"They'll all fall here."
What awaits the Ukrainian army in the Donbass
MOSCOW, March 30 - RIA Novosti, Andrey Kots. The Russian military and units of the DPR army completely cleared the outskirts of Mariupol from the enemy, knocked it out of the residential area and blocked the main part of the garrison - up to seven thousand nationalists - at the Azovstal plant. As soon as the city finally passes under the control of the DPR, a large-scale operation will begin to destroy the Ukrainian group in the Donbass. About what it is - in the material RIA Novosti.
Get into the cauldron
At the beginning of the military special operation, the DPR army was advancing south - towards Mariupol. The command understood that a frontal attack by a 60-70 thousand enemy grouping would result in huge losses. The most combat-ready units and formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are located to the north-west and west of Donetsk. It is from there that the capital of the DPR and the nearest settlements are regularly shelled.
During the eight years of the war, the Ukrainian security forces turned their line of defense in the Donbass into one large fortified area with concrete fortifications, long-term firing points, a wide network of trenches and minefields. Here are the most trained, prepared and motivated units and most of the serviceable equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And while the group is combat-ready, the DPR remains under attack.
"We will not break into their defenses impudently,” an officer of the DPR army with the call sign Klim told RIA Novosti. - The task is to encircle the enemy grouping. The southern cover of the boiler should be slammed by the troops that will be released after the capture of Mariupol. From the north - parts of the Russian army that took Izyum. Very soon they will move to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, which is the headquarters of the Ukrainian forces in the Donbass. As soon as the northern and southern groups unite, the enemy will have nowhere to go."
According to DPR intelligence, the command of the Ukrainian units repeatedly asked Kyiv for permission to withdraw to the west. However, the General Staff refuses. This is understandable: in equipped positions, the troops will still be able to offer organized resistance for quite a long time. And on the march in the middle of the Donetsk steppes, army columns are an easy target for Russian aviation and missile weapons.
The LPR army has already liberated 95 percent of the territory of the republic. The enemy remained only in a few settlements. The main units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard are concentrated in the DPR. Perhaps it is here that the decisive battle of the entire special operation will take place. The republic is convinced that the defeat of the Donetsk group will cause irreparable damage and force Kyiv to capitulate. The enemy is essentially doomed. Ukrainian units in Donbass lack food, water, medicines and ammunition. Russian aircraft hit the supply lines daily.
However, without a fight, the enemy will not surrender. Opposite Gorlovka, north of Donetsk, the 95th separate air assault brigade is in position. This unit has a rich combat experience, the servicemen, in addition to the Donbass, participated in the peacekeeping mission in Iraq. The arsenals contain the most modern weapons: modernized T-80BV tanks, Humvee, Spartan, Dozor-B armored vehicles, BTR-3GA armored personnel carriers, Western-made anti-tank systems.
South of Gorlovka, northwest of Donetsk, the 25th separate airborne brigade is operating and with impunity strikes with artillery from Avdiivka in the Kievsky and Petrovsky districts of the capital of the DPR. It is extremely difficult to smoke them out of there, since the positions were equipped at the local coke plant. An inaccurate strike threatens an ecological catastrophe for the entire region.
To the west of Donetsk, in the village of Peski, the 56th separate motorized infantry brigade was entrenched. It includes a full-fledged tank battalion. And southwest of Donetsk is the 54th separate motorized infantry brigade with a large amount of large-caliber artillery, for example, 152-millimeter Akatsiya self-propelled guns.
South of Donetsk, near Dokuchaevsk, were the 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade and the 36th Separate Marine Brigade. During the Mariupol offensive, the DPR army seriously beat them up, destroying and capturing a lot of military equipment. The rest withdrew to Mariupol, where they joined with the nationalists of the Azov regiment. In addition, the 81st separate airmobile brigade, stationed in Konstantinovka and Druzhkovka in the north-west of the DPR, remains in the second echelon.
This entire group, which significantly outnumbers the Republican army, was actively preparing for a forceful solution to the problem of Donbass. Since the beginning of the year, reinforcements have been transferred to the front, stocks of shells and fuel have been created, and reconnaissance of the gray zone has been actively carried out. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the combat coordination of units and formations was to be completed by February 28. And already in March, the group would have gone on the offensive, in open battles they defeated the troops of the DPR and captured Donetsk. The Russian army was ahead of the Ukrainian one by a few days.
"When it is announced that Mariupol has been completely cleared, this will seriously undermine the morale of the Ukrainian military,” said DPR army spokesman Eduard Basurin. “Sooner or later, they will finally come to the conclusion that the military-political leadership of Ukraine simply threw them here for slaughter. I hope that this realization will come to the enemy quickly and he will resist less. Ideally, he would voluntarily lay down his arms."
However, the nationalists, he said, are extremely reluctant to throw out the white flag. In the Mariupol direction, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who wished to surrender were repeatedly shot in the back. State Duma deputy from the Crimean region Mikhail Sheremet believes that President Vladimir Zelensky has actually lost control over nationalist battalions that do not follow orders from Kyiv and act on their own interests.