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IR summary: The confrontation between the "head of the LNR" and "the head of the MIA of LNR" continues in Lugansk

Operational data of the group “Information Resistance”

In Lugansk, the confrontation continues between the “head of the LNR” I.Plotnitskiy and “the head of the MIA LNR” I. Cornet. A unit of the Russian PMC arrived in Lugansk, which according to the IR group, arrived in Alchevsk from the Russian Federation 4 days before the current events. The redeployment was carried out by army-type cargo transport.  The unit was transferred to Lugansk to contain the confrontation between Plotnitskiy and Cornet.

Also yesterday, a convoy of several dozen trucks URAL with the personnel of the RF Armed Forces, 20 BTRs (some with guns on the trailer) entered through Dolzhanskiy border checkpoint from the territory of the Russian Federation to Dolzhansk (former Sverdlovsk). After that small groups consisting of the armored vehicles and personnel were moved towards Lugansk.

Together with the incoming units of the RF Armed Forces, A. Gaydey (call sign “Rome”) arrived in Dolzhansk. He is a former commander of the bandit formation “LNR” (he headed the so-called “First Cossack hundred named after Stas Sinelnikov”) and the former “commandant of Sverdlovsk,” which has a long-standing conflict with I.Plotnitskiy (in due time I.Kornet actually saved him from arrest).

Most of the servicemen of the “2nd Army Corps LNR” and representatives of other “law enforcement agencies” support I. Kornet in this conflict, and the latter is supported by L.Pasechnik, the Minister of State Security of LNR, who has a significant influence on the situation (I. Cornet and L. Pasechnik – protégés of FSB RF). In turn, the protégés of the AP of the Russian Federation – I.Plotnitskiy and his entourage – currently can rely solely on Russian servicemen and PMC.

Noteworthy is the fact that Plotnitskiy and Cornet returned to Lugansk from the Russian Federation on the same day, November 16, 2017 (the first from Moscow, the second from Kamenets-Shakhtinsky, Rostov Region).

At the moment, the center of Lugansk is cordoned off by Russian troops and representatives of PMC, who have orders to monitor the situation and prevent its aggravation.

The further development of the situation depends entirely on the decision that will be taken in the Kremlin – the “merger” of “LNR” with the “DNR” with a single command center in Donetsk, or the restoration of the status quo with forced “reconciliation” of Plotnitskiy and Cornet, or the displacement of Plotnitskiy.

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Over the past week, Russian occupation forces in the Donbas have increased the intensity of fire strikes against positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements on the territory controlled by Ukraine. In total, artillery units of “1st Army Corps DNR” and “2nd Army Corps LNR” (operatively subordinated to the 8th Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces) carried out about 180 artillery raids (over the past week period of about 150) from 152mm and 122mm artillery systems, 82/120-mm mortars, 122-mm MLRS “Grad”, 122-mm portable rocket launchers “Grad-P” and armament of tanks.

The most intense fire strikes were inflicted by the enemy on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of the settlements of Prichepilovka, Trekhizbenka, Novotoshkovskoe, Krymskoe, Lopaskino, Makarovo, Novoaleksandrovka, Novozvanovka, Troitskoe, Artemovo, Lozovoye, Novoluganskoe, Travnevoe, Zaitsevo, Novgorod, Verkhnetoretskoye, Pavlopol, Vodyanoe and Shirokino.

The enemy continues to actively conduct reconnaissance of the combat formations of the ATU forces with the use of UAVs for conducting firing strikes on its. During the week, more than 20 UAV flights were recorded, including 5 of them were carried out with a flight in the operational-tactical depth of the ATO’s defense.

Also, in order to provoke the ATO forces to conduct the fire strikes, the enemy carried out a daily check of combat readiness in units of “1st Army Corps DNR” and “2nd Army Corps LNR” by bringing their mobile armored groups to the highest combat readiness levels. Occupants conducted training of their artillery duty units and air defense means, through the release of combat teams to the firing positions and preparing them for firing to defeat the real targets of the ATO forces.

Inspection of the preparation of weapons and military equipment, documentation and personnel for the winter period, the fortification equipment of advanced positions and the second line of defense is going in units of “1st Army Corps DNR” and “2nd Army Corps LNR” under the control of representatives of the headquarters of the 8th Army of the RF Armed Forces.  Also, the trainings for junior command staff and specialists are held.

The fact of stay and work of a portable radar complex of reconnaissance and control of shooting “Aistenok” (1L271)in the area of the settlement of Yakovlevka in the Donetsk region, which since 2008 has been regularly demonstrated by the Russian Federation at international exhibitions of armament and military equipment, but at the same time has not yet been adopted the land forces of the RF Armed Forces.

The Russian occupation command continues its attempts to complete the units of the occupation forces by recruiting local residents. In particular, the command of the invaders began to be carried out information campaign among the citizens of Ukraine living in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine by sending out SMS messages to subscriber numbers of mobile phones in order to attract them to serve in the “1st Army Corps DNR” and “2nd Army Corps LNR”.

In the period from November 13 to November 20 this year, confirmed losses of Russian occupation forces in the Donbass were 14 people:

1st Army Corps – 3rd separate mechanized brigade (Gorlovka) 1 serviceman, 5th separate mechanized brigade (Makeyevka) 1 serviceman, 100th separate mechanized brigade (Donetsk) 1 serviceman, 11th separate mechanized regiment (Makeyevka) 7 servicemen, 9th separate assault mechanized regiment of marine infantry (Novoazovsk) 2  servicemen.

2nd Army Corps – 2nd separate mechanized brigade (Lugansk) 1 serviceman, 7th separate mechanized brigade (Bryanka) 1 serviceman.

To ensure the activities of the units and formations of “1st Army Corps DNR” and “2nd Army Corps LNR” and the accumulation of fuel, , about 1100 tons of fuel (railway station Rovenky) and 14 fuel tankers (via Izvarino) were delivered to LDNR from the territory of Russia in the period from 13 to 20 November this year.

So called “Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of LNR “A.Drobot instructed the Ministry of Health of LNR to prepare a list of seriously ill citizens from the front-line regions (Slavyanoserbsk, Pervomaisk, Kirovsk, in total 20 people) for their further free treatment in the territory of the Russian Federation. This event is planned to be widely covered in local and Russian mass media in order to popularize the activities of the “authorities of LNR”, as well as to demonstrate support for pseudo-state entities by the Russian Federation.

As part of the “humanitarian program for the reunification of the peoples of Donbass”, representatives of the “authorities of LNR” plan to attract Ukrainian citizens living in the “gray zone” to propaganda actions. In particular, it is assumed that the so-called “Humanitarian groups” from among the selected persons of this category and citizens of the Russian Federation will welcome children from settlements in the “gray zone” with the New Year on behalf of the leadership of the “LNR” and give them gifts. The event will be widely covered by Russian and local media, which, according to the intention of the leadership of the “LNR”, along with increasing support for its activities among the local population, will demonstrate “inaction” of the state authorities of Ukraine.

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