Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.
Donbass is getting hot in one area. The situation is bad enough that Ukraine President Poroshenko interrupted a State visit to Germany.
Fragging is a term not popular since the US war in Vietnam, where junior soldiers would toss fragmentation grenades at seniors they did not like, killing them, often for petty reasons. The Russian ‘Army’ in Donbas appears to have no discipline.
Major development in Donbass with the Russians attempting over the weekend to overrun Ukrainian Army and militia positions in Avdiivka using a mix of proxy force trash troops and Russian Army regulars.
After two days of fighting UA reports 60+ KIA Russian regulars, others claiming over 100 KIA irregulars and regulars. As in other recent failed Russian assaults, the proxy force abandoned its positions and the Ukrainian troops filled the vacuum to deny them the supposedly neutral ground the Russians were not supposed to be on as per the Minsk scam.
The Russians retaliated by firing tube and rocket artillery into civilian areas, knocking out basic services to the population of the town.
Russian motives? There have been recent reports of mutinies and fraggings inside the proxy force, the victims of the latter Russian regular army officers. So the threat of a major offensive is a good distraction. But also Western MSM are now busy with producing bulk T3 traffic, and thus not paying attention to Ukraine.
One Russian legislator said that Russia should conduct a major offensive to punish Ukraine. There has been a line pushed in Russian propaganda that the Minsk deal should be deemed null and void, so sanctions must be lifted, as the EU tied all of the sanctions to Minsk compliance – no Minsk, no sanctions. The EU was unusually dumb to write Minsk into the sanctions policy, but they have been unusually dumb from the beginning in dealing with Russia.
So the best explanation is that the attack was part of the ongoing campaign to produce propaganda to blame on Ukraine, and to induce Ukraine fatigue in the EU and US, and to provide “reasons” why sanctions should be lifted.
Turchynov: The attempts to attack by militants at Avdiyivka were strangled, AFU counterattacked Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that the attack attempts on the part of Russian troops in the hybrid Avdeyevka were strangled by Ukrainian soldiers. “All attempts to attack by the Russian-terrorist groups were strangled by our troops. Moreover, Ukrainian military were forced to counterattack, to improve its operational position “, – quotes the words of Turchynov, the press service of the National Security Council. According to him, the situation was worsening, “after the end of the inspection of the OSCE mission in the east of Ukraine.” “After their departure, the activity of Russian shelling our positions hybrid forces using banned weapons under the Minsk Agreement, has grown substantially,” – Secretary of the National Security Council said, adding that the attacks are carried out not only because of heavy artillery and mortar fire, but also from the multiple launch rocket systems. According to the information, as a result of large-scale attacks in Avdeevka affected not only the infrastructure, but living at home, there are wounded among the civilian population. Active attacks on the outskirts of the city does not allow for repair work for the resumption of electricity and energy supplies. “Donetsk military and civil administration and GSCHS the city created the Regional Coordinating Staff, conducted active regenerating work”, – said Turchinov. According to him, in case of continued attacks by militants Avdeevka GSCHS ready to evacuate residents to a safe distance to the nearest settlements. “Ukrainian army firmly holds its positions, therefore all attempts to break through our defense fighters are doomed”, – the secretary of the National Security Council said.
Poroshenko Cuts Short Germany Trip Amid Renewed Ukraine FightingUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko has cut short a working visit to Germany to oversee an emergency situation that has developed around the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka. Officials said o…
Poroshenko cuts short his visit to Germany over emergency in Avdiivka caused by heavy shelling, – spokesperson Tseholko30.01.17 22:08 – Poroshenko cuts short his visit to Germany over emergency in Avdiivka caused by heavy shelling, – spokesperson Tseholko President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has cut short his working visit to Germany because of the emergency situation in Avdiivka caused by the Russian militants’ attacks. View news.
US Ambassador Yovanovitch “very concerned for Avdiivka residents”31.01.17 12:13 – US Ambassador Yovanovitch very concerned for Avdiivka residents The United States Ambassador in Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch says she is concerned for residents of the Donetsk city of Avdiivka. View news.
Ukraine envoy to UN appeals to UN Sec-Gen over Avdiyivka shellingUkraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko has appealed to Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres against the background of the escalation in Donbas and the shelling of Avdiyivka, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN wrote on Twitter. News 31 January from UNIAN.“We demand from the Russian Federation to cease hostilities immediately,” – Yelchenko sends letter to UN secretary general. DOCUMENT
We demand from the Russian Federation to cease hostilities immediately,” – Yelchenko sends letter to UN secretary general. DOCUMENT31.01.17 11:00 – We demand from the Russian Federation to cease hostilities immediately, – Yelchenko sends letter to UN secretary general. DOCUMENT Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko has addressed U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres with a letter in connection with the escalation near Avdiivka. View photo news.
Poroshenko instructs Ukrainian diplomats to inform UN SC, OSCE on emergency in Avdiivka, – Foreign Minister Klimkin30.01.17 22:55 – Poroshenko instructs Ukrainian diplomats to inform UN SC, OSCE on emergency in Avdiivka, – Foreign Minister Klimkin President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has instructed Ukrainian diplomats to inform U.N. Security Council and OSCE about the emergency situation in Avdiivka, the Donetsk region that was caused by the militants’ shelling. View news.
