Summary of the Information Resistance Group

Over the past week, the intensity of attacks from the enemy to the positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements in the territory controlled by Ukraine has increased significantly. In total, during this period, units of 1st and 2nd operational groupings of the Russian occupation forces carried out about 240 fire raids (about 170 in the past period), including, from the forbidden by the Minsk agreements arms –  152/122-mm artillery systems, 120/82-mm mortars, tanks. Also, the enemy used large-caliber machine guns, various grenade launchers and automatic small arms. In some cases, enemy fired from anti-aircraft installations and anti-tank systems. The enemy’s advanced units, which are reinforced by sniper and mobile fire groups, were active in the Bakhmut, Svetlodarsk and Mariupol directions.

The most intense enemy’s fire strikes were inflicted on the positions of the Ukrainian troops in the area of next settlements: Crimskoe, Lebedinskoe, Luganskoe, Kryakovka, Yuzhnoye, Zheleznoe, Lopaskino, Travnevoe, Novoluganskoe, Dolomitnoe, Holmovskiy, Bayrak, Zolotoe-4, Zolotoe-5, Zaytsevo, Novgorodskoe , Khutor Volniy, Granitnoe, Avdeevka, Svetlodarsk, Mayskoye, Bogdanovka, Starognatovka, Pischevik, Marinka, Krasnogorovka, Novotroitskoye, Orekhovo, Verkhnetoretskoe, Opytnoe, Kamenka, Novoselovka, Pavlopol, Shumy, Talakovka, Peski, Chermalyk and Shyrokino.

In order to strengthen defense and quickly response to changes in the situation, the enemy actively uses mobile armored groups, which are used on the most vulnerable areas in the event of intensified hostilities. In some cases, the presence of tanks in their composition is noted.

The enemy continued to actively conduct aerial reconnaissance in order to detect changes in the battle order of the Joint forces using UAVs. From June 25 to July 6 of this year, 21 reconnaissance flights of UAVs were recorded, incl. the 15 flights of the Orlan-10, Eleron-3CB and Granat-4 types of UAVs, which were carried out with an approach to the operational-tactical depth of the Joint forces defense. Another confirmation of the presence of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine is the use of the latest Grenat-4 UAVs by the occupying forces. Now it is in service with the RF Armed Forces. This type of UAV was used for the first time in exercises by units of the Russian troops from the Western Military District in the autumn of 2018. The main purpose of this aircraft is to conduct tactical reconnaissance of the area, the patrol and observation flights and the search and rescue operations. This UAV is developed at JSC “Izhmash” Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, RF.

During the monitoring activities which were carried out by the command of the occupation groups, special attention was paid to controlling the masking of their positions, clarifying the operational situation, changes in battle formations and the location of the Joint forces reserves in the Svetlodarsk, Bakhmut and Mariupol directions.

In addition, the enemy’s on-duty artillery crews, including those are deployed in violation of the provisions of the Minsk Agreements, were in a state of constant readiness to deliver fire strikes against the positions of the JF units and subunits The had daily deployment exercises for deployment on forward firing positions for inflicting fire strikes on the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Active activity of the enemy’s sniper and EW maneuverable groups along the entire contact line continues.

In the field of combat and operational training, the command of the occupation forces conducted the following activities during the reporting period:

– Training camps with commanders of artillery units and mechanics-drivers of combat vehicles of units and divisions 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian Armed Forces at the Udarny range.

– Combat shooting and fire training with the personnel of a number of artillery units at the Udaloy range. Shooting took place at night.

– According to the unified plan of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces, a command and staff exercise was conducted in units and subunits of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian Armed Forces at the Vostochny and Tsentralny-1 ranges under the guidance of the commanders of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian Armed Forces, respectively. The main theme of the exercise was the forcing of water obstacles.

In addition, in order to prevent information leaks and provide covert control of troops, a planned change of radio data was carried out on 28-29 June in radio networks and radio communication lines of the tactical level of the control and notification system of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian Armed Forces.

– Also during the last week, the command of the occupational group paid particular attention to the improvement of the fortification equipment of the defense lines along the entire contact line. The most active work was carried out on the equipment of the second line of defense, masking the advanced position, as well as the construction of shelters for personnel of the Fox hole type. At the same time, engineering training classes were conducted with the commanders of a number of motorized rifle units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the RF Armed Forces.

During the reporting period, the confirmed losses of the Russian occupation forces in the Donbas amounted to 7 people:

1st Army Corps – 5th separate mechanized brigade (Makeevka) – 2 servicemen, 100th separate mechanized brigade (Donetsk) – 1 serviceman, 9th separate mechanized regiment (Novoazovsk) – 2 servicemen;

2nd Army Corps – 2nd separate mechanized brigade (Lugansk) – 2 servicemen.

