Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 5.29 #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)
05.29.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist forces continue to fire on the positions of the ATO forces and civilian settlements. Throughout the past 24 hours, shelling has been observed in the vicinity of Lozove, Hranitne, Novosilka, Verhkniotoretske, Pisky, Vodiane, Krymske, Novotoshkivske, Shchastya, and Stanytsia Luhanska. Insurgents fired from small arms, grenade launchers, and 82-mm and 120-mm mortars.

Insrgent use of 122-mm artillery on the positions of ATO forces has been observed near Opytne. North of Verhkniotoretske, Ukrainian servicement engaged in an armed confrontation with terrorist tactical groups, who attempted to carry out ‘reconnaissance by fire’ in the direction of DzerzhynskArtemivsk.

In the seaside direction, insurgents operated in the vicinity of Shyrokyne. Shellings, using small arms, mortars, and ZU 23-2 mobile anti-aircraft auto cannons, of the positions of the ATO forces have been recorded.

Movement of equipment and units of the Russian terrorist forces:

During the past 24 hours, the so-called “northern route” – from Krasnodon towards Luhansk, Lutuhyne, Krasnyi Luch, Debaltseve or Snizhne  and the “southern route” – from Ilovaisk, Amvrosiivka towards Starobesheve, Olenivka, Komsomolske, and Telmanove have been the busiest on the occupied territory. Insurgent vehicles have been actively moving in Donetsk, Luhansk, and their outskirts.

In Donetsk, a rearrangement of insurgent forces continues from the Kirovskyi and Petrovskyi districts of Donetsk, Spartak and Yasynuvata. Overall, the terrorists moved 35 armored vehicles, including 20 tanks, to their new positions.

A reinforcement of three 122-mm 2S1 Grozdivka self-propelled howitzers has advanced towards the terrorist artillery group of 16 weapons, including eight MSTA-B [152-mm howitzer], which were deployed earlier to the vicinity of Horlivka.

The transfer of several terrorist units has been observed through Snizhne and Krasnyi Luch. A reinforced insurgent company has proceeded towards Shakhtarsk (130 people on regular vehicles and 7 AFVs). A terrorist unit of 60 people has been transferred in the direction of Debaltseve by two army trucks, a bus, and two BTR-80.

Northwest of Luhansk, starting from Oleksandrivsk, insurgents continue increased transfers along bypass roads using Bakhmut highway towards Zhelobok and Slovyanoserbsk, as well as Triokhizbenka and Sokolniki. During the past 24 hours, at least two convoys of vehicles, ACVs, and tankers proceeded through here.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 5.28 #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)
05.28.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist forces continue blatantly violating the ceasefire imposed by the Minsk Agreements by firing at ATO forces’ positions along the entire line of contact.

In the Donetsk sector, insurgents fired at ATO forces positions using heavy infantry weapons, including “banned” 120-mm caliber mortars. Insurgents employed snipers and infantry firing groups in the vicinity of Pisky, Opytne, Avdiivka, Kirove, Leninske, Mariinka, and Krasnohorivka. We have spotted several armored terrorist groups (a total of 20 tanks and armored fighting vehicles) operating as “roaming firing units” between Krasnohorivka and Opytne, and shelling the ATO forces.

In the Seaside [Mariupol] sector, insurgents used small arms, mortars, and 122-mm artillery systems.

In the Luhansk sector, pro-Russian terrorists used armored vehicles and artillery to shell the ATO forces. They delivered precision fire from 122-mm artillery, tanks, and infantry fighting vehicles in the vicinity of Krymske, Shchastia, Sokoniki, and Stanytsia Luhanska. Ukrainian troops near Novotoshkivske, Zolote, and Donetske were also shelled by the enemy’s maneuvering armored groups, ZU-23-2 mobile anti-aircraft autocannons, and 122-mm artillery.  Illegal armed gangs have also become more active in these areas.

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All insurgent units operating in the vicinity of the Bakhmut highway, Stakhanov, Alchevsk, and other settlements north of the Donetsk-Luhansk highway have moved under the “central military command” of the LNR terrorist organization [Luhansk People’s Republic]. Manpower and equipment are accumulating at the flank positions in the area near the ZholobokSlovianoserbsk stretch and northeast of Pervomaisk. 17 armored vehicles and trucks have been transferred into the area.

