Dmitry Tymchuk: Attack on the Ukrainian banking system #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)
01.28.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

About the situation with Oschadbank:

As part of the overall attempts to destabilize the situation in Ukraine on the part of our Russian “friends,” we are observing an attack on the state banking sector – in particular against the state-owned bank Oschadbank [Savings Bank]. Well-organized pseudo-protests continue, accusing Oschadbank of “cooperating” with the terrorists.

To be honest, at the beginning of this story, we had a persistent impression that this was nothing more than unscrupulous competition on the part of domestic [Ukrainian] private banks (let’s not forget that plenty of government representatives – first of all, tens of thousands of soldiers – were recently transferred to state-owned banks for the purposes of wages (salary payment), which makes a lot of sense, considering that banks hold the personal data of their customers).

However, our attention is drawn to two facts:

1. There is absolutely no evidence that Oschadbank is operating in the occupied territories, ever since an appropriate resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers [to stop operation in such territories] was issued last fall. In this respect, our data coincides with that of state agencies. Thus, the attack itself is carried out under completely false pretexts.

2. The main thing: we found that organizers of protests against Oschadbank are certain gentlemen related to Russian structures (in particular, the Russian propaganda media). Thus, we see a “Russian trail” in the organized attack on the state banking sector of Ukraine.

The IR Group is starting its own investigation into the situation. We will report the results in the near future.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 1.28 #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)
01.28.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

During the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces continued to accumulate manpower and resources in the area of the Debaltseve springboard. According to our data, five enemy battalion tactical groups (at least one of which is staffed with Russian airborne troops) and three consolidated artillery groups are currently fighting in different parts of the springboard. Moreover, numerous small terrorist formations operate in this area, armed with individual pieces of heavy infantry weapons. The total strength of Russian-terrorist troops currently operating on the Debaltseve springboard is about 2,500 people, up to 35 tanks, about 50 AFVs [armored fighting vehicles], up to 50 units of cannon artillery (including self-propelled artillery), and a minimum of 22 MLRS units.

In the vicinity of Debaltseve, the enemy withdrew to its original positions following an unsuccessful assault attempt through Troitske towards Svitlodarsk, and is currently working to restore its level of combat readiness. We observed deployment of insurgent reinforcements (up to 12 motor vehicles, most of them covered military cargo trucks, and about 18 armored vehicles) to this area, through Stakhanov. In the vicinity of Vuhlehirsk and in the direction of the Svitlodarsk Reservoir, the enemy continues to accumulate additional tactical reserves, thus maintaining a significant impact potential of its formations.

Commanders of Russian-terrorist units operating near Horlivka were given a mission to prepare [their] permanent places of deployment for the defensive, and [to draw up] a diagram for organizing cooperation “in the conditions of warfare in a dense urban area.” Armored vehicles are getting pulled to “places of permament deployment” of the insurgents, with the intention to use them for organizing the defense (over the past 24 hours, these included at least 6 tanks and up to 4 AFVs).

Near Dokuchajevsk, an advance mobile team with one of the Ukrainian army units ambushed and destroyed two enemy mortar detachments as they were moving towards a pre-equipped firing position.

Ukrainian mortar operator, callsign Mukha [Fly]. Photograph by Docutoloka

Ukrainian mortar operator, callsign Mukha [Fly]. Photograph by Docutoloka

In the settlement of Syhnalne, we observed about 20 enemy armored vehicles on the move (including at least 5 are tanks), as part of “stabilization [efforts] on the Olenivka – Dokuchajevsk stretch,” where a mobile group of Ukrainian forces has conducted a raid two days ago.

As a result of a terrorist artillery strike in the vicinity of Avdiivka, several infrastructural objects have been destroyed (in particular, a heating main was hit, and several power transmission towers). The municipal workers have been attempting to repair the damage for two days now, but repair works are made very difficult by constant artillery shelling by the terrorists. We also have reports of insurgent fire strikes on the Avdiivka Coke Plant, [Avdiivka] tram depot, and several high-rise buildings along Komunalna Street.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Hope for Nadiya Savchenko: Global Action January 26 #FreeSavchenko

By Voices of Ukraine
01.12.2015

“This is not suicide but the only method of fighting available to me.” –Nadiya Savchenko

Yesterday (Jan. 11), Mark Feygin, the attorney for Nadiya Savchenko–a former Ukrainian pilot and now Member of Parliament who was kidnapped and abducted to Russia and is being illegally held on false charges as a Russian captive (perhaps hostage is closer to it)–tweeted an open call for worldwide participation in the January 26th global campaign to support Savchenko, now on her 31st day of a hunger strike in a Russian prison. 4 days ago she was put into solitary confinement for continuing her hunger strike. She takes only warm water and recently a glucose drip, adding only a cup of tea for Ukrainian Christmas. Today (Jan. 12), her lawyer Mark Feygin finally got a chance to meet with Savchenko with an intention to try to get her to stop the hunger strike, as she’s stated she wants to continue until the 26th. Previously, such entreaties by Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko were not heeded by Savchenko. And today, she reiterated that she will continue her hunger strike until she is on Ukraine’s soil or dies in a Russian prison. “I have given my word that ‘Until the day I return to Ukraine, or until the last day of my life in Russia!’ and I will not back down, otherwise what value would my words have?! - she writes in her letter today. (Full translation of her letter here).

Nadiya Savchenko is an elected member of Parliament (Batkivshchyna Party), the hope is that with full delegate authority in PACE she will gain diplomatic immunity and the government of the Russian Federation should release her from custody. This was announced by her lawyer. However, that immunity may only exist for the delegate’s country of origin and not extend to Russia as Russian authorities are claiming. PACE President Anne Brasseur is visiting Kyiv on January 15-16 and perhaps some possibilities may still be worked out.

Mark Feygin also wrote on his Twitter:
“On January 26, the opening day of the PACE session, [I] call to enter the global rally in support of Savchenko, around the world.”

In a separate tweet he also wrote that for the January 26th action there are “no chiefs, no organizers, and so on.” “Coordinate yourselves, organize yourselves” – the lawyer added.

On January 5, social networks launched an online action in support of Savchenko. Activists created and disseminated materials with information about the Ukrainian pilot/MP in Twitter and Facebook networks, with the hashtag #FreeSavchenko. Actions under this hashtag are initiated by British activist Alex King @Glasnost Gone who’s been working very hard to get the word out and to compile statistics and videos on some key Ukrainian issues, Savchenko’s imprisonment being one of them. He is joined by many others including Voices of Ukraine (@maidantranslations.com) and EuromaidanPress (@EMPR), Digital Maidan was asked by the lawyers to help put a twitter storm together as well, and so on outward through the networks of contacts everyone has, in a rhizomatic fashion. Multitudes of other activists have been working enthusiastically on Twitter and in letter writing to media, politicians and PACE members as well. The idea being that a lot of smaller community organizations are now beginning to unite across borders to combine efforts and speak as one united powerful voice for Ukraine on pressure point issues. Please continue to do so within all of your organizations for this action! As Alex King says:

“I joined twitter to try and unite people; to get us all shouting with one voice. Ukrainians all over the world now feel part of something and can help Ukraine. We fight for Nadiya, but by doing so we fight for Ukraine and keep her in the news.”

Currently, there have been around 150,000 tweets since #FreeSavchenko was started on November 19, 2014 and by the 26th this should increase to 200,000. The goal is to reach 1 million tweets on January 26th. As King states, “Much of the media ignore Twitter, campaigns/trends come and go, but its hard to ignore 1 Million Tweets. Also its impossible for the Kremlin to discredit, as the proof is there for all too see. The aim is to get Nadiya front and center in the world news on Jan 26th.

Other goals are to raise global awareness of her plight as her hunger strike continues, to put pressure on media and politicians to raise their voices in outrage over her continued imprisonment under falsified charges and that of other Ukrainian political prisoners of war being held illegally by Russia (it is said that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is supposed to be released sometime this month by RF authorities but it is entirely unclear when). The Ukrainian captives are unable to get POW status because they are caught in a loophole without an official declaration of war or invasion by either side in this situation. This would de facto make them hostages, even though they are clearly POWs and political prisoners.

