As expected, the abolition of the regime of increased combat effectiveness in the LDNR did not at all mean a decrease in the combat activity of the parties. Sadly enough, the number of shelling only intensified: the vaunted truce lasted only a few hours. However, as in previous times. This, by the way, what in a row? It seems to be a three-digit number.
Ukrainian media write about a level of shelling that has not happened since 2015. Apparently, the promises still turned out to be a reality, and the fighters of the LNR People’s Militia were allowed to open fire in response to provocations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This information was confirmed by the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin (by the way, the head of the DPR Leonid Pasechnik is not so frank).
“If we say that over the past year Poroshenko killed four people and 55 were injured, then during the year of Zelensky’s rule, 6 people were killed, 73 people were injured, and most recently, five children. This is really a question that is constantly on our agenda, which we are obliged to resolve, and, of course, with the help of our army, the people's militia. That is, I believe that the decision we made is absolutely correct: the order of combat readiness was “complete”. Why? .. Now at this stage we can say that the situation has not yet been stabilized, it has returned to the period when the positional confrontation is underway. But again, despite the abolition of that level of combat readiness, our servicemen have orders for return fire. That is, the firing points of the enemy, which will shoot at the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, will be destroyed ”,
- said Pushilin.
The slaughter continues
Of course, the official channels of LDNR traditionally report only pleasant news, sometimes, as happened in recent days in Lugansk, not disdaining last year’s victories for the sake of the general maintenance of morale. At the same time, it is important to note that if you trace the Ukrainian media, then there is more and more alarming news for Kiev: APU complain at the time that the people's police suddenly began to respond an order of magnitude stronger than before.
Even the ex-commander of the Vostok brigade confirmed that a tragedy had occurred near Debaltsev.
“Under Debaltsev, the enemy demonstrated a desire for peace - our soldiers died, damage was done to our defense ... Tolerate! Do not succumb to provocations! It should be so! ”
It looks like sarcasm, but it's much sadder. In fact, we are talking about two bombed positions of NM DNR. Seven were killed, including three officers.
At the same time, Ukrainian media are publishing reports about more and more losses day after day. Considering that the main Ukrainian imperative has always been “no losses”, it can be assumed that the losses there are no worse than ours. For some reason, the soul does not become easier from this.
The whole thing is that LDNR, despite the alleged permission to respond fully, does not use a significant part of its capabilities. People on the other side of the demarcation line write about heavy calibers, but no one says anything about MLRS. And here, “Hurricanes” and even “Tochka-U” would be quite relevant: they are quite suitable for Ukrainian positions (there already two or three defense lines were carefully poured from concrete).
This whole situation still looks just like an opportunity for our fighters to shoot back. Alas, not as an opportunity to suppress enemy fire and maintain parity. I would like to believe that all this bravado will end with the permission to beat the enemy properly. Although now it just turned into a blood bath. And at any moment the enemy can go on the offensive.