Regrouping of terrorist manpower and equipment continues between Yasynuvata and Horlivka. Two firing units operating 122-mm artillery have been moved to this area through Panteleymonivka (eight D-30 howitzers), while 12 tanks and armored combat vehicles were transferred through Yenakijeve.

Several mortar batteries operating 82-mm and 120-mm mortars (up to 16 mortars in total) have been moved to the Kirovskyi district of Donetsk.

Two support convoys consisting of 15 vehicles, including tanker trucks, have passed from Krasnodon in the direction of Luhansk  and Lutuhyne.

Multiple trucks have been spotted moving towards Horlivka and Donetsk through Makiivka.

Men wearing military uniforms ride atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region

Men wearing military uniforms ride atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region

In the StarobesheveKomsomolske area,  we observed the movement of two terrorist tactical groups; the groups included 110 people on board BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, MT-LB trucks, and civilian vehicles.

Several additional control points and logistical supply bases have been established in Donetsk, Horlivka, and Debaltseve. We observed the movement of command and staff vehicles, mobile radio stations, and a concentration of military equipment, supplies, and personnel in several areas of these settlements.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 5.27 #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)
05.27.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the past 24 hours, attacks by Russian-terrorist forces have somewhat declined. Insurgents opened fire from various weapons, including 120-mm mortars, artillery systems, and armored vehicles, which were to be withdrawn from the line of contact under the Minsk Agreements.

The most difficult situation is observed in the seaside direction. In the vicinity of Shyrokyne, terrorists have used the entire set of infantry weapons, including 120-mm mortars and AGS-17 “Plamya” automatic grenade launchers. Fire support from several firing groups of illegal armed gangs with 122-mm cannon artillery has been observed near Chermalyk and Pavlopil.

In the vicinity of ​​Pisky and Lozove, terrorists used anti-tank missile systems and grenade launchers, trying to strike the personnel and equipment of Ukrainian units located at the engineering facilities at the forefront.

Insurgents fired at positions of the ATO forces from mortars and large-caliber machine guns near the settlements of Luhanske and Myronivskyi. Shelling of our positions from the enemy’s BMP-2 has been observed in the vicinity of Kyrove and Troitske; ZU-23-2 anti-aicraft autocannon has provided fire support [to the enemy]. During the firefights near Hranitne, Ukrainian troops have destroyed a 120-mm mortar detachment of terrorists with retaliatory fire.

Movement of Russian-terrorist forces’ military units and equipment:

A well-guarded convoy from six army trucks and three BTR-80 has been moved from Lutuhyne to Krasnyi Luch.

A convoy of 16 vehicles and military equipment, including six specialized vehicles and special-purpose car vans of a long-distance communication station, two MT-LB and four ACS 2S1 “Carnation,” have been seen moving between Ilovaisk and Khartsyzsk in the direction of Donetsk.

A transfer of seven terrorist tanks to a site near Stanytsia Luhanska through Mykolaivka has been observed; the tanks were subsequently used to conduct adjusted fire on the positions of the ATO forces in the area.

Russian military equipment on the border with Ukraine. Source

Russian military equipment on the border with Ukraine. Source

In the vicinity of ​​Donetsk, Novotoshkivka, and Katerynivka, a group of Russian-terrorist forces continue to get reinforced. A convoy from seven army trucks and two BMP-2 has procceded into the area.

The transfer of armored vehicles has been recorded in the northwestern and eastern parts of Horlivka’s illegal armed gangs. During the past 24 hours, the transfer of four tanks has been observed to an area in the vicinity of LeninskeShumy.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 5.26 #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)
05.26.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the past 24 hours, Russian- terrorist troops in Donbas carried out attacks mainly from small arms, grenade launchers, 82- and 120-mm mortars. There are also documented cases of [terrorist] use of armored vehicles and artillery systems, which were to be withdrawn from the line of contact under the Minsk Agreements.

The enemy was leading sniper fire on the positions [of Ukrainian troops] in the vicinity of Mariinka. In the PiskyAvdiivka stretch, insurgents were operating in firing groups armed with mobile means of destruction. A fortified area of Ukrainian troops near Opytne was shelled by ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft systems at least twice, with their subsequent transfer and departure. As a result of the ensuing firefight in the vicinity of Leninske, terrorists used 82-mm mortars to suppress the firing positions of our troops. An insurgent tank group has been operating between Novhorodske and Verkhnotoretske. Three enemy tanks periodically aimed open fire at our forefront from camouflaged positions.

