Fort Russ, Feb 6th, 2017
Voiceover by Tatzhit, original video by Denis Seleznev (LINK)
This video covers the types of artillery weapons used in Donetsk-Avdeevka “flareup”, where they hit civilian residential areas and why, the difference between DPR and UAF artillery patterns, and the difference between UAF shelling patterns in 2014 and today.
[picture credit: antifashist.com]
Beginning – types, ranges and locations of artillery used at Donetsk-Avdeevka frontline.
13:40 – Locations of artillery hits on residential areas, the patterns they follow on DPR side and UAF side, reasons for these differences
26:30 – Difference between UAF artillery hits on civilian areas in 2014 and today, reasons for that
Synopsis of video:
Due to the frontline passing essentially on the outskirts of Donetsk (and Avdeevka), artillery being fired out of/into city limits is somewhat inevitable. The armies try to set their positions some distance from residential areas (i.e. use empty fields, parks, and industrial areas within their cities), but that’s not always possible – which leads to some stray shells hitting residential areas during “normal” combat actions despite being actually aimed at enemy positions.
Nearly 100% of hits by DPR army on residential areas and at least 50% of UAF hits are in this category (i.e. stray hits next to empty fields containing probable enemy positions).
However, there is a sizeable number of UAF artillery hits deep in residential areas of Donetsk (among them two schools, three hospitals, and two mines – which leaves workers stranded underground). Also, even when UAF shells land in the vicinity of frontline, they tend to land much further from it (DPR stray shells look to be at most 200m from their intended targets, whereas there are plenty of UAF “strays” up to 500m from frontline). Overall, in 4 days before video was made, DPR hit residential areas 20 times, whereas UAF hit residential areas over 100 times.
Still, for UAF this is a marked improvement over 2014, when shelling was completely random and widely viewed as a terror tactic to force the populace to surrender or leave.
From the translator:
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