Over hundred Russian militants confirmed killed in action over last two days, – 72nd Brigade30.01.17 21:28 – Over hundred Russian militants confirmed killed in action over last two days, – 72nd Brigade Members of the 72nd Separate Mechanized Brigade say the Russian occupying forces have more than a hundred personnel killed over two days of battles in the Donbas. View news.
Ukrainian intel: About 60 Russian soldiers in Donetsk morgue after two-day fightingThe 72nd Ukrainian separate mechanized brigade of guards stationed in eastern Ukraine has disclosed the number of the Russian army’s casualties in Donbas in the past two days. News 30 January from UNIAN.
Three Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded, four traumatized yesterday, – ATO Staff31.01.17 10:13 – Three Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded, four traumatized yesterday, – ATO Staff Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 20 wounded and four traumatized in combat on Jan. 30. View news.
Ukraine reports 5 KIA, 9 WIA in Donbas in past day amid escalationThe combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 56 times in the past 24 hours with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and nine wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 30 January from UNIAN.
Militants fire Grads on Avdiyivka from residential areas in Donetsk (video)The combined Russian-separatist forces were reported to ignore the calls for a ceasefire overnight, the press service of the 72nd Guards separate mechanized brigade reported earlier in the morning of Tuesday, January 31. News 31 January from UNIAN.
Russian militants fire Grad rockets from Donetsk residential area. VIDEO31.01.17 14:02 – Russian militants fire Grad rockets from Donetsk residential area. VIDEO A video of a Grad rocket system firing from a residential area of Donetsk has been released online. View video news.
Invaders launch another assault on Ukraine positions near Avdiyivka, defy ceasefire proposal – ATO StaffRussian-occupation forces continue their attacks in the area of Avdiyivka in Donbas, with the use of heavy artillery and mortars, according to the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters. News 31 January from UNIAN.
Escalation in Donbas: 71 militant attacks, 3 KIA, 24 WIA in last dayThe combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 71 times in the past 24 hours with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and 24 wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 31 January from UNIAN.“
Terrorists shell residential area, people have no access to water and electricity for two days,” – police special force to aid Avdiivka residents. VIDEO+PHOTOS31.01.17 12:58 – Terrorists shell residential area, people have no access to water and electricity for two days, – police special force to aid Avdiivka residents. VIDEO+PHOTOS Fighters of special operations police battalion KORD have been dispatched to Avdiivka. View photo news.
Avdiyivka blackout close to humanitarian disaster, Poroshenko cuts short German visitAn attack on the Ukrainian controlled town of Avdiyivka late on Monday has left nearly 34,000 residents cut off the power grids along with a halt to the heat and water supply amid frosts forecast at 20 degrees Celsius below zero at night, according to local authorities. News 30 January from UNIAN.
State of emergency declared in Avdiivka, – governor Zhebrivskyi31.01.17 09:56 – State of emergency declared in Avdiivka, – governor Zhebrivskyi A state of emergency has been introduced in Ukraine’s town of Avdiivka due to the recent escalation in hostilities. View news.
Militants used tanks in yesterday’s fighting near Avdiivka, Ukrainian soldiers rebuffed attack, – journalist30.01.17 10:08 – Militants used tanks in yesterday’s fighting near Avdiivka, Ukrainian soldiers rebuffed attack, – journalist Russian occupation forces, having suffered heavy losses in yesterday’s clashes near the Yasynuvata interchange and Avdiivka industrial area, attempted to wrest ground from Ukrainian troops. View news.
OSCE observers recorded more than 2,300 explosions in Donbas over past day30.01.17 23:40 – OSCE observers recorded more than 2,300 explosions in Donbas over past day OSCE Special Monitoring MIssion (SMM) recorded over 2,300 explosions, primarily in the Avdiivka-Yasynuvata-Donetsk airport area on Jan. 29. View news.
Fighting near Avdiivka underway, Ukrainian soldiers holding lines, – 72nd Brigade30.01.17 11:28 – Fighting near Avdiivka underway, Ukrainian soldiers holding lines, – 72nd Brigade The fighting in Avdiivka’s industrial zone continues. View news.
Militants launch assault on Avdiyivka industrial zone | UNIANRussian occupation troops have launched intense fire using small arms and mortars near the industrial zone of Avdiyivka in the morning on January 29, as reported by the press center of the Headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Operation. News 29 January from UNIAN.
Militant Khodakovskyi confirmed death of ”Vostok” battalion commander near Avdiivka. PHOTO29.01.17 15:31 – Militant Khodakovskyi confirmed death of ”Vostok” battalion commander near Avdiivka. PHOTO The leader of the Vostok terrorist battalion Oleksandr Khodakovskyi confirmed the elimination of the militant commander during today’s battle at the industrial zone of Avdiivka, the Donetsk region.
Militants killing each other in Donbas, – Main Intelligence Directorate28.01.17 15:29 – Militants killing each other in Donbas, – Main Intelligence Directorate Two pro-Russian militants killed their commander in the Donbas.