“One more push is all it will take”–Debaltsevo Update

Frontline Update, 1/28/2015, 22:50 local time.

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

“Once again we are attacking all out. We fight smarter now,
while a week ago we were mainly relying on the element of surprise. Ukrainian
forces used themselves up in counterattacks. The result is our attack which
began already in the evening. We took Novoorlovka and Shevchenko. We control
part of Maloorlovka, there is fighting in the streets, Lozovoye is fully
cleared, we took the town of Little Gorlovka. The salient has been made so
narrow that it’s unbearable for the Ukrainians, who are freaking out over the
radio. We were just told the Ukrainians lost in Novolugansk, which we are
clearing right now. The road is now under fire from all types of weapons, not
just artillery and rockets. One more push is all it will take. Pray for the
guys who are fighting there, the future of other fronts and the outcome of the
war depends on them. But don’t rejoice just yet. The Ukrainians may
well throw into battle their main assets which may cause many casualties.”

Translator’s Note: The Ukrainian high command seems to have
adopted a “hold fast” strategy which forces their units to hold untenable
positions and launch counter-attacks against steep odds, in order to avert the
political damage the loss of a major geographical feature would entail.
Evidently the loss of Donetsk Airport was severe enough a blow for them to
decide Debaltsevo must be held no matter what. The situation does remind one of
von Paulus’ 6th Army at Stalingrad which was not permitted to
withdraw because doing so would be an admission of defeat. But now it seems the
salient is practically a pocket, if the only road leading in and out of
Debaltsevo can be taken under even small arms fire.

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  • Kristina Kharlova

    God bless these brave men and return them safely to their families.

  • Kristina Kharlova

    Support from the UK to the people of Donbass and their defenders – NAF

  • Kristina Kharlova

    pray for both sides on both sides die mothers fathers sons and children so murder the junts Regime but let the People live who are forced to figh isent it bad they force them to bomb dontesk i think most of ukrainian army dont want fight each other

  • Kristina Kharlova

    I pray every night for these very brave men and women. The world owes them a large debt for stopping fascism from becoming dominant in Europe.

  • Kristina Kharlova

    Remember; Novorossiyans don't need to win, they just need to not lose.

  • Kristina Kharlova

    This is not about pushing away the Ukrainians, its just need to be about breaking their will.

  • Kristina Kharlova

    Should the rebels attempt to liberate Mariupol, the Ukes will probably come up with some pretty sophisticated and brutal weaponry courtesy of the west. You just saw the show they put on there. A psyop if ever I saw one. Now claiming outrage at the shelling of a few civilians when they have done it for months and then block food, medicine and other necessities from getting through. President makes speech about how children forced to live in cellars will help them win the war. Unbelievable hypocrisy.