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)
03.28.2015
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

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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

03.27.2015
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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Nadiya Savchenko: “Meeting with you gave me a whole new sea of strength.” #FreeSavchenko

By Nadiya Savchenko, via Mark Feygin (lawyer)
03.27.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyer Mark Feygin tweeted earlier today: “I just came from Nadiya in prison. She sends everyone a hello and this appeal.” And Nadiya writes:

Nadiya Savchenko in early March

“Good day to you, good people!

Thank you to everyone who came to my trial yesterday (03.26.2015).

When they were transferring me back to SIZO-1, in the paddy wagon, I heard you shouting “Nadya! Nadya!” :)

Then the paddy wagon driver turned the siren on to drown out your voices and to disperse you. And I burst out laughing! :)))

I heard you nonetheless! :) I would hear your voice through any walls! Only please, be careful… I really don’t want to hear your voices from the neighboring cell! ;)

Meeting with you gave me a whole new sea of strength! And, it gave me enough strength for the next court date!

Until the next meeting!
And, I wish [for it to be], finally in FREEDOM!

03.27.2015
Nadiya Savchenko

PS: Nonetheless, the fourth charge they were trying to pin on me did not stick! That’s at least some victory.

Glory to Ukraine!
Glory to the Heroes!”

Source: Mark Feygin

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 3.25 #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)
03.25.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

During the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas have fired on the positions of Ukrainian troops over 20 times – in violation of the Minsk agreements; an attempted assault on the positions of Ukrainian troops was recorded as well.

Fighting in Shyrokyne near Mariupol intensifying. Photo source: Twitter

Fighting in Shyrokyne near Mariupol intensifying. Photo source: Twitter

The most intense enemy firestrikes were reported in the Seaside [Mariupol] sector. Insurgents and Russian mercenaries fired on the positions of Ukrainian troops near the settlements of Shyrokyne, Staromarivka, Novoselivka, and Mykolaivka, using 120-mm mortars and heavy grenade launchers. The positions of Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk sector, near the settlements of Pisky, Hranitne and Avdiivka, were also shelled (mainly with 120-mm and 82-mm mortars; the enemy used armored vehicles against Avdiivka – 2 tanks fired from pre-equipped positions, and SPG-9 mounted grenade launchers were used in the area).

In the vicinity of ​​Mayorskiy (Artemivsk sector), an enemy group of up to 2 platoons in strength, supported by 3 armored vehicles, launched an offensive on the advanced positions of Ukrainian troops. Initially, the Ukrainian units stopped the enemy units’ advance by precision fire from their pre-equipped positions and a tactical maneuver; subsequently, the enemy was forced to retreat to their starting lines.

In the vicinity of Sokilnyky (Luhansk sector), an insurgent force (up to 2 platoons)  made two attempts to come into close proximity with the positions of Ukrainian troops, using a cover of heavy small arms fire. Both attempts were unsuccessful, and the enemy was forced to pull back to the starting line.

ATO forces fought off a terrorist attack on their stronghold in Trokhizbenka

ATO forces fought off a terrorist attack on their stronghold in Trokhizbenka. Source.

The “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] and “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic] continue increasing the combat ability of their forces, working to organize the remaining extrasystemic and irregular formations into solid and structured “armed forces.” The insurgent command focus their efforts in several directions – improving the organizational structure (bringing the different-sized and variously structured formations of the “Army of Novorossiya” to the uniform norms and standards of the Russian Armed Forces); completing the staffing of these formations with personnel and military equipment; constructing a single chain of command (both operational and administrative); improving the professional skills of the insurgents; and accumulating material and technical resources for subsequent active hostilities.

Terrorists with T-72B. Source.

Terrorists with T-72B. Source.

Over the past 24 hours, three targeted supply convoys were seen arriving from Russia (two along the “southern route,” one along the “northern route”). A total of 48 transport units (including 11 fuel tankers and 10 specialized vehicles) were seen on the move.

Terrorists continue to reinforce their battle formations on the ​​Alchevsk – Stakhanov stretch. Four tanks and two AFVs (repaired and serviced at the facilities of local businesses) were seen moving in the direction of Russian-terrorist positions near the Bakhmut highway. A convoy of armored vehicles proceeded through the settlement of Metalist (near Luhansk) in the direction of Shchastya (eight AFVs, two motor cars with mounted Zu-23-2 anti-aircraft guns, and three BTR-80 APCs).

The insurgents continue reinforcing their formations in the Artemivsk sector (chiefly by transferring units from the “Horlivka garrison” here). We observed two insurgent tactical groups moving along the demarcation line, with armored vehicles (3 tanks and 6 AFVs; insurgents in this area also employ 82-mm mortars, 17 SPG-9 mounted grenade launchers, and 107-mm B-11 recoilless rifles, mainly mounted on appropriate transport platforms). In addition, 21 tanks and 18 AFVs have been transferred to the Artemivsk sector over the past 24 hours, moving through Makiivka (some of this equipment took part in the Debaltseve battles earlier and has been repaired; the rest recently arrived from Russia). The armored vehicles were transferred to the new positions in small groups.

A Russian-terrorist “training center” is operating in the vicinity of Oleksandrivsk, where a number of insurgent units are covering “training points” concerning defensive and offensive action. Armored vehicles (6 tanks, 5 ACVs) and Russian specialists are involved in the training.

South of Donetsk (Stepne – Dokuchajevsk stretch), the terrorists continue operational deception efforts for their continued reinforcements of personnel and resources. Specifically, radio communication in insurgent networks has dropped noticeably in this area, while armored vehicles are distributed across a relatively wide stretch, in small groups. The Russian-terrorist battalion tactical group that was previously concentrated in this area has deployed a portion of its personnel and forces to cover the front section between Stepne and Volnovakha, providing for the concentration of another BTG to the northwest of Dokuchajevsk. Two tactical level command and control points are present in this area.

Another Russian-terrorist tactical group is transferring to the area of Starobesheve – Telmanove. It includes 14 armored vehicles, including 4 tanks.

In the Severodonetsk – Lysychansk stretch, a number of units from the remnants of the so-called “Cossack guard” were spotted. These small units are armed with mortars, SPG-9, AGS-17, and other heavy infantry weapons.

In the Luhansk sector, the enemy is carrying out intense reconnaissance, trying to uncover the defense system of the Ukrainian troops that continue controlling the main crossings over the Seversky Donets River.

Ukrainian troops

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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You asked how to help: Adopt A Soldier

By Voices of Ukraine Senior Staff and Ukraine War Amps
03.14.2015

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 (http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/adopt-a-solider-a-project-of-ukraine-war-amps/313363), 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

Related Reading:

Ukrainian Echo, Duo Teams Up to Help Ukrainian War Amputees

Voices of Ukraine, Soldier whose arm was axed off while in captivity needs prosthesis

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

By Unian staff
03.20.2015
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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