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:
Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continue carrying out armed provocations to pressure ATO forces into returning fire. Militants are also gathering intelligence on the Ukrainian troops’ front line and tactical rear, equipping their own positions and laying minefields, both at the forefront and in the second echelon.
In the area west of Hladosove, terrorists directed aimed fire onto the forward positions of ATO forces with small arms and stand-mounted automatic grenade-launchers.
A militant infantry unit of up to 30 persons was spotted in the neutral zone near Donetsk International Airport [DAP], south of Pisky. The unit divided into several groups, which moved parallel to the advanced positions of ATO forces, carrying out surveillance. As they withdrew, the militants opened fire with small arms on Ukrainian advanced positions.
Enemy sniper activity was observed near Mar’inka and south of Popasne. Up to 10 aimed long-distance shots on the positions of the ATO forces (with the use of special ammunition) were recorded.
An accumulation of militant heavy armor was noted simultaneously in two places in the vicinity of Donetsk: near the Donbas National Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and in the southeastern part of the city. The first group included at least 6 tanks, 10 vehicles of different types, including trucks, three BTR-80 armored personnel carriers and two BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles; the second, six D-30 guns in traveling position, and three MT-LB multi-purpose light-armored transporter trucks.
South of the “Styrol” plant in Horlivka, a battery of 122 mm “Gvozdika” self-propelled guns (5 systems) was seen on the move towards Makiivka. Also in the convoy were 4 army trucks, 1 UAZ-469 off-road military light utility vehicle, and 2 MT-LBs.
Persistent rumors are circulating among the militants in the “Horlivka garrison” about the alleged preparation for a large-scale offensive by Ukrainian troops. At the same time, defenses along the Donetsk-Snizhne highway are being reinforced, armored vehicles transferred and engineering work undertaken. Improvements to the militant battalion defenses near Stakhanov have been noted. Terrorists of the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] are actively preparing to repel this mythical offensive.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB.
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