Tag Archive for Donetsk People’s Republic

Security Service arrested 2 informers that were sending details on Ukrainian Army units to rebels.

Security Service of Ukraine detained a man from Donetsk who was sending details of Ukrainian Army units movement to terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. For the last 10 months that man was watching the movement of military convoys from a balcony of his apartment. He regularly called his curator, who is a member of fake secret service of DPR. This man says that he was forced to work for terrorists as they blackmailed him threatening his family.

DPR informer detained in Donetsk Region

DPR informer detained in Donetsk Region

Also in the area of Zolote town in Lugansk Region Security Service officers detained a woman who was sending information to terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.

That woman who was born in Hirske was recruited by terrorists in March 2015, she was collecting information about places where ATO forces are stationed and about the routes of their movement.

When she was detained they found 5 cell phones and a lot of SIM-cards at her place that she used for communication with her curators.

LPR informer detained in Lugansk Region

LPR informer detained in Lugansk Region

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua

Terrorists group coordinated from Russia was neutralized in Kharkov Region.

Security Service of Ukraine neutralized terrorist group in Kharkov Region. That group was coordinated and financed by the leader of terrorist organization “Oplot” Evgeny Zhilin.

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

The group was created in April 2015 by one of the leaders of terrorist organization “Ministry of State Security of Donetsk People’s Republic” who has nickname “Tank”. Later he gave control of the group to Zhilin. The group consisted of 3 people who lived in Kharkov and were in prison before. They were planning terrorist attacks and collected information about ATO units.

Members of this saboteur group were travelling to Belgorod (Russian Federation) on a regular basis, they were reporting to Russian secret service there and to Zhilin, who was sending money to their bank accounts.

In order to coordinate the group directly, “Tank” sent another female terrorist with nickname “Lisa” (“Fox” in Russian). Starting from the end of last year she took active part in military actions in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions against Armed Forces of Ukraine.

All members of the group were detained. They had RPG-18 grenade launcher, self-made bombs, different kind of grenades and so on.

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

Terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov Region

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at sbu.gov.ua

The highest number of attacks reported by ATO Press Center. 175 times terrorists shelled Ukrainian positions.

ATO Press Center reports that in the last 24 hours from August 14 till the morning of August 15 there was the highest number of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions ever registered in the last few months. It total terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic violated Minsk cease-fire agreements 175 times. They used artillery 25 times, mortars – 64 times, MRLS BM-21 “Grad” – 19 times, 93 times terrorists used firearms and grenade launchers.

Attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in the last 24 hours.

Attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in the last 24 hours.

Starting from 6 pm till midnight Russian-terrorist forces concentrated their activity near Donetsk. Ukrainian Army positions in Krasnohorivka were attacked 5 times by 120 mm mortars. At about 9 pm Avdiivka and at about 10 pm Novoselivka, Novomykhailivka, Novobakhmutovka and Vodyane were attacked by enemy artillery of 152 mm caliber.

From 9:50 pm pro-Russian terrorists broke cease-fire agreements and shelled Novoveselske, Pisky and Vodyane using MRLS BM-21 “Grad” from their positions at Abakumova coal mine.

From 10 pm till 10:25 pm Ukrainian positions at Pervomaiske village were shelled by enemy artillery of 152 mm caliber and by MRLS BM-21 “Grad”.

Talakivka village located near Mariupol was shelled by 120 mm mortars one time and MRLS BM-21 “Grad” twice.

In Artyomovsk direction from 6 pm enemy artillery was shelling positions of ATO forces in Dzerzhinsk, Leninske, Sanzharivka. At about 8:30 pm terrorists attacked Zaytseve village using tanks and 120 mm mortars.

At 10:25 and at 11:45 terrorist were shelling residential areas of Avdiivka and Pavlopil deliberately destroying cities infrastructure using MRLS BM-21 “Grad”.

