Dmitry Tymchuk: Military updates, 12/17 (8th “Day of Silence”)

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

The military leaders of the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] are forced to conclude that, as was stated in a report addressed to the leadership of the “DNR” terrorist organization, “overall, mobilization measures on the territory of the republic did not result in a significant positive effect on the staffing status of the republic’s armed formations.” The total number of so-called “recorded conscripts” enlisted during the conflict barely exceeded 1,000 persons.

A conflict is exacerbating between the “Oplot Battalion” unit stationed in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, and local insurgent gangs that do not obey the “DNR” leadership. Isolated armed clashes are reported. The conflict is centered around the distribution of “aid” arriving from Russia.

In the area of Olenivka – Dokuchajevsk, Russian-terrorist troops continue active work to restore the combat capacity of the armored unit withdrawn to the area, and the remains of its supporting composite artillery group. According to our reports, these units received a supply convoy (carrying gear, ammunition, and spare parts) that had previously passed through Amvrosiivka and Starobesheve. At this time, this artillery group’s former firing positions to the south of Dokuchajevsk remain unoccupied.

Despite the announced “ceasefire,” Russian-terrorist troops continue shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area of the Debaltseve foothold. Fire is delivered from mortars and grenade launchers, in some cases, from cannon artillery. Units of the Horlivka gang (former gang of Ihor “Bes” Bezler) are operating in the area of Debaltseve, while local insurgents are active in the area of Chornukhyne – Verhulivka, and Russian mercenary units are attempting frontal and head-on assaults near Nikishyne. During shelling and armed provocations, the actions of various Russian-terrorist groups in this area appear to be well-coordinated and organized.

The enemy’s heavy armament previously spotted moving along the Bakhmut motorway (tanks, towed artillery, self-propelled rocket launchers) is being distributed between other sections of the “front” in the Luhansk Oblast. Some of that equipment and armaments were sent to the gang of Oleksiy Mozgovoy to “replenish the losses” that the gang is, in reality, not incurring at this time, due to a sharp drop in its combat activity (at this time, the units actively operating from the area of Alchevsk – Stakhanov are exclusively units of Russian mercenaries and the Russian army). Some of the crews and details who man the equipment and armament arriving in this area are refusing to continue taking part in combat, demanding “leave” and “rotation.” The command staff conducts “explanatory meetings” with the “non-conscientious” insurgents and Russian mercenaries, threatening to deprive them of payments and bonuses for earlier combat action.

A “battalion of the army of Novorossiya” is being deployed from the area of Krasnodon to the area of Stanytsia Luhanska and Shchastya. This unit is formed of Russian mercenaries who underwent instruction at the training grounds of the Russian Armed Forces in Rostov Oblast (Russia). The battalion consists of 2 companies (up to 240 insurgents) and employs a mortar battery, several anti-tank missile launchers (up to 4), 10 armored combat vehicles and 3 tanks.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military updates, 12/16 (7th “Day of Silence”)

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

The Russian military command addressed a complaint to the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] leadership, concerning the latter’s failure to create the “Army of Novorossiya.” According to the version of the representatives of Russia, the task set by the Kremlin – to unite all gangs under a single military command – failed because the “DNR” leadership “lacks political will.”

Meanwhile, desertion and marauding are becoming even bigger problems for the “DNR.” Marauding and armed conflicts between terrorist groups are particularly strong in the areas to the south of Donetsk, where insurgents from various “DNR” gangs and groups fled once those gangs were disbanded.

On the Debaltseve foothold, in the area of Nikishyne and Chornukhyne, Russian-terrorist troops were reinforced by several “newly created” companies of the “Cossack guard.” Insurgents from these formations are dressed in the new winter uniform of Russian standard, well-equipped and well-armed. They have up to 20 armored vehicles at their disposal.

We receive reports of the movement of insurgents’ armored vehicles and self-propelled artillery system in the area of Bakhmut motorway, away from the line of contact with Ukrainian troops and towards areas near Alchevsk and to the west of Luhansk. Damaged equipment is being towed away. A total of up to 30 units have been spotted, including T-72 and T-64 tanks, and “Gvozdika” 2-S1 self-propelled artillery systems.

