Ukrainian troops retreating from besieged Debaltsevo

Ukrainian troops retreating from besieged Debaltsevo
# 18 February 2015 09:29 (UTC +04:00)

The battalion commander noted that one of the villages (Logvinovo) intersected by the Debaltsevo-Artyomovsk highway along which Ukrainian troops are moving is under the control of separatists.

“We don’t have full control on the Debaltsevo-Artyomovsk highway because they are in control of Logvinovo. The other parts of the road are under our control. The enemy is trying to block these roads too so that we would not be able to retreat. And our artillery is pounding them in order to hamper their gathering. Repelling the terrorists’ attacks, we still control the lifeline. We are using grads, mortars, howitzers and uragans. The battle is on,” he noted.

Reporter Andrey Tsaplienko also confirmed Ukrainian forces retreating.

Note that, Debaltsevo has been under half siege since a ceasefire agreement was signed in September 2014. Since the restart of military campaigns in January 2015, separatists have been launching continuous offensives to block the only road that connects the city to the other part of Donbass under Uktraine’s control and to surround Ukrainian forces completely. On Feb 17, they entered Debaltsevo. Both sides suffered hundreds of casualties as a result of the fighting in and around Debaltsevo.

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