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IR summary: The Russian command is trying to increase the number of 1st Army Corps DNR and 2nd Army Corps LNR to 50 thousand people

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Operational data from IR group

It was marked a significant activation of the units of 1st Army Corps DNR and 2nd Army Corps LNR in the period from 15 to 21 March this year. In total, during this period, the units of Russian-terrorist forces carried out about 780 shelling from tanks, 82/120-mm mortars and 122-mm MLRS Grad in such settlements as: Katerinovka, Novozavanovka, Troitskoe, Popasnaya, Novoaleksandrovka, Novoluganskoye, Luganskoye , Svetlodarsk, Zaitsevo, Novobahmutovka, Lobachevo, Crimskoe, Orekhovo, Avdeevka, Nevelskoye, Krasnogorovka, Marinka, Peski, Berezovoe, Novgorodskoe, Verkhnetoretskoye, Kamenka, Opytnoe, Lebedinskoe, Talakivka, Chermalyk, Pavlopol, Gnutovo, Vodyanoye, Shirokino.

A special aspect of this period was the change in the tactics of the artillery of the Russian occupation forces. Thus, in order to increase the survivability of artillery, the Russian invaders reduced the time of attack until a period of just a few shots. At this time the artillery attack was conducted simultaneously from different positions in conditions of complete radio silence. After that, the firing positions were changed quickly. As well, it is marking a more active use of heavy armored combat vehicles (tanks) to perform combat missions in the first line.

As the matter of counter operation against the technical reconnaissance equipment of the UAF, the command of Russian-terrorist troops was used the EW units, which are deployed in Donetsk and Lugansk. The operation of these units is carried out exclusively by the regular military servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and control of use is by representatives of the command of the Center of Territorial Troops of the Southern Military District of Russian Armed Forces.

By the order of the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian command initiated measures to increase the total number of 1st Army Corps DNR and 2nd Army Corps LNR to 50 thousand “servicemen” (today – up to 38 thousand). In view of the reduction of the stream of Russian mercenaries, the main part of the reinforcement is planned to be obtained from the local residents of Donbass. For this purpose, in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, mobilization measures are being implemented with the involvement of reservists. As of 21th March of this year, about 10 thousand of citizens DNR and LNR under the age of 50 years, which are liable for military service, received draft notices from the military enlistment Offices. They were informed that while they will be called only for training of reservists. According to the report of the MGB of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the mobilization measures can provoke negative reaction and opposition from certain sections of the population in the territory of DNR, because, in early February of this year, the leader of DNR A. Zakharchenko publicly promised that the unwanted involvement of citizens in military service will be only in the distant future. He said that recruitment of 1st Army Corps DNR is planning by volunteers only in the near future.

At the same time, units, which so-called “EMERCOM”, conducts exercises to evacuate civilians in a number of places in occupied areas of Donetsk region. These events are carried out against the backdrop of another wave of information about the allegedly oncoming large-scale offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which actively spreads by the militants and their media.

The redeployment of forces and recourses continues from the territory of the Russian Federation to the DNR and LNR. Three buses with representatives of the so-called “Voysko Donskoe” (about 100 so-called Cossacks), nine 122-mm MLRS BM-21 Grad and about 30 trucks with ammunition arrived on the temporarily occupied territory of the Lugansk region through the Izvarino checkpoint.

In the area of Rutchenkovo field (Kirov district, Donetsk) is located a garage cooperative, in the boxes of which the militants of the DNR have equipped warehouses with ammunition.

The militants have equipped the training ground and artillery fire positions near this garage cooperative. From the indicated positions, it was repeatedly recorded that fire was fired by enemy artillery. The size of the ground is 400 by 500 m. The distance to the residential buildings of the “Textil’shchik” district is about 300 m.

It is fixed the conflict between a leadership of national militia LNR and representatives of the ataman of “Vsevelikoe voysko Donskoe” (the Russian Federation). In particular, the incident occurred when an attempt was made by the leadership of the “militia” to take out medicines, which are imported from the territory of Russia to fill up stocks (warehouses) for Russian “Cossacks” from the “Cossack National Guard” are transported to the Donbass from the territory of the Rostov Region (RF). After refusing to hand over medicines, representatives of the leadership of the national militia LNR threatened to kill Russian “Cossacks”. The Cossacks reported about the conflict to the ataman of the “Vsevelikoe voysko Donskoe” N.Kozitsyn. After that, he said: “if you did not lie down anything there, you will not take it”.

In relation to the “nationalization” of Ukrainian factories in the occupied areas of the Donetsk region, the leadership of the “DNR” intensified the development of the trade union movement. The activities of the trade unions are aimed at minimizing the social tension that arose with the beginning of “nationalization”. In particular, trade unions, which led by appointed functionaries (in many cases – citizens of the Russian Federation), are negotiating with the management of factories and conducting various meetings with employees and workers to carry out “explanatory work.” All such events are monitored by the staff of the MGB DNR.

The leadership of LNR takes measures to fill the budget of the republic at the expense of taxes from nationalized factories. On this occasion, the leadership of the LNR, through the Russian curators, addressed to the President Office of RF and received the permission to block the export of products from “nationalized” factories without paying taxes to the budget of the LNR.

After the declared nationalization, the external management by the Ministry of Coal and Energy of the DNR was introduced at DTEK’s energy companies in the occupied territories (DTEK Donetskoblenergo, DTEK High Voltage Networks and DTEK PES-Energougol). From this Ministry, Soloviev V. was appointed as a Head of this management. The working staff was offered to work in the Regional Energy Supply Company (Donetsk).

The managing structure of PJSC “Donetskstal-metallurgical plant” was liquidated and as a result – the heads of factories “Yasinovka Coke Plant”, “Makeevka Coke Plant”and “Donetsk Metallurgical Plant” were dismissed. All data of Donetskstal Group are considered captured as a result of raider actions. Director of PJSC “Donetsk Metallurgical Plant” I. Minkovsky agreed to the proposal of the DNR leadership to head the same plant, but already under the leadership of DNR (renamed the State Factory Donetsk Metallurgical Plant).

The recruitment of employees to the state factory of the DNR “Radio and Television Broadcasting Center”, created by militants in Donetsk on the basis of the seized property of the Ukrainian Concern RRT, continues. At the moment, among the already recruited employees are mainly relatives of the management of the factory and employees of the Ministry of Communications of DNR. At the location of the equipment for radio broadcasting in Donetsk (Kuibyshev str., 61), were delivered 10 FM radio transmitters manufactured by Triada-TV (Novosibirsk, Russia). Earlier, a high power television transmitter was delivered to Donetsk from the same Russian manufacturer.

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