Military vehicle tracking: new sightings

Bellingcat's Ukraine conflict vehicle tracking project is collecting information about military vehicle sightings in and around Ukraine and the border region with Russia. This story in Checkdesk is used for collecting new sightings, and interesting vehicle movements can be submitted as reports to this story.

BMD-2 spotted near Taganrog (Russia), later in Saur-Mogila (Ukraine)

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erkie999

Higher resolution pic of the plate: http://imgur.com/rf4qi1E
Maybe someone else has better eyes than me

banelos

Agree on the license plates too. 0:41 looks like ??-7084-21 to me. Best frame of the plate: http://imgur.com/ZAHnTo9, but still pretty inconclusive.

surpher

Agree on the license plates.
Location: 47.322042, 39.073816
Google Streetview (1:13): http://bit.ly/1yNKIwl

Aric Toler

Trailer with license plates:
OE 7008-21 at 0:15.
OE 7005-21 at 0:19
OE 7090-21 at 0:25
РН 0644 21 (?) at 0:31
OE 7093-21 at 0:35
(not quite visible at 0:41, someone else should take a look)
OE 7099-21 at 0:45
РН 2018-21 (?) at 0:47
OE 7004-21 at 0:51
OE 7097-21 at 0:53
РН 0641-21 at 0:56

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Submitted by @askai707 through hashtag #докажите

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T-72B3 in Debaltseve

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vp.kivimaki_17

Checked the location and it's a good match with the buildings on both sides. Adding 48.435649, 38.422871 as coordinates, will correct later if needed.

banelos

That does seem very likely postalchris17. Check out the view in the first part of this video from Sanzharivka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk6eArpAHAs

banelos

south-west of Debaltseve I mean...

banelos

Closest-looking area to this I could find was just south-east of Debaltseve at the town of Savelivka:
http://i.imgur.com/xrz5HRR.jpg

Same kind of narrow road and type of electricity poles in one side of the road. Possibly the main road through the town.

Aric Toler

Good catch, @askai707 came to the same identification: https://twitter.com/askai707/status/567125131940888577

banelos

Video-frame to help with geo-location: http://i.imgur.com/mkdmk4Q.jpg

banelos

Looks distinctly like T72B3's. Here are the images of the tanks he drives past: http://imgur.com/2NFVNXU,NO5sTdq,yNsueoB,kvvVcG7,GZaLuHA,hmZvERQ

And here is a direct comparison to a T72B3: http://i.imgur.com/yyUr8Rm.jpg

Clearly same Kontakt-5 reactive armor and IR sight placement.

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Updates (#17) Leaving NAF Positions by Debaltsevo Today Graham Phillips added by sterion75
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vp.kivimaki_17

Added as 1191.

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Clearly identifiable as T-72B3's.

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Still needs solid geolocation. Tanks identified as T-72B3.

Msta-S movements geolocated

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Ok, the tall electric poles were bugging me, but now I see it - they're on the opposite side of the street in the sat image, looked closer in the video. Adding as 1179.

surpher

Yes.

vp.kivimaki_17

Were thinking of it oriented like this? http://i.imgur.com/LJ6l407.jpg

surpher

Most likely on there way here: http://bit.ly/1A78Ai3

surpher

Good match here in Persianovskiy: 47.522329, 40.114552
Yandex Maps: http://bit.ly/1Fa94Zi

vp.kivimaki_17

I think the map is pointing to the wrong Persianovka. Checking this location at the moment: 47°31′02″N 40°06′24″E

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Original information was pointing to the wrong town, now geolocated to another town of the same name.

BTR-80 column in Crimea

Today, videos have emerged of a BTR-80 column in Crimea heading towards mainland Ukraine. These sightings are also discussed in a Bellingcat post.

Twitter / marqs: Long column of #Russ... marqs added by sterion75
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vp.kivimaki_17

Added as 1166.

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Крым. Большая колонна бронетехники РФ движется в сторону Украины. 13.02.2015 Лента Новостей added by Aric Toler
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Added as 1167.

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surpher

Better quality video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP2ccdrtxMc

Location for Dzhankoi video: 45.700557, 34.401461

Aric Toler

Great find, surpher. Looks like the part where the lanes merge at the end could be at 45.190808, 34.078098

surpher

First video looks like north of Krasna Zor'ka to Novoandriivka.
Google Maps Route: http://bit.ly/1zcJfRc

Aric Toler

Almost certainly the same column was filmed in Dzhankoi later today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_-6e6RQ0Bg

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Military trucks in Bryanka, 12 February 2015

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Aric Toler

two landmarks: Жасмин hair salon and the АТБ supermarket (only two АТБs in town).

Aric Toler

yep, and the two visible landmarks are right across from each other when you search Yandex Maps at the intersection of Московская ул. and Донбассовская ул.

surpher

Location: 48.502945, 38.663970
Google Maps Views: http://bit.ly/1MhnhWd

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Entries with unknown location

We're adding to the collection also entries where the location is unknown, if the entries seem to clearly be associated with the Ukraine conflict. In Checkdesk, these will be flagged with status "Undetermined", like below. There's value in adding these, as in the two examples below we can actually see what appears to be the same 2S1 Gvozdika unit with the writing "Дракон". The location information can also be updated to the entries later.

Seperatists: Group of Gvozdika demonstrates itself (20th September 2014) KRION108 added by rainer.kaltofen
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vp.kivimaki_17

Adding as 1161, setting status as undetermined due to unknown location. Has Gvozdika with writing "Дракон", which is also visible in sighting 1158.

