Censor.NET informs citing InformNapalm article.
Dmytro Tymchuk, coordinator of Information Resistance group, repeatedly reported on his Facebook page about the "Luhansk Peoples' Republic" ("LPR") terrorists drilling an offensive against Ukrainian Forces involving a forced crossing. One of these posts was published on June 17, 2016: "Two "motorized rifle brigades" of the "2nd "LPR" Army Corps" are vigorously practicing an offensive involving a forced crossing."
Having monitored militants' activity on social networks, volunteers found evidence of these drills. Pro-Russian terrorists posted the following photos of the Russian occupation forces' "training" in forced crossing in social media in July 2016 (on different days by different persons).
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine wrote in its report as at 7:30 p.m. July 4, 2016: "At a training site in "LPR"-controlled Uspenka, the SMM observed near a lake four to five pontoon trucks loaded with pontoons, two military cranes used as assembly kit for pontoons and ten IFVs (BMP). The SMM assessed the situation as preparation for a pontoon bridge crossing exercise."
Reference: Assault Amphibious Vehicle PTS-2 is used for crossing of large water obstacles (rivers, lakes, sea gulfs, and estuaries) by army personnel, vehicles, artillery pieces, and other military equipment. PMP Floating Bridge is a mobile pontoon system designed by the Soviet Union to construct floating bridges across water obstacles. Sections of the floating bridge can be used as ferries for transporting personnel and equipment over water obstacles.
Social media accounts of terrorists provided InformNapalm with a wealth of photo evidence.
On this photo, three KrAZ-255 PMP carriers (marked with green arrows) are seen behind a militant. A red arrow marks an unidentified piece of military equipment (please write a comment if you are able to identify it).
Other Russian terrorists took photos with the same KrAZ-255 pontoon carriers in November 2014. The photo below shows vehicles from Luhansk, allegedly "lost" by Ukrainian army in 2014. Unfortunately, the exact shooting location is unknown. The quality of new photos is not good enough to compare the equipment for an exact match.
Other photos from terrorists' pages from the same period:
Photos above suggest that there is a permanent field training center of the Russian terrorist forces in this area.
Here are visual examples of this equipment in action.
KrAZ-255 PMP Carrier
Amphibious vehicle carrying equipment
"Aggravation of the situation in the ATO area and higher fire density upon Ukrainian positions by the Russian terrorist forces, together with forced crossing drills, point to aggressive plans of the Kremlin for further escalation of the conflict in the east of Ukraine. Will Russian terrorists risk a forced crossing of Siverskyi Donets river and other water obstacles, standing in the way of further creeping occupation? Or is it just an imitation of activity to slow deterioration of morale of the personnel? Time will show. However, due attention should be paid to these facts in order to ensure that Ukrainian forces have the right equipment to foil the aggressor's plans at any time," the authors of the investigation conclude.
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