Translated From Russian by Gleb Bazov / Edited by S. Naylor
- The Yampol detachment has been routed. Militia fighters, 3/4 of which had not tasted gunpowder yet, could not withstand the barrage of artillery fire and the tank attack and haphazardly retreated in different directions.
- The handful that remained counter-attacked, flanked the enemy, took out 4 “BMD” APCs, and returned to original positions, but the enemy had already cut them off from the river crossing. At this time, the remnants of the detachment and the forces sent to assist them are battling to break out of the encirclement. The bridge in Zakatniy has been secured [by the enemy] and is protected by a tank.
- As for those that chide the militia for insufficient resilience, I recommend that they travel here and try it out themselves: for every 10 men, the enemy has either a “BMD” or a “BMP” APC (not even counting the two dozen tanks), and we had no armour for the entire defending detachment … They had a GRAD battery works over our positions, as well as a division of self-propelled howitzers + Su [ground attack jets], and all we had for artillery there were 2 SPG-9s (tripod-mounted man-portable, 73 millimetre calibre recoilless gun) and 1 ZU-23-2 (anti-aircraft twin-barreled auto cannon). They blocked our communications with REB (radio-electric warfare) equipment, such that our radios were entirely useless. The manpower ratio in infantry was 1-10 … Even the Guard would not have held here.
- In Seversk, there is also a battle. There Mozgovoi’s guys are trying to hold the enemy [advance]. However, there also, forces are woefully unequal.
- On various [Internet] sources I keep reading commentary regarding the prospects of the militia and the likelihood of Russia’s involvement. I can say only this = supplying heavy weaponry could have saved the situation about a week ago. Now, that moment is gone. We need Russia’s [direct] military aid.