‘That’s what we were taught in NATO’

‘That’s what we were taught in NATO’

Andrey Kots

Russia, the DPR and the LPR continue their offensive in the Donbass – on the southern front, they completely liberated Volnovakha and took control of the strategically important Donetsk-Mariupol highway. In the north, fighting continues near Kiev and Kharkov, the enemy’s defenses are being broken slowly but surely. The Crimean grouping is fixed at the Krivoy Rog-Nikopol highway and is preparing to occupy Nikolaev. The control of the Ukrainian troops is paralyzed, however, individual units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the national battalions are stubbornly resisting. About how they work – in the material RIA Novosti.
Hit on your own
Near Mariupol, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repeatedly used one tactic: leaving the settlement, fortified nearby and inflicted severe artillery strikes on it. In peaceful houses where they recently lodged and which, according to the oath, they are obliged to protect. It seems that the Armed Forces of Ukraine want to leave behind scorched earth and destroy as much infrastructure in the Donbass as possible so that the DPR does not get it.
Nikolaevka – a little south of Dokuchaevsk – was controlled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. For eight years, not a single shell of the DPR army has fallen there. The Ukrainian military, having left the village in the first days of the Russian special operation, deployed mortars a few kilometers from the outskirts and burned two private houses with direct hits.
So the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the nationalists act in other areas. At the end of last week, they left Borodyanka, a small town 30 kilometers northwest of Kyiv. And when the Russian columns entered there, they hit from Smerch multiple launch rocket systems. They wanted to cover the advancing group, but they made a mistake in the calculations and hit high-explosive fragmentation in residential areas – skyscrapers and the private sector.
Russian tanks are already near Kiev, but Ukrainian units based in Avdiivka and Pisky continue to fire heavily at Donetsk. The cannonade on the outskirts does not stop for an hour. The Kievsky and Petrovsky districts are especially hard hit. On Monday, the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the first time since 2015 fired at the center of the capital of the republic. The Tochka-U operational-tactical missile with a cluster warhead exploded over Universitetskaya Street not far from the building of the regional government. At least 20 people died, including children.
It is still problematic to knock out the enemy from the same Avdiivka. The Armed Forces of Ukraine placed guns and mortars on the territory of the local coke plant. Unsuccessful hit – and the entire area can be covered with a cloud of poisonous poison.
“I’ll tell you more – the Ukrainians are shooting in the back and at each other,” Denis Pushilin, head of the DPR, told RIA Novosti. “During the attack on Mariupol and interrogation of prisoners, it turned out that nationalist formations were deploying detachments in the rear of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They open fire on compatriots who are trying to leave their positions. This greatly complicates our operations in the south of the DPR. People on the other hand, who would be happy to lay down their arms, are driven into battle by force.”
Hide behind peaceful
Perhaps the most tense situation is in Mariupol. The key port city on the coast of the Sea of ??Azov is completely surrounded. The remnants of the 36th Marine Brigade and the infamous Azov Regiment of the National Guard dug in there. It is known that the “defenders” do not hesitate to hide behind civilians, forbid them to travel along humanitarian corridors, equip firing points in residential buildings, kindergartens and schools. About 400 thousand Mariupol residents are actually hostages.
“We are advancing very slowly, we are operating mainly in the suburbs,” said the official representative of the DPR army, Eduard Basurin. “The enemy is seriously tuned in to street fighting. against our ATGMs and grenade launchers. This slows us down a lot, we have to be extremely careful.”
At the talks, Moscow and Kyiv agreed on humanitarian corridors from the besieged cities. However, a few civilians who got out of Mariupol unanimously repeat: they were not told anything about the evacuation. The Armed Forces of Ukraine and Azov are requesting reinforcements from the command over the radio, reporting that there will be enough ammunition and food for a maximum of ten days. They have nowhere to retreat, so the liberation of the city is a matter of time.
The nationalists in Kha-rkov and Kyiv treat civilia-ns in the same way. Resi-dents are forbidden to leave along humanitarian corridors under threat of being shot. There are already a lot of videos on the Web about how the security forces op-en fire on civilians. Milit-ary equipment is also plac-ed there in residential areas, provoking the Russians to “answer” with the accompanying destruction.
Terror in the rear
In the Kharkov and Kiev regions there are saboteurs and mercenaries hiding in the forests along the roads. They mainly raid supply columns.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the “forest brothers” are deliberately attacking medical vehicles with a red cross on their sides and firing at doctors who are evacuating the wounded.
In a word, the Ukrainian generals violate all conceivable and unthinkable rules of warfare. And during interrogations, captured military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confess: NATO instructors taught them to hide military equipment in residential areas and hide behind civilians. And this is not surprising – the North Atlantic Alliance is accustomed to fighting in distant countries and not taking into account the losses among the civilian population.
However, this freedom, obviously, will not last long. Following the army units of the Russian Armed Forces are units of the National Guard. Their task is to ensure the security of the rear. The fighters, including many from Chechnya, have rich experience in fighting terrorists in the mountainous and wooded areas of the North Caucasus. Apparently, these skills will come in handy near Kiev.

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