Dmitry Tymchuk: Operational data regarding Russian “PSY OPS”

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

According to operational data from Information Resistance:

Agencies of the informational-psychological operations (IPSYOPS) of the GRU of the General Staff and the Russian Federal Security Service [FSB] were tasked to carry out a large-scale information campaign to disrupt or substantially obstruct preparations for the 4th round of mobilization in Ukraine.

The operation is planned in conjunction with the structures of the “information war” of the Russian-terrorist forces, created in the occupied areas of Donbas by GRU experts of the RF General Staff.

The main purpose of the operation is to disrupt or ultimately hinder the mobilization [in Ukraine] through a large-scale disinformation campaign, thereby preventing the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations to increase the number of operating reserves, or to significantly slow down and complicate the process.

The Ukrainian reservists and their family members are the designated target groups and objects of this campaign. The task – is to create a negative context around the ongoing so-called anti-terrorist operation (the unbearable living conditions of Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone; a representation of the ATO forces as “cannon fodder;” the presentation of terrorism in Donbas as a “national liberation movement,” etc.).

During the operation, there are plans to make extensive use of the formation of “properly
structured public opinion on social networks” with the assistance of video and audio materials and various “eyewitness statements.” In addition, IPSYOPS agencies in Russia and Donbas are tasked with establishing “a direct or indirect impact” on the audience through some Ukrainian mass media to create so-called “secondary credibility,” primarily through the publication of “credible materials for investigative journalism.”

At least two organizational and administrative meetings took place to discuss the coordination of activies under this operation by the Russian IPSYOPS agencies and the relevant institutions created on the occupied territory of Donbas.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military updates, 12/19 (10th “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:

Russian-terrorist forces continue to fire at the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport in an effort to provoke the Ukrainian military into return fire. The attacks were carried out mainly with the use of small arms.

Also over the past 24 hours, insurgents carried out intensive gunfire with small arms in short intervals near Pisky and south of this settlement (in the area of Krasnohorivka). In these areas, shots were fired at empty buildings and ruins unoccupied by Ukrainian servicemen and located either in the “neutral zone,” or directly at the positions of the insurgents. The purpose of conducting this prolonged intense fire is unknown.

In the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk, after a significant increase in the number of “legitimate insurgents” of the “DNR” (who are subordinate to the terrorist leaders, led by Oleksandr Zakharchenko), there is a sharp decrease in the activity of the other gangs. Local insurgents who were not previously subordinate to the “DNR,” either join the terrorist groups “under the jurisdiction” of Zakharchenko or leave Donetsk. Units of Russian “Cossacks,” who previously operated in this city district, have moved towards Shakhtarsk.

South of Donetsk, the rearrangement of gang formations and Russian insurgents concentrated on the flank positions of the Starohnativka springboard continues. At the moment, the enemy has declined taking any actions on the offense in this area, and the most combat-ready units were withdrawn deep inside their operational formations. Tactical groups of local terrorists are left on the “forefront” – they are poorly trained, equipped, and armed. Nonetheless, these groups are shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops (although not very effectively). The enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups [DRG] on this site are also the result of some kind of improvisation rather than an effectively organized form of intelligence activities (earlier, during the period of units of the regular Russian army being deployed to the front line, tactical reconnaissance in the area was organized according to the rules).

On the Debaltseve bridgehead near Nikishyne, the enemy stopped trying to conduct offensive operations and limited itself to occasional firing of infantry weapons. The same situation is observed in the vicinity of Chornukhyne. Near Vuhlehirsk, the transfer southward of a tactical group of Russian-terrorist forces (up to 15 pieces of equipment – trucks, armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), three tanks) has been observed.

In the area of Stanytsia Luhanska and Shchastya, the opponent continues to fire from small arms at the positions of the Ukrainian troops, and occasionally uses mortars and grenade launchers. The maneuvering of insurgent armored vehicles along the contact line, which changes their position, was recorded. The “battalion of the Army of Novorossiya” manned by Russian mercenaries (as previously reported by the IR group) that approached this area, moved its separate divisions to advanced positions at the front. Armored vehicles of the battalion are distributed among the units, although the battalion command has reserves at its disposal as well (4 AFVs and 3 tanks). The enemy controls and disguises the firepower (mortars, anti-tank weapons, barrel artillery) along the line of contact with Ukrainian troops in the area.

