Krasnohorivka shelling aftermath, blockade continues, Kremlin denies Russian tanks in Donbas

Krasnohorivka on February 11, credit: vk.com/krasvvk

Krasnohorivka on February 11, credit: vk.com/krasvvk  

2017/02/12 - 16:43 • News, War in the Donbas

In this series, we are teaming up with the tireless social media activist who goes by English Luhansk on twitter to produce open source updates about the military situation in Donbas. We analyze reports from Donbas local twitter accounts and translate it into a comprehensive overview of what’s going on on the ground.

February 11 was another relatively quiet day in the Donbas after the recent sharp escalation according to reports by residents of the frontline cities.

The morning activity (all time EET, GMT+2):

09:35 Donetsk Vetka settlement: [sounds of war] can be heard
09:35 Makiivka Pastukhovka settlement: it’s periodically heard
09:49 Novoazovsk: since morning a cannonade of DNR artillery is heard

Later Mariupol residents heard the sounds of explosions from the east and northeast:

14:44 Mariupol: Hnutove or Talakivka booms, it doesn’t cease
15:18 Mariupol: Area of Shyrokyne kind of armageddon there [incoming artillery fire]

Sporadic afternoon activity:

15:34 Donetsk Kalininskyi district DOB: Some strange single shots a few minutes ago
16:24 Donetsk Circus: One can hear far-off dull booms
16:46 Mariupol: Heard over 1.5hr: 2 Grad batteries [salvos? unconfirmed], 82mm/120mm mortars, 122mm/152mm self-propelled guns, howitzers, heavy machine gun, anti-aircraft gun
17:31 Maryinka: A strong boom, gunfire
17:00 Krasnohorivka: Gunfire

Inactive evening shellings:

18:00 Donetsk: Heavy single outgoing rounds from north Donetsk
18:31 Horlivka: The north makes noise…
19:26 Toretsk: Heavy incoming rounds come from the east [once] every minute, vibration with echo… Probably, Mayorsk area is under fire
21:57 Avdiivka: Somewhere in the southeast it became a bit louder, grenade launchers and gunfire

Luhansk Oblast reported nothing but silence:

22:45 Kadiivka (formerly Stakhanov): It is quiet for the third day. Somehow unusual

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Aftermath of shelling in Krasnohorivka

On February 10, Krasnohorivka, west of Donetsk, was reportedly shelled with MLRS BM-21 Grad from Donetsk at 14:35. The press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters reported Russian-separatist forces also used tanks, 152 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars to shell the town. Later at 16:46 Krasnohorivka came under fire again.

Sounds of incoming rounds are heard on this video from Krasnohorivka posted yesterday afternoon:

Later that evening about 20:00 another artillery barrage started and lasted for several hours until 1 a.m. February 11.

Outgoing rounds were heard in southwest Donetsk:

Inhabitants of Krasnohorivka could hear the explosions:

The images of damage in Krasnohorivka have been released on the next day, February 11.

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This image was taken at #6, Skhidna street in Kranohorivka where the roof was hit:

Makeshift plywood sheeting in the frames of broken windows in Krasnohorivka:

The video shows one of the impact sites of the BM-21 rockets:

Trade blockade of Donbas

The trade blockade of the occupied parts of Donbas continues. One more rail section between government-controlled Kostiantynivka and occupied Yasynuvata has been blocked on February 11. Coal trains and tank-wagons are blocked at Fenolna station:

The inhabitants of Novhorodske settlement, 30 km north of Donetsk, confirmed no trains were running in the area of Fenolna station on February 11:

Meanwhile, another train-load of fuels and lubricants has been reported to have arrived in occupied Rovenki from Russia on February 9:

OSCE SMM reports more ceasefire violations in Donetsk Oblast and fewer in Luhansk

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) releases its report, more ceasefire violations are recorded in Donetsk Oblast and less in Luhansk Oblast on February 10, compared with February 9.