Insurgents in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska, following preliminary shelling, tried to move to a number of positions in the “buffer zone.” However, they were met with dense small arms fire of Ukrainian units, and fell back to their original positions.

A clash took place to the north of Novoazovsk, where pro-Ukrainian guerrilla fighters attacked a communication center of Russian troops. The enemy incurred losses. This attack caused significant uproar in the ranks of Russian-terrorist troops, who were not expecting guerrilla action in this area.

A composite company task group of Russian troops acting near Telmanove, reinforced by an artillery battalion, moved to the first line in the area of Hranitne again. Earlier, as was reported by the IR group, this unit incurred losses from Ukrainian artillery strikes and withdrew further behind its lines.

At a closed meeting presided by the head of the “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic] Ihor Plotnitsky, the “LNR counter-intelligence” warned about the possibility of “hunger riots” among the local population. The insurgent “counter-intelligence operatives” believe that the situation is further exacerbated by the “lack of transparency” in the distribution of “humanitarian aid” arriving from Russia.

Store in Donetsk: beer and potatoes basics.

Store in Donetsk: beer and potatoes basics. Photo: Novorossiya PR

Photo: Novorossiya PR

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Dmitry Tymchuk: On “reformatting” the National Security and Defense Council

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Let’s hope that amendments to the law “On the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine” (we anticipate their adoption in the second reading next Tuesday) will help to solve the main problem, which has not been resolved since the beginning of the ATO [anti-terrorist operation]. Namely – to organize cooperation between the law enforcement agencies, without which it is impossible to effectively utilize the security sector and fend off Russian aggression (we have found out about this the hard way since the spring).

The amendments to the law separately stipulate the NSDC participation in the formation of the office of the Presidential Chief of Staff. However, as you know, de jure we are [currently] in peacetime, while the Chief of Staff office is formed only in the event of war. However, we have an agency represented by the same National Security and Defense Council [NSDC], which is a “coordinating body” under [Ukrainian] law; only until today the legislation obviously failed to confer [relevant] authority [on it] for real coordination. Changes to the law will correct this. That is, in fact, we will receive an equivalent to the office of the Chief of Staff that will be able to work effectively in conditions of peacetime.

And some commentary on the appointment of Oleksandr Turchynov as the Head of the NSDC. The best advertisement in this situation is the attitude of Russian politicians and media towards Oleksandr Valentynovych, whom Moscow hates sincerely and wholeheartedly. It is obvious why – because [he] was able to organize the ATO this spring despite the complete paralysis of the Ukrainian army and intelligence services and thereby disrupt “the Crimean scenario” in Donbas, which says a lot.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB 

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Concerning rumors about the “termination of the Novorossiya Project”

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
12.16.2014   Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The media field is actively spreading a statement about the alleged “termination” of the so-called “Novorossiya Project” by Moscow. At the same time, Sergey Lavrov, head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that Moscow is the only power speaking in favor of preserving Donbas as a part of Ukraine.

This information campaign carried out by Moscow is rather dangerous, because it makes Ukraine “lower its guard” and harbor delusions concerning a “peaceful regulation of the conflict” – something that the official Kyiv has been long and obviously craving.

We offer you a look at the facts. As of this time (including the events of the last few days), we have observed:

1. Intensified attempts of the Russian command to bring all gangs that operate on the territory controlled by the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] and the “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic] under a single command and create a so-called “Army of Novorossiya.”

To this end, specialists of the General Headquarters of the Russian Armed Forces (with the “support” of the Main Intelligence Directorate and FSB [Security Service of Russia] units) arrived in Donbas several weeks ago. Right now, no one is calling them back to Russia; on the contrary, the “Russian envoys” are putting more pressure on the leadership of  the”DNR” and “LNR,” demanding that they force gang commanders to obey. The main threat voiced in this context is the promise that those who fail to satisfy these demands will be deprived of Russia’s aid.

2. Thanks to the above aid from Russia, Russian-terrorist troops are actively and intensely preparing for winter warfare. This includes supplies of winter uniforms, equipment, winter fuel, etc.

