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IR summary: the occupants conduct a special operation in Gorlovka

Operational data of the group “Information Resistance”

In the last week period, the intensity of fire strikes on positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements on the territory controlled by Ukraine remained high. In total, artillery units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational group of the Russian occupation forces carried out more than 350 artillery raids (in the past week period more than 400) from 152/122mm artillery systems, 82/120mm mortars, 122mm MLRS “Grad”, 122-mm portable launchers “Grad-P”, infantry fighting vehicles and tanks.

The most intense fire strikes were inflicted on the positions of Ukrainian troops near the settlements of Zolotoe, Krymskoe, Novotoshkovskoe, Prichepilovka, Stepnoe, Troitskoe, Lugansk, Novolugansk, Novgorodskoe, Popasnaya, Katerinovka, Novozvanovka, Svetlogorsk, Zaitsevo, Mayorsk, Travnevoe, Zaliznoe, Shumy, Avdeevka, Peski, Butovka mine, Verkhnetoretskoye, Novotroitskoe, Novognatovka, Staragnatovka, Mykolaivka, Bogdanovka, Gnutovo, Pishchevik, Lebedinskoe and Shirokino.

Immediately on several sites, active raid actions of small infantry groups of the enemy were observed (on the neutral area or directly on the front line of defense of the JF units, mainly for the purpose of sudden shelling with the use of automatic small arms and hand grenade launchers, concealed mining, observation of the front edge of the AFU and sniper fire). In addition, attempts were made to displace Ukrainian units from occupied positions by assault actions in some cases.

The main tasks of enemy fire weapons were:

– Fire support to their own units in the course of their raiding actions;

– Fire damage of the advanced defensive JF units;

– Break in of combat control and supply of advanced JF units;

– The opening of the fire control system of the JF units by provoking them to open a return fire;

– Provocative and propaganda actions in the framework of information and psychological impact on the local population and personnel of the JF units.

At the same time, the enemy actively involved both the regular and duty artillery units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational group of the Russian occupation forces.

The enemy intensified the conduct of air reconnaissance in order to detect changes in the combat order of the Joint forces. In the period from May 15 to May 22 this year, about 45 reconnaissance flights of the UAV of the RF Armed Forces were recorded, including 7 flights of the Orlan-10 UAV, which were carried out by entry into the operational-tactical depth of the defense of the Joint forces. The enemy focused on the opening of the control system, clarifying of the operational situation, as well as identifying changes in the location of troops in the operational-tactical depth of the Joint forces.

The active activity of the EW maneuvering groups of the enemy continues along the entire contact line, as well as the demonstrative actions of the enemy artillery units with the exit of them to the pre-prepared firing positions.

According to a plan of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces, training camps with the commanders of the companies and batteries from 1st and 2nd Army Corps were conducted at the military ranges “Yuzhniy”, “Centralniy” and “Udarniy”.

To ensure the terrorist activity of units 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational grouping of the Russian occupation forces, about 1,400 tons of fuel (railway station Rovenky) and 12 wagons with ammunition were delivered during the last week from the territory of Russia (railway station Ilovaysk).

Redeployment of forces and means of invaders:

– The active movement of army trucks continues through Torez – Shakhtersk – Khartsyzk to Donetsk, Makeyevka and Gorlovka. The enemy continues to actively use trucks to bring logistic items directly into the combat units of their formations. Over the last 4 days, at least 30 trucks of the “army type” per day have been observed in this direction (for 5 hours in the last 24 hours there were 42 trucks of different types in several columns and at least 4 command and control vehicles and 6 long-length petrol tankers).

