Intelligence service: In May, 80 Russians were killed in Donbas


Intelligence reclaims Russia’s rule of military units of the militants in the occupied territories and provides names of weapons in use by the adversary.

Kyiv, June 3, 2016. After Russia has intensified combat operations in Donetsk, Mariupol and Volnovakha sectors, Russian troops from the so called “1st Army Corps (AC)” suffer substantial losses. In May, 180 people were killed and about 190 wounded. This was informed by Vadym Skybytskyi, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Chief Intelligence Department, during a briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “80 dead and 70 wounded are citizens of Russia, more than 30 of the killed persons are Russian military professionals, mostly from the special forces units. It was also identified that about 70 wounded in critical condition were taken to the medical institutions of Rostov region,” noted Mr. Skybytskyi. He added that during assault operations of the so called “1st AC” units a representative of the Center of territorial forces of the Southern military district of Russia was killed.

According to military intelligence data, there are 56 tanks, over 50 artillery systems and self-propelled artillery vehicles of militants in the ATO area. “Militants continue to return multiple-launched rocket systems to the contact line. There are 37 122-mm “Grad” systems near Bokovo-Platove, Horlivka, Donetsk, Makiyivka, Chernukhino, Yasynovata,” added Vadym Skybytskyi. He informed that over the week, the so called “1st and 2nd

AC” were provided with 2500 tons of fuel and more than 160 tons of ammunition, nine 122-mm “Grad” launchers, two self-propelled artillery vehicles “Acacia”, 36 T-72 tanks, and six military armored vehicles. “Besides, fire units for anti-missile systems “Metis-M1” and “Fagot” were delivered to the so called “1st AC” anti-tank units from Russia to replace the damaged and disabled anti-tank weapons,” noted the Intelligence Department representative.

The Military Intelligence has established some more names of Russian officers in Donbas. Among them are Colonel Tsaryehorodtsev, chief of artillery of the brigade; Major Rybakov, chief of the artillery division staff;

Lieutenant Colonels Sazonov, Malyshev and Pychkalov, commanders of artillery battalions; Majors Ivanov, Hizhenkov and Captain Haynullin, chiefs of the artillery battalion staffs; as well as Majors Protsiuk, Syevryukov and Pavlov, deputies division commanders.

According to Vadym Skybytskyi, militants intensify recon missions in Volnovakha and Mariupol sectors. “On June 1, a group from the separate squadron of drones arrived to Komsomolsk to conduct aerial reconnaissance in these areas,” explained the military intelligence representative. He added that in May 109 flights of drones were recorded, while in April – 60 flights. “Over this week 30 drone flights were recorded, three of which – from Russia,” noted Vadym Skybytskyi. He added that yesterday, on June 2, Ukrainian military destroyed a Russian drone near Novoaydar.