Terrorist leaders Igor “Strelkov” Girkin (‘The Gunman’) and Igor “Bes” Bezler (‘The Demon’) have fled the combat zone.
The two are not present in the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), or in places where other rebel leaders are in hiding.
This information comes to Obozrevatel from a source close to the headquarter of the ATO.
According to intercepted telephone conversations, accomplices of the two do not know the current location of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s warlords, and have been looking for them. Terrorists are convinced that the two have fled, rather than left in a strategic retreat.
According to our source, the rebels are panicking, as most of the supply chain of money, weapons, and reinforcements are cutoff. They say that they are “betrayed and abandoned to their fate.”
This may mean a transition to the final stage of the Donbas’ ATO, added the source in the anti-terrorist operation.
Recall on July 27 the Ukrainian Army made significant advances: the military liberated Shakhtersk and started clearing Torez and Snizhne, near the MH17 crash site. In addition, ATO forces managed to break the rebel-held territory in two.[hr] Source: Obozrevatel
Translated by Mat Babiak