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:
After last week’s escalation of the conflict in Donbas, Russian-terrorist forces have reduced their activity, while nonetheless continuing shellings and armed provocations against the ATO forces. Over the past 24 hours, local militants, Russian mercenaries and soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces mainly used small arms for these purposes (including heavy machine guns), as well as 82 mm mortars, and heavy grenade launchers (SPG-9 and AGS-17). The majority of the attacks were recorded in the area of Horlivka, as well as to the west and northwest of Donetsk (from Mar’inka to the northern outskirts of Avdiivka). In addition, militants continue conducting active reconnaissance of the Ukrainian troops’ combat formations; in a number of areas, sniper fire is carried out.
Militant infantry groups dressed in Ukrainian Armed Forces military uniforms were detected in the neutral zone in the vicinity of Horlivka. These groups are equipped with mortars and grenade launchers. Mortar fire in the direction of Horlivka was recorded at least twice.
During the last 24 hours, militants fired at the ATO forces’ advanced positions in the area of Zaitseve (fire was carried out from heavy machine guns and 82 mm mortars, and directed at the northern part of this settlement, which is occupied by Ukrainian military units). Militants fired at the ATO forces’ stronghold in the area of Mayorsk from the direction of the two valleys south of the Zhovanka river (a terrorist infantry group used two heavy machine guns and an AGS-17).
From the direction of the Donetsk airport, a militant sniper group entered the neutral zone and fired at the ATO forces’ units near Opytne, at their positions near the Donetsk Bypass. The sniper group received fire support from an 82-mm mortar operating from the direction of Spartak, and two machine guns (operating from the ruins in the private residence area of the settlement). Another sniper group [also] “operated” from the same area.
In the vicinity of Pisky, several militant SPG-9 details, operating under the cover of heavy machine guns, fired six shots at Ukrainian troop advanced positions from the direction of Zhobunky.
The ATO forces’ positions on the stretch between the Skeleva river and Rozsadky (in the vicinity of Luhanske) were shelled from small arms by terrorist infantry groups operating from the direction of Sanzharivka. Southeast of Troitske, militants shelled [the ATO forces] from sniper weapons and 82 mm mortars (fire came from the direction of Shyroka Balka).
In the vicinity of Mar’inka, militants shelled ATO forces’ positions from the direction of Trudivske [district of Donetsk] using heavy machine guns and SPG-9’s (5-6 rounds). By using this method, the terrorists attempted to provoke return fire and discover the ATO forces’ firing positions at the front line.
East of Novhorodske, the militants opened fire on the advanced ATO stronghold several times during the past 24 hours, using small arms and stand-mounted antipersonnel grenade launchers (AGS-17 or similar). Fire adjustment was carried out from the N5 Mine’s spoil bank. At the same time, a group of militants was seen moving through the neutral zone.
Active regrouping of the enemy forces and equipment at the front line is observed in several areas at once: in the vicinity of Horlivka, on the stretch between Horlivka and Donetsk, in the western and northwestern parts of Donetsk, and south of Donetsk. Militant personnel and equipment are being transferred to the vicinity of Pervomaisk and Hranitne, to the area of Luhansk, and in the coastal regions – between Sakhanka and Novoazovsk. Forces transferred to these areas are company-level units (usually 8-10 ACVs, and 5-6 vehicles with personnel). Forces and equipment are also being transferred towards Stakhanov and Pervomaisk, through Alvchevsk.
Due to the “crisis” in the area of Ozeryanivka (blocking of the “Troya” gang), six army trucks with militants and four BTR-80’s (with militants on board) have been transferred to the vicinity of Horlivka through Panteleimonivka.
A militant infantry group with armored equipment was also spotted near Horlivka, north of the Artemivsk motorway, beyond Terykonna station (in total, up to one company in strength, plus several ACVs, mainly MT-LB’s, 82 mm mortars, and one ZU-23-2). According to our preliminary data, this group arrived to reinforce the units that are periodically shelling Zhovanka and Zaitseve (a rotation of forces is also a possibility).
A “command and management meeting” took place in the “1st Army Corps of the DNR.” The “DNR” military command voiced an “imperative demand” to “improve the military discipline” and increase the combat ability of its subordinate units through competent and efficient use of the existing resources and material supplies. The meeting also addressed the issue of “unwarranted breakdowns of equipment and armaments” and reviewed the results of the equipment conversion for winter operation.
After being deployed northeast of Avdiivka, a militant armored group (4 tanks and four BMP-2’s, BTR-70’s, BTR-80’s) withdrew to the eastern region of operation. At this time, the militants are camouflaging this equipment at positions between Yasynuvata and Makiivka.
Militants continue to hold a reinforced battalion (BTG) at the Zaichenko – Sakhanka line. A reserve terrorist unit is being concentrated near Bezymenne (six tanks, spread out and camouflaged in ravines and valleys northwest of Bezymenne; as well as 22-24 vehicles, and 10-12 various ACVs, from BRDM-2 to BMP-2 and MT-LB). “Grad” BM-21 MLRS units previously recorded west of Patriotychne have been transferred to the vicinity of Krasnoarmiiske.
The militant reinforced battalion (BTG) previously deployed in the area of Yenakijeve – Vuhlehirsk – Kamyshatka (as previously reported by the IR group) has begun moving in the direction of Horlivka. The artillery unit of this BTG is being deployed to the area south of Holmivskyi. Thus. militants are pulling up reinforcements to the ATO forces’ right flank at the Svitlodarsk bridgehead (as a reminder, the enemy forces between Pervomaisk and Sanzharivka were reinforced before the New Year).
A similar situation is observed south of Donetsk: militant combat lines between Olenivka and Styla have been compacted (including the enemy’s Dokuchajevsk “defense center”). In this area, the [enemy forces’ ] front line was additionally fortified with two reinforced motorized infantry companies, RTG (a total of 120-200 personnel with 15-16 ACVs), as well as six “Grad” BM-21 MLRS units, and at least six 122 mm “Gvozdika” 2S1 units concealed in the Andriivka – Laryne – Obilne triangle.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB
ACV – armored combat vehicle
AGS-17 – automatic grenade launcher
ATO – Anti-Terrorist Operation
BMP – infantry fighting vehicle
BTG – battalion tactical group
BTR, APC – armored personnel carrier
BRDM – armored reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle
DAP – Donetsk International Airport
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
SPG-9 – stand-mounted grenade launcher
ZU-23-2 – anti-aircraft artillery system
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