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Sunday, January 21, 2018

“The APU used in the Donbass fundamentally new tactics”

The UN says worsening military situation in the Donbass, emphasizing that this notice not only due to the fact that the alleged “frozen” conflict has lost interest journalists. In such circumstances, as the APU has developed a fundamentally new tactics, which at any time may result in the resumption of full-fledged war.

The sharp aggravation of the situation on the front line in the Donbas was noted in the report of the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Despite the absence in the news headlines, the fighting in the Donbass since the end of January intensified, causing additional humanitarian needs of the 3.1 million people, directly affected by the conflict”, – is spoken in the document.

“It’s no secret that the Kiev General staff focused on the study of something vaguely similar to the German plan the Citadel – the attack on the Kursk bulge”

In the credentials of the observers for humanitarian Affairs does not include the assessment of the real military situation, but it’s really close to a very dangerous point. In the last days the intensity of fighting on the most problematic parts of the front – arc of the DonetskGorlovka – have grown significantly. On average 60-80 celebrated local clashes, shootings and shelling during the day and sometimes in one night. This continued during February, but in early March the situation had become absolutely intolerable.

The intensity of the fighting in some areas is so great that even the Ukrainian side traditionally zamalchivaya their losses, forced daily to acknowledge them. Loss in VSN, which is also recognized openly. Under conditions of military censorship and a reasonable control over information activities of individual enthusiasts in the field is unprecedented.

In terms of information February’s fights were pushed back by Syria, and in the end APU from the local fire moved on to attempt a breakthrough in the most important from the point of view of the Kiev area – in the direction of the highway linking Donetsk and Gorlovka. Strictly speaking, it is the E50 section of the route Donetsk – debaltseve, but near the village of Panteleymonovka from it to the North goes the road to Gorlovka. A year as these strategically important routes were essentially lateral relative to the front, and the exit of the Ukrainian troops to them is critically important, because it can stop not only the transport between the major urban agglomerations of Donbass, but also – in theory – to break the communication between Donetsk and Lugansk.

Within two days of VSU probed positions VSN practically across the arc. Firefight was also observed to the West of Donetsk – in the area of Marinka – Kurakhovo – Krasnogorovka, and in the traditionally volatile region airport – Peski – Avdeyevka, and on the North up to Gorlovka. As a result of aggravation of the situation travel along the corridor Gorlovka – Artemovsk and through CPW “zaytsevo” was closed. Same story with passages for civilians across the front line in the direction Kurakhovo and Elenovki. Some of them were formed kilometer tube, the so-called people’s control began to filter out “soft” cars, started fights.

At the same time escalated the situation and conditional on the Mariupol direction. Fighting in the southern sector of the front has already moved into the steppe, where the APU regularly check the strength of the position of the VSN in the area of Starohnativka – it was there last summer happened is perhaps the largest during the truce the Mat trying to break the front. The current attacks Ukrainian units are more organized. If earlier it was possible to assume, that the APU has worked exclusively tactical schemes, now it is about full participation in the “micronetblink” battalion groups.

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