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:
Attacks and provocations by Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas do not stop. Increasingly larger in scale, militants used 82 mm mortars and armored vehicles (infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers). At several sites, terrorists used even 120 mm mortars. In addition, the militants continue to lead active ground and electronic reconnaissance of the combat orders of the Ukrainian troops, to carry out acts of sabotage and attacks to the rear of the ATO forces by the DRG [Russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups], as well as attempts to oust units of Ukrainian troops from positions occupied by them in some sections.
In particular, over the past 24 hours the militants fired on the ATO forces’ positions in the vicinity of Shumy and Mayorsk, actively using 82 mm mortars and AGS-17 automatic heavy grenade launchers.
Between Hladosove and Zaitseve, the terrorists tried to oust ATO forces from their positions. Over the past two days, the terrorists have tried to push one of the forward detachments from their position, under massive support from mortars and grenade launchers, operating with 3 infantry groups. From the side of Pionersky and Mykolaivka, the militants fired on ATO positions in the region of Syze and Bolotene, using 82 mm automatic mortars of the type 2B9 “Vasilyek” and from AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers. From the side of Vesela Hora, accurate sniper fire was conducted on the Ukrainian forces positions in the region of Shchastya.
The most active operations were conducted by militants in the north-west and west of Donetsk as well as south of Donetsk (in the area of Hranitne and Starohnativka). The terrorists fired on ATO positions in the region of Pisky, Opytne, Avdiivka (both from the north and south) from mortars (82 mm and 120 mm) as well as from a BTR-80 (12.7 large-caliber heavy machine gun). From the Yasinovata junction, the militants waged constant shelling – virtually for the whole 24-hour period, with short breaks.
ATO positions were fired on from small arms and grenade launchers in the area of Lozove, Hranitne and Starohnativka, also there was sniper fire from the terrorists in the region of Mariinka and Krasnohorivka.
In Donetsk, the militants continue to concentrate heavy armour. To this moment the Information Resistance network has noted the [locations of the] tanks of the terrorists: 7 in Kyivskyi District, 2 in the area of Spartak, 4 in the area of Oleksandrivka (Petrovskyi District). The tanks are camouflaged and spread out over the area.
In the northern part of Horlivka we note the emergence of new detachments of Russian mercenaries numbering 300-320 men in total. The militants in several detachments are in the second echelon, they have transport and armor – no less than 12 armored combat vehicles in total.
In the area of the “Lutuhyne camps” three main “centers” of armor and artillery warehousing are noted. At this moment each “center” contains around 35-40 units of armor, mostly tanks and MT-LB.
A column of militant armor and self-propelled artillery is on the march toward the settlement of Novofedorivka. The convoy includes 6 units of 122 SAU 2C1 “Carnation” self-propelled howitzers, 2 MT-LB and 1 BMP-1.
From the side of Starobesheve and Telmanove the militants have pulled up several tactical support groups into the area of Stil’, Pervomaisk and east of Staromar’ivka. Each tactical support group numbers up to a mechanized infantry company, around 80-90 men and 10-11 units of armor. In total, 24 units of armored combat vehicles have been deployed to the front line in the area from Dokuchajevsk to Hranitne. In addition, the militants are actively setting mines and conducting reconnaissance of the terrain in this area.
As directed by the command of the “2nd LNR [“Luhansk People’s Republic”] Army Corps,” all militants who are on the front line are having their identity documents confiscated until returning to the place of permanent deployment of their units.
The “LNR” leadership intends to ensure the production of a large batch of ammunition for small arms with increased destructive power at the Luhansk ammunition factory (Luhansk, Pochtovaya street, 1M). A partial start-up of the equipment at the enterprise is planned (around 1/3 of the existing capacity) in order to equip 5.45 x 39 calibre rounds (using the existing stock of cartridges) with bullets with a heat-treated core (product No. 10) in the amount of 5 million pieces. The company’s management is taking steps to attract professionals with expertise in the technology of hardening bullet cores, including those who live on Ukraine-controlled territory.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB
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