Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 04.12 #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:

During the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas were active on multiple stretches along the demarcation line, mainly in the Donetsk and Mariupol directions of operation. Militants actively used small arms, grenade launchers, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, and the on-board weapons of ACVs in the shellings. No use of tanks or cannon artillery was recorded.

Militants shelled the “industrial zone” of Avdiivka from 120 mm mortars from positions southeast of Yasynuvata junction, and from heavy machine guns and AGS-17’s, from the direction of the 251.2 m high ground. Terrorists also used machine guns and grenade launchers in the vicinity of the Butovka mine ventilation shaft.

House hit by mortar strike in Avdiivka, April 9, 2016. Woman living here was killed instantly, 3 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Video by Maxim Tucker House hit by a mortar strike in #Avdiivka. The woman living here was killed instantly. #Ukraine— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) April 9, 2016 //

House hit by mortar strike in Avdiivka, April 9, 2016. Woman living here was killed instantly, 3 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Video by Maxim Tucker

In the vicinity of Pisky, militants used 82 mm automatic mortars (“Vasilek” 2B9) from the direction of the private residences sector, south of the Volvo Center, and the DAP. In this area, we observed attempts by small enemy groups to enter the neutral zone in order to shell the ATO forces’ advanced positions (in all cases, [these groups] were met with heavy small arms fire and fell back to their original positions).

In the area of Dokuchajevsk, the ATO forces’ advanced stronghold southeast of Novotroitske was shelled by a militant BMP-2, which deployed its on-board weapons from a camouflaged position. Terrorists also used the on-board weaponry of armored combat vehicles in the vicinity of Luhanske (fire was unsighted).

The “hunt” for the mythical “NATO snipers” in the “DNR” is accompanied by an information campaign about the alleged used of “American air drones” by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The rumors circulating among the militants claim that these drones are equipped with spray dispensers of a secret virus created in the US military labs. Interestingly enough, similar rumors are being spread not only through the “DNR” terrorist units, but also among residents of the frontline areas of the occupied territory. The “DNR Ministry of State Security” is receiving messages from citizens with “reports” about such drones (in addition to the “secret virus,” citizen reports also frequently mention the syphilis agent, also allegedly being sprayed by the drones).

The “DNR” leadership wrapped up the results of the “Night City” operation conducted in Donetsk during March, aimed at seeking out and neutralizing “Ukrainian spies.” During the operation, four local citizens (including one woman) were shot and killed by militants after curfew – all four were declared “agents of the SBU and the Right Sector.” The operation was declared a success, and a decision was made to hold similar operations in other settlements, such as Makiivka, Horlivka, etc.

During the past 48 hours, some 430 tons of diesel fuel, up to 10 motor vehicles, 12 tanks, and 18 pieces of other armored equipment arrived to the “DNR” from Russia, through Ilovaisk. Five rail cars’ worth of ammunition arrived from Russia and were unloaded in Debaltseve. Also, two cisterns of gasoline arrived in Krasnodon for the needs of the “LNR.”

Terrorist base (former National Guard base) in occupied Donetsk. Source

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB 


AC – Army Corps
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
ELINT – Electronic Intelligence
GUR – Defense Intelligence
KSM – command and staff vehicle
LNR – “Luhansk People’s Republic”
MGB – Ministry of State Security
MOD – Ministry of Defense
MT-LB – light multipurpose tracked vehicle
MLRS – multiple-launch rocket systems
OMSBR – Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade
SBU – Ukrainian Secret Service
SPG-9 – stand-mounted grenade launcher
TZM, TLV – transporter-loading vehicle
UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drones or other)
ZU-23-2 – anti-aircraft artillery system


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