Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 02.10 #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)
02.11.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

(See end of post for acronym glossary)

Operational data from Information Resistance:

While continuing to shell the ATO forces’ positions, Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas are continuously reconnoitering the battle formations of Ukrainian troops at the tactical level, using, among other means, drones and radioelectronic surveillance.

In the past 24 hours, militants fired at Ukrainian troop positions near Pisky, Opytne, and the southern outskirts of Avdiivka – shelling came from the direction of the Donetsk International Airport (DAP), the northern and western sections of Spartak, the Yasynuvata junction, and the areas of Vesele, Zhobunky and Vtoraya Ploshchadka. Apart from automatic small arms, terrorists used AGS-17’s and SPG-9’s, while near Pisky, the enemy also deployed mortars (82-mm mortars in two instances, and 120-mm mortars once).

Militant detachments deployed between the village of Michurina and Holmivskyi continue to actively fire on the ATO forces’ strongholds near Mayorsk and Zaitseve, as well as the stronghold southwest of Zhovanka. Firing is from the area north of the Terykonna station, Poselok 6-7 estate, the militant-occupied section of Zaitseve, and the western outskirts of Holmivskyi. Terrorists are using 82-mm mortars, heavy machine guns, and grenade launchers (AGS-17’s and SPG-9’s). A ZU-23-2 has also been observed in action.

Increased militant activity has been apparent in the coastal regions. Machine guns and 82-millimeter mortars were fired from the western and southwestern outskirts of Kominternove, from positions west of Zaichenko, and from Sakhanka. Shelling by ZU-23-2’s was noted several times. Three militant tanks and an armored fighting vehicle group (several BMP-2s) are positioned in the Kominternove area

Near Mospyne, a terrorist armored group (nine BMP-1’s and BMP-2’s, and three tanks) have been spotted moving in the direction of Donetsk. A six-piece battery of 122-mm 2S1 “Gvozdika” self-propelled guns has been noted in the same area.

“LNR” formations deployed opposite Shchastya are being rotated. In the past 24 hours, five trucks with personnel and six BMP-1’s and BMP-2’s have arrived at the location from Luhansk.

Terrorist “anti-tank troop units” stationed opposite Mar’inka are replacing their “Fagot” anti-tank missile complexes (wire-guided with a range of up to 2,500 m) with the more modern Russian “Kornet” anti-tank guided missiles (laser beam guided, with target tracking and a range of up to 5,500 m).

With large-scale command and staff exercises in terrorist “army corps” under way (see IR group’s yesterday’s military update), the “DNR” troop detachments and units not involved in the exercises, as well as most “LNR” formations, are on high alert. At the same time, the head of the “DNR” has signed “Order #16” calling for intensified shelling of Ukrainian forces’ positions in a number of directions, on sections where “1st DNR Army Corps” units are operating. The main purpose of the shelling is to provoke the ATO forces into returning fire using heavy weapons, and then accuse Kyiv of grossly violating the Minsk agreements. According to information obtained by the IR group, the “Order” stipulates this type of armed provocation in the areas of Horlivka, Mar’inka, Kominternove–Hnutove, and Kominternove–Talakivka.

A delegation of the “Security and Defense Committee of the DNR People’s Council” headed by the “Committee” chairman, Anatolyi Koval, is due to visit Moscow soon, for “consultations” with representatives of the Russian Presidential Administration and Russian Duma Defense Committee. The main purpose of the “consultations” is to discuss “the development of further mechanisms of cooperation” between the Russian “supervisors” and the “DNR” leadership. In particular, the “DNR” chieftains are dissatisfied with the reduced amounts and disrupted deliveries of supplies and financial “aid,” which became the case after the previous “supervisors” were replaced and supply channels reorganized.

