Donbas battalion suffers heavy losses, withdraws from battle

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2014/08/19 • War in Donbas

As a result of heavy fighting, the Donbas battalion has suffered heavy losses and was forced to withdraw from battle near Ilovaisk, the battalion’s press service reported on Facebook, August 19.

At 22:00, the “soldiers of the Donbas battalion withdrew from battle near Ilovaisk,” the press release stated. Four soldiers of the battalion were killed by militants and the battalion commander Semen Semenchenko was wounded.

“The battalion commander Semen Semenchenko was wounded in the morning, but he was evacuated from the battlefield in time. He’s now in a hospital (in Dnipropetrovsk). The operation was successful. Recovery will take 2-3 weeks… Today all day there was a very complex and fierce battle and as a result a large number of Donbas soldiers were injured. We are determining the exact number of the wounded.

Also, it is with great sadness that we announce that four heroes were killed by terrorists. We express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We mourn this tragic loss together. All of Ukraine is weeping for them. Killed on this holy day (Feast of the Transfiguration — Ed.).”

Later, President Poroshenko’s press secretary, Sviatoslav Tseholko, reported that the president had spoken with Semenchenko and that he would be awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, which is given to citizens of Ukraine for outstanding merit in defending the sovereignty and security of their country.

At the same time, the Shakhtarsk Battalion reported on Twitter that it is still fighting near Ilovaisk and that two of its soldiers were killed and 6 wounded.

Translated by Anna Mostovych

Sources: Pravda, Espreso.TV

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  • Murf

    Condolences on the loss of your brace young men. A Speedy recovery for your leader.

  • Danny Gallo

    4 killed with leader wounded… I’d call that a wise and successful retreat thereby assessing enemy target and strength for other units to counter as necessary.

    • ENo

      Just four men of a battalion were killed and they retreated. Normally there are at least 600 – 800 men in a battalion. And just four were lost. Not even a one percent. During the WWII whole battalions were destroyed during a battle without even considering to retreat. You are not going to win this war in this manner.

      • Danny Gallo

        This is Russias hybrid made war where enemy fights then runs or ambushes, terrorist not a functioning army like the germans of WWII or a real russian invasion… then tactics change and nato will side in ukraine.

        • ENo

          I agree with you, Danny. This is a new kind of a war. I doubt whether NATO will intervene. In order to be able to help the Ukrainians, NATO forces would have to strike Russian artillery inside Russia. Russia would see that as a declaration of war. Meanwhile the Ukrainian army is trying to fight with it’s hands tied. It does not look good. Watch the video that was added on this site at 15:10 GMT today:

          http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-184-fighting-continues-in-ilovaisk-and-lugansk

  • Kruton

    Rest and refit,you guys earned it.

  • Arctic_Slicer

    Franko RIP.

  • Milton Devonair

    Guy has one worn AK and two mags. So much for the arguement “the west” is behind all of this……

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