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Summary of hostilities in Novorossia on February, 2

Author: Ayre от 3.02.2015, 14:31
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On February 2 fighting in Novorossia took place across the front line. Debaltsevo direction still remains the most active sector. By the end of February 2 militia reported that DPR and LPR units met on the highway M-03 near Novogrigorovka and Kalinovka, thus closing the circle around the Ukrainian group to the south of Svetlodarsk.

 map for February 2
Hostilities in DPR

During February 2 Ukrainian security forces Conducted artillery strikes in almost all areas of Donetsk. About 10:50 column of smoke rose at the intersection of Trudovykh and Tsimlyanskaya in Donetsk. In the afternoon of February 2 mortar worked at the center of Donetsk. At 17:40 AFU were conducting fire at Donetsk with MLRS "Grad" and cannon artillery from several gun positions in Krasnogorovka, hits were recorded in the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts. By 18:55 AFU artillery struck at the village of Azotny. Settlements Oktyabrsky and esyoloye, as well as the Kievsky district of Donetsk were fired with cannon artillery and MLRS from settlements Lastochkino, Tonenkoye and Opytnoye. Ukrainian military conducted shelling of positions of the national militia near the village of Spartak from the villages Vodyanoye and Tonenkoye. Around 23:10 AFU continued shelling of Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

AFU accumulate troops in the area of Donetsk airport, they renewed artillery strikes on the terminals. On February 2 shelling of DPR positions at the airport continued. The fire was conducted from the settlements Avdeyevka, Lastochkino, Pevomaisk, and Tonenkoye. AFU can resume the attack on the Donetsk airport at any time. Around 23:30, area of Donetsk Airport was shelled by AFU using phosphoric shells.

In Donetsk and Makeyevka there activity of AFU sabotage and reconnaissance groups increased on February 2. Saboteurs moved around the city by cars with mortars mounted in the body, which were used to fire.

DPR army artillery and mortars fired on the positions of the Ukrainian security forces in settlements Severnoye, Peski, Avdeyevka, Tonenkoye, Opytnoye, Vodyanoye.

Around 12:30 there was fight near the settlement Yasinovataya at the traffic police post.

In Gorlovka the sound of artillery did not stop in the night of February 2 and during the day. At 3 am shelling lasted about half an hour. The second time a few volleys thundered around 6 o'clock in the morning. After 10 am periodic breaks of heavy artillery were heard from the eastern and western outskirts of the city. On February 2 Gorlovka was shelled by Ukrainian army using unidentified munitions. By 17:30 shelling of Gorlovka center continued from the Ukrainian positions: Ukrainian shells again fell on houses.

Gorlovka
In the evening of February 2 in the area of Dzerzhinsk militia counter-battery fire destroyed artillery fire positions of the AFU near the settlement Nelepovka where Ukrainian MLRS battery was brought under the supervision of the OSCE.

Telmanovo area suffers massive attacks with howitzers, MLRS "Grad" and mortars. AFU shelled residential areas, shells destroyed the infrastructure of the district. Information on casualties among civilians was not reported.

According to the Ukrainian side, militia fired at the positions of AFU in the settlement Chermalyk with small arms around 4:00. Also AFU positions near Granitnoye and Bogdanovka were fired with artillery and mortars. Militias attacked the Ukrainian positions near Olginka and Novolaspa with MLRS "Grad". At 14:20 Ukrainian security forces conducted fire strikes against DPR militias protecting Petrovskoye with large caliber cannon artillery from the village Bogdanovka. There was attack of the Ukrainian MLRS at village Yasnoye from the village Taramchuk. Militia near the village Michurino suffered mortar fire from the settlement of Krasny Oktyabr. Shelling of DPR Army positions near the village of Styla was conducted from the village Viktorovka. Village Nizhnyaya Krynka suffered fire with multiple rocket launchers.

Debaltsevo salient

On February 2 fighting continued around the perimeter of Debaltsevo salient.

The militiamen stopped an attempt of several more AFU columns to break through to Debaltsevo at the highway M-03.

AFU continued to attack the LPR army units in Krasny Pakhar. Militia in the settlement prevent the Ukrainian army from massing equipment in the neck of salient for a possible breakout.

On February 2 units of AFN attacked Troitskoye again.

Fighting in Debaltsevo continued. The city has a large number of Ukrainian snipers, ATGMs are hidden in houses.

Street battles were fought in on the outskirts of Chernukhino and Popasnaya. According to the AFN, militia are not in assumption, but namely in part of Popasnaya, Debaltsevo and Chernukhino.

salient
By the end of the fighting on February 2 militia drove AFU away from Chernukhino checkpoint. AFU attempted to regain control of important position. However, the militia kept the roadblock.

Clashes also took place near the village of Kalinovka and Kamenka.

Uglegorsk is entirely under militia, which strengthens in the city and nearby heights. During the day, shelling of militia positions continued in the northeast of the city with howitzers and mortars, and about 18:00 there was a lull in Uglegorsk (near the hospital village).

By the end of February 2, there were reports that the militia strenghtened on the highway M-03, capturing it in the open field from two directions: from Kalinovka and Novogrigorovka. Fortification was erected on the track. LPR army joined the DPR army. Thus, we can say that Debaltsevo pocket closed.

Hostilities in LPR

On February 2, according to the Ukrainian side, the militia fired AFU positions near the settlement Krimskoye 7 times, 5 times - in Toshkovka, also at Kryakovka and Novotoshkovskoye with mortars.

In the night of February 1 to 2, Ukrainian law enforcers shelled Perevalsk with MLRS "Smerch", the consequences were not reported, one of the shells fell near the entrance of a house.

LPR militia holding ground in the area of the settlement Vesyolaya Gora suffered mortar bombardment from the city Schastye on February 2. Three Ukrainian soldiers were injured by retaliatory fire of militia at AFU positions in the area of Schastye.

About 6 am near Stanitsa Luganskaya the artillery work was heard twice. According to some data, street fighting began in Stanitsa Luganskaya by the end of February 2.

Others

The Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak summarized the interim results of a new wave of mobilization announced on January 14, 2015. According to the military department of Ukraine, they managed to recruit only one-fifth of the required number of soldiers across the country within the framework of the draft to continue combat operations in Donbass. According to the minister, the failure to mobilization was caused by a number of reasons, but he called departure of unpatriotic citizens from the country the major one among them. To improve statistics the military department took emergency measures. Now leaving the country abroad for citizens of military age is strictly prohibited. To leave the country, Ukrainian male citizens between 20 and 60 years old are required from now to present a certificate from the military office that they are not subjected to mobilization and are exempt from military service.

Summary prepared by the staff of the Information Analytical Center "Cassad"

 


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