Operational data from Information Resistance:
While continuing to shell the ATO forces’ positions, Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas are continuously reconnoitering the battle formations of Ukrainian troops at the tactical level, using, among other means, drones and radioelectronic surveillance.
In the past 24 hours, militants fired at Ukrainian troop positions near Pisky, Opytne,and the southern outskirts of Avdiivka – shelling came from the direction of the Donetsk International Airport (DAP), the northern and western sections of Spartak, the Yasynuvata junction, and the areas of Vesele, Zhobunky and Vtoraya Ploshchadka. Apart from automatic small arms, terrorists used AGS-17’s and SPG-9’s, while near Pisky, the enemy also deployed mortars (82-mm mortars in two instances, and 120-mm mortars once).
Militant detachments deployed between the village of Michurina and Holmivskyicontinue to actively fire on the ATO forces’ strongholds near Mayorsk and Zaitseve, as well as the stronghold southwest of Zhovanka. Firing is from the area north of the Terykonna station, Poselok 6-7 estate, the militant-occupied section of Zaitseve, and the western outskirts of Holmivskyi. Terrorists are using 82-mm mortars, heavy machine guns, and grenade launchers (AGS-17’s and SPG-9’s). A ZU-23-2 has also been observed in action.
Increased militant activity has been apparent in the coastal regions. Machine guns and 82-millimeter mortars were fired from the western and southwestern outskirts of Kominternove, from positions west of Zaichenko, and from Sakhanka. Shelling by ZU-23-2’s was noted several times. Three militant tanks and an armored fighting vehicle group (several BMP-2s) are positioned in the Kominternove area
Near Mospyne, a terrorist armored group (nine BMP-1’s and BMP-2’s, and three tanks) have been spotted moving in the direction of Donetsk. A six-piece battery of 122-mm 2S1 “Gvozdika” self-propelled guns has been noted in the same area.
“LNR” formations deployed opposite Shchastya are being rotated. In the past 24 hours, five trucks with personnel and six BMP-1’s and BMP-2’s have arrived at the location from Luhansk.
Terrorist “anti-tank troop units” stationed opposite Mar’inka are replacing their “Fagot” anti-tank missile complexes (wire-guided with a range of up to 2,500 m) with the more modern Russian “Kornet” anti-tank guided missiles (laser beam guided, with target tracking and a range of up to 5,500 m).
With large-scale command and staff exercises in terrorist “army corps” under way (see IR group’s yesterday’s military update), the “DNR” troop detachments and units not involved in the exercises, as well as most “LNR” formations, are on high alert. At the same time, the head of the “DNR” has signed “Order #16” calling for intensified shelling of Ukrainian forces’ positions in a number of directions, on sections where “1st DNR Army Corps” units are operating. The main purpose of the shelling is to provoke the ATO forces into returning fire using heavy weapons, and then accuse Kyiv of grossly violating the Minsk agreements. According to information obtained by the IR group, the “Order” stipulates this type of armed provocation in the areas of Horlivka, Mar’inka, Kominternove–Hnutove, and Kominternove–Talakivka.
A delegation of the “Security and Defense Committee of the DNR People’s Council” headed by the “Committee” chairman, Anatolyi Koval, is due to visit Moscow soon, for “consultations” with representatives of the Russian Presidential Administration and Russian Duma Defense Committee. The main purpose of the “consultations” is to discuss “the development of further mechanisms of cooperation” between the Russian “supervisors” and the “DNR” leadership. In particular, the “DNR” chieftains are dissatisfied with the reduced amounts and disrupted deliveries of supplies and financial “aid,” which became the case after the previous “supervisors” were replaced and supply channels reorganized.
The “DNR” leadership has issued an instruction to the “DNR Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting” (headed by Pavel Mikhalev) to take emergency action to block Ukrainian television and radio broadcasts in the occupied territories of the Donetsk oblast, and to extend the “DNR” television and radio broadcasts and Russian television to Ukraine-controlled territory. The instruction specifies that, if needed, the “committee” will request the necessary technical equipment from Russia. Currently, there are two militant-controlled television centers in Donetsk:
1) 61 Kuibysheva St., Donetsk. This center contains three individual telecommunications towers and three administrative buildings that house technical equipment, relay stations, etc. Tower #1 is designed to hold retransmission systems and, Tower №#, relay equipment. Tower #3 is used for redundancy. Towers #1 and #3 are currently not in use. In order to optimize electricity consumption, a high-capacity transmitter (1 kW) was removed from Tower #1, installed on Tower №# and currently broadcasts the “Union” television channel. Tower #2 also contains radio transmitters beaming radio broadcast signals to Ukraine-controlled parts of the Donetsk oblast, on the following FM frequencies: 92.3, 96.1, 98.6, 99.0, 99.4, 100.0, 100, 5, 100.7, 101.2, 101.6, 102.0, 102.6, 104.1, 104.7, 105.5, 106.4, 107.6 to 106.8.
2) Pikhotna St., Donetsk. This center includes a telecommunications mast and a single administrative building housing technical equipment. Mounted on the center’s mast are powerful TV relay transmitters (10 kW, for the “Rossiya 24” TV channel; 1 kW for the “Union” TV channel; 500 W for the “Oplot” TV channel and others, such as “Rossiya 1,” “Novorossiya,” “NTV,” “TNT,” “Zvezda”). These transmitters enable Russian TV channels to be broadcast to Ukraine-controlled parts of the Donetsk oblast. A twin transformer power source with total capacity of about 1,000 kW is installed at each facility.