Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 05.17

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)
05.17.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

(See end of post for acronym glossary)

Operational data from Information Resistance:

During the past two days the Russian-terrorists forces in Donbas sharply increased their activity, deploying cannon artillery (122 mm) as well as heavy armor (tanks) for shelling. The situation was aggravated along almost the entire demarcation line. In addition to this, militants continue their active reconnaissance of ATO forces’ combat positions both at the front and in tactical depths, actively using DRGs and “small” infantry groups.

Terrorists deployed six 122 mm D-30A guns and 4 tanks in the heavy shelling from positions north of Yasynovskiy Lane [Avdiivka] and south of the Yasynuvata Junction, firing on the Ukrainian forces’ positions around Avdiivka‘s “industrial zone,” near Soborna Street, and near the parkland southwest of Avdiivka. During the course of the shelling, militants used a tank “carousel” (mainly using HE projectiles) to shell the ATO forces’ advanced positions; some sixty 122 mm shells were also fired.

Avdiivka's "industrial zone". Photo by Roman Drapak

Avdiivka’s “industrial zone”. Photo by Roman Drapak

Around the area of Opytne, in the vicinity of positions located near the lakes Khutor and  Kooperatyvnyy, Ukrainian battlefield security discovered an enemy infantry group of to 12 personnel, which had secretly infiltrated the neutral zone from the direction of Spartak and tried to shell the ATO forces’ positions from small arms and grenade launchers. After the resulting clash, terrorists were forced to retreat to their original positions under covering fire from AGS-17’s and 82 mm mortars.

In the areas of Mariinka, Pisky, and Krasnohorivka, the enemy actively fired from small arms and heavy machine guns, and deployed sniper groups.

South of Donetsk (vicinity of Novotroitske, Berezove, Hranitne), militants used mortars and the use of a  ZU-23-2 was also recorded.

In the vicinity of Schastia, Stanytsia Luhanska, and on the Trokhizbenka – Sokilnyki stretch, militants attempted using small infantry firing squads to shell the ATO forces’ advanced positions from small arms and anti-personnel grenade launchers (both underbarrel and stand-mounted). In the area of Luhanske, the enemy used SPG-9M’s twice, and mortar fire came from the direction of enemy positions northeast of Nyzhnje Lozove (mostly 82 mm, as well as several hits from 120 mm).

The “2nd LNR AC” continues receiving personnel reinforcements in the area from Zholobok to the salient near Schastia-Stanytsia Luhanska; militant rotation is also noted in the vicinity of Krymske (a new unit of up to 100 personnel has arrived here).

Militants are actively replenishing ammunition stocks in the 3rd independent motorized rifle brigade (OMSBR) in Horlivka, and in the units in the Petrovskiy district of Donetsk. Two tank companies are present here, on camouflaged positions southeast of Yakovlivka and near Putylivka (Donetsk).

Militant artillery is present in the area east and southeast of Yasynuvata: 122 mm and 152 mm caliber systems (mostly D-30A and “Msta-B”), for a total of a 3-battery mixed division (16 guns), as well as at least six 122-mm SAU 2C1 “Gvozdika” units in the area of Yakovlivka – Mineralne.

“Supervisors” from the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces are continuing inspections in a number of units of the “1st DNR AC,” checking combat readiness and the state of arms and military equipment. The inspection of the 3rd and 7th OMSBR’s assessed their current state as “generally satisfactory,” while recommending supplementary armament and re-equipment of a number of these brigades’ units.

Russian sappers have arrived at a militant base located on the territory of a brickworks (western edge of Donetsk, the area of the Trudovskaya Mine). Their aim is to lay as many mines as possible on the approaches to their positions from the side of the Ukrainian forces (north and northeast of the factory). The mines are laid as follows: the first row consists of MON-50 directional anti-personnel claymores without remote detonation, laid as far away from terrorists’ own positions as possible; the second row, closer to terrorists’ positions, consists of MON-50 mines with remote controlled detonation, and anti-tank mines.

In the area of Donetsk, militant self-propelled artillery and armor (self-propelled artillery and APCs, some 20 units in total) were seen transferring to the facilities of the “Tochmash” factory (in the Kyivskyi district of Donetsk). The equipment was moved in small batches of 2-3 units at a time.

The “DNR police” has started a “purge of the ranks”  (so far, in several district offices) that will entail a significant “staff reformatting.” The process was initiated by the command of the “DNR Ministry of State Security (MGB),” which stated that the terrorists’ “law enforcement” ranks are “polluted by pro-Ukrainian elements.” In reality, this change is meant to replace local “police officials” who had established drug trafficking and the supply of “live goods” (prostitutes) to the Russian Federation (mostly to the North Caucasus regions), with “specialists” arriving from Russia. Thus, the “DNR” is carrying out a redistribution of its criminal market disguised as a “clean-up.”

Information is circulating among the unit commanders of the “1st DNR AC” holding positions south of Donetsk about provocations “involving mass civilian casualties” allegedly being prepared “by the Special Services of Ukraine (SSO)” together with units of the 14th OMBR of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.” The relevant reports also feature an unknown “unmarked plane” which the Ukrainian Armed Forces are supposedly planning to use to deploy chemical weapons; the reports also mention intensified electronic intelligence on the part of the Ukrainian troops. It is possible that the leadership of the “1st DNR AC” are disseminating information to prepare for provocations with civilian casualties that will be subsequently blamed on the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

After the insane statement by the DNR leader Alexander Zakharchenko, who said that the OSCE police mission monitors would be shot on sight if such a mission were to start, the “DNR MGB” and the “LNR MGB” were tasked with “finding” a number of “Ukrainian spies and saboteurs” in the occupied territories who have been allegedly trained by US instructors. Such “saboteurs” must admit to intentions to “bomb coal mines” and to “destroy OSCE inspectors.”

In Luhansk, the “LNR MGB” staff are actively searching for “Ukrainian saboteurs’ secret warehouses.” According to the “MGB’s operational data,” a “Ukrainian subversive network” is being deployed in “LNR”-controlled areas, and numerous secret caches of weapons and explosives have already been established for its needs.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB 

Glossary:

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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