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 last twenty-four hours, Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continued flagrantly violating the terms of the peace agreements and fired on the positions of Ukrainian troops using virtually their entire weapons range – from small arms to cannon and rocket artillery. The heaviest shelling took place in the Donetsk and Seaside (Mariupol) sectors, in an area northwest of Avdiivka, in the vicinity of Shchastya, and the stretch between Svitlodarsk and Popasna.
Along the majority of the demarcation line, Russian-terrorist troops are only withdrawing small amounts of artillery, which is to be moved to the rear according to the Minsk Agreements. Heavy combat equipment, including tanks used to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops, remain in place and are not being withdrawn from the demarcation line.
The insurgents continue strong efforts to accumulate materials and supplies in the ‘near-front’ zone and directly at the advance positions, while at the same time regrouping and increasing the combat ability of their units. The terrorists are conducting active combat training and restoring armaments and combat equipment to operating condition. Over the last two days, we observed five supply convoys arriving from the territory of Russia (one by railway and four by motor vehicles, for a total of 8 railway cars and 46 vehicles). Intense work is underway to restore the Debaltseve railway junction.
Reinforcements of terrorist personnel and equipment are moving to the vicinity of Horlivka and Mayorskiy, arriving from Donetsk and Yenakijeve. We have reports of two tank units (groups) with 6 tanks in each, 14 armored combat vehicles, two artillery batteries (D-30 howitzers), and 4 army trucks carrying anti-aircraft ZU-23-2 guns.
A Russian mobile command post (consisting of 8 specialized vehicles and 2 tented trucks, with an escort of 4 APCs) was spotted moving northeast from Yasynuvata.
An armored group consisting of seven infantry fighting vehicles (BMP-1 and BMP-2), two armored personnel carriers (BTR-80) and two tanks arrived in the vicinity of Horlivka from the direction of Yenakijeve. The group also includes two Strela-10M anti-aircraft systems.
A ‘mobilization campaign’ continues in the ‘DNR’ [Donetsk People’s Republic]. The insurgents are delivering ‘draft notices’ to companies and mining facilities. The ‘DNR’ command issued an instruction to mobilize a minimum of 250 people from each large mine or company.
Due to lack of food, the ‘DNR’ command is considering introducing “ration cards” in Donetsk. A number of ‘DNR’ officials believe this to be the only solution for the present situation.
The towns of Antratsyt and Krasnyi Luch are now entirely under the control of the ‘LNR central government.’ Gangs of so-called ‘Cossacks’ have been defeated; most of their ‘chieftains’ have been destroyed or arrested, while the remaining members withdrew to the Russian border. New “local governers” of the ‘LNR’ are interested in the coal and fuel “businesses” – these are the first resources they assume control of in these areas.
A large-scale inventory and mobilization of construction equipment (excavators, tractors, graders) is underway in the ‘LNR’ and ‘DNR.’ “Local representatives” of the terrorist organizations have been instructed to confiscate large amounts of equipment, to be used in the construction of ‘fortified areas’ along the demarcation line.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB