Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov / edited by @GBabeuf
We have not received any reinforcements here in Slavyansk. And, by the looks of it, none are contemplated. The highway is under continuous fire by enemy tanks. After a devastating shelling of the centre of Slavyansk, all around us is broken glass and broken trees. There are several ongoing fires in the city.
On the one hand, the strategy is correct—we need to form mobile reserves to defend the rest of Novorossiya’s territory. On the other hand, if Slavyansk receives no assistance—then all those mounds of rockets and shells which are now being used against us will be thrown against the other cities of the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions.
And it is by no means certain that this “rear guard” which now sits in Donetsk will be able to halt the enemy advance as effectively as our troops here are now doing. For now, the available examples speak to the contrary.
In any event, neither a hundred, nor even a thousand “spetsnaz” troops (even if they were “Alpha-Rambo” times three) would be able to match the forces of the [Ukrainian] regular army. The idiot advisers in the Kremlin have let the situation fester to the point where they face an all-or-nothing choice: either they will give up Novorossiya to the enemy for good, or [Russia] will have to fight for it with its full might. There is no third choice any more—all other possibilities have been successfully “chewed with snot” in the past one and a half months
It is understood that, for us, the defenders of Slavyansk, the second alternative appears to be the only feasible one—the lives of our fighters, their families and their relatives depend on [Russia] making the choice [to fight for Novorossiya]. However, it may well be that Moscow is of a different mind. Judging by their “half-steps”, their supply of “chewable snot” is far from being exhausted.