Reporter Alyona Zadorozhnaya has been covering the sitrep on the Liman front. She works for RIA News. I don’t think she is actually out there and embedded with units, like Kots (I could be wrong), but nonetheless for a couple of days now she has been reporting some critical and rather troubling news about the fighting. Liman (aka “Krasny Liman” aka “Red Liman”) is the only front where the Ukrainian counter-offensive has had some significant success. Here is her latest:
According to DPR Parliamentary Deputy Vladislav Berdichevsky: “In the region of Krasny Liman the situation is very serious and very complicated. Our troops find themselves factually in a kind of operative encirclement. Notwithstanding the fact that the Ukrainian side is suffering enormous casualties, they still continue to press forward.
“Judging by everything, it looks like they were given the assignment, on the day when DPR/LPR and also Kherson/Zaporozhie join Russia, to take this populated point (=Liman). This would prove to the West that they are still capable of carrying out a counter-offensive, and able to take territory back.
“Our guys, it goes without saying, are handling the pressure. But without reinforcements coming in, it’s very tough for them. Today we are expecting some serious reinforcements. The reserves should be coming in. No doubt that we will push the enemy back. This will all end badly for them, regardless.”
Earlier, DPR Head Denis Pushilin had confirmed that the Krasny-Liman direction of the front is the most difficult of all. He reaffirms that the Allied forces are holding the line, and once the reinforcements arrive, a break-through is expected.
War correspondent Alexander Kots paints a less-rosy picture and elevates the sitrep status from serious to critical:
“When it comes to Liman, unfortunately, the news is not good. The city is factually in operative encirclement. Ukrainian diversionary-recon groups (ДРГ) are crawling out onto the supply road to Svatovo. Part of this supply road is under the control of Ukrainian artillery. Towards morning Yampol factually passed into the grey zone, and our units were obliged to withdraw. In Drobyshevo our defense lines have been broken.”
According to military expert Andrei Prokopaev, the Ukrainian forces clearly aim to take Liman and then head North, breaking through into the Luhansk Oblast via Svatovo and Starobelsk.
[yalensis: If the Ukrainians can take back at least a chunk of Luhansk, this would increase their bargaining power, if there were to be peace talks.]