Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 7.31 #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)
07.31.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas are increasing the intensity and density of their shelling, and expanding the numbers of armored vehicles and artillery on the front line. Militants are using 120 mm mortars, 122 mm and 152 mm artillery, and armored vehicles on practically all sections of the demarcation line.

Activity was noted of a battalion-strength tactical group (BTG) of Russian terrorist troops concentrated in the area of Telmanove – Novolaspa – Krasnopillya (the IR group reported earlier on this BTG group’s transfer and deployment). Over the past twenty-four hours, the forces of this BTG have shelled the advanced positions and strongholds of the ATO forces in the vicinity of Starohnativka and Hranitne, as well as to the south-east of Bila Kamyanka. In this area, the repositioning of several militant armored groups was also observed (an armored group of three tanks and two BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles east of Novolaspa; a group of armored fighting vehicles north-east of the Starolapsa – Sontseve line).

Over the past twenty-four hours, terrorists shelled the advanced positions of the ATO forces in the vicinity of Mykolaivka using on-board 125 mm tank guns, while an armored group (two tanks and a 120 mm mortar battery) provided cover fire.

In the area of Shumy, Dachne and Zaitseve, yet another militant armored group (two tanks and two BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles) opened fire several times from 125 mm tank guns and IFV-mounted 30 mm automatic weapons. The armored group operated under cover fire from AGS-17 grenade launchers and 82 mm mortars.

Another enemy armored group (two tanks and up to three BTR-80 armored personnel carriers) operated in the area between Pisky, Donetsk Airport, and Opytne. Over the past 24 hours, this armored group repeatedly opened fire from camouflaged firing positions prepared beforehand.

After months of heavy fighting, the roof of this elementary school is littered with empty grenade casings. Photo: Noah Brooks

After months of heavy fighting, the roof of this elementary school is littered with empty grenade casings. Photo: Noah Brooks

During the past 24 hours, the enemy frequently opened fire from 120 mm mortars and 122 mm artillery along almost the entire length of the line between Mar’inka and the northern outskirts of Avdiivka. New terrorist artillery groups have been observed transferring to this area, which, correspondingly, resulted in an increased density of artillery fire. During daylight hours, the enemy in this sector actively used small arms and 82 mm mortars. On several instances, militants in the vicinity of Adviivka used AGS-17 [grenade launchers] for random fire.

Terrorists continue firing small arms on a “permanent” [continuous] basis in the area north of Myronivske, as well as near the settlements of Novozvanivka, Popasna, Novotoshkivske, Krymske, Vesela Hora – Schastya, and Stanytsia Luhanska. More activity is noted by small militant infantry groups, as well as sabotage and intelligence units, operating under the cover of greenery (especially active along the Severskyi Donets river).

In the coastal areas, militants frequently opened fire with small arms near Shyrokyne, east of Pyshchevyk and north of Chermalyk. In this region, militants were reported using 82 mm mortars.

A soldier takes a smoke break after a firefight in Shyrokyne. Photo: Noah Brooks

A soldier takes a smoke break after a firefight in Shyrokyne. Photo: Noah Brooks

Militants completed the regrouping of their formations on the stretch from the Kyivskyi district of Donetsk to Mayorske. Russian-terrorist troops have formed four “defense sectors.” The enemy formations concentrated in these locales have a centralized command system.

Reinforcements have arrived in the vicinity of Dovhe and Raivka (one “motorized rifle company” of Russian mercenaries per area, each with eight to ten BTR-80, BTR-80A and -82A armored personnel carriers, plus several MT-LB trucks; both companies consist of around 180 personnel, mostly of non-Slavic appearance). They have been constructing aircraft shelters, as well as shelters for equipment and personnel, organizing battlefield security, and look-out posts.

Frequent deliveries of fuel (at least 10 tanker trucks in the past 24 hours) and logistics supplies for Russian-terrorist troops concentrated north of the village of Bezimenne (coastal region) were recorded.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 7.30 #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)
07.30.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas once again carry out the majority of shelling on ATO positions and civilian objects during the evening and nighttime (including with 120 mm mortars, 122- and 152 mm artillery and armored vehicles). In particular, only 25% of all fire strikes during the last 24 hours were carried out in daytime. In addition, also observed were increased insurgent exploratory activities (to detect the combat formations and defense systems of the ATO forces), and of snipers, and enemy sniper groups.

