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 have begun actively utilizing artillery during their fire strikes. On practically every stretch, militants are making active use of small arms, grenade launchers, anti-tank missile systems, and ZU-23-2’s. The escalation is the most noticeable between Mar’inka and Zaitseve, throughout the entire western and northwestern corner of the ATO zone.
In the Donetsk area, the enemy actively used mortars and armored vehicles (near Staromykhailivka, two BMP’s fired on [the ATO forces’] positions close to Krasnohorivka). On the western outskirts of Spartak, terrorists equipped camouflaged positions for anti-tank missile (ATGM) complexes. During the past 24 hours, two launches [of anti-tank missiles] were observed from these positions at the [ATO forces’] stronghold southeast of Opytne. Another ATGM was launched from the vicinity of the Donetsk International Airport (DAP) at the ATO forces’ positions south of Opytne.
A militant artillery detachment of three 2S1 “Gvozdika”122 mm self-propelled guns shelled the northern part of Zaitseve (up to 25 rounds fired) and area north of the Zhovanka river (towards the Bakhmutka river) from positions in the forested area northeast of Mykytivka [station, Horlivka]. After the artillery barrage, militants fired from the western edges of Holmivskyi using 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, machine guns, and AGS-17’s; the private residences sector took several hits.
Near the Tsentralnyy Karyer [Central Quarry] (Dokuchajevsk), militants fired stand-mounted grenade launchers and small arms at the ATO forces’ strongholds south of Novotroitske. A Ukrainian troop unit responded to the fire strikes by moving towards the high ground south of the quarry and taking a flanking position relative to the advanced position of terrorists. The latter, following an intense firefight, retreated towards the quarry.
In the coastal regions, militants fired 120 mm mortars from two positions (one southwest of Naberezhne, the other, northeast of Pavlopil) at the ATO forces’ positions south of Chermalyk. Militants fired from three 2B9 “Vasilek” automatic 82 mm mortars at the buffer zone near Vodyane and Lebedynske. The purpose of these fire strikes remains unclear, especially since an OSCE video camera is installed in Lebedynske.
The militant grouping in the Stakhanov area has stepped up its activity. Its militants fired 120 mm mortars from positions on the 176.0 m high ground, aiming in the direction of Zolote (mortar shells landed in the ravines north of the Komyshuvakha river and north of the village of Rodina). Terrorists also advanced a mobile fire team to the 195.3 m high ground and fired from 120 mm mortars towards [the ATO forces’] strongholds southeast of Krymske and checkpoint #29. In the same section, militants also opened machine gun fire several times.
Terrorists are moving anti-aircraft weaponry into the Donetsk area. During the past 24 hours, three “Strela-10M” surface-to-air missile systems were hauled through Shakhtarsk on transporters in the direction of Donetsk. The hardware was concealed under tarpaulins.
The regrouping of terrorist artillery resources continues in Horlivka. Under cover of dark, three D-30 122 mm howitzers were towed on trailers from the automobile market towards the Michurina estate. South of Holmivskyi, militants are equipping firing positions for self-propelled guns. According to our preliminary information, self-propelled artillery [for these positions] will be brought in from the Bairak station (east of Horlivka).
The personnel and equipment of the Alchevsk–Stakhanov militant group are being redeployed. Considerable transport and armored vehicle traffic is observed between Lutuhyne and Bile [Bileh]. In particular, a militant motorized infantry company (eight BMP-1’s and BMP-2’s, three MT-LBs, and four trucks with personnel) has been spotted on the march. Two BM-21 “Grad” MLRS systems have been transferred from the Luhansk area to the vicinity of Stakhanov (no transporter-loading vehicles spotted).
A full trainload of Russian heavy armor has arrived in Debaltseve to resupply the armed gang formations. Six tanks, eleven BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, several command and control vehicles, and ten trucks have been offloaded.
Starting 02.17.2016, all militants are banned from using mobile phones on territory where “DNR” military units are stationed. Lists of militants’ phone numbers were collected a day earlier (02.16.2016). Official investigations have been opened in numerous cases where [militants] used Ukrainian mobile phone operator numbers.
A new “corruption” scandal has erupted in the 9th regiment of the “DNR 1st Army Corps.” Militants of this regiment were dismantling a livestock farming facility in Kachkary [Kachkraske], Novoazovskyi district, to cannibalize building materials and scrap metal. This work, which angered local residents, was being carried out on the orders of a militant commander with the call-sign “Utyos” [“Cliff”] (Andriy Oprischenko, commander of the 9th regiment and a “Hero of the Slovyansk retreat,” who fought under Igor Girkin). Two representatives of the “DNR Military Prosecutors’ Office,” department leader Vasiliy Bairachnyi and his deputy, one Magir Narimanovich, arrived in the district from Donetsk at the request of local residents. For the duration of their visit, the command staff of the 9th regiment instructed militants to stop all work and avoid encounters with the representatives from the “prosecutor’s office.” “Utyos” himself supposedly fell ill, and all telephone calls to him were answered by his security guard. Work resumed once the “prosecutors’ staff” left. It should be noted that all actions of the 9th regiment’s commanders are subordinated to and controlled by a “supervisor” from the Russian Federation: a Russian officer with the call sign “Bereg” [“Coast”].
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
TZM, TLV – transporter-loading vehicle
SPG-9 – stand-mounted grenade launcher
ZU-23-2 – anti-aircraft artillery system
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