13:43 Aug. 8, 2016
Separatist forces also step up aerial reconnaissance in eastern Ukraine
More than 100 people arrived in Donbas from Russia to replenish the combined Russian-separatist forces
Ukrainian military intelligence reported on Monday, August 8, on their Facebook page.
As intelligence officers report, combined Russian-backed forces militants carry out measures to replenish the units of Russia's 1st and 2nd Army Corps, whose authorities are stationed in Donetsk and Luhansk, respectively.
"Russia has deployed 70 replacement troops to reinforce the 9th separate assault motorized rifle regiment of the Marines Corps (militant-held Novoazovsk) of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk) of Russia's Armed Forces and 50 replacement troops to enhance the 7th separate motorized rifle brigade (militant-held Luhansk ) of the 2nd Army Corps (Luhansk) of Russia's Armed Forces," reports the Ukrainian intelligence service.
The OSCE watchdogs were informed by Ukrainian authorities that militants deploy tanks, artillery systems of over 100 mm calibre and Grad multiple launch rocket systems near Lozove and Donetsk (eastern Ukraine).
Militant forces stepped up aerial reconnaissance. Ukrainian intelligence say they spotted six militant drones in three strategical directions - Luhansk (one drone), Donetsk (three drones) and Mariupol (two drones).
10,000 Ukrainians were killed by ‘Russian-terrorist forces' over the past two years, since the conflict in the Donbas region broke out. Recently reported Ukraine's Defence Council. More than 20,000 have been wounded and 1.8 million forced to flee their homes.
Three or four Russian military brigades, comprising about 10,000 regular servicemen, are currently involved in the hostilities in the Donbas conflict zone. Nearly 40,000 Russian soldiers are stationed near the Ukraine-Russia border, according to Stratfor analysts.
According to Ukraine's Intelligence Department, the militant group keeps increasing near the (Ukrainian) border. By 2018, the (Russian) contingent will consist of about 70,000 troops, Ukrainian officials say.