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IR summary: the occupants, under the cover of "preparations for the May 9 parade," are pulling up their weapons to Donetsk and Lugansk

21.04.2017 – Operational data of group “Information Resistance”.

The situation in the ATO zone in the Donbas is becoming more complicated, Russian-terrorist forces are  actively bombarding, using 120-mm mortars, armored vehicles (including tanks),  and 122-mm cannon artillery was also used by the invaders.

The tensest situation is in the Donetsk and seaside directions.

The small arms and grenade launchers were used by the invaders in the area of Peski and DAP. In the Avdeevka area and Butovka mine, the enemy fired from 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, machine guns, anti-aircraft artillery systems ZU-23-2 (mobile fire groups) and tanks.

On the section south-east of Kamenka to the eastern outskirts of Novgorodskoe, the enemy fired  from heavy mounted grenade launchers, 82-mm mortars and heavy machine guns, behind Verkhnetoretsky in the fields – 5-6 points of impact of 122 mm shells (not aimed).

The enemy fired at the advanced positions of the ATO forces from 82-mm automatic mortars 2B9 Vasilok in the area south-east of Krasnogorovka and east of Maryinka from the Petrovskiy district of Donetsk. Mobile fire group of occupants worked in this area (2 units of mortars in transport).

South of Novotroitsk (outskirts of Dokuchaevsk), it was recorded fire from the heavy mounted grenade launchers AGS-17 and machine guns in the area of the dumps.

The enemy used small arms and BMP-2 in the area of Starognatovka.      

The direction of Shirokino-Pavlopol, single BMP-2 fired from the disguised positions, and it was noted the use of 120mm mortars and 82mm mortars, heavy mounted grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.

Svetlodarskaya arc, the district of Nizhnye Lozovoye and Kalinovka, occupants fired from small arms, heavy mounted grenade launchers AGS and machine guns. Along the Bahmut route are shelling of a number of stronghold points of UAF by small arms. Stanitsa Luganskaya – the use of machine guns.

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The invaders, under the “legend” of preparations for the “military parade in honor of the Victory Day,” are bringing up equipment and weapons to Donetsk and Lugansk (heavy armored vehicles, 122-mm and 152-mm artillery), and the MLRS units are being redeployed. Attention is drawn to the fact that the composition of the forces and assets allocated for the “parade” consists primarily of consolidated units (1st Army Corps DNR and 2nd Army Corps LNR). It is also worth considering that before May 9 there is a very long time, and the redeployment of forces and resources for the “parade” started very early.

According to the order of the 1st Army Corps DNR command, two battalions of two separate motorized rifle brigades were transferred to high alert of combat readiness; similar activities were conducted in several separate units. The units are in 2-hour readiness for the march to the concentration area. The fuel and ammunition have already been loaded, the personnel is in the permanent dispositions. Similar events are held in artillery and tank units. Thus, taking into account previous activities of this kind in other military units of the 1st Army Corps DNR, we can talk about the concealed and gradual build-up of combat readiness in the 1st Army Corps in all. The invaders can quickly deploy additionally up to 6 reinforced battalions / battalion tactical groups, which ready for immediate entry into battle, to the selected area at the moment, not including units in the first line. Similar events are held in the 2nd Army Corps LNR, where it is about 3-4 battalions / BTGs.

There has been observed the redeployment of considerable amount of cargo trucks from the border regions of the Russian Federation to the Donbas. In Shakhtersk, a column of 12 trucks was fixed, north of the village of Boikovskoe (formerly Telmanovo) – 8 units of Kamaz and Ural with equipment. Two convoys of trucks in 19 units passed (1st convoy – 6 trucks and 2nd convoy – 13 trucks, of which at least 4 -fuel tankers) through Sorokino (former Krasnovodon).

The development of new firing positions for 120-mm mortars or artillery by occupants is marked in the northern part of Gorlovka. Attention is drawn to the development of the caponiers at these positions (possibly for self-propelled guns).

Among the militants of both Army Corps, there are rumors that if in the next few months a large-scale offensive will not be organized by LNR and DNR, the UAF will seize the initiative and by the end of the year take control of the occupied regions of Donbass, completely destroying LNR and DNR. Under this pretext, among the “ideological” Russian mercenaries, the thesis of organizing an early offensive is gaining popularity, which is also actively supported by the former Secretary of the Security Council of the DNR A. Khodakovsky. Among the local militants, which are so-called “15 thousand”, this idea is not supported.

Trying to fulfill the task set by the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces to replenish human resources among the local population from the occupied areas for the staffing of both Аrmy Corps, the command of the 1st Army Corps DNR and the “2nd Army Corps LNR actively disseminates rumors about new military compensation, after which an ordinary contractor will receive from 28 to 30 thousand rubles. At the same time, commanders of the units actively conduct talks with subordinates from among local militants with a demand to attract candidates for military service into the ranks of terrorists. In particular, they are instructed to conduct active propaganda work among their neighbors, relatives and friends. Due to what resources it is planned to increase the military compensation – it is not known, whereas against the background of the decrease in the financial assistance of LNR and DNR from Russia since the beginning of 2017, there are growing problems in financing both Army Corps at the current level of military compensation for militants.

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