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Novorossia\Ukraine update 2\20\2015..Let Kiev take their dead

Friday, February 20, 2015 11:54
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On February 19 the operation completed on capturing Debaltsevo by the army of Novorossia. Fact of leaving Debaltsevo was confirmed in the General Staff of Ukraine, qualifying that the withdrawal of Debaltsevo group was planned and organized. At the same time the Ukrainian side obviously underestimates the losses during fighting in Debaltsevo pocket announcing the numbers which are several times smaller than real ones and not providing an exact amount, but the percentages, while both militia and Ukrainian commanders involved in the fighting as well as numerous photos and videos evidence of loss comparable to losses of the AFU in Ilovaisk pocket.

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As a result of successful military operation of the LPR People’s Militia to liberate the city Debaltsevo more than a hundred soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were captured.

Message from channel “Novorossia First operational”:

In Donetsk, by 23:45 AFU fired in the direction of Panfilovskaya mine terricone.
At 00:07 Ukrainian army was shelling district of Donetsk Airport and Putilovka with cannon artillery.

Summary by the militia for the evening of 02/19/2015

During the day, the situation remained tense in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Despite the agreements, the Ukrainian side continued violation of the ceasefire. There were 8 cases of the use of weapons:
at 08:35 DPR militia positions near the settlement Vesyoloye suffered mortar bombardment from positions near the settlement Opytnoye. At 9:45 the same position suffered fire attack with cannon artillery from positions near the settlement Avdeyevka;
at 11:40 militia defending near the settlement Solntsevo suffered artillery fire from positions near the settlement Starognatovka;
at 13:30 the enemy shelled district Textilschik of Donetsk using artillery from positions near the settlement Peski;
defenders of Donetsk airport suffered shelling from positions near the settlement Avdeyevka four times (09:30, 12:10, 13:20 and 14:50).

Despite all the statements of ATO staff that all Ukrainian units left Debaltsevo, at least part of the 128th Brigade is still not out of Debaltsevo occupied by militias. Volunteer Alexey Mochanov said this on his Facebook page. He writes that fighters of the 128th Brigade contacted him, they reported that are still in the territories occupied by the militias, and now volunteers are trying to organize their evacuation.

In Gorlovka the cannonade was heard again on February 19, for about 4 hours. Journalist Nikita Sinitsyn wrote this on his Facebook page.

After about 17 pm artillery started working again, methodically and persistently, there was even “Grad”, though not so close, but quite audible and unpleasant, citing my acquaintance. It began as if to the north, then the west joined. About half an hour ago shots were heard from the east

- He said.

According to the local residents:

At 20:20 Skochinsky mine and Biryuzova St. were fired again. The shelling was conducted with very heavy weapons. There were explosions right near the houses. Nine-storey houses were unsteady as if during an earthquake. Fire on Biryuzova was conducted from locality Peski. Bombings and shootings do not stop since the morning.

Message from channel “Novorossia First operational”:

By 16:45 shelling of Donetsk Airport by Ukrainian army continued. In the area of Putilovka ​​the fire was observed. Also, around 14:00 Ukrainian side shelled the direction of the Kirovsky / Petrovsky (on border) districts with MLRS “Grad”.
At 17:17 AFU resumed shelling of the border areas of the Kirovsky / Petrovsky.
At 18:35 Ukrainian UAV heading towards the center of Donetsk was observed.
At 20:32 AFU continued to fire towards the Petrovsky district of Donetsk with heavy cannon artillery

Message from journalist Andrey Krasnoshchyokov.

Sounds in Donetsk tonight remind of August, November. Every 5-10 minutes it is heard from the outskirts that someone is trying to kill another with something.

On the west side of Debaltsevo shooting continues, heavy guns are heard.

Report from Lifenews.

On February 19 Brigade “Prizrak” attacked Novogrigorovka and cleaned up this settlement. Militia, without suffering any losses, quickly suppressed the AFU and raised the flag over the village council. Rich booty was taken: much ammunition and 18 armored vehicles. Also corpses of Ukrainian military are collected. In Debaltsevo Ukrainian soldiers were found in several high-rise buildings who refuse to go out. At the moment, their fate to be decided, in case they refuse to lay down their arms and give up, the militia will have to blow up the buildings.

Message from militiaman Yan:

By 22:05 (NR) shelling of Donetsk continued, gas pipeline was damaged in Putilovka, Scheglovka and other areas of the city suffered shelling, such as the Kievsky district. During the day, the number of rapes in Artyomovsk increased to eighteen cases – there are only documented cases, the real number of cases of atrocities of Ukrainian punishers is unknown.

