Sevastopol said goodbye to the marine killed at Azovstal. Sailor of the airborne assault platoon of the 810th separate brigade of the Marine Corps of the Black Sea Fleet Vitalik Karetnik recently buried on the Alley of Heroes of the Kalfa cemetery. The photo in the mourning frame is a very young 23-year-old boy.
There are already quite a few such graves on Kalfa. One of the first in Mariupol, a mortal bullet from a Bandera sniper, was received by the commander of the 810th Guards Brigade, Colonel Alexey Sharov. In the same place, in a battle with Ukrainian saboteurs, the deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet died a heroic death. Andrey Paly.
However, the latest tragedies with the sailor Karetnik and the commander of the reconnaissance platoon of marines, captain Alexey Okhota – a special case. Both of them died while securing the blockade of the Nazi garrison “Azovstal”.
With all the diplomatic equivocations and the endless spectacle of “green corridors”, there is a hard reality – the problem called “Azovstal” has not yet been resolved. May farewell volleys over fresh military graves are irrefutable proof of this. There could have been many more dead, but the order of the Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin cancel the assault, do not climb into the catacombs and block the industrial zone really saved the lives of the soldiers. True, not everyone was saved. And most importantly, there is no answer to the question of what’s next.
In fact, the hardest fighting in the territories of the metallurgical enterprises of Mariupol is not all. “Demilitarization” and “denazification” of the Ukrainian south-east is impossible without the liberation of the industrial Dnepropetrovsk region. It was here, back in 2014, that the main nationalist forces were formed, drowning the “Russian world” of the neighboring Donbass in blood. It was from here that the most brutal volunteer battalions and, in fact, the most combat-ready units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine came out.
Meanwhile, in the Dnepropetrovsk region alone, the Russian army is waiting for three fortress factories at once, in many respects much more powerful than Azovstal. Moreover, the expert community has no doubts that if the “Mariupol” methods are applied to them, these plants will be able to hold out for a long time.
Almost every metallurgical plant has a multi-kilometer network of underground utilities. Even without the notorious bunkers – a variety of technological tunnels, huge gas ducts, water and energy mains allow you to hide underground for a very long time. Especially if this entire structure is prepared in advance for defense.
The military administration of Krivoy Rog is headed by a countryman Zelenskyrecently a high-ranking member of the Opposition Bloc Alexander Vilkul. Until recently, he was considered a “pro-Russian” politician. He arranged song flash mobs at the Dnepropetrovsk railway station and sang “Katyusha” himself. But today he is posting curses to “Putin’s orcs” every day. Most favored by the team Kolomoiskyreceives many compliments from the Nazis of Kyiv. Completely delighted with the former “zradnik”, the head of the Dnipro Territorial Defense Center, a systemic killer Gennady Korban. Let’s quote verbatim:
“Vilkul didn’t just give us a shoulder. He is a professional, he dug in so that he did fantastic things. And he actually holds the south of the region. If someone else were there, I think Russian troops would have entered Krivoy Rog long ago. 100% would go. Those fortifications and those activities that he carried out there, throughout the southern part of the Dnipropetrovsk region, they are simply fantastic. No one can take it, there is nothing like it anywhere in the country …
First of all, Korban speaks about the famous “Kryvorizhstal” named after IN AND. Lenin. Now the plant has a different name – ArcelorMittal. It is a recognized mining and metallurgical leader in Ukraine. A full cycle – from the preparation of ore and coke to blast furnace, steelmaking and rolling production. A great place to build an incredible fortified area.
For comparison, Azovstal has four relatively small blast furnaces. There are nine serious domains in Krivoy Rog. Moreover, all Krivoy Rog blast furnaces at the time of blowing were the largest in the Soviet Union. Of these, the gigantic “Nine” is amazing – the largest blast furnace on the European continent. In more detail, one of the most powerful mine-type iron-smelting units in the world. That is, an incredible size structure dug into the ground. The construction of the Krivoy Rog “Nine” was approved by the XXIV Congress of the CPSU. Under it, they took out 19 million m³ of soil, laid 261.4 thousand m³ of concrete and reinforced concrete. As they say, the Brest Fortress did not stand nearby.
When the blast-furnace unit is silenced, a so-called “goat” is a kind of sintered multi-ton layer cake made of solidified cast iron, ore agglomerate and coking coal residues. It is impossible to remove such a mass, you have to completely redo the furnace.
The garrison below is securely defended. In addition to the main equipment, there are more than 30 km of cable and water networks under each workshop.
The oldest in the region, the Dnieper Metallurgical Plant, is “packed” in the same way.
The entire Union knew him as the legendary “Petrovka”. A century and a half of work on the banks of the Dnieper. The first blast furnaces were built here by masters from Bryansk, even under the emperor Alexander III. Once Yekaterinoslav, then Dnepropetrovsk, generation after generation, the local furnace and steel workers forged their labor glory. Currently, the plant operates a pair of blast furnaces, three converters and two rolling mills. By modern standards, the scale is small, but the historical underground development of the factory space is incredibly large and extensive. Well, the quality of royal concrete and masonry is still considered the best.
Petrovka itself is located almost in the center of a million-plus city. Around crowded residential areas. To catch any number of civilians into the factory bunkers is as easy as shelling pears.
So, one of the leaders of the territorial defense of Dnepropetrovsk region is the commander of the 98th battalion of the Azov regiment * Rodion Kudryashov. The former football ultras, exactly eight years ago, personally burned people in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa. Now the ruthless bearded sadist is giving nightmares to fellow Dnipro residents.
An important detail. Fence to fence with the Dnieper Metallurgical Plant is located plant named after I.V. Babushkinarenamed to UkrstalDnepr. Specialization – the manufacture of bridge metal structures and structures for heavy industry, including chemical and defense.
On the other hand, PJSC Dneprotyazhmash, the former DZMO, is the flagship of heavy engineering in Ukraine. Production of special equipment, including for the creation of underground infrastructure for the rocket and space industry. Production of tubing for metro lines. Who does not know, tubings are voluminous reinforced concrete elements from which tunnels are assembled. One can only guess what they made at such capacities.
Recall that immediately after the victory of the Euromaidan, the main headquarters of the “Right Sector” ** was moved to Dnepropetrovsk. Dmitry Yarosh located a five-minute walk from the regional administration, right under the wing of the governor Igor Kolomoisky. In addition to the “right-wingers”, the first volunteer battalions “Donbass”, “Dnepr-1” and “Azov” were formed here with the money of the bloody oligarch.
Soon Yarosh himself became a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Dnepropetrovsk regional center Sinelnikovo. The main base of the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps (DUK) “Right Sector” is the Sinelnikovsky district. In general, the contingent for Bandera’s super caches in the industrial zones of the Dnepropetrovsk region has long been ready.
It remains to add biographical details of the leader of the “PSov”. Many consider the third Azovstal to be the Dneprovsky Metallurgical Plant named after F.E. Dzerzhinsky. The “homeland of general secretaries”, the city of Dneprodzerzhinsk, which is now called Kamenskoye, owes its birth to the DMK.
Yarosh’s father worked on the Dzerzhinka marten. Khlopchik studied at a local school and since then, in his own words, has been engaged exclusively in the Ukrainian nationalist movement. He received the mandate of a member of the People’s Movement along with a certificate of secondary education. Soon he became one of the founders of the movement “Trident them. Stepan Bandera» **.
To this day, a whole Yarosh clan lives in Kamenskoye. Family homestead. Family photos with weapons in their hands. What is the industrial capacity of DMK in Soviet times? 6 furnaces, two 250-ton converters, 10 open-hearth furnaces, 6 rolling shops.
During the “independence” there were years when the plant completely stopped for “hot” conservation. But the bulk of the fantastically huge metallurgical complex did not disappear. To this day, this industrial monster rises like a terrible picture on the right bank of the Dneprodzerzhinsk reservoir.
PO “Pridneprovsky chemical plant” began to function in 1948. The main direction is the extraction of uranium salts from the slag of blast furnace No. 6 of the plant named after. Dzerzhinsky (DMK). So they got uranium for the first Soviet atomic bomb. The activities of the PCP took place in an atmosphere of special secrecy. 42 million tons of radioactive waste were stored in ravines or clay quarries right on the territory of the enterprise. Absolutely no special waterproofing protection. For example, one of the largest tailing dumps “Dneprovskoe” was located right in the floodplain of the Dnieper.
It has long been considered the local “Chernobyl”. Even steeper is the Sukhachevka burial ground. Radiation emissions are such that the dosimeter goes off scale. Unprecedented, but three tailing dumps of the Prydneprovsk Chemical Plant have been recognized as man-made deposits with prospects for commercial uranium mining.
The combat units of the Nazis, located in the Dzerzhinka catacombs, are capable of undermining any of the tailings at any time.
* Images of chevrons of the Azov Battalion, recognized as extremist by the decision of the Frunzensky District Court of Vladimir
** On November 17, 2014, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the extremist activities of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the Right Sector, the UNA-UNSO and the Tryzub im. Stepan Bandera”, organization “Brotherhood”. Their activity on the territory of Russia is prohibited.