On January 26th:
Please have a selfie image like the ones below holding up the #FreeSavchenko hashtag sign prepared to tweet on or before January 26. Take it to hold near something iconic where you live, use your own language as well as the hashtag, let us know where you’re from in the world! Put it on your puppy or cat. The purpose of this kind of photo is to give the media some human interest images to show if they report on the action (and we want to encourage them to report as much as possible as one of the goals of the Twitter storm), so remember to also tweet it to your local or favorite media people. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FreeSavchenko for every single tweet! We need to take the total tweets to 1 million together! And keep tweeting and retweeting the ones at #FreeSavchenko.

If you don’t use Twitter, please feel free to send your images here or post them to our Voices of Ukraine–Official FB page.

Jarema and Veronica Polataiko. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Jarema and Veronica Polataiko. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Ewa Janowicz: Poland is here. I`m with you, I'm with Nadiya. Use my pic if you want

Ewa Janowicz: Poland is here. I`m with you, I’m with Nadiya. Use my pic if you want

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

 “But I want to reassure you that I have never been weak and never will be! They cannot break my spirit, and I’m not going to get into battle with the prison guards!  The main thing is to hold out in spirit, and my physical strength will recover. .. And if God has need for something else, then so be it … the loss of one fighter is a very great loss, but it is in no way a lost war!  Ukraine will win!” –Nadiya Savchenko (January 12 letter from prison)

READ MORE:

Kharkiv Human Rights Group: Nadiya Savchenko will not end her hunger strike nor let them break her spirit

Kharkiv Human Rights Group: Write to PACE: Nadiya Savchenko has been on hunger strike for 29 days

Washington Post, UA News: Russia’s illegal prisoners of war 

 

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 1.29 #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)
01.29.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

During the past 24 hours, a decrease in the intensity of offensive actions by Russian-terrorist forces has been observed in the conflict zone in Donbas. The enemy was unable to complete its task and form the “Debaltseve boiler” [type of encirclement] – primarily due to effective actions by Ukrainian artillery units.

In particular, as a result of the massive retaliation by Ukrainian artillery, both the advanced enemy units and their secondary echelons (earlier consolidated in this area for “a large-scale offensive”) suffered significant losses. Currently, panic rumors are circulated among the insurgents that Ukrainian forces will conduct a simulatenous counter-offensive from the Debaltseve stronghold and Avdiivka in order to “cut off Horlivka.”

In Debaltsever today.

In Debaltsever today.

At the same time, the enemy has been observed to abandon a number of positions and checkpoints in its secondary locations near Horlivka.

A convoy of two “Ural” vehicles carrying eliminated insurgents and Russian mercenaries was observed leaving Horlivka towards the Russian border. Over 100 seriously wounded terrorists have arrived in Krasny Luch from the combat zone in the Debaltseve stronghold over the past 24 hours; about 60 wounded were delivered to Snizhne, and about 70 – to Shakhtarsk. The terrorist command admits there’s a complicated situation with medications.

In the area of Nikishyne, the enemy failed to force Ukrainian units back from their positions, even after pulling up reinforcements. A terrorist task group is operating in this area (approximately 300 people, a mortar battery, and up to 10 armored vehicles), making periodic attempts to flank our forces.

An enemy “reserve” was deployed to the outskirts of Yenakijeve, consisting of 12 APCs and AFVs, plus 4 tanks.

Insurgents’ artillery continued shelling civilian objects in the areas of Svitlodarsk, Myronivskyi, and Luhanske [a village in Donetsk oblast; not to be confused with the city of Luhansk]. Multiple residential dwellings have been destroyed; civilians are leaving en masse in the direction of Artemivsk. A similar situation is observed in Avdiivka, where civilian objects suffer massive destruction from terrorist fire.