Kremlin still denies delivering tanks to Donbas

On February 10 UNIAN news agency asked the Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov to comment on a report by Rossiya-1 TV channel about 700 tanks in the disposal of Russian-backed forces in the occupied areas of Donetsk Oblast, the triple amount of what the Ukrainian Armed forces possess there according to Rossiya-1.

Read also: Separatists in Donbas have more tanks than Germany, France, and Czech Republic combined

Screenshot of Rossiya-1 TV channel, claiming Ukraine to possess 213 tanks in the war zone against >700 tanks of "DNR".

Screenshot of Rossiya-1 TV channel, claiming Ukraine to possess 213 tanks in the war zone against >700 tanks of “DNR.”

Peskov replied:

It [Donbas] is part of Ukraine, after all; these are the areas uncontrolled by Kyiv but still this is Ukraine. Even though Ukraine is consistently rejecting these regions. That is why, it is, perhaps, necessary to ask Kyiv about why this situation has developed. Naturally, [tanks have arrived for Donbas] not from Russia.

InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community published their comment on Peskov’s reply:

Through open source intelligence we identified and confirmed the presence of a number of Russian MBT (main battle tank) modifications in the occupied territories, which could not have been captured from the Ukrainian army, as they are not in service with the armed forces of Ukraine.

The claim is confirmed by the summaries of InformNapalm’s 7 investigations into the presence of Russian tanks in the Donbas.

In 2015 Bellingcat published a report Russia’s 6th Tank Brigade: The Dead, the Captured, and the Destroyed Tanks, including the discovery of a damaged T-72B3 (exclusively Russian) tank on the battlefield in Ukraine.

In October 2014 Reuters found “the blackened carcasses of what military experts have since identified as two Russian army tanks” near Horbatenko village 20 km south of Donetsk.

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    (Sarcasm on) I’m surprised at UNIAN. Don’t they know that one can freely buy tanks from every Donetsk and Luhansk market stall, also Grads, 122 and 152 mm artillery pieces etc etc???? (sarcasm off).
    And didn’t they bother to ask Peskov where the so-called DNR’s (and so-called LNR’s) tanks came from if they didn’t come from Dwarfstan?

    I don’t know whether Dwarfstanian TV shows have been broadcasting such figures before, but if not it’s another interesting development after Gozman was recently allowed to speak freely about Dwarfstan being responsible for the aggression in the Donbas. SOMEONE authorised this info to be presented to the Dwarfstanian public. The question is, WHO, and especially WHY.

    • Alex George

      Look on the bright side – the inhabitants of separatist Donetsk are so relieved that Russian artillery has finally found another target than themselves!

  • туфтуф

    Breaking news: Russian ministry of defence claims that Lugansk (ex Luhansk) miners and tractor drivers successfully took over control over a US drone 11B Raven and it made a safe landing. Seems they not only have tanks, but also sophisticated electronic equipment which is normally operated by ppl with PHD in physics. The footage shows how Iran did the same some years ago. It also shows Obama kindly asking Iran to give the drone back to its legal owner. Iran refused the plea and kept the drone. They said they needed the uav in order to copy it and produce more.

    https://youtu.be/Cq7VabsjK8I

    • Murf

      Breaking News!
      Ukrainians have brought down yet another Russian drone;
      http://liveuamap.com/en/2017/10-february-informnapalm-orlanlike-russian-uav-seized-earlier
      The only commment form the troops involved was; “Looks like it was built in a garage”

    • Brent

      BREAKING NEWS: Any idiot who believes in the lies and propaganda spread by the Russian Ministry of Defence proves that he himself is nothing but a mindless sheeple who should be institutionalized by his own family so as not to harm himself….

      Here TOTO, why don’t use this picture as your supposed “proof” that the “miners and farmers” captured a U.S. drone. My gift to you and your stupidity… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66f7b97acc787e99268379c4de2087d605f7433365c2ed42d3fd2c89df508f81.jpg

    • Alex George

      You really need to learn the difference between Donbass and Iran. They are different places.

      No, really.

      • туфтуф

        But they use same equipment..

