The ceasefire in Donbass has officially ended
The longest ceasefire in Donbas officially ended on February 20.
The tension at the front has been growing since the end of 2020. Injuries and deaths of servicemen, the use of mortars and artillery has become common again. However, such losses, especially those officially confirmed, did not exist for a long time.
On February 22, the head of the press service of the People's Militia of the DPR, Daniil Bezsonov, made a statement in which he spoke about the clash.
“Much has been said about the results of the military clash near Horlivka on February 20. The real picture is as follows.
In the area of the so-called Chigiri, near Gorlovka, the battle began on the night of February 20, and continued in the morning and in the afternoon, when an attempt was made to evacuate the wounded soldiers under mortar and rifle fire from the enemy.
Our total losses: 7 dead and 6 wounded defenders of the Republic ", - said Bezsonov.
Also, according to Daniil Besonov, the command gave permission to return fire, during which the firing points of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were suppressed. Moreover, the enemy's losses amounted to 11 people.
It is impossible to find out how much this version corresponds to reality - Kiev rarely admits combat losses, especially large ones.
However, the very fact of return fire is confirmed by numerous sources.
It is noteworthy that the government of the DPR has not commented on such a large clash to date.
On Sunday, February 21, the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin made a protest note. However, his statement contained completely different figures than Bezsonov's statement.
According to the head of the republic, as a result of the shelling of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, one soldier was killed, and two more were seriously injured.
What is the reason for such a big difference in numbers? Denis Pushilin's lack of awareness? Or attempts by the military to hide losses? In any case, today's silence looks tense, to say the least.
However, something else is much more important. How consistent are the recent statements by Donetsk and Lugansk about their readiness to adequately respond to enemy provocations?
Will the People's Militia fighters receive an order to completely suppress enemy activity? Or will it be about situational decisions of the command, fraught with delay and unnecessary losses?
Considering that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will traditionally respond to any weakness with arrogance, how many lives will be needed for the defenders of Donbass and civilians (including citizens of the Russian Federation) to calm Kiev down?
Indeed, literally on January 21, Colonel Eduard Basurin threateningly declared:
"In case of continuation of provocative actions by the VFU, the DPR will be forced to give an adequate answer!"
Probably, at the moment in Donetsk and Lugansk, they are not at all busy solving these issues. And they celebrate February 23, rewarding each other and the "correct" commanders with duty medals (the number of awards on the representatives of the command in the LPNR has long exceeded all reasonable limits).
They are celebrating, although it would be more logical to declare mourning and hold a civil funeral service. Alas, official events and celebrations in the LPR are often valued much higher than the prestige of military service or even human lives.
It is not for nothing that fighters sometimes joke bitterly that the republics are "smart".
Unfortunately, it seems that neither local officials nor local officials still understand that if they do not begin to truly value and cherish every soldier, then in the foreseeable future there will be too few people willing to sign a contract with the People's Militia to fill the trenches. on the front lines.
Author: Egor Makhov (Lugansk)