After midnight on August 15 terrorists continued shelling Ukrainian Army positions mostly near Donetsk and at 3:16 am ATO forces in Pervomaiske were shelled by MRLS BM-21 “Grad”

Reported by ATO Press Center at www.facebook.com/ato.news

1420 terrorist attacks in ATO zone since August 1 2015. 24 Ukrainian soldiers killed and 131 wounded.

Pro-Russian terrorists continue attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in ATO zone of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions. Only from the beginning of this month since August 1 2015 illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic broke Minsk cease-fire agreements 1420 times. Ukrainian Army lost 24 soldiers killed and 131 wounded. Terrorists are using weapon that should be removed from the contact line according to Minsk Agreements, such as 120 mm mortars, 122 mm and 152 mm artillery and MRLS BM-21 “Grad”.

Date of report Number of Attacks KIA WIA
August 1, 2015 109 2 14
August 2, 2015 83 0 8
August 3, 2015 99 4 15
August 4, 2015 109 3 7
August 5, 2015 81 0 7
August 6, 2015 65 5 6
August 7, 2015 106 2 7
August 8, 2015 101 1 9
August 9, 2015 111 1 10
August 10, 2015 127 1 16
August 11, 2015 95 1 13
August 12, 2015 87 1 3
August 13, 2015 152 2 10
August 14, 2015 95 1 6
TOTAL 1420 24 131

All data in the table above only uses official numbers from ATO Press Center reports published by media center of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is ATO zone map as reported for today August 14, 2015. You can full size map here.

Map of ATO zone in Lugansk and Donetsk Regions of Ukraine for August 14, 2015

Map of ATO zone in Lugansk and Donetsk Regions of Ukraine for August 14, 2015

Money and drugs stopped on the way to Donetsk by Security Service of Ukraine.

Joint mobile group of Security Service of Ukraine, tax office, police and border guard stopped a car at “Bugas” checkpoint that was going to the territory controlled by terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. In the car they found drugs, mostly painkillers – 22,376 pills and 400 ampules.

Drugs found in a car that was going to Donetsk

Drugs found in a car that was going to Donetsk

Also Ukrainian soldiers stopped another car near Ivan Grad village, the driver was trying to cross the contact line avoiding checkpoints.

In the car Security Service officers found 2,922,000 Rubles and 23,450 USD in cash and also 30 cards of different banks.

Cash found in a car that was trying to avoid checkpoints

Cash found in a car that was trying to avoid checkpoints

Cash found in a car that was trying to avoid checkpoints

Cash found in a car that was trying to avoid checkpoints

The driver is suspected of financing of terrorists.

Below is the video posted at Security Service of Ukraine YouTube channel that shows drugs that smugglers were trying to get to Donetsk

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at sbu.gov.ua

Security Service of Ukraine detained high rank officer who worked for Donetsk People’s Republic.

Security Service of Ukraine together with Military Prosecutor’s Office detained Colonel of Justice who is currently Deputy Head of Investigation Office of Security Service of Ukraine in Donetsk Region. He was trying to give secret information to the agent of terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

High rank officer who worked for terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine

High rank officer who worked for terrorists detained by Security Service of Ukraine

The traitor was collecting information about SSU activities during Anti-Terrorist Operation, information about criminal investigations in Donetsk Region and information about pro-Ukrainian people who live in Donetsk Region and so on.

The Colonel was detained by officers of internal security service of SSU when he had a meeting with representative of fake “Ministry of Defense” of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic coordinated by Russian FSB agent called “Spanish”

During detention that officer was trying to escape and run away to the territory which is not under Ukrainian authorities control. But he and DPR agent were detained. They had 40,000 USD in cash with them.

Cash found by Security Service of Ukraine

Cash found by Security Service of Ukraine

The head of Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak said that fighting with corruption is one of the priorities for SSU. Hrytsak also said that this war against corruption SSU started by cleaning their own ranks. Just withing a month over 10 officers of SSU were detained when they were trying to get bribes.

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at sbu.gov.ua

400 terrorists tried to storm Ukrainian positions at Starohnativka. ATO Press Center reports 127 attacks.

