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:
During the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces continued to accumulate manpower and resources in the area of the Debaltseve springboard. According to our data, five enemy battalion tactical groups (at least one of which is staffed with Russian airborne troops) and three consolidated artillery groups are currently fighting in different parts of the springboard. Moreover, numerous small terrorist formations operate in this area, armed with individual pieces of heavy infantry weapons. The total strength of Russian-terrorist troops currently operating on the Debaltseve springboard is about 2,500 people, up to 35 tanks, about 50 AFVs [armored fighting vehicles], up to 50 units of cannon artillery (including self-propelled artillery), and a minimum of 22 MLRS units.
In the vicinity of Debaltseve, the enemy withdrew to its original positions following an unsuccessful assault attempt through Troitske towards Svitlodarsk, and is currently working to restore its level of combat readiness. We observed deployment of insurgent reinforcements (up to 12 motor vehicles, most of them covered military cargo trucks, and about 18 armored vehicles) to this area, through Stakhanov. In the vicinity of Vuhlehirsk and in the direction of the Svitlodarsk Reservoir, the enemy continues to accumulate additional tactical reserves, thus maintaining a significant impact potential of its formations.
Commanders of Russian-terrorist units operating near Horlivka were given a mission to prepare [their] permanent places of deployment for the defensive, and [to draw up] a diagram for organizing cooperation “in the conditions of warfare in a dense urban area.” Armored vehicles are getting pulled to “places of permament deployment” of the insurgents, with the intention to use them for organizing the defense (over the past 24 hours, these included at least 6 tanks and up to 4 AFVs).
Near Dokuchajevsk, an advance mobile team with one of the Ukrainian army units ambushed and destroyed two enemy mortar detachments as they were moving towards a pre-equipped firing position.In the settlement of Syhnalne, we observed about 20 enemy armored vehicles on the move (including at least 5 are tanks), as part of “stabilization [efforts] on the Olenivka – Dokuchajevsk stretch,” where a mobile group of Ukrainian forces has conducted a raid two days ago.
As a result of a terrorist artillery strike in the vicinity of Avdiivka, several infrastructural objects have been destroyed (in particular, a heating main was hit, and several power transmission towers). The municipal workers have been attempting to repair the damage for two days now, but repair works are made very difficult by constant artillery shelling by the terrorists. We also have reports of insurgent fire strikes on the Avdiivka Coke Plant, [Avdiivka] tram depot, and several high-rise buildings along Komunalna Street.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB