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IR summary: the occupiers sharply increased the use of heavy weapons in the Donbas

Operational data of the group “Information Resistance”

Despite the agreements reached on the ceasefire (the so-called “Easter truce”), the intensity of fire strikes against positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements on the territory controlled by Ukraine remained high in the period from 3 to 11 April this year. The enemy was most intensively shelled the positions of Ukrainian troops near the settlements of Valuiskoe, Troitskoe, Novoluganskoe, Luganskoye, Peski, Opytnoe, Butovka mine, Lebedinskoe, Vodyanoe and Shirokino.

Over the past 24 hours, the use of heavy weapons by invaders has been recorded:

– tanks – to the south and north of Avdeevka, in the DAP area (Peski, Vodyanoe). In this case, the enemy armored group of 3 vehicles is operating from the area of Spartak and from the area south of the DAP;

– another armored group operates in the area of the Krutaya Balka. The pair of T-72 tanks repeatedly opened fire on the stronghold points of AFU.

The use of tanks is carried out in pairs under the cover of a dense machine-gun fire to make it more difficult for Ukrainian troops to use anti-tank weapons. The fire is conducted from a pre-equipped and selected position. After a series of 2-3 (sometimes 3-4) shots, the tanks change position. It is noted that the invaders use individual infantry fighting vehicles together with tanks (for example, in the area of Peski and the Butovka mine).

The use of 120-mm mortars by the occupiers is sharply increased. If over the past week period it was the use of single, “wandering” mortars, now the enemy uses it in platoon and company size (3-4 units, less often up to 5-6). The combined use of 82-mm and 120-mm mortars is continued to take place.

Also, the enemy continues to actively conduct aerial reconnaissance of the military formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 27 reconnaissance flights of the UAV of the RF Armed Forces were recorded in the period from 2 to 10 April this year, including 7 flights of the Orlan-10 UAV, which entered into the operational-tactical depth of the Ukrainian Armed Forces defense. At the same time, the enemy focused on the opening of the defensive system, as well as the identification of changes in the combat order of the AFU. The activation of the activity of enemy’s subversive reconnaissance groups and EW maneuvering groups along the entire contact line is noted.

Since April 9 this year, a comprehensive check for the winter period of training is conducted in units and subunits of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational grouping of the Russian occupying forces. In addition, the Russian occupation command planned to conduct brigade exercises with the participation of artillery units and UAVs at the military training ground “Uzhniy”. In the framework of mobilization training with reservists, the occupiers continue to intensively conduct classes on fire and tactical and special training at military training grounds “Udarniy” and “Primorskiy”.

In the period from 2 to 10 April this year, confirmed losses of Russian occupation forces in the Donbass amounted 5 people:

1st Army Corps – 9th separate assault mechanized regiment of naval infantry (Novoazovsk) – 2 servicemen, 3rd separate mechanized brigade (Gorlovka) – 2 servicemen;

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

To ensure the activities of units and subunits of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational grouping of the Russian occupation forces, about 1,500 tons of petroleum products were delivered to the railway station Rovenky and railway station Krasnaya Mogila from the territory of Russia in the period from 2 to 10 April this year.

The invaders are actively installing mine-blasting fences between Yelenovka and the Ring Road (area of Donetsk), and also to the south towards Dokuchaevsk. The work is conducted secretly. The same works were noted to the south of Styla and in the area of Petrovskiy. The anti-tank mines predominate (the command of the Russian occupation forces clearly fears some hypothetical breakthrough of the AFU south of Donetsk).

In the Mariupol direction, groups of tanks of 3-4 units are marked in the first line of defense of the 9th separate mechanized regiment, they are masked in populated areas and on the outskirts. Thus, 4 tanks and 2 MT-LBs were sighted and disguised in the private sector in the area of Verkhneshirokovskoe, and 3 units of combat armored vehicles (disguised) in the beams to the south of Azov.

According to the information of the IR, a meeting between Colonel-General Sergei Zakharkin, Deputy Director of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation National Guard Forces (Rosgvardiya) and Colonel Dmitry Sukhanov, the head of the department of the National Guard Forces, with the head of the sector for cooperation with Rosgvardia and the head of “military” synod department of the Russian Orthodox Church Roman Bogdasarov took place at the end of last month. During this meeting, the issue of increasing the number of military priests in the troops of the “Rosgvardia” was discussed. In addition, Colonel-General S. Zakharkin informed the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church that Rosgvardia allocated considerable financial resources for the construction of mobile prayer houses, which are planned to be deployed in the western regions of the Russian Federation at the locations of Rosgvardia’s units. Also, Colonel-General S. Zakharkin brought to the attention of Bishop R. Bogdasarov that large-scale military exercises of Rosgvardia are planned in the territory of the Rostov region in May of this year and emphasized the attention of the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church that military priests already (necessarily) have to take part in these exercises. Thus, taking into account the above, as well as earlier information provided by the IR, it does not exclude provocative military actions by Russia in the East of Ukraine in the end of spring – in the beginning of this summer.

According to the information of the IR, the Russian side has become very active in all areas in the issue of the release of the Nord trawler. In Ukraine, the issue is dealt by lawyers, who are directly supervised by Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the occupation authorities of the Crimea Mikhaylichenko. Also, Russians are planning to step up assistance in resolving this issue through the European Court of Human Rights and the Maritime Tribunal in The Hague in the near future, for which the “agents” of the Russian special services in Strasbourg and The Hague will be used.

Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works (located in the territory controlled by the LNR), whose work depends on the supply of raw materials from the DNR, may suspend work in the near future in connection with the refusal of the DNR coal companies to supply coal for coking until pay off existing debts of CJSC Vneshtorgservis (it carries out” external management “of most enterprises in the occupied territory).



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