The military situation has recently escalated in eastern Ukraine where the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) have launched a major attack on positions of the Donest Peoples’ Republic (DPR) forces near the town of Gorlovka. Gorlovka is the DPR-controlled town, located north of the DPR capital of Donetsk. Its pre-war population was about 256,000 people.
Last night, two UAF platoons, backed up by artillery and machine guns fire, stormed positions of DPR forces near the settlement of Golmovskiy, located north of Gorlovka. However, they were not able to break the DPR defense and retreated. The UAF assault force killed at least 1 DPR serviceman and captured 3 others. In turn, 5 UAF fighters were killed and 4 others were injured.
On May 21 morning, a group of UAF troops, backed up by battle tanks and BMP armoured vehicles, also advanced on the settlement of Chigary, near Gorlkova, where clashes erupted.
At the same time, the UAF artillery increased strikes on the town of Gorlovka itself. There are reports about civilian casualties.
Despite the Minsk 2 accords reached in 2015, the situation in eastern Ukraine has still not been de-escalated. The Kiev government is refusing any real negotiations with the Donetsk and Luganks People’s Republics, is continuing military actions against local militias and is preparing for a military operation to re-establish control over this area by force.
During the clashes the UAF has captured at least 3 members of DPR forces:
Ukrainian forces are allegedy destroying a BMP armoured vehicle of DPR forces:
An impact site of the UAF’s shelling in Gorlovka: