This timeline was prepared by the InformNapalm team and was based on the information from our insiders in the occupied territories, as well as the information from public sources.
00:50 Clashes utilizing tanks and mortars took place on the outskirts of Donetsk in Petrovsky District, Trudivske village.
1:00 – 1:40 Militants used howitzers and mortars to shell Ukrainian positions.
10:54 A military trailer with the license plate дк3406, transporting a tank, was observed at the Samoylova bus stop.
13:15 -14:20 Militants carried out an active “field training”. During the training a spoil heap of Kuibyshevska mine (Azotnyi area) was shelled.
15:00 DNR organized a concert with the participation of Russian performers in Lenin Square. Large numbers of terrorists from the Vostok, Sparta, and Somali battalions gathered there.
17:10 A convoy of militants’ weaponry passed toward Peski. It included 2 Ural trucks, 2 MTLB APCs, and 1 BTR APC.
19:20 Small arms fire was heard in the vicinity of Donetsk airport.
Insiders from Peski reported that militants came closer to the Ukrainian positions and shelled them with 80 and 120 mm mortars.
00:30 – 1:30 A vehicle convoy including 30 covered KAMAZ and Ural trucks headed towards Donetsk.
7:15 10 covered trucks headed towards Torez, towing 5 MSTA-B 152 mm howitzers, field kitchens, and generators.
18:27 Militants used a tractor trailer to move a 2C5 Giatsint-S howitzer in the direction of Torez.
19:00 6 covered trucks towing MSTA-B howitzers headed to Donetsk.
22:40 About 10 covered trucks were moving in the direction of Donetsk.
12:00 Russian instructors trained newly recruited militants at a firing range near Torez. The recruits are being trained to operate Grad MLRS.
In the area near Motodrom militants deployed 4 communications systems based on GAZ-66 trucks and installed 4 antennas.
Active movement of weaponry of illegal armed formations was observed in the city. This suggests the possibility of preparations for active combat.
14:20 3 BMP-2 IFVs and 1 covered Ural with militants headed trough Mykytivka village towards Holmovskyy village.
15:30 Several militant Grad MLRS were observed heading towards the “6-7” settlement (coordinates: 48°22’36″N 37°57’49 E).
19:00 8 BMPs and 2 covered Urals proceeded towards Mykytivka village. Each BMP had up to 5-7 terrorists riding on top of it.
19:24 3 terrorist tanks were shelling Ukrainian positions from the Kurhanka residential area of Komarovo.
20:00 A UAV was seen in the Kurhanka residential area and near the “6-7” settlement.
23:00 Terrorists shelled Mayorsk with heavy weapons, including MLRS, from the Besarabka neighborhood (48°21’30 “N 38°0’16″E), the Machine-Building Plant, and the area of the 5th district.
Security has been strengthened in the courtyard of the mine rescue unit facility, where militants have been based: webcams have been installed around the perimeter, extra flood lights have been mounted on the back side of the main building (near the cemetery), and a small radar has been installed on the rooftop of the building.
8:30 A convoy of terrorist armor passed from the Romashka area towards Kirovsk.
There is a frequent movement of weaponry in both directions. Large reserves of fuel and lubricants are being consumed to carry out these maneuvers. This is done to simulate a large scale activity in the area.
2 convoys of illegal armed formations’ armor passed through the city within the 24 hours.
The largest concentration of terrorist armor was detected in the vicinity of the cities of Stakhanov and Kirovsk. According to preliminary data, there are about 40 tanks there. Heavy weapons keep arriving in Kirovsk. Over 15 Grad MLRS have arrived in the city recently. Ammunition is being delivered around the clock.
Train stations in the south of Luhansk Oblast are being gradually transformed into unloading terminals for the terrorists’ supplies. The arrival and unloading of trains from Russia is done at the average rate of 6-8 cars per day.
Over the past two days, a large number of Russian weaponry has been concentrated in the courtyard on Oboronna street opposite the Mafia cafe, where messing for Russian regular troops was set up. Covered vehicles are parked on the tram tracks. A lot of young conscripts of the Russian Armed Forces have arrived in the city. Unlike ordinary mercenaries and terrorists from LNR, they wear Russian Army regulation white undercollars on their uniforms. Upon arrival, many of them were seen buying SIM cards of local mobile providers.
It is worth noting that in conversations with local civilians the newly arrived “green men” complained that unknown attackers shot at them for two nights in a row. Since there is no additional data on special operations in the area, one can assume that the new arrivals are being subjected to psychological manipulation, to make them believe in potential attacks of Ukrainian forces.
An interesting observation: portraits of Putin are now being sold in Luhansk central market. Bears with balalaika and gypsies have not yet been delivered.
14:00 Up to 5 units of tracked vehicles arrived from the direction of Krasnodon. The convoy allegedly included a Strela-10 SAM.
Krasnodon and Izvarine border crossing
The transit of large convoys of armored vehicles from Russia is constantly observed at the Russian-Ukrainian border crossing, which is controlled by the Russian side and LNR militants.
Firing ranges in the quarry near the settlements of Uralo-Kavkaz and Nyzhnoderevechka of Krasnodon raion are used to conduct target practice. Since Krasnodon is the main transit point from the Izvarine border crossing, the situation in the city is controlled by the Russian FSB. LNR militants have no control over the city.
Sectors “B” and “M”
At night, 2 militants from illegal armed formations, while under the influence of alcohol, were blown up by their own grenade.
A small group of DNR terrorists counting 30 to 40 militants is located in the village.
20:00 Once again terrorists opened fire on the positions of the Ukrainian forces. Supported by 80 and 120-mm mortars, militants also delivered small arms fire.
Covert ammunition unloading was carried out. A serious conflict arose between recruited mercenaries and terrorists of the Somali battalion. One of the locals, while intoxicated, killed one of the DNR terrorists. He has been arrested and most likely will be executed by a firing squad.
In the village, there are militants of the Somali battalion, providing artillery and mortars, and the Sparta battalion, which facilitate the activities of sabotage-reconnaissance groups and infantry operations. These are Russian mercenaries with an extensive experience in military operations abroad. They are well-equipped and disciplined. After Ukraine they plan to go on rotation to Syria. They have taken under control all patrols and observation posts, as well as fishermen’s trips out to sea.
Conclusion: Active movement and concentration of enemy forces is being observed in all sectors of the ATO zone. Russian militants continue firing on the positions of Ukrainian forces, including using heavy weapons, which is a direct violation of Minsk agreements.
The accumulation of the most effective and professional units is noted in the Mariupol direction. A large concentration of forces has been detected in the area of Alchevsk-Stakhanov-Kirov and Horlivka.
At the same time, the second line is being actively replenished and strengthened by conscripts and soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces. Preparations and training exercises continue in the territory controlled by illegal armed formations.
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Translated by Private.
Edited by Max Alginin.