Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
I would like to draw you attention to three hot spots which
display identical characteristics. In all three cases we see intense fighting.
In all three cases the fighting is against “volunteer units.” In all three
cases they are suffering heavy casualties. And in all three cases they are
being…left to their fate.
No.1. Debaltsevo. There was a flare-up in Kiev concerning the
25th “Kievan Rus” battalion which, according to soldiers’ relatives,
was annihilated at Debaltsevo. Yesterday panic broke out concerning the fate of
the 40th “Krivbass” battalion. There are a few other “elite”
formations for which it makes no sense to surrender. This includes about one
company from the Kulchytsky battalion. Although perhaps they’re already gone.
There was heavy fighting, and they are not willing to surrender. They are
trying to break out, suffering huge losses in process. Novorossia army have
dubbed the road they are using the “road of death.” Moreover, there is fighting
in the center of Debaltsevo itself.
No. 2. Shirokino. I already wrote that just prior to the
ceasefire and on the morning of the 15th the Azov regiment lost up
to a company of its soldiers at Shirokino. The intensity of the fighting is
unchanged. It is characterized by artillery bombardments and attempts at local
attacks within the town. Azov officially announced that they have lost control
over part of the town (what might that mean?) and are constantly reporting
heavy losses (they claim 20-40 fighters, but one has to keep in mind that there
are many unofficial fighters in the Azov, mainly foreigners. Perhaps they are
not being reported, so as not to blow their cover).
A company from the Donbass battalion that had already
suffered heavy losses was thrown there. Three KIA and 9 WIA. Semenchenko
already said that they were “betrayed”, although Azov writes on its page that
they simply got lost. Perhaps they were not issued compasses. One is left with
an impression that somebody is trying to kill off as many of the members of the
“pure race”, together with Semenchenko’s kamikaze. Moreover, everyone is
interested in that happening. Russia, DPR/LPR, Europe, and…Kiev. It means there
are reasons for the fighting. I should note that OSCE and official Kiev are
trying to avoid paying attention to Shirokino, mentioning only Debaltsevo, as
if that was the only threat to the ceasefire.
Incidentally, why is UAF artillery silent at Shirokino?
No. 3 Stanitsa-Luganskaya, Schastye. There is shelling
there. But otherwise no reports. Until today’s report:
Today the Kulchytsky battalion and the Aidar battalion
captured two villages, Bolotnoye and Sizyye, crossed Severskiy Donets river,
and came up to the border with Russia. The breakthrough was launched from
However, Bolotnoye is a trap. It can be closed from the
Russian side and from the Stanitsa Luganskaya side. It’s not clear how the “elite
volunteers” were lured into this trap, but one can assume it will soon get very
hot for them there.
The Kiev media are claiming another “victory,” though they
are more likely to get another cauldron. But look at the composition of the
cauldron. Once again it seems that Kiev has nothing against getting rid of such
supporters, as all the subunits mentioned are in opposition to official Kiev
In conclusion, one has to wonder whether these particular
battles are being conducted on purpose. They have so much in common. Including
the interested parties.
P.S. I have one more thought (don’t reject it out of hand).
Perhaps someone has decided to decimate Kolomoysky’s army ahead of the Maidan
anniversary, so as to eliminate it from the game? One might say by mutual
agreement. And with tacit approval of Europe.
J.Hawk’s Comment: This is a plausible argument, but it implies
that the volunteer battalions are too stupid to understand they are being set
up to fail. The other possibility is that they are actually trying to destroy
the ceasefire and force the UAF to resume fighting, possibly even trigger a
more widespread NATO intervention. Because, let’s face it, it’s the volunteer
battalions that will have the biggest trouble finding themselves in the
post-civil war Ukraine. For all we know, Yarosh’s parallel volunteer HQ is
already operational…and it was Turchinov himself who ordered Azov into action
at Shirokino. Moreover, if the volunteer units avoid being destroyed in these
battles, they will have a compelling argument, and right in time for the
Donbass anniversary, that they were “stabbed in the back” by the UAF and