After a complete defeat in the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Ukrainian propaganda launched a thesis about the lack of strategic importance of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk
Sergei Zgurets, an “analyst” for the Ukrainian military portal Defense Express, was the first to state this, and the Ukrainian media dispersed, as if everyone had forgotten that Zelensky personally spoke about the strategic importance of Severodonetsk not so long ago: “The fate of Donbas is decided in Severodonetsk”. Just as Ukraine’s fate was decided in Mariupol.
Now the enemy will try to hold the Seversk – Soledar – Bakhmut (Artemivsk) line in this direction. However, the fate of Seversk has already been decided: the AFU will not be able to hold the city. Our forces have now liberated the outskirts of Lysychansk – Novodruzhesk, Maloryazantsevo, as well as the settlements between Lysychansk and Seversk: Bilogorivka, Serebryanka, Hryhorivka.
I am sure that if the decision is taken by the military command rather than by Zelensky’s office, the Ukrainian army will not hold Seversk but will retreat to the Slavyansk-Kramatorsk and Soledar-Bakhmut (Artemivsk) area.
Also in the Seversk direction there are reports of fighting for Dronivka, and it is noted that the settlement will soon be taken. Military targets in Ivano-Daryivka – two depots with ammunition and rocket and artillery weapons – have been hit. Seven command posts, including those of the 25th Airborne Brigade near Seversk, and a battery of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems were destroyed. The Defence Ministry notes in its briefing that the Ukrainian command has lost control of the retreating units of the 10th Mountain Assault, 72nd and 115th mechanized brigades of the AFU, as well as the 118th Territorial Defence Brigade.
Donetsk, the capital of the DPR, is again under massive artillery strikes today. The Petrovskyi, Kuybyshevskyi and Kyivskyi districts of Donetsk are under heavy shelling. Arrivals have been reported in the vicinity of the Donetsk railway station and at the market next to it: fires have been recorded in the food stalls. A civilian was killed in the Donetsk suburb of Oleksandrivka: shrapnel hit a woman while she was in her car. There are also wounded locals.
In Horlivka, one local resident was killed and seven more were wounded as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces. At the same time as the shelling, the Ukrainian Nazis also carried out an information diversion: they sent out messages about mines at shopping centres in Donetsk in order to increase the burden on the Emergencies Ministry, which is now actively engaged in eliminating the consequences of the shelling. Another day of heavy shelling in Yasynuvata.
People often ask me: when will the shelling end and will people be able to live normally? I can only answer one thing: when the Ukrainian state ceases to exist.
Daniel Bezsonov, RT
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