RUSSIAN ADVANCES and DELAYS on DONBASS FRONT LINES. EIGHTEENTH DAY of MILITARY OPERATIONS in UKRAINE
April nineteenth Replace: This can be a March 14th piece beneath that didn’t get printed within the crunch of the conflict information chaos. The couple beneath the place hit by a cluster munition missile in Dontesk Metropolis. His decrease proper leg is blow off simply above the knee with a tourniquet on it whereas holding his spouse’s hand, each of them in all probability dying.
They had been cluster munitions strike victims in an non navy space. The West, NATO, the US, Biden, the Pentagon, all of them haven’t any drawback with this in any respect, as they silently watched the shelling of the Donbas perimeter for 8 years after the Minsk deal had been signed and did nothing to cease Kiev’s aggression.
However no, unlawful weapons are getting used in opposition to Russian civilians out within the countryside, not a lot as a result of Kiev desires to point out that it will possibly do it, however extra importantly that no EU or NATO nation political chief will utter a phrase of protest. It’s enhancing Zelensky’s political energy, displaying he can do that with no blowback on his Western assist.
This has long run penalties for all of us, by way of having to take a really shut have a look at our personal democracies to see if we live in Potemkin villages… JD ]
[ Editor’s Note: Today’s combat sit-rep follows the kilometer-by-kilometer skirmishes and attrition battles being fought out to buy time by both sides for a white horse hero to appear on the battlefield to turn the tide, or some kind of a negotiated settlement emerges.
The latter would probably be plagued with violations as the nationalist battalions have become a force fighting for themselves it seems. Some civilians have managed to get out of Mariupol, but large numbers remain who will soon be chewing their fingernails for a snack as no relief supplies can get in at this point.
While an improving situation is reported by the liberating forces slowly working their way into the city from the east, the west side, where humanitarian corridors going west would be, we see no movement on the current battle maps.
Mariupol’s large population will be out of food at some point. Nationalist forces have been going door breaking in and robbing their own citizens of food and money in case they make a break to fight their way out to the West and need to ‘pay their way’.
On the central Donbas front the Kiev Tochka missile with its cluster bomb warhead slaughtered grandparents doing their daily shopping in Donetsk, a big easy civilian target to reach.
I had thought the Russian satellites would be spotting Tochka launching pads early enough to destroy in place, but it seems Kiev has been able to hide them to use now as terror weapons against large ‘can’t miss’ civilian targets like Donetsk City.
This will get worse before it gets better. The ‘mopping up’ comment in Mariupol below, is of course hogwash… Jim W. Dean ]
First printed … March 14, 2022
The latest developments on the Ukrainian entrance traces indicated that the technical pause taken by Russian and allied forces has ended. The mass civilian evacuation from the cities in jap and central areas of the nation failed.
Right this moment, in lots of cities, evacuation is barely doable after Russian troops take management avenue by avenue. The principle battles proceed on the Donbass entrance traces.
On March 14, Russian forces superior dozens of kilometers extra and reached the villages of Vodyanoe, Sladkoe, Stepnoe, Taramchuk and Slavnoe. The UAF had been compelled to step again to the north in the direction of Maryinka and Kurakhovo.
Russian troops reportedly entered the city of Gulyai-Pole, and clashes proceed on the outskirts. Russian troops earlier got here to the outskirts of Ugledar, however no offensive on the town was reported. The battles for the town are more likely to start quickly. Targets within the city had been hit with artillery and rockets.
On March 13, the LPR forces lastly superior on northern outskirts of the city of Popasnaya after a number of days of fierce clashes within the space. They managed to safe nearly the entire city, together with the southern and northern outskirts. Clashes proceed on the western outskirts.
Management over Popasnaya is a vital tactical acquire. It’s aimed toward slicing off of the cities of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk from the southern route.
On the similar time, the grouping of LPR forces close to Severodonetsk blocked the town from the jap and southern instructions. Combating continues on the northeastern outskirts of the town. The principle battlefield is the village of Rubezhnoye. The UAF deployed in Severodonetsk and Lisichansk threat to be lower off and the town could also be blockaded within the coming days.
Russian and DPR forces are actively expending their zone of management on the southern Donbass entrance traces. They left no likelihood to the Ukrainian nationalist fighters blockaded in Mariupol.
The town was blockaded greater than every week in the past. Ukrainian fighters are already affected by the dearth of provides. They must rob civilians, usually killing those that don’t agree with their actions.
The mop up operations in Mariupol proceed. Russian and LPR forces are coming nearer to the town middle. On March 13, the joint forces of the Russian Federation, the DPR and the LPR have nearly blockaded your entire Ordzhonikidze district within the metropolis.
Civilians try to flee from the town. Lots of them are fairly shot by nationalists or blew up on mines that had been planted by Ukrainian troopers on the roads resulting in the town.
On the similar time, the scenario on the entrance traces across the metropolis of Donetsk stays steady. Offensive operations of DPR forces within the areas of Marinka, Pisky and Avdiivka had been reported. Nonetheless, no advance has been confirmed to date. The joint Russian and DPR forces are seemingly not making an attempt to push the UAF away from the town outskirts, however fairly plan to first encompass after which destroy them.
Russian forces had been additionally slowed down within the city of Izyum. Clashes have continued within the southern districts of the city for a number of days in a row. The Russian Military is crossing the Seversky Donets river west of Izyum and fierce preventing continues.
A civilian column shifting from Izyum on March 13 was reportedly shelled by the UAF. Casualties had been reported.
The Russian Aerospace forces proceed pounding UAF navy amenities of the all-around Ukraine, together with within the Donbass area. Most lately numerous targets had been destroyed in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Ugledar, Avdiivka. In response, the UAF proceed shelling the residential areas within the metropolis of Donetsk and close by areas.
One other pinpoint strike hit the Lviv area in Western Ukraine. The Russian precision-guided munitions destroyed the Yavorovsky navy coaching floor of the Armed Forces of Ukraine within the village of Starichi. Overseas volunteers who got here to struggle for Ukraine had been stationed there. For a few of them the conflict in Ukraine ended earlier than it had begun.
Up to now, 180 overseas militants had been reportedly killed in Ukraine. Russia has clearly demonstrated that overseas forces in Ukraine, together with type the NATO member international locations are yet one more goal for his or her missiles and Moscow won’t tolerate their willingness to struggle for ‘democratic values’ on Ukrainian soil.
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