Operational data from Information Resistance:
Over the weekend (October 17 and 18, 2015), units of Russian-terrorist forces repeatedly tried to provoke the return fire of ATO forces.
In particular, militants opened fire from automatic firearms in the area of Pisky; terrorists also used AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers.
Militant provocations were also recorded in the area of Shumy, Shyrokyne, and east of Zaitseve. The provocations followed the same scheme: militant infantry groups would infiltrate the “greenery” in the neutral zone, and open unaimed fire either towards the positions of the ATO forces, or along the frontline. In all instances, Russian media representatives and/or local “journalists” were present in the zone of provocations in case Ukrainian troops opened return fire.
Maneuvers by the infantry groups of militants (which, in addition to small arms, are often equipped with AGS-17 and 82 mm mortars) were detected at the front line, namely in the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk, in the northern part of Horlivka, in the area between Shyrokyne and Sakhanka, in the vicinity of Holmivskyi and Rozsadky, in the area of the Svitlodarsk bridgehead, northeast of Pervomaisk, and also in the area of Krymske, Shchastya, and Stanytsia Luhanska.
The arrival of the so-called “young recruits” was observed at several “training centers” of the “1st Army Corps of the DNR” (local residents “drafted” to [join] the ranks of “the DNR army”). They arrive in groups of 30-40 people. In total, according to the IR group’s estimates, up to 3,500 people were added [to the force] as a result of the “DNR mobilization activities” during its “autumn campaign” (including “draft” and recruitment). (According to earlier statements by the IR group, the “DNR” previously reported on the “draft” of 5,000 people.)
The partial “reorientation” of Russian military aggression from Donbas to Syria has caused a spread of rumors among the “DNR” gang leaders that Russia will stop the supplies of military equipment and weapons to terrorists. During the meetings, the “DNR” leaders state that disruptions of supplies do occur, but remain temporary in nature.