Operational Data from IR group
Over the week period from 2nd to 8thof March of this year, 1st Army Corps DNR” and 2nd Army Corps LNR significantly increased (compared to the previous week period) the number of artillery shelling to the positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements, such as Katerynovka, Boguslavskoe, Popasnaya, Novoaleksandrovka, Novozvanovka, Troitskoe, Luganskoe, Novoluganskoe, Majorsk, Zaitsevo, Novgorodskoe, Krasnogorovka, Novoselovka, Verkhnetoretskoe, Kamenka, Avdeevka, Opytnoe, Butovka mine, Peski, Nevelskoye, Marinka, Novomikhailovka, Lebedinskoe, Chermalyk, Pavlopol, Gnutovo, Vodyanoye, Shirokino, Krymskoye.
Also, the occupants continued to fire on settlements in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Among them are: Donetsk, Gorlovka, Zheltoe, Veselenkoye, Uzhovka, Sosnovka, Pervomaisk, Zheleznaya Balka, Kadievka.
In total, about 800 shelling (compared to 500 in the previous week period) were carried out by Russian terrorist forces, which amounted to more than 4,500 projectiles and mortar mines (in the previous – 2300). The fire was mainly carried out from tanks, 82/120-mm mortars, 122 mm MLRS Grad, 122 mm and 152 mm artillery cannons.
Since the beginning of March this year, with the aim of further provocations to the UAF for violating the ceasefire, the command of 1st Army Corps DNR and “2nd Army Corps LNR has decided to actively apply the tactics of “false offensives”. To this aim, several separate units of the first echelon of Russian-terrorist forces have been repeatedly deployed to the advanced positions in the daytime. Having reached the company positions, which have deployed in combat formations, the enemy stops and takes positions without even trying to follow the elementary rules of camouflage security and, after the evening twilight, returns to the initial line. Most often to such tactics of action, the invaders appealed in the districts of next settlements: Nikolaevka, Veselenkoye, Kalinovo, Pervomaiskoye, Troitskoe, Dokuchaevsk and Elenovka.
In order to improvement of the effectiveness of command and control of the 1st Army Corps DNR and the 2nd Army Corps LNR units and the organization of closer cooperation between them, the occupation authorities are planning to create a “coordination center” of the Center for Territorial Units of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces in the occupied territories of Donbass. According to tentative plans, this “coordination center” is planned to be deployed in the territory of the Khrustalny (former Krasny Luch) in Lugansk region. The “center” will consist exclusively of the military professional servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from the Center of South Territorial Forces, as well as from the Russian “curators” of both Army Corps.
Interestingly, that redeployment for reinforcement of occupants is continuing to the two sectors. So, in the area of Yelenovka – Dokuchaevsk, is fixed the arrival of the next team of reinforcement from Styla-Starobeshevo. That is at least 3 BMP-1 and 2 MT-LB and up to 5 cargo trucks with personnel, ammunition and equipment. In the direction of Enakievo-Gorlovka, was recorded a redeployment of several GAZ-66, anti-aircraft missile systems ZU-23-2, few cargo trucks Ural with ammo, two 122 mm self-propelled guns 2C1 “Gvozdika” from the stock-pile or after repair and 3 BTR-80.
Also was fixed an appearance of several reconnaissance groups of the enemy in the area of Stepovoe and Dolgoe. The occupants in these groups are without any identification marks, in wind-sweats and sweaters, with weapons. They were escorted by several civilians without weapons who carefully studied the terrain. There are 1 truck Kamaz, 2 BTR-80, UAZ “Patriot” and minibus type T-4 in the composition of these groups. In total, 2 groups were recorded in this region. The tasks of these groups are currently unknown.
The Command of 5th separate mechanized brigade of the 1st Army Corps DNR got the order to start the formation of another tactical group yet (while still company level, but with the prospect of bringing it down to the level of the battalion tactical group) for advance into the front line. In this regard, one of the battalions of the brigade is intensively equipping with reinforcements, including newly recruited local militants.
