Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

Ukraine hit the new “mini-boiler” in the Donbas [infographics]

For several days, full-scale battles have been under Debaltseve, the hottest in the last 2 years. Is this the beginning of a new big war? Voenkor Dmitry Steshin tried to understand what was going on by contacting people on the front line

The current battles began in the early morning of December 18 Photo: Alexander KOTS, Dmitry Sheshin
The current battles began in the early morning of December 18
Photo: Alexander KOTS, Dmitry STESHIN

GOING "EXCHANGE OF OPINIONS"

Voenkor from Donbass Anna Dolgareva, just returned from the front line. It warmed up for two hours and charged the computer.
- What was it? - I asked her. - reconnaissance, probing our defense and the speed of the militia reaction?
- No, there was a natural attack, an attempt to straighten the Svetlodar arc. I don’t know if it was the decision of the high Ukrainian command or some commander on the spot, but they gave a dense artillery fire, while the militiamen sat down in shelters, went ahead, took three heights - “Kikimoru” (the most important), “Cross” and “Star ".
Well, and then the “peaceful Lugansk tractors” were connected, and the next day “Kikimora” came back. Now "peaceful Lugansk tractors" "exchange views" with the Ukrainian artillery on the other two heights. They are not yet ours, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces (the armed forces of Ukraine. - Ed.) From there, too,
- What are the losses in these battles?
- It is impossible to estimate the Ukrainian losses, because there is a very hot “exchange of opinions” and the corpses are lying on the field, nobody considered them. But a few dozen - exactly. Yes, all participants say that the Ukrainians were throwing the wounded onto the battlefield.
On the loss of the militia-well, so I accidentally overheard a figure of five people. I think that if there is more, then the score is one. There are many wounded, yes, a few dozen.
- What do militiamen say? I myself heard from them many times: “I’m tired of sitting in the trenches, I need to attack.”
- Yes, they always say that. Because of the incomprehensible situation of “neither peace nor war” there is an outflow of ideological volunteers, there is a demoralization of the army. All fighters complain that “we must go forward”. Periodically, the command gives in general strange orders about a total ban of fire: they say, do not give in to provocations, they fire at you, but you are silent.At the same time, shelling from the Ukrainian side is almost constantly in the south of the DPR, periodically - provocations in the area of ​​Stanitsa Luganskaya, Pervomaisk - Kirovsk, the western outskirts of Donetsk ... but this is all autumn so.

For several days, full-scale battles have taken place near Debaltseve Photo: Alexey STEFANOV
For several days under the Debalcevo go full-scale battles
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STRATEGIC ARC

Probably, this was the most successful place for a possible offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine - the so-called “Svetlodar projection”. From the ledge just 15 kilometers to Debaltseve - the largest railway hub of the region! It was not by chance that terrible battles were going on for Debaltseve into the Great Patriotic War. The militia always wanted to cut off the protrusion, but to expand the Ukrainian Armed Forces to expand, hanging over Gorlovka, one of the largest settlements in Donbass, comparable in size to Donetsk or Lugansk.
The current battles began in the early morning of December 18 with a serious artillery preparation. According to the OSCE, both sides fired over 700 howitzer shells. According to experts, such artillery activity of the APU - a rarity. The gun barrels of most Ukrainian artillery systems are worn out, the barrels themselves are not produced and there is no place to buy them. Also in the APU is already feeling a shortage of ammunition.Despite these circumstances, after the artillery preparation, at noon, the offensive of the 54th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine began. The number of attackers - a company reinforced by armored vehicles and artillery. According to the intelligence of the militia, 54 brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine recently returned from the rotation, and by the standards of the "trench" war was considered "fresh." Interestingly, the attack, or rather the removal of the wounded, was provided by the Ukrainian Air Force helicopters, which is a rarity. Their use refutes the view that the whole operation was almost a private initiative of the 54-brigade command. One of the Ukrainian volunteers already bitterly wrote in his blog: “Everything that the General Staff touches turns into Ilovaisk”. He, of course, meant the disgraceful "Ilovaisky Cauldron", which Ukrainian troops found themselves in 2014.
So, the attackers were opposed by the strength of three dozen militiamen seated in strongholds and observation posts. With losses, but they were able to withdraw. After that, the artillerymen began to mix the abandoned strongholds with the ground and this is already the fifth day. In addition, the attackers could not suppress or detect several mortar positions of the militia in the forest plantations.Further development of the offensive of the APU could not, although, according to intelligence, they planned to cut the road Gorlovka-Enakievo and Uglegorsk-Debaltseve.
Despite the dubious successes of the past Wednesday, the Secretary of the Security Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that "Ukrainian troops moved forward and took new positions that gave them an additional advantage over the enemy in this sector of defense."
In reality, the Armed Forces of Ukraine found themselves on the “opornikas” defeated and armed by the artillery of the militia, to whom it was impossible to bring up reinforcements and ammunition and pick up the wounded. In the Ukrainian part of the Internet, the familiar word “cauldron” even surfaced, albeit with the prefix “mini”. Although, by the standards of the protracted "trench" war, the losses were terrifying. According to the former commandant of Gorlovka, Igor Bezler, over a hundred people were killed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Bezler suggested that those Ukrainians who do not believe him call their loved ones on the front line to make sure they are alive.

ANGLE FOR POROSHEN

Of course, the unsuccessful offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had political overtones.
Divan and trench analysts have already named a number of reasons: Trump’s final vote count and the total collapse of Clinton’s presidential hopes. "Dembelsky chord" Obama in Ukraine.Privatbank's scandalous privatization, more like a scam. Dissatisfaction of ordinary Ukrainians with a sharp increase in utility tariffs ...
What is the real reason? Alexander Kazakov, a political scientist and adviser to the Head of the DPR, believes that this issue should be redirected to the President of Ukraine himself:
“I have many times said that Poroshenko’s trousers have a grenade that he is ready to blow up when he realizes that he’s cornered.” And so now for us all the most dangerous time is coming. From December 19 to January 20. At this time, the position of the Trump administration in Ukraine will be formed. And one of the options is that the US will simply wash their hands. This is the angle for Poroshenko. Because they will not even give him guarantees. Not just for his capital, but even for his personal safety. And then the start of the third military campaign against the Donbass from Kiev is a saving ticket for Poroshenko and his team. If this happens, the Minsk agreements will be reset. We will need new formats. And the only legitimate character from Kiev for this format remains Poroshenko. Because others have not yet appeared.
So, in my opinion, the exacerbation of the situation under Debaltseve is from Ukraine a “adjustment”. Reconnaissance Not very successful.And according to the results and losses - not at all successful for Kiev. But Poroshenko is indifferent.

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    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

    Ukraine hit the new mini-boiler in the Donbas infographics

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