Junta troops taken prisoner at Debaltsevo
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
Fighting around Debaltsevo escalated during the second half
of the day, according to DPR. “The situation has grown more complex. The level
of shelling from the outside of the cauldron has increased. UAF moved against
Logvinovo to break a corridor into Debaltsevo,” DPR Ministry of Defense
representative Eduard Basurin announced on Tuesday.
He added that DPR forces do not respond to provocations but
resist enemy offensive actions. According to Basurin, the militia had established
contact with the Ukrainian military and are holding the first meeting of the
Joint Control and Coordination Center.
Apart from that, the mothers of Ukrainian soldiers
surrounded in Debaltsevo say that troops there received orders to abandon their
defensive positions and equipment and attempt to exit the encirclement in small
groups. They say command and control has been completely lost, which means the
soldiers are on their own. This became known to several mothers who established
telephone contact with their sons. On February 17th the relatives of
the soldiers are holding a spontaneous meeting at the Ministry of Defense in
So it’s clear that the Debaltsevo cauldron
is crumbling, it’s only a question of how many Ukrainian soldiers will manage
to exit it. Some no doubt will, but others will become prisoners–there are reports that some 300 junta troops surrendered in Debaltsevo alone so far. But whatever equipment they brought with them to Debaltsevo is
going to fall into the hands of Novorossia’s army.
These were the best units the Ukrainian army had. Let’s not
forget the “fourth wave of mobilization” had only just begun, so the forces at
Debaltsevo were the remnants of the regular, pre-civil war Ukrainian military
or the survivors of the campaigns of 2014.
For all the problems with the most recent wave of mobilization, the Kiev
junta can count on a trickle of replacements. But the heavy equipment is for
all intents and purposes irreplaceable. Once these tanks, BMPs, artillery are gone,
they are gone for good, and it would take a long time to bring the Ukrainian
military back to the state it was in only two months ago.