Russian military command has instructed the leadership of Aleksey Mozgovoy’s gang to organize the “adequate nutrition” of the so-called “militia” (local terrorists and mercenaries that arrived from Russia), operating in the area of PervomaiskAlchevskPerevalsk, as well as the local population. In response, Mozgovoy requested additional “assistance” from Russia, but was refused; instead he was instructed to find “local sources.”

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Stop vilifying the halt of “humanitarian convoys”

Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 6.54.44 PMBy Vasilisa Trofimovich, press-secretary at Dnipro-1 Battalion (volunteer)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Gentlemen Moralizers: Those who have been stewing about Valentin Manko [Deputy Commander, Dnipro-1] for three days and three nights for stopping a humanitarian convoy [from the Akhmetov foundation]. And those who are still undecided as to whether they should join the clever ones or the pretty ones.

I was silent for a long time, but let me throw in my two cents.

Now, I do not think about smuggling [operations]. Nor about the financing of terrorism. Nor about those unfortunate people who are not receiving humanitarian assistance.

I think that when you say the humanitarian aid the occupied territories failed to receive is a great sorrow – as a matter of fact, you do not know what grief is.

We have passed through the seven circles of hell, after the exit of our defenders from Illovaisk turned into a bloody massacre. And it seems that hell has many more circles [than we think it does].

When mothers don’t know for months what is happening to their children.

When you read reports by the head of the medical battalion responsible for identification and think that he’s talking about your family and the people dear to you. And that you never wanted to know this.

When you can’t say “goodbye” to a friend, because his remains are somewhere in the fields in Mnohopillya [Donetsk region].

When you bury your commander. Or rather his tibia.

When you can’t bury your friend, because the terrorists have crucified his body on a fence, and are now demanding a ransom from his sick mother.

When your friends are held prisoner. In the basement of the Donetsk SBU [former Security Service of Ukraine building]. And that they have not once taken a breath of fresh air in the past month. And that the guards practice their blows [on your friends]. And torture them. And there are no warm clothes. And the wounded didn’t get help. And those with heart issues don’t have medications. And that there are no shoes. And it keeps getting colder every day. And that [people] pass out from malnourishment and lose hope with every passing minute. And that your golden boys, your heroes, the vitality of this nation are being broken. While killing off the free spirit inside them.

And that children get born without fathers, and the fathers don’t even know that their children are born.

So of course, one day without canned meat and cream of wheat for the residents of the occupied territories who had asked, “Putin, enter [your troops]!” and excitedly went to the referendum – is hard. Especially when you realize that some of them probably picked up a grenade launcher after coming [home] from work and [used it to] kill your friends.

But, I think for the sake of the mothers to see their children again, for parents to come back to their children, for us to take back our brothers’ bodies, for the prisoners to see freedom again… For all this, we can forgive and understand halting the cargo. That’s exactly how I think about it.

Source: Vasilisa Trofimovich FB


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Parasyuk / Semenchenko: No “humanitarian convoys.” We will help Donbas, but we won’t sponsor terrorists

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

The second day of work for our group.

Today we inspected the goods detained by the volunteer Donbas Battalion at Lysychansk. And again, [we were] accused of dooming the poor children and pensioners of Donbas to starvation, by denying the passage of food products and baby foods. However, we failed to notice even a hint of baby products – instead, the trucks were crammed with vodka, cognac, beer, cigarettes, and champagne (perhaps those are all treats for children, for kindergarten New Year’s celebrations).

To date, the only shipment of children’s food [we encountered] was a van with cream of wheat, which was released yesterday and successfully headed toward Donetsk.

Based on what I saw and heard over these two days, I made the following conclusions:

None of the carriers can clearly explain the final destination of the goods. If this is humanitarian aid, there is supposed to be a mechanism for getting it to civilians. Instead, part of the goods heads to the terrorists’ warehouses, and the rest to local shops, where they are sold to civilians. Firstly, what kind of “hum-aid” is that, if one needs to pay for it? Secondly, because of being on the occupied territory, businessmen [who sell the goods] do not pay a hryvnia of taxes into the budget of Ukraine. The goods are exported from Ukraine, and then, because all businesses in Donbas are under racket protection of the terrorists, the money made from selling these exports goes to finance the very same terrorism. It goes towards purchases of equipment and weapons which are then used to kill our brothers.

