Turning points that are not allowed to hold the defense in the area of Debaltsevo (Donetsk region) during carrying out anti-Terrorist operation, the General staff of Armed forces of Ukraine calls the fighting in Uglegorsk and the North-Eastern outskirts of Debaltsevo. In particular the fact that in the district Uglegorsk of division of the 13-th separate mechanized infantry battalion late discovered the approach of the enemy and were compelled hastily to retreat, leaving their positions.
This is stated in the analysis of the General staff of the Ukrainian armed forces regarding the fighting on Debaltsevo bridgehead from 27 January to 18 February 2015, passed in a press-service of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine.
In addition, 107 soldiers of the 40th separate mechanized infantry battalion in the North-Eastern outskirts of Debaltsevo, unable to withstand the fire exposure of the enemy, surrendered. After that, to perform the tasks were only 23 soldiers of the 95th separate airmobile brigade, which reinforced the strongholds of the 40th battalion.
At that time, when the enemy concentrated the maximum number of forces and means in the area of Debaltsevo, 57-th separate motorized infantry brigade was tasked to carry out the assault actions, and to take Gorlovka. But, as stated in the report of the General staff, the brigade never budged.
Personnel of the consolidated detachment of the 3rd and 8th separate regiments of special forces, which were to ensure the withdrawal of forces from debaltseve area, resulting in physical and mental exhaustion refused to perform the task, independently of their changing and retreating without orders to safe areas.
«When it became clear that to hold Debaltsevo possible, it was decided to bring the units to safe areas. During the Debaltsevo operation was first carried out the withdrawal of many troops from under the blows of the enemy», — reported in the General staff.
As noted by the MOA, in coordination with ATO the enemy’s plan is to surround the troops of the Ukrainian armed forces and destroy them in the debaltseve area – was disrupted. The losses incurred by the Russian-terrorist troops, forced the enemy to abandon further offensive operations aimed to develop the offensive and capture of Artemovsk, Kramatorsk and, further, Kharkov.
«If the enemy was exhausted, the withdrawal of our units from Debaltseve foothold with minimal losses would be difficult. Moreover, the enemy would get the opportunity to develop the offensive deep into controlled the territory of «on the shoulders» of our troops. It is the significant losses inflicted on the enemy, forced him to abandon further offensive operations, was allowed to throw reserves of strength ATO and ensured successful withdrawal of our units from Debaltseve springboard in safe areas with minimal losses», — stated in the message.
In addition, forces the sector managed to keep the barrier boundary on the river Lugansk and to gain a foothold on the beachhead Luhansk — the Trinity — the Popasnaya, and not allowing the rebels capture new territories. Unit of the armed forces were withdrawn from the attacks of the enemy with minimal loss of personnel and went on the defensive in prepared defensive positions.
On January 27, 2015 in the sector had attracted about 13 thousand personnel of which: Armed Forces of Ukraine more than 8 thousand people; the national guard — up to 1,500 people; the security Service of Ukraine up to 250 people; the Ministry of internal Affairs — more than 3 thousand people.
Of groups of the sector there were 120 tanks; 530 armored combat vehicles; artillery systems 180; 65 reactive systems of volley fire.
Thus, the total number of unit personnel serving directly in the area Develasco bridgehead in February 2015 was around 4,700 troops of the armed forces. In this same area from the National guard, Ministry of internal Affairs and the security Service of Ukraine were involved in about 500 people.
At the disposal of our troops near debaltseve had 50 tanks, 40 artillery systems; 15 reactive systems of volley fire.
ATO forces in the sector were confronted With the attack a total of more than 19 thousand people. In its structure there were 170 tanks, 280 armored combat vehicles; artillery systems 290; 110 jet systems of volley fire.
However, only in the area of Debaltsevo the enemy was up to 120 tanks; up to 180 artillery pieces; 60 multiple rocket launcher systems of fire.
«Despite the achieved in Minsk agreement on ceasefire from 00.00 15 February 2015 militia, supported by regular units of the Armed forces not only fired at positions of our troops with tanks, artillery and jet systems of volley fire, but also systematically carried out the assault actions, trying to capture the base camps, strongholds and roadblocks, attacked military targets in populated areas «, — stated in the report Genspace.
From 31 January until 17 February 2015 on the positions of divisions of VSU daily was carried out at least 100 attacks from the enemy. To suppress firepower, destruction of enemy reserves by the ATO was inflicted more than 1500 missile strikes and fire attacks of the artillery to support units that were on the defensive in the sector S.
A full report of the General staff with a story about the history of one of the major battles between the Ukrainian army and Russian-terrorist troops and locating military maps available to look at on this link.
The defense Ministry recalled that before the Debaltsevsky base the ATO forces in the period of nine months provided for isolation of the crisis area in Eastern Ukraine and did not allow its extension to the rest of the country. Since may 2014 the headquarters of the ATO has conducted more than 40 operations to liberate the territory of Luhansk and Donetsk regions from illegal armed groups. Most of them were successful.
Unit of the armed forces, National guard, Ministry of internal Affairs and the SBU was liberated from terrorist groups about 60% of the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. It was released more than a hundred settlements in the region, the most important of which were the Mariupol, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Seversk, Rubezhnoye, Dzerzhinsk, Lysychansk, debaltseve and others.
«Most «hot» stage of antiterrorist operation was between may and August 2014. In mid-August by the ATO were created all conditions for full blocking militants in the districts of Gorlovka, Alchevsk, Stakhanov and Lugansk and Donetsk. Within a month, about September 15, it was planned to finish their elimination. But as a result of an open invasion of regular units of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, the predominance was on the side of the enemy. After a powerful artillery attack from Russian territory, which involved about 200 pieces of artillery, and the further invasion of Russian troops had surrounded the Ukrainian division of about 1,200 troops under Ilovaisk», — stated in the material.
We will remind, last summer the General staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine jointly with the Central research Institute of Armed Forces of Ukraine has prepared a document, which gives a review of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) and the consequences of the invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine in August-September 2014. As noted in the General staff, the document has been prepared to give truthful information about the victories and defeats of Ukraine in August-September 2014, as well as their preconditions and effects.
The staff presented an analysis of the fighting on Debaltsevo bridgehead 05.02.2016