OSCE observer is wounded from counter-fire while observing separatist militia firing a mortar at Ukrainian forces.

OSCE cars with separatist gunmanIn the latest incident which will further damage the reputation of the OSCE, an OSCE monitor is reported to have been wounded while near to a separatist mortar team which was in action against Ukrainian positions.

On December 1st  the InformNapalm group received a message from insiders that in Donetsk a representative of the OSCE mission was wounded by Ukrainian artillery counter-fire.  Approximately ten separatist militia were killed in the same incident. The incident occurred near the ventilation shaft of the Cheluskintsiv mine between the Petrovs’kyi district of Donetsk and Staromykhailivka. InformNapalm however decided not to rush with distribution of this information and first checked confirmed the information with other sources.

Separatists photographed getting into OSCE vehicle

Separatists photographed getting into OSCE vehicle

In the light of this new evidence it appears there is a strong case that some members of the OSCE mission are co-operating with pro-Russian militias. The OSCE has been harshly criticized in the recent past when photographs emerged showing OSCE vehicles being used to transport separatist forces, and OSCE monitors in comradely poses with separatists. Most recently the OSCE has  been severely criticized in Ukraine and in the western media for failing to notice a huge amount of Russian military activity in the areas they are monitoring. The fact that many OSCE monitors are Russian leaves the OSCE reputation of impartiality, at least in the field, in severe doubt. This situation endangers the whole monitoring mission.

The information received about the event is as follows: While two  terrorists mortar teams were firing  their 120-mm mortars on positions of Ukrainian forces in Krasnohorivka , two  cars with representatives of OSCE were parked near to them.  However when the Ukrainians return fire the explosions killed ten separatist milita and wounded the representative of the OSCE.   The return defensive fire is not contradicting the Minsk agreement and cannot be considered as a violation of the ‘ceasefire’. Earlier today the Ukrainian ATO centre confirmed the shelling of Krasnohorivka.

The severity of wounds of the OSCE monitor is unknown.

This event raises some serious questions. Firstly the incident in question occurred on the 1st December and should have therefore already have been reported by the OSCE.  This has not occurred. Secondly what were the OSCE representatives doing parked next to a firing position of the terrorist, and why and why was this not immediately recorded and radioed in? All of these issues suggest that the monitors were not acting as impartial peace monitors and facilitating the ceasefire, but at a minimum have been covering up separatist transgressions of the ceasefire.

We can give the coordinates of the position from which the terrorist were shelling and where return volley came. More information will no doubt emerge from our sources in the near future.

The coordinates on snapshot:

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Original : https://informnapalm.org/3627-osce-terror-donetsk/

Cossack ”Commandant” buried after fighting in Antratsyt


We would like to follow up on our article ‘Fighting breaks out between Separatist Groups and Russian Special Forces in Antratsyt’, published on the 1st December. In this article we reported on a `shoot-out’ between forces of the LPR and the Cossack militants fighting for the LPR in which sound information was received about the death of the leader of the Cossack forces.

The burial of Vyacheslav Pinezhanin, the commandant of the Cossack National Guard, and his deputy, took place this afternoon. InformNapalm.org received confirmation of the funeral from its own local sources.

The city center was blocked by traffic police, many cars and a large number of people came to the square in front of the district administration. Measures were taken to protect the city center, including bring in an armored troop-carrier which was moved from Krasnoluchskyi traffic police post.

While the corpse of the previous «official» is still warm, a new candidate for the post of Cossack commandant appeared. He is a local person named Michael, but his surname is not currently known.

In an attempt to try to extinguish the conflict between the groups of LPR and the Cossack National Guard, the Don Cossacks announced that the perpetrators of the murder of the commandant have been arrested.

The Cossack chieftain Kozitsyn is also trying to create the appearance that he still has some influence on the Cossack National Guard. He is handing out awards and titles to Cossacks from the groups fighting in LPR territory from his base in Novocherkassk.

We recall that armed clashes took place in Antratsyt on November 28. The original article can be found here.

Roman Burko of InformNapalm. November 30, 2014

Translated by Maria Holubeva

The Tour of Duty of the 200th Special Purpose Separate Motor Rifle Brigade of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy in Rostov Region and in Ukraine.

Shelling of Ukrainian territory by Russian artillery was discussed several times in the past. There is much evidence of it on the Web. We were able to identify multiple Russian army units which performed bombardments of military convoys and bases of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the territories adjacent to the Russian border, fired from both Russian territory and within Ukraine.

In an effort to gather evidence of the direct involvement of Russian Armed Forces in an undeclared war against Ukraine, we found fresh photos and videos showing  “wandering raids” of a rocket artillery unit of a battalion tactical group of 200th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy.

