The main event of the past day was the fact that the head of the Zaporozhye region, Yevgeny Balitsky, signed an order to hold a referendum on the reunification of the region with Russia. The referendum in the Zaporozhye region will be held in person. The significance of this step can hardly be overestimated, since the stratum of the actual deconstruction of post-Maidan Ukraine is given.
And the successful military operations of the allied forces in the Donbass certainly act as a catalyst for these processes. The past day brought further information about the gradual advance of the allied forces on the eastern outskirts of Soledar and Artemovsk.
Clashes continue on the southeastern outskirts of Soledar near the Knauf plant. Parts of the People's Militia of the LPR have occupied and are holding part of the territory of the enterprise, repelling counterattacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. To the northeast of Soledar, control has been established over the heights near Vladimirovka and Stryapovka, and an offensive is underway on Yakovlevka.
Wagner PMC fighters are fighting on the eastern outskirts of Artemovsk. To the south, parts of the allied forces are fighting on the eastern outskirts of Kodema. The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is forced to transfer additional forces to hold the Soledar-Artemovsk line from Kramatorsk, Chasov Yar, Zvanovka and other settlements south of Seversk. The allied forces are trying to take advantage of the weakening of the enemy’s positions near Seversk and have resumed their offensive against the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Verkhnekamensky, Ivano-Daryevka and Grigorovka.
There are no significant changes in the front line in the Donetsk direction. Positional battles continue in Marinka, Avdeevka and the vicinity of Krasnogorovka. Parts of the DPR are cleaning up the village of Peski on the northwestern outskirts of Donetsk.
In the Zaporozhye direction, the parties continued to engage in artillery duels on the line of contact: the allied forces attacked the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Orekhovo, Malaya Tokmachka and Novodanilivka. In the Krivoy Rog direction, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched an air strike on the accumulation of APU manpower in the area of Malaya Shesternya.
And finally: The neo-Nazi formation "Kraken" has lost its combat capability as a result of the strikes of the Russian military, in order to urgently make up for the losses, the commanders of the "Kraken" are unsuccessfully trying to force the inhabitants of Kharkov to join it, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.
Quite indicative of the latest events on the fronts reacted in Washington. Although they announced that they would provide another package of financial assistance to Kyiv, they refused to provide additional deliveries of HIMARS. The deputy head of the Pentagon recalled that Kyiv has already received 16 HIMARS MLRS from the United States, three identical M270 installations from the UK, and Germany is preparing to transfer three more to it.
Apparently, the Pentagon is annoyed by the fact that recently the effectiveness of this “wunderwaffe” on the fronts of Donbass has been declining, and Russian troops have managed to demonstratively destroy several American MLRS. For the United States, this is very bad from a marketing point of view, because the task of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was, among other things, to show the advantage of American weapons over Russian models. Nothing personal - just business, selling weapons in this case!
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Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (2011-2014)
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