A mobile artillery group of the terrorists (up to 30 pieces of cannon artillery) delivered mass fire from the area of Dokuchajevsk – Starobesheve. There are almost no local insurgents left between Olenivka and Starobesheve; we have reports of Russian mercenary units operating here, camouflaged to look like “militia.” A total of 2 enemy battalion task groups (BTGs) are operating in this area, with total strength of up to 1,000 persons, including 18 tanks and up to 65 AFVs.

Advance attempts of Russian-terrorist troops near Mariupol have been ceased. Ukrainian artillery covers the enemy strike groups in this area rather densely.

Over the last week, we observed intense supplies of ammunition to Donbas from the Russian Federation, mainly by railway (2-3 special trains of ammunition per day). The main unloading station is Ilovaisk. Additionally, some ammunition is supplied to the north through Antratsyt, from where it is carried to so-called “warehouses” and “bases” of gangs, on civilian cargo vehicles. In the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic], a special unit employing its own technical facilities and security is in charge of unloading and distributing incoming ammunition deliveries. After delivering ammunition to “warehouses,” insurgents from individual units use their own transport (Ural, MT-LB, Kamaz trucks) to carry ammunition directly to firing positions. This scheme works like clockwork – by the time a special train arrives, the necessary amount of motor vehicles are already accumulated in the unloading area, and more vehicles are supplied as necessary. This process is very well-organized, clearly managed by people with professional skills in the sphere of logistics and transportation.

In order to procure passes out of the ATO area, terrorists are attempting to get their saboteurs “hired” by companies and mines whose employees have the right to leave the occupied area. There were cases of such “workers” being discovered and detained at Ukrainian checkpoints.

Father and son who fight together. father and son. Fight together. Every time they go to different tasks, they hug before parting. When they return, the father kisses his son with tears in his eyes.

Father and son who fight together. father and son. Fight together. Every time they go to different tasks, they hug before parting. When they return, the father kisses his son with tears in his eyes. Photo: Andriy Tsaplienko, 1+1 TCH

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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International Conference, Kyiv: “The Development, Standardization and Implementation of Tactical Medicine in Ukraine”

Opening statement by Dr. Ulana Suprun, Director of Humanitarian Initiatives of the Ukrainian World Congress at the first international conference “The Development, Standardization and Implementation of Tactical Medicine in Ukraine” at the Ukrainian House, January 19, 2015.

Good Morning! Glory to Ukraine!

A year ago, many of us here today, together with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets on Independence Square, the Maidan, to protest against the shameful dictatorial laws adopted by Ukraine’s Parliament backed by the Yanukovych regime on January 16, 2014. Three days later, on January 19, the battle on Hrushevsky Street began and on January 22, the Maidan, the Revolution of Dignity witnessed the first deaths due to gunshot wounds. Serhiy Nihoyan. Mykhail Zhyznevsky.

Those deaths and the nature of their wounds were a harbinger of things to come. From Feb 18-20 over 100 protesters would die from sniper rifles and beatings that brought about the formation of the Heaven’s Company [also known as the “Heavenly Hundred”].

Less than a month later, on March 18, ensign Serhiy Kokurin was shot in the chest when Russians stormed the Ukrainian Chief Direcorate of Operational Support for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Simferopil. Captain Fedun was also injured in his arm and neck and one more soldier was savagely beaten. Their attackers wore Russian uniforms without insignia. Serhiy left behind his then pregnant wife and four year old son.

On April 6, Major Stansilav Karachevsky of the Ukrainian Navy was shot twice with an AK-47 by a member of the separate battalion of marines of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. One bullet hit him in the chest and the second in his head. On April 13, Captain Hennadiy Bilichenko of the Poltava Special Operations Center “A” of the Security Service of Ukraine was killed by terrorists in Slovyansk as he led negotiations with the local population. Captain Bilichenko died and other members of “Alpha” were wounded. Then first vice-minister informed journalists that soldiers of the 45th Guard Airborne Division “Kupyanka-1” of the Russian Federation Air Forces that are stationed near Moscow, took part in the attack on members of SBU’s “Alpha.”

And the number of dead increased as many of Ukraine’s best patriots volunteered to defend their country from invasion without even the most basic items like body armour. More to the point, almost no one was trained in how to use those elementary first aid items like a combat application tourniquet.

