September 5th, 2014

NKVD Officer

Fighting for Novosvetlovka – Part No. 1

The first part of a large photo report from Novosvetlovka and its outskirts, where in the course of heavy fighting the army of Novorossia first stopped the breakthrough of the junta military to the roadway Krasnodon-Lugansk and then even managed to repel it away from the "road of life". The traces of large-scale destruction and burned out materiel, abandoned positions and various military equipment graphically demonstrate the intensity of the fighting that went on here, which decided the fate of Lugansk.Collapse )
NKVD Officer

Going on the Defensive

Translation: Be Ready

[translator’s note: New mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klichko, is a lot better boxer than public speaker. His latest gaffe was saying, roughly “The residents of Kiev should get ready for timber (coffins)” instead of “get ready for winter”, when talking about lack of gas for winter heating.]
The events of recent days clearly indicate that the junta is switching to strategic defense tactic in the Donbass.
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NKVD Officer

Truce at 18:00

Interfax reports (in Russian) that an armistice was signed in Minsk between the Ukrainian junta on one side and the DPR and the LPR on the other side. It goes into effect today, after 18:00.
Overall, as I wrote before, it is more likely to be advantageous for the junta, which needs an urgent military respite in order to regroup and to restore the connectedness of the front line. Well, as for the talks themselves, they are a step towards "Larger Transnistria" with separating two more regions from Ukraine but simultaneously a step away from creating Large Novorossia, which remains under the control of the fascist junta in these types of scenarios.
The question of whether the leadership of Novorossia could refrain from signing this armistice is not essential: the necessary rearrangements for such a decision were made a bit earlier and all possible obstacles in the way of reaching an armistice were removed, starting with Strelkov. So this agreement, if it is indeed signed (and for now its text wasn't published yet and all references are made to insider sources) and goes into effect, primarily reflects the current foreign policy course of the Kremlin with respect to Donbass.

Nevertheless, for now the conditions of this truce are not clear. It is also not clear if it will be observed and what will be the line that separates the two entities. Considering the position of the USA, which are interested in continuing the war, there are significant grounds for supposing that even if this truce will be achieved, then it will simply be a pause before the military action is resumed.

Well, and if the media got ahead of themselves and the agreement isn't signed, then this is actually great and the army of Novorossia may continue the offensive and the rout of the remaining encirclements.

PS. Meanwhile, fighting continues in Mariupol, the reinforced assault groups of the army of Novorossia managed to enter the city and to set off fighting there, liberating a couple of blocks from the junta in the process. At this time the fighting still continues and apparently it will continue up until the evening.

Original article: (in Russian)

Note from the translator: it appears that the fighting in Mariupol has since ceased, for now it remains under the control of the Ukrainian regime.
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What is it that we were building over all these years?

Translation of the tweet of a resident of Odessa, shown below:
To my horror I understand that that only a few patriots work in our schools. Few of those who are true patriots to the depth of their souls. Odessa universities are a separate story. Listen, what is it that we were building over all these years? What can I say to my 14-year-old nephew, who says that in his class only he and another pupil are "for Ukraine", and everybody else "loves Russia"? What can I tell to an acquaintance of mine who is a teacher, who tells me that their director read an "SBU letter" during a meeting of teacher council with a recommendation of not touching the topic of the war and not mentioning the Ukrainian army during the lesson entitled "united Ukraine"? What can I tell to a female teacher, whose colleague hissed to her face: "I'll hang you first once the Russians will arrive!" Galina Z. continues to teach in the Institute of Internal Affairs. The very same person who cried on air in Kiselyov's program (n.b. a popular Russian TV program) and told how people were eaten in the House of Unions, she saw how "nazis wiped their lips with napkins". A couple of months ago I thought that we broke out. But it turned out to be an illusion.

Well, sure, you were building a non-viable monstrosity, which is currently dying in its throes despite all attempts to galvanize the corpse. By Winter it will start to stiffen and cover with a crisp icy crust.

Original article: (in Russian)

NKVD Officer

The Assault on Mariupol

Late in the afternoon of September 4th, the Novorossiya Armed Forces(“NAF”) started active operations in the outskirts of Mariupol. The general goals are obvious - take the city on September 5th, or at least a part of it. For this purpose, NAF assembled up to 5 thousand infantry and about 70 armored vehicles, plus several batteries of rocket artillery and D-30 howitzers. The NAF here have an overwhelming superiority in heavy weapons, especially tanks. The numerical advantage in infantry is about two – two and a half -fold. Therefore, in the light of a possible ceasefire tomorrow at 15-00, there will be a serious attempt to break through the junta defenses and enter the residential neighborhoods of Mariupol, which is scheduled either tonight or tomorrow morning.

So far, the two sides are already fighting and suffering losses – ours lost 2 tanks destroyed + 1 damaged, 3 trucks and up to 15 soldiers. Junta lost several IFVs and APCs and up to 30 infantry. Prospects for the assault will depend on whether the NAF will fight at night or postpone the decisive attack until morning. This evening’s activities look more like recon by combat so far. Of course, if the political situation was not affecting the war, it would be much more appropriate to carry out the assault gradually, using superior firepower. But I think the NAF hopes are based on the low morale of enemy infantry, which, after the previously sustained losses, is extremely unreliable in defense and starts to retreat under real pressure.

Apparently, the concentration of such a serious force by Mariupol is what prevented the NAF from more actively advancing in the area between Mariupol and Volnovaha, where the enemy had only light screening forces, which could be broken through to move freely to the west. But apparently political motives are now prevailing over military sensibilities, so if there are really prospects of "Big Transnistria" on the horizon, taking Mariupol is certainly important than continuing the offensive towards Zaporozhie and Dnepropetrovsk within the project of creating a "Larger Novorossiya" [out of the whole of south-eastern Ukraine].

Original article: (in Russian)

This translation was graciously contributed by tatzhit.

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