The “DNR” leadership has issued an instruction to the “DNR Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting” (headed by Pavel Mikhalev) to take emergency action to block Ukrainian television and radio broadcasts in the occupied territories of the Donetsk oblast, and to extend the “DNR” television and radio broadcasts and Russian television to Ukraine-controlled territory. The instruction specifies that, if needed, the “committee” will request the necessary technical equipment from Russia. Currently, there are two militant-controlled television centers in Donetsk:

1) 61 Kuibysheva St., Donetsk. This center contains three individual telecommunications towers and three administrative buildings that house technical equipment, relay stations, etc. Tower #1 is designed to hold retransmission systems and, Tower №#, relay equipment. Tower #3 is used for redundancy. Towers #1 and #3 are currently not in use. In order to optimize electricity consumption, a high-capacity transmitter (1 kW) was removed from Tower #1, installed on Tower №# and currently broadcasts the “Union” television channel. Tower #2 also contains radio transmitters beaming radio broadcast signals to Ukraine-controlled parts of the Donetsk oblast, on the following FM frequencies: 92.3, 96.1, 98.6, 99.0, 99.4, 100.0, 100, 5, 100.7, 101.2, 101.6, 102.0, 102.6, 104.1, 104.7, 105.5, 106.4, 107.6 to 106.8.

Donetsk telecommunications mast

Donetsk telecommunications mast

2) Pikhotna St., Donetsk. This center includes a telecommunications mast and a single administrative building housing technical equipment. Mounted on the center’s mast are powerful TV relay transmitters (10 kW, for the “Rossiya 24” TV channel; 1 kW for the “Union” TV channel; 500 W for the “Oplot” TV channel and others, such as “Rossiya 1,” “Novorossiya,” “NTV,” “TNT,” “Zvezda”). These transmitters enable Russian TV channels to be broadcast to Ukraine-controlled parts of the Donetsk oblast. A twin transformer power source with total capacity of about 1,000 kW is installed at each facility.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Glossary:
ACV – armored combat vehicle
AGS-17 – automatic grenade launcher
ATO – Anti-Terrorist Operation
BMP – infantry fighting vehicle
BTG – battalion tactical group
BTR, APC – armored personnel carrier
BRDM – armored reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle
BRM – armored reconnaissance vehicle
DAP – Donetsk International Airport
DNR – “Donetsk People’s Republic”
DRG – sabotage and reconnaissance group
KSM – command and staff vehicle
LNR – “Luhansk People’s Republic”
MT-LB – light multipurpose tracked vehicle
MLRS – multiple-launch rocket systems
SPG-9 – stand-mounted grenade launcher
ZU-23-2 – anti-aircraft artillery system

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 02.10 #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)
02.10.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

(See end of post for acronym glossary)

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continue active shellings (small arms, grenade launchers, mortars, anti-aircraft systems, on-board guns of armored vehicles), land reconnaissance in a number of sections, mine-laying (by DRGs), and sniper attacks.

During the past 24 hours, terrorists repeatedly used automatic small arms and grenade launchers (including stand-mounted AGS-17 and SPG-9) to fire on the ATO forces’ positions on the stretch between Pisky and Zaitseve. Near Butovka, the enemy deployed SPG-9’s and small arms. In the vicinity of Pisky, militants used two 82 mm automatic mortars (“Vasilek” 2B9 or similar), firing from the private residences area in Vtoraya Ploshchadka, while heavy machine guns and AGS-17’s were used from positions near Vesele. The area around Zaitseve and the Zhovanka river was shelled from two directions, including Holmivskyi (AGS-17’s and small arms). Detonation of 82 mm mortar rounds was also recorded near the ATO stronghold south of Mayorsk.

Militants actively shelled the areas of Opytne and Avdiivka from the direction of the DAP, Spartak, and the Yasynuvata junction, using heavy machine guns and SPG-9’s.

In the vicinity of Krasnohorivka and Mar’inka, the enemy deployed armored vehicles and mortars (82 mm and 120 mm). Near the [destroyed] children’s foster home (Mar’inka), terrorists used AGS-17’s and heavy machine guns, firing from a BTR-80. A militant armored group of three BMP-2’s moved from the Abakumov neighborhood towards Staromykhailivka. After taking positions north of the settlement, one of the BMP’s opened fire from its on-board 30 mm automatic gun.

The enemy opened fire from 82 mm mortars from the direction of Sanzharivka, shelling the area around Rozsadky and Skeleve. Mortars were also used to shell Ukrainian troop observation points and strongholds east of Troitske.

Near Shyrokyne, militants used small arms, mortars, grenade launchers, and a mobile ZU-23-2. Northeast of Talakivka, a mortar shelling by the enemy was recorded (82 mm mortars).

Enemy sniper groups are operating in the area of Mar’inka and from Shyroka Balka (the latter ones are targeting the ATO forces’ positions northeast of Novoselivka).