Conference workshop

Conference workshop

All of these events led to the need for the immediate implementation of tactical medicine in Ukraine, that is care under fire, tactical field care and treatment of battle-related injuries, such as gunshot wounds, injuries from shrapnel and explosive devices, burns, and others. The events of February 18-20, Heaven’s Company, the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the war in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, together with the terrorist acts in Volnovakha, Odesa, Kharkiv, Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, including the shooting down of Malasian Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014, underscore the need for training and standardization of tactical medicine and the availability of first aid equipment specifically designed for combat conditions.

Constituent elements of NATO-standard battlefield IFAK kits (Improved First Aid Kit) prepared for Ukrainian soldiers by Patriot Defence in consultation with leading international experts

Constituent elements of NATO-standard battlefield IFAK kits (Improved First Aid Kit) prepared for Ukrainian soldiers by Patriot Defence in consultation with leading international experts

From open source materials, from the start of the annexation of Crimea in February 2014 through December 2014, that is over the span of 11 months, over 1420 Ukrainian warfighters have been killed, or roughly speaking 129 deaths per month. For comparisons sake, between Jan.1, 2002 and Nov. 26, 2014, that is, over the span of 143 months, there have been 3,387 coalition deaths in Afghanistan, or roughly speaking, 24 deaths per month. Clearly, not every conflict or war is the same. Different tactics will be employed by different terrorists groups, be they the Taliban or the terrorist organizations sponsored by the Russian Federation, like the Donetsk People’s Republic or the Luhansk People’s Republic, but the end result is the same: people who are defending freedom and the values of western and European civilization, those values embodied in the Atlantic Charter over 70 years ago, are continuing to die today. Our response has to be simple: to better prepare, train and equip those men and women who are willing to lay their lives down in defence of those ideals.

The Ukrainian World Congress Humanitarian Initiative “Patriot Defence” was launched in May 2014 in response to a specific need: we decided to professionally train Ukrainian warfighters according to NATO standards; to train them in providing first aid under combat conditions, that is, teaching adapted Combat Lifesaver courses and providing everyone trained with an IFAK (an individual first aid kit).

Details at Patriot Defence website here

Details at Patriot Defence website here

The program is financed by donations from Ukrainians and others in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Czech Republic and many other countries around the world as well as from Ukraine. In 2014, over 1.3 million dollars was donated. As of today, we have trained 12,157 Ukrainian warfighters in adapted combat lifesaver courses, including those from: the Armed Forces of Ukraine, regular Army and Special Forces, the Ministry of the Interior, (including the National Guard), the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the Administration of State Security of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Volunteer Corp “Right Sector”, Battalions Azov, Donbas, Holy Mary, Aidar and others including over 500 cadets in the senior classes of Ukrainian military academies.

Training workshop during conference

Training workshop during conference

We have distributed 9764 NATO standard individual first aid kits. Yet, given that there are over 20 thousand Ukrainian warfighters actively deployed in the ATO, this is simply not enough. All of them need to be trained in CLS and TCCC, given the lack of adequate life saving equipment, like the combat application tourniquet. That equipment together with professional training in the algorithm, CABC will save lives.

Over the course of the training program, 147 Ukrainians have been trained as Combat Lifesaver instructors by specialists certified according to international standards. Of these, 92 were military, 55 civilian.

Recently the chair of the committee on public health in Ukraine’s Parliament and Honorable doctor of Ukraine Dr. Olha Bohomolets came to us with a request to organize three day Combat Lifesaver courses for the graduating classes of all of the military institutes and academies in Ukraine. That program commences on Jan 22, the day after this conference ends, and will provide the new generation of Ukrainian officers with training in tactical medicine.

Our organization’s achievement is but one example of the tremendous contribution of the individual volunteers and organizations toward preparing, training and supplying Ukrainian warfighters from all agencies. De facto, Ukrainian volunteers and volunteer groups have been much more effective in providing materiel support for those men and women defending Ukraine today, especially in the areas of medical aid, including teaching combat medics and warfighters in tactical first aid, providing individual first aid kits and evacuation care and treatment in hospitals. Volunteers are currently also providing psychological and physical rehabiliation for Ukrainian warfighters.

