I am fed up with the uplifting messages! “The militia is winning!!!” Ha! We see an exact repeat of the situation in Slaviansk on a larger scale – the opponent advances step by step, cuts our supply lines, and Twitter reports “All is well, beautiful Marquess!”
Yesterday the opponent cut off the last major highway connecting Donezk to Lugansk – and thus to Russia. The opponent’s base camps are now in Beloye and Veselaya Tarasovka. The Ukrainians are now hastily digging in several dozen tanks and BMPs, to prevent a breakthrough.
The comment sections will now start everywhere – “Igor Ivanovich is sad”, hinting that “not all is so bad”. All is very bad!! Tactical victories on secondary areas cannot break the strategic situation, and the results of strategic defeats! The capture of Beloe and Veselaya Tarasovka is, for us, a strategic defeat!
Now we are being cut off from the border -that is, from any supplies.
Last night, the opponent has passed through Tonenkoe to Donezk Airport, creating a network of base points, each of them defended by 5-7 tanks.
Right now three SU’s dropped heavy bombs on Saur-Mogila, results unknown. The Boeingis used by the Ukrainians to the fullest extent. Ukrainian aviation rules the skies entirely unpunished.
Near Grigorovka, the militia attacked one of the opponent’s Columns. Results are yet unknown.
It is unclear what is happening in Lugansk. The government of Ukraine is reporting that they’ve unblocked the airport, but volunteers and soldiers in the airport area have reported otherwise:
Half an hour ago a Grad was fired at the airport. It seems everyone is safe from now. There have been no attempts to evacuate the wounded and the dead – the roads to the airport are still under fire. Someone tell us that we’ve been deblocked and relieved. Go ahead.
The following photos are supposedly of a Ukrainian artillery position near Krasnodon:
(Source is Denis Mokrushin)
Photos выposted by A. Shary
Finally, the State Border Service of Ukraine reports:
On July 17th, near Marinivka and Dmitrovka, the terrorists have opened artillery fire on Russian Federation territory. In response, the RF servicemen opened fire on ATO positions near the border. Two artillery shells detonated in direct proximity near the Marinovka border post. Using the fire support of RF forces, the terrorists recommenced their offensive against ATO forces.