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 troops in Donbas continue shelling Ukrainian troop positions and civilian targets. Several clashes with the ATO forces were recorded. Militants remain active at the front line, operating with small infantry groups, as well as DRGs, which lay mines and conduct sabotage in the tactical rear of the Ukrainian troops. The main targets being shelled are the ATO forces’ advanced strongholds, observation points, and checkpoints no further than 5-6 km from the front line.
Two enemy radioelectronic warfare points are active: in the vicinity of Yenakijeve and south of Donetsk (near Kamyanka). They are being used by the enemy in an attempt to disrupt the ATO’s means of communication,
During the past 24 hours, militants shelled Ukrainian troops’ advanced positions east of Novhorodske, firing from the direction of the Zalizna Balka [river] and the waste banks of the Lenina Mine. The enemy delivered fire en masse, using a battery of 82 mm mortars (4-5 units), heavy machine guns, and stand-mounted grenade launchers (SPG-9 and AGS-17). At the same time, the ATO forces’ positions further south were also shelled, from the direction of Shyroka Balka. Militants used the on-board weaponry of BMP-2’s (using two units to fire and one for cover), and ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft units.
The ATO forces’ positions in the vicinity of Opytne, Pisky, and south of Avdiivka were shelled according to the established “pattern”: where enemy groups of 15-20 personnel advance to the neutral zone and open small arms fire, under covering fire of heavy machine guns (including those on board of APC’s) and heavy AGS-17 grenade launcher fire; militants also deployed 82 mm mortars in several instances.
In the vicinity of Bohdanivka and Novohnativka, terrorists fired from the direction of Styla, using grenade launchers and the on-board weaponry of BMP-2’s. According to our preliminary data, north of Bohdanivka, the enemy deployed 122 mm cannon artillery (reports currently being confirmed). Southwest of Styla, we observed another movement of militant armored vehicles (the IR group previously reported on the reinforcement of Russian-terrorist troops in this direction of operations). Near Starohnativka, militants deployed ACVs, small arms, and grenade launchers.
In the area of Vodyane, a terrorist infantry group attempted to approach the ATO forces’ positions under cover of 120 mm mortars (8 mortar rounds were fired). Terrorists also deployed 122 mm mortars south of Mayorsk (12 mortar rounds fired towards the ATO forces’ stronghold).
Recently, large numbers of armored combat vehicles (ACV’s), including BMP-1, BMP-2, BTR-70, BTR-80, and MT-LB, regularly appear and are deployed by Russian-terrorist troop formations at the front line. Militants mainly use ACVs in the areas of Horlivka, Donetsk, and Dokuchajevsk. In a number of sections, we are also observing militants returning heavy armor (tanks) to positions – this equipment is camouflaged, and mainly moved during nighttime.
The militant reinforced battalion deployed east of Horlivka started equipping firing positions. Engineering equipment has been moved to this area for that purpose, including two excavators, one PZM-2 regimental ditch-digger, and a bulldozer.
Two railway cars with ammunition arrived at Krasnodon station from the Russian Federation.
A new militant artillery unit (six 122 mm “Gvozdika” 2S1 artillery units) arrived in the area of Khoroshe – Stepove.
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
BRM – armored reconnaissance vehicle
DAP – Donetsk International Airport
DNR – “Donetsk People’s Republic”
DRG – sabotage and reconnaissance group
KSM – command and staff vehicle
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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