In the last 24 hours there was the highest number of attacks in ATO zone of Lugansk and Donetsk region from the side of terrorists. In total they shelled Ukrainian positions 127 times. At about 4 am in Mariupol direction 400 terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic tried to storm Ukrainian positions at Starohnativka with the support of 122 mm artillery, tanks and APC. This attack was stopped by 72nd Brigade and the enemy was pushed back. By 6:15 am Ukrainian soldiers captured terrorists positions at Novolaspa, but later they went back to follow Minsk Agreements. According to Commanding Officer Sergey Misura Ukrainian Army lost 1 soldier killed and 4 wounded in that battle. Terrorists lost over 100 killed.

Andriy Tsaplienko, Ukrainian reporter currently in ATO zone

Andriy Tsaplienko, Ukrainian reporter currently in ATO zone

Here is how Ukrainian reporter Andriy Tsaplienko describes the battle.

03:56 am instead of “good morning”. In the area of Starohnativka (30 km from Volnovakha) terrorists moved their infantry units on the positions of 72nd Brigade. Aleksandr Samarskiy, Deputy Commander of 72nd Brigade, said “Right now we have contact fight… 1st they were shelling our checkpoint… Later they started to shell our positions and the village. There is destruction. We opened fire in return, after that enemy infantry moved at our positions.”

04:53 am Russian attack was stopped. Units of 72nd Brigade started counter-attack near Starohnativka trying to enter enemy positions.

06:15 am Ukrainian troops took Novolaspa. This was the 1st time since Feb 2015 when ATO forces took the village that was controlled by Donetsk People’s Republic, reports Andriy Tsaplienko.

Ukrainian troops took Novolaspa after counter-attack

Ukrainian troops took Novolaspa after counter-attack

Sergey Misura later reported that Ukrainian troops returned to their positions near Starohnativka in order not to violate Minsk Agreements.

Attack on Ukrainian positions at Starohnativka

Attack on Ukrainian positions at Starohnativka

ATO Press Center also reported that in the last 24 hours in ATO zone there was the highest number of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions. Terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic violated Minsk cease-fire agreements 127 times.

Starting from 6 pm till midnight terrorists were shelling Ukrainian positions almost all along the contact line.

Near Donetsk at about 6 pm terrorists shelled Ukrainian fortifications near Novgorodske using mortars and automatic weapon. Avdiivka was shelled twice by 120 mm mortars and by tanks at about midnight.

Starting from 7 pm almost till 1 am terrorists used 122 mm artillery shelling Krasnohorivka.

From 9:40 pm till 10 pm terrorists attacked Troitske village from their positions at Kalynove using MRLS BM-21 “Grad”. After that they also shelled the village using 120 mm mortars. Also at 9:45 pm terrorists used MRLS “Grad” attacking Ukrainian positions at Rozsadki village.

Krymske village was shelled by mortars and 122 mm artillery 4 times from 11 pm till 1 am.

JCCC observers in Troitsker after it was attack by terrorists by MRLS "Grad"

JCCC observers in Troitsker after it was attack by terrorists by MRLS “Grad”

 

4 OSCE armored vehicles were burnt in Donetsk tonight. PHOTOS.

Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE has just reported that 4 of there armored vehicles were burnt in Donetsk tonight near their residence. Below are some photos of what has left after the fire, few cars were covered later. The cars were located on the parking of Park Inn Hotel where observers are staying.

Burning OSCE vehicles in Donetsk. Photo by https://instagram.com/veyseluntmaz/

Burning OSCE vehicles in Donetsk. Photo by https://instagram.com/veyseluntmaz/

Later today OSCE informed that their observers are not going to stop the mission and will continue their work in Donetsk.

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

4 OSCE armored vehicles burnt in Donetsk tonight

Drunk Battalion Commander of Donetsk People’s Republic got lost and captured by Ukrainian soldiers.

Investigative reporters of InformNapalm.org confirmed that rebels Battalion Commander Andrey Kozyrenko was captured at Ukrainian checkpoint. Kozyrenko is from Torez city himself, he joined Girkin’s terrorist group that occupied Slavyansk city in 2014, he also took part in a battle for Savur-Mohyla. In Summer 2015 he already was Commander of 1st Battalion of 7th Brigade of so-called Donetsk People’s Repubic. On August 4, 2015 Kozyrenko was captured by Ukrainian soldiers near Mayorsk. He was drunk and got lost.

