Terrorist war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Summary for September 7, 2014

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2014/09/08 - 21:13 • Daily Updates

By Roman Burko

The third day of the ‘ceasefire’

The Situation Around Donetsk

Either the DNR and LNR have not heard that about the planned ceasefire or they disrespect their political leaders. In any case, they continue to fight for the Donetsk airport. Despite the silence of the Ukrainian heavy artillery, the Russian terrorists use mortars, rocket systems GRAD and self-propelled guns NONA in full swing. One Grad system is constantly shelling the Donetsk airport from the territory of the chemical factory.

Over the past days the enemy had time to prepare their resources for further escalation of the war. Recall that after a successful offensive in the direction of the Donetsk-Kharkiv road the Ukrainian forces were forced to withdraw from Pisky.  This helps to understand why the enemy was able to remove part their forces from this sector and throw them in the Southern sector in the area of Olenivka-Olhynka. Most likely the terrorists are preparing an assault towards Mariupol from the North; either via Olenivka –Novotroitsk or via Vuhledar. The first way is more logical as it allow closing the ring around Dokuchayivsk. The second way is possible, but the enemy most likely do not have the resources for this option.

The Situation Around Mariupol

Having being driven back from the Shyrokino area, the Russian forces withdrew to Novoazovsk, where they have started to regroup and resupply. So the truce has been helpful to them as well. The shelling of the outskirts of Mariupol from the East has been taking place. And as previously reported, Diversionary Reconnaissance Groups (DRG) of the enemy are already acting in the southern territory of the Donetsk Oblast and along the coastal road (E58), which creates difficulties in bringing supplies to the forces defending Mariupol.

We were also informed by the people living around Novoazovsk about the Russian regular army trying to spread panic among civilians. The Russians have been spreading rumours that they have the objective of getting to Zaporizhzhia by Thurshday. This is more bravado than a real threat, but it does have an impact on people’s minds.

We have written before that the Amvrosiivka grouping of the Ukrainian forces, while cut off, is not surrounded. Even with the Russian Army reinforcements it has proved difficult for the enemy to hold and control such a big group of the Ukrainian troops. The residents of Telmanove were therefore pleasantly surprised when the town was liberated by our forces that have been moving west.  Now that the Ukrainian forces occupy towns and residential areas we will see if the Russian-terrorist forces will shell these areas. But I suppose, based on what has happened up to now, we know the answer to that question already.

Northern Donetsk Combat Zone

According to sources in the Horlivka combat zone, it has been relatively quiet there. Terrorists continue to shell Dzerzhynsk, shooting from the South-East direction, likely from Zhdanivka, and also from the South-West direction, likely form Panteleymonovka. Taking into consideration suspicious activity of the terrorists in the towns between Donesk and Luhansk. We can expect preparations to advance on Dzerzhinsk and Debaltseve. There is a high level of activity of terrorists in Alchevsk (where it was quiet before) and in Perevalsk. We had also indicated previously that enemy forces were concentrated in Brianka. And movement of columns of vehicles moving in the direction of Shakhtarsk-Zugres has been identified. These forces are probably gathering in the area of Gornoie and Zuievka. This is why the situation of Debaltseve is still a serious issue.

Luhansk Combat Zone

The Russian-terrorists have managed to gain a foothold on the east bank of the Siverskiy Donets River. The river has provided protection for the Russian-terrorists on the western bank and for the rear of ATO which is situated in Shchastia. So this situation is not a good scenario. In spite of the “truce”, Shchastia continues to be shelled, and DRG units of the terrorists are acting in the rear of our troops.

Panorama of the Siverskiy Donets river

International Military Support to Ukraine?

On the world arena we have the bunch of “refusals”. USA, France, Italy, Poland and Norway one by one refuted the words of President Poroshenko’s advisor Ihor Lutsenko about supplying Ukraine with weapons. There are two options: either Lutsenko was not aware of all the details of world diplomacy (NATO countries do not want to officially display show their intention to supply Ukraine with weapons), or things are really this bad, and no country really promises us military support either formally or informally. In any case we should remember the rule “God helps those who help themselves”. Obviously, every state has its own goals and very few of them want to put themselves into open confrontation with the powerful aggressor terrorizing Ukraine. But we want to remind you of Napoleon’s words about the people and the army: “If Europe does not want to “feed” the (Ukrainian) army, they will have to “feed” the Russian army soon.

Glory to Ukraine!

Source: burkonews.info, translated by Victoria Field and Eugenia Zlamanukedited by Larry Field

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  • Axel Ales

    My take on Lutsenko’s case: a few NATO members made a secret deal to supply weapons to Ukraine; a fool reveals and therefore jeopardizes it on his FB page.

    • Arctic_Slicer

      That or the details haven’t been finalized. Once Ukrainians start becoming equipped with weapons and equipment from NATO countries it wouldn’t stay much of a “secret” at that point.

      • Axel Ales

        Why shouldn’t it stay “secret” who actually supplies the weapons as long as possible? NATO should start playing the same game as Russian gov. does from the get go: supplying weapons (and much more) to “separatists” while officially denying that.

        Hinting there’s an (informal) agreement on supply of DEFENSIVE weapons to Ukraine – as Poroshenko did – is OK. Naming countries which allegedly agreed on that – as Lutsenko did – is wrong. AFAIK, Ukraine explicitly asked for the defensive, high precision anti-tank & anti-aircraft weapons – which actually minimize the “collateral damage” (= civilian victims).

        Ukraine has an inalienable right to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty and NATO countries have an inalienable right to supply defensive weapons to a sovereign, internationally recognized, friendly country. It’s just not politically convenient for each individual country to publically acknowledge that – at the moment.

        Again: WHEN (and if) NATO countries would start supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine, they’ll still be few steps behind what Russian gov. does for months. But at least the snowball has started to roll…

        • Arctic_Slicer

          I think NATO should have started supplying Ukraine with weapons back in March. Having high precision weapons from the get go probably would have reduced the numbers of civilians killed by inaccurate mortar and grad strikes that accidentally hit apartment buildings instead of their intended targets.