As reported by Censor.NET, the InformNapalm OSINT investigators analyzed the images and identified all pieces of the weaponry and equipment. UAVs managed to photograph a reinforced battalion task force of the Russian occupation troops. Several models of the spotted military equipment clearly point to their Russian origin.
[Raw photo in 1843 x 1417 px resolution is available here]
The image geolocation: South-western outskirts of Chystiakove (formerly Torez), the Donetsk region, Ukraine. Coordinates: 47°59'26.1″N 38°36'17.0″E.
The photo demonstrates 20 T-64BV and T-72B main battle tanks (MBTs) of earlier modifications (essential armament is a 125 mm canon), 25 BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), four 2S1 Gvozdika 122 mm self-propelled howitzers (essential armament is a 122 mm canon), five BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (APCs), one armored vehicle mounted 9K35 Strela-10 surface-to-air missile system (SAM), and other types of equipment.
Another image also shows Russian truck mounted dressing room (AP-2) that earlier appeared in OSINT investigation of InformNapalm when it was spotted 3 km from the industrial zone of Avdiivka in August 2016. However, the biggest surprise came when two UR-77 Meteorite mine clearing vehicles that remain exclusively in service of the Russian Army were identified. Besides mine clearing, UR-77 is also used to defeat manpower in the fortified building ruins. This additional use of the equipment was documented in the Second Chechen campaign and during the assault of the Donetsk Airport by Russian forces in the Donbas. UR-77 were also used during the assaults of fortified positions in Jobar District of Damascus (Syria).
In addition to identification of the equipment and detailed analysis of the original aerial images, InformNapalm also found supporting photo and video evidence on the social network pages of Russian militants who were stationed at the sector close to the military firing range near Chistiakove.
The photo shows a convoy of 20 tanks spotted in the specified area.
"These aerial images prove that neither both Minsk agreements, nor any other international treaty can appease the aggressor. Russia continues to build up weapons and equipment on the occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine; and only firm consolidated stand of the entire international community, economic pressure on Russia, and deprivation of Russia's veto right in the UN Security Council can make a difference.
"Earlier this month InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community released a report "Weaponry of the Russian Federation in the War against Ukraine" that was later presented by Ukrainian parliamentary delegation at PACE fall session (October 10-14, 2016). This report summarizes overwhelming evidence proving ongoing supplies of modern military equipment coming from Russia to the Russian-terrorist forces in the Donbas. To function properly, most of the types of equipment mentioned in the report need specially trained human operators, i.e. professional military servicemen, which suggests that Russia sends them to Ukraine as well.
"On these grounds, there seems to be no compelling reason to argue that Ukraine needs not only economic, but also military assistance from the international community to counter Russian aggression. Provision of both lethal and non-lethal modern weapons to the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine can become a significant deterrent to the Kremlin's ambitions for the creeping occupation of Ukraine and further destabilization of the eastern boundaries of the EU and NATO," the statement by the InformNapalm volunteers reads.
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