With the fall of Vuhlegirsk our western flank developed a dangerous hole. The situation was critical because no Ukrainian positions now remained to safeguard M-03, while the terrain permitted enemy forces to advance unseen.
Not everyone in our convoy was lucky. According to official figures, nineteen Ukrainian servicemen in the convoy were killed and 135 were wounded. A dozen of our battalion’s servicemen were wounded, and ninety-four were captured by Russian “kazacks” (but released four days later).
Being full of fear, I decided to run for the exit door. At that very moment a deafening explosion to the right forced me to fall back into the corridor and hug the concrete wall, pulling my bag and Kalashnikov behind.
We thought Russians may start attacking Debaltseve in early spring, when snow will melt. But they launched offensive in the middle of winter.
Military experience sometimes is beneficial for journalists.
From the demolished Soviet base of long range surface-to-air missile systems S-300 (SA-10 Grumble).
Putin uses the whole variety of war strategies to defeat Ukraine militarily, or by terror and counter-intelligence operations.
Strobe Talbott: Under its current Putin’s leadership, Russia is an immediate threat to its neighbors, including Ukraine.
The anti-terror operation (ATO) by the government of Ukraine against Russian armed mercenaries and Russia-supported terrorists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Russian terrorists shot down a Malaysian airliner (flight MH17) over Eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.