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
Operational data from Information Resistance:
In Donetsk, insurgents started remodeling minibuses to turn them into transport vehicles for mortar details, in order to increase the mobility level of mortar details and ensure their covert movement. Each remodeled minibus can carry a 120-mm mortar gun, ammunition, and the detail. At this time, at least 4 vehicles were re-purposed in this way.
Around Dokuchajevsk, the conflict is growing between local insurgents (mainly from the Kalmius gang and reorganized gangs) and Russian military servicemen “camouflaged” as insurgents. The main reasons behind the conflict are:
– the attempts of Russian military servicemen to assume control of all vehicle movement in the area (including coal transporting vehicles, and vehicles belonging to insurgents);
– establishment of a de facto Russian occupation regime (Russian command and control headquarters, patrols, attempts to restore a semblance of “law and order”), without regard to the position of the leaders of the local terrorist groups;
– arrival of significant numbers of insurgents from “reorganized units” from the northern and western parts of the terrorist-controlled territory; the new arrivals are ignoring the Russians’ attempts to assume control over them.
Formations of Russian-terrorist troops are continuing to reinforce themselves, both around the Debaltseve foothold and in the Pervomaisk–Stakhanov–Alchevsk area. Arrival of additional armored vehicles and artillery systems (up to 20 cannon artillery units in total) was reported.
The Russian composite task group concentrated in the area of Verhulivka (along the Luhansk–Donetsk motorway) is being reinforced after the losses it incurred near Chernukhino. At this time, local terrorist formations are filling in for this task group at the front positions – a total of 3 formations, which are acting in several smaller groups. These groups are employing a total of up to 5 armored vehicles. The apparel and gear of insurgents in these formations is in very poor condition.
The “Group from the Caucasus” and the company task group of the Russian paratrooper forces, which are operating to the north of Stakhanov, received supplies of fuel and ammunition during the last 24 hours. The supplies were delivered in a convoy (up to 15 vehicles) that passed towards Luhansk through Krasnodon several days ago.
Near Perevalsk, a collective medical center has been created for Russian mercenaries who were founded fighting for the LNR [Luhansk People’s Republic] and wish to receive treatment in the Rostov Oblast of Russia. The command of the Russian-terrorist troops is attempting to involve local medical personnel to assist in organizing the operation of this center.
Russian-terrorist troops continue using aerial drones for reconnaissance flights. The enemy often uses them in combination with ground electronic surveillance and radioelectronic warfare equipment. We received reports of increased enemy reconnaissance activity in the area of Mariupol, between Trokhizbenka and Schastya, near Stanytsia Luhanska, to the north of Avdiivka, and in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB