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Ukraine | 28Aug2015 | Ukrainian Intelligence

Evidence of the Russian Armed Forces Involvement in Combat Actions in Donbas

[... pdf file ...] Russia20150828Donbas.pdf

The 18-page pdf file outlines:
p2 -- Command-and-Control System of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of Russian troops on the militant-controlled territories of Ukraine.
p3 -- Russian top military commanders are involved in the chain of command of the Russian contingent in eastern Ukraine.
p4, 5 -- Identified Russian generals directly involved  in forming and organizing combat actions of Russian regulars and their proxy forces on the temporally occupied territories of eastern Ukraine.
p6 -- Structure of the 1st  Army Corps of the Russian-occupant troops.
p7 -- Structure of the 2nd  Army Corps of the Russian-occupant troops.
p8 -- Total Strength of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of DNR/LNR and Russian Troops on the occupied territories near the southern border of Ukraine.
p9 -- Satellite images of the Russian-occupant troops concentration areas on the Eastern territory of Ukraine.
p10 -- Main routes of Russian Armed Forces units redeployment and logistical supplies into the territory of Ukraine.
p11 -- Training camps (bases) of Russian-occupant troops, that the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces, GRU and FSB train to operate in Ukraine.
p12 -- Satellite images confirming violations by Russian regulars and their proxy forces of the Minsk Agreements concerning the heavy weaponry withdrawal.
p13 -- Average fire intensity by the Russian-occupant troops in the period 01.12.2014 - 25.08.2015.
p14 -- Facts of direct involvement of Russian AF servicemen in combat action in the Eastern Ukraine.
p15 -- Evidence of Russian armored vehicles use in combat action in eastern Ukraine.
p16 -- Facts of usage Russian Armed Forces weapons and materiel in combat action in the Eastern Ukraine, that are not in operational service of Ukrainian Armed Forces.
p17 -- Therefore, ATO forces resist the Russian Armed Forces regular military units; ...
p18 -- "Is Russia an aggressor?"

The XX Committee | 28Aug2015 | John Schindler

Russia's "Secret" Army in Ukraine

Today the office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko released via Twitter important details about the organization and structure of Russia’s occupying army in Southeastern Ukraine. The order of battle (ORBAT) information is clearly derived from a lot of intelligence, especially SIGINT (I say this as someone who used to do ORBAT intelligence for a living: this is well done).

Since most of my readers know neither Russian or Ukrainian, I’m passing on what Kyiv has released today in English. The translation isn’t great but it works. I’m providing comments below since most normals are not well acquainted with the nuances of Russian military organization.

Russian Military Command, South-East Ukraine (Novocherkask):

Commanding Officer (CO): GenCol A N. Serdyukov [1]

1st Army Corps (“Donetsk People’s Republic” Military), HQ: Donetsk

CO: GenMaj A.V. Zavizyon [2]

[... image1 ...]

2nd Army Corps (“Luhansk People’s Republic” Military), HQ: Luhansk

CO: GenMaj Y. V. Nikiforov [3]

[... image2 ...]

The organization of the 1st and 2nd Corps, no surprise, corresponds exactly to the standard tables of organization and equipment (TO&E) of Russian Ground Forces. There are several maneuver brigades (“motor rifle” is the Russian term for mechanized in NATO parlance) supported by independent regiments and battalions. As Kyiv has announced, the 35,000 troops belonging to “DNR” and “LNR” forces are bolstered by 9,000 reservists. While some forty percent of the troops are locals, the rest are Russians plus a few mercenaries and foreign volunteers.

The senior command staff are exclusively Russian officers assigned to the 1st and 2nd Corps -- officially they are “not there” of course -- while the operation is run, logistically and command-wise, from neighboring Russia.

To anybody with a decent memory, this closely resembles the relationship during the 1992-95 Bosnian War, when the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), while consisting largely of local rank-and-file troops, had most of its command, and nearly all of its financing and logistics, coming from neighboring Serbia and its military -- which, in practice treated the VRS as merely as an extension of itself, as in fact it was.

Needless to add, the “DNR” and “LNR” militaries would not last twenty-four hours without constant command and logistical support from Putin’s military. They are an extension of Russian Ground Forces and should be treated as such by the West. It’s time to end, once and for all, any fiction about “rebels” -- these are Russian-controlled forces, led by Russian officers, supplied with Russian guns and ammunition, that are waging war inside Ukraine.

Kudos to Kyiv for putting this important information out there as an aid to understanding what’s really going on in their country.


1. AKA Sedov; GenCol is a Russian “three-star” rank.

2. AKA Pilen; GenMaj is a Russian “one-star” rank.

3. AKA Morgun; GenMaj is a Russian “one-star” rank.