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NEWS FROM UKRAINE – AUGUST 10, 2015 – Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary

Dmitriy Timhuk, The Informational Resistance group (https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk)

(Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine)

10-08

 

За прошедшие сутки российско-террористические войска устроили 127 обстрелов и неудачную атаку под Староигнатовкой.

Об этом сообщил сегодня на брифинге в УКМЦ спикер Администрации Президента Украины по вопросам АТО полковник Андрей Лысенко.

«Сегодня, 10 августа, около 3 часов ночи, после проведения массированной артиллерийской подготовки, четыре сотни боевиков при поддержке 10 танков, 10 БМП и другой техники перешли в наступление в районе Старогнатовки, что находится в треугольнике Волноваха – Комсомольское – Тельманово…Благодаря профессиональным действиям военнослужащих ВСУ попытка наступления была остановлена. Противник понес значительные потери в живой силе и технике и был отброшен на 2-3 км. В ходе контратаки наши военные заняли выгодные позиции, в частности, вернули контроль над стратегическими высотами…Противник понес значительные потери в живой силе и технике и был отброшен на 2-3 км. В ходе контратаки наши военные заняли выгодные позиции, в частности, вернули контроль над стратегическими высотами», – говорится в сообщении.

Лысенко также, сообщил, что эта дерзкая атака оккупантов состоялась на фоне продолжения эскалации обстановки на востоке Украины, вызванная агрессивными действиями НВФ. За вчерашние сутки зафиксировано 127 вражеских обстрелов позиций сил АТО – это наибольшее количество с момента завершения битвы за Дебальцево. Каждый третий обстрел боевиков ведется из тяжелого вооружения. Кроме этого, российско-террористические войска провели 7 минометных и артиллерийских обстрелов украинских населенных пунктов в районе Горловки, Донецка и Мариуполя.

Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 8.07 #FreeSavchenko

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
08.07.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Photographs by Noah Brooks.

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas continue actively shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops, as well as civilian objects, including the use of heavy armaments in a number of areas. At the same time, an increase is observed in the number of terrorist shellings with the use of small arms, which are recorded practically along the entire demarcation line.

The most intense shellings by militants were recorded to the west and northwest ofDonetsk, in areas south of Donetsk (Berezove, Hranitne), in the vicinity of Horlivka, near the Svitlodarsk bridgehead, in the seaside areas, as well as in the area from  Zoloteand Orikhove to Shchastya and Stanytsia Luhanska. Units of Russian-terrorist troops are also highly active between the settlements of Novomykhailivka andPeremoha, in the vicinity of Krasnohorivka, Lozove, southeast of Pisky, nearOpytne and Vodyane, south and north of Avdiivka, and in the vicinity of Troitske,Shumy, and Leninske.

After a rocket attack outside Mariupol, eastern Ukraine. Photo: Noah Brooks. Source: http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-938895707/modernwarcollective/photos/ig-906899071896850802_938895707

In particular, the militants have deployed 120 mm mortars in the area ofNovomykhailivka, southeast of Mar’inka, and in the vicinity of Pisky, Opytne,Avdiivka, and Leninske. Armored vehicles advanced towards the ATO forces’ positions several times, under cover of mortar fire – two tanks fired on the advanced positions of Ukrainian troops near Pisky for 20 minutes; one tank and two BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles shelled the ATO positions near Opytne for 30 minutes (during this shelling, two 125 mm munitions fired by the militants’ tank detonated in the settlement of Vodyane).

Terrorists deployed 122 mm artillery for brief fire strikes against the ATO forces’ strongholds near Troitske, between the Horlivka – Artemivsk motorway (in the area of Kurdyumivka – Zelenopillya), and on the positions near Hranitne. Two strikes were also made on Krasnohorivka.

In the vicinity of Avdiivka, the ATO forces were shelled from 122 mm and 152 mm artillery, and 120 mm mortars. On the first line (closer to Yasynuvata), a terrorist tank group was spotted maneuvering (without opening fire).

In the area of the Svitlodarsk bridgehead, militants used mortars (82 mm and 120 mm) against the advanced ATO positions near Popasna and Luhanske; AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers were deployed against the positions of Ukrainian troops south of Svitlodarsk.

A terrorist armored group (3 tanks) was operating in the vicinity of Shchastya, supported by 82 mm mortars from the direction of Vesela Hora. The armored group shelled the settlement of Shchastya, with advance and retreat of the armored vehicles being supported by AGS-17 grenade launchers. During combat, several militant infantry groups were spotted moving towards and along the demarcation line. These enemy groups opened fire against the ATO forces’ advanced positions, in a number of instances.

