Copyright © 2021

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Anti-Terrorist Operation in Ukraine: summary for August 12, 2014

By Roman Burko

The Coming Days Bring Significant Dangers

Analysis of the incoming information shows that in the coming days a counter-attack on the ATO forces positions is possible. Terrorists have accumulated significant forces, a large number of armored vehicles and are almost ready for large-scale actions. The only thing the terrorists desperately need at the moment is ammunition. However, this problem can be solved in the near future with another “humanitarian” aid convoy from the Russian Federation.

It is noteworthy that the “white convoy” of 300 units moving towards Ukraine draws attention not only of the Ukrainian side but of the world community as well. We cannot rule out the possibility that the convoy can serve not only as a “Trojan horse” but also as a red herring which will be used to draw awareness away from the transfer of ammunition through the usual route controlled by the LNR forces, in other words via Sjevernyi and Popivka villages and then via Krasnodon and Sukhodolsk.
Karikatur Stuttmann

The terrorists started to deliver surgical blows at the ATO forces surrounding Luhansk. They both shell ATO forces, and operate in mobile diversionary and reconnaissance groups that enter into the rear of the group of Ukrainian uniformed services that move towards Luhansk from the north. The fact that the terrorists accumulate their forces to the east of Slovianoserbsk indicates that we can expect an increase in the intensity of attacks in that direction.

The bad news of the past day is that the terrorists attacked an ATO convoy near Shchastya. This was predictable; the warnings about coming strikes by the terrorists in the area of Vesela Hora have already been voiced. Besides, multiple rocket launch systems BM-21 “Grad” were observed to the east near Slovianoserbsk. It looks like the withdrawal of the terrorists from Pervomaisk to Stakhanov is not just a move to a new line of defense but rather accumulation of forces for the attack in the northern direction (Rubizhne, Sievierodonetsk); this scenario combines very well with the availability of MLRS BM-21 “Grad” on the eastern shores of the Severkyi Donets.

As for the southern direction, Kranyi Luch, Antratsyt, Sverdlovsk and Rovenky are still under the control of terrorists. Reinforcements in the form of military equipment constantly arrive from the Russian Federation. Counter-attacks towards Dyakove with access to the rear of the ATO forces in Miusynsk are possible

ATO Progress in Donetsk and Horlivka

On August 12, 2014 the ATO forces struck through Vuhlehirsk and entered Horlivka from the direction of the Kalinin district. They have not been able to entrench in Horlivka so far because the terrorists are still holding the northern direction. The terrorists are also still capable of blocking attacks from the direction of Panteleimonivka. The only way that connects Horlivka with Donetsk is the one via Yenekiyevo which is still under the control of the terrorist groups.

It is possible that the terrorists are planning to use the Dzerzhynsk attack vector; however, there is an option to develop an offensive towards Debaltseve. Besides, it should be noted that a map of contamination “in case the ATO forces blow ‘Styrol’ enterprise” is actively spread in pro-Russian separatist groups in the Internet. This disinformation is spread on purpose for the next round of panic among the locals.

The ATO forces continue to advance upon Donetsk from all directions. The Ukrainian troops slowly but steadily tighten the encirclement around the city. It was reported today that the terrorists were expecting an attack on Mospyne. Given that one of the options to break out of Donetsk is the very withdrawal via Mospyne, we can expect surprises from the terrorists there in the near future. The terrorists accumulate their forces in the direction of Krasnohorivka and Marinka. We cannot talk about a possible attack in that direction because the purpose of such an attack is not clear. As an option, this could be a diversionary attack.

The Question of Russian Flame Thrower Systems in Ukraine

It was reported today that terrorists are preparing to attack the Luhansk airport with the help of heavy flame thrower systems (HFTS) TOS-1 “Buratino” ( or TOS-1A “Solntsepyok”. Recall that flamethrower battalions of the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Defense Brigades of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are armed with such systems. Flamethrowers are officially banned by conventions as inhumane weapons; it is therefore considered that CBRN brigade troops use them solely for decontamination.

According to preliminary data on one of the videos provided for private analysis one of such systems was observed in the territory controlled by terrorists (the video is not available publicly in order not to disclose the place and reveal the people who filmed it). Given that the preliminary findings were made by a non-expert, we are skeptical of them for the following reasons:

  1. No HFTSes have been observed entering Ukraine previously; their sudden appearance looks very suspicious.
  2. This is a very rare weapon; there are only three units in the entire Southern Military District of the Russian Federations. These three units are on the inventory of the 28th Independent Brigade of the CBRN Defense troops located in the Volgograd region (Kamyshin, Russia).
  3. The Russian Federation will not be able to hide its direct involvement in assisting terrorists in case it is confirmed that terrorists have these systems. The facts of delivery of a weapon prohibited by the Convention may cause another wave of outrage by the world community with all that it entails. The risks are probably too high and not justified for Russia.

However, the Russian side has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to `go for broke’, and this is why we cannot write off the possibility of a transfer of such weapons. But at this stage neither should we overestimate the dangers. In brief, let us wait for the conclusions of experts.

Suggestions for Improving ATO’s Operations

Both in private conversations with representatives of ATO structures, and in our materials to our readers, we repeatedly emphasized the fundamental problem of our forces conducting the anti-terrorist operation: the lack of interaction.

On the one hand it is clear that everyone is afraid of information leaks but on the other hand it sometimes reaches the point of absurdity. When the commanding officer of one of the law enforcement branch does not know what the commander of another branch is doing 5 km away the situation is fraught with consequences. In this case, there is the urgent need of cleansing the staff of Russian agents and the introduction of new communication systems and command and control methods.

Another weakness of the ATO forces is the unwillingness to involve local residents in consultations on the ground. They could greatly assist with the liberation of the territories occupied by the terrorists. Using local guides and informers could significantly increase the efficiency of actions of the Ukrainian forces directly on the ground.

And finally, we note the discord and fights among different factions of the terrorists for weapons and ammunition. The morale of the enemy is deteriorating rapidly, there is a massive desertion associated with the decrease in financing and payments for the activities of DNR and LNR mercenaries. In Luhansk Oblast representatives of LNR forced the entire male population under the age of 60 years to join the “militia.” But there are virtually no volunteers among the locals. Repression is increasing, along with the citizen discontent with the criminal actions of the terrorists.

Only time can tell what happens when Ukraine finally finishes with the terrorist groups, but certainly we can say that the Russian Federation will not be able to stop its interventions, and perhaps we are waiting for a new round of confrontation… But together we certainly will endure and prevail! Glory to Ukraine!

[hr] Source:, edited by Larry Field&Alya Shandra

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!
Related Posts

February 5: Parliament of Ukraine has stripped the fourth President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych of his presidential title

February 4 – 4 Ukrainian military were killed and 25 injured in the ATO are in the last 24 hours, – informed the spokesman of NSDC Information Center Andriy Lysenko.

February 4 – Facilitated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government of Ukraine is preparing a bill to limit "sovereign immunity", which will enable Ukrainian citizens and businesses to sue Russia as a state. Thus MFA of Ukraine is preparing grounds to seize assets as a result of Crimea's annexation.

February 4 – Parliament of Ukraine has stripped the fourth President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych of his presidential title. The initiators of the law, point out that Yanukovych "has encroached power, which led to undermined foundations of national security and defense of Ukraine, as well as wrongful violation of human rights". Law enforcement authorities are currently searching for Yanukovych.

February 4 – Ukrainian Parliament has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (the Hague Tribunal) regarding the situation that has developed as a result of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine since February 27th 2014 and international crimes that have been committed in Ukraine.

February 4 – Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) have detained Lieutenant Colonel of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who is one of the organizers of a fake attack on the Presidential Administration on February 3rd, – stated SSU Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko.

February 4 – Armed Forces of Ukraine have killed 11 Russian military who participated in the shelling of Mariupol on January 24th (Russian officer-terrorist who led the artillery attack and 10 his accomplices). All of them were killed near the village of Bezimenne (Novoazovsk rayon). Russian troops continue to hide the traces of these crimes. Russian soldiers have been transporting the bodies of the terrorists to Russia so that the relatives are able to bury them, – informed SSU Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko at a press conference. According to him, SSU has identified everyone who shelled Mariupol but "operation continues to identify terrorists who attacked civilians in Volnovakha and other areas".