In the area of Mar’inka, Pisky, Opytne, Avdiivka, Novhorodske, Leninske, and Shumy, insurgents continue to constantly fire at the positions of ATO forces and civilian objects, using small arms, 82 mm mortars, and AGS-17. Insurgents used 120 mm mortars near Pisky.

 A volunteer keeps watch over the enemy. Photo: Noah Brooks

A volunteer keeps watch over the enemy. Photo: Noah Brooks

In the ArtemivskHolmivskyi direction, militants used 152 mm artillery. Fire strikes were carried out on the forwardmost strongholds and checkpoints in the vicinity of Kurdyumivka.

In the area of Hranitne and Staromar’ivka (south of Donetsk) militants used armored vehicles. A militant tank group approached the forward line and carried out adjusted fire from tank weapons at the forward positions of the ATO forces. Afterwards, the enemy’s armored group moved deep inside their combat formations.

In the Svitlodarsk direction, several militant mortar units (120 mm mortars) shelled the ATO strongholds in the area of Zolote, Popasna, and Troitske. The fire was conducted from positions near Pervomaiske and Kalynove.

In the vicinity of Shchastya and Stanytsia Luhanska, the enemy fired from small arms, 82- and 120 mm mortars, and AGS-17. Tank weapons fired from the direction of Vesela Hora at targets in the vicinity of Shchastya. Near Stanytsia Luhanska, several militant infantry groups attempted to get closer to the positions of the ATO forces by covertly moving through the “greenery.” The forward units of the Ukrainian troops opened fire from small arms after identifying the enemy. The enemy retreated under cover of an AGS-17 and fired several rounds at the positions of the ATO forces from an RPG-7.

In the area from Novotoshkivske to Krymske, enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups were observed; they carried out reconnaissance of the ATO forces’ front line.

Militant sniper groups were observed practically across the entire demarcation line. The enemy snipers are highly trained.

In the area between Starobesheve and Olenivka, the movement of terrorist tanks and AFVs (three tanks were transferred to the vicinity of Novoselivka, six AFVs – for BTRs and two MT-LB were moved to the area of Komunarivka).

A sniper takes aim in Shyrokyne. Photo: Noah Brooks.

A sniper takes aim in Shyrokyne. Photo: Noah Brooks.

In the coastal areas, the deployment of a terrorist tank group (seven tanks) to the first line [of the front] was recorded in an area near Sakhanka. The tanks were moved from the vicinity of Bezimenne. According to the IR group, this information should be of particular importance in the context of the so-called “demilitarization” of Shyrokyne.

The arrival of important cargo from Russia is expected in Debaltseve (using Russian Railways as the carrier). Currently, there is no data regarding the contents of the cargo. A heavily armed and well-equipped unit of Russian servicemen (about 90 people) arrived in the vicinity of the railway station in three BTR-80, a BRDM-2, and five army trucks to meet the cargo.

The movements of the newest Russian BTR-82A were observed on the territory controlled by the terrorists from “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic]. During the last 24 hours, four of these ACVs were recorded during their transfer from Krasnodon to Luhansk, two more ACVs were observed in the area of Stukalova Balka.

Ukrainian soldier and  sniper keeps watch through his scope at a checkpoint as full moon rises. Photo: Mykola Voronin

Ukrainian soldier and sniper keeps watch through his scope at a checkpoint as full moon rises. Photo: Mykola Voronin

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 7.29 #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)
07.29.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continue heavily shelling the ATO forces positions and civilian objects (including those located on the occupied territory), using 120 mm mortars, 122 mm and 152 mm artillery, and armored vehicles.

In the stretch between Zelenopillya and the Horlivka – Artemivsk motorway, the enemy has repeatedly opened fire from 152 mm and 122 mm artillery, as well as 120 mm mortars, over the past 24 hours. These shellings provoked a highly negative reaction from the residents of the occupied areas (vicinity of Horlivka), who were accustomed to the reasonable safety of the motorway leading to Artemivsk. Local residents use this motorway to travel to Ukraine-controlled territory in order to receive social security payments and buy medicines, food, and other goods.