– The invaders actively bring up fuel, ammo and other supplies using different roads;

– In the vicinity of Donetsk (the airport and Spartak area), the equipment of the new positions is being fixed at a distance of about 3 km from the front line. The engineering works are being actively carried out, dugouts are being equipped;

– The strengthening of occupation units is noted in the Gorlovka area (in the area of ​​the dumps of the mine named after Lenin, northeast of Nikitovka and in several other districts). The equipment of additional positions and placement of additional fire facilities are fixed. In particular, the presence of mortar units (3-4 mortars, mostly 82 mm in each) and the appearance of additional fire weapons such as “Utes”, “Cord”, heavy grenade launchers AGS-17/21 were noted. In addition, the appearance of at least 6 additional combat armored vehicles (mainly BMP-1/2) was noted at these sections in the second echelons. In the southern part of Gorlovka, cargo trucks (groups of 5-6 trucks) and two groups of armored vehicles of the bandit formation “Somali” is fixed – a column of 6 BMP-1/2 and 3 MT-LB and the second group of 4 BMP-2;

– There is a redployment of small subunits of the occupants through Yenakiyevo towards Gorlovka. The column of 5 BMP-2, 3 BTR-80 and several trucks Ural was fixed. Later – 4 trucks Kamaz and 2 MT-LB.

– The occupants reinforce again their units by armored vehicles on the section from Pionerskoe to Nikolaevka. The redeployment of at least 5 BMP-1/2 and 3 tilted trucks Ural was recorded through Vishnevy Dol to this section;

– At the training range in the Bugaevka area, a tank battalion from the 2nd Army Corps of the occupation forces exercises offensive operations in cooperation with artillery. Combat firing is conducted with a standard projectile.

After the history with the capture of Chigari under the control of AFU and the panic that engulfed the militants of the 3rd separate mechanized brigade and a part of the pro-Russian population, the command of the occupants decided to urgently implement the information and psychological operation to “neutralize negative consequences”. In particular, disinformation about the “tank offensive by the AFU” and some “retaliation” by the occupation forces – the destruction of “Ukrainian tanks and infantry fighting vehicles”, “burning warehouses and smashed upcoming units of the AFU” and “an American radar destroyed by artillerymen of 1st Army Corps ” was spread out in the information field. It was within the framework of this “operation” that the reinforcements (up to the reinforced battalion) were sent demonstratively to Gorlovka and massive bombardments of the suburbs of this settlement were organized.

The high combat readiness was announced in the 100th separate mechanized brigade, 11th separate mechanized regiment, 3rd and 5th separate mechanize brigades of the occupation forces in connection with the aggravation at the front. Reserve tactical groups are in the 2-hour readiness to go to the front. In the 3rd separate mechanized brigade and 11th separate mechanized regiment, emergency measures are taken to “restore the combat readiness” of weapons and military equipment.

The command of the 1st Army Corps is forced to admit in the report prepared by the Corps headquarters that “… the level of manning of the advanced units has decreased to 35-40% of the regular strength”. In this regard, at the headquarters of the 1st AK are going to thoroughly study the rear units for sending to the front for completing the “combat” units” by additional manpower. Also, a circular was signed with the demand for the personnel agencies to complete firstly the units, which are located at the front, rather than the headquarters and supply units, in which, as it turned out, the level of manning is higher.

In addition, the command of the 1st Army Corps demanded to restore order with the service in the advanced positions in the 5th and 100th separate mechanized brigades. As it turned out, unit commanders in the reporting documents indicate “Potemkin villages” in the form of supposedly equipped engineering fortifications and structures, whereas in reality, as stated in the report of the verification commission, there are only hastily equipped positions with weak flank cover or in general completely absent. Moreover, as it turned out, the actual number of “servicemen serving in advanced positions” makes it possible to organize front cover only as a “nodal” or “focal” method in the 9th separate mechanized regiment, 5th separate mechanized brigade and 11th separate mechanized regiment.  The presence of numerous “holes” and “blind zones” in the combat orders of the advanced units is stated.

The occupation administration is ordered to allocate an inviolable “reserve” of beds in medical and sanitary institutions in Alchevsk, Lugansk and a number of front-line settlements in the occupied areas of the Luhansk region for the case of the notorious “offensive of the AFU”. The same it applies to medicines, medical equipment.

The information on possible personnel changes in a management of a pseudo-republic extends among the “senior officials” of the so-called “LNR” in connection with change of the curator “LNR/DNR” in the Kremlin. At the same time, according to spreading rumors, the deputy head of the government of the Russian Federation, D. Kozak, is expected to be appointed chief curator of the LNR/DNR.



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