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:
After a decrease in the activity of Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas on June 24, for the past day (25-26.06), an increase in insurgent attacks and armed confrontations with Ukrainian troops were observed. In addition to 120-mm mortars, 122- and 152-mm cannon artillery allegedly “pulled out” from the demarcation line and in spite of appeals by the foreign ministers of the Normandy Four to move tanks away from the line of contact by June 26, terrorists use heavy armored vehicles against ATO forces widely.
In particular, in the area of Mar’inka—Mayorsk—Troitske, insurgents used 120-mm mortars and armored vehicles in their attacks. In the vicinity of Mar’inka and Krasnohorivka, the IR network has identified a “roving” consolidated mortar battery (about eight 82- and 120-mm mortars) on vehicles. Near Pisky, north and south of Avdiivka, terrorists used the tactics of infantry “firing teams” trying to carry out concentrated fire from small arms and grenade launchers from the “neutral zone.” The enemy provided cover to the firing teams with ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft systems and mortars.
The positions of ATO forces in the vicinity of Shumy, Troitske, and Mayorsk were also attacked from 120-mm mortars and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers. Armed provocations by insurgents were accompanied by their attempts to get closer to the advanced positions of the Ukrainian troops.
In the vicinity of Butovka mine, the settlements of Opytne and Vodyane, insurgents fired on the advanced positions of ATO forces from mortars (82-mm mortars were mostly used). In addition, several advanced armored terrorist groups operated in this area on the first echelon [of the front]. An insurgent tank group carried out between five or six aimed strikes with high explosive shells on the positions of ATO forces from the greenery in the vicinity of Pisky. Another armored terrorist group with several BMP-1 and BMP 2 and two BTR-80 has been observed near Opytne, firing from 73-mm weapons (BMP-1), 30-mm automatic guns (BMP-2), and Vladimirov heavy machine guns (APCs).
North of Krasnohorivka (closer to Pisky), an insurgent sabotage and reconnaissance group under cover of mortar and AGS-17 fire tried to infiltrate the tactical rear of the ATO forces. The group included 10 persons with anti-tank weapons; two strikes from RPG-7V grenade launchers were observed. As the result of an armed confrontation with advanced units of Ukrainian troops, the enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group returned to their beginning point.
In the coastal areas, insurgents used 122-mm artillery from new firing positions (the IR group previously reported on an artillery insurgent group that provided support to terrorist groups in the vicinity of Krasnoarmiiske changing its firing positions). Positions of the ATO forces in the vicinity of Shyrokyne and access routes to this settlement near Kominternove and Lebedynske.
In the vicinity of Krymske, Novotoshkivka, Shchastya, Luhanske, and Myronivske terrorists used mortars, small arms, and AGS-17. Insurgents opened fire using tank weapons from hideout shelters and laid ambushes. Near Shchastya, insurgents continue their attempts to probe the advanced line of ATO forces with sabotage and reconnaissance groups and small infantry units (up to a platoon in size), supported by mortar and ZU-23-2 fire.
In the vicinity of Stanytsia Luhanska, terrorists fired at the positions of ATO forces (mainly from a fortified area of defense near Mykolayivka). AGS-17 and mortars are used in continuous fire strikes from Vesela Hora.
Movement of Russian-terrorist forces:
• In the vicinity of Mykolaivka, the arrival of a howitzer battery (four D-30 units) has been observed;
• About 150 terrorists in army trucks were transferred to reinforce a group stationed near the Donetsk airport;
• A convoy of a “Lexus” SUV, two BTR-80, a command and staff vehicle, and a MAZ-537 trailer with the “Tor-M1” missile system proceeded through Shakhtarsk towards the East;
• A battery of three 2B16 “Nona-K” 120-mm towed artillery systems were observed on the march through Alchevsk to Perevalsk. Four “Ural” [military cargo trucks] with insurgents on board were observed in the same convoy.
• Three “Toyota” SUVs marked with “OSCE” moved through Shakhtarsk in the direction of terrorist positions ([they] stopped at an insurgent base). One [of the SUVs] had an orange trailer (1m x 1m in size). Sometime later, all three SUVs left the insurgent base without the trailer.
• Military equipment – tanks, IFVs, APCs continues arriving to the settlement of Kalynove for four days in a row. Currently, a total of over 20 armored vehicles have arrived (most of them arrive with infantry). Over the past 24 hours, four tanks and a BMP-2 have arrived.
• Armored vehicles (T-72BA tanks) were transferred through Kalinovka to Makiivka on trailers. The tanks are not tented – the tactical signs of a motorized infantry brigade of the Southern Military District of Russia were badly painted over on one [of the tanks].
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB