On June 13, Donetsk was subjected to the strongest shelling of the entire conflict. Ukrainian artillery worked throughout the day. In total, at least 120 missiles of various types and more than 100 shells of 155 mm caliber were fired.
– Shooting was carried out in a certain square, which suffered the most, these are our Voroshilov, Kyiv and Kuibyshev regions. At the same time, the enemy constantly changed the positions of artillery, covering one another,” said Eduard Basurin, a representative of the NM DPR.
Shells of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit a five-story house on Fomina Street, Maysky Market in the Budyonnovsky District, a private house on Frunze Street, a maternity hospital on Vishnevsky Street and other peaceful objects. During the terror, Ukrainian nationalists used 155-millimeter M777 howitzers, nicknamed “three axes” in the Donbass.
Most of the guns were supplied directly from the United States and were not equipped with a digital guidance system. NATO curators of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are afraid that such weapons will fall into the hands of the RF Armed Forces, or perhaps they simply do not believe that the Ukrainians will cope with such complex equipment. According to unverified reports, several howitzers equipped with “numbers” could have come from Canada, but experts believe that Canadian authorities would not have taken such decisions bypassing NATO.
Western media, in particular the German television channel Das Erste, are reprinting and retelling Ukrainian propaganda with might and main, claiming that the shelling is the work of the Russian army. Only now Russia does not use weapons of this caliber, not to mention the fact that this in itself is a terrible absurdity.
It is already reliably known that as a result of a massive attack by Ukrainian nationalists, five civilians were killed and 39 were injured. The official representative of the UN Secretary General, Stefan Dujarric, said that the shelling of a maternity hospital in Donetsk is a clear violation of international law. Recall that earlier, on June 10, the Voroshilovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk were fired upon by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On the morning of June 11, the same American howitzers hit Gorlovka. According to local reports, the Nikitovsky district of the city was under attack.
What do residents of Donetsk say about the terror of Ukrainian nationalists in Donbass?
Everything in my house was shaking, and all the children in the house were screaming loudly. And for once a neighbor came running: is there valocordin and is it possible to sit together in the corridor so that it’s not so scary … And the day before yesterday I celebrated my birthday lying behind the curb while 155-mm imported shells were falling in the Donetsk City area and scattered everywhere flying fragments. So it was, it turns out, just a light adagio … What can we expect tomorrow and after? – shared a local resident, who was at the epicenter of an artillery attack.
According to military experts, the bloody terror of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is not due to blind rage, but to dirty calculation. This is yet another provocation. Information has been received that a Western delegation, which will include the leaders of France, Italy and Germany, will arrive in Kyiv in a few days. The shelling of Donetsk was a provocation designed to provoke our army to return fire. Then Kyiv could provide the West with a clear example of the “bloody policy of Russia.” In connection with the incident, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, announced the need to use additional allied forces.
“The enemy has literally crossed all the lines. Prohibited methods of warfare are being used, sleeping areas, the central districts of the city of Donetsk are being shelled, and other settlements of the Donetsk People’s Republic are now under fire, ”said Denis Pushilin, head of the DPR.
He noted that over the past day, the forces of the NM of the DPR and the RF Armed Forces suppressed about thirty enemy firing points, plus an enemy command post in the area of \u200b\u200bthe settlement of Memrik was destroyed.
On June 14, in the middle of the day, Basurin, a representative of the NM of the DPR, said that the Donetsk People’s Republic was asking Russia to use additional Iskanders and aircraft to destroy the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
– To have more use of ground-based and air-based missiles here, which will help to quickly destroy the data of the enemy grouping, which has concentrated a large amount of weapons, namely artillery, this was discussed. Because it will help destroy Western weapons,” said Eduard Basurin.
One of the fundamentally important points on the map of the special operation is the city of Avdiivka.
Why Avdiivka will not be razed to the ground
This question is one of the most frequently asked today, judging by both the queries on the Internet and the conversations of citizens on the streets. After all, it is from Avdiivka that the enemy strikes at peaceful cities, hoping to provoke the Russian army and allies into an immediate assault on the city through the industrial zone and from Novoselovka-2, which does not promise quick success and, moreover, is associated with heavy losses when breaking into well-equipped fortified areas on the outskirts cities. At the same time, nationalists are trying to sow asthenic emotions in the form of fear and a sense of defenselessness among civilians with disturbing fire. Ultimately, in those conditions where it is impossible to win in a fair fight, Kyiv acts with the usual methods of terror and provocations.