We came here to stop this mayhem. There must be a clear mechanism for helping the residents of Donbas. However, no one is going to sponsor terrorists in Donbas. We will not allow this.

Source: Volodymyr Parasyuk FB

By Semen Semenchenko, Commander, Donbas Battalion, Member of Parliament (Samopomich “Self-Reliance” Association Party)
12.16.2014 Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

First, a minefield, then a trench, and further on, the road. At any moment, Russian tanks can start heading across these trenches. People who are willing to stop those tanks and die for their homeland have the right to be heard first. Right now, driving past them briskly, are vehicles carrying coal, vodka, wood, meat, and gasoline, as well as buses full of people from the occupied territories, furiously cleaning out ATMs in Severodonetsk.

We must terminate economic relations with the temporarily occupied territory.

We must terminate transport links and close our borders to these territories and to Russia.

We must convert all available children’s camps, motels, and dormitories to housing for immigrants from the occupied territories, and evacuate everyone [from the occupied territories] who considers Ukraine to be their homeland. [Refugee] men should join the army, not head to Lviv to drink vodka. We must feed the displaced and provide them with jobs, but we must do so on the territory managed by our government and flying our flags.

We must call war what it is – war [as opposed to an ATO]. We must mobilize all forces and liberate our land. We must get international support and crush corruption.

There is no other option for a country that is fighting and not surrendering. And we will not surrender as long as we are alive.

What about people who don’t want to leave? They should make their choice and accept the consequences. As did we.

Glory to Ukraine!

P.S. Supplies of power and water can only be considered after the signatories of the Minsk treaty fulfill all of their promises, and after an “all for all” prisoners exchange.

P.P.S. The photos show a typical shipment heading to Stakhanov. My heart bleeds for the poor people and starving children who didn’t receive these goods…

Click on images to enlarge:

Source: Semen Semenchenko FB

No “humanitarian convoys” will be allowed through to the terrorists until the prisoners are released. The Donbas Battalion will ensure this in the Luhansk Oblast. We will continue to help Kryvbas, Dnipro, Pravy Sector and Aidar [battalions] in the Donetsk Oblast. We just jointly waved goodbye to 40 trucks. Mister oligarchs, have you not yet grasped that there has been a change of power?

Source: Semen Semenchenko FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military updates, 12/18 (9th “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:

Over the past 24 hours, we observed the regrouping of insurgents in the northern districts of Donetsk. ‘Motorola’s’ [leading Russian mercenary Arseny Pavlov], resupplied gang and several units of Russian troops have been put into the front line again. Ammunition is being supplied to the front line by civilian transport. There are several (up to five) roving mortar detachments operating in the area. In addition, terrorists moved a Zu-23-2 anti-aircraft autocannon on a cargo truck towards the settlement of Spartak.

A company tactical group of the Russian Armed Forces (manned with servicemen from two separate motorized rifle brigades of the Southern Military District) moved from Telmanove towards the settlements of Starohnativka and Novolaspa with an artillery group. This is the tactical group which, as reported earlier by IR, lost at least one tank and one artillery system as a result of a confrontation near Hranitne and moved deeper into the combat formations of the Russian-terrorist troops for further mobilization.

A conflict is currently underway inside the LPR [Luhansk People’s Republic] located in the settlement of Krasnodon. The cause of the conflict is the takeover by one of the terrorist groups of a secret base (insurgents call it “a staging warehouse”) with smuggled goods that belong to another armed gang.

The “rightful owners” of the smuggled goods demand the return of the seized property under the threat of tanks (for this purpose, [they] brought two tanks into the city, one of which stalled at the entrance). There are tense negotiations between the parties to the conflict.

A tense situation remains in the vicinity of the settlement of Stanytsia Luhanska. Another reinforcement from Luhansk arrived into the area to the availability of Russian-terrorist troops – up to 130 insurgents, two anti-tank artillery guns MT-12 “Rapier,” 7 armored combat vehicles (including 2 MT-LBs, armored multi-purpose towing vehicles).

Overall, the removal of weapons and enemy personnel in the Luhansk direction has been observed exclusively on the left flank, towards a shallow depth (in the vicinity of Pervomaisk – Stakhanov). In other parts of the front, the Russian-terrorist forces continue to keep the artillery and armored vehicles at the forefront, conducting regular attacks on the frontline positions of Ukrainian troops.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB 


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