According to the existing documents, day and night bombardments were performed from locations in Rostov region close to Ukrainian border (presumably from the areas near the villages of Uglerodovsky, Anikin, and Gukovo) and directly from Ukrainian territory, near Krasnodon. See the photo attachement of 26 slides, and videos:

— As Luhansk People Republic.  A volley of a “Grad” battery, July 2014; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dww-9LUtCRU&feature=youtu.be

– A night volley of a “Grad” battery; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTyAewgr_UA&feature=youtu.be

– A lot of fun in Gukovo. An MLRS volley to Ukrainian territory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtH9ZpfmaMw&feature=youtu.be

The first batch of photographs show the units artillery detachments



This 2nd batch of photographs below show the combat and transport vehicles of the combined unit. The vehicles lack license plates, but they have instead affectionate names of mothers and loved ones like “Antonina Ivanovna,” “Nafisa,” “Kristina,” or Soviet symbols and slogans such as «Death to the fascists,» «For Stalin,» «Death to Aydar,» and other nonsense.

Photos and videos were obtained from servicemen of 200th Brigade of the Northern Fleet.


4-t-72-za-stalina-1024x6885-sau-akaciy-1024x6466-btr-80-sssr-1024x6808-antonina-grad-1024x73610-grad-kristina-1024x690See also other texts on this subject:

200th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy in Ukraine;                                                                                             


— 291st artillery brigade’s “Tour of duty” from Crimea to Donbass; https://burkonews.info/291st-artillery-brigades-tour-duty-crimea-donbass/
– About flying ”Grad” MLRS https://www.facebook.com/irakli.komaxidze/posts/626503984129518

– Identification of the Russian invasion forces. The units and their losses in Ukrainian territory.


– Identification of Military Units and the Armament of Artillery Elements of the Russian Invasion Forces;

Author: Irakly Komaxidze

(с) This information was gathered exclusively for the project InformNapalm. Copying and use of the materials are allowed provided that a reference to the author and a link to our website are given.
Russian original:



Translated by: Maria Holubeva

Edited by: Max Alginin

Fighting breaks out between Separatist Groups and Russian Special Forces in Antratsyt

AntratsytNew details of armed clashes in city of Antratsyt appeared on Friday afternoon, November 28. The first reports of clashes in Antratsyt were reported by different mass media on Friday morning largely from Twitter accounts from city residents.

 InformNapalm insiders report that the situation was intense since the early morning. At approximately 9AM the first clashes started with gunfire. Between 10am and 11am schools were closed and parents received phone calls to take their kids back home immediately. Locals say that LNR militants had come to get rid of `kazaky’. At the same time sources report shootings near the LNR garrison headquarters of the city. Four persons were reported to be killed, including the military governor of the city Vyacheslav Pinezhanin, who belongs to kazaky, and Pinezhanin’s deputy. Leader of the local police Pavel Shmargun is reported to be wounded. Also wounded is 15-year old girl.

 Pinezhanin death has been reported by four different local sources.

 At 11:00 artillery fire could be heard in the northwestern districts of the city, including Nizhniy Nagolchik and Bokovo-Platovo. Gunfire was also reported from Yesaulovka. The fire was reported to be intense and not in any way similar to a drill or exercise. Locals in Nizhniy Nagolchik say the gunfire is an internal conflict between LNR and `Kazaky’ militants.

Gunmen blocked the sidewalk near Anratsyt City Police Headquarters in the government quarters.  Sources said “Around 15 militants armed with automatic weapons stand near Rayon Administration Building. They are definitely not locals and not kazaky” According to insiders the militants were dressed in “carrot-colored camouflage” nobody else is wearing in Antratsyt. Sources suggest these people are Russian special-forces personnel. The city’s central square is filled with cars, but no armored vehicles were sighted so far.

Other sources report that ataman Kozytsyn was arrested or that he fled to Russia.

 These facts suggest that recent skirmishes in Antratsyt are not a coincidence or result of internal struggles, but a planned and well-organized cleanup by Russian special-forces. This theory is supported by rumors, circulating in the city during last 10 days. Some militants warned that a special group of FSB operatives will arrive to “settle the situation then and there”.


Author:  Roman Burko.

Translated by: Gennadiy Kornev

News of Deployment the 5th Tank Brigade of the Russian Eastern Military District to the Ukrainian border.

That is not for the first time that I write about the re-deployment of Russian troops from Eastern Siberia and the Far East to the Ukrainian border, but we haven’t yet seen much data to confirm all the information. However this information gradually becomes more concrete over time.  Here we present evidence of the deployment of the 5th Tank Brigade of the 36th Army of the Eastern Military Command, military unit 46108, place of permanent deployment – Buryatia, Ulan-Ude town, Street Devisionnaya.na-kiev-bmp-1024x844 na-fone-bmp

Based on the acquired photo materials and information, a detachment of the 5th Tank Brigade was redeployed to Rostov region at the end of October. According to available information we can estimate the deployment strength of a battalion tactical group (BTG), which comprises tanks (T-72), artillery (self-propelled howitzers “Akatsiya”) and infantry fighting vehicles (BMP).  The vehicles are mainly manned by contract soldiers from Tuva and Buryatia. Currently the BTG has been deployed as a field camp between Matveyevo-Kurgansk and Myasnikovsky area of Rostov region. From a strategic point of view this is a convenient site for further deployment to Mariupol and Donetsk.

