Report # 90. About 12,000 Ukrainian troops are trapped in Lisichansk

June 27, 2022

1. Lisichansk is in a cauldron

Ukrainian command is trying to stop the chaotic escape of Ukrainian servicemen near Lisichansk amid the success of Russian army within liberating Donbass.

A Right Sector Nazi barrier unit was sent to hold the personnel of the first battalion from 72nd Mechanised Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) near Volcheyarovka. Russian artillery has eliminated this unit.

The Ukrainian troops involved in operation towards Lisichansk are no longer controlled. Commander of 115th Independent Mechanised Brigade of the AFU who deployed its command post in the rear area has lost control over his units that caused losing 80 percent of manpower and about 70 percent of equipment of 138th Battalion from this brigade during operations.

According to Vitaly Kiselyov, Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of the LPR, about 12 thousand Ukrainian military are now concentrated in the area of Lisichansk. Artillerymen of the LPR troops are giving nationalists in the city the last chance to surrender. The soldiers fire ‘leaflet shells’ to AFU positions for that purpose.

According to the NYT [“How Russia regained momentum in eastern Ukraine” released on June 22, 2022], “Victory in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk [Ukrainian spelling] would see Russia claim full control of the Luhansk [Ukrainian spelling] region, one of the two areas that make up the Donbas [Ukrainian spelling].”

The LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik said that all hostages taken by AFU on the territory of the Azot chemical plant have been released.

2. The fate of foreign mercenaries

On June 26, Russian units eliminated two sabotage and reconnaissance groups of mercenaries formed by 14 militants during the combats that took place 3 km from Lisichansk oil refinery (the LPR).

The first group was international and consisted of citizens from various European countries. The second was formed by mercenaries only from Georgia who were parts of the so-called Georgian Legion that is mostly composed of criminals. The eliminated Georgian mercenaries were involved in the brutal torture and murder of Russian servicemen near Kiev in March this year. Russian Defence Ministry has exact information about each mercenary involved in torturing and murdering Russian servicemen.

Mercenaries from Poland and more than 120 British, French and Americans are located in Lisichansk, which is being stormed by troops of the Luhansk People's Republic. This was reported to TASS on June 26 by the Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of the LPR Vitaly Kiselyov."Small groups are trying to escape from Lisichansk to Soledar, Kramatorsk, and mercenaries even further - to the Pavlograd area.

There are some Poles, British - 37 people, French - 21 people and Americans - 64 people are also in Lisichansk," Kisilev added.

3. Situation on the battlefield in general

The United States will announce this week that it is sending Ukraine an advanced air defense system, U.S. officials said on June 27. The Biden administration intends to send to Ukraine a Norwegian-made NASAMS system (see photo below; © Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace) — an advanced, medium-to-long-range surface-to-air missile defense system — that will allow Ukraine to defend its forces from greater distances, an official familiar with the decision said. According to Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s National Security Adviser, told reporters at the G7 summit in Germany that the USA wishes “to finalize a package that includes advanced medium- and long-range air defense capabilities for the Ukrainians,” but did not provide further details on any specific system. He also added that the package would include some other items that are of urgent need, including ammunition for artillery and Moscow reacts to reports of new weapons for Ukrainecounter battery radar systems.

Moscow negatively reacted to reports of new weapons for Ukraine. Russia continues to safeguard its interests, the Kremlin has said in response to reports about Washington’s plans to send new missile systems to Ukraine. “We didn’t receive any notifications on the matter. As far as actions to defend [our] interests are concerned, [we are] making them on a regular basis,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on June 27. In his words, “flooding” Ukraine with foreign weapons will not change the course of the conflict and will only lead to more suffering and destruction in Ukraine.

Such announcement was regarded in Russian expert community as a move that can create some problems for the Russian Air Force operations, but does not stop Moscow’s commitment to reach the goals of its Special Military Operation launched to defend civilians in Donbass. Some Russian experts noted that such systems should be knocked down as soon as they are delivered by air and later appear on Ukrainian soil.

The US and other NATO countries have been increasingly supplying Kiev with heavy weapons to help it fight Russian troops. The recent deliveries include US-made M142 HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and M777 howitzers.

