Operational data from Information Resistance:
Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continue to grossly violate the Minsk Agreements, firing on the ATO forces’ positions and civilian targets. During the past 24 hours, the main hot spots were areas close to Avdiivka, Opytne, Zaitseve, Hranitne, Novotroitske,and Luhanske.
Illegal armed gangs are trying to gain control of the high grounds near Dokuchajevsk; Ukrainian troop strongholds were shelled from 120 mm mortars in this area. The ATO forces’ positions north and south of Novotroitske also continue coming under fire.
Terrorists were observed using heavy machine guns and stand-mounted grenade launchers near Zaitseve. From the direction of the Yasynuvata Junction, enemy forces used 2B9 “Vasilek” 82-mm automatic mortars and stand-mounted grenade launchers against Ukrainian armed forces units deployed in the Avdiivka area.
In the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk, a new militant mobile mortar unit has been spotted, using six 2B9 “Vasilek” mortars, mounted on transporters. The accumulation of stocks of supplies, fuel and lubricants continues in the Debaltseve and Starobesheveareas.
A convoy arrived from the Russian Federation in Novoazovsk across the Russian-Ukrainian border, consisting of buses with personnel (about 60 Russian Federation Armed Forces servicemen) and two loaded army trucks.
The supply of additional weaponry to illegal armed gangs continues along the Alchevsk–Stakhanov direction of operations, where we observed movements of an armored vehicle convoy (up to five BTR-80’s and four MT-LB’s), and up to ten tented army trucks. Russian-terrorist troops deployed along the Severskyi Donets River in the Novotoshkivka–Stanytsia Luhanska area are being rotated and reinforced; new units, up to one company in strength, have been spotted here.
Militants of the so-called “1st DNR Army Corps” and “2nd LNR Army Corps” armed gangs are spreading rumors of “Arab mercenaries” and employees of American private military companies arriving to join the ATO forces’ units near the demarcation line. Another rumor circulating through terrorist circles says that the leaders of the terrorist organizations “DNR” and “LNR,” namely, Alexander Zakharchenko and Ihor Plotnitskiy, will be replaced within the next two months by officials from the Russian Federation (no names given).
The so-called “LNR Ministry of State Security (MGB)” continues fabricating accusations of terrorism and sabotage by the Ukrainian side in the occupied territory. The “MGB” staff are currently holding three alleged “saboteurs from the Special Forces Troops (SSO) and Ukrainian State Security (SBU),” planning to publicly “expose” their attempted assassination of OSCE observers and attempted bombing of coal mines.
The fight continues among the armed gangs in the “LNR” over redistribution of the contraband fuel market. A dispute with a shoot-out erupted between armed gang members in southern Luhansk oblast over the transit rights for two fuel tankers entering the “LNR” from the Russian Federation.
The shortage of medicines and medical supplies in public healthcare facilities in Makiivka and Horlivka has become critical. Efforts to arrange shipments from the Russian Federation have been unsuccessful – the shipments were looted by militants on the way from the Russian Federation