Anchor: The journalists of RenTV got today the first documental provement that residential area of Donbass gets fired not by accident. Although Kiev may claim about some “stray shells” which hit a hospital or a kindergarten, on the front line left by Ukrainian soldiers we have found artillery maps, where the targets were restaurants, cafeterias, and shops. An exclusive report of our correspondent Valentin Trushnin from the former UAF’s trenches.
Valentin Trushnin: This is a field near the village of Ozeryanovka—recently there was a Ukrainian battery firing at Gorlovka: 6 Rapier guns, few tanks, a lot of heavy armour and infantry. They were extruded from here the day before yesterday, but since that day Ukrainian forces have been heavily firing with artillery at their lost positions, so we could get here only today. We are sticking to the trenches, just in case. Our guides today are a battalion commander with the nickname “Ostap” and his deputy “Makar”. Continue reading
Igor Strelkov: From Makeevka, to bare this part of the front and in case of an unexpected attack to put the militia into an extremely tight situation. So the frontline had to be moved back. And after the Ukraine side had refused to fulfil the agreement about the demarcation line the fighting for the airport started.
Anchor: Let’s show it on the map where everything is situated.
Igor Strelkov: Here’s the administrative complex of the airport, the terminals, other buildings. The runaway/airstrip goes north – into the direction of Opitnoe, where it says Air defence systems. This is where the Ukraine army is based. In fact there’s never been much artillery in the airport. Continue reading
“Gorlovka was under shelling from 7:00 until 20:00. Ukrainian army didn’t hesitate to use number of various accoutrements. They had no target: shells landed on playgrounds, at hospitals and schools.” —Alexander Kots, reporter for KP.
English subtitles by Olga Luzanova
War reporters for Komsomolskaya Pravda Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin visited Gorlovka the next day after massed air raid, in the result of which about 30 people were killed and many got serious injuries. Below you can find the transcript abstracts of the accounts by the locals. Continue reading
They have been captured but not killed; moreover, the doctors try to bring them back to life. Our special correspondents Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin report from the Donbass:
At Donetsk Airport the Militia captured sixteen ATO participants. Half of these “cyborgs” (as Kiev calls the Ukrainian soldiers who fought in the terminals and dungeons of Donetsk Airport) “entered captivity” by themselves—they drove in armoured vehicles into the hottest point of the battle for the Donbass—the airport, allegedly without even knowing that it had already long since passed under the control of DPR fighters. The ‘fatherly’ Ukrainian commanders somehow forgot to tell their subordinates about the true combat situation at the airport.
One of the captives said that they had been given the task not of attacking the Militia, but of evacuating the wounded in an armoured tractor. Thanks to the fog, they had quietly approached the remains of the airport, but had then been quickly disarmed and sent to Donetsk. The second contingent of “cyborgs,” eight people, was pulled from the rubble of the new terminal by the Militiamen themselves. In the wreckage of metal and concrete they had lain for four days. They were immediately taken from the airport to the city’s emergency department. Continue reading
The beginning of a new phase in the war has become a fact in the Donbass. Nobody can talk about any violation of the ceasefire regime–the ceasefire has been simply dismissed. Ukrainian propaganda speaks of retaliation by the punitive forces who have been forced to respond to the seizure of the airport. However, it is difficult to use this term for such a massive bombardment and mass troop and armour offensive by the military—it was prepared long in advance.
In fact, Kiev simply provoked the Militia to capture the airport, constantly hitting residential districts in Donetsk, killing, according to various estimates, around 300-350 civilians from September onwards.
At any rate, the second stage of the war has become a reality. Now, both the punitive troops and the Militia must prove that they have used the duration of this strange truce to their benefit.
The UAF offensive is running along the same lines as the summer scenario, not because Ukrainian generals are stupid—but rather because the configuration of the front line leaves no other options. There is one—operational encirclement of Donetsk by flanking it in the Snezhnoe area and by a tactical seizure of Yasinovataya, Makeevka and Khartsyzk. Cutting the Militia off from the border, as in the summer, makes no sense. It would be enough to cut off the supply and to attempt to hold the situation for at least two weeks. Intense fighting will deplete ammunition, and without replenishing it Donetsk simply will not hold out.
The next wave of mobilization begins in the country on January 20. Call-up papers for medical examinations and checklists have been already sent. According to the deputy chief of the Main Department of Defence and Mobilisation Planning Major General Vladimir Talalay, in the first place the call-up is for specialists of land forces: tankmen, gunners, infantrymen, signaller, intelligence officers, mechanics etc. are required.
People of Donbass also shall be mobilised
The fourth wave of mobilisation will last ninety days, during that time fifty thousand men shall be called up. Then there will be the fifth (April, sixty days) and sixth (June, sixty days) waves. Continue reading