A unit of Russian Armed Forces servicemen arrived in Krasnyi Luch. The personnel is arriving in groups of 10-15 men, on board of vehicles. As of the morning of 02.10.2016, a total of one company’s worth has arrived (up to 100 personnel). Armored vehicles are being transferred separately: some 15 ACVs (BTR-70, BMP-2, MT-LB).

“DNR” armed formations are actively conducting military training. Continuous tactical field exercises on the grounds of the “training centers” are being held, aimed at improving unit coordination and practicing cooperation between motorized rifle units and mechanized forces in combat conditions. Between 02.09. and 02.11.2016, the “DNR” leadership are conducting large-scale command-staff exercises (mainly involving formations and units deployed in Donetsk and Horlivka). “DNR” “motorized rifle brigades” Numbers 1, 3, 5, and 100 are taking part in the training.

The “Somali” storm unit (headed by Mikhail “Givi” Tolstykh) also held a series of battalion tactical exercises aimed at practicing combat operations in an urban setting with armored vehicle support. The training was held on the grounds of abandoned and destroyed facilities in industrial areas of Donetsk.

The heads of the “DNR Ministry of Defense” developed an action plan (which is, as of now, already approved by Oleksander Zakharchenko [Head of the “DNR”] and the Russian “supervisors”) for provocations, to be carried out by militants along the contact line, specifically, on the Mar’inka–Krasnohorivka, and Kominternove–Pyshchevyk stretches. The provocations, aimed at forcing the Ukrainian Armed Forces units to open fire, are planned for the day before the February negotiations of the “Normandy Four” (planned to be held in Munich at the end of this week).

At a meeting with the division heads of the “DNR Ministry of Revenues and Duties,” the “minister” Oleksander “Tashkent” Timofeyev announced that the “ministry” employees are not allowed to discuss official matters via mobile communication serviced by Ukrainian operators. The only allowed mobile operator is “Feniks” (the “DNR republican communication operator”). Tymofeyev threatened immediate arrest and charges of “treason” to any “tax official” caught using the [SIM] cards of Ukrainian operators.

Employees of the Telmanove district administration (in the “DNR” controlled part of the district) received an order to start active preparation for the “local elections.” Staffing of election commissions and candidate selection are underway. After the “people’s council of the DNR” passes the so-called “law on elections,” the existing groundwork will be altered to fit its norms. At the same time, Russian “supervisors” ordered the “DNR” chieftains to activate efforts aimed at creating the “ideological base of the republic.” To this end, a so-called “Ideological Forum” will be held in Debaltseve in the second half of February. The forum will be attended by the heads of the “ministries of the DNR” and political consultants from Russia. The plan is to develop the main ideological principles of the “republic” and the directions for popularizing said ideology.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Glossary:
ACV – armored combat vehicle
AGS-17 – automatic grenade launcher
ATO – Anti-Terrorist Operation
BMP – infantry fighting vehicle
BTG – battalion tactical group
BTR, APC – armored personnel carrier
BRDM – armored reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle
BRM – armored reconnaissance vehicle
DAP – Donetsk International Airport
DNR – “Donetsk People’s Republic”
DRG – sabotage and reconnaissance group
KSM – command and staff vehicle
LNR – “Luhansk People’s Republic”
MT-LB – light multipurpose tracked vehicle
MLRS – multiple-launch rocket systems
SPG-9 – stand-mounted grenade launcher
ZU-23-2 – anti-aircraft artillery system

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“The release of prisoners cannot be subject to bargaining,” – human rights activist Matviychuk

Radio Svoboda [Liberty]
02.09.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

“If France and Germany take a hard line that prisoners may not live until tomorrow, we will have a chance to free them.”

Oleksandra Matviychuk, chairman of the Center for Civil Liberties

Oleksandra Matviychuk, chairman of the Center for Civil Liberties

Kyiv – Ukraine should take a tough stance together with its foreign partners, during the next “Normandy Format” meeting, and insist on the unconditional and immediate release of prisoners who are now in the occupied territories. The humanitarian mission is the prime and most important task of the Minsk agreements, the Head of the Center for Civil Liberties, Oleksandra Matviychuk stated on Radio Svoboda.

