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.
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![hr]Source: burkonews.info, translated by Victoria Field and Eugenia Zlamanuk, edited by Larry Field
- Русский ТЕРРОРИСТИЧЕСКАЯ ВОЙНА РОССИЙСКОЙ ФЕДЕРАЦИИ ПРОТИВ УКРАИНЫ. СВОДКА ПО СОСТОЯНИЮ НА 7 СЕНТЯБРЯ 2014
- Français LA GUERRE TERRORISTE DE LA FEDERATION DE RUSSIE CONTRE L’UKRAINE. COMPTE-RENDU DU 7 SEPTEMBRE 2014
- Deutsch DER TERRORISTISCHE KRIEG RUSSLANDS GEGEN DIE UKRAINE. STAND: 7. SEPTEMBER 2014