In the seaside direction, tensions remain in Shyrokyne and on the PavlopilChermalyk stretch. In these areas, illegal armed groups fired at the positions of ATO forces from large-caliber machine guns, grenade launchers, and mortars (including 120-mm caliber mortars). A stronghold near Chermalyk and the positions of the ATO forces north and west of Shyrokyne have been shelled several times from 122-mm D-30 and 2S1 Gvozdika howitzers.

Russians shelling Ukrainian Donbas Battalion positions in Shyrokyne, May 26th [in Russian]: 

The situation remains difficult in the Luhansk direction. Terrorists fire from infantry weapons, occasionally interrupted by artillery raids from 122-mm artillery in the vicinity of Krymske, Zolote, and Novotoshkivka. In the LuhanskeMyronivskyi stretch, insurgents used several BMP-2 to fire at Ukrainian troop positions. After intensive fire from regular 30-mm automatic guns, the BMP moved back to insurgent battle formations under cover of mortar fire.

Movement of military equipment and units of the Russian-terrorist forces:

Movement of insurgent traffic remains the busiest in Donetsk, Luhansk and their surrounding areas – from Krasnyi Luch towards Snizhne and Debaltseve, from Amvrosiivka to Starobeshevo and the South. In addition, the TorezShakhtarskYenakijeveHorlivka direction has been “revived.” However, the main cargo flow intended for terrorists goes through the Ilovaisk transport hub, as before.

Armored vehicles of illegal armed gangs contine to accumulate in the Kirovskyi and Petrovskyi districts of Donetsk. They are dispersed at the city auto-repair shops and logistics terminals, as well as disguised in the close vicinity of residential areas. To date, according to the IR group estimates, there are no less than 120 armored vehicles, a quarter of which are tanks (mainly T-72M, T-72BA, T-72B3, a T-64B and T-64BV).

To the south of Makiivka (between Hirnytskyi district and the Donetsk Koltseva road), two “Tor-M1” air defense missile systems and their outfitted positions have been observed.

A terrorist infrantry grop (40 men on three BTR-80 and three trucks) have proceeded from Amvrosiivka in the direction of Telmanove.

In Yakovlivka and Yasynuvata, the arrival of “brand new” units of illegal armed gangs has been recorded – 10 tanks, 15 vehicles, and about 250 insurgents.

The regrouping of armored terrorist vehicles continues from the ​​PervomaiskStakhanov area to the right flank in the direction of DonetskeZhelobok. More armored vehicles have been moved into this area – two BMP-2, a BTR-80, and three T-64B tanks.

Sunset in Shyrokyne. Photo Noah Brooks. Source

Sunset in Shyrokyne, May 24, 2015. Photo Noah Brooks. Source

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 5.25 #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)
05.25.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the weekend (May 23­ — May 24, 2015), Russian-terrorist forces continued to actively shell the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian targets. During May 23, massive shellings were observed on the stretch from Shumy, Mayorske to Avdiivka. The enemy used small arms and AGS-17 “Plamya” and Z-23-2 automatic grenade launchers (mounted to mobile vehicles) by its firing groups. Insurgents inflicted a firestrike from 120-mm mortars on the advanced positions of Ukrainain troops in the vicinity of Troitske.

In the Artemivsk direction, the positions of Ukrainian troops were shelled from 122-mm cannon artillery and mortars (82- and 120-mm) near Luhanske, Myronivske, Sanzharivka and Rozsadky. In addition, the movement of several armored vehicles has been recorded inside terrorist combat detachments (four armored vehicles, including two tanks).

Avdiivka after May 25th shelling with 120-mm mortars (source):

Avdiivka Coke Plant has been shelled from cannon artillery (over 70 shells have exploded on the territory of the plant), whereby the plant was forced to stop operations. Insurgents shelled the plant from 122-mm artillery – from positions near ​​Spartak and Yasynuvata (D-30 howitzers, three firing batteries), from 152-mm artillery – from Kyivskyi district of Donetsk (a “MSTA-B” 6-weapon battery howitzer). These terrorist artillery units shelled the settlements of Pisky and Opytne twice this Saturday, several fire strikes were inflicted on Tonenke and Vodyane. In addition, the positions of Ukrainian troops near Krasnohorivka and Mariinka have been shelled from mortars and AGS-17 [automatic grenade launchers].

