Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 02.04 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
02.04.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

(See end of post for acronym glossary)

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Active shelling by Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continues to involve the use of the allegedly “withdrawn” weaponry, including 120-mm mortars and MLRS.

During the past 24 hours, militants fired on the ATO forces’ strongholds near Pisky, using small arms, grenade launchers (including at least ten rounds from SPG-9’s), as well as 82 mm and 120 mm mortars.

Terrorists fired heavy machine guns, AGS-17’s and SPG-9’s at Ukrainian troop strongholds near Opytne, the “Zenith” [position], the Butovska [mine] and the eastern outskirts of old Avdiivka. A militant BMP-2 fired from its on-board 30-mm automatic cannon from positions near Spartak.

In the vicinity of Krasnohorivka, militants used 120 mm mortars (firing from the northern outskirts of Staromykhailivka). A terrorist sniper group operated near Mar’inka from the “Crocodile” waste bank and from further right. The enemy is using a “shelling– target location” technique: either a heavy machine gun starts firing or a small enemy infantry group enters the neutral zone – an ATO forces’ unit takes up positions – and a militant sniper then goes into action.

Near Horlivka, militants fired at the ATO forces’ stronghold northeast of Novoselivka from the southern outskirts of Shyroka Balka, using 82 mm mortars (three pieces). An armed gang positioned on the waste banks near Poselok 6-7 and near Hornopromyslova Street continues shelling the ATO forces’ stronghold south of Mayorsk, including with 120 mm mortars (with both Ukrainian troop positions and private residence areas coming under fire). A similar situation is observed in the ZaitseveZhovanka area, with militants using AGS-17’s and heavy machine guns from the southern part of the settlement and the waste bank north of Terykonna station. Recently, this locality has also come under enemy fire from 82 mm and 120 mm mortars fired from the direction of Holmivskiy, and machine gun fire from the waste bank at the western edge of the settlement.

Militant small arms fire from the neutral zone was noted near Rozsadky. Near Troitske, SPG-9 and small arms fire came from the direction of Kalynove. Near Hranitne, militants directed AGS-17 fire and unsighted small arms fire towards Ukrainian troop positions.

In the Mariupol direction of operations [toward the coastal areas], militants deployed “Grad” BM-21 MLRS. Namely, a terrorist BM-21 “Grad” MLRS battery (3 systems) operated from the direction of Kominternove, previously brought to this area from positions east of Dzerzhynske. East of Sakhanka, two militant tanks were spotted being transferred northwards, while a terrorist armored vehicle group of six BMP-2’s and MT-LB’s has taken up positions in the same area.

“DNR” militants are being withdrawn from Sanzharivka (Artemivskyi district, Donetsk oblast) as part of a troop rotation – six to seven trucks of personnel per day. For some unknown reason, the units are being taken to “LNR” territory. Part of the personnel has been transferred to Alchevsk (at least one terrorist battalion is billeted there at present). Additional personnel are being deployed to the vicinity of Luhansk.

Militant artillery near Horlivka has been redeployed, with the arrival of a 5-piece battery of D-30 and D-30A howitzers (without the gun crews) near the Mykytivka station. The howitzers are on trailers, and the gun crews are being transferred separately.

A terrorist armored group of three T-72 tanks and four IFV’s (three BMP-2’s, one BMP-1) has been spotted east of Yenakijeve. The armored group  is transferring northwards, towards Vuhlehirsk.

Photo: social media

Photo: social media

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Glossary:
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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