Review Of Recent Military Escalation In Eastern Ukraine (Map)

A military escalation erupted in the region of Dnobass in eastern Ukraine in the last days of January.

On January 28, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) and pro-Kiev paramilitary groups (for example: Right Sector) launched a large-scale offensive against forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). At the same time, the UAF delivered a high number of artillery strikes across the contact line with the DPR. However, a common low level of the Ukrainian military staff resulted in a total military failure on the ground.

The attack violated the international agreements made under the Normandy format and was likely aimed to legitimate Kiev’s withdrawal from the Minsk protocol. Pro-Kiev units moved to minefields, suffered major casualties and were pushed to retreat.

A fighting has been ongoing in various parts of a contact line since then. Especially heavy clashes have been ongoing in the area south of Adveevka near the DPR capital of Donetsk. Sides use various military equipment and artillery, including multiple rocket launcher ystems (BM-21 “Grad”).

According to information obtained by SouthFront, so far, Kiev forces had lost 24 fighters dead and over 60 injured (a notable number of them are now in hospitals in the city of Kharkov).

In the morning on January 31, there were reports that the situation became “quiet”, but then the Kiev vside continued military actions against DPR. Sporadic clashes were reported near Niznee Lozovoe and Aleksandrovka.

The mainstream media and Kiev’s side are now pushing an issue of the “humanitarian disaster” in the Kiev-controlled village of Avdeevka. However, the situation there is an obvious result of the Poroshenko regime’s actions in the area (more here).

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  • NeoLeo

    Ukronazi preparation for another offensive…

  • chris chuba

    Here’s an interesting article that showed up on a Neocon portal ‘realcleardefense.com’ because it was critical of Ukraine’s recent actions http://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-russia-creeping-offensive-escalation-fighting/28268104.html

    1. They refer to Ukraine’s recent actions as a ‘creeping offensive’ and encroachment into the neutral zone. This is notable because normally Ukraine is depicted as defending itself against Russia.

    2. The commander justified this as a law an order move to prevent black market trafficking of food and fuel products. Seriously? If you are trying to win back people, you don’t normally try to starve and freeze them.

    The one thing that I thought was laughable is that they compared an early morning raid, where a squad of soldiers dressed as laborers, showing up to a farm as maskirovka. Yeah, sure, this was another Operation Bagration and showed new capabilities of a reformed Ukrainian military.

  • Arthur Smith

    >Pro-Kiev units moved to minefields, suffered major casualties and were pushed to retreat.
    And after that Right Sector opened fire on fleeing soldiers.

    >In the morning on January 31, there were reports that the situation became “quiet”, but then the Kiev side continued military actions against DPR.
    Then, once HQ got a wind of it they ordered Right Sector nazis to jump into the grinder.

  • markusaa

    More likely that putin got a green light from thrump after their phone call

    • Antikapitalista

      Most likely the Kievan junta and their Western backers see this as an opportunity to “unfreeze” this conflict and escalate it in order to put pressure on Trump to change his course.

      • markusaa

        So far all escalations have been from Moscow. In the end more territoies will be lost from Ukraine to the “separatist”, that have the newest and most modern weapons

        • Alex Popoff

          >all escalations have been from Moscow

          Wow. That’s something new.

          • Mollie Norris

            Thanks!

    • Mollie Norris

      So Putin advised the Ukraine forces to attack Russian forces? Interesting analysis. Are you a California democrat?

  • wimroffel

    The article is a bit meager on details:

    – Tass has an article in which it connects the escalation to the talks between Trump and Putin.

    – Sputniknews reports that “Earlier in the day, water supply and power were reported to be cut in Avdeevka” and that Poroshenko has asked for an “urgent session of the trilateral contact group” to discuss this humanitarian disaster.