There is a saying in the army: it is more important who your commander is, than in what detachment you serve.
Most of the Separatists attacking our stronghold were Kossaks from the Don region of Russia. Their diversion groups (consisting of five or six fighters) constantly tried to infiltrate the Ukrainian city of Debaltseve.
The official number of Debaltseve POWs, released by Ukraine’s General Staff, correlates with my monitoring and calculations: from 110 to 120 Ukrainian servicemen, including ninety-three from 40 Battalion.
The first Russian offensives at Debaltseve were similar to those made by the Soviet General Georgi Zhukov or the German Nazi General Heinz Guderian in the twentieth century: that is to say, they concentrated as many troops as possible and threw them all into the assault.
No one among 128 Brigade’s officers was actually happy to see more troops from 40 Battalion, and they could not say where our comrades were hiding.
A rifle shot rang out, followed by a burst of machine-gun fire, and the two groups joined battle. Major Vakulenko was struck by a grenade, killing him instantly.
When the last page came out of the printer and I gave it to colonel, we heard the loud sounds of several powerful explosions to the right behind the wall.
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.
Putin uses the whole variety of war strategies to defeat Ukraine militarily, or by terror and counter-intelligence operations.
The anti-terror operation (ATO) by the government of Ukraine against Russian armed mercenaries and Russia-supported terrorists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.