Operational data of the group “Information Resistance”
In the period from 12 to 19 September this year, the intensity of fire strikes by Russian-terrorist forces on the positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements on the territory controlled by Ukraine remained approximately at the same level. In total, units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps DNR and LNR (operatively subordinated to the 8th Army of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces) carried out about 220 fire assaults (last week – about 250) by 82/120-mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles and tanks . At the same time, the enemy significantly increased the intensity of the use of heavy weapons, resumed the use of 122 mm artillery systems and inflicted fire strikes on the positions of Ukrainian troops in all areas of responsibility of the operational-tactical groupings of the Ukrainian Armed Forces “Lugansk”, “Donetsk” and “Mariupol”. Maximum enemy activity was observed near the settlements of the Krymskoe, Prichepilovka, Novotoshkovskoe, Zaitsevo, Kamenka, Marinka, Avdeevka, Butovka, Peski, Chermalyk, Talakovka, Gnutovo, Pavlopol, Vodyanoe and Shirokino.
Also, the enemy intensified the reconnaissance of the combat orders of the ATO forces. The most active opening of the military facilities of the ATO forces (for their fire damage) was carried out by the enemy in the vicinity of the settlements Novotoshkovskoe, Gorlovka, Donetsk. Fifteen reconnaissance flights of the UAV were recorded (last week – 4), including 4 of them with a fly in the operational-tactical depth of the defense forces ATO. Flights were carried out with the use of UAV Orlan-10 of Russian production, one of which fell near Novogradovka of the Donetsk region on September 16 this year.
Functioning of the radar complex for reconnaissance and control of shooting Zoopark-1 (1L219M) of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is fixed in the vicinity of the settlement Almaznaya of the Lugansk region (area of responsibility of Stakhanov grouping of occupation troops), as well as the work of several mobile radio electronic reconnaissance groups of the RF Armed Forces in the region south of Gorlovka (Piatikhatki) and in the vicinity of the village Irmino.
With the beginning of the active phase of the joint strategic exercise ” West-2017” of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, since September 14 this year, a command and staff exercise was started in the 2nd Army Corps LNR (operationally subordinated to the 8th Army of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces). In this regard, the units of 2nd separate mechanized brigade (Lugansk), 4th separate mechanized brigade (Alchevsk), 6th separate mechanized regiment (Kadievka) and separate commandant control regiment of the 2nd Army Corps LNR were given topmost combat readiness. The measures and actions of the personnel of the alarm units were carried out with the output to the assembly areas. Similar events are held in units and subunits of the 1st Army Corps DNR under the supervision of the chief of staff – first deputy commander of the 8th Army of the RF Armed Forces and the commander of the 1st Army Corps DNR.
In the period from 11 to 18 September this year, confirmed losses of Russian occupation forces in the Donbass were 11 people:
1st Army Corps DNR – 9th separate assaults mechanized regiment (Novoazovsk) 2 people, 3rd separate mechanized brigade (Gorlovka) 5 people, 5th separate mechanized brigade (Makeyevka) 1 person, 11th separate mechanized regiment (Makeyevka) 1 person;
2nd Army Corps LNR – 6th separate mechanized regiment (Kadievka) 1 person, 7th separate mechanized brigade (Bryanka) 1 person.
To ensure the terrorist activity of the units and formations of 1st Army Corps DNR and 2nd Army Corps LNR, 420 tons of fuel (railway station Rovenky and railway station Ilovaysk) were delivered from Russia during this period.
Over the past 24 hours, the following redeployments of the forces and means of the invaders were recorded:
– In the seaside direction to the north of the village Verkhneshirokovskoe (formerly October) in the direction of the Primorskoye fixed the movement of the mobile fire group of the invaders, the trucks Ural with anti-aircraft missile system ZU-23-2 in the body, 2 units of MT-LB and 1 unit of BMP-1, also in the convoy were fixed 2 trucks Ural (the latter identified with 82-mm mortars);
– In the area to the south of the settlement Khrustalny (former Krasny Luch) in the Lugansk region, the militants equipped a transshipment base for armored and artillery weapons. Immediately at several sites and parking lots they concentrated at least 20 units of armored vehicles (of which at least 12 tanks), up to 15 units of towed artillery (mostly 122 mm cannon-howitzers of D-30 type) and at least 10 units of self-propelled guns, basically 122 mm type 2С1 “Gvozdika”, also at least 4 units of 152 mm type 2С3 “Acacia” units, and also 8 units of MLRS (two of it “Hurricane” type).
The command of the 2nd Army Corps LNR set the task for the commanders of units and subunits “to organize a number of measures for the operational disinformation of the enemy.” These measures are due to the fact that a number of units of the occupants have been withdrawn from the first line for completing, reinforcing and carrying out combat training measures (it concerns a number of battalions from “2nd separate mechanized brigade” and “4th separate mechanized brigade”) and aimed for simulating the presence in the first line of a larger number of troops. Perhaps, the transfer of light armored vehicles and vehicles in the northeast corner of the Stakhanov bridgehead in the area of Bakhmut route during the last week, which was noted by the IR group, is explained by the carrying out of these measures, as well as the firing activity of the occupants in the area from Donetskoe to Sokolniki.
The command of the 2nd Army Corps LNR states that if not to take urgent measures to complete the number of “separate battalions” and “brigades” in the near future, “the situation can acquire a critical character”. According to the headquarters of the 2nd Army Corps, in many separate and linear battalions (from the brigade) there are no third companies (they are simply not equipped), and a number of battalions have a list of less than 200 people. Such a situation is observed in the brigade “Prizrak”, “2nd separate mechanized brigade”, and in number of “special” (separate) battalions.
Representatives of the Russian command categorically demanded that the command of the 1st Army Corps DNR “put things in order” in the “7th separate mechanized brigade of the 1st Army Corps”. As the inspection of the “brigade” revealed, the accounting and distribution of personnel is conducted carelessly, the presence of personnel does not correspond to the lists, the documents of combat control are not carried out in full and sporadically (in the conclusions of the inspection it is stated that the “officers” of the militants do not have elementary knowledge and skills in the conduct of such documentation), accounting and distribution of material assets and ammunition are also conducted with gross violations.
The pressure by representatives of the so-called “Law enforcement authorities of the LNR” is being exerted on management and labor collectives of enterprises servicing the Alchevsk Metallurgic Plant (blocking the work, threats of criminal prosecution under false pretenses and confiscation of assets) with the aim of re-registering the above-mentioned economic entities in the “LNR”. At the same time, these requirements do not concern the “AMP” itself, whose activities are protected by influential functionaries of the Russian Federation and it has the strategic importance for the “LNR”. At the same time, the management of the plant takes active measures to launch new production facilities.
At the end of September this year, the Polish radical organization “Narodowa Wolna Polska” (“NWP”, leader D.Banko) plans to hold a provocative demonstration at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Poland (Warsaw, alley Yan Khristian Shuha, 7) under the slogans of the need for restitution of Polish property on the territory of Ukraine. Media support is planned to be carried out by the right-wing channel “Telewizja narodowa” and a number of Polish and European media controlled by the Russian Federation. Previous demonstrations of activists of the “NWP” were accompanied by provocations and outrages over Ukrainian state symbols. The current action will be one of a series of similar actions of information impact aimed at updating the problematic issues of Ukrainian-Polish interstate relations with the aim of destabilizing them.