Frontline Update: January 23 Morning.



Frontline Update: January 23 Morning.

By Cassad

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

The offensive is still continuing with limited objectives.
There are definite tactical successes, but one should not feel euphoria over
the capture of small towns or checkpoints. Orders have been issued, and they
will be carried out in due time. The main event is still ahead of us, the “northern
wind” has not begun to blow, therefore one should not confuse the current
offensive with that which occurred in August. Back then the operations were
characterized by maneuver and that situation changed rapidly, whereas now we
are seeing a thought out breakthrough of an enemy defense in depth, where the
main burden falls on Novorossia forces that have been transformed from
individual detachments into a genuine army.

Considering enemy raiding groups entering Donetsk. This is
the result of flaws in the personnel movement control system, as a result of
which we cannot say that there is strict control over who enters Donetsk. Even
with a low level of conspiratorial work, enemy raiders can enter Donetsk and
therefore they have their agents in the town, including specially prepared
military formations as well as intelligence services. They are combated by our military
police which is also relying on the civilian population. Successful capture of
the “hooligans” are often due to the civilian population giving us signals,
therefore let me remind you one more time—if you see something suspicious, call
the military police, it may save lives and help destroy or capture fascist

Peski still have not been fully captured, the enemy has a
fairly dense defense here, therefore offensive operations have ceased. Junta’s
artillery in this area works chaotically, whereas it’s more systematic under
Avdeevka. That town is firmly under junta control, the artillery positions
there have not suffered such heavy losses as under Krasnogorovka or Peski.
Enemy losses here ran in the hundreds mainly due to the attacks on the airport.
Most of the attackers never reached the airport because they were hit by Grads
and artillery on the approaches, which caused heavy losses. Our sources note
the clumsy planning of the operation, as a result of which soldiers were simply
sent to be slaughtered. Enemy tank breakthrough toward the Putilovka bridge is
being investigated.

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Concerning losses—Novorossia total losses are up to 300-350
killed and wounded. These are significant losses, though far lower than those
of the junta, which only in the airport area lost up to 1200 killed, wounded,
captured, and missing (and these losses were not dictated by the logic of the
battle, they were lost due to incompetence even though they had enough forces
to organize a proper counterattack). The casualty ratio on other sectors is
less extreme than in the airport sector, where the junta generals caused heavy
loss of life for the sake of propaganda. Most of our casualties are caused by
enemy artillery fire. It is difficult to say how many civilian casualties there
are—over the last week their number reached approximately 150-170, though
possibly more.

No confirmation concerning the junta attack aircraft claimed
shot down over Gorlovka. Likewise no activity from the “LPR aviation”, so far
we are only using drones of domestic and foreign manufacture, and their work is
being analyzed by those whose job it is to do so. The flow of volunteers has
increased, but as before they are mostly suitable to forming rifle units, while
there is still a shortage of technical specialists, tank and AFV crews. No
problems with ammunition or winter uniforms, an abundance of small arms.

There is movement concerning state-building, discussion of
introducing own currency have been revived (though this is a medium-term
project), next month they will be discussing unifying the legal systems to form
a basis of a federated/confederated state unit. But, as before, all of that
takes the backseat to military operations and diplomatic maneuvers. So
everything is developing very slowly due to other circumstances.

One last addition:

“DPR head [Zakharchenko]: The offensive will continue until
it reaches the borders of the Donetsk region.”

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