Photo: Noah Brooks

Photo: Noah Brooks

The advanced strongholds and ATO forces positions in the areas of Zaitseve – Travneve – Holmivskyi – Novoluhanske were also shelled from 122 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars.

Militants used 120 mm mortars to shell the southern parts of Avdiivka; several fire strikes were also made on the northern outskirts of the town. Terrorists shelled Mar’inka using 120 mm mortars and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers. In addition to that, two terrorist sniper groups were reported operating in the vicinity of Mar’inka and north of it (in the direction of Krasnohorivka).

The settlements of Opytne and Vodyane were shelled from 122 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars by militants positioned in the vicinity of Donetsk Airport and Spartak. In the same area, small energy infantry groups opened fire from the greenery. Further south, in the direction of Pisky, the enemy deployed two ZU-23-2 mobile anti-aircraft units mounted on mobile platforms (used for random fire).

Terrorists deployed heavy armored vehicles in the vicinity of Shchastya. Namely, three insurgents tanks moved from the direction of Vesela Hora, took firing positions under cover fire of 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, and made up to 10 strikes on the ATO forces positions. Later, insurgents shelled the same area using AGS-17 grenade launchers.

In the vicinity of Zolote, Krymske, and between Popasna and Pervomaisk, insurgents continue using small groups, firing on the ATO positions from the greenery and planting minefields. Multiple clashes with the ATO forces’ battlefield security are reported (in those cases, terrorists usually prefer a quick retreat without engaging in combat).

Relaxing in between shootouts. Photo: Noah Brooks

Relaxing inbetween shootouts. Photo: Noah Brooks

Over the last twenty fours hours, insurgents used small arms (including RPG, SPG, and anti-tank missiles) for a “continuous harassing” fire in the areas of Mar’inka, Lozove, Pisky, Krasnohorivka, Verkhnetoretske, Opytne, Avdiivka, Luhanske, Svtilodarsk, Shyrokyne, Hranitne, Berezove, and Stanytsia Luhanska.

A terrorist armored group (5 tanks, up to 10 armored combat vehicles, including BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers) was spotted maneuvering in the area of Dokuchajevsk.

A tactical militant group previously spotted by the IR group during their transfer to the area of Starobesheve has now taken positions along the Starolaspa – Rozdolne line. As of this time, their camouflaged positions contain 26 tanks, 36 ACVs (including five of the latest Russian BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, and eight Russian GAZ-2330 Tiger armored combat vehicles, part of the reconnaissance unit of the Russian Armed Forces), and up to 20 Kamaz/Ural trucks (including three command vehicles).

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Soldier’s Story: Imagine this in the scorching heat at the front…

By Mykola Voronin, Ukrainian sniper with the 79th Airmobile Brigade, previously in Donbas Battalion
07.28.2015
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It’s quite simple.
Just imagine.
You’re sitting in an open field.
For two days.
They bring you kasha [porridge] here three times a day.
You’ve been devouring this kasha for a month already.
And here again – is kasha.
Luscious hot tea.
Well, and water too.
Warm, of course.
The scorching heat is 40 degrees [104 dF].
And you can’t hide from the sun because you have to sit here.
In this spot.
You are thirsty.
The water is warm.
There is nowhere to wash.
And there are mosquitoes and bitter cold at night.

And now, after two days, you return to a place where there’s a store.
In the summer heat.
You buy an ice cream.

What do you think: will it be tasty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 7.27 #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)
07.27.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

The “demilitarization of the buffer zone” in Donbas from the side of the Russian-terrorist forces in reality is still an active use of heavy weapons – 120 mm mortars, 122  and 152 mm cannon artillery, armored vehicles. The enemy continues to lead active reconnaissance activities and is trying to launch a sabotage and terrorist “minefield” war on the rear of the ATO forces using sabotage and reconnaissance groups. At the same time, there is a marked decrease in the number of ambushes – sabotage and reconnaissance groups staffed by local insurgents and a team of Russian GRU Spetsnaz attempting to infiltrate the tactical rear of the ATO forces to explore and mine an area, use weapons only in the event of their discovery.