The units of the 3rd separate mechanized brigade of the 1st Army Corps DNR, which conduct combat operations in the western and northwestern outskirts of Gorlovka, “roll over” their artillery spotters, which are trained under the supervision of Russian specialists in training centers in the Donbass and Rostov Region (RF). In this regard, in the near future we can expect more active use of 122-mm cannon artillery and 120-mm mortars in these areas.
With the recent arrival the units of Russian Special Forces from 10th and 16th Special Forces brigades of Armed Forces of the Russian Federation into the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions by the Russian Federation, it was started active training of raiding groups in both Army Corps of the occupation forces. Training camps of raiders were noted in the areas of settlements of Mospino, Sorokino, Kalmiusskoe (former Komsomolskoye). Russian special operation teams train to carry out sabotage in territories controlled by Ukraine, including realization of terrorist acts against civilian infrastructure and civilians.
For resupply by weapons and materials the units and formations of 1st Army Corps DNR and 2nd Army Corps DNR from the territory of Russia through the Izvarino checkpoint to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions for the last three days have arrived:
– About 60 trucks with spare parts and ammunition and up to 15 BMP- 2/1;
– Train of 36 tankers with fuel, of which 25 – to the railway station Rovenky (about 1500 tons of fuel) and 11 – to the station Ilovaysk (about 2200 tons of fuel).
The unit of separate company of Electronic Warfare (Lugansk) arrived in the Rovenky after the training in the Russian Federation. Is marked the knowledge of the foundations of the spoken Ukrainian language (is included in the new training program) by Russian specialists in the units of radio electronic intelligence and electronic warfare, which are arriving in Donbass.
At the same time, the local units of the MGB LNR got order to identify citizens who are speaking fluent in dialects accepted in Western Ukraine and Transcarpathia. The preliminary work should be carried out with these citizens for further cooperation. The final target of these activities is currently unknown.
Measurable reserves of blood plasma were brought to City Hospital No. 2 (Gorlovka, Herzen Street, 1 and Lenin Avenue, 26.) Medical personnel were informed that the delivery of a large consignment of plasma was caused by a “delayed reaction” to the escalation of combat activities and a sharp increase of the number of wounded militants at the beginning of the February of this year. At the same time, it is possible that this stock is created in anticipation of new offensive operations by militants with the expected sharp increase of the number of wounded.
On the training camp of the so-called “Cossack units” in Russia (Kolyubakino, Moscow Region, RF), two Special Forces units of “Cossack National Guard” are being trained. After end of the training course, they will be deployed to the Donbass. The training is conducted under the guidance of the instructors of the GRU General Staff of Armed Forces RF, according to a simplified program, which specially designed for the “Cossacks”.
The management of group of companies Stirol (Gorlovka), which is re-registered in Cherkassy on the territory under the control of Ukraine, informed the factory’s employees that “nationalization” of the plant by the “DNR” will not happen. The reason is the presence of serious support of the owner of the factory (D. Firtash) in Russian Federation. Also, the staff was informed that the salary will continue to be paid in hryvna, and each worker of the plant will receive an additional 2 days’ vacation every month for travel to the free territory of Ukraine and getting the payments at the cash dispenser. At the same time, the management of the factory informed the workers that they have to join to the “public organizations of the DNR” (for example, non-governmental organization “Young Republic” for young people) under threat of penal sanctions. Also they necessary have to get the start packages of the mobile operator “Phoenix”.
On the back of the continuing “nationalization” in DNR, the tensions continue to increase among workers of colliery factories. The miners are dissatisfied with the fact that after the “nationalization” of these factories, their salaries will be significantly reduced. In particular, such situation is fixed in Donetsk at the “Academician Shkochinsky” and “Zasyadko” mines.
Large-scale campaign continues to constraint the population to get “DNR passports” in DNR. Thus, staff of the migration service of DNR expand information to the population of the retirement age that persons, who do not have a passport of a citizen of the DNR, will not have the right to register an inheritance for their relatives. In case of their death, the property of the deceased person will be passed to property of Republic. In Debaltsevo, they disseminate information among the employees of the government sector that, since April of this year, salaries will be received only by persons who have a passport of a citizen of the DNR and payment card of the Central Republican Bank of the DNR.