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
(See end of post for acronym glossary)
Operational data from Information Resistance:
Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas are actively continuing to fire on the ATO forces’ positions, using artillery, multiple-launch rocket systems [MLRS] and the on-board weaponry of heavy armored vehicles.
Namely, similarly to the previous 24 hours, militants carried out fire strikes with BM-21 “Grad” MLRS in the Mar’inskyi district of Donetsk oblast. The MLRS positions were, as in the previous instance, located in the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk.
At the same time, new militant manpower and resources, including artillery and armored fighting vehicles, were observed transferring to the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk. A ten-strong column of heavy armor (including four BTR-80s) from the militant repair base in Snizhne arrived in Donetsk.
During the past 24 hours, the enemy used tanks: in particular, in areas north of Avdiivka, in the vicinity of Krasnyi Partizan, where tanks arrived from the area of Panteleimonivka. Two terrorist tanks took up positions prepared in advance; one fired six rounds of high-explosive fragmentation (OF) shells in the direction of the ATO forces’ positions in front of Novoselivka Druha [Novoselivka-2], then four more rounds towards Verkhnotoretske. The second tank did not open fire (it was there to provide cover). Then both tanks retreated to the residential quarter of Krasnyi Partizan.
In addition to this, militants near Shyrokyne used 122 mm artillery. This is the second instance of the use of 122 mm caliber cannon artillery by terrorists in the past week.
Militants also opened fire:
• on a stretch near Donetsk from positions in the village of Vesele and positions along the Chervonoarmiiske Highway (south-west of the “Volvo-Center-Donetsk” auto center). During the past 24 hours, militants opened heavy fire several times, using automatic grenade launchers and heavy machine guns (two BTR-80 armored personnel carriers were also used). The terrorists also resorted to 120 mm mortars (at least two).
• near Krasnohorivka from the direction of Staromykhailivka, with 82 mm mortars and small arms.
• on ATO forces’ positions southeast of Luhansk, from the Svitlodarsk high grounds and Nyzhnje Lozove, using heavy machine guns, the on-board weaponry of a BMP-2, and 82 mm mortars.
• on positions near Opytne (from Donetsk International Airport (DAP) and Spartak with 82 mm mortars and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers), Mar’inka (an infantry group from the neutral zone attacked with automatic small arms and hand grenades), on positions northwest of Avdiivka, and near the H20 motorway (fire came from Kruta Balka, with 82-mm mortars and at least two ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft cannons).
• near Zhovanka-Zaitseve with 82 mm mortars, small arms and AGS-17s;
• from heavy machine guns on positions near elevation 175.9 (the area of Bakhmut motorway, southwest of Sokilnyky).
• near Shyrokyne in the coastal region, where a militant infantry group supported by a sniper unit fired at an ATO forces’ stronghold.
Militants from northern areas transferred an infantry group with four armored fighting vehicles (three BMP-s2 and one BTR-70) to the vicinity of Ozeryanivka (near Horlivka). In Horlivka itself, raids continue as the “Ministry of State Security [MGB] of the DNR” and militants of the “1st DNR Army Corps” are looking for Ukrainian “insiders and saboteurs.” Rumors are rapidly circulating among the terrorists of the so-called “Horlivka garrison” that “peacemakers” will soon appear in the city (they are most likely referring to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe [OSCE], as earlier the OSCE SMM announced the opening of an observation post in Horlivka).
South of Stakhanov, the transfer continues of a troop unit up to a battalion in strength (the transfer is already into its 3rd day). In the past 24 hours, eight MT-LBs and two Kamaz trucks have been brought towards Bryanka, and nine or ten BBMs to Perevalsk via the Mykhailivska interchange (two MT-LB trailers carried MT-12 antitank guns, and two vehicles in the convoy were BRDM-2 combat reconnaissance patrol vehicles equipped with anti-tank rocket systems). Five militant tanks were also observed on the march towards Lomuvatka.
A group of Russian mercenaries from the Russian Federation (up to 100 personnel) arrived in Novoazovsk, transported on board of four buses. Some of the mercenaries were without weapons.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB
ACV – armored combat vehicle
ATO – Anti-Terrorist Operation
BMP – infantry fighting vehicle
BTR, APC – armored personnel carrier
DNR – “Donetsk People’s Republic”
DRG – sabotage and reconnaissance group
LNR – “Luhansk People’s Republic”
MT-LB – light multipurpose tracked vehicle
MLRS – multiple-launch rocket systems
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