Operational data of the group “Information Resistance”

The Russian occupation forces in the Donbas continue to shell the positions of the AFU and populated areas near the line of demarcation. Predominantly the fire is opened by the enemy from automatic small arms, handle and heavy grenade launchers. However, the use of heavy weapons by the occupiers is fixed also- mostly 120 mm mortars and 122 mm cannon artillery. In addition, throughout the day, the conduct of fire by the enemy from the conventional weapons of the combat armored vehicles (BMP-2), anti-aircraft guns and a number of other weapons was recorded.

During the last week, the most intense fire strikes were inflicted by the enemy on the positions of Ukrainian troops near the settlements of the Crimskoe, Prichepilovka, Novotoshkovskoe, Zaitsevo, Kamenka, Opytnoe, Peski, Novoselovka Second, Novotroitskoe, Pavlopol, Vodyanoe, Lebedinskoe and Shirokino.

The intensity of air reconnaissance by the enemy remains high. The enemy focused on the opening of the control system, clarifying the operational situation, as well as identifying changes in the combat order and the location of the reserves of the Joint Forces. Also, active activity of maneuvering EW groups of the enemy continues to be noted along the entire contact line.

To increase the effectiveness of fire damage, as well as to maintain artillery units and subunits of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of Russian occupying forces in constant combat readiness, classes on shooting training were conducted at the military ranges “Udarniy”, “Yuzhniy”, “Pokrovskiy”, “Udaloy” and “Vostochniy” during last week. Also, in units of 1st and 2nd Army Corps, according to a plan of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces, a “week of combat readiness” was completed, during which units and subunits of the occupation troops were brought to the highest levels of combat readiness with maneuver to the concentration areas.

In the area of the dumps of the “Lenin Mine”, Shirokaya Balka, Zheleznaya Balka and to the south, the several ZU-23-2 AD systems of occupants on the transport platforms, including the truck Ural and the MT-LB, were fixed. Most likely, the invaders are trying to prevent or “close” the area from UAV flights of the OSCE and the AFU.

Northeast of the height of 206.9 (the area south of Petrovskoe), the enemy, without observing the camouflage measures, openly set up positions for a 120-mm mortar battery, which fires on the unit of the AFU near Petrovskoe. 120-mm mortars of type 2B11 “Sani” are fixed on the position, which “according to the Minsk agreements” should be at least 15 km east of this area.

In the area between Raevka and Veselyaya Gora, another party of combat armored vehicles of occupants was fixed, transferred to reinforce units operating opposite the village Schastye on the eve of the “cultivation of sides” in the area of Stanitsa Luganskaya. The “motorized rifle platoon” was fixed on 4 BMP-2 and 2 MT-LB with mortars and several army-type trucks.

Immediately in several areas south of Donetsk – the area of Styla, Razdolnoye and Novolaspa – the presence of 1-2 units of the “Strela-10” air defense system type 9K35 of the occupiers is noted.

On both sides of the Svetlodarskaya arc, the engineering work is being carried out by the occupiers at several locations at once – in the Lozovoye area, at a height of 307.9, to the east of the railway station Dolomit. The work is carried out with the involvement of civil engineering equipment and military engineering vehicles.

According to the decree of the Administration of President of the Russian Federation, the structural units of the “Ministry of Internal Affairs” and “MGB” of both quasi-state formations – “DNR” and “LNR” – were transferred to the “enhanced version of service” for “the period of the football World Cup in Russia”. The meaning of this order is not clear, considering that no events related to the 2018 World Cup will be held in the “DNR” and “LNR”.

There are active rumors among the militants of the “1st Army Corps DNR” and the local population of the Donetsk about the division of the territory of Donetsk by the Russian occupation authority into 3 categories.  Occupation forces are allowed to conduct combat operations in full in the first side, regardless of the infrastructure available there and the presence of civilians; in the second side, it is permitted to conduct military operations with certain restrictions (minor damage to infrastructure facilities and human losses is allowed), in the third side, any fighting is not allowed. Allegedly this innovation is explained by the possible offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the World Cup in Russia.

The leadership of the “DNR” prohibited the departure for the metropolitans of the UOC-MP Hilarion and Mitrofan from the occupied territory of the Donetsk region. The restriction operates “up to a special order”.