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Pro Russian OFFENSIVE - Artillery Hit Ukraine Army IuliCata84 added by rainer.kaltofen
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Adding as 1158, status undetermined as the location is not known. Clearly seems to be Ukraine footage based on vehicle markings and personnel.

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New hashtags: #докажите & #доведіть

To engage with non-English speaking contributors, Bellingcat is now tracking two new hashtags in Russian & Ukrainian, #докажите & #доведіть. This is the first report handled based on those tags.

Twitter / Просто Ира: @AricToler #доведіть... Просто Ира added by Aric Toler
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Interesting new equipment, Luhansk?

vp.kivimaki_17

I'm quite certain that the Tula location is a match for this photo. VDV unit 33842 is based on Tula and the vehicles match theirs in combat gear. http://cs4934.vk.me/u142784981/141447328/x_e5b64727.jpg Flagging as false.

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erkie999

Higher resolution (960x720)
http://cs624022.vk.me/v624022423/1afd7/LSHbXaI9E08.jpg

Bottom vehicle nr 523
Left vehicle nr 522

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Five T-72 and T-64 tanks moving from Krasnyi Luch to Debaltseve (29/30 January 2015)

e613566

The biggest location hint in the video is the pole between divided traffic directions (0:52)

Aric Toler

The T72 #332 was found in Debaltseve on 4 February 2015, destroyed.
http://censor.net.ua/news/323176/rossiyiskaya_tankovaya_gruppa_razgromle...
(there are two 332s there--the one that appears at 0:49 in the video could be this one, but needs verification: http://storage1.censor.net.ua/images/e/a/0/f/ea0fe4626dca817395c7e3a309b... )

Aric Toler

Excuse me, mistyped: it's 332 (load markings on side), not 312 (load markings on side).

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Five tanks and two trucks. Video posted on 30 Jan reports that the convoy was moving from Krasnyi Luch to Debaltseve, but geolocation hasn't been confirmed. Report from censor.net.ua says that the video was taken on 29 January 2015 and that T-72 #332 was later destroyed in a battle (http://censor.net.ua/news/323176/rossiyiskaya_tankovaya_gruppa_razgromle...)

Needs solid geolocation to back up claim from video publisher.

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Convoy of Tanks, IFV, trucks and small artillery in Makeevka, Nov 21, 2014 Roqe Junior added by banelos
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vp.kivimaki_17

Good match - looks some of the trees are gone compared to the Yandex image, but others still exactly in same place & building features are a match on both sides. Assigning as 1122.

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banelos

Here are images of a few vehicles with identifiable features from the video:
http://imgur.com/a/GlbBN

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ID: 1122

Gornyy: MBTs Алексей Lesnik-USSR added by surpher
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vp.kivimaki_17

Checked location, looks good. Adding as 1123.

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ID: 1123

САУ Макеевка/SAU Makeevka Action Tube (WAR: UKRAINE-RUSSIA) added by Eliot Higgins
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vp.kivimaki_17

Thanks - that looks like a good match. Added.

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banelos

New Yandex Maps version is strange, here's a non-panorama link in case you have the same issue when exiting to map from the panorama as I did: https://maps.yandex.com/?sll=37.964160%2C48.046444&ll=37.958042%2C48.091...

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ID: 1120

Gvozdika convoy in Donetsk, Ukraine (6 February 2015)

surpher

VK photo of Gvozdika 121.
https://archive.today/AxSnZ

Aric Toler

Also: the four tanks are Gvozdikas

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Geolocation of Donetsk, Ukraine on prospekt Ilicha (around 12-50, at 48.001621, 37.828009) is correct, both because the driver clearly states his address at the beginning of the video and Google street view comparisons:
http://i.imgur.com/aIJN2P7.png

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Geolocated in this tweet (https://twitter.com/666_mancer/status/563747411110428672) to 12-50 Prospekt Ilicha in Donetsk, Ukraine

Truck convoy on M21 near Belaya Kalitva

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Sign location on Google Street View.

Gvozdikas in Rostov

Gvozdika's in Rostov-on-Don 02/08/2014 GorseFires Collectif added by surpher
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vp.kivimaki_17

Location looks solid. Adding this as 1108.

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Bryanka, Strela-10, Jan 19th

Strela-10 in Bryanka, Luhansk region. January 19th 2015 Lugansk News Today added by banelos
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vp.kivimaki_17

Assigned as 1110.

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Eliot Higgins

The geolocation looks solid to me, images from the same location match nicely.

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Uragan in Kharsyzk, uploaded Feb 4th

catfitz

I confirmed the location here using the El Dorado store and its known locations and picture from local news site: https://twitter.com/catfitz/status/563254982372507648 Then we wrote up analysis of vehicles here: http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-live-day-353-rada-votes-to-strip-m...

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Changing this to verified - only remaining question is when was this recorded. Adding as [1099].

Eliot Higgins

It's also definitely a Uragan, couldn't confirm whether it's Ukrainian or Russian though. Good reference image here http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/9T452_Uragan.jpg

Eliot Higgins

Another building is also visible in the video and other imagery
http://i.imgur.com/nH1GOGg.jpg

It appears in these three Panoramio images, taken from the east side of the building
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/10103414?source=wapi&referrer=kh.google.com
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/65853186?source=wapi&referrer=kh.google.com
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/85031979?source=wapi&referrer=kh.google.com

This confirms it's the location [email protected] found, I believe the camera is position pretty much exactly here (48° 2'7.58"N, 38° 9'25.47"E) facing west:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/48%C2%B002[email protected],38.157075,362m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0
48° 2'7.58"N, 38° 9'25.47"E

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