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Aug 19, 2022
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Advances in several directions of the Donbas theater of operations. What is the result?

Over the past week, the offensive operations of the 1st and 2nd army corps of the People’s Militia of the LDNR in two operational directions of the Donbas theater of operations (TVD) have gained a steady positive trend over the past week.

So, on the Artyomovsk-Soledar segment of the line of contact, motorized rifle and infantry units of the 6th Cossack regiment of the 2nd AK NM of the LPR and units of the Wagner PMC continue to develop a successful offensive against the fortified areas of the 58th motorized infantry and a separate 80th air assault brigades The Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the territorial defense brigades R2, which form the southern section of the 1st line of defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of ​​the Pavlogradskaya Bulge.

First of all, the list of these fortified areas includes the fortified infrastructures of the Bakhmut building ceramics plant and the SINIAT gypsum mine, located in the urban area of ​​Artyomovsk. The abundance of “wandering” mortar crews, Javelin ATGM crews in Artyomovsk, as well as firing positions of 155-mm M777A2 howitzers in Chasovoy Yar seriously impede the advance of the “Wagnerites” through the industrial zones of the above-mentioned Artyomovsk facilities, not to mention the counter-battery countermeasures of the D-20 and Msta batteries -B “NM of the LPR, deployed in Pokrovsk and Klinovo and providing artillery support to our units. Nevertheless, the “Wagnerites” were able to successfully gain a foothold in the territories of the above enterprises, the logistics supply loophole runs through Patrice Lumumba Street.

A more difficult situation is observed on the southeastern and southern approaches to the Artyomovsky fortified area of ​​the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The crews of the Stugna-P, Javelin and Milan-2T anti-tank systems, as well as sniper crews deployed at the firing positions of the 750 kV Donbasskaya substation and in the development of the village of Veselaya Dolina, still do not allow the Allied Forces to establish control over Ivangrad and Experienced for the purpose of direct fire impact on the strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Budyonovsky microdistrict and all the southern districts of Artyomovsk.

Significant difficulties in advancing to the southern environs of Artyomovsk are created by the formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine maintaining control over the dominant heights near the village of Otradovka, as well as along the T-05−13 highway.

Much more positive dynamics is observed in the Soledar operational direction, where the effective counter-battery work of the artillery units of the 6th Cossack Regiment on mortar firing positions and batteries of D-30 and M119A1-3 howitzers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the urban area of ​​Soledar ensured the advancement of the “motorized rifles” of the same unit of the north- west of the Dekonskaya railway station with access to the Salt Mine No. 1−3, as well as a separate private sector in the eastern environs of Soledra. A significant contribution to the promotion of the “motorized rifles” of the 6th Cossack regiment of the NM of the LPR in the Soledar direction is also made by the active use of “English Channel tanks” (“reactive tanks”) T-80BV, which are involved not only in tank “duels” against Ukrainian T- 64BV / BM, but also in the suppression of the fortification infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the eastern environs of Soledar due to the use of 125-mm high-explosive fragmentation shells.

Thus, the strikes by T-80BV tanks on the strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Soledar were captured in video footage filmed by correspondents of the press service of the NM LPR on August 17, 2022. Possessing decent dynamic qualities (specific power 25.17 hp / t and road speed of about 85 – 90 km / h) due to the presence of 1100-horsepower GTD-1000TF gas turbine engines, T-80BV tanks are able to more quickly leave firing positions after strikes against strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They are also capable of maneuvering one and a half times more intensively during tank “duels” with Ukrainian T-64BMs, which significantly increases their survivability in combined arms battles.

At the same time, maintaining control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine over a fortified area strategically important for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the settlement of Krasnaya Gora (located between Soledar and Artyomovsk) still prevents the weakening of combat stability, pushing back and the final breakthrough of the northern segment of the 1st defense line of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the sector of the Pavlograd Bulge . For a successful offensive attack on this settlement, the artillery and rocket artillery battalions of the Allied Forces, which have 152-mm howitzers D-20, Msta-B and Giacint-B, must provide proper counter-battery opposition to the Ukrainian artillery in Soledar, Krasnaya Gora, Artyomovsk, Paraskoviyevka, Blagodatny and at the railway station “Sol” by timely target designation from the UAV “Orlan-10”, as well as counter-battery radars of the “Zoo-1M” ​​line.

In the Seversk operational direction, counter-battery and rifle “duels” continue on the southern approaches to Serebryanka, Seversk, and Vyemka. For more than two months now, a kind of operational-tactical “swing” has been observed in this sector: active counter-battery opposition from the CEASAR and Krab self-propelled guns transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues to impede the advance of the Allied Forces in the direction of Seversk and does not allow establishing a pontoon crossing across the Seversky Donets .

Over the past few days, the successful development of the offensive operations of the mining units of the NM of the DPR, supported by a powerful missile, air and artillery impact from the Russian Armed Forces, has been observed in the Uludar operational direction over the past few days. At the moment, the fortified areas of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the settlements of Vladimirovka, Pavlovka and Velikaya Novoselovka, which form the 1st line of defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Volnovakh-Mariupol direction, have been partially suppressed.

The successful pushing back of the Ukrainian Armed Forces units from Vuhledar to Kurakhovo and Constantinople, as well as establishing control over the T-05-09 highway, will block the logistics loophole for supplying the southern segment of the 1st line of defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk operational direction, including the Maryinsky fortified area.

Evgeny Damantsev

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