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OSCE SMM withheld information about Russian EW systems in Donbas for two weeks


The headline for this article might read “Russian EW systems in Donbas”, but InformNapalm appears to want to show Russian infiltration and manipulation of the supposedly neutral Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE. 

Russian manipulation within the OSCE has been a problem since they first got involved in Ukraine, four years ago. 

Of importance, still, is the presence of Russian strategic Electronic Warfare equipment in Donbas.  If this is in preparation for an attack or in defense of a Ukrainian attack, is still unknown. My informed guess, however, is it is offensive in nature, hence so close to the front lines. 

If the equipment is still there, after the two-week delay, should be confirmed and a long-range artillery strike launched. 

These assets must be tracked, continuously, from now on. 

Ukraine taking out these valuable Russian assets on Ukrainian soil would be a propaganda coup and a real kick in the teeth to the Russians. 

As recommended by InformNapalm, 

The OSCE SMM official report proving the presence of the Russian modern EW systems in Donbas can and should push the world community towards imposing additional sanctions on Russia – the country that gathers hybrid armies, supports, sponsors and manages terrorist groups in Donbas.

Still more crushing sanctions on Russia might be the proverbial straw…

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on 08/12/2018

The new OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) report became a real sensation for the experts. For the first time since the start of the war in Donbas the official report mentioned four newest pieces of the Russian electronic warfare (EW) systems spotted in the occupied territories of Luhansk Oblast of Ukraine. This unique equipment was discovered in the village of Chornukhyne (Luhansk Oblast). All of the pieces are latest Russian arms systems and the fact they were spotted in Donbas is a direct proof of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. We will analyze why this information is crucially important and what could be the reason for OSCE SMM to keep it from public for two weeks.

“In non-government-controlled areas, on 28 July, an SMM mini-UAV spotted four distinct electronic warfare systems (a Leer-3 RB-341V, a 1L269 Krasukha-2 and RB-109A Bylina, and an anti-UAV system, Repellent-1) near Chornukhyne (64km south-west of Luhansk), all seen for the first time by the SMM. On 2 August, during a flight over the same area, the UAV did not spot the same systems.”

– reads the OSCE SMM statement published on August 11, 2018.

While analyzing the data from the OSCE SMM report, InformNapalm researchers singled out two important details:

  1. Such accumulation of different types of the electronic warfare systems near Chornukhyne and presence of the newest RB-109A Bylina among them (it was introduced to the Russian Army only in 2018) indicates that it was a spot where an important command post was deployed. This cannot be underestimated, for such post is basically a land-based analogue of NATO AWACS.

The RB-109A Bylina is a modern top-secret automatic control system with the main task to coordinate all EW equipment within its range. The RB-109A Bylina serves to cover a large military command post on the level of a brigade or even a bigger military formation. Not much information about this system is available in open sources at the moment, yet, some details can be found in this document.

Other two modern Russian systems 1L269 Krasukha-2 and Repellent-1  discovered by the OSCE SMM are also complicated and expensive EW equipment. It is next to impossible to assume that Russia would pass such systems to the hands of untrained irregulars. The systems, most certainly, are operated by the Russian military servicemen, for these pieces of equipment remain under command of EW troops of the Russian Ministry of Defense and their operation and maintenance require extensive training.

Earlier InformNapalm already published evidence of 9 Russian modern pieces of EW equipment (see all data in our database) discovered in the occupied part of Luhansk Oblast. RB-341V Leer-3, mentioned in the OSCE SMM report, was among them.

The OSCE SMM official report proving the presence of the Russian modern EW systems in Donbas can and should push the world community towards imposing additional sanctions on Russia – the country that gathers hybrid armies, supports, sponsors and manages terrorist groups in Donbas.

  1. Another important question is why the OSCE SMM was waiting for two weeks before releasing this information to the public. The SMM spotted 4 unique Russian EW systems on July 28, but only 14 days later, on August 11, this information appeared on the OSCE official website. It is entirely possible that someone, maybe even a member of the mission, could use this time to warn the Russian military command, because on August 2 all these systems were taken out of Chornukhyne village and redeployed to some other place.

It looks like the “spy scandal” within the OSCE SMM will have its continuation, but the mere fact that this report saw the light of day is a game-changer and gives us hope that the OSCE will gradually get rid of the Russian agents.

If you live in the occupied territories of Donbas and you have captured the movement of military equipment on photo or video, which can be further bound to a specific geolocation, please, email it to us and we will get your evidence noticed by people from all over the world:


The analysis was prepared by Kuzma Tutov and Roman Burko especially for InformNapalm. Distribution and reprint with reference to the source is welcome!
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