries comprise about 25% of the personnel of this gang. The transfer of reinforcements was carried out secretly, without any support of manpower or equipment.

A second battalion tactical group of Russian-terrorist forces currently deployed to the north-east of Dokuchajevsk is staffed predominantly with Russian mercenaries and military personnel of the RF. During the past 48 hours, this group has received another reinforced mechanized company (partly using BMP-2, partly – BTR-80 and MT-LB). Overall, the group that took up positions north of the settlement of Laspa, received up to 15 AFVs, 4 MT-LBs and 4 tanks in addition to those [vehicles] that arrived earlier. The group also is in possession of 2 ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft installations and a significant number of anti-tank weapons (ATRA).

Moreover, a mortar battery arrived in the area – 6 mortars of 120-mm caliber and 11 vehicles. It seems this mortar battery will act in the interests of the entire battalion tactical group (an insurgent artillery group that was earlier deployed in this area and which had repeatedly conducted fire strikes onto civilian objects in the vicinity of Dokuchajevsk, has been moved back in its entirety behind Starobeshevo).

In the seaside direction, the transfer of a small armored group from the direction of Bezymenne (2 tanks and 3 BTR-80) towards Shyrokyne has been observed. Earlier, the movement of a reinforced mortar platoon of terrorists (120-mm mortars) was recorded through Novoazovsk towards Mariupol, accompanied by a BMP-2 and 2 BTR-80.

On the ShchastiaStanytsia Luhanska stretch, the enemy actively conducts a regrouping of its forces, disguising it as a “withdrawal of heavy weapons,” while also transferring new weapons to this site. During the last 48 hours, 11 trucks and specialized vehicles, as well as 2 tanks and about 5 ACVs crossed through Luhansk and Oleksandrivka in the direction north of Luhansk.

The transfer of ammunition for the insurgent artillery gathered in the vicinity of the Donetsk – Luhansk highway continues through Krasny Luch, Ilovaysk, and Snizhne. At the same time, the “withdrawal” of artillery [that was] demonstrated earlier by insurgents has been essentially derailed – terrorist artillery equipment deployed from Yenakiieve, Makiivka to Chornukhyne and Alchevsk continues to mainly remain in its positions, and the “withdrawal” is performed only by specially allocated personnel and equipment of the insurgent artillery groups. The main purpose of this particular group – is to provide support for Russian-terrorist troops in Dzerzhynsk, Artemivsk, and Lysychansk directions. At least 60 cannon artillery guns (mostly 122-mm D-30 howitzers), 34 self-propelled guns (mostly 122 -mm 2S1 “Carnation” self-propelled guns, but also units with 152-mm “Acacia” and “MSTA-S” self-propelled guns have been observed) are deployed in the three main divisions of this formation.

Russian-terrorist troops continue to accumulate material and technical resources and to test new avenues of logistics. During the past 24 hours, 4 supply convoys (48 vehicles) were observed carrying fuel, ammunition, spare parts, and specialized equipment. Terrorist continue to predominantly use a “southern route” (via Amvrosiivka, Snizhne, Shakhtarsk, Ilovaysk) for the movement of supply convoys. [Terrorists also] organized a two-tier system of logistics – using railways, trailers and driving teams to certain locations from the adjacent territory, after which automobiles are predominantly used to distribute and deliver resources. Directly in the occupied zone, the military equipment mainly moves by itself.

In addition, the following has been recorded:

• The transfer of 6 tanks through Makiivka in the direction of Yenakiieve, as well as 2 MT-LBs and 3 army trucks (one of them carrying a covered ZU-23-2);

• A regrouping of insurgent armored vehicles in the seaside direction to the northeast of Shyrokyne (a maneuver of 2 tanks towards the north, with movement of 3 BMP-2 and a BTR-80 directly to the positions near the village);

• The transfer of a reinforced company towards Vesela Hora from Metalist (about 90-100 people on 5-6 trucks, 4 120-mm mortars, 2 BMP-1, 2 BMP-97, a  MT-LB as a PPRU [NATO reporting name “Dog Ear”] (mobile reconnaissance and command center for tactical air defense).

Ukrainian soldier, Donbas. Source: AFP

Ukrainian soldier, Donbas. Source: AFP

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Trenches on the beach: Ukrainian military fortify Mariupol (PHOTOS) #FreeSavchenko

By Unian staff
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Photographs that show how Ukrainian servicemen dig trenches on the shore of the Azov Sea in Mariupol have surfaced on the web.

As previously reported by UNIAN, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on March 14 that every region should contribute to the construction of fortifications.

Poroshenko stressed the importance of building an effective line of defense. “Based on our experience, as well as the best examples of fortification projects, dugouts, and location reference points, we need to build a highly efficient, deep echelon defense in record time,” said Poroshenko.

On March 19, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine – the Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Gennadiy Zubko emphasized that the construction of fortifications in eastern Ukraine is to be completed by mid-May.

“We have very limited time for this work – we must build all fortifications until mid-May. The situation is tense, and we must combine not just the efforts of the military and regional administrations, but the efforts of all Ukrainian citizens to address the problem,” Zubko stated.

Source: Unian 

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