3. Taking advantage of the “bizarre ceasefire” (read: lack of active combat on the part of Ukrainian forces), Russian-terrorist troops regrouped their forces. Units that incurred losses in previous armed clashes have been withdrawn from the front line and are being actively replenished. New units are being formed, by means of forceful “enlistment” (to a smaller extent) and there is deployment of Russian mercenaries to Donbas (to a larger extent).

4. The strength of units of the Russian Armed Forced operating in Donbas is not decreasing.

5. While the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making “soothing” statements, an operational-mobilization conference of the command staff is taking place in the Southern Military District of Russia (specifically, in the Rostov Oblast, which borders Ukraine). Taking part in the conference are the district command, the command of mixed arms units, the command of the Air Force, aerial defense, the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla, as well as the command staff of military formations and units. In addition to that, this region is already stuffed full of units and formations of the Russian Army, deployed here earlier (mainly those of the Southern and Central Military Districts).

All of the above facts speak against the notion that Moscow’s “Novorossiya Project” can be considered terminated. We suggest that you believe facts, rather than someone’s statements and ruminations.

A possible explanation for the decreased frequency of shelling by Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas and for the current information campaign may be the Kremlin’s wish to create an illusion that the mentioned “peaceful dialogue” is possible – in order to try and make the West soften the sanctions. But this definitely does not mean a termination of the “Novorossiya Project.”

"Round tables! We need more round tables!"

“Round tables! We need more round tables!”

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Vitaly Portnikov: What scares Russians most?

By Vitaly Portnikov
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

All day I’ve read in the Russian media: Oh, now we are becoming scared, now we are becoming scared … And when they “gnawed off” Crimea and stuffed Donbas with weapons, was it not scary, dear colleagues? When people fled from Crimea and Donbas, when children were hiding there in cellars, when Putin’s refuse wrested every apartment and car, was it not scary? When your valiant military shot down the “Boeing” and deprived innocent people of life, were you not afraid? When your vultures fly over peaceful European cities – it’s not scary? Perhaps, Europeans should be afraid of you?

To rob and kill are never scary – if you have a criminal mindset, of course. What’s scary – is to answer for your deeds.

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Volodymyr Parasyuk: On Akhmetov’s contraband cargo of “humanitarian smokes & vodka for kids”

By Volodymyr Parasyuk, Commander, Dnipro-1 Battalion and Member of Parliament (independent candidate)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Today, in the ATO zone, we stopped the flow of contraband which, under the guise of Rinat Akhmetov‘s humanitarian aid fund for the civilian residents of Donetsk, was actually being supplied to terrorists. The worst part is that the local prosecutors and police were covering up all of this. Tons of food, in trucks bearing the logo of Akhmetov’s Foundation, goes to the warehouse in Donbas Arena which is protected by the “Vostok” Battalion. Under the guise of children’s products, products completely not for children are being brought in – such as vodka and cigarettes. The most “for children” products we’ve found – are 20 tons of cream of wheat.

Together with volunteer battalions and Members of Parliament – Semenchenko, Sobolyev and Dobrodomov – we stopped this “hum-convoy” and decided that this “assistance” will go to the residents of the surrounding villages who also suffer from lack of food. Since Rinat Akhmetov “loves” all of Donbas and not only that part controlled by Donetsk terrorists. In the coming days, the soldiers of the volunteer battalions will distribute this aid where it is most needed.

P.S. Driving through the towns and villages of Donbas, I remember a time when we and our brothers gradually liberated towns step by step. You drive and you realize that you know every bush and every tree here. It is difficult to look at the places where we were fired upon, where your friends were wounded, but the most difficult – to see the land on which our HEROES died. We are fighting for the land and often pay the highest price and so it is very frustrating when you follow after us showing us the middle finger and call us “violators” [punishers].

Today we were in Krasnoarmiisk, Kurakhove, Velyka Novosilka, Artemivsk … We’re moving on further, to the front.

Source: Volodymyr Parasyuk FB

By Semen Semenchenko, Commander, Donbas Battalion, Member of Parliament (Samopomich Association Party) [“Self-Reliance” Party]

The customs officer Parasyuk helps terrorists to quit smoking. Smoking kills.

Source: Semen Semenchenko FB


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