Operational data from Information Resistance:
Russian-terrorist forces continue armed provocations against the ATO forces. Several attempts to incite return fire by Ukrainian troops were observed, while sabotage and reconnaissance groups continue to operate [in the area].
Militants continue to regroup and to resupply illegal armed groups with combat equipment and personnel; as well as to better equip their positions, both at the front line and in the tactical and operational-tactical depth of their combat formations, including with the use of minefields.
In the area of Holmivskyi, terrorists fired AGS-17 grenade launchers at the neutral line for 15 minutes, followed by firing automatic weapons in the same direction for another 10 minutes. A similar provocation was carried out south of Avdiivka.
In the vicinity of Mar’inka, Berezove, Chermalyk, and south of Avdiivka, several militant infantry groups were detected, advancing towards the neutral line to carry out reconnaissance and surveillance.
East of Novozvanivka, several unaimed shots from 82-mm mortars were recorded.
North of Sakhanka, towards Kominternove and Hnutove, as well as in the area of the Bakhmut highway, militants are actively moving their troops and armored vehicles. In the first instance, several army trucks with personnel were accompanied by two BTR-80 APCs.
In the vicinity of Horlivka, four tanks and two BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles from a reserve group of a “battalion” stationed in the southern outskirts of the city were observed moving in the direction of Yenakijeve.
South of Torez, militants set up a “tank firing field,” to which 14 tanks and 10 different APCs were relocated.
Units of militants stationed south of Donetsk continued to receive reinforcements in the form of armored vehicles. A convoy of armored vehicles (8 AFVs) were observed in the vicinity of Kuteinykove.
Militants moved armored vehicles behind the Telmanove – Novoazovsk highway. North of Novoazovsk, [these vehicles] are concentrated in at least several areas.
Terrorists set up intermediary positions along the Pervomaisk–Kirovsk–Berdyanka line. At least 10 different AFVs were reported [at these positions].
A unit of the so-called “Odessa” separate motorized rifle brigade (up to 200 people in strength) relocated to the militant training ground near Lutuhyne. Combat equipment previously accumulated on the territory of this “training center” is used in the course of combat training.
“Free movement” for terrorists in uniforms and with weapons has been limited in Donetsk. Militants were commanded to change into civilian clothes when “exiting their unit locations”; open carry of weapons was [also] banned.
In Donetsk, pro-Russian terrorists are insistently trying to implement a set of measures under a collective propaganda slogan of “success stories in the peaceful life of the young republic.” Businesses are encouraged to purchase goods in Russia for resale in the occupied territories. At the moment, large retail chains are swamped with Russian goods. Despite this, products of Ukrainian origin (especially food), smuggled and sold in small “outlets,” are more popular [in the area].
In Donetsk, a group of Russian state managers is working to “switch” areas under “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] control to using the Russian ruble. In addition, a Russian paramilitary unit is responsible for “delivering monetary supplies” from the Russian territory.