Pay attention to the vehicles including the first picture of the BMP bearing  a “ Towards Kiev” inscription on it

Related references to this unit include:

  • Identification of RF military invasion forces and their losses on the territory of Ukraine;


  • Subdivision of the 7th armored brigade of the Central military command as part of the invasion forces (the list of military units, redeployed to Rostov region from northern parts of RF)


  • Return of the 28th motorized rifle brigade from Yekaterinburg in Rostov region;


  • Russian armored column near the Ukrainian border – November the 14th (presumably the artillery of the above mentioned military unit).


  • Units deployed from the Far East which comprise troops from Buryatia.


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Author: Irakly Komakhidze

Translator: Roman Vlasof

ARES Research Report Misses the Russian Supply Link in the Ukrainian Conflict (Part2)


This article is Part 2 of the review of the Armaments Research Services (ARES) research report `Raising Red Flags: An examination of Arms and Munitions in the ongoing Conflict in Ukraine (Research Report No3, November 2014). Part 1 focussed on the very valuable summary of unique `Flag Item’ weaponry being used in Ukraine by the separatists. It is argued that this data adds to the body of evidence that the Russian military is supplying weapons to the battlegrounds of Eastern Ukraine.

Part 2 however focusses on the critical weakness of the report and responds to the apparent inability of the authors of the report to acknowledge direct Russian involvement in the conflict, despite all evidence (including their own and other well-known sources) to the contrary. The fact that the authors fail to even acknowledge Russian involvement in the fighting, other than in the Crimea where Russia has itself formally acknowledged its forces, sets up their inability to draw appropriate conclusions regarding sources and supply mechanisms of the Flag Item weapons highlighted in Part 1. These first and second components of this article are therefore integrally linked.

I therefore conclude that while the report is a very valuable contribution to the knowledge base of the weapons being utilized in the war in Ukraine, it is questionable in its analysis of the sources of supply, and therefore in its conclusions. And yet in the information field reader perceptions of analysis and conclusions are everything.

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ARES Research Report Highlights Modern and High Spec’d Russian Military Equipment in Eastern Ukraine (Part1)


Armaments Research Services (ARES) has just released a very useful assessment of military weaponry being used in the war in Eastern Ukraine, in a report titled `Raising Red Flags: An examination of Arms and Munitions in the ongoing Conflict in Ukraine (Research Report No3, November 2014). This report provides a detailed review of the weaponry identified as being utilized by both the Ukrainian and the separatist forces, covering everything from munitions to types of personal armaments to heavy artillery and armoured vehicles.

In sifting through the detail of information, perhaps the most interesting part of the report is the recording of the range of weaponry in use that is not available to the Ukrainian military. This weaponry is almost exclusively found in the stockpiles of the Russian army. This data would therefore add to the body of evidence that the Russian military is supplying weapons to the battlegrounds of Eastern Ukraine.

However while the report’s focus is on detailing the range of weaponry available to the forces fighting in Ukraine, it also reflects a distinct political – pro-Russian – bias. Whether this is a deliberate bias or a result of incomplete research is another debate. However the report’s conclusions are severely deficient. We therefore conclude that while the report is a very valuable contribution to the knowledge base of the weapons being utilized in the war in Ukraine it is questionable in its analysis of the sources of supply and  therefore in its conclusions. And yet in the information field reader perceptions of analysis and conclusions are everything.

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Who is behind the shooting of Donetsk citizens? What is the OSCE role?

“On the 12th of November, Ukrainian artillery shelled Petrovskiy district of Donetsk,” says Russian propaganda source LifeNews (http://lifenews.ru/news/144859).


InformNapalm team decided to conduct its independent investigation of this incident and establish the reliability of the information reported by the Russian journalists.

Yesterday, 12.11.14, local residents did hear 18 explosions. The majority of the shells hit the village of the Chekist mine. In our conversations with the locals we learned that the shells came from three directions. Ukrainian conventional artillery was firing from Krasnohorivka. It was returning fire to the terrorists’ firing positions at the stadium near Markin Street. Several shells fell west of that location into a tree grove. Now the important part: in addition to the conventional artillery fire, two more launching positions MRLS were observed, and they have no connection to the Ukrainian side. The launches were made from the territory of Abakumova mine and from Tekstilschik district of Donetsk, specifically Donetsk Industrial Pedagogic College.

