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 BATTLE FOR ILOVAISK

The Battle for Ilovaisk was the first battle of Ukrainian volunteer battalions. The battle is of strategic importance. Ilovaisk is the key to intercept communications of the Donetsk group of Russian mercenaries. Taking Ilovaisk endangers the Donetsk enemy forces and creates the conditions to close the encirclement of Donetsk.

Censor.NET editor-in-chief Yurii Butusov writes:

"From the north of Donetsk, our troops are advancing in the area of Yasynuvata. From the area of Ilovaisk our southern group can strike from the opposite direction. Simultaneously it creates a threat for Mospyne and Shakhtarsk enemy groups. This maneuver of our soldiers will dramatically reduce the pressure of the enemy in the sector D of the anti-terrorist operation.

Fighting for the city has continued for two days non-stop. Groups of mercenaries and terrorists were knocked out of most parts of the city during the fights on August 18-19 but continue to cling to the district on the northern outskirts of Ilovaisk. As a result of bilateral coverage of the pro-Russian mercenaries group in southern Ilovaisk by the forces of the Interior Ministry Dnipro battalion and the 3rd Battalion Donbas of the National Guard, with the support of army units of the 17th tank division from Dnipropetrovsk, 51th Volyn and 93rd Dnipropetrovsk mechanized brigades, on August 18 the enemy was defeated and most of Ilovaisk was liberated. Our fighters inflicted heavy losses to the enemy.

But on August 19, the Russian command began a counter attack to dislodge our troops from Ilovaisk. Heavy fighting ensued. For the second day the terrorists from areas of Donetsk, Mospyne and Shakhtarsk have been attacking our troops with infantry and armored vehicles. The scale of the enemy use of artillery and multiple rocket launchers is absolutely unprecedented. The terrorists are shelling the town together with civilians in order to impede the advance of the Ukrainian troops. The fire is massed and intense.

It should be noted that Russian mercenaries attack in large groups and our troops have repeatedly come into close contact fights; all kinds of infantry weapons are being used. Some buildings could be freed only after complete neutralizing of the mercenaries.

The enemy is throwing in all their reserves from Donetsk and Shakhtarsk - the Vostok battalion, Oplot, Motorola gang, units of Russian mercenaries. Terrorist units from other sectors of the front have been redeployed.

The positions of the 40th Territorial Defense Battalion Kryvbas and the 17th Tank Brigade are being attacked by the enemy from the direction of Shakhtarsk. The soldiers neutralized a T-72 tank, several light armored vehicles, several supply trucks and caused great damage to the manpower.

Outside urban area of Ilovaisk the Ukrainian troops are widely using artillery and mortars - artillery groups of the 93rd and 51th brigades effectively suppress the enemy batteries and fire points around Ilovaisk.

On August 19, the Azov and the Shakhtarsk Interior Ministry volunteer battalions joined in the battle for Ilovaisk to help their comrades. They continued to fight at night. For Shakhtarsk the battle for Ilovaisk became the first big one. At night the reconnaissance group of the Azov battalion destroyed a stronghold and combat reconnaissance patrol vehicle of the enemy. The Shakhtarsk battalion is a newly formed unit and for many troops Ilovaisk became their first battle. Azov and Shakhtarsk are engaged in street battles alongside their brothers-in-arms from the Donbas and Dnipro.

The command of the sector B (General Khomchak) organized a clear interaction between the assault units, artillery and armored vehicles. A good level of coordination among all Ukrainian units has been achieved.

The battle for Ilovaisk continues. The volunteers continue to advance.

During the two days of fighting for Ilovaisk two soldiers of the Dnipro, four fighters of the Donbas and four fighters of Shakhtarsk battalions died a heroic death."

Yurii Butusov

 
 
 
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