January 16, 2015
Translated from Russian by J. Hawk
Ukrainian military taking heavy losses in LPR: munitions depot destroyed, an officer’s dorm near Schastye, and equipment concentration near Krymskoye.
LPR Ministry of Defense artillery commander Stas “Engineer” describes the result of battles in Lugansk National Republic.
Targets distributed, as long as the howitzers and Grads (40-tube 122mm self-propelled rocket launchers] are working one can have a smoke and write the news.
What we did in Stanitsa, Valuysk, and Schastye defies description. Those who went there to work in the morning could see dead Ukrainian soldiers just lying in the street, nobody was picking them up.
An ammunition depot is a small cherry on a big sundae, which our artillerymen have consumed. Return fire is almost zero, we put on the pressure on the Ukrainians to such a degree that their response is purely symbolic.
They are still trying, but those are convulsions. All the tales about how they pushed us back are simply fairy tales. Yesterday it was a firing frenzy, we were firing in all directions, today it’s methodical work against concentrations, fortifications, and so forth. Minimal resistance.
This is to make them understand they should not have gotten involved. Their losses are sufficiently heavy to cause major demoralization.
Still, the “counter-terror” HQ says “no casualties,” and until Tymchuk admits you are dead, you’re not going to heaven.
January 15, 2015
I’ve been firing for five hours. Of course, I’m not the one actually firing, it’s the soldiers in artillery battalions, I simply designate targets and set ammunition expenditure. Of course, this took a great deal of organizing, reorganizing, equalizing, and bringing on to the same sheet of music, but now the results are a wonder to behold.
I can’t say everything’s perfect, but it’s something more or less resembling normal organization of combat-ready units…
There’s information that in the morning they’ll try to push us out of Sokolniki.
The Grads, self-propelled howitzers, and D-30s [towed 122mm howitzers] are at the ready.
I committed an act of vandalism an hour ago—put down three companies. And you would be wrong to suppose I’m not enjoying this.
The situation simply demanded that we make them REALLY feel that we are ready to meet them. The “CTO” will once again report they have no casualties.
But if one is to dig up the ravine near Verkhnyaya Olkhovaya, where they were burying their dead with bulldozers, half a battalion’s worth. And that’s not the only such spot.
One feels pity for the hoodwinked soldiers, they are dying for a wrong cause. The situation is critical. Ukraine will experience a demographic crisis due to this war. The casualty ratio is very uneven [in the sense Ukraine is taking far heavier losses than Novorossia].
Though I doubt that Ukraine will continue to exist as a state. The situation has changed. Now we are better organized than their army, as if by miracle.
Thanks to some tough choices we established order out of anarchy. On the Ukrainian side it’s the other way around, this gradual collapse into anarchy on national scale.
So, we’re waiting until dawn, when their general send another portion of “cannon fodder” to die.
War is flying by…everything is flying by…
In Stanitsa we blew up munitions depot, it’s burning and exploding. In Rayovka we were hit in the gas distribution station, which is burning. We hit officers’ barracks in Schastye. In Krymskoye we blanketed equipment concentration. We hit many targets, but so far don’t have the results. They’ll report tomorrow.
Although, come to think of it, we’re not quite done yet. By 6am they’ll realize they were foolish to open fire.
We have one lightly wounded artilleryman. Everyone else is fine. At least we haven’t gotten any reports of casualties at the command point.
Yet only two days ago they were asking for a real ceasefire, the idiots…”
It’s interesting that the Western media is not raising a ruckus, as it used to in the past, about a “Russian invasion” of Ukraine. It’s probably a sign of Ukraine-fatigue, and the growing realization that the Ukrainian state is more of a liability than an asset. It’s difficult to tell just how heavy the losses are on either side, however, Novorossia forces do seem to be making progress, as evidenced by the recent capture of the Donetsk airport terminal. The writer is no doubt correct in noting Novorossia forces are more combat-capable, more cohesive, and better motivated than their Ukrainian counterparts. All the reports concerning mobilizations, reorganizations, desperate efforts at restoring equipment, all point to a military force in a state of disarray, contrary to Poroshenko’s bombastic claims. However, should the Ukrainian military be handed yet another defeat (and it’s the military that’s fighting—the volunteer battalions seem to be saving themselves for a better cause, like overthrowing the government), what happens next?