– International humanitarian law applies to these relationships, which sets the standards of behavior for civilians and combatants, and the rules for the use of means and methods of warfare. In the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War, a categorical imperative is contained, which states that under no circumstances are prisoners of war to be tried by any court which does not provide the required, generally-accepted guarantees of independence and impartiality. It is worth saying here that we conducted research and interviewed 160 people released from places of captivity in the occupied Donbas, we are fully aware that one simply can’t say that any of the courts there have any guarantees of independence and impartiality in their “judicial proceedings.” There was only one figure – 100% of the people we interviewed, had no access to legal protection, they had neither a lawyer nor even a man who would come and call himself a lawyer.

– Iryna Herashchenko: the responsibility for the fate of Ukrainian prisoners lies with Russia. Besides negotiations, and the declarations of authorities at the highest international level, what more can the Ukrainian side do for the release of Ukrainian prisoners?

– I agree that these puppet regimes of military dictatorship are controlled by the Russian Federation. You can see those who feed these regimes, how much Russia spends each month for their maintenance, respectively, who gives the orders and what is done with the leaders of the illegal armed groups that step out of the central [power] vertical, I have in mind the liquidation of “Batman” and other such odious individuals. I think that Ukraine should make efforts to consolidate and strengthen the position of its international partners to put pressure on the Russian Federation.

The main thing that we, as human rights organizations, are now demanding from Ukraine, as well as from France, from Germany, and, of course, from the Russian Federation as members of the “Normandy Format” – is the implementation of the Minsk Agreement paragraph on the release of prisoners of war and illegally detained persons without any reference to other points in the agreement. We say that this should be done immediately. And in no way should it be dependent on an amnesty or elections, as the representatives of the illegal armed groups and the Russian Federation are doing in the negotiations. If France and Germany take a hard line that prisoners may not live until tomorrow and that’s why this condition should be implemented immediately – we will have some chance for their release.

– Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyer Mark Feygin wrote that he does not believe in the court’s acquittal of his defendant, however, he said, the Kremlin can get out of the situation by returning her to Ukraine [to presumably serve her sentence] after the verdict. How do you assess the probability of exchange even in the results of such formal “courts”?

– It’s worth implementing two things here when we speak of courts in the Russian Federation and when we speak of the illusory “courts” in the [occupied] territories of the individual regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. According to our research, this is totally a “gray area.” If in the Russian Federation some simulacra exist: there is an institution with a sign on which is written “court,” there is a person who calls himself a judge, there is some legislation that is broken, but it exists, and there is a process, although everyone knows that the verdict comes from above and this man in the mantle does not decide anything; but in fact, the court is in process and one can even attend the hearings. So in this “gray area” there are no general institutions that have even a hint of human rights, or rules that could be applied, which exist.

– Therefore, a compliance even to such formalities as the “court” still, in your opinion, will not help the exchange and the release of these people held in captivity?

– This is the easiest way, to release them within the Minsk agreements. We do not consider the agreements as an algorithm for peace-building, but as a temporary tool for a ceasefire and the resolution of specific humanitarian issues. The release of hostages is one of the most urgent humanitarian issues.

Source: Radio Svoboda

 

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 02.08 #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)
02.08.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

(See end of post for acronym glossary)

Operational data from Information Resistance:

During the past weekend (02.06 – 02.07.2016), the situation in the ATO zone in Donbas was the most tense in the Donetsk (Mar’inka, Staromykhailivka, Pisky, Opytne, Avdiivka) and Alchevsk directions of operation (Zaitseve, the Zhovanka river), in the area of the Svitlodarsk bridgehead, and in the Telmanove – Hranitne area.

Units of Russian-terrorist troops, as per “tradition,” shelled Ukrainian troop positions in the vicinity of Pisky and Opytne. Several terrorist groups (8-10 personnel in each), moving under the covering fire of heavy machine guns, entered the neutral zone and opened fire on the ATO forces’ strongholds, using automatic small arms and machine guns. During the shellings, militants also used RPG’s (firing HE projectiles) and underbarrel grenade launchers. Terrorists operated in the vicinity of the destroyed radar station (the DAP) and in the private residences area on the outskirts of Spartak.

Heavy fire came down on the southern and eastern outskirts of Avdiivka, where terrorists deployed 82 mm automatic mortars (“Vasilek” 2B9 or similar), firing from the high grounds near the Yasynuvata junction. The “Zenith” stronghold and the remains of buildings near the vent header of the Butovska Mine also came under fire (militants used AGS-17’s and SPG-9’s).