It would appear there’s no proof of that, however, the witnesses confirmed verbally that OSCE representatives refused to document the existence of a Grad rocket that broke through the roof and got stuck in the stove inside the house at 1 Chekistov Street. The rocket did not explode. The direction of the launch can be seen on this screenshot.



If we follow the line of the launch we will see that there are no positions of the Ukrainian Army or ATO forces.

Also, we would like to point out that the OSCE SMM, specifically its objectivity and national composition, has been questioned more frequently in the recent days by public figures and officials. European MP Jacek Emil Saryusz-Wolski commented on this in particular: http://www.eurointegration.com.ua/news/2014/11/13/7027759/.


We hope that OSCE representatives will conduct another, more objective investigation. Otherwise we would have to conclude that the tragedy at School 63 was not just a cynical terrorist attack by the militants, but the result of coordinated work of DPR and OSCE SMM representatives recruited by Russian intelligence.

Any use of InformNapalm/BurkoNews reports must include a valid reference to the source.

(c) InformNapalm

Translated by Eugenia Zlamanuk

Edited by Max Alginin

November 17, 2014 Weekly Summary by InformNapalm group

17kartaAt the end of last week a few significant changes happened, which in one way or another could affect the balance of the confrontation:

  1. According to the field reports, the Russian servicemen captured by Ukrainian security services (Evgeniy Tur and Alexander Bondaruk) provided the information about gradual reorganization within the militant groups, and about cleanup operations and «disappearances» of unwanted or uncontrollable individual militants or even their whole groups, conducted by the Russian armed forces, under the protection of the Russian special services. This “restructuring” has as its goal the creation of a unified army of Novorossiya, strictly controlled by the Russian security services. So far these activities have resulted in the worsening of the situation caused by periodic skirmishes among gangs, Cossack groups, DPR, and LPR groups. In such circumstances we foresee increased deployment of the regular Russian military, which will replace the poorly disciplined gangs in the Donbas.
  2. Over the past week, the guerrilla movement in the Donbas has become more active. Previously, we saw isolated attacks, but now you can see the tendency of increasing activity against the separatist and Russian forces by locals living in the occupied zone.

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291st artillery brigade’s “Tour of duty” from Crimea to Donbass

Currently some howitzer and rocket artillery units from 291st Brigade, 58th Army, Southern Military District (military unit 64670, stationed in Troitskaya, Ingushetia) are being observed again in Rostov region on the Ukrainian border (along Sea of Azov). Continue reading

Show Must Go On, or The Foreplay

According to our observations, as well as the information and the materials by the “InformNapalm” team, the Russian side is preparing large scale provocations in several directions. We observe the activity of Russian troops in the occupied Crimea near the administrative border with Kherson region, as well as in the vicinity of Novoazovsk. At the same time, Russian military has become more active in Rostov region (Russian Federation). In particular, sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) have been pulled up towards the border; we also observe paratroopers of the 331st Guards Airborne Regiment of the 98th Guards Airborne Division (Kostroma, Pskov) and other units. Continue reading

Confirmation of the 439th Guards Rocket Artillery Brigade deployed as part of the Russian invasion forces

The presence of a detachment from the 439th Guards Rocket Artillery Brigade was first reported in September 2014. (See link below for a summary of Russian artillery units operating on the border or in Ukraine)  Now with new evidence, the presence of a BM-30 `Smerch’ equipped multiple rocket launcher system (MRLS) detachment from the 439th Guards Rocket Artillery Brigade of the Southern Defense Command (SDC) can be confirmed. The Brigades has its home base in the Astrakhan region. 4391 Continue reading

A Detachment of Self Propelled Artillery “Akatsiya” of the 138th Motorized Rifle Brigade Located on the Ukrainian Border

We have obtained evidence of the presence of another artillery detachment of the Russian Armed Forces on the Ukrainian border, this time from the 138 Motorized Rifle Brigade (MRB), Military Unit 02511, Western Military District. The Brigade’s place of permanent deployment is Kamenka, Vyborgsky District, Leningrad Oblast. 138-y-sau

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Russian / Separatist forces begin their attacks on Checkpoint 31

After the Ukrainian Armed Forces were forced to give up Checkpoint 32 along the Bakhmutka highway (the Luhansk-Lysychansk road) media sources are reporting increased military pressure from the Russian and Separatist forces on Checkpoint 31 which is north-west from Checkpoint 32 along the same road.





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67th Air-Defense Missile Brigade from Russia has been in Ukraine.

In the course of the identification the Russian invasion forces and weapons, we found evidence of the presence of a new (not previously idenfied) air-defense missile unit. This unit is the 67th Air-Defense Missile Brigade (ADMB), Military Unit 32383 of the Russian Southern Defense Command (SMC). Soldiers with Ukr name-plate


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