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.
11:00 – Militants provide military training on the coalmine #20 territory: firing from automatic guns, mortars and artillery.
14:03 – A BMP, Ural-4320 truck and two minivans with militants went to the center of the city from Mariupol road fork.
14:37 – A big explosion occurred between the airport DAP and the settlement Spartak with a lot of black smoke. The circumstances of the incident remain unclear,
15:10 – A Ural-432, loaded with the ammo for armored vehicles, passed through Illych Avenue towards Makiivka.
16:00 – A BMP, marked with encircled white cross, passed from the train station through Shakhtarska Square southwards, accompanied by passenger car.
16:11 – In Kalynivskyi District, a BMP passed towards Makiivka.
17:37 – In Kalynivskyi District, two BMPs and a KamAz truck with militants passed westwards from Makiivka.
17:45 – Two tanks with “Novorossiya” flag passed through Shakhtobudivnykiv Boulevard towards Donetsk Airport.
20:06 – Militants’ heavy track vehicles from Makiivka were transferred into the territory of the military unit #3004.
21:00 – Open Ural trucks drive sometimes through Rimsky-Korsakov Street to the North.
21:43 – A heavy loaded freight train went through the railway station Mushketove to the South.
22:48 – In Kalininskyi District, one BTR, four KamAz trucks, cars and minivans of militants drove from Makiivka to the West with high speed.
During the last three days, militants have become very active in Petrovsky District of Donetsk. There, on the premises of brick factory at 96 Kosarev Street, their detachment of about 300 troops with weaponry, including several BTRs, has been based. A lot of ammunition was dropped off there.
Militants are stationed in the coalmine garages; they occupied the whole premise of the coalmine. There is a landing pad for helicopters and light airplanes there (it’s a former flight club).
Militants persistently advice the residents to leave (evacuate) their houses, especially on the streets close to the town of Mariinka.
10:25 – Two Ural trucks and two BMPs with militants passed towards Torez, they were decorated with flags of VDV (airborne forces) and had “bat” insignias.
21:50 – Up to 25 trucks passed towards Torez, several trucks with guards and sirens went to Donetsk.
21:50 – Four Ural trucks and two BTRs of Russian army followed towards Donetsk escorted by “police” with sirens. About six trucks passed towards Torez. At the same time, the convoy of covered trucks went towards the border with Russia.
The representatives of the OSCE mission were visiting the city in the morning. Because of that the active events started only closer to the evening.
20:24 – In front of the building of the school No 30 a drunken militant in a Gazel minivan ran over a woman on a bike and killed her. The driver did not even stop.
22:50 – Residents of Dzerzhynsk heard a loud explosion in the direction of Horlivka.
22:59 – Militants’ artillery started shelling from Horlivka.
23:15 – A mortar of militants started shelling between the settlements of Holmivsky and Zaytseve.
23:25 – Laud explosions were heard in Dzerzhynsk.
23:30 – Residents testify that the militants shell each other’s positions: the shelling goes from the village of Holmivsky towards 6/7 (Shumy) and vice versa.
A Social Situation
In Horlivka, the second newspaper was issued during the last month. This is where the load of paper from the recent “humanitarian aid” from Russia went to.
Before the submission of the decoration lists, the militants were advised to chip in 300 hryvnya each – to produce their awards.
Militants have received their salary. The sales on the markets and in the stores are mostly in rubles now. The privates received 15 thousand rubles, officers below captain rank 30 thousands, above it – 45 thousands.
The residents observed a big quantity of militant forces in the town.
The militants fired at the Ukrainian serviceman, three soldiers were injured, two of them severely.
According to our own sources, the LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky has been in the Oblast hospital for several days. Presumably, he is hiding from the controllers, specially sent from Russia to check the misuse of the “humanitarian aid”.
The residents observed large convoys of weaponry passing through. They move in the nights or early mornings.
17:30 – Six covered trucks with personnel went from Luhansk to Izvaryne.
Border crossing checkpoint Izvaryne
A passage of more than 10 tanks was observed.
Every day at 4-5 am, convoys of Russian armored vehicles pass through the town from Izvaryne.
The residents heard the sound of helicopter that presumably was flying towards Luhansk. Yet we were unable to confirm this information.
Gunnery exercises for artillery and MRLS continued near the village of Yesaulivka. After the training, the militants went out to the village searching for moonshine. They told the residents that they were in training now, but planned to assault after the May holidays. Possibly, these statements do not reflect the real plans of their leadership, but common militants believe that active hostilities will start soon.
The residents observed an increased number of passing ambulance cars on the road Luhansk – Krasnyi Luch, also several multi-purpose armored tracked towers and over 10 Ural trucks and GAZ-66 (covered trucks and cab-hospitals). Also, a Russian T-80 tank was observed.
14:30 – A brand new 2S5 Giatsint self-propelled gun with fresh painted camouflage passed on the Krasnyi Luch road through the village of Uspenka towards Luhansk.
18:00 – A towing truck with T-72 tank (with dynamic armor) went towards Luhansk.
Large scale military drills continue on the firing range behind the village of Uspenka. There is a heavy traffic of weaponry and militants on Krasnyi Luch Road in both directions.
Sectors B and M
In the windbreak rows of trees near the town of Komsomolske, the village of Novoazarivka, and others, big masses of militants and their weaponry are located.
Around 04:35 a big explosion occurred on the rail road near the village of Stepove. Windowpanes were blown out in several closely located houses. Casualties were not reported. The explosion caused a large crater and damaged about 175 meters of railways.
Since 22:00, the militants shelled the positions of the Ukrainian army near the village of Shyrokyne.
Conclusion: In the ATO zone the militants, along with the Russian servicemen, continue provocative shelling of the positions of the Ukrainian army, accumulate ammunition and weaponry, and also terrorize the residents of the occupied territories.
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Translated by Andrii Gryganskyi.
- Original article on russian: https://informnapalm.org/8599-hronyka-sobytyj-v-zone-ato-za-29-04-15
- Deutsch : https://informnapalm.org/de/chronik-der-ereignisse-in-der-ato-zone-stand-29-04-2015/