Heavy fighting reported around Donetsk

Fort Russ (www.fortruss.blogspot.com) has extensive coverage of what is happening on the front. Events are escalating. Below is one article. Plus Fort Russ has, under “Brothers in arms” section at the top of their page, links to other sites with coverage.

From Fort Russ
June 3, 2015
Heavy fighting Reported Around Donetsk
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

Statement by DPR Minister of Defense Basurin

“As of right now [7:30 a.m.], we have about 15 killed, those are the DPR losses since the first assault at 3:45am. UAF shelling damaged the Skochinskoye mine in Donetsk, depriving it of electricity and stranding 375 miners below ground without air or water. Abakumov mine was hit as well, but no miners were under ground. Right now there is a battle being waged at Maryinka.

Statements from military correspondents: “Donetsk, Makeyevka, Gorlovka, Dokuchayevsk, and Shirokino are under fire, Ukrainians are jamming cell phone communications. We need people to show up at blood transfusion centers, the militia has many wounded. Witnesses claim shells struck the Sokol market in the Tekstil region of Donetsk while there were many civilians there. The number of casualties is still being ascertained. Hell is unfolding in Maryinka. We are launching Grads and everything else we’ve got at the Ukrainian positions. UAF ATO HQ is claiming that Maryinka is under attack by 20 tanks and 1000 DPR militia.

Statement by militiaman Aleksandr Zhuchkovskiy

“The NAF is so far not conducting a full-scale assault. The enemy attempted a breakthrough, but we counter-attacked and advanced, the UAF took heavy losses. Fighting spiked starting at 5 am when the UAF opened heavy fire on our positions using Vasilyok automatic mortars. Then their 120mm mortars, tanks, 122mm howitzers, Grads, and some unidentified very large caliber weapons, most likely imported. We had no choice but to reply with counterbattery fire and begin forward movement. We put down many enemies, they evacuated two trucks worth of KIAs from their positions. We repelled the attack from the direction of Krasnogorovka and entered Maryinka. We raised the DPR flag, but things are not going as well as they seem. We don’t fully control it, we are stuck in a positional fight. UAF is sending a 50 vehicle strong column of reinforcements. The situation in Maryinka and Krasnogorovka is reminding one of situation in Avdeyevka and Peski during the winter. We can hold back the enemy, but if there are no orders to advance further, we’ll continue butting heads and lose people without gaining much.

Announcement by a Operational Coordination Center

“Donetsk. Petrovka is under UkroNazi shelling. Our groups found over 30 Nazi dead during the fighting around Maryinka and Krasnogorovka. The Ukrofascists are delivering wounded to Dimitrovk, Konstantinovka, Artyomovsk, but it’s not an organized evacuation. NAF has found a large number of UAF wounded on positions it captured. There are over 200 wounded in the over-filled Kurakhovo hospital, including many in critical condition.”

Military correspondents report:

“Should there be a breakthrough, UAF positions in Peski, Karlovka, and Avdeevka will be encircled. The Right Sector is talking about the possibility of an encirclement around Peski and Avdeyevka if the front is broken at Maryinka. This was reported by the Right Sector deputy corps commander Valentin Manko.”

Is America taking over the military operation in Ukraine and why did Poroshenko leave Davos early?

January 23, 2015
Roman Nesterenko – JPGazeta.ru
Translated from Russian by Kristina Rus

Our source close to the General staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who previously quite accurately forecasted for us the catastrophic defeat on the southern flank of the advancing parts of the UAF – on July 6th (when no one else mentioned the strategic value of Saur-Grave), reports about a chaos in Kiev and the turmoil in the country’s administration and the army.

According to the source, the defeat at the airport, and the loss of the new terminal was a complete surprise to the leaders of ATO [anti-terrorist operation] – as prepared since the beginning of October and started on January 15th operation of “aligning the front” consisted of the acquisition of the greater part of Donetsk and Gorlovka in response to “the terrorist violence against civilians”. Next, after the recognition by the Council of Europe of DPR and LPR as terrorist organizations, as well as after the elimination of the “Bezler’s gang” in Gorlovka, a general offensive of AFU through Debaltsevo ledge in the direction of Krasny Lyman and Snezhnoe  was to begin.

For these operations surplus ammunition supplies, fifteen hundred armored vehicles, more than 50 aircraft and helicopters of various types were prepared at the front over the course of three months. Also different types of equipment for communication and control of combat, and artillery (anti-mortar) radars were received from overseas friends.

An excuse for UAF offensive is now known – the blown up bus near Volnovakha. However, the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] took the sin upon its soul in vain, because the offensive choked at the stage of the three-day artillery preparation. Efficiency and density of counter-battery fire from NAF has been so detrimental to the Ukrainian artillery that Kiev began to look for scape goats in another “betrayal”. In addition, in response to an absolutely monstrous shelling of Donetsk on January 17-18, parts of NAF knocked the “cyborgs” out of the new terminal and attacked Peski and Avdeevka.

After that all operational plans have been disrupted, because the job came under the authority of a  “certified dimwit” – Colonel-General Muzhenko. Muzhenko, currently the chief of the General Staff, inside the General Staff is not respected, because he doesn’t care about the opinion of military experts, totally dependent on the whims and views of the head of the SBU, Nalyvaychenko and his closest cronies, many of whom got shoulder straps because of Maidan and have no experience or education.

Muzhenko arrived personally at the positions of the UAF near Donetsk airport, and ordered an immediate counterattack. Unprepared tank attack without infantry support, without co-operation with artillery led to heavy losses in personnel and equipment. During a few hours of the battle in the suburbs of Donetsk, UAF has lost more than 40 armored vehicles, mostly –  tanks. Muzhenko, realizing that as a result of his voluntarist management it is turning into a second Ilovaisk, which the “dimwit” also was involved in, left for Kiev, spreading a rumor about his severe wound.

By January 20th Kiev was in a full-fledged panic, and (in the absence of Poroshenko) was considering declaring war against Russia with the aim to involve NATO in the conflict and to receive urgent military assistance. People of Nalyvaychenko and Yatsenyuk tried to receive guarantees from the officers of the General Staff that missile defense and Ukrainian air force in the case of this scenario will be able at least for two weeks to counter the Russian air force. Of course, no one gave them such guarantees.

Because at this point NAF is advancing simultaneously in a dozen directions, and the control of many parts of the UAF is already lost, and volunteer battalions and the national guard is not under anyone’s control, a military disaster is in the making. The question is not whether or not the front will collapse, the question is, where it will happen first. Also, since approximately January 20th, Kiev knows nothing about where at least 6 tank battalions of NAF are located, which had left their permanent location.

Under these conditions, the emissaries of Nalyvaychenko are accusing the officers of the General Staff of incompetence and nepotism. These same people are saying that the American military mission to Kiev is preparing to take strategic control of UAF divisions upon themselves.

Well, as they say in Russian, may the earth be like glass fiber to you, dear guests!