According to Mariupol Defense Staff, positions of ATO forces near the settlement Shirokino were fired with mortars 6 times on February 19. It was also reported that there was supposedly one skirmish.

The day passed quietly today on the other positions in sector “M”

- the staff added.

Message from Eduard Basurin.

DPR and LPR can get out of Minsk Agreement, if Kiev continues shelling cities. If the Ukrainian security forces continue to fire on positions of militias and the cities of Donbass, LPR and DPR reserve the right to withdraw from Minsk agreements

Message from militiaman Yan:

At Yenakiyevo there was clearing of unexploded ordnance, but it was not easy in Donetsk in the north, shelling of the area of ​​the airport continued in the late afternoon; md. Biryuzova, Petrovka; there were positional battles in the area of Peski, punishers were conducting periodic shelling of militia positions.
The first results of the return of overstayed Nazis to Artyomovsk from Svetlodarsk – six rapes, two murders, it was only last night. I think it is not difficult to imagine what the Nazis were doing and are doing when the command is further away.
By 18:30 (NR) drones activated, one of them was seen over the Petrovsky district.

Reports from militiaman Yan for February 19:

The night passed relatively quietly. In the morning Kiev fighters made another attempt to advance deep into our defense near Peski – a skirmish began. By noon AFU struck at Putilovka, Airport, TC METRO.
Around noon Kiev gunmen opened fire at Donetsk from the north-west and from Avdeyevka, punishers used MLRS and SPGs.
Shells fell in Kievsky, Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts. Information about the devastation and victims is yet unknown, militia artillery was forced to open fire to suppress.
By 16:30 (NR) there was a work to neutralize terrorist RSG of Ukrainian authorities in the Kievsky district.

Message from militiaman with the call sign “Vepr” (published on February 19 in the afternoon):

It is hot in Peski. They shoot continuously, three units of the Ukrainian military are in front of us, mostly Right sector. They brought a “zoo”, a bunch of RPGs, ACVs and one T-72 goes back and forth, we cannot catch it. Constantly pull ammo for Grad. In short, they’re well-entrenched. We communicated with them by radio, they do not want to give up, want to fight and to kill us

Message from “Varyag” unit commander Alexander Matyushin (published on February 19 in the afternoon):

Enemy column was defeated, which was coming from Artyomovsk to help surrounded Ukrainian group. The remaining soldiers were scattered around the city. Shelling of the city of Donetsk began in the morning by the Ukrainian troops in the occupied territories of the settlement Peski. Kievsky, Kuibyshevsky, Petrovsky districts of the city came under fire. Also gunshots are heard in the area of ​​Makeyevka. Gorlovka is shelled. Cleanup of Debaltsevo pocket continues. Debaltsevo is completely under the control of DPR and LPR troops. The local administration was appointed in the city. Feeding centers were opened, payment of pensions and humanitarian aid being established. In the area of ​​Mariupol there are periodic fights

Message from military correspondent with the call sign “Samur”:

In Donetsk there is no more “silent mode”, the Ukrainian army is shelling the outskirts of the city. Shelling of Donetsk Airport and Kievsky district of the capital by Ukrainian army gained fierce nature in the afternoon on February 19. In this situation, withdrawal of military equipment by DPR army will look out of place, even in some minor areas. The entire outer perimeter of Donetsk, especially the northern, north-western and western areas, should be protected even safer than it was before the liquidation of Debaltsevo pocket. Donetsk expects another firing “surprises” toward the city anytime

Locals of Avdeyevka “controlled by security officials” reported of the first artillery fire with tanks on February 19 at 8:00 am. In the afternoon shelling continued from the work zone of Avdeyevka. “We were fired again with tanks at eight o’clock in the morning, from the checkpoint, from the forest. Shelled, here is a “truce”. They shell always differently, now for 15 minutes, then for an hour, then for half an hour “- military correspondent Alyona Kochkina, chief editor of” Peaceful Donbass “, quotes the words of eyewitnesses.

Head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko said that “cleanup” of Debaltsevo was completed.

“We ended cleanup operation in Debaltsevo from illegal armed groups. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian authorities did not listen to the voice of reason to lay down arms. The AFU loss in pocket is estimated of about 3-3, 5 thousand dead”
– Donetsk news agency quoted Zakharchenko on Thursday.

According to him, the process of transferring the bodies of the Ukrainian military to begin today.

“Let Kiev take their dead. We invited parents and mothers of AFU there to take their soldiers. But they were alive then. Now we will also give out many prisoners,”
– said the head of the DPR.


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