Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 8.13 #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)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Photographs by Noah Brooks, reprinted by permission

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Attacks by Russian-terrorist troops continue intensifying in Donbas, including with the use of heavy weapons (2/3 of the attacks were recorded in the Donetsk oblast). Throughout the day, terrorists increased the use of rocket artillery. Simultaneously, on many sections of the front line, the enemy is engaging in active intelligence efforts (aerial, land, and electronic reconnaissance), conducted by formations of local militants and Russian mercenaries, as well as units of the Russian armed forces.

During the day, the enemy carried out massive attacks from 120 mm mortars on the areas of Verkhnotoretske, Troitske, Novhorodske, and Leninske, trying to inflict fire damage on the ATO forces’ advanced units west of Horlivka.

Militants also used 82 mm and 120 mm mortars to fire on the positions of Ukrainian troops northeast of Pisky and in the area of Avdiivka (on the southern and northern outskirts of the settlement).

The enemy fired on the ATO forces’ positions from 122 mm artillery in the area between Lozove and Krasnohorivka, and the Opytne – Vodyane stretch.

The ATO forces’ stronghold in the area of Krasnohorivka was shelled with BM-21 Grad MLRS (multiple rocket launching systems). Overall, during the past day, militants have made a series of fire strikes using rocket artillery (122 mm BM-21 Grad MLRS) on the positions of Ukrainian troops, namely in the area between Vodyane and Opytne (and in the vicinity of the latter), in the area of Pisky, and between the settlements of Novhorodske and Troitske.

The strengthening of Russian-terrorist troops continues on the right flank of the Svitlodarsk bridgehead. In the area of Holmivskyi, Zaitseve, and Novoluhanske, the enemy, has repeatedly made attempts to covertly move their advanced infantry groups into the “greenery” in the neutral zone (under heavy cover fire of 82 mm and 120 mm mortars), trying to move within the effective range of fire of the ATO forces’ advanced units. After several brief small arms attacks, the enemy quickly retreated to their original lines. On two occasions, the enemy in this area also opened fire from 152 mm artillery.

After a brief pause, militants renewed their activity in the area of Krymske and Novotoshkivka. In particular, during the day, terrorists made multiple attacks in the vicinity of checkpoint N29, opening fire from the “greenery” with small arms and hand grenades. Near Krymske, one of the ATO forces’ strongholds was shelled by mortars. In the area of Popasna, militant infantry groups have been actively attempting to approach the advanced units of the ATO forces, moving through the “greenery” and trying to position themselves within effective fire range for subsequent attacks.

Near Shchastya and Stanytsia Luhanska, “traditional” attacks were observed, as terrorists used small arms and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers.

During the last 24 hours, the enemy used armored vehicles on three occasions:

•  In the area of Mar’inka, several shots were fired from tank guns using HE shells, at the advanced positions of the ATO forces (an armored group with two militant tanks and two BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles in the first line);

• Near Opytne and DAP [Donetsk Airport Terminal], a previously recorded armored group of terrorists continues to operate. 2 tanks and 3 armored combat vehicles opened fire from pre-equipped firing positions;

The "Karpatska Sich" battalion keeps an eye on the Donetsk airport. Photo: Karpatska Sich FB

The “Karpatska Sich” battalion keeps an eye on the Donetsk airport. Photo: Karpatska Sich FB

• Near Starohnativka, Bila Kamyanka, and Novolaspa, several militant tanks and AFVs [armored fighting vehicles] (6 units in total) opened long-range fire from on-board weaponry on the ATO forces units that had gained a foothold in this area.

The enemy used 152 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars to deliver virtually uninterrupted artillery fire on the ATO forces positions and towns in the Stepne – Berezove stretch, in the vicinity of Starohnativka and Hranitne, as well as the southeast of Dokuchajevsk.

An Azov Battalion volunteer in a firefight with separatists near Mariupol. Photo: Noah Brooks. Source:

An Azov Battalion volunteer in a firefight with separatists near Mariupol. Photo: Noah Brooks.

Russian-terrorist formations are stepping up their activity in the coastal direction, having shelled the positions of Ukrainian troops near Chermalyk and southwest of Pavlopil from 152 mm and 122 mm artillery.

The enemy continues actively regrouping and transferring personnel and combat equipment.

In the Novolaspa direction, militants completed the formation of two composite artillery groups (each up to a division in strength), totaling 22 cannon artillery guns (122 mm and 152 mm), eight 2S1 “Gvozdika” and 2S3 “Akatsiya” self-propelled guns, and eight Grad MLRS. One of the artillery groups is positioned south of Komsomolske, while the other one is being deployed in the vicinity of Krasnopillya – Kamyanka.

A composite mortar squad (twelve 82 mm and 120 mm mortars) has been redeployed from Donetsk towards the southern areas.

An armored group has been transferred towards Vesela Hora from the direction of Luhansk. It includes tanks (at least two of them T-72) and MT-LB trucks, up to 10 units in total.

The enemy continues reinforcing their tactical group operating in the coastal direction. Two tactical groups have been transferred to the area of Sakhanka (55-60 personnel in one, 90-100 in the other). The groups also include six armored vehicles (mainly APCs and MT-LB), as well as several jeeps and off-road vehicles, while most militants are being transported on board of army trucks.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB 

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