Fighting has been continued everywhere along the frontal line. The situation at the areas of Debaltsevo and Mariupol is especially strained.
LUGANSK area. NAF mopped up Troitskoe and Mius. Army of Novorossiya advanced to the suburbs of Popasnaya and started close fight with UAF. Krasny Yar, Stakhanov and Pervomaisk have been under fire by Ukrainian forces.
Heavy fighting has continued near Debaltsevo and Chernukhino, as well as near Lisichansk. Approaching Debaltsevo, NAF have broken through the 2nd defence line (from four).
DONETSK area. Vostochny district of Mariupol was heavily fired with “Grad” MLRS—according to the accounts of locals, fire came from the area near JSC Ilyich Steel Iron Works and Stary Krim. Ten civilians were killed, more than fifty got injured. Later in the evening there was information about twenty people died. Whereas, the liberation of Mariupol has started—Novorossiya forces are advancing. Fighting for Krymskoe, NAF approaching Orekhovo-Donetskoe. The Militia took parts of Krasnogorovka and Mariinka.
Ukrainian forces are holding their positions approximately in 1,5-2,5 km from the airport terminals. After NAF had pushed the enemy out off Peski, the intensity of fire at Donetsk and suburbs lowered a little bit. However, today UAF has resumed shelling of the Donetsk, and also Krasnogvardeisky and Vostochny districts of Makeevka—at least 6 civilians killed.
NAF defeated a Ukrainian roadblock near Krasny Partizan and took a section of road Donetsk-Gorlovka. NAF pretty close approached Uglegorsk, now Novorossiya troops are mopping up to Mayorsk (near Nikitovka). There is an information about liberation of the village of Dolomitnoe (near Artyomivsk).
Heavy fighting took place near airport, Peski, Gorlovka, and Nikishino. In Nikishino NAF tried to advance against the enemy, but Ukrainian forces strongly repelled the attempt of breakthrough, in the result of what about 7 militiamen were killed and more than 10 injured. According to the Militia’s report, UAF is getting reinforcement near Svetlodar, Peski, and Krymskoe.
Ukrainian forces destroyed a bread-baking plant in Gorlovka, and a hospital in Stakhanov.
UAF is getting reinforcement in Avdeevka. The Militia reported, that Ukrainian troops had set their postions in residential area just between the dwelling houses, thus NAF was going to attack with infantry not using artillery to avoid casualties among the locals. According to the latest reports, the Militia is successfully closing Debaltsevo cauldron now. Novorossiya forces are on offensive to Mariupol.
Keep up the good work, forces of Novorossiya. May God be with you as you defend your people.
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About Mariupol, it seems that very unfortunately the Grad came rather from the Lebedinskoye general direction. This can be clearly seen from the analysis of 4 impacts, especially the one on the soccer field (easy to perform even with Yandex maps). The point of origin could not have been closer than 5km (Grad’s minimal range). Therefore it appears a serious mistake has been made. So rather than trying to cover it up lamely, it would be better to come up front with an explanation. It would be a sign a strength, and mistakes happen even in war. The toll it took can be found on 0629 site (list of people). The reasons for the mistake have to be analyzed, wether it was on shooting, or on correcting. An internal enquiry has to be done. With respects to the fallen.
In brief (for now, at least), your analysis or the analysis you are relying on is premised on erroneous data. The examined impact sites, in my opinion, and in the opinion of others reviewing the evidence, indicate that the MLRS salvos likely came from north-west, north, and north-east – all areas where the Ukrainian army has established artillery positions. Similarly, and almost universally, actual eyewitnesses (including those with whom I personally discussed these matters) in the Vostochnyi district point to the MLRS salvos coming from Ukrainian positions at the Airport, Staryi Krym and Sartana. Further analysis will be provided in due time.
Dear Gleb, You should not comment on things that you are not sure about. Be so kind as to check facts first. I would never have posted anything if I was not absolutely sure of my point. Do You know Mariupol? Vostochny? the soccer field in question? Kievskaya street? Have you been on location? I have and I know all these places. So believe me, I have seen enough Grad impacts in 20 years of conflicts in various places around the world to know exactly what I am speaking about. If you wish I could explain it to you personally someday over a coffee. If You would like to accept my invitation you have my mail. Good day to you.
I am quite certain of what I am saying. Yes, indeed, I do know Mariupol and Vostochnyi very well and have been to the location on numerous occasions. In fact, I grew up there (in part) and half of my family comes from Mariupol. I used to play around those parts as a kid. Kievskaya Street used to be my childhood haunt. Some of my family lives about 50 metres from 161/167 Olimpiiskaya Street, where one of the impact sites is located. So, indeed, I am quite sure of what I am saying. As for expertise in assessment of Grad impacts, I’ve done some analysis and research as well, with respect to other conflict zones, so my conclusions are far from baseless. Good day to you too.
PS. Since you asked me whether I am familiar with Mariupol, can you tell me whether you have been to the city yourself? Or spent nearly as much time there as I have? I suspect you do not know me that well, although if you have been reading Slavyangrad for some time, you should.
Dear Sir, please refer to the following compass data for the Grad impact sites. As showcased in this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH0tGCRqKMI – the Grad salvos came from the West. This includes the soccer field impact site to which you refer in your comment. I trust this concludes our discussion. Thank you and have a good day.
Dear Gleb, indeed I do not know You, that is a fact. Therefore You can still accept my invitation for a coffee to change that (on my mail) and I did not spend any of my childhood in Mariupol, a charming city. I was however there for several months during 2014. As it turns out a good deal of this time was spent in Vostochnyi, on Kievskaya street, next to the market area and the supermarket across. So I have grown fond of the people in the neighborhood. It is kind of You to send me this link, as I was about to share it with You as well. However I should point out that the direction indicated by the compass on the IPhone is the direction of flight and not the direction of origin, as I am sure you can see that in a more careful examination. The round button should be oriented towards the person watching in order to understand where it is pointed. More precisely now, for the first filmed impact it is the direction of flight at 260 degrees, the second one is also direction of flight at 271 degrees, on the soccer field it is 252 degrees, also direction of flight, on the fourth instance it is pointed at the originating direction albeit slightly left of 84 degrees, on the fifth it is towards the originating direction at between 76 and 79 degrees. I am sure that by now You should understand the process. You can also find the same video on this link: http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/2011676.html?page=2#comments
Best regards do not hesitate to write if You have any questions.