27.03.2017 Operational data from IR group
Russian-terrorist forces in the Donbas actively use 122-mm artillery, armored combat vehicles (including tanks), 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, heavy mounted grenade launchers (AGS and SPG), anti-aircraft artillery systems and MLRS (“Grad-P”) in several parts of the frontline. The invaders restarted to active use of UAVs for the purpose of reconnaissance of the combat formations of the ATO forces at the tactical level, as well as additional reconnaissance of targets for fire strikes (7 flying operations of UAVs were recorded during the last weekend).
In separate areas, small infantry groups of the enemy were activated, operating in a raid manner. Basically, these groups perform two tasks: a sudden massive firing of the advanced positions of ATO forces from small arms and hand grenade launchers with the subsequent rapid departure, or the breaking up of the defense system of the advanced positions of the UAF (by provoking the return fire, they break up the locations of the fire equipment, battle formations and battle outposts in the first line of Ukrainian troops).
There is an increased level of fire interaction between a number of enemy units in the first line (shelling is often complex, aimed at defeating specific positions and targets at the forefront of ATO forces). The so-called “disturbing” and “preventive” firing on squares is minimized – the fire is purposefully conducted on the positions of the UAF or objects of civil infrastructure.
The tensest situation remains in the seaside direction at the Pavlopol-Shirokino section, where the occupants use the widest range of their standard weapons, including 122-mm artillery, 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, BMP-2, tanks, anti-aircraft artillery systems and heavy mounted grenade launchers of both types, in addition to small arms. There is also an appearance in the first line of the enemy of 100-mm anti-tank guns of the MT-12 Rapira type. Over the past weekend in this direction, the enemy conducted fire attacks on the advanced positions of ATO forces from 122 mm artillery (2 batteries of 122 mm cannons D-30) in the section of the south-east of Vodyanoe, east of Gnutovo and along Eastern outskirts of Shirokino. Individual shells lay along the route Mariupol – Telmanovo to the south-west of the Pikuzy village (formerly Kominternovo). Between Vodyanoe and Lebedinskoe a tank of occupants was firing from the south-western outskirts of Sakhanka. A pair of maneuvering BMP-2 was marked from the area of Pikuza and Vodyanoe.
The area of Maryinka and Dokuchaevsk – the situation is also extremely tense. The invaders fired on the UAF positions in the area of the dumps and south of Dokuchaevsk, using 82-mm mortars and heavy machine guns. In the Marinka area, enemy fired from anti-aircraft artillery systems ZU-23-2 and heavy mounted grenade launchers in cooperation with the tank (the use of 7-8 HE fragmentation shells).
The area from Peski to Kamenka is a permanent active shelling. Peski, Opytnoe, Avdeyevka and adjacent areas, a section south-east of Kamenka – the use of mortars and heavy mounted grenade launchers of both types, single strikes of 122-mm artillery in the area of industrial zone, Staraya Avdeyevka and a section between the Butovka mine and the Ring road. Several infantry groups of militants tried to fire from the neutral zone the positions of UAF in the area of the Opytnoe, Almaz. On the Tsarskaya Okhota, the enemy’s reccon group was discovered at distant approaches and thrown back by the fire of the battle outpost.
The whole western and northwestern corner in the Gorlovka area – from Troitskoe to Zaitsevo is a permanent shelling from a wide range of weapons and armament of armored vehicles. The shelling of 122 mm artillery was recorded twice – in the area of Zhovanka-Zaitsevo and single strikes at north-west of Troitskoe (towards Novgorodskoe), where were fixed the explosions of 122-mm shells.
The area of the Svetlodarskaya arc – “traditional” shelling of 82-mm and 120-mm mortars, small arms and anti-aircraft artillery systems ZU-23-2 in the area to the north of Kalinovka and Nizhny Lozovoy. Also, was fixed the use of the armored group (BMP-2 and BTR-70/ 80) from several positions. East of Troitskoe – use of small arms and heavy mounted grenade launchers AGS.
It was active firing by small arms from the invaders in the area of Novozvanovka and north of Pervomayka. The shelling was conducted from 120-mm mortars to the UAF positions to the west from Novoaleksandrovka and in Novozvanovka area. Machine gun and grenade launcher firing was marked on the advanced positions of ATO forces along the Bahmut route (the Crimskoe area). 82-mm mortars fired to the positions of the UAF to the north of Novotoshkovka area, and small arms to the south-east of the Threizbenka and in Zheltoe. The area of Luganskaya Stanitsa is an use hand grenade launchers and machine guns.
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The tactical groups of 3rd separate mechanized brigade, which are operating in the Gorlovka area (western and northern part of this settlement), resupply of ammunition and fuels and lubricants. The occupants were actively redeploying the ammo and POL by vehicles to the northern and western part of Gorlovka. Were noted six trucks with supply through Trikotazhka, two fuel tankers to the north of Stirol and four Urals (identified cargo – land mines) in the direction of Golmovsky.
It is noted the arrival of a company of armored vehicles (8 BMP-2, 4 MT-LB and 6 tanks) at the Mospinsk camps. It is says about of the stage of combat coordination of these units in the order of the formation by the command of the 1st Army Corps DNR of new tactical groups of the company level (the IR group reported earlier about it).
The command of the 1st Army Corps DNR is strenuously trying to take control of the situation in its front-line zone. So, according to the orders of the command of the Russian-terrorist troops, the military commandant’s offices in the frontal zone of the DNR are ordered to strengthen control over the actions of servicemen in the 10-km zone adjacent to the front in connection with frequent cases of violation of military discipline by servicemen of several troops and units. Earlier, during the service meetings at the headquarters of the 1st Army Corps DNR, the issue of responding to sharply increased cases of looting and robbery by militants was discussed. Obviously, as a kind of “compensation” for citizens in the front line, it is said that mine clearance is carried out in a number of settlements and the provision of assistance to the local population.
The board from the headquarters of the 1st Army Corps DNR (Operational Command “Donetsk”), who worked in the units of the 11th separate motorized rifle regiment, which operated on Avdeevka direction from the end of January of this year, established that “… in a number of units of the 11th separate motorized rifle regiment the several units of military equipment and weapons were put out of order, as a result of misuse or deliberate damage. The conclusion of the commission also indicates that separate instances of such sabotage were noted earlier in the subunits of the 7th separate mechanized brigade of the 1st Army Corps DNR. An official investigation was appointed to confirm the intentionality of such actions from the personnel. The military counterintelligence of militants is connected to the investigation.