February 4 – in the Donbas region the general number of fighters already exceeds 3 thousand people and they are continuing to increse their strength. This is written by the organizer of the group "Informational Opposition" and deputy Dmytro Tymchuk. "Within a 24-hour period we have noted the arrival of live forces on 24 covered trucks as well as 11 units of impenetrable carriers (including one tank)," writes Tymchuk.

February 4 – On Wednesday around 12 noon a hospital was shelled; casualties include wounded and killed.

February 4 – Counter reconnaissance of SBUhave apprehended near Horlivka a 44-year old corrector of artillery fire. "Her building was located at a height from which from her 7th floor there can be seen the armed technical force of ATO within a radius of 5 kilometers," informed a conversationalist. According to him, the woman corrected the fire and traced the track of the firings by the fighters at goals in Debaltsev, Myronivsk, Mayorsk, Vuhlehirsk. "She even had a looking glass and a photo camera. She went to different points and took photographs of what the ammunition hit," he added. "The woman said that she passed on these photographs to the fighters through her daughter who still attends school," he continued. He added that two sons of the woman are fighting on the side of the fighters of "DNR".

Ukraine is bleeding

Wolfgang Ischinger

Pledge weapons for Ukraine or the violence will go on

Taras Kuzio

Arm Ukraine and force Putin back to the negotiating table

Ukraine crisis: Leaders in new diplomatic push for peace

Illegal land grab and expropriation in occupied Crimea

More about occupied Crimea

Putin is dangerous psychopath

Roger Boyes

Arming Ukraine will stop Putin in his tracks

P.S.: Please spread this appeal as much as possible.

January 30: Battle is currently underway in Vuhlehirsk

January 30 – Russian armor crewman who was arrested has said that he was recruited by Russian law enforcement agents. He also said that new military equipment is being transferred from Russia to Ukraine. Captured crewman's last name is Gadzhyjev (b.1973), he is a citizen of Russia, native and resident of the village Levokumske (Levokumskoe rayon, Stavropol krai, Russian Federation). As part of an illegal armed group and terrorist organization "People's Republic of Luhansk" he has participated in hostilities against Ukrainian military units.

January 30 – Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has stated that its officers have detained two journalists from the TV crew of Russian LifeNews Channel. The journalists could be deported as a result of their activities that allegedly harm national interests of Ukraine and are not connected to journalism.

January 30 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has issued a statement saying that official Kyiv and other members of the tripartite contact group are ready to meet in Minsk with only the signatories of Minsk protocol and memorandum – the leaders of separatist, – informed Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgen Perebiynis.

January 30 – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has issued a decree aiming to prevent a disruption of the next stage of national military conscription. Poroshenko has instructed the General Staff to fully staff recruitment offices with necessary personnel and increase the "effectiveness of command and control, primarily by involving reserve officers". MP representing "Narodnyi Front" ("Popular Front") Anton Gerashchenko and non-affiliated MP Boris Filatov have proposed that Ukrainian Parliament criminalizes "public calls to evade conscription".

January 30 – "Battle is currently underway in Vuhlehirsk. Russian military and pro-Russian militants continuously attack and shell strongpoints and checkpoints of ATO forces. To stop artillery shelling by the enemy, Ukrainian military are implementing counterbattery activities. The militants are constantly maneuvering, which makes it more complicated to destroy them", -stated Deputy Head of the Information and Analytical Center Volodymyr Polyovyi.

January 30 – During their meeting in Brussels on Thursday, Foreign ministers of the EU states have been presented with unequivocal evidence of Russia's participation in the conflict in Donbas – reported Polish media agency PAP: "Materials that were presented clearly demonstrate that Russia supports separatists' actions – there is a large group of Russian troops located near the border with Ukraine. According to data available, Russia equips and trains the separatists".

Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies

Democracy: Why Ukraine Matters

Protests against Gergiev and Netrebko

By Steven Pifer and Strobe Talbott

Ukraine needs America's help

P.S.: Please spread this appeal as much as possible.