In the combat zone in Donbas the tensest situation persists in the areas of Donetsk, Horlivka, Debaltseve. Russian-terrorist forces continue active operations to oust the Ukrainian troops from their present positions, accompanied by shelling, including the use of heavy weapons.

In the direction of Telmanove-Starobesheve a replacement of the units of the regular Russian army with units from the local terrorists has been observed, their level of training and discipline are significantly lower. At the same time the Russian army units are being transferred to Debaltseve and Donetsk.

On the seaside there is a rotation of Russian-terrorist forces, in which Russian conscripts are being replaced by contract soldiers. The conscript soldiers are being sent to Russia.

Also in the last 2 days the arrival from Russia to Donbas of 2 new companies of tactical groups and units of the spetsnaz GRU Armed Forces was observed. The Russian Battery 240-mm mortar 2S4 “Tulip” (4 pcs.) has also been identified.

There is marked activation of sabotage and reconnaissance groups of enemy troops on territories controlled by Ukraine primarily in the Luhansk region and in the coastal direction (in the direction of the areas of Volnovaha-Mariupol).

At night, grenade launchers were fired at the house of the head of the rayon [district] state administration of Markivka township (territory controlled by the Ukrainian military). Two people were wounded, including the head of the administration.

Members of the FSB [Security Service] of the Russian Federation working in the “governing structures” of the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] and LPR [Luhansk People’s Republic] terrorist organizations are being replaced by representatives of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces General Staff of the Russian Federation. In Stakhaniv and Antratsyt, local insurgents are growing increasingly disgruntled with the Russian command of the terrorist organizations, and discussing the possibility of creating their own “republics.” Because of this, we observe increasingly frequent shoot-outs between representatives of local gangs.

In Novoazovsk, the command of the Russian terrorist forces attempted to organize a rally “in support of novorossiya,” for the benefit of the Russian TV camera crews. The headcount of this forced rally did not exceed 200 people.

In Snizhne, a “repair base” is reportedly being created to repair damaged military equipment and arm the Russian terrorist forces. Mobile repair equipment complexes have been deployed to this area from Russia.

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine