3. The cauldron under Dyakovo is not eliminated up until this point. Apparently, the militia here transitioned to a typical blockade of the encircled troops, who were offered the typical conditions of surrender, including exit through the Russian border. To speed up their train of thought, the encircled troops are periodically shelled, but not too much - the main forces of the artillery and the MRLS are pulled into other locations.
4. On the one hand, the Amvrosiyevka cauldron continues to please with big losses of the junta in personnel and materiel, the punitive battalion "Donbass-1", judging by Semenchenko's temper tantrum, suffered its 4th defeat since the beginning of the war.
The process of "humanitarian corridor" began today, where a part of the junta's troops were effectively let out of the cauldron in exchange for the release of "Russian paratroopers" and for some compromises that are not named. In the coming days we will learn if it will be trophies, weapons, or some political commitments. It must be understood that, in parallel with the war, there are active consultations going on, where they are trying to work out the terms of the bargain that will define the borders between Novorossia (which obviously will be a state that is independent of Ukraine) and the remains of Ukraine. The rout under Ilovaysk and Amvrosiyevka in general eliminated the threat for Donetsk from the south. Whatever will be allowed to exit can only be the remains of battered units with low morale.
The militia are looking forward to restarting the offensive towards Dnieper, but I think they weren't very enthusiastic about Moscow's decision. But in this case the political expediency prevailed over the military one. Just so that you can understand the price of this deal: http://russian.rt.com/article/47755
5. The DPR militia offensive continues on the south near Azov sea. After taking Novoazovsk the militia are avoiding a frontal assault of Mariupol and wrap it with their SRG instead, intercepting the roadway to Berdyansk, sweeping the minor checkpoints, and capturing unprotected settlements. Interception of a part of the roads to the west of Mariupol created not only a threat of the operational encirclement of the city (which can be supplied by the sea), but it also created a distant threat for Berdyansk, in which there are not so many forces.
But it should be understood that only small SRG groups operate to the west of Mariupol and inside the borders of the Zaporozhye region, they have the most favorable conditions due to the absence of a coherent front of the enemy, which clings to major settlements. In the coming days armor and artillery will start to advance from Novoazovsk - it will either go directly to Mariupol, or more likely it will begin to bypass it, approaching the borders of the Zaporozhye region and moving towards Berdyansk. Given the accumulation of a sufficient force, the militia can develop an attack on Mariupol or it can choose a more ambitious plan with a strike on Berdyansk and unfolding full-scale military action on the territory of the Zaporozhye region with the goal of taking the capital of the ZPR (Zaporozhye People's Republic) to which Kolomoisky is clinging.
Overall, the militia continues to take advantage of the consequences of the rout of the southern front of the junta, it will allow to liberate sufficiently large territories and to start military action outside the DPR, which is politically significant. At the same time, we can see how backstage political processes begin to influence the situation at the front, as if hinting that eventually everything will be resolved through negotiations.
Nevertheless, there is confirmed information that a major offensive of the militia with ambitious goals will start next week. I look forward to the implementation of this plan. It should be pleasant for many of us.