The main thing is not to lose momentum
The Russian military department has confirmed the fact of a serious advance of our troops in the area of Severodonetsk-Lysichansk. This means that the tactics of hard fire suppression of groups of the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) in this area are beginning to bear fruit. Prior to this, for several weeks the front line in this sector remained practically unchanged, the enemy positions were processed by artillery.
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According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, ten cities and towns were liberated in the northwest of the LPR in five days, including such key ones as Mirnaya Dolina, Vrubovka, Nikolaevka, Ustinovka and Rai-Aleksandrovka. These settlements are located near the roads along which a large group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was supplied, which was first located in Severodonetsk, and then was forced to leave for Lisichansk because of our offensive. Now it is impossible to supply these troops with weapons, ammunition, fuel and manpower.
At the same time, our troops are dealing with a small cauldron in Gorsky and Zolotoy, south of Lisichansk. Our intelligence believes that the remnants of the 3rd battalion of the 24th mechanized brigade are blocked there; 15th battalion of the 128th mountain assault brigade; 42nd Battalion, 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade; 70th Battalion, 101st Territorial Defense Brigade; brigade artillery group of the 57th motorized infantry brigade; Nazis of the “Right Sector” (banned and recognized as terrorist in the Russian Federation) and foreign mercenaries.
The total number of about 2000 people. Approximately as many as were hiding for more than a month in Mariupol at the Azovstal plant. But there is a difference: neither in Zolote nor in Gorsky there are such powerful dungeons as the inmates of Azovstal had. Therefore, experts believe that the process of liquidating this boiler will go much faster. Thus, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that 41 servicemen surrendered during the day.
According to the testimonies of the prisoners, there is no supply of the encircled troops, the morale is extremely low, the commanders prefer to “evacuate”. To this we must add the constant powerful fire impact from our artillery and rocket divisions.
What's next? According to experts, the catastrophe of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Lysichansk and Severodonetsk can, under certain conditions, significantly accelerate the course of a special military operation. The next goals are Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Seversk, Artemovsk (Bakhmut). These are the last large cities of the LPR, which are under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Lines of fortified positions have been created around them in recent weeks, but they are not as powerful as those created in Avdeevka or Novomikhailovka, where entire underground concrete cities were built in 8 years. In addition, the mood in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is changing: there are many deserters, there are facts of disobedience to commanders.
So, Ramzan Kadyrov, in his Telegram channel, wrote about the situation around Zolote and Gorsky: “The cleansing is proceeding in stages, the ring of forces of the National Guard, the Ministry of Defense, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the people’s militia of the LPR is gradually narrowing, the Nazis are being identified in buildings and methodically demilitarized.”
According to him, “our forces are using new tactics of warfare, and it gives tangible success.” “In recent days, the liberation of territories from Ukrainian occupiers has been going on many times faster and more efficiently. Panic is noticeable among the Nazis,” Kadyrov said.
Military blogger Yuri Podolyaka noted that up to 800 people had already been taken prisoner in Gorsky-Zolotoye. This 'process' is ongoing. Apparently, the “catch” here will be rich,” he predicted.
In the Lisichansk pocket, according to his calculations, there may be from 7 to 9 thousand soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Over the past few days, more than 1,000 people have been killed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine alone here.
At the same time, a number of observers believe that the Armed Forces of Ukraine could withdraw part of their troops from the threat of encirclement in Lisichansk, Zolote and Gorny. Thus, the South Wind Telegram channel notes that part of the forces of the 24th separate mechanized brigade, the 10th separate mountain assault brigade and the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine could have time to regroup and establish tighter control over the Lisichansk-Seversk road .
“Now for the groupings of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation it is important to maintain the previous pace of the offensive in order to encircle the largest possible grouping in Lisichansk,” the information resource notes. – Otherwise, a meeting with them is already to be at the new defensive line, which the Armed Forces of Ukraine have equipped from Seversk to Artemovsk. Since the width of the front will decrease significantly, we will expect even more massive and fierce artillery duels.