Our team recently finished yet another investigation, identifying concentrations of Russian military equipment in Horlivka.
The profiles of Russian militants have been teeming with photos demonstrating the presence of Russian military equipment (BM-21 ‘Grad’ multiple launch rocket systems, self propelled guns, tanks) on a military range located close to Karlo-Marksovo, located between Horlivka and Yenakiieve. In addition, there was evidence of 2S1 ‘Gvozdika’ self propelled guns that were hidden in non-residential premises, as well as of a Russian army base on the territory of the ‘Yenakiieve secondary school of level I-III social rehabilitation’ (later referred to as ‘Boarding School’)
On August 6, 2015, Yuriy Kasyanov posted several photos on his Facebook page taken by an ‘ARMY SOS’ drone, commenting that “The military range of the collaborationists outside of Karlo-Marksove. Groups of thugs from the so-called ‘DPR’ regularly train here. Today we ‘were present’ at live fire exercises of a tank company. This military range is one of many.”
Thanks to OSINT we have, in addition to these pictures from a drone, photos of Russian equipment from the military range in question that were taken by the Russian militants themselves over a period of time.
We would like to point out that the 2S1 ‘Gvozdika’ self propelled gun, numbered 514, was noticed in the center of Horlivka on multiple celebratory occasions. Therefore, self propelled gunss with numbers in the 500s are constantly located near Horlivka.
The first photo is from August 2, and shows the center of the city. The second photo is from the May 9 parade in Yenakiieve.
Lyoha Lavrinenko’s photos from June show 2S1 ‘Gvozdika’ self propelled guns, BM-21 ‘Grad’ multiple launch rocket systems, as well as other Russian military equipment present at the firing field (the location is marked orange on the map screenshot below)
One of the photos shows the pile drivers and spoil tips of the ‘Krasniy Profintern’ mine on the horizon (marked with red on the screenshot)
What follow are photographs from their profiles and the profiles of their friends/brothers-in-arms
On the photo below, one can see the number ‘3’ in a rhombus, which has been painted on top of the still-visible original number of this Russian self propelled gun – ‘441’.
Regarding the Russian base on the territory of the boarding school.
We were unable to determine exact position of the non-residential premises that housed the 2S1 ‘Gvozdika’ self propelled guns. But we can be certain that these premises continuously house these self propelled guns. This is demonstrated by photos taken over a period of time, most noticeably the ones from February 2, 2015.
Please note that there are loud-speakers in the premises, it may help in the identification of this place.