A militant mortar unit (three 120 mm mortars) fired from positions in the private residences area in south Staromykhailivka. In this vicinity, terrorists also used the on-board weaponry of the two BTR-80’s that maneuvered through the area. From the northern part of the settlement, militants fired using SPG-9’s.

In the vicinity of Mar’inka, militants fired heavily on the ATO forces’ strongholds and positions, deploying four AGS-17’s from the “Crocodile” waste bank.

Militants also stepped up their activity in a number of other areas. Mortars were used in the Zhovanka – Zaitseve area, with support from heavy machine guns. Here, terrorists operated not only from the southern side of Zaitseve, but also from positions near Holmivskyi. Another terrorist mortar group is constantly operating from positions north of the Terykonna station (firing towards Zhovanka – Zaitseve as well as towards Mayorsk).

Grenade launcher and heavy machine gun fire was coming from the direction of Shyroka Balka. Fire from 120 mm mortars was also recorded from the direction of Horlivka (from positions between Lenina Ave and Marshala Zhukova Street, as well as near the knitwear factory).

Terrorist formations have also been activated in the vicinity of the Svitlodarsk bridgehead. Heavy machine guns and stand-mounted grenade launchers (AGS-17 and SPG-9) were used against the ATO forces’ strongholds northeast of Rozsadky (from the direction of Veselohorivka), as well as on a number of Ukrainian troop strongholds and observation points east of Troitske (from the direction of Kalynove).

North of Staromarivka, terrorists deployed mortars from positions near Krasnyi Oktyabr and Pervomaiske, firing at the ATO forces’ stronghold north of Hranitne. A militant group stationed on positions north of the destroyed bridge provided supporting fire from machine guns and AGS-17’s.

In and around Donetsk, the “DNR Ministry of State Security” is deploying “filtering measures.” In addition to the stationary checkpoints, 12 mobile checkpoints were deployed, mainly near the city exits. Some of them are reinforced with armored vehicles. According to the rumors that are being circulated among militants, a search is underway for Ukrainian DRGs – supposedly, the “Kyiv junta,” unwilling to pass a law on the amnesty of terrorists, gave orders to eliminate the “DNR” higher-ups, including Zakharchenko, and to carry out a number of large-scale sabotage acts in Donetsk.

A combined unit of Russian marines dressed in “DNR” militant uniforms was identified in the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk (near Ratsionalizatoriv Street). An armored group (up to 10 BMP’s and MT-LB’s) was spotted south of that area, and six tanks further east.

Militant mobile groups were identified in Horlivka, near Michurina Street and the Komarova residential estate. Each group has 1-2 APC’s, 2-3 trucks with 82 mm mortars, SPG-9’s, sometimes ZU-23-2 or anti-tank guns, and 20-30 personnel. These groups take positions covertly, fire on targets, and promptly leave. Similar groups were previously spotted in the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk, in the Putilovka area [of Donetsk], near the Novyi Horniak and Vtoraya Ploshchadka neighborhoods.

A camouflaged militant anti-tank battery was identified between Yasne and Dokuchajevsk. The battery comprises four 100 mm “Rapira” MT-12 antitank guns.

Artist Yury Zhuravel

Artist Yury Zhuravel

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Glossary:
ACV – armored combat vehicle
AGS-17 – automatic grenade launcher
ATO – Anti-Terrorist Operation
BMP – infantry fighting vehicle
BTG – battalion tactical group
BTR, APC – armored personnel carrier
BRDM – armored reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle
BRM – armored reconnaissance vehicle
DAP – Donetsk International Airport
DNR – “Donetsk People’s Republic”
DRG – sabotage and reconnaissance group
HE – high-explosive shells
KSM – command and staff vehicle
LNR – “Luhansk People’s Republic”
MT-LB – light multipurpose tracked vehicle
MLRS – multiple-launch rocket systems
SPG-9 – stand-mounted grenade launcher
ZU-23-2 – anti-aircraft artillery system

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 02.09 #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)
02.09.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

(See end of post for acronym glossary)

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Ukrainian soldier raises flag in occupied Zaitseve, Ukraine on his birthday, Feb 9. Source: (Screenshot from video)

A Ukrainian soldier raises flag in occupied Zaitseve, Ukraine on his birthday, Feb 9. Source: (Screenshot from video)

During the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas were the most active in the areas of Donetsk and Horlivka, in a number of locations between these two cities, as well as south of Donetsk and on the Svitlodarsk bridgehead.

