This is stated by Censor.NET editor-in-chief Yurii Butusov on his Facebook page.
He writes: "As to the situation in Ilovaisk. Russian troops still control the Starobeshevo-Kuteinikovo motor road. Our troops are shelling them with everything they got. The encirclement id operational, that is the road is intercepted. But there are many ways to escape on foot. However, our troops are not going to go away. Because it means they will have to give up the positions that were taken at high price and give up a strategic point - Ilovaisk, which like a hammer is hanging over the Donetsk group of Russian troops. They will have to leave the hardware and equipment. Commander of sector B Lt. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak arrived to the surrounded units right after the Russians closed the entrapment. He's not planning to leave the troops and retreat without orders. Therefore control of all units in the "pocket" is maintained, there is no panic among the soldiers and commanders. Nobody whines, and the vast majority is in combative mood.
The communication with the encircled units remains. The struggle in Ilovaisk continues. There is no apathy or hopelessness - the soldiers are looking for opportunities to destroy the enemy."
"The enemy ceased direct attacks on our troops - the losses suffered by Russian mercenaries are too high. However, the shelling from howitzers, mortars and multiple rocket launchers continues. Using unmanned reconnaissance equipped with thermal imaging cameras, the enemy hits our positions day and night," Butusov writes.
He emphasizes: "Is help coming? Of course. Together with the units of the 3rd Battalion of the National Guard Donbas and the 51th Volyn Brigade division from the Dnipropetrovsk region are concentrated near Ilovaisk including 39, 40 battalions of the Territorial Defense, 17th tank and 93rd Mechanized Brigade. Dnipropetrovsk is not sleeping. It should be noted that Kyiv is paying attention to the seriousness of the situation."
"Hold on, our heroes. We will not leave you. I am also going there as a war correspondent," Butusov sums up.