        • Alex George

          Ha ha, what a moron who thinks that “using the same equipment” means two places are the same!

    • zorbatheturk

      What’s breaking here is your hollow head.

  • Randolph Carter

    Dagwood – just a thought: who? Whomever is orchestrating Russian propaganda.

    Why? Russia is turning (or has turned) into an Asia-sized sчithole. They may need a psychological bone thrown to their own people to give them a feeling of superiority and that things will be better soon, or to prevent an insurrection. There may also be the no-so-subtle idea of Russification of Ukraine. Jobs, good farmland, factories; what Russian cares if there’s another in an unending series of Ukrainian diasporas? This might explain why (correct me if I’m wrong) Russian troops are shelling civilian targets. Drive away or kill all the Ukrainians and Russians can move in. There will even be jobs rebuilding and factories to run (not sure how much of Krasnohorivka is industrialized).

    Just like after the Holodomor.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Dwarfstan doesn’t even have the money to keep on subsidising Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, the occupied Crimea and the so-called LNR and DNR in full any longer. Those subsidies have all been slashed so that the dwarf can continue his senseless wars in the Donbas and Syria. There’s no way he can afford to even begin rebuilding the Donbas and make good the tremendous damage his aggression has caused. As Medvedev said, “There’s just no money.”

  • veth

    Russian tanks with Russian insignia and Russian soldiers, where do they come from? Any ideas?

    • Brent

      North Ko-Russia. Putin claims it is a different country than Russia….

    • zorbatheturk

      They are heading for a fancy dress party. The theme is ” Soviet nostalgia.”

  • veth

    Good news from Russia. Girkin says I am an dead man walking!

    12.02.17 10:04 “Kremlin is eliminating everyone. You will celebrate my death soon,” – terrorist Girkin
    The Russians military killed or excluded all independent players from the city of Donetsk. That’s why Girkin isn’t rule out the possibility of his assassination.
    A former militants’ leader Igor Girkin (Strelkov) told a Russian TV channel, Censor.NET reports.

    “Zakharchenko is a motormouth. That’s a clear fact that all people able to deicide for themselves and take responsibility for their words were eliminated or excluded from Donetsk. It is clear that no one will do anything without the political will of Moscow. After all, Donbas problems are rooted in the Kremlin.

    Read more: Terrorist Girkin confirms mass desertion of “DPR” militants deployed at Avdiivka, – journalist

    “If the Kremlin decides to act, neglecting its own interests, like daughters in London and granddaughters in Paris, we will win.

    Girkin continue to criticize Russian government but is afraid for his future. “You will probably celebrate my death soon. I’m still surprised that I can walk around. Still I’m not sure if God will be so merciful for a long time,” Girkin said.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      If Girkin wants to stay alive his only choice is to leave Dwarfstan and apply for political asylum in Kyiv. It’s surprising he has lasted as long as he has after all his statements publicly contradicting the official Dwarfstanian line.
      Bezler and Borodai aren’t safe either.

      • veth

        When he orders a cup of tea in a village-restaurant in let say Siberia, it will be polonium tea, he knows this.

    • Brent

      Although he was the one Russian who told the truth about Russia’s invasion of Crimea and Donbass, he would not be missed. He still thinks he has the political backing to take over from Putin and he has stated he would openly invade Ukraine further. Good riddance to this rat faced litte war criminal

  • Vol Ya

    More lies from the kremlin. It is impossible to believe that the kremlin even knows how to tell the truth. Let the kremlin keep telling lies. In the meantime russia is dying. Poverty rates and disease rates are increasing in Russia. More Russians are drinking themselves to death, I guess that is their way of escaping putin’s mess.

  • Dirk Smith

    Who listens to this mafia-ridden lie factory? As MH17, Olympic doping, invasion of Ukraine, etc proves, their entire existence is a lie. Kick in some deeper sanctions and let’s wrap this up.

  • zorbatheturk

    ruSSian tank crews must still be using old Soviet maps. Their presence in Ukraine cannot be explained any other way.