Member of Parliament, commander of volunteer battalion ‘Donbas’ Semen Semenchenko wrote about this in his Facebook.
‘Unfortunately, information is confirmed. Assault battalion … received order to retreat and return to Kiev’. Semenchenko underlined that after tragedy in Ilovaisk the battalion was passing through inspections for three months, after release of hostages the battalion went to ATO frontline, soldiers fought at Bakhmutivka road, in Debaltseve, Vuhlehirsk, Logvinovo, during the last several months they took active part in battles for Shyrokino.
Semenchenko was surprised by reaction of Russian and Ukrainian mass media to the order of the General Staff.
‘For some reason everyone quotes press service of anti-terrorist operation that volunteer military formations have to subordinate to state Security Forces. Since July 2014 Donbas battalion is part of National Guard. It assaulted Lysychansk and Popasna, participated in more than 15 operations. Recently battalion swept part of Shyrokino coast’, – Semenchenko wrote.
Today as Member of Parliament he will be meeting commandment of National Guard and he will send appeal to President. According to Semenchenko, battalion fighters are outraged and don’t want to leave Mariupol and their fellows there.
‘Of course, Donbas always carried out orders of commandment, it will carry out this one’.
However, Semenchenko underlines that on the background of terrorists declaring their plans to seize whole Ukraine, concentration of forces of Russian army to 55 000 people, such decision of Ukrainian commandment is really strange.
‘Knowing the real situation in area of Mariupol. I don’t understand. And as first deputy head of Committee on National Security and Defense I will persuade colleagues from National Guard to take into account all circumstances’, – Donbas battalion commander sums up.
In PostScript Semenchenko underlined that jubilant tone of Russian mass media about Donbas battalion fleeing Shyrokino and report of OSCE that the settlement is under control of terrorist are lies. However, even Ukrainian mass media spread this news.
Yesterday, on March 30, Donbas battalion went to Mariupol for 4 days rotation. Ukrainian military formations remained in Shyrokine and nobody intended to leave village for terrorists.