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Monday, 11 February 2019 09:07

RUSSIA ATTACKS EUROPE IN DONBAS, UKRAINE DEFENDS IT ALONE

Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.02.2019 
 
Almost five years after the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine in Crimea, Putin’s army is still on the attack. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are bombarding and assaulting Ukrainian defenders in Donbas, as they have been doing continuously since April 2014. Yesterday, February 10, was typical in that the Russians violated the Minsk Agreement ceasefire in every sector of the battlefront.
 
North of the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk the 2nd Army Corps (so-called “LPR”) of the Russian army attacked across the Siverskyi Donets River to strike Ukrainian defensive positions outside the village of Staryi Aidar.
 
In the Battle of the Bakhmut Road, the Russians attacked the Ukrainians’s left flank of the defences of Route 66, near the village of Krymske.
 
Attacking the “Svitlodarsk Bulge” north of the occupied city of Debaltseve, the Russians struck Ukrainian defences outside the village of Svitlodarsk.
 
Bombarding from populated areas of occupied Horlivka, the 1st Army Corps (so-called “DPR”) of the Russian army hit the settlement of Pivdenne west of the city.
 
Striking north and west of the ruins of Donetsk International Airport, the Russians attacked Avdiivka, Opytne, and Krasnohorivka.
 
Attacking the approaches to Mariupol (which is in free Ukraine), the Russians shelled Hnutove.
 
On nine distinct occasions on February 10 the Russians violated the Minsk Agreement ceasefire. In three of these attacks they used weapons that were supposed to have been withdrawn far away from the ‘contact line’ – namely, 120 millimetre calibre and 82 millimetre calibre mortars. Russian soldiers also opened aimed fire with easel-mounted anti-tank grenades, automatic grenade launchers, large-calibre machine guns, and small arms.
 
No Ukrainian soldier became a casualty of war on February 10. Ukrainian military intelligence assesses that one soldier from among the Russian occupation force was killed and another two were wounded.
 
This combat report was provided by the press service of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Social media reports of firing and troop movements– both from Russian-occupied Donbas and from free Ukraine – give anecdotal confirmation.
 
Occasionally, social media adds to the almost-clinical presentation of the facts of Russian aggression by the JFO. In a short video now on YouTube but originally posted to Facebook on February 10, Anatoliy Shtyplyts shows drone footage of a Russian infantry fighting vehicle being destroyed by Ukrainian troops. No location is given, but the news aggregator Liveuamap places this event in the settlement of Zholobok, which is a Russian salient on Route 66, the Bakhmut Road.
 
That was 10 February 2019 on the battlefront in Donbas, the 1,816th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — the biggest country of Europe.
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