Operational data of the group “Information Resistance”
The formations of Russian occupation forces in the Donbas continue armed provocations against the AFU and shelling of the positions of Ukrainian troops, including the use of heavy weapons, which, according to the Minsk agreements, should be withdrawn to established distances from the demarcation line. Over the last week period, units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational grouping of the Russian occupation forces carried out more than 90 artillery raids (previous week period up to 70) from 122 mm artillery systems, 82/120 mm mortars, 122 mm portable rocket launchers “Grad-P”, BMPs and tanks.
The most intense fire strikes were inflicted by the enemy on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the populated areas Popasnaya, Novozvanovka, Troitskoe, Lugansk, Avdeevka, Butovka mine, Peski, Krymskoe, Svetlodarsk, Lozovoye, Novolugansk, Zaitsevo, Novotroitskoe, Taramchuk, Chermalyk, Pavlopol, Vodyanoe and Shirokino.
The enemy continues to actively conduct aerial reconnaissance of the combat formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 21 reconnaissance flights of UAVs are recorded during the period from 13 to 19 February this year, including 3 flights of the UAV Orlan-10, which entered into the operational-tactical depth of the defense of AFU. At the same time, the enemy has focused the attention on the opening of the objects, as well as the identification of changes in the combat orders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The activation of the EW maneuvering groups of the enemy is marked along the contact line. In the zone of responsibility of “2nd Army Corps LNR”, the work of the newest Russian electronic warfare complex “Leer-3” (RB-341B) is fixed, which designed to suppress signals from GSM transmitters (the first time, this complex was shown at the exhibition “Innovation Day of Southern Military District” at the beginning of October 2015). At the same time, SMS-messages of provocative nature were sent to the mobile phones of servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Within the winter training period, the enemy conducted combat training activities at the Centralniy and Primorsky training grounds aimed at coordinating the units during offensive operations, and also working out questions of organizing interaction during actions with the reconnaissance and artillery units with the use of UAVs.
In the last week period, confirmed losses of Russian occupation forces in the Donbass amounted to 11 people:
1st Army Corps – 9th separate assault mechanized regiment of naval infantry (Novoazovsk) – 2 servicemen, 3rd separate mechanized brigade (Gorlovka) – 1 serviceman, 5th separate mechanized brigade (Makeyevka) – 1 serviceman, 11th separate mechanized regiment (Makeyevka) – 1 serviceman, 100th separate mechanized brigade (Donetsk) – 1 serviceman;
2nd Army Corps – 7th separate mechanized brigade (Bryanka) – 5 servicemen.
About 800 tons of petroleum products were delivered from the territory of Russia (railway station Rovenky) to ensure the activities of units and formations 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational grouping of the Russian occupation forces in the period from 13 to 19 February this year. In addition, preparatory work is being carried out on the bases of storage of automobile and special equipment of the Southern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation with aim to transfer new batches of military equipment to units and subunits of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational group of Russian occupation troops in the Donbas.
During the past day, the use of 122-mm artillery and 120-mm mortars of the type 2B11 from the mortar complex 2S12 “Sani” by the occupiers in the Donbass was recorded. It also recorded the use of the ZU-23-2AD systems and 82-mm mortars type 2B14 “Podnos”. At the same time, the invaders are redeploying additional forces and means to the demarcation line for further shelling.
Thus, a new mobile fire group of the enemy was fixed in the vicinity of Donetsky near Istomin Street. The group consists of 1 BTR and 2 trucks Ural, in one of it – a 120-mm mortar.
During the last 3 days, redeployment of armored vehicles of invaders and various fire weapons (mainly ZU-23-2 AD systems and automatic 82-mm mortars of type 2B9 “Vasilok”) was observed east of Lugansk. An armored group of 4 BMPs (3 BMP-2 and 1 BMP-1), 3 trucks Ural were fixed between Lobachevo and Mykolaivka, 2 MT-LB and 1 BRDM-2 in the area between Burchak-Mikhailovskoe and Pionerskoe. The equipment of new platoon stronghold points by the enemy is being observed in the area of Lobachevo.
The command of the Stakhanov grouping of the occupation forces augments the combat formations in its area of responsibility. Thus, in forest plantations between Marevka and Berezovskoe along the bank of the Kamyshevakha, equipment of new positions by the occupiers is marked, on some of it 82-mm mortars have been identified (armored vehicles have not yet been observed).
The Command of “1st Army Corps DNR” and “2nd Army Corps LNR” decided to complete a number of artillery units of motorized rifle brigades and regiments by the towed 152-mm cannon type D-20. At the moment, for these purposes, both Corps got 18 guns for the 1st Army Corps and 11 guns for the 2nd Army Corps from Russia (according to some information, some of it are modernized Russian guns of the D-20M “Chitin” type with an automatic dispatcher increasing the rate of fire ). However, at the same time, the Russian command is planning that the completion will begin after the deployment of the appropriate number of vehicles and the formation of artillery squads, with which there are serious problems in both Corps at present time.
The command of both Corps of the occupation troops returns mobile Command and Control points of brigade-battalion level from the training grounds to the temporary bases. Two days ago, column of 2 staff and control vehicles, 1 R-149BMR and 2 trucks Urals was fixed from on route N-21 towards Donetsk. Several staff and control vehicles were recorded on the ring road in the vicinity of Lugansk.
The occupation authorities in Kadievka, Alchevsk and Perevalsk actively involve students of higher educational institutions through “military commissariats” for 2-week “training”. Appeals from the teaching staff with requests not to violate the educational process by the occupation authorities are ignored.
The recent shelling of the STRC building in Lugansk by the handle grenade launcher caused serious resonance both among the “special services” of the “LNR” and among the local population. In Lugansk and its environs, the invaders are actively conducting search activities for “Ukrainian saboteurs”, with the blocking of roads by mobile checkpoints and the inspection of vehicles. There are panic rumors actively spread among the local residents, that “many Ukrainian special operation teams with grenade launchers are arrived to Lugansk”, “Ukrainian saboteurs are mining the stops of public transport”, “saboteurs killed the driver and hijacked the bus,” etc.
“The Ministry of Communications of the LNR” began to collect information on the available resources of Ukrainian mobile operators, which are not currently operational in the “LNR” (availability of base stations, the number of subscribers who used the services of operators). The information is collected in order to determine the prospects for the possible resumption of its functioning from the “summer period”.