Military Briefings from Igor Strelkov

Igor Strelkov’s Briefing, June 18, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov / Edited by S. Naylor

  • Around 19:00 I was told that some sort of agreement involving a temporary ceasefire and the removal of the dead (over 120 men) from the Lugansk airport apparently has been reached. I smirked skeptically – knowing already when (at 23:00 local time) [these agreements] will be broken by the Ukrainian artillery positioned at the Karachun Mount and in the Karpovka neighbourhood. But I was wrong! The shelling of Kramatorsk (quite severe, using at least two artillery batteries) began at as early as 9:30! After that, two “BTR” APCs with two groups of Ukranian spetsnaz moved into Kramatorsk, and the “Bad[ass] Soldier” went to repel them. As I was told, he was successful and “put to rest” at least three of them. No losses on our side (other than the civilians injured by the artillery strikes). He will tell you the rest, if he wants.
  • Accordingly, we began our morning with a traditional attack on their checkpoints: the one at the refueling station (“BSZ”) and the one at the turn onto Krasniy Liman. At the first [checkpoint], we lobbed two shells from RPO-A Shmel (reactive portable flamethrower) at the hotel (where their troops are quartered) – one at each of the 2nd and 3rd floors, destroyed a machine gun position at the water tower, and calmly retreated – our goals did not include taking over the checkpoint as such. The second [checkpoint] we worked over with AGS (automatic machine grenade launcher) and something there caught on fire.
  • At dawn, the Ukies conducted airstrikes against Kramatorsk – they bombed away with a Su ground attack fighter. They missed.
  • That’s the kind of “ceasefire” we have here …


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