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IR summary: a new batch of Russian gunners will arrive "for training" to the Donbas

Operational data group “Information Resistance”

In the period from 5 to 11 February this year, the intensity of fire strikes from the occupying troops of the Russian Federation in the Donbas on the positions of the Ukrainian troops and settlements in the territory controlled by Ukraine has increased significantly. In total, during this period, the artillery units of the 1st and 2nd operational groups of the Russian occupation forces carried out about 65 fire attacks (about 50 for the past week period) by 120/82 mm mortars, 122-mm portable rocket launchers Grad-P, large-caliber machine guns , small arms and grenade launchers.

The enemy’s advanced units were reinforced by snipers and TOW squads, which were active in the Popasnya and Severodonetsk areas.

The most intense enemy’s fire strikes were inflicted on the positions of the Ukrainian troops in the area of next settlements: Stanitsa Luganskaya, Khutor Volniy, Novotoshkovskoe, Travnevoe, Zhovanka, Lebedinskoe, Novoluganskoye, Opytnoe, Svetlodarsk, Aydar, Peski, Avdeevka, Starognatovka, Nevelskoye, Yekaterinovka, Novomikhaylovka, Crimskoe, Pavlopol, Charmalyk, Zaytsevo, Yuzhnoye, Troitskoe, Vodyanoe, Gnutovo and Shyrokino.

The enemy continued to conduct active aerial reconnaissance with aim to identify changes in the combat orders of the Joint Forces using UAVs. In the period from 5 to 11 February this year, 17 reconnaissance flights of the UAV with entry into the operational-tactical depth of the JF were recorded. Particular enemy’s attention is focused on the opening the control system, clarifying the operational situation, as well as identifying changes in the battle order and the locations of the JF reserves.

Also, the use of UAV “Eleron” by occupants in the area near Konstantinovka was fixed. This type of UAV is part of the short-range complex of aerial reconnaissance and surveillance, and it was developed by the Russian enterprise JSC “ENIKS” (Russia, Kazan). The complex of this type began to enter to service in units and divisions of the RF Armed Forces of the Central Military District in the first half of 2015.

The enemy’s on-duty artillery crews were in a state of constant combat readiness for conducting fire strikes against the JF battle orders. They were trained daily to work on deployment and advance to firing positions for conducting fire strikes against the Joint Forces, as well as false artillery positions were equipped.

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

Until February 16 this year, the commission of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces  continues to work in 2nd Army Corps “LPR” on checking all-round support, living conditions of personnel, adherence to secrecy, the presence and technical condition of military equipment both at points of permanent deployment and at forward positions.

During February 4-5 of this year, training camps were held with spotters of artillery units of 1st Army Corps “DPR” at the “Pokrovsky” training ground with aim to improve the skills of aimed fire.

According to the unified plan of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces, from February 5 to 15 this year, trainings are held with the commanders of battalions and divisions 1st and 2nd Army Corps LDPR at the “Vostochny” training ground to work out the issues of organizing interaction and personnel management under the conditions of combat operations in urban environments.

February 7-8 of this year, planned combat training activities were conducted with the personnel of units 1st and 2nd Army Corps “LDPR” at the “Centralny”, “Slavny”, “Peredovoy”, “Udaloy” training grounds, including training with artillery crews and mechanics drivers driving vehicles on rough terrain.

In addition, on February 7 of this year, demonstrative off-schedule battalion-tactical exercises were conducted with units of 2nd Army Corps “LPR” at the “Centralny” training ground with the active involvement of the Russian media. Practiced questions of defensive combat with a further transition to the counteroffensive were trained. Representatives of the integrated commission from the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces and the command of 2nd Army Corps “LPR” controlled and supervised the event.

From 6 to 14 February, sports competitions are held in Lugansk between representatives of security structures of the so-called “LPR”, “DPR” and “South Ossetia”.

The command of 2nd Army Corps “LPR” forms a separate battalion of at least 260 servicemen. During selection board for military service, preference is given to those who has with experience in warfare, especially carefully checked the level of loyalty to the so-called “current government of the LPR”.

February 8-9 of this year, a scheduled change of radio data was carried out in radio networks and radio communication lines of the tactical level of the control and notification system of 1st and 2nd Army Corps LDPR.

In the period from 5 to 11 February this year, confirmed losses of the Russian occupation forces in the Donbas amounted to 10 people:

1st Army Corps – 9th separate assault regiment of naval infantry (Novoazovsk) – 4 servicemen, 11th separate mechanized regiment (Donetsk) – 1 serviceman.

2nd Army Corps – 4th separate mechanized brigade (Alchevsk) – 3 servicemen, 6th separate mechanized regiment (Kadeevka) – 2 servicemen.

To ensure the activities of units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the operational group of the Russian occupation forces, approximately 2,000 tons of fuel and lubricants were delivered from the territory of Russia (railway stations Rovenky and railway stations Voznesenovka) from February 5 to 11 of this year.

At the end of February, the arrival of graduates of artillery military educational institutions of the RF Ministry of Defense is expected in the occupied territory of the Donbas to perform “test shooting” and “general military training”. Approximately “training” will be held until mid-March this year. Given the presence of modern counter-battery radars in the framework of the US military assistance provided by the US military, the Ukrainian Armed Forces could provide an adequate response and help the Russian military “successfully” complete the “training”.

The occupation authorities of the “DPR” prohibit local entrepreneurs to pay their employees a salary above 12,000 rubles. Similar restrictions were introduced in the “public sector”. This order is caused by the need to maintain the “prestigious” level of the monetary support of the militants (about 15,000 rubles) – that is higher than civilian salaries in order to attract the local population to the ranks of the occupying forces.

The International Committee of the Red Cross sent humanitarian aid to LDPR. However, part of the provided humanitarian aid was repacked and handed out by the occupying Russian authorities to residents of the occupied territories from the “Helping Hand” foundation (Donetsk) whose main activity is to help the families of the dead “DPR” militants.

IR REFERENCE. The “Helping Hand” Charitable Foundation was created in March 2018 as part of the “Program of social support for invalid military personnel and families of dead servicemen of the DPR” signed by A. Zakharchenko. The Foundation led O.A. Kravtsova, the mother of a militant killed in 2015 near Debaltsevo. The foundation began operations in May 2018. The address of the foundation is Donetsk, blvd. Pushkin, 34 (building “House of the Government of the DPR”), room. 102, another representative office of the fund – at the address: Donetsk, Artem Street, 97.

The occupation authorities of LDPR received an order from the Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development S.Nazarov (he also directs the so-called “interdepartmental commission of the Russian Federation on humanitarian aid to LDPR”, being their curator) to “correct” the request for financial and logistical assistance from Russia for 2019 in the direction of its radical reduction. According to the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Russian “assistance” to the occupied areas of Donbas in all directions amounted to about $ 4 billion in 2018.



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