Operational data from Information Resistance:
Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas increased the number of their attacks, using predominantly small arms and heavy machine guns, stand-mounted grenade launchers in several instances, as well as mortars (82 mm mortars in one instance, 120 mm mortars in another). Most of the terrorist attacks and provocations took place in the coastal regions, in the vicinity of the Donetsk International Airport, an area south of Avdiivka, and areas on the Mar’inka – Krasnohorivka and Dokuchajevsk – Novotroitske stretch.
In addition to shellings, militants are conducting active reconnaissance of the ATO forces’ combat lines, regrouping their forces and equipment in a number of areas, and actively improving their combat positions at the front as well as behind the lines. Radio reconnaissance by terrorists has increased in several areas at once – south of Donetsk(from Olenivka to Hranitne), north of Luhansk (the area of Stanytsia Luhanskaand Shchastia), and in the Horlivka “corner” (virtually the entire Svitlodarsk arch and areas north of Yasynuvata).
In the area of Avdiivka, militants used small arms from Yasynuvata junction, firing in the direction of the “industrial zone” and further north in the direction of the forest-park area. Intense small arms shellings were observed in the area of Opytne and between Opytne and Vodyane; enemy infantry groups were also detected from the direction of Vesele and the Donetsk International Airport; several rounds from an SPG-9 antitank gun came from the western outskirts of Spartak. In the vicinity of Novotroitske, the ATO forces’ observation points and strongholds came under fire repeatedly, in the area of Berezove and southeast of Novotroitske (small arms and AGS-17’s). Near Shyrokyne, two mortar attacks came from the direction of Sakhanka (a militant mobile fire squad that uses automatic 82 mm 2B9 “Vasilek” mortars) shelling the ATO forces’ observation points and strongholds east of Hnutove. Southwest of Luhanske, the front line was shelled from RPGs and heavy machine guns, while militant snipers and machine guns were deployed in the area of Rozsadky.
Terrorist units totaling about 300 militants (three companies from unit 08824 of the “DNR 1st Army Corps”) were relocated from positions in the “industrial zone” near Avdiivka and Yasynuvata junction to the area of Panteleymonivka, Donetsk Oblast. Militants are accumulating forces and equipment in the vicinity of this settlement. Rumors are circulating among the militants that the Russian-terrorist troop command are preparing a strike from the vicinity of Panteleymonivka towards Verkhnotoretske, Yasynuvata district. Presently, sources in the command of the “DNR 1st AC” could not confirm these rumors.
At the same time, militants transferred eight MT-12 “Rapira” anti-tank guns to the vicinity of the Donetsk International Airport and Trudovski estate. Some weapons were moved on trailers towed by Ural trucks, some, on MT-LB’s. In addition, militants continue reinforcing their units north of Donetsk. The firing positions of a 122 mm D-30A gun battery were identified at the eastern outskirts of Yasynuvata. Militants also unloaded four MT-LB’s (carrying “Shturm-C” anti-tank missile systems) and three tanks at the Yasynuvata railway station. A battery of six 2S3 “Acacia” 152 mm self-propelled guns was observed further south beyond Yakovlivka (this battery had been previously detected at these positions and was subsequently moved deeper behind militant lines).
After the “DNR Ministry of State Security” contributed to the panic about the impending arrival in Donetsk of the mythical SBU “liquidation teams” and special operation forces tasked with eliminating the “DNR” command, the “DNR” chieftain Alexander Zakharchenko signed an order to establish a personal guard regiment. The regiment will include the following military units: No. 08830 (headquarters), No. 08831 and No. 08832 (combat units). The “main combat unit” – No. 08832 with a staff of 860 militants – will be called the “Patriot Battalion.” The total headcount within the regiment is about 1,200 people.
The Russian command is currently deciding on “internship” sites at the forefront of the ATO zone for cadets of the Mikhaylovskaya Military Artillery Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia) who arrived in Donetsk a few days ago. At the moment, Russian academy cadets are housed on the territory of the Donetsk military lyceum, which is guarded by units of the regular Russian Armed Forces and Russian mercenaries from the “DNR’s 1st AC.” A technical support and artillery reconnaissance group arrived in Donetsk from Russia along with representatives of the Mikhaylovskaya Military Artillery Academy; among other equipment, the group is outfitted with specialized UAVs. The Russian “trainees” are tasked with practicing artillery fire control for various types of combat.
A garment factory in Donetsk (in the Tekstylschyk [“Textile worker”] district) received an order from the “DNR” to sew a large number of Ukrainian military uniforms with corresponding insignia. Part of the order, bearing the “Aidar” Battalion insignia, has already been completed and handed over to militants. The rest of the commissioned uniforms have the insignia of Ukrainian Armed Forces brigades (among identified insignia was written “Mykolayiv” and “79”, indicating the 79th Airmobile Brigade from Mykolayiv).