From 7:40 am to 3:00 pm yesterday (07.26.2015), active armed confrontations were observed in the vicinity of Shchastya. In particular, an insurgent tactical group (up to a company in size) and a unit of 82 mm mortars attempted an assault on the positions of the ATO forces. After Ukrainian troops opened retaliatory fire, the insurgent group retreated to their original line but soon resumed attacks with the support of three tanks. All assault attempts were repulsed by the ATO forces. During the clashes, enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups made their infiltration attempts. After their assault attempts failed, the enemy continued to fire on the positions of Ukrainian troops from small arms, 82 mm mortars, and grenade launchers (moreover, ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns were also used during the attack).

In addition, militants used tanks in the area to the northwest of Dokuchajevsk towards Yasne Berezove (south of Donetsk). An enemy armored group advanced to camouflaged positions in the greenery and conducted aimed fire from two tanks on the advanced positions of Ukrainian troops, under cover of the small arms fire of several infantry groups (that also used AGS-17 and 82 mm mortars).

The situation has exacerbated in the area of Mar’inkaKrasnohorivkaLozove, where terrorists carried out a number of shellings and sabotage acts in the last two days. Insurgents repeatedly fired from 122- and 152 mm artillery on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area between Krasnohorivka and Lozove. Judging by the nature of the fire raid, the enemy carried out adjusted fire (numerous transfers of fire and obvious corrections in the course of the raid were observed). Repeated instances of fire carried out on the advanced positions of the ATO forces, by terrorist infantry groups from the greenery in the neutral zone, were observed near Krasnohorivka. In the vicinity of Mar’inka, insurgents repeatedly fired from 120 mm mortars, striking not only the advanced positions of the Ukrainian troops, but also the strongholds deep in the tactical defense area.

The enemy continues to operate in the greenery with infantry groups in the area between Vodyane and Opytne, firing at the advanced positions of the ATO forces from small automatic weapons, RPG-7 and SPG-9 grenade launchers.

Between Verkhnotoretske and Troitske, in the area of Novoselivka and further north (towards Novhorodske and Shumy), the activity of terrorist infantry groups was also observed – carrying out attacks from small arms and short raids from 82- and 120 mm mortars.

In the vicinity of Svitlodarsk, Luhanske, Popasna, Zolote, and Krymske, terrorists in “standby mode” shell the positions of the ATO forces from the greenery while their sabotage and reconnaissance groups simultaneously carry out infiltration attempts.

The enemy repeatedly opened fire from small arms in the vicinity of Shyrokyne, Pavlopil, and Hranitne.

In Donetsk (the north-eastern part of the Kyivskyi district), the emergence of a new armored terrorist group was observed (8 tanks and 11-12 AFVs, mainly BMP-2). The accumulation of insurgent armored vehicles continues in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport and the settlement of Vesele (15 tanks divided into several groups, up to 20 ACVs, including BTR-70 and BTR-80, BMP-2, and several MT-LB with ZU-23-2); a large number of vehicles – over 30 trucks were also observed. In Spartak, a battery of six 120 mm D-30 was detected which leads the shelling of Pisky, Opytne, Vodyane, and sometimes participates in the shelling of Avdiivka along with other terrorist artillery units.

In the OlenivkaDokuchajevsk area, maneuvers by the militant troops and equipment were observed (the redeployment of an infantry group and 3 tanks further south). Up to 100 insurgents and 7 ACVs were additionally transferred to the Olenivka area.

The formation of large militant tactical groups is being finalized along the overall line from TelmanoveKrasnoarmiiskeBezimenne (two battalion tactical groups, three artillery groups – two groups of cannon artillery, the third [group] also includes 8 BM-21 “Grad” MLRS units). According to the IR group, the enemy can dramatically increase its efforts in this direction as needed – another tactical group from two “mechanized rifle battalions” with tanks (up to a tank company in size) continues to be deployed at the MospyneKomsomolske area, and another “motorized rifle battalion” (that also includes a 12-tank unit) is stationed in the area of NovoazovskMaksimov.

A Ukrainian soldier keeps watch over enemy positions. Photo: Noah Brooks

A Ukrainian soldier keeps watch over enemy positions. Photo: Noah Brooks

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