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IR summary: The invaders in the Donbas try to “mask” the flights of their UAVs under the activities of the OSCE CMM


Operational data group “Information Resistance”

In the last weekly period, the intensity of fire strikes from the Russian occupation forces in the Donbas on the positions of the Ukrainian troops and settlements in the territory controlled by Ukraine decreased due to deteriorating weather conditions. In total, during this period, units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of operational group of the Russian occupation forces carried out about 35 fire raids (for the last weekly period, about 80) by 120/82 mm mortars, 122 mm portable launchers Grad-P, heavy machine guns, small arms and grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles and tanks.

The most intense fire strikes were inflicted on the positions of the Ukrainian troops in the area of next settlements: Stanitsa Luganskaya, Novotoshkovskoe, Luganskoye, Peski, Marinka, Avdeevka, Novoaleksandrovka, Novoselovka, Novomikhaylovka, Chermalyk, Crymskoe, Pavlopol, Novelskoye, Ekaterinovka, Stariy Aydar, Gnutovo, Vodyanoe and Shyrokyno.

The enemy’s advanced units were reinforced by snipers and anti-tank missile squads, which were active in the Severodonetsk and Mariupol sectors.

The intensity of enemy’s aerial reconnaissance of the JF battle formations with the use of UAVs remained at the same high level. During the weekly period, about 20 reconnaissance flights of the UAV were recorded with entry into the operational-tactical depth of the defense of the Joint Forces.

At the same time, the enemy used its UAVs in time and place, which coincided with the planned flights of the OSCE mission UAVs, trying to “mask” the flights of their UAVs under the activities of the OSCE special monitoring mission. In addition, the enemy continued to use shock-type UAVs against the Joint Forces.

The enemy’s on-duty artillery crews are in a state of constant combat readiness for conducting fire strikes on battle formations of JF. They train daily to practice deployment and advance to firing positions for inflicting fire strikes on the JF, and false artillery positions are equipped.

Active activity of the enemy’s sniper and EW maneuverable groups continues along the entire contact line.

From 22 to 25 January of this year, the Russian occupation administration conducted a command-staff exercise on territorial defense and the actions of the governing bodies and forces of the so-called “A unified state system of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations of natural and man-made character” with the participation of all the controlled power structures in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. During the exercise, issues of evacuating the population from the emergency zone caused by the military actions, deploying temporary shelters for the victims, providing them with basic necessities, identifying and detaining reconnaissance groups were worked out. During the event, the units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the occupying forces were brought to the highest level of combat readiness, and deployment of command and control centers and personnel reception points with practical development of military service issues was noted. In addition, units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of LDPR equipped combat positions near residential buildings, which caused discontent among the local population.

January 24-25 of this year, , combat training was carried out with the personnel of the occupying troops, who did not take part in the command-and-staff exercise, with practical shooting at the “Tsentralniy” and “Udaloy” firing ranges, including armament of Combat armored vehicles (mainly BMP-1, 2).

January 25th of this year, demonstration battalion-tactical exercises “Battalion in the offensive” with units of the 2nd “LPR” Army Corps were held at the “Tsentralniy” training ground.

According to the unified plan of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces, firing was carried out with artillery and mortar crews of units of 1ST “DPR” Army Corps at the “Slavniy” training ground at January 26 of this year.

Since January 28, tactical exercises with units of 1st “DPR” Army Corps have been held at the “Primorskiy” training ground.

In Sorokino (territory controlled by the “LPR”), the enemy creates an operational reserve of missile-artillery weapons and ammunition. The command of the Russian occupation forces conduct measures to organize the long-term storage, protection and defense of this object. In addition, the preparations are underway for the deployment of additional stocks of ammunition at this facility, which will soon come from the territory of the Russian Federation, in case of intensification of hostilities.

In the near future, the Russian occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions will pay a pension to the local population only if they have a so-called passport of “DPR” and “LPR”. At the same time, representatives of the occupation administrations promise the local population that, if they join to the ranks of the occupying armed formations, the local residents can count on getting the passports of the citizens of the Russian Federation soon.

At enterprise Voda Donbassa (located on the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region), discontent due to wage arrears is growing among employees of the company with the actions of the local occupation authorities (over 3 months). The facts of dismissal of workers of specialties are noted.

The significant number of workers so-called “State paramilitary mountain rescue service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR” resigned from their posts at their own will in Snezhnoe. The main reason for the layoffs is the ban on leaving to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities and the prosecution by the MGB DPR of those who violated this ban.

Due to the shortage of raw materials in the near future, the production activity of OJSC Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works (Alchevsk, Lugansk region) may be terminated. Raw materials (ferrosilicon), which ensures the work of the enterprise, remained for about 10 days. There are rumors among people close to the leaders of “LPR” that the company has already been divided among themselves by certain groups of militants who are preparing to plunder it and cut it for scrap.

In Gorlovka, Donetsk region, there is a gradual closure of the largest shopping centers, as well as their re-registration at the points of sale of alcohol and tobacco, cafes, etc. In particular, in December 2018, the popular clothing store “Creative” was closed, on the site of another popular clothing store “Club Cotton” the café “Coffee pot” was opened, which is not popular among the locals. Also, in Gorlovka, there is a reduction in the range of products on store shelves due to the impossibility of ensuring its delivery in conditions of snow drifts.




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