August 19, 2014
Donetsk, Luhansk, and Horlivka are practically encircled by Ukrainian forces
Summary of the most important events for August 18, 2014 by Head of Centre of Military and Political studies and coordinator of Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk
1. President Petro Poroshenko talked about a change in tactics of the ATO forces. According to him, the tactic now is to “cut the territories controlled by the terrorists into zones, to tightly reduce the ring around them and to prevent the possibility for a re-supply of weapons and ammunition”.
It is quite obvious that such operations should be carried out at lightning speed. We have already learned a bitter lesson that we cannot move teams and units into the zones between the enemy formations and put them on the defensive – the systematic destruction of our forces begins. In order [for them] to act quickly, they need reserves. In theory, the mobilization should have taken care of that, and therefore let’s hope that this strategy will be successful.
2. Donetsk, Luhansk, and Horlivka are practically encircled by our forces. The blocking off of Alchevsk is currently underway, the ATO forces [will have] entered into Ilovajsk by evening. In the direction of Zhdanivka-Nyzhnya and Verkhnya Krynka, the cutting off and blocking of the terrorist groups near Yenakiieve is planned.
This is the same tactics of “dissection and fragmentation” in action. Let us only hope that the ATO forces’ command won’t disperse its forces and means, and will instead focus them on the most important areas, working step by step. However, we do not take on the role of advisers and critics of the military leadership, because there’s a lot of such ones without us.
3. German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports the continuation of sanctions against Russia “in order to show it our seriousness”.
I think I’ve recently become quite partial towards Mrs. Angela. For a very long time she demonstrated some obscure sympathy for Putin trying to reconcile it with her democratic values. But after the disaster with the “Boeing,” the German leader behaves as if she has been replaced with someone else: it’s a pleasure to observe.
That is a woman, as I understand it. If she really disliked you, then to the last bullet. Ah, if only there were more warrior women like this in Europe.
Source: Facebook, Head of Centre of Military and Political studies and coordinator of Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk