General Summary as at November 1, 2014 by the InformNapalm Group

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As at October 31, 2014, the Russian Federation continues to build up its forces in the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. At that we increasingly receive reports that militants have BM-30 “Smerch” multiple rocket launchers (one of the identified places of deployment is the warehouse of the “Dominion” Trade House in Donetsk; it is located 84.5 km away from the headquarters of Ukrainian military in Kramatorsk), BM-27 “Uragan” multiple rocket launcher systems (deployed to Horlivka, former railway station “Promyvochna”, 48 km away from Ukrainian emplacements). Our observers also detected movement of S-300 (NATO reporting name is SA-10 Grumble) long range surface-to-air missile systems (one of the identified places of deployment is the warehouse of the “Dominion” Trade House in Donetsk). If those S-300 systems are of S-300PMU-1 modification (NATO reporting name is SA-20 Gargoyle), they greatly complicates application of tactical aviation very difficult in the entire crisis region. Continue reading

Operational Summary for October 29 by the InformNapalm Team

October, 30 may be the turning point in the slow conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. The ceasefire has allowed the terrorists to regroup their forces. Russian “military shops” resumed their work of providing combat equipment with increasing intensity. For the past two days alone, more than 300 vehicles were transferred from Russia to Ukraine. The main direction of movement goes via Antratsyt to Donetsk and towards Smila village and via Marynivka to Telmanove and Komsomolske. Transfer of military equipment was also noticed in the direction of Olenivka and Horlivka.

Approximate front lines and potential directions of attack

Approximate front lines and potential directions of attack

 

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Combat Crews of 2S3 “Akatsiya” of the 7th Military Base Identified along the Border with Ukraine

In the course of detection and identification of Russian units and the armament of artillery elements of the Russian invasion forces concentrated along the border with Ukraine, we were able to acquire evidence of another artillery element, which has not shown up previously. Continue reading

Back to Basics: Russian Mercenaries Pretend to Be Peacekeepers

As you can see, the 15th Motorized Brigade from Samara (Central Military District) of the Russian invasion forces (the brigade has a somewhat cynical name “Peacekeeping”) has recovered from the combat losses it suffered over the summer. Continue reading

«Anonymous» Mil Mi-8AMTSh Helicopter near the Ukrainian Border

Russia continues with its dishonorable war in Ukraine. On the ground we have already seen Russian “green men” without any identification, as well as tanks and other armored vehicles with removed hull numbers, and vehicles without license plates. Now we see the same in the air. Continue reading

Operational Situation as at September 25, 2014

Over the past few days we have got to know of at least 5 cases when negotiating groups of the local separatists came to emplacements of Ukrainian military in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions with additional requests under observation of truce. The local militants stated that they honored the agreements of the peace plan but as a result of that they had confrontations with Russian Cossacks and uniformed services (representatives of the Armed Forces, Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, and Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation). Those representatives tried to force them to break the truce and perform provocative attacks. Because of this, the separatists asked Ukrainian military not to fire back and assured that “they will sort it out with the Don Cossacks, Chechens, as well as the feds who continue to provoke attacks”. Continue reading

The Security Service of Ukraine Detained a Russian Agent Responsible for Sabotage in the Dnipropetrovsk Region

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained a citizen of Ukraine “K” (1972 YOB), who following the orders of Russian special services, organized sabotage in the Dnipropetrovsk region with the aim to destabilize the situation in the peaceful region. Continue reading

The War in Donbas: Operational Situation in the Donetsk Region as at September 24, 2014

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On the back of the Minsk agreements, internecine clashes between militants get worse. Gangs that accept the peace agreements confront with the opponents objecting to the agreements accepted by the contact group of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

For example, as a result of the conflict, on the night from September 20 to September 21, onf of the groups of militants destroyed two cars with personnel of the other group with mortar fire. Continue reading

Concentration of Russian Armored Forces in the Immediate Vicinity of Ukrainian Border

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Among the numerous field camps of the Russian invasion forces deployed across the eastern area of the Ukrainian-Russian border, in the area of Latonovo village (Rostov region of the Russian Federation) we identified a large camp of armored forces. Many tanks and self propelled artillery have been brought in to this camp. The choice of the place is not coincident: the camp is located very close to the border and the location is very convenient to move into Ukraine; both in a south-western direction (towards Mariupol) and a north-western direction (towards Donetsk). Continue reading

Russian Ka-52 “Alligator” Attack Helicopters near Ukrainian Border

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In the course of work on detection and identification of the Russian invasion forces, we were able to get photographic confirmations of presence of the newest “Ka-52” attack helicopters (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) with red hull numbers “55” and “53” in the fields of the Rostov region (Russian Federation). In the photo in the distant background you can see a transport Mil Mi-8 helicopter (or maybe Mil Mi-8AMTSh, armed assault variant of Mi-8), but we have been unable to identify it so far. Continue reading

Russian Occupants Started to Form New Military Units in Crimea: 8th Separate Artillery Regiment

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The Russian Armed Forces have started to form new military units, which are to be stationed in occupied Crimea. One of these new units recently identified is the 8th Separate Artillery Regiment (military unit #87714), which is stationed in Simferopol (base address: Kalinin Street, 4).

The artillery regiment belongs to the Coastal Defense Forces of the Black Sea Fleet but operational control is performed by the Command of the Southern Military District of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Continue reading

Terrorist War of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Summary for September 15, 2014

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In spite of the “armistice” the Russian mercenaries continued shelling Donetsk airport over the past 24 hours using heavy artillery. Meanwhile the facility remains under Ukrainian control.

The enemy is also attempting to reach the airport from the north. For this reason they gather forces in Panteleimonivka. An attack from this areas allows them address to issues: their desire to straighten the front line by dislodging the Ukrainian military from Verkhnotoretske, and secondly to get complete control over the Horlivka-Donetsk highway. Continue reading

Zhirinovsky’s «Tiger» Became a Cripple

In May this year the Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky presented a GAZ-2330 «Tiger» infantry mobile vehicle to the LPR and DPR terrorist organizations. Judging by recent photos the vehicle is no longer in the best of conditions. As an armored car, it has probably outlived its time.

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The Security Service of Ukraine Detained Armed Members of a Subversive Group That Planned Terrorist Acts in Mariupol

As a result of the special operation, the counter intelligence section of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained members of a subversive group in Mariupol. The detainees are R.A.Aniskin (a citizen of the Russian Federation, 1964 YOB), “C” (a citizen of Ukraine, 1966 YOB), and a third accomplice — a citizen of Ukraine, who is a member of the so-called “parliament of the Donetsk People’s Republic”. Continue reading