Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 02.09 #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)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

(See end of post for acronym glossary)

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Ukrainian soldier raises flag in occupied Zaitseve, Ukraine on his birthday, Feb 9. Source: (Screenshot from video)

A Ukrainian soldier raises flag in occupied Zaitseve, Ukraine on his birthday, Feb 9. Source: (Screenshot from video)

During the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas were the most active in the areas of Donetsk and Horlivka, in a number of locations between these two cities, as well as south of Donetsk and on the Svitlodarsk bridgehead.

In the vicinity of Pisky and Opytne, militants actively shelled the ATO forces’ positions from heavy machine guns and grenade launchers (AGS-17, SPG-9). Near Mar’inka, terrorists deployed mortars of the two main calibers (82 mm and 120 mm) and heavy machine guns; sniper fire was also recorded.

Further north, militants fired on the southern and northern outskirts of Krasnohorivka from the direction of Staromykhailivka (private residence areas), using 120 mm and 82 mm mortars.

East of Troitske, the ATO forces’ positions were shelled from 82 mm “Vasilek” 2B9 mortars; the detonation of approximately ten 120 mm projectiles was also recorded. In the same area, militants opened fire from the neutral zone, using small arms and RPG’s.

In the vicinity of Zaitseve, the enemy deployed machine guns from the direction of Holmivskyi, and from positions southeast of Novhorodske. In the latter case, a terrorist infantry group attempted to approach Ukrainian troop positions and was stopped by the ATO forces’ fire. The group’s retreat was covered by fire from a BTR-80’s on-board guns.

A Ukrainian soldier raises flag in occupied Zaitseve, Ukraine today on his birthday.

Militants fired on [the ATO forces’] strongholds east of Rozsadky from the direction of
Sanzharivka and Veselohorivka, using heavy machine guns and AGS-17’s.

Machine gun fire came at the Ukrainian troop stronghold east of Starohnativka from the direction of Starolaspa. Terrorists also used SPG-9’s from the direction of Bila Kamyanka.

Two ATO forces’ strongholds came under fire from 82 mm mortars and heavy machine
guns, used by militants from positions near Kominternove. In particular, their firing positions are equipped on the southwestern and western outskirts of Kominternove.

Militants continue transferring combat equipment along the Snizhne – Donetsk
and Starobesheve – Donetsk lines. During the past 24 hours, up to five BTR-80’s, five BMP-2’s and two MT-LB’s (one carrying a ZU-23-2) were transferred.

Militants are equipping positions in the vicinity of Staromarivka (north of the destroyed bridge, as far as Krasnyi Oktyabr). According to our preliminary data, this area will receive a unit of up to one reinforced “motorized rifle company” in strength, with armored vehicles (a company tactical group).

Up to 1,000 militant personnel are stationed in the Alchevsk – Perevalsk area (concentrated here during the past week). Periodically, militant groups from this number advance towards Bryanka and Stakhanov.

Further west, we observed:
• near Lomuvatka – 10-11 pieces of various armored vehicles (no tanks, mainly
BMP-1 and MT-LB);
• near Almazna and Kalynove – one reinforced company each (9-10 pieces of combat equipment, motor vehicles, mortar type armaments (82 and 120 mm), ZU-23-2, and up to one battery of 100 mm “Rapira” MT-12). The companies’ equipment is partially camouflaged, partially on display (which appears to be a demonstrative action).

Near Horlivka (the settlement of Myrnyi), a battery of five D-30-A 122 mm howitzers (towed) was spotted on the march. The guns were moved during the hours of dusk, with large gaps.

In the Putilovka area of Donetsk, six militant tanks were spotted in the vegetation. Previously, the IR group spotted this tank group in the private residences sector in front of the DAP; it has now been withdrawn somewhat deeper into the terrorists’ positions.

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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