In the vicinity of Pisky and Opytne, militants actively shelled the ATO forces’ positions from heavy machine guns and grenade launchers (AGS-17, SPG-9). Near Mar’inka, terrorists deployed mortars of the two main calibers (82 mm and 120 mm) and heavy machine guns; sniper fire was also recorded.

Further north, militants fired on the southern and northern outskirts of Krasnohorivka from the direction of Staromykhailivka (private residence areas), using 120 mm and 82 mm mortars.

East of Troitske, the ATO forces’ positions were shelled from 82 mm “Vasilek” 2B9 mortars; the detonation of approximately ten 120 mm projectiles was also recorded. In the same area, militants opened fire from the neutral zone, using small arms and RPG’s.

In the vicinity of Zaitseve, the enemy deployed machine guns from the direction of Holmivskyi, and from positions southeast of Novhorodske. In the latter case, a terrorist infantry group attempted to approach Ukrainian troop positions and was stopped by the ATO forces’ fire. The group’s retreat was covered by fire from a BTR-80’s on-board guns.

A Ukrainian soldier raises flag in occupied Zaitseve, Ukraine today on his birthday.

Militants fired on [the ATO forces’] strongholds east of Rozsadky from the direction of
Sanzharivka and Veselohorivka, using heavy machine guns and AGS-17’s.

Machine gun fire came at the Ukrainian troop stronghold east of Starohnativka from the direction of Starolaspa. Terrorists also used SPG-9’s from the direction of Bila Kamyanka.

Two ATO forces’ strongholds came under fire from 82 mm mortars and heavy machine
guns, used by militants from positions near Kominternove. In particular, their firing positions are equipped on the southwestern and western outskirts of Kominternove.

Militants continue transferring combat equipment along the Snizhne – Donetsk
and Starobesheve – Donetsk lines. During the past 24 hours, up to five BTR-80’s, five BMP-2’s and two MT-LB’s (one carrying a ZU-23-2) were transferred.

Militants are equipping positions in the vicinity of Staromarivka (north of the destroyed bridge, as far as Krasnyi Oktyabr). According to our preliminary data, this area will receive a unit of up to one reinforced “motorized rifle company” in strength, with armored vehicles (a company tactical group).

Up to 1,000 militant personnel are stationed in the Alchevsk – Perevalsk area (concentrated here during the past week). Periodically, militant groups from this number advance towards Bryanka and Stakhanov.

Further west, we observed:
• near Lomuvatka – 10-11 pieces of various armored vehicles (no tanks, mainly
BMP-1 and MT-LB);
• near Almazna and Kalynove – one reinforced company each (9-10 pieces of combat equipment, motor vehicles, mortar type armaments (82 and 120 mm), ZU-23-2, and up to one battery of 100 mm “Rapira” MT-12). The companies’ equipment is partially camouflaged, partially on display (which appears to be a demonstrative action).

Near Horlivka (the settlement of Myrnyi), a battery of five D-30-A 122 mm howitzers (towed) was spotted on the march. The guns were moved during the hours of dusk, with large gaps.

In the Putilovka area of Donetsk, six militant tanks were spotted in the vegetation. Previously, the IR group spotted this tank group in the private residences sector in front of the DAP; it has now been withdrawn somewhat deeper into the terrorists’ positions.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Glossary:
ACV – armored combat vehicle
AGS-17 – automatic grenade launcher
ATO – Anti-Terrorist Operation
BMP – infantry fighting vehicle
BTG – battalion tactical group
BTR, APC – armored personnel carrier
BRDM – armored reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle
BRM – armored reconnaissance vehicle
DAP – Donetsk International Airport
DNR – “Donetsk People’s Republic”
DRG – sabotage and reconnaissance group
KSM – command and staff vehicle
LNR – “Luhansk People’s Republic”
MT-LB – light multipurpose tracked vehicle
MLRS – multiple-launch rocket systems
SPG-9 – stand-mounted grenade launcher
ZU-23-2 – anti-aircraft artillery system

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