Pieces of artillery and mortar shells in East Ukraine after "separatists" shelled Ukrainian positions. (Sea shells in Shyrokyne). Photo: Noah Brooks. Source: http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-938895707/modernwarcollective/photos/ig-991694745959600388_938895707

A group of “specialists from Russia” has emerged in Luhansk, focused on organizing contraband supplies of food from Ukraine-controlled territory. The group includes 16 people, including 3 women; they are predominantly representatives of the FSB and other Russian authorities. This group has no permanent dislocation, takes special effort to avoid attracting attention (the group members are dressing to look like “local militants”), are moving around aboard two Volkswagen T-4 minibuses with tinted windows (without license plates), two Tiger GAZ-2330 armored combat vehicles, and a “civilian” jeep. Members of these group are reportedly questioning the “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic] “businessmen” and “officials” involved in smuggling for information about any corrupt Ukrainian military servicemen (officials in commanding authorities, as well as members of private corps at checkpoints) who are participating in contraband schemes (possibly, to recruit them in the future under threat of blackmail). The local “Ministry of state defense” has been ordered to “provide extensive cooperation” to this group without interfering in its activities. The commanders of the group are in regular contact with the “LNR” leadership, while some of the group members are regularly visiting the “front line.” A similar special group from Russia has been spotted in Donetsk.

NEWS FROM UKRAINE – Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – July 24, 2014

THE BAD NEWS:

1. The RNBO [National Security and Defense Council] announced today that pro-Russian insurgents prepared attacks in Sloviansk schools. In only one local school, #4, four explosive devices have been found. Other educational establishments in the city were mined as well. A lab for the production of explosives was set up by insurgents on the premises of a kindergarten.

I don’t know how to characterize Putin’s mercenaries after this. I am deeply convinced that a human being is unable to prepare the murder of children–and a massive one at that. Such a creature should be referred to as something else, but not a human being.

And yet there are those who still do not consider these creatures terrorists…

2. With all our expectations, the situation in the border areas (along the Tarany–Dmytrivka–Dolzhansky–Chervonopartyzansk and near Izvaryno) is not changing for the better. The positions of our troops are still being shelled from both sides–by the terrorists and by Russia. The supply problems, which are of utmost importance, have not been resolved yet.

We are far from alarmist sentiments, but it really is a problem that cannot be silenced. On the contrary, it must be addressed first and urgently.

3. The parliamentary coalition fell apart–the “UDAR” [Vitaly Klitschko] and “Svoboda” [Oleh Tyahnybok] factions left [the coalition]. The government led by Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigned. Changes to the budget in the context of the ATO have not been adopted, neither has the law on combating terrorism.

And this [happened] at a time when the Ministry of Finance reports that starting from August 1, there will be no money even for payments to the servicemen in the ATO zone, and that changes in the state budget are needed right now.

I understand that early elections are vital. It is hoped that the parliamentary games will not affect the ongoing ATO.

4. The State Border Service of Ukraine reported that due to the actions of Russian border guards towards people traveling to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea from mainland Ukraine, some kilometer-long queues have been formed on the administrative border of Crimea.

Photo: http://indianriverposterco.com/crimea-visit-the-ussr/

Here, we really must investigate what types of citizens are so eager to go to Crimea. If these are locals frequenting mainland Ukraine, who are then returning–it’s one thing. But if it comes down to Ukrainian citizens who want to relax in occupied Crimea, it’s another.

According to our estimates, in June about 100,000 Ukrainian citizens went for a vacation to Crimea, occupied by Russians. Compared to the vast influx in past summers, it seems like a miserly amount. But considering that in this same time period, because of these same Russians, our boys are dying daily in eastern Ukraine, I think this number is unacceptable. I don’t think that even a tiny trickle of Ukrainian tourists to the peninsula should be tolerated.

In any case, the line up from the mainland to Crimea is only positive in one case–if it is a queue of armored vehicles from the Ukrainian Liberation Army. I believe this day is not far off.

The good news:

1. ATO forces are already in Lysychansk. It is premature to talk about a complete extermination of a toxic pro-Russian mold from the city, but there are no doubts that the city will soon be ours.

This is a strategic success. With the liberation of Lysychansk, an “appendix” that is conditionally controlled by insurgents, is being eliminated. This will allow the ATO forces to regroup and begin the next step of their operation.

2. In the case of the downed “Boeing,” the terrorists continue to oscillate between bravado and the instinct for self-preservation. As a result, their lies and Moscow’s lies continue to surface.

Rebel commander Alexander Khodakovsky of the so-called Vostok battalion - or eastern battalion - speaks during an interview in Donetsk, July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-ukraine-crisis-commander-exclusive-idUSKBN0FS1V920140723

The little leader of the so-called “Vostok” battalion Alexander Hodakovsky boasted in an interview with Reuters that the rebels did in fact have a “Buk” SAM [surface-to-air missile] system. Moscow immediately dispatched an order to the babbler, after which he immediately began to disavow [the aforementioned] as such, in an interview with Russia Todaypropaganda TV channel, vowing that he had not done such a thing.

But, thank God Reuters is not the Russian media. Here, journalists respect themselves, and don’t change their assertions to the contrary every second because of a signal “from above.” And now, Western journalists have become indignant, [since] the agency broadcast exactly what Khodakovsky had said.

It looks like after this mishap, the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] had an ulterior motive for suddenly prohibiting journalists from working in the conflict zone (presumably, this does not include propagandists from Russian media). We also send Mr. Khodakovsky our condolences. We shudder in anticipation of the sad news of an accident he will find himself in. The FSB does not like talkative fools, but what should [they] do if there is no one else at hand…

3. The Head of the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] announced the dissolution of the Communist Party faction in Parliament. At the same time, it became known that the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine had initiated 308 criminal proceedings against members of the Communist Party in connection with the support of the annexation of Crimea and for aiding and abetting the “DNR” and “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic] terrorists.

I don’t want to jinx it, but it looks as if we are finally breaking with the insane Communist past. That is the thing that would not allow the country to adequately develop for 23 years in a row.

We wish the European “left,” who are trying to stand up for the Ukrainian Communists, not to be such a “fifth column” in their own countries in an hour of sorrow, which is what the Communist Party is in Ukraine. No one likes traitors and collaborators anywhere. Even in peacetime, a normal political opposition should spur the government to move forward, and not to drag it back into the past tooth and nail, and in the direction of the neighboring Soviet empire at that.

NEWS FROM UKRAINE – Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – July 23, 2014

Dmitriy Timhuk, The Informational Resistance group (https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk)

(Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine)

Brothers and sisters!

Here’s the Summary for July 23, 2014

THE BAD NEWS:

1. Two ATO forces’ airplanes were shot down today–the fighter jets were coming back to a base after successfully completing a special mission. There is currently no information about the fate of the pilots yet–let’s hope that they are alive.

But it is known that the jets were shot down at an altitude of 5200 meters [17,060 ft]. Man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) do not shoot at this height, including the latest Russian 9K333 “Verba,” which had previously been seen in the possession of the insurgents.

Rashisty [Russian fascists] just bend over backwards to prove that the downed “Boeing” is their handiwork. Rather than go into hiding after the disaster, like cockroaches into their cracks, they demonstrate in every way that they bring down everything they see in the Donbas sky, and at any altitude at that.

Su-25 "frogfoot" aircraft originally designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces.

2. The situation remains very difficult in the border areas.

According to our data, as of today, the issue of the provisioning of our troops, which are holding defenses along the border, is being resolved. So far, to our deepest regret, this does not yet affect all the units. Let’s hope that in the near future the problem will be solved completely.

3. Today, we attempted to establish why the terrorists needed nine black students from Nigeria, who were abducted in Luhansk (the media reported this yesterday).

Our sources found out [the following]. That terrorists, “on request” from Moscow, urgently needed to prove that NATO soldiers and foreign mercenaries are fighting on the side of the ATO forces. These are who the kidnapped students, dressed in foreign uniforms, were supposed to depict in front of Russian TV cameras.

I find it difficult to somehow classify this flight of fantasy. I would recommend for the insurgent “commanders” to record themselves wearing Ukrainian military uniforms and with that, to try and prove that all Ukrainian soldiers, without exception, are addicts. The exhibit types from the “LNR” and “DNR” [Luhansk– and Donetsk People’s Republics] are ideal.

The good news:

1. The ATO forces freed three settlements in Donetsk Oblast: Karlivka, Netaylovo and Pervomaiske. There are armed fights for Lysychansk [Luhansk Oblast].

With getting back/taking over Lysychansk, an important stage of the ATO will come to its end. But the most difficult task is ahead–the release of Luhansk and Donetsk after their complete blockade.

We believe in our boys. But there is a huge problem–civilians. It is the “human shield,” which Putin’s terrorists have assembled from peaceful residents, that is the biggest challenge for ATO forces during the liberation of cities.

2. Speaking of civilians. The SBU detained a terrorist mortar-man from “LNR,” who was shooting at residential areas of Luhansk.

It turned out that this gentleman was recruited by the Russian intelligence services, and with his “colleagues,” he shelled civilians on orders from his bosses in Moscow.

The very fact of the deliberate shelling of civilians in order to discredit ATO forces is the height of villainy and cynicism. But the fact that these monsters get caught, and with their help [Ukrainians] prove who is to blame [in this], gives [us] a reason to hope that Moscow will end its bloody farce. Although, knowing Putin, there isn’t much hope for that.

3. Lysychansk residents demanded during the rally that terrorists get out of [their] town. Yesterday, a few thousand Stakhanov [Luhansk Oblast] residents at the rally put forward the same demand to the insurgents. Similar rallies were held in other towns of Donbas.

Donbas has already realized [fairly] well who is who in the current events in eastern Ukraine. It‘s a pity that such a high price is paid for this insight…

NEWS FROM UKRAINE ON JULY 17, 2014, SUMMARY FOR JULY 16, 2014

Dmitriy Timhuk, The Informational Resistance group (https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk)

(Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine)

Brothers and sisters!

Here’s the Summary for July 16, 2014 THE BAD NEWS: 1. Heavy fighting is underway in the ATO zone. Today, it is concentrated near the settlements of Amvrosiivka, Marynivka, Izvaryne and others. The RNBO [National Security and Defense Council] announced today that none of the cities previously liberated from the terrorists, have been abandoned by Ukrainian military. “Our servicemen have not moved a meter,” said Andriy Lysenko, the RNBO information center spokesperson, on this occasion. From ourselves, we would like to add that the very peak of today’s confrontation is located in the border area. Russia is helping the terrorists from its side as much as it is able to–with weapons, and personnel, and shelling from its own territory. Putin knows that once insurgent “ground communications” are interrupted with Russia, this will put an end to the conflict in Donbas. He will try to avoid this at all costs.

Grad being fired from Gukovo, Rostov Oblast, Russia toward the direction of Sverdlovsk, Ukraine today:

2. We, the IR group, are very alarmed by the new phase of Russia’s covert military invasion of Ukraine. Although it would seem that 300 Russian servicemen, whom we counted today, do not appear to be much. But realistically, it is they who are once again becoming the backbone of the terrorist groups, and the professionalism of the Russian military itself is responsible for the current meat grinder in Donbas. Local “militias” are predominantly criminals, drug addicts and other marginals, and would simply be unable to operate serious equipment and weapons coming in from Russia. This is clear to the Kremlin as well, who deploys its militaries to Donbas now. In early April, we, the IR group, reported on the entry of Russian subversive and reconnaissance groups [SRG] to Donbas (by the way, there were enough skeptics at the time who stubbornly refused to believe in the fact of the invasion). A few days later we got Sloviansk. In early May, the Russian soldiers disappeared and were replaced with mercenaries. We see nothing good in the new arrival of Russia’s little soldiers. … By the way, Russia has yet to explain the fact of the return of the corpses of its soldiers to Russia from Ukraine leaked to the media. For example, [the soldiers] of the 45th Special Forces Airborne Regiment. I would like to hear [Dmitry] Kiselev‘s version. 3. In Luhansk, terrorists are setting up [firing] positions in residential neighborhoods. Their inherent tactic is to hide behind the shield of the civilian population. And this tactic works. Conducting operations with minimal threat to life in such conditions is a headache for the ATO forces. The terrorists maintain the same modus operandi as bequeathed by Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin]: to act from behind women, children and the elderly. I think Putin’s ancestors are spinning in their graves at the speed of a fan from the shame of their talented offspring.

THE GOOD NEWS:

1. During the past 24 hours, military aircraft conducted 29 missions. All day, the airstrikes hit insurgent positions, humanitarian aid got delivered, search and rescue actions were conducted. Each combat aircraft mission is one more step to complete the cleaning of Donbas. Each transport aircraft flight is saved lives and assistance to the civilian population. As aviators say, let the number of departures equal the number of landings. 2. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law that grants the ATO participants the status of Combatants. This is a small part of what Ukraine owes its heroes. But this very issue has justifyingly caused some resonance in Ukrainian society for a long time. Justice has prevailed. This law delegates to the Cabinet the authority to determine the procedures for granting the status of Combatant to those who fight in Donbas. Let’s hope that the mechanism developed by the government will not allow for this status to be granted to the military bureaucrats who flocked to ATO headquarters for a couple of days as part of their business trips. 3. The leader of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Jemilev, has announced today that the Turkish Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the violation by a Turkish cruise ship of Ukraine’s ban on entering ports in occupied Crimea. It would be a very correct and logical step by the Turkish authorities. Turkey, which has a major diaspora of Crimean Tatars, today is a natural ally of Ukraine. That’s how we perceive this state. Each Turkish step that looks like a betrayal, will be painfully perceived by Ukrainians. We believe that Ankara is still on our side. But from our side, we also have obligations to the Crimean Tatars, as well as to our fellow citizens in Crimea. Let us not forget about this.