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 OPERATIONAL SITUATION AS OF 12:00, AUGUST 25

Russia has conducted an intrusion by the forces of at least four battalion tactical groups. The objective is to cut the Ukrainian Front in the area Amvrosiivka, operational encirclement of our troops near Ilovaisk, Torez, Shakhtarsk. One of the Russian columns is moving towards Mariupol.

This is reported by the Censor.NET editor-in-chief Yurii Butusov:

There have been no orders to retreat or break out given to the surrounded groups. Nobody panics, everyone is holding tight. Although the lack of supplies will soon begin to affect the actions of our troops.

The situation can be remedied if the Ukrainian command demonstrates quick response and instantly creates a group for a counterattack.

Eyewitnesses among the soldiers of the 28th Mechanized Brigade from Odesa report concentration of 8 Russian T-72 tanks, 6 self-propelled howitzers Gvozika (Carnation) up to 20 IFV-2s (BMD-2) in the region of Starobesheve. The occupants are openly declaring to the locals that they are from Russia. However, this Russian military group is not the only one in the area.

The troops of the B sector have concentrated an assault group and tried to break through at night. One of the Russian units was destroyed. Five Russian tanks were disabled and seven crew members captured - they are being questioned. But then our troops encountered fierce resistance from the enemy. We need more forces in the area.

According to the experience in the D sector, I would like to clarify for the leadership of the General Staff and the ATO: the order to "Hold" only makes sense if the command ensures supply of the ammunition for artillery and armored vehicles, if a maneuver is possible. If you just stand on the positions, the enemy conducts sighted shelling of the positions by howitzer artillery and multiple rocket launchers. As it is currently happening at Ilovaisk. Since our troops are shackled by the Russian attack from the rear, the enemy artillery at the front is acting with impunity aided by the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The possibility of counter battery fire is very limited due to limited ammunition. The electronic reconnaissance using directional bearing of mobile phones calculates the areas of concentration of our troops alongside around the clock drone patrolling.

On July 23 I called for a breakthrough of our troops from the D sector due to sighted artillery fire of the enemy, which we had nothing to respond with. The ATO Command made the decision only on August 5. Today there is a similar situation - delay equals death. Static deployment on positions leads to losses of heavy equipment and trucks, which significantly decreases the fighting value of the surrounded groups. We must collect all the forces of the B and D sectors into assault groups and destroy the Russian mercenaries who forced their way into our rear. This is the only way to immediately turn the crisis situation into our victory. But every day and every hour the enemy is strengthening its positions with no delays. We need to strike immediately!

The General Staff and the ATO Command ATO were repeatedly warned about the danger of the situation in sectors B and D in the past three weeks. Two days ago I was personally riding on the road, which was yesterday blocked by Russian tanks. There are practically no Ukrainian troops in this area. Despite the battle for Ilovaisk, and redeployment of the enemy reserves into the city, our troops barely received any reinforcements. It has been talked about for a week by numerous commanders. Now the ATO command is obliged to take immediate action to correct its mistakes.

We need to gather a group near Savur-Mohyla, Torez, and Shakhtarsk, and send it to destroy the enemy forces that broke through to our rear.

Painful as it is but holding Savur-Mohyla in the conditions of the Russian invasion and the absence of reserves is unjustified from an operational point of view. It is necessary to collect all the troops in a fist and destroy the enemy columns that had broken through. It is necessary to cover the Mariupol direction. And while there is a chance of plowing a corridor into Ilovaisk the city should be held. But this chance should be realized immediately.

If the Defense Minister and the ATO Commander have a different point of view they should fly out to Ilovaisk. Only there you can view things objectively.

The responsibility for the crisis and for the speed of its resolving lies personally on ATO Commander Viktor Muzhenko, Defense Minister Valerii Heletei, Commander-in-Chief Petro Poroshenko. We are waiting for their decisions, rather than calming reports.

Yurii Butusov

 
 
 
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