Drunk Battalion Commander of Donetsk People’s Republic Kozyrenko got lost and captured

Drunk Battalion Commander of Donetsk People’s Republic Kozyrenko got lost and captured

Kozyrenko is well know in rebels media. On November 15, 2014 he was giving in interview in Torez as Deputy Commander of 7th Brigade of Donetsk People’s Republic. The video is available on YouTube.

More photo’s of Kozyrenko are on his social profiles here http://my.mail.ru/mail/kozyrev69/photo and http://ok.ru/profile/569222713507/photos

Andrey Kozyrenko

Andrey Kozyrenko

Andrey Kozyrenko

Andrey Kozyrenko

Some other details and photos can be found on a website that collects information about Russian terrorists here https://psb4ukr.org/criminal/kozyrenko-andrej-vladimirovich/

The video of Kozyrenko after he was captured by Ukrainian soldiers was also published on YouTube channel of InformNapalm, see below

 

Eleron-3SV – $200K Russian military intelligence drone as a present to Donetsk terrorists.

Terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic showed new present that they got from Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation and that is Eleron-3SV drone. That type of UAV and ground control station is manufactured by Russian company www.enics.ru and this system costs at least $200K according the public information available on the contracts and tenders posted by ENICS. Such drones are only used by Russian military intelligence units since 2014.

Eleron-3SV Russian military intelligence drone in Donetsk

Eleron-3SV Russian military intelligence drone in Donetsk

Below is the video that was posted few days ago by a group that provides supply for pro-Russian terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. In the video they claim that they brought that UAV to Donetsk. The faces of people who control the flight of Eleron-3SV drone are hidden, that may indicate that the people who control the UAV are not local rebels or volunteers who came from Russia, but they are currently on service in one of Russian military intelligence units stationed in Donetsk now. Part of the video taken on the roof was geo-located, see coordinates and details here.

On July 21, 2015 same type of Russian drone was shot down in Syria, see the post at defence-blog.com Rissian Eleron-3SV UAV lost over Syria. That also indicates that Russia takes active part in a conflict there providing not only military equipment, but also Russian intelligence units officers who operate drones or train local military there.

Russian drone Eleron-3SV shot down in Syria

Russian drone Eleron-3SV shot down in Syria

Eleron-3SV is part of aerial reconnaissance system with index T28. You can see information about this drone and the system with photos on ENICS website here http://www.enics.ru/product?product_id=62

Special aerial reconnaissance system based on Eleron-3SV drone with. System index T28

Special aerial reconnaissance system based on Eleron-3SV drone with. System index T28

The tech details of the drone itself available here http://www.enics.ru/bla?product_id=57 It’s operating range is 25 km, it is equipped with thermal imager and can be up in the air for 2 hours.

On December 4, 2013 Russians news agency RIA NOVOSTI posted article about the contract signed between Russian Ministry of Defense and ENICS company, see original post in Russian at http://ria.ru/arms/20131204/981761250.html

We signed the contract with the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation to supply this type of systems, the contract signed just yesterday. I can’t say the exact contract value, but that is over 100 million Rubles

– Pobezhymov, the head of ENICS

According to that post Russian Ministry of Defense ordered 17 aerial reconnaissance systems that work with Eleron-3SV drones, the total number of UAV in a contract were 34 that means that each ground control stations wound have 2 drones.

Pobezhymov also said that they planned to supply all drones by the end of 2014. According to what he said the price of Eleron-3SV was about 5 times cheaper that the Zastava UAV manufactured in Russia according to the contract signed in 2010 between Israel Aerospace Industries and Oboronprom Russian aerospace holding company. Russia already lost 2 Zastava drones since 2014, see our report about those incidents at Ukraine shot down 2 million worth Russian drone “Zastava” aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV.