Avdiivka Coke and coal plant after May 22nd shelling (source):

South of Donetsk (in the vicinity of Starohnativka and Hraninte), the positions of Ukrainian troops were repeatedly fired at from AGS-17 and large-caliber machine guns (the enemy tried to provoke retaliatory fire to determine the firing system of the ATO forces in order to coordinate the further actions of their sabotage and reconnaissance groups). Insurgents opened fire from 120-mm mortarts several times in the area.

In the vicinity of Krymske, Sokilnyky, Shchastya, Stanytsia Luhanska, insurgents have repeatedly opened fire from 82-mm mortars and AGS-17, firing at the advanced positions of the ATO forces. On the ZhovteVesela Hora stretch, insurgents have pushed forward a battery of 82-mm mortars and at least three AGS-17 “Plamya” (in the direction of a river between Raivka and Zhovte). Terrorists opened “sighting” fire.

In the area between Leninske and Nelipivka, a terrorist sabotage and reconnaissance group (12 people) has attempted to penetrate deep into the battle formations of Ukrainian troops under cover of heavy mortar fire, practically bypassing Artemove and Shumy from the southwest. The group’s goal was to uncover the defense system in the vicinity of ​​ Artemove and possibly reach the outskirts of Dzerzhynsk. However, when they reached the Zalizna Creek, the insurgent saboteurs were found by the outposts of the ATO forces and as a result of a firefight were forced to retreat (at least two subversives were wounded).

In the seaside (Mariupol) direction, insurgents fired with large-caliber machine guns and automatic grenade launchers in the vicinity of Shyrokyne on Saturday, May 23.

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, a terrorist artillery group operated in this direction from 122-mm D-30 howitzers (near Chermalyk) and several 120-mm mortars and AGS [automatic grenade launchers], aimed directly at Shyrokyne and the altitudes north-west of this settlement. Ukrainian troops opened fire in response.

Insurgents also actively conducted reconnaissance using UAVs. Their use was observed in the Luhansk and Mariupol directions (16 flights).

On Sunday, May 24, terrorists fired at Pisky, Opytne, Avdiivka, and Butivka mine mainly with 120-mm mortars. Mobile firing groups of insurgents (ZU-23-2 mounted on vehicles and three BMP-2) fired at the positions of ATO forces in the vicinity of Pisky and Krasnohorivka.

In the vicinity of Kyrove, a 120-mm terrorist mortar battery fired at Ukrainian positions for 40 minutes.

On Sunday, three UAV flights were observed near Mariupol (two of them worked along the coast).

Over the weekend, the most active movement of insurgent logistic vehicles has been recorded between Luhansk, Alchevsk, and Perevalsk. Both motor vehicles and armored vehicles (including tanks) actively move between Shakhtarsk and Khartsyzsk, especially from the direction of Ilovaisk.

The following attracted our attention:

• A convoy of 4 KAMAZ trucks and a BTR-80 between Ilovaisk and Khartsyzsk towards Makiivka. Armed guards and tarped trucks were observed. This convoy transported servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces; each soldier had radio communication equipment.

• Three 122-mm D-30 howitzers accompanied by a BTR-80 and a BRDM on the march between Antratsyt and Krasnyi Luch. The convoy headed to Horlivka through Debaltseve and Vuhlehirsk.

Movement of military equipment and units:

• Reinforcement of an insurgent group concentrated across from a highway leading to Artemivsk ​​has been observed near Horlivka (four BTR-80 arrived, which were previously observed in the vicinity of Yasynuvata, four tanks have been transferred from Yenakijeve).

• The accumulation of military equipment and manpower continues in the Petrovskyi and Kyrovskyi districts of Donetsk. An armored group – eight tanks accompanied by three ACVs, two BMP-2, and a BTR-70 – has arrived in the area south of Staromykhaylivka. It was followed by four trucks with material and technical resources.

• In the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk, the arrival of a “roaming battery” has been observed (according to the revised data – four D-30 howitzers). Also, up to 10 vehicles with Russian mercenaries have arrived in the district (vans and SUVs).

• An active rearrangement of insurgent armored vehicles has been observed; these vehicles were previously transferred into the area of ​​Pervomaisk, Irmino, and Bryanka. Some of armored vehicles are transferred towards the Bakhmutka highway (towards Donetske and Zhelobok). Movement of three T-72BA tanks on the march has been observed in the vicinity of Frunze in the direction of the Bakhmutka highway.

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