: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Military updates, 12/26 (17th “Day of Silence”)

Despite the “peace talks,” Russian-terrorist forces continue to carry out attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops, although the number of fire strikes has decreased considerably. Meanwhile, the enemy continues to regroup its forces.

As such, an enemy armored group (4 tanks, 6 armored combat vehicles) set out in the direction of Trokhizbenka. Also in this area, the enemy delivered fire strikes onto the positions of Ukrainian troops. The firing was conducted from mortars.

The movement of arms and military equipment has been observed in the vicinity of the Bakhmut Highway. The transfer of a battery of self-propelled artillery units, (SPA) 2S1 “Grozdika,” was recorded. During the past 24 hours, these SPAs changed their positions several times, but did not open fire.

From the district of Dokuchajevsk, the enemy sporadically carries out artillery strikes towards the settlement of Stepne. An artillery group opens fire – supporting the actions of a task force of Russian-terrorist forces who are operating in this area (earlier, the IR group reported on the arrival of this formation to Dokuchajevsk).

From the vicinity of Horlivka, Russian-terrorist troops have been firing at the positions of Ukrainian troops for several days in a row. These attacks are carried out by a 122-mm howitzer D-30, and resume at nightfall. On the evening of December 25, 2014, an enemy supply convoy arrived from the direction of Ozeryanivka into Horlivka (12 cargo trucks) with several armored vehicles, including 5 tanks.

Parallel with the arrival of Russian army units and groups of Russian mercenaries, a process is underway to reduce the number of so-called “Cossacks.” In Alchevsk and Perevalsk [Luhansk region], posts were set up to send Russian “Cossacks” back to the territory of the Russian Federation. The “Cossacks” were transported on buses in groups. A large number of “personal items” has been recorded leaving for Russia.

In the settlement of Krasnyi Luch, work continues to establish a “transshipment and evacuation hospital” for Russian mercenaries.

A “special operation” by Russian-terrorist troops aimed at the search and neutralization of “Ukrainian subversives” has moved from Horlivka to Yenakiieve. The city streets are heavily patrolled, all checkpoints are holding indiscriminate searches.

Amongst “DNR” insurgents, rumors are vigorously spreading about the agreements with Ukrainian authorities regarding amnesty. According to the terrorists, amnesty would apply to certain gangs, regardless of the quantity and severity of the crimes of individual fighters.

In Makiivka, there are renewed conflicts between the Russian mercenaries who arrived from the Caucasus (“Kadyrov’s men”) and local insurgents. During the conflicts, several instances of the use of small arms was recorded; there are wounded on both sides.

Dmitry Tymchuk

Reserve officer, director of the NGO Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of “Information Resistance” (hereinafter “IR”) – a non-governmental project that aims to counteract external threats to the informational space of Ukraine in the main areas of military, economic, and energy, as well as the sphere of informational security.

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