We found that tender and the information about it is available here http://findtenders.ru The name of the tender is “Supply UAV systems according to the list agreed with chairman of Military-industrial commission of Russian Federation Government: aerial reconnaissance system with short-range UAV T28 Eleron-3 for the needs of Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation”. The tender number is 7795910. The tender value is 118,323,926 Rubles. The number of units to be supplied: 17 of T28 aerial reconnaissance systems. The information about the military unit that gets those system is also available in the tender description, that is military unit # 20924 located on pr-d Artilleristov, 5, Kolomna city, Moscow Oblast.

Information in tender description with military unit number and supply date

Information in tender description with military unit number and supply date

It says that the product should be supplied no later than November 25 2014. The tender was published on October 18, 2013 and dead line to take part was November 12, 2013.

With simple mathematics you can calculate that 1 aerial reconnaissance system based on Eleron-3SV UAV is  6,960,230 Rubles. On October 18, 2013 it was 32 Rubles for 1 USD, see here http://quote.rbc.ru/news/cur/2013/10/17/34044850.html. This means that the price of one system was 217,507 USD.

The interesting thing is that ENICS company published the news on their website on September 3, 2013 saying that Ministry of Defense decided to sign contract with them to supply 34 drones, that’s over a month before the tender was posted, see that news here http://www.enics.ru/main/news?idN=165

We also found another tender for Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russian Federation to fix three T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron UAV here http://findtenders.ru The tender #15178581 was posted on November 26, 2014. Tender value is 19,110,800 Rubles. It was 46 Rubles for 1 USD that date, it means that to fix 1 system they were going to pay 138,484 USD or 6,370,266 Rubles (in 2013 they paid 6,960,230 Rubles for new system, so to repair one system costs almost the same as to buy new one). Previously ENICS supplied 60 T28 aerial reconnaissance systems equipped with Eleron-3SV drones for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The information on the contract value is not available in the open sources. The information about that was posted on ENICS website on November 12, 2012 here http://www.enics.ru/main/news?idN=161

Below some screenshots from the video posted by people who brought that UAV to Donetsk. In the video you can see Eleron-3SV drone, the launcher,  the case and ground control station. Those are all components of T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV.

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

 

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

 

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

 

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

T28 aerial reconnaissance systems based on Eleron-3SV UAV in Donetsk

Geo-locating the video taken on the roof.

 

UPDATE on August 6, 2015. The roof where part of video was taken geo-located in a post by InformNapalm.org. The exact coordinates are 47°50’41.5″N 37°39’46.1″E, see on Google Map. Below we marked the factory chimney on the map that you can see in the video. You can see same chimney and the factory in one of the photos at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/9766054

Coordinates where the video on the roof was taken

Coordinates where the video on the roof was taken

In another screenshot from the video taken on the roof you can see slagheaps of “Trudovskaya” coal mine located at Ratsionalizatoriv St, 36 in Donetsk, see on Google Map.

Slagheaps of "Trudovskaya" coal mine. Screenshot from the video.

Slagheaps of “Trudovskaya” coal mine. Screenshot from the video.

The photo of the same place from a different angle is available here http://www.panoramio.com/photo/59063891

Slagheaps of "Trudovskaya" coal mine. Photo from www.panoramio.com

Slagheaps of “Trudovskaya” coal mine. Photo from www.panoramio.com

There is Mariinka village near that coal mine, that is position of Ukrainian Army. Basically that Russian drone can cover 25 km radius from the location where it was launched. On the map below you can see that it can also watch Ukrainian positions at Berezove and other areas on Ukraine controlled part of Donetsk Region.

Operating range of Russian drone Eleron-3SV

Operating range of Russian drone Eleron-3SV

Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance team of “Dnipro-1” Regiment also confirmed the location and provided the photo taken by their drone on July 31, 2015 when it flew above same roof.

Photo by Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance team of "Dnipro-1" Regiment

Photo by Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance team of “Dnipro-1″ Regiment

Photo by Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance team of "Dnipro-1" Regiment

Photo by Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance team of “Dnipro-1″ Regiment