Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 4.15 #FreeSavchenko

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)
04.15.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

The military activity of Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continues increasing. Over the last 24 hours, the most heated area was the Pisky – Avdiivka stretch (including the Donetsk Airport and Opytne). During the day, the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of Pisky were shelled 7 times, including 4 fire attacks from 120-mm mortars.

Additionally, the advanced positions of Ukrainian troops in this area were attacked by a group of terrorists supported by 4 armored vehicles. As a result of the firefight, the enemy lost 2 motor vehicles and 1 armored combat vehicle (MT-LB). During the clash, the enemy supported their unit with two ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft units and several mounted grenade launchers (AGS-17 “Plamya” [Flame]), in an attempt to suppress the defensive fire of the Ukrainian unit.

Right Sector leaving Pisky. Source

“Right Sector” leaving Pisky. SOURCE

Shelling by Russian-terrorist troops was also observed in the vicinity of Opytne, Mayorske, Leninske, Troitske and Krymske (in 4 instances).

The insurgents are commonly using the following tactic in their attacks: a group of 10-15 insurgents (less frequently, 25-30), supported by 1-2 mortar details operating 120-mm or 82-mm mortars (sometimes also supported with 2-4 armored vehicles), makes a concealed approach to the advanced positions of Ukrainian troops to reach the effective range, and delivers a brief fire strike. In these “raids,” the terrorists, in addition to small arms, are armed with heavy machine guns and mounted grenade launchers, which they are using in an attempt to quickly create fire superiority and suppress the retaliatory actions of Ukrainian units, which are mounting a defense at the advanced positions. Less commonly, the attacks use 2-3 groups, one of which is always employed for cover or fire suppression of the enemy.

War Veteran's house destroyed in Pisky during Orthodox Easter. SOURCE

War Veteran’s house destroyed in Pisky during Orthodox Easter. SOURCE

During the last 24 hours, we observed 27 transport vehicles moving through the ATO zone (including 9 vehicles moving individually). The supply traffic mainly follows the “northern” route (11 units) – past Debaltseve, from Luhansk and through Alchevsk, in the direction of Yenakijeve and Horlivka. Two more convoys drove towards Starobesheve (through Amvrosiivka) and Snizhne.

The following movements of personnel and combat equipment were observed:

– 7 tanks (including 2 tanks repaired after battles in Debaltseve) arrived in Donetsk through Makiivka. The convoy was escorted by two BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles.

– The insurgents are carrying out active construction work near Telmanove. 4 armored vehicles (three BMP-2 and one MT-LB) were transferred to this area.

– Insurgent reinforcements arrived in the Kuibyshivskyi district of Donetsk. The unit includes 100-120 personnel, 5 tanks, 3 trucks, and 120-mm mortars.

War Veteran's house destroyed in Pisky during Orthodox Easter. SOURCE

War Veteran’s house destroyed in Pisky during Orthodox Easter. SOURCE

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB  

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One Response to Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 4.15 #FreeSavchenko

  1. Freedom_for_all says:

    At this moment, I have to wonder what is going on in the Mariupol area. As many Ukrainian defenders wonder now, I have to wonder if the new Ukrainian government and the General Staff are now surrendering a well known strategic town called Shyrokyne or Shirokino to the Russian aggressor in a new diplomatic negotiation via the OSCE. Reportedly, some Ukrainian defenders such as the Azov Battalion already criticized a so-called initiative of the Ukrainian General Staff to “demilitarize” to leave the important town.
    Some journalists are already openly writing about the latest Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement that “the truce that doesn’t exist” at least in their Twitter accounts. It appears that the Ukrainian General Staff and the Ukrainian government have been trying to defeat themselves by surrendering one city after another to the Russian side since last year. The so-called “ceasefire agreements” signed in Minsk have been used as a poor psychological theatre by the Kremlin to coerce the Ukrainian side to surrender something new to the Kremlin during the last year, unfortunately.
    I am a foreigner so I will not tell the Ukrainian President and the Ukrainian Rada what to do. Still, it is irony that the Ukrainian leaders have been calling such a self-defeating policy making a “diplomatic solution” so far. Perhaps, the repeated interference (a self-claimed diplomacy) by the French and the German leaders since last year have been poisoning the normal will power of the Ukrainian leadership to defend Ukraine. Defeatism has replaced a true diplomacy in fact, it seems. We already witnessed valuable volunteer troops out of the Maidan of Kyiv get killed in action on the problematic front lines since last year at the same time.
    Apparent defeatism among the Ukrainian leaders will utterly defeat the country one way or another eventually. In the meantime, most of the valuable former revolutionaries with education out of the Maidan will be killed in the war zone as well, leaving few future leaders of Ukraine alive. In a situation like that, a future prosperity of Ukraine is unlikely and the corruption of the whole Ukrainian government will continue as well, unfortunately. And, indeed, that is what the Kremlin has been trying to achieve in Ukraine since one year ago.
    If the word “diplomacy” means surrendering to the aggressor for the Ukrainian leaders now, they need to change the way they have been thinking. Retired General Clark of the NATO already publicly recommended the US government to prepare for a coming new invasion of Ukraine by the Kremlin in early May. He already recommended the US to arm Ukraine “right now” and prepare a strategic lift of needed military materials. He had already met the Ukrainian leaders, too, while he was on his fact finding trip to Ukraine, he said.
    Diplomacy of the Ukrainian leaders will now need to include a diplomatic negotiation with the US government over such an immediate arming of their own country. Surrendering important Ukrainian cities to the Kremlin is not a diplomatic solution any more. Hopefully, the US will finally agree, though belatedly, to arm Ukraine immediately, following the latest and honest military advice from General Clark before it is too late.

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