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:
The situation in the ATO zone is relatively calm. At the same time, militants continue accumulating forces and supplies in the vicinity of Spartak and north of the settlement, as well as in the area of the Donetsk Airport [DAP] (Donetsk-Pivnichnyi, Pryvokzalna street, Novoihnatyivske cemetery, DAP’s fire department, and other locations). In these areas, a rapid increase in the numbers of enemy personnel and armaments (including AGS-17 and SPG-9 “Kopye” grenade launchers) is observed. Up to 600 militants, split into 4 groups, arrived to these areas.
North of Mar’inka and in the vicinity of DAP, militants opened small arms fire several times over the past 24 hours, both from the neutral zone and from their positions.
Militants are transferring their personnel from the direction of Pervomaisk towards Kirovsk, on board of trucks and buses escorted by ACVs. This transfer is part of the rotation of armed gangs that had been shelling the ATO forces positions near Popasna, Katerynivka and Orikhove over the course of the past months. Notably, as rotation goes on, terrorist units are replaced by units of smaller strength, due to lack of personnel at the disposal of the Russian-terrorist troop command.
In the vicinity of Torez, militants are equipping positions for personnel and combat equipment (fit for a unit of up to one motorized rifle company in strength). According to the militants, these positions are intended for a unit of the Russian Armed Forces. Based on the IR group’s information, this is a cut-off position being created for the eventuality of Ukrainian troops breaking through as far as the utility lines beyond Donetsk. The purpose of locating this position so deep behind the militants’ lines is unclear. At the same time, terrorists rapidly increased security along the Donetsk–Snizhne motorway. Militants are patrolling the motorway, while checkpoints in the rear are checking the identification of passing civilians, and questioning drivers about the “purpose of their trip.”
Information about the meeting of all Cossack unit representatives is circulating among militants of the so-called “6th Separate Motorized Cossack Rifle Regiment named after Chieftain Platov.” The meeting, planned for November 7-8, 2015 and initiated by Pavel Dremov, is aiming to pass a vote of non-confidence against the “LNR government.” (Pavel Dremov is one of the so-called “Cossack Chieftains,” a “commandant” of the town of Stakhanov. Over the past few days, rumors of the impending removal of Dremov from command have been circulating among militants.)
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB
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