To ensure the terrorist activities of the units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian occupation forces, about 1500 tons of fuel and lubricants were delivered from the territory of Russia (railway station Rovenky) from June 25 to July 1 of this year.

Other military activities:

3 units of disguised 122-mm self-propelled artillery systems 2S1 “Gvozdika” + Ural and MT-LB were fixed in the landings Southeast of Uglegorsk, and a mortar unit (up to 3-4 units of 120-mm mortars) in the area of the Sukhoi Yar railway station.

Given the sharply increased fire activity of the occupiers in the area of Kalinovka and Lozovoe, as well as the movements of personnel and military equipment of the illegal armed groups that were seen in the area earlier, it is quite possible to conclude that their command has a certain concern for the joint between the Gorlovka grouping (3rd separate mechanized brigade of the 1st Army Corps) and Debaltsevo grouping (the 7th separate mechanized brigade of the 2nd Army Corps), seeking to strengthen and insure with additional fire weapons their own units in this area.

Kashtanovoe, Mineralnoe, Spartak, Volvo-Center (Donetsk) – the appearance of new positions for enemy fire weapons, is noted everywhere in this area, including for mortars and heavy grenade launchers. In addition, there are separate sporadic attempts at firing from the ZU-23-2 AD systems mounted on vehicles, as well as the use of anti-tank systems and targeted fire from 120-mm mortars and 122-mm artillery systems from the region Mineralnoe and area south of Yakovlevka. Apparently, the enemy command uses special firing groups in this area, as well as separate artillery and mortar units for targeted destruction of the forward positions of Ukrainian troops in order to inflict them the maximum possible damage in manpower.

Apparently, the enemy has completed the equipment of a number of stronghold points along the Verkhneshirokovsky – Zaichenko – Novoazovskaya VES – Bezmennoye line, simultaneously regrouping individual units of the 9th separate mechanized regiment in the Mariupol area. In addition, the presence of firing positions for artillery and mortar units is noted in the area of Patriotichnoe and Kozatskoe.

During the last week, there was an active transfer of logistic items on the Shakhtersk-Yenakiyevo road section to Gorlovka (3rd separate mechanized brigade) by vehicles. And, in some cases, the transfer of personnel was recorded by separate trucks of the army type “Ural”, “Kamaz”, and several convoys up to 8-10 units of vehicles. Basically, the transfer was carried out or in the evening.

Other «news»:

The occupation administration began again to stir up the theme of “the participation of NATO mercenaries” in the war of “the Ukrainian authorities against their own people” through local propaganda. They disperse “credible reports” in the information field about a kind of “British special forces that appeared in the area of Novotoshkovka-Krymskoe and a “group of Bundeswehr experts who share their experience in burning crops, bombarding peaceful settlements and destroying infrastructure” to some unnamed “Ukrainian commanders”. These “messages” are already causing some skepticism among the local population.

During the last week, the occupation administration consecutively conducted several “filtration and barrage” events in Gorlovka and the surrounding area with total check of documents, vehicles and  certain areas of the city, up to a personal search, checking documents and mobile communication devices among local citizens. The local “police” and the militants of various paramilitary groups such as the “military commandant’s office” were involved in the activities.

The campaign “Appeal to President Zelensky” under the general trend “Choice of Donbass”, organized by the occupation administration, continues. The so-called “activists” offer everyone to sign a petition on pre-printed forms or “register” on a special site “Choice of Donbass” with demands / requests to remove the economic / transport blockade from the occupied areas, pay honestly earned pensions and allowances, “recognize” the choice of Donbass (meaning “special” / Russian status of these territories) and initiate criminal prosecution of the “old government” (including Poroshenko, Turchinov, Lutsenko and Kolomoysky). In addition, the new President is required to start a “broad integration” with the Russian Federation.

According to internal reports of the so-called MGB DPR and MGB LPR, “… there is a not very healthy moral and psychological atmosphere in many units of National Militia “. As it turned out, this is connected “… with the establishment of facts of abuse of official position by the number of officials, who responsible for technical, food and clothing supply of units”. Moreover, “… in some cases, these facts become known to the public, thanks to social networks.”

The most interesting thing is that the local security services do not propose to restore order with this supply or step up the fight against the above-mentioned “abuses”, but suggest “to limit the dissemination of official information among military personnel, who have access to the Internet or regular users of social networks”, because “this information is used by special services and the Ukrainian media for propaganda purposes.”

IR