With this publication, InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community begins the series of articles analyzing the data from the laptop of the commander of artillery of the so-called 1st Army Corps of Russian occupation troops in Donbas. The data was exclusively provided to InformNapalm by the hacktivists of the Ukrainian Cyber Alliance (UCA). It has been confirmed that the laptop owner is a Russian lieutenant colonel, who uses the alias “V. Skorokhod” and who replaced another Russian officer, Colonel Igor Valentinovich Yagelsky, in a rotation.
In the first publication, we will publish the information about the armament of the Artillery Brigade Group of the 5th Motorized Rifle Brigade (5th MRB “Oplot”, military unit 08805), provide the list of battalion commanders of the 1st Army Corps, and talk about Russian military simulators used in the Donbas to train local collaborators.
The information we’re publishing has no operational value, since it refers to the period of Fall 2015 – Spring 2016.
The Artillery Brigade Group of the 5th MRB “Oplot” (military unit 08805) of the Russian occupation corps consists of the following units: howitzer artillery battalion (HAB), self-propelled howitzer artillery battalion (SHAB), rocket artillery battalion (RAB), antitank artillery battalion (AAB). HAB is equipped with 122mm howitzers 2A18 (D-30), SHAB – with 2S1 Gvozdika 122mm self-propelled howitzers, RAB – with BM-21 Grad 122mm multiple launch rocket systems, and AAB – with 100mm anti-tank gun MT-12 “Rapira”. The artillery equipment listed below, as a rule, is delivered to the occupation units from military equipment storage and repair bases located in Russia.
- Read more: “They are not and have never been in service” – Response of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
D-30, serial numbers and photos:
- Л-3170 – 1987 year of manufacture (YOM)
- АБ3122 – 1990 YOM
2S1, serial numbers and photos:
BM-21, serial numbers and photos:
MT-12, serial numbers and photos:
- 00521 – 1970 г.в.
- 12198 – 1982 г.в.
- 03143 – 1973 г.в.
- 79148 – 1987 г.в.
- 01468 – 1971 г.в.
- 06328 – 1976 г.в.
The list of artillery battalion commanders with a remark: “To Voronov Alexey (head of artillery training department of General Staff)”. File created: 7/27/2015.
|1||1st MRB||SHAB commander||Major||Vrangel Aleksey Aleksandrovich||Neman|
|2||1st MRB||HAB commander||Major||Ptitsyn Viktor Viktorovich||Merkul|
|3||1st MRB||RAB commander||Major||Krotov Aleksandr Viktorovich||Baikal|
|4||3rd MRB||SHAB commander||Major||Mamedov Rustam Uralovich||Ural|
|5||3rd MRB||HAB commander||Major||Sviridov Andrey Viktorovich||Platon|
|6||3rd MRB||RAB commander||Major||Smolin Artyom Olegovich||Sarmat|
|7||5th MRB||SHAB commander||Major||Soldatkin Aleksandr Sergeyevich||Aara|
|8||5th MRB||HAB commander||Lieutenant Colonel||Gromov Evgeniy Maratovich||Shaman|
|9||5th MRB||RAB commander||Major||Semyonov Anatoliy Anatolievich||Medved|
|10||7th MRB||SHAB commander||Major||Galushko Sergey Aleksandrovich||Terek|
|11||7th MRB||HAB commander||Lieutenant Colonel||Onishchenko Sergey Vitalievich||Dunay|
|12||7th MRB||RAB commander||Lieutenant Colonel||Denisenko Sergey Aleksandrovich||Kara|
|13||ABR||HAB commander||Major||Semyonov Evgeniy Ivanovich||Evstrop|
|14||ABR||SHAB commander||Major||Melnikov Mikhail Alekseyevich||Sid|
|15||ABR||RAB commander||Major||Dyatlov Fyodor Evgenievich||Dyatel|
|16||ABR||AAB commander||Captain||Grechukhin Sergey Olimzhanovich||Kaban|
|17||9th motorized rifle regiment||SHAB commander||Major||Oskarov Rafik Mikhailovich||Zmey|
|18||11th motorized rifle regiment||SHAB commander||Major||Senyutin Ivan Leonidovich||Amur|
It is also known that battery commanders, who are often local collaborators of the invaders, are trained by Russian contract officers. Modern artillery simulators and GLONASS / GPS army navigators are used in their training.
December 2015, the positions of 9th Motorized Rifle Regiment. The photo shows the screen of the newest artillery simulator 9F6017 “Arterra-BT-3D”. For comparison, we provide a screenshot from the official video presentation of this simulator’s developer.
In conclusion, we will demonstrate several photos with BM-21 MLRS “Grad” vehicles from the reactive artillery battalion of the 3rd MRB. The equipment is disguised as army trucks and is located inside the production facilities of Horlivka Machine-Building Plant.
The data for this investigation was exclusively provided to InformNapalm by hacktivists of UCA. InformNapalm Community bears no responsibility for the sources and origin of the data. We analyze and supplement materials on open source intelligence basis
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