Division that annexed Crimea repositioned in Donbas

Russia has also sent its troops and OCA air defense systems to Novoazovskyi area.

6 October 2016 15:59

Units of the 76 air assault division (Pskov) of Airborne Troops of the Russian Federation Armed Forces have arrived in Yasynuvata (currently occupied territory of Donbas), reads the summary of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry posted on Facebook.  

According to the scouts, the personnel of the Pskov paratroopers moved to positions of the 11th separate motorized rifle regiment (Makiyivka) of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk) of the RF Armed Forces.

The GUR also reports that the command of the RF Armed Forces continues to redeploy military personnel from the Russian territory, supply arms and military equipment to support the formations and units of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps.  

At this time, the reinforcement from the Russian Federation has been sent to the settlements of the occupied Novoazovskhyi area of Donetsk region: 80 servicemen of the Russian Federation Armed Forces were deployed in the settlement of Guselschikovo; 25 units of military equipment, including 122 mm howitzer D-30, self-propelled artillery, anti-aircraft missiles "OCA" (a self-propelled all-weather air defense systems designed to cover motorized infantry forces and means of (tank) division in all types of combat operations) were delivered to the village of Markino.

The other day, the military prosecutor of Ukraine Ruslan Kravchenko named the numbers of military units involved in the criminal case on the annexation of Crimea and related to a number of collected evidence. This list includes the 76th Guards air assault division of the RF Airborne Troops as well. After the annexation of Crimea, the paratroopers were presented to the state awards.

According to the Ukrainian Intelligence, as of the end of September, some 6 to 7 thousand members of the regular Russian army are deployed in the occupied Donbas.

Yasynuvata is located near the settlement of Avdiyivka controlled by Ukraine. Today, this area is one of the most "hot spots" of the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict in Donbas.