"Feb. 10, 2:30 a.m.
"The Debaltseve bridgehead is practically cut in half. The enemy has amassed large force in the area of Vuhlehirsk-Kalynivka and early in the morning captured the village of Lohvynove, which is located right on the M-103 highway.
"Since that moment, a group of Ukrainian troops in Debaltseve entered a cul-de-sac. The enemy is trying to cut the communication lines still under our control.
"Despite the peace talks, Russian troops are not planning to stop and continue expanding the area of breakthrough, saturating it with troops redeployed from other sectors of the front.
"However, the commanders of Sector "C" and ATO Staff that have been leading the battle at Debaltseve salient over the past three weeks, are still in place, and will not abandon their troops. All our military units remain under control and maintain combat effectiveness. Our troops have been fighting bravely and in very difficult conditions. These guys are as tough as nails.
"There are sufficient Ukrainian forces and firepower to destroy the enemy group that broke through to the rear of our troops. The enemy does not have overwhelming superiority - all attacks on other parts of the front were successfully repulsed. But the enemy is trying to consolidate in the area of Lohvynove. There is one thing we cannot do now - stand by and watch. We cannot expect that the Russian troops will be frightened by peace negotiations and sanctions; they will not be frightened by threats of foreign politicians repeated five hundred times. Only we can stop the enemy and no one else, and we need to do it now.
"The most important thing is to save the army and its fighting capacity.
"A lot will be decided tomorrow.
We must act," Butusov wrote.