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:
In the ATO area in Donbas, fire strikes by Russian-terrorist troops continue, mostly with the use of small arms (in addition, terrorists used 82 mm mortars, heavy machine guns, and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers). Militants use weapons to accomplish two main missions: to cover the “entry-exit” of their sabotage and reconnaissance groups into the rear of the ATO forces, and to attempt to provoke the return fire of Ukrainian troops.
The enemy actively uses specialized weapons and equipment, which allows them to operate quietly and discreetly (silencers, night-time and day-time optoelectronic devices, scanners, etc.). The increased presence of Spetsnaz sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Russian intelligence services is observed at the first line of the front (GRU of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federal Security Service). These sabotage and reconnaissance groups are distinguished by their use of “mine traps,” attempts to conduct short firing raids on the isolated strongholds (positions) of the Ukrainian troops, etc.
The activity of Russian-terrorist forces is observed in the following areas:
– Practically along the entire length of sector “A” (especially along the Seversky Donets River), a never-ending “war of small groups” (raids, ambushes, counter-ambushes, roadside bombs) is observed;
– In the area of Luhanske–Myronivske–Troitske (up to the outskirts of Popasna), sniper groups are operating under cover of mortar fire and heavy machine guns;
– From Shumy and Mayorske to Avdiivka, militant sabotage and reconnaissance groups repeatedly tried to penetrate into the rear of the Ukrainian troops; on several occasions, terrorists used armored vehicles;
– In the area of the Donetsk Airport, [the enemy] attempted to fire at the positions of ATO forces from the “neutral [demarcation] line;” sniper operations were observed; the enemy tried to operate with small infantry and reconnaissance groups, including [the groups] under cover of armored vehicles;
– From Mar’inka and practically as far as Hranitne and Mykolayivka, as well as in the area of Mariupol, Sakhanka, Shyrokyne, Pavlopil, and Chermalyk, militants used small arms, as well as 82 mm mortars and AGS-17; the activity of sabotage and reconnaissance groups was also observed.
The enemy is reinforcing their formation in the area of Donetsk–Khartsyzsk–Shakhtarsk–Snizhne by using forces withdrawn from the Horlivka bridgehead (which is presented as “withdrawal of equipment and weapons” – heavy armored vehicles and weapons with a caliber of less than 100 mm). A militant tank company was transferred to the vicinity of Shakhtarsk (T-64B tanks).
A combined terrorist unit was transferred to the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk (about 220 people in total, the transfer took place in groups of 25-30 people), with two automatic 2B9 “Vasilek” [“Cornflower”] mortars, five 12.7 mm caliber machine guns, and four units of SPG-9 “Kopye” [“Spear”]. This unit arrived to reinforce the Krasnohorivka–Mar’inka direction.
In the area of Lyman-Tsvitni Pisky (north of Stukalova Balka), “LNR” militants set up their frontline base under the guise of a “transit point to withdraw equipment” which, if necessary, would allow [them] to deploy a strike group of 2-3 reinforced battalions (one of them a tank battalion) in the vicinity of Shchastya–Stanytsia Luhanska.
The so-called “Ministry of State Security of the DNR” is conducting several investigations into the “disappearances” of weapons and ammunition in “DNR” gangs. In one of the cases, such “disappearance” involved more than 200 units of small arms.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB
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