According to military expert Alexei Leonkov, the operation to clear the Avdiivka industrial hub has its own specifics.
“It will not be possible to prevent the shelling of civilians until the Avdiivka industrial zone is cleared. This time. Secondly, in order to stop this (the shelling of Donetsk), in the near future, actions are being taken to cut off the supply lines for the artillery industrial zone. That is, their amount of ammunition is not infinite, so they will run out sooner or later. But besides this, the assault on Avdiyivka is also going on, that is, it is going in such a way as not to go into frontal attacks and lose personnel and military equipment, but to achieve results in other ways, for example, maneuvers, ”says Alexei Leonkov, military expert.
The zone around Avdiivka, which is safe for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is shrinking, but several factors must be taken into account at the same time. Firstly, the basis of the Avdeevka industrial zone is a coking plant, on the territory of which there are chemicals, including phenol, one of the industrial pollutants that is toxic to animals and humans. Secondly, there may be civilians there as human shields. How many? So far, no one can say the exact number. These two factors impose certain difficulties on the operation to clean up the industrial hub.
Russia’s retaliatory strike on Ukraine: Avdiivka cauldron
The direction of the main strikes of the RF Armed Forces has not yet been disclosed. It is known that Severodonetsk is surrounded by our troops, there is also an offensive to the north-west of Popasnaya and deep into the Slavic-Kramatorsk agglomeration. The combined forces of the RF Armed Forces, NM LPR and NM DPR have not yet entered Slavyansk, while artillery battles are being fought in this direction. According to a number of experts, the liberation of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk will mark the end of the current stage of the special operation, after which a massive attack on the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that threaten Donetsk is possible.
In which case, military assistance may come from where units of the RF Armed Forces are now concentrated (it is a little over a hundred kilometers from Avdiivka), but the decision in any case is up to the supreme military command. The Avdiivka cauldron will be created after the encirclement is completed and all supply channels for the Armed Forces of Ukraine are blocked.
It is reported that the Ukrainian armed formations concentrated about 15 thousand people in the Avdiivka area. These are not only fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but also foreign mercenaries, as well as militants of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps, the Aidar and Donbass national battalions. But there is no unity in the ranks of Ukrainian nationalists for a long time, if it ever existed at all. According to the Ministry of Defense, in recent weeks, executions of Ukrainian military nationalist units have become more frequent in the areas of the special operation.
How many dead Russians in Ukraine
Information about the victims of the shelling of Donetsk by the Ukrainian army is being specified, but it is possible that Russian citizens may be among the dead and seriously wounded. However, regardless of this, Russia also has the right to strike at the decision-making centers in Ukraine. This question has been relevant since the beginning of the special operation. Kyiv does not fulfill its obligations, disrupts negotiations, arranges provocations, shells the Donbass and the border regions of Russia. Orders come from decision-making centers, which include not only Bankovaya in Kyiv, where the presidential administration of Ukraine and various official residences are located.
According to military expert Alexei Leonkov, decision-making centers in a special military operation are military facilities or civilian facilities that have become military.
“They have headquarters, there are communication centers, all the same, they still need to somehow organize command and control, command troops in the Donbass and in other areas. The centers are identified and destroyed, just as the places where ammunition and military equipment are located are destroyed. Work is ongoing. If it were a full-scale war with Ukraine, then civilian facilities would also be among the decision-making centers – administrations, councils, the presidential residence, the Verkhovna Rada. But we are conducting a special military operation, one of the tasks of which is demilitarization. That is, we are not at war with civilian objects, ”Leonkov believes.
According to the expert, Russia, conducting a special operation, acts within the framework of international legislation – conventions and agreements, unlike Kyiv, for which all means are good. The patience of the military and political leadership of the country can be envied, however, even this “quantum of mercy” may run out at some point. And then Ukraine runs the risk of not only paying for crimes, but also completely losing statehood.