Aerial recon shows military hardware of Russian-terrorist forces in Donetsk

11:13, 29 September 2016
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The Ukrainian volunteer aerial reconnaissance team has handed over to the international OSINT community InformNapalm a number of images exposing another large storage site of  military equipment and heavy weapons of 122mm and 125mm caliber, which the combined Russian-terrorist forces amassed at a 15-17km distance from the demarcation line, in violation of the Minsk agreements.

The analysis of the images has shown that a large storage site of weaponry is located in one of the districts of the militant stronghold of Donetsk. 

Aerial reconnaissance revealed military vehicles, MAZ-537 tractors, infantry fighting vehicles, mobile headquarters vehicles, and MT-LB all-road armored vehicle, as well as 20 T-64BV and T-72B main battle tanks of various modifications (125mm caliber ), as well as at least two self-propelled artillery units 2S1 Gvozdika (122mm caliber). 

Read alsoRussian soldier detained in Donbas testifies – Ukraine intelBased on insider information, the so-called 5th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 1st Army Corps  has been deployed in the area. The brigade commander uses the callsign "Kremen". 

As earlier reported by the Ukrainian intelligence, callsign Kremen is assigned to Colonel Kapliy, Igor Grigorievich, of the Russian Armed Forces. The man had previously served in command positions in the Airborne Troops of the Russian Federation. Before Donbas deployment, he served as commander of the 51st Parachute Regiment (Tula, Russia), as well as a chief of 242 training center for junior [military] specialists (Omsk, Russia). 

Thus, the following conclusions can be made based on the InformNapalm probe: 

- The Russian side oversees the supply of military equipment; 

- In violation of the Minsk agreements, Russia continues to bring and maintain heavy weapons in the occupied territories; 

- Russian officers hold command positions in the illegal armed groups in Donbas.

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