: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Military updates, 12/30 (21st “Day of Silence”)

Despite the declared “ceasefire,” units of Russian-terrorist troops continue to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops. Also, the regrouping of enemy forces continues.

In the area of Dokuchajevsk, Russian-terrorist troops transferred mortar detachments closer towards the front. Mortar positions are carefully camouflaged.

During the past three days (up until 12:00 am EEST yesterday), there were several armed confrontations between Russian-terrorist units and an unidentified opponent near Velyka Verhunka and Stanytsia Luhanska. The insurgents claim that they have been “attacked by junta special forces” (Ukrainian army sabotage and reconnaissance teams), which attacked their outposts “for fun.”

Residential buildings in the districts of Donetsk that are directly adjacent to the line of confrontation between Russian-terrorist and Ukrainian forces, and that have been abandoned by their inhabitants, are regularly looted by the insurgents. During their fights for the “pickings,” the looters engage in conflicts that are accompanied by gunfire. What’s really indicative is the fact that the so-called “military police of the DNR”[Donetsk People’s Republic] is at the forefront of looters (the 2 ringleaders of the largest and most active groups of looters are in fact representatives of the “military police of the DNR”). Likewise, Russian mercenaries have recently been increasingly involved in the looting as well, not just local terrorists. Looters are mostly interested in alcohol, valuables, clothing, and consumer electronics.

“Mobilization measures” continue in several cities located south of the Donetsk region. The newly appointed “military commanders” call up residents with military occupational specialities highly sought by Russian-terrorist troops. However, over the last 5 days, the terrorists managed to “mobilize” only about 25 people overall.

“Guerrilla psychosis” is growing in the DNR. Car owners are officially banned from tinting their car windows. Instead of administrative penalties (fines), the insurgents “punish” offenders by breaking car windows with their rifle butts. Several instances of [the terrorists] opening fire without a warning at cars with tinted windows have been observed.

Also, according to IR [Information Resistance] group data, “official documents” of the DNR feature the names of about 200 “Ukrainian terrorists,” who allegedly “operate inside the republic.”

In the settlement of Snizhne, the mayor appointed by the terrorist leadership has promised to shoot looters and people involved in the plundering of “humanitarian aid” from Russia in the city square.

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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