Actually, the USA and NATO have declared ‘an undeclared war’

 against Russia and Donbass by launching a dangerous high-tech

 proxy war with active role of Zelensky as its prime mover in it

According to the official representative of the DPR: over the past day, the enemy fired more than two hundred and seventy shells from BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, artillery with a caliber of 152 and 122 mm, as well as 120 and 82- mm mortars.

AFU opened fire on Vasilyevka in the Zaporozhye Region liberated by Russia. According to preliminary data, a man was killed as a result of the shelling, said Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Zaporizhye Regional State Administration.

On June 26, Russian Aerospace Forces launched four high-precision air-based missiles at the workshops of Artyom missile corporation located in Shevchenkovsky district in Kiev which was being used to produce ammunition for MLRS used to shell civilians in Donbass. According to live recording data, all four missiles have reached the target.

The facility has been neutralized.

The Russian MoD noted that due to the apparent lack of communication between the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense systems located in the city, two Ukrainian S-300 rockets were shot down by Ukrainian Buk interceptors, one of which fell on a residential building. Ukrainian S-300 and Buk-M1 air defence system crews had launched over ten air defence missiles.

 The information disseminated by the NYT on June 26, in an article entitled as “Russia launches barrage of missiles across Ukraine” that Russian missiles have hit a kindergarten is a fake. Civilian infrastructure of Kiev has not been affected by Russian pin-point accuracy missiles.

On the other hand, high-precision armament of Russian Aerospace Forces has neutralised the base of 106th Battalion from 63rd Mechanised Infantry Brigade of the AFU near Visunsk (Nikolayev Region).

Over 40 Ukrainian servicemen and 12 units of military equipment have been eliminated. Attacks have also resulted in the elimination of AFU manpower and military equipment in 27 areas, including those that formed part of the Right Sector near Lisichansk, as well as those of Azov and Kraken near Kharkov.

Five AFU command posts and 3 munitions, missile and artillery armament depots have been neutralised near Bereznegovatoye (Nikolayev Region) and Novodruzhesk (the LPR).

Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralised: 24 command posts, artillery and mortar units in 58 areas, as well as manpower and military equipment in 304 areas.

Within the counter-battery warfare towards Donetsk, high-precision armament of Russian Aerospace Forces has neutralised: 3 Grad MRLS plattoons near Avdeyevka and Dzerzhinsk, a platoon of the U.S.-made M-777 155-mm howitzers near Konstantinovka, 2 Giatsint 152-mm howitzer platoons near Kalinov and Artyomovo, as well as two Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system near Ocheretino and Novolugansk that had been launching attacks at Donetsk and other cities of the Donetsk People's Republic.

From February 24th, 2022 in total, 215 airplanes and 132 helicopters, 1,373 unmanned aerial vehicles, 350 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,830 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 684 combat vehicles equipped with multiple rocket-launching systems, 3,025 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 3,870 special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation

4. Ukraine pulls plug on nuclear cooperation with Russia

Ukraine’s nuclear regulator announced that its head ordered it to stop working with Russia due to the hostilities between the two nations.

A short statement published on June 27 by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine said that last week, acting Chief Inspector Oleg Korikov ordered that two agreements with Moscow on nuclear regulation be nullified. Signed in 1996 and 2002, they set the legal framework for the agency’s cooperation and information sharing with its Russian counterpart, Rostekhnadzor.

Ukraine’s civilian nuclear industry was built when the country was part of the USSR, and for decades it relied on Russian expertise to keep it running. The Russian producer of nuclear fuel rods has long been the primary supplier of fuel for the nation’s power plants. Who will substitute it? There are several NPP in Ukraine still controlled by Kiev.

5. Zelensky sets deadline for the Ukrainian conflict

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has insisted that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine must be finished by the end of the year. Speaking to the G7 leaders on June 27, Zelensky also called for tougher sanctions against Moscow, according to Reuters, which cited two EU diplomats.

Speaking to the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the USA via video link, Zelensky reportedly stated that Ukrainian troops would have a much harder time fighting against Russian forces once the harsh winter conditions take hold, urging the G7 to do their utmost to end the conflict by the end of the year, while asking for anti-aircraft defense systems, as well as security guarantees.

Written by Vladimir P. Kozin


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