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
According to operational data from Information Resistance:
Between the beginning of the ‘ceasefire’ (00:00 on 02.15.2015) and yesterday mid-afternoon, Russian-terrorist forces have been grossly violating the [latest Minsk] agreement, by repeatedly shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian targets. After the beginning of the truce, the first strike was carried out by terrorists on the night of 02.15, from positions in the area of Stakhanov (where a battery of howitzers opened fire).
Since mid-afternoon yesterday, the enemy, in addition to attacks from almost all types of weapons, has also made repeated attempts to resume the offensive. Ukrainian troops are only opening fire in retaliation. The most difficult situation is in the Debaltseve springboard.
In particular, several attacks on Ukrainian troops were reported near the village of Chornukhyne. In Novohryhorivka, enemy formations tried to surround two Ukrainian checkpoints. In the course of that attack, a terrorist tank detonated a mine (and was finished off by grenade launcher strike). While Ukrainian troops were repelling the attack, one enemy IFV was struck with an ATGM [anti-tank guided missile] (the crew was destroyed).
At the same time, both the militants and Russian armed forces units were actively attacking Ukrainian troops in the area of Debaltseve, using cannon artillery and MLRS. Most of the MLRS strikes were made from firing positions in the vicinity of Lomovatka. In some instances, the fire was more intense than before the ‘ceasefire.’
Also, artillery positions in the vicinity of Shakhtarsk (12 units of cannon artillery and 6 MLRS units) delivered fire on the positions of Ukrainian troops in Debaltseve. Temporary insurgent checkpoints were set up along the Snizhne – Donetsk motorway, blocking civilian vehicle traffic in the area of Russian-terrorist troop artillery positions (in order to prevent any photo or video coverage of the attacks).
Meanwhile, the enemy has been regrouping their forces. Two battalion tactical teams of Russian-terrorist troops were deployed to the area of Horlivka, reinforced by a separate armored group (a total of about 900 people, 25 tanks, 32 armored combat vehicles, up to 20 motor vehicles, two mortar batteries, 2 batteries of cannon artillery – 6 D-30 howitzers and 6 MT-12 anti-tank guns).
Multiple instances of firing on the positions of Ukrainian troops were also recorded in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas over the last few days. The enemy was using small arms, mortars, tanks, cannon artillery, and MLRS.
Over the past weekend, the enemy attempted attacks in the area of Mariinka. An attacking enemy group was stopped by the flanking fire of Ukrainian troops, and forced to pull back to its original lines.
In the Mariupol direction, the previous day (until 00:00 on 02.15), a Ukrainian artillery group repeatedly struck at the Russian-terrorist troop units that tried to counterattack near the settlement of Shirokyne from the side of Bezimenne. As the ‘ceasefire’ came into effect, Ukrainian artillery strikes stopped, which the enemy took advantage of, trying to bomb the identified positions [of the Ukrainian artillery]. At the same time, the enemy began moving armored vehicles towards the ‘front line.’
An explosion took place at the local police department in Horlivka. Several insurgents were injured. According to preliminary data, the explosion was caused by careless handling of an RGD-5 type grenade.
An unusual convoy was spotted moving from Donetsk through Snizhne, towards the Russian border. It consisted of seven jeeps, one BTR-80, 12 armored buses with tinted windows, 6 covered ‘Ural’ trucks, and an open pickup truck with a heavy machine gun in the back. The convoy moved at a high speed without stopping at checkpoints.
Marauding has become more commonplace at ‘DNR’ [Donetsk People’s Republic] roadblocks, where civilians are being openly robbed now. According to the terrorists themselves, they are no longer being paid a salary, and have to “live off the land.”