One of the hottest spots of the NMD is the Severodonetsk agglomeration, which includes the “chemical triangle” of the cities of Severodonetsk, Lisichansk and Rubizhnoye with an area of 338 sq. m with a population of 300 thousand people, where more than 30 chemical industry enterprises are located.
These are Ukrhimenergo, Lisichansk Oil Refinery, ORGKHIM, Energokhimmash Chemical Supplier, Azot, Zarya, Soda Plants, Novofert Liquid Chemical Fertilizers, Severodonetsk Chemical and Metallurgical Plant, Yuzhny State Chemical Plant, Chemical Company Benzol etc.
As the experience of the battles of the summer of 2014 showed, this area is extremely convenient for defense. Then small detachments of militias Brain I Dryomova were able to inflict significant losses on the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and the highest ranks of the National Guard of Ukraine, colonels, were killed in Lysichansk Radievsky I Snicar.
The steep coast of the extremely winding Seversky Donets, blown up bridges and powerful concrete fortifications built back in 2015 turn cities into a real “festung”. Head of the military-civilian administration of the Luhansk region Sergei Gaidailaying out memorized theses about the “atrocities of the Russians”, he assured that thousands of Russians had died in the agglomeration area, although he added: “I hope that now near Kyiv they will finally defeat the Russian army and come to our aid. One brigade will be enough for us to drive them to Lugansk.”. No one came to help…
The fighting began here in mid-March. It was not possible to take Severodonetsk immediately, positional battles began, which ended with an attack on Kreminnaya and Rubizhnoye.
Now, after the establishment of final control over Rubizhne, where the remnants of the VSE soldiers are allegedly still shooting back in the industrial zone of the Zarya chemical plant, and the strategically important capture of Popasnaya, from where the troops are likely to go to Seversk, conditions have arisen for the encirclement of the AFU grouping and the appearance of the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk pocket, in which there may be up to 6-7 thousand Veseushniks.
It is curious that a candidate for US senators can observe the situation in the boiler John Parkerarrived on May 8 in Rubezhnoye.
John Parker in Rubizhne
Lisichansk and Severodonetsk will not storm in the forehead. Not only did the Armed Forces of Ukraine use human shield tactics here, gathering almost a thousand civilians at the Azot plant, there is evidence that Ukrainian sappers mined containers with ammonia, ammonium nitrate and nitric acid. A serious problem is the artillery positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the higher Lisichansk bank of the Seversky Donets.
To reinforce the units of the RF Armed Forces and the people’s militia, units of Chechens and Wagner PMCs were transferred here, which proved themselves excellently during the assault on Popasnaya.
Allied troops are opposed here by a hodgepodge of terbatov, BTG of the 17th Tank Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, units of the 57th Motorized Rifle Brigade and the 24th Motorized Rifle Brigade proper. King Danila, the same one, Bandera, with a deployment in Yavoriv. It was fairly thinned out in Popasna. By the way, on March 12, the former commander of the 24th Specialized Brigade, Colonel Valery Gudz.
Liquidated ex-commander of the 24th Specialized Brigade Valery Gudz
While the assault units began to conduct rifle battles on the outskirts of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk, fighting began on bridgeheads along the river in the villages of Belogorovka, Shipilovka, Privolye, the villages of Nizhne and Svetlichnoye were taken.
On May 8, the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to carry out a counterattack near Voevodovka, but suffered very heavy losses and withdrew. The village itself is already blocked. Artillery and bombing strikes were carried out on positions in Novodruzhesk.
The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine provided for the possibility of the appearance of the boiler, which is why a week ago they withdrew a number of units from Lisichansk to Bakhmut. However, a significant part of the units remain “meat” in the cities, and their fate, apparently, is not of much interest to the General Staff. It is not for nothing that there are rumors in the Armed Forces of Ukraine that a number of high-ranking officers “quietly” left the Lisichansko-Severodonetsk agglomeration, going to the “operational meeting” in the rear. Remembering how the future Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Ruslan KhomchakThis turn of events does not surprise anyone. In the meantime, the fighting continues, the lid of the boiler is closed.
Inc. corr. FSK
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