Certain security agencies, like the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service and the Administration of State Security have understood the importance of tactical medicine and are working toward implementing an ongoing-continuous training program for their members and medics as well as ensuring that their members are trained and receive first aid kits. But until all security agencies give top priority to tactical medicine, that is, on the same level as modernizing their battle-readiness, without enormous effort and constant attention, tactical medicine will remain in its current implementation. Modernization of the Ukrainian Armed Forces does not begin with new equipment but instead begins with new and current training methods.

The events over the past few days in the Donetsk Airport have shown that we still have not been able to create a system that operates effectively and automatically without direct intervention by top officials. Instead of wasting valuable time and energy, fragmenting resources, both financial and human on a chaotic system of evacuation, purchasing that which is cheapest rather than that which is most needed and of the highest quality, and always scrambling at the last moment to find where, how and who will provide treatment for the wounded, let us step back for a moment and think about planning a new and effective system. Let us take the best examples and experience from other countries that have gone through the painful evolution of tactical medicine and create a uniquely Ukrainian system founded on evidence-based medicine – specifically Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) that has been accepted as the gold standard of tactical medicine by the United States and NATO member-countries.

Click on images to enlarge in slide show:

Ukrainian warfighters find themselves in situations everyday in which a basic knowledge of tactical medicine could save their lives or the life of their buddy. I encourage you, conference participants to take an active part in the panels and discussions. Your proposals will form the basis for the resolutions and a plan of action that will help in the development, standardization and implementation of tactical medicine in Ukraine.

Thank you.
Glory to Ukraine!

All Conference Details: Patriot Defence Conference site

Source: Patriot Defence FB
All photos (unless specified otherwise): Roman Marusenko, Patriot Defence FB

 

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 1.27 #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)
01.27.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

During the past 24 hours in the conflict zone in Donbas, the most difficult situation has developed in the Debaltseve direction. After attempts to storm the positions of Ukrainian troops near the settlements of Sanzharivka and Trotsky, Russian-terrorist troops are conducting resupply of their advanced units’ personnel and military equipment. In addition, the enemy continues to increase its tactical strike groups on the flanking positions of the Debaltseve springboard, as well as north Avdiivka and in the south-western suburbs of Horlivka.

In the direction of the “main strike” on the left flank of the Debaltseve springboard, a combined artillery group of terrorists has been deployed, staffed by Russian personnel from two artillery brigades of the Central Military District of the RF (26 units of self-propelled artillery and towed artillery, 12 MLRS units).

Through Stakhanov and Bryanka an enemy transfer of replenishments has been noted towards the Hannivka-Verhulivka line (up to 200 Russian mercenaries, up to 15 units of armour, including 6 tanks).

In the region of Popasna the enemy continues to inflict strikes on the forward positions of Ukrainian troops, enabling possibilities for further active terrorist group actions. The Ukrainian artillery actively conducts counter-battery fire.

During the past few days mass artillery shelling has resumed from the side of the enemy in the Petrovske district of Donetsk, and also in the region of Stanytsia Luhanska. In these areas the enemy has concentrated significant numbers of artillery (in the Petrovske district of Donetsk – 5 batteries of cannon and reactive artillery, in the region of Stanytsia Luhanska – two artillery groups which quite actively interact under a unified command).

South of Donetsk in the area of  Stepne – Olenivka, after a battle with active use of artillery, Russian-terrorist troop formations left their positions and withdrew northeast of Olenivka. Withdrawal of the enemy forces was carried out under cover of indiscriminate artillery fire from the region of Dokuchajevsk.

In the Horlivka “intestine” [i.e: surrounded on 3 sides] opposite Vuhlehirsk and Svitlodarsk the enemy continues to concentrate a tactical strike group, trying to prepare a “counter strike” on the rear areas of the bridgehead. The group at the moment includes up to 22 tanks and 34 armoured fighting vehicles, joined into three tactical units, the total number of enemy personnel in the area (including Yenakijeve) numbers up to 2000 people.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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