During the weekend on November 7-8, it was detected the further escalation of the conflict in the ATO area. The militants used small arms, including heavy machine gun, automatic and mounted grenade launchers, 82 mm mortars, anti-aircraft gun ZU-23-2. It was also recorded the use of 30 mm automatic cannon of infantry combat vehicle, informs the Information Resistance group, Joinfo.ua reports.
I should be recalled that, the head of the Ukrainian side of JCCC, Major General Borys Kremenetskyi also issued a statement about the escalation of the conflict along the contact line. He informed that a significant amount of arms and ammunition were brought from the Russian Federation to Donbas again.
According to InfoResist, in many areas, the militants are showing significant activity, including actions of subversive groups, sniper attacks, attempts to mine the approaches to the strong points of Ukrainian Armed Forces and the areas between them, as well as communications in the tactical rear. In addition, the militants conduct an active reconnaissance of the ground combat formations of Ukrainian troops, as well as electronic intelligence. The militants obstruct the activity of the SMM of the OSCE in order to hide the placement of their forces and machinery on the first and second lines.
The positions of AFU were attacked near Krasnogrivka, Pisky, Opytne, Avdiyivka (both north and south), Mar’inka, Holmovskyi, Zaitseve, Verhnyetoretske, Dachne, Granitne, Shumy. In addition, the militants continued military firing provocations on the AFU positions in the area of Krymske, Sokilnyky and Tryohizbenka, Shchastya, in the seaside direction, Kominternovo – Zaichenko – Hnutove – Pishchevyk. In this area the militants conducted the infantry maneuvers, and opened fire from different arms, including the AGS-17 and 82-mm mortars.
In the district of Gorlovka for the past days the militants have demonstrated an increased activity north of Novgorodske. Also, in the area of Zaitseve, they have been shelling for several hours at the AFU positions and at the “neutral zone”, using small arms, AGS-17, anti-aircraft installations ZU-23-2.
In the area of Avdiyivka, Krasnogrivka and Pisky the militants were shooting from 82 mm automatic mortars (type 2B9 “Cornflower”), despite the fact that earlier the Russian representatives in JCCC declared full withdrawal of these arms of the militants’ from the contact line.
According to InfoResist, beside shellings, the militants actively violate the Minsk agreements in terms of withdrawal of military equipment and weapons from the contact line, in particular: in Kyiv district of Donetsk it was detected 2 facilities with an accumulation of artillery – 18-20 units of 152 mm howitzer 2A65 “MSTA-B.” In Donetsk on Shvedov avenue and Svetlov street were detected not less than 6 tanks, disguised in the courtyards of houses, parks, industrial and warehouse areas.
In Alchevsk, on the southern outskirts and along the road in the direction of Lugansk were detected 6 units of 122-mm MLRS BM-21 “Grad” and 5 units of 122-mm guns D-30 and D-30A.
The militants also moved new mortar units to Aleksandrivsk village area, east of Lugansk, including 6 automatic 82-mm mortars 2B9 “Cornflower” on trailers of 2 Urals and Gas 4-66.