Ukrainian serviceman Sergei Ulyanov, mobilized to the 113th brigade of the 125th Territorial Defense Battalion and captured by Russian troops, said that upon arrival at the front line, 10% of the personnel immediately refused to fight.
According to him, only when the participants of the defense came to the positions, there were 47 refuseniks in the first week.
“People said that we would not go to these positions because they were hiding,” he explained.
According to the Ukrainian prisoner of war, the total number of his unit was about 500 people. It occupied positions in the area of the Svatovo-Kremennaya front, where Ulyanov was captured. He said that together with other Ukrainian servicemen he came under fire, and then they, having confused the road, went to the positions of Russian troops.
“Everything is wet, it rains, there is nowhere to hide, they also cover it all the time,” he said about the sensations from the front line.
Yan Gagin, adviser to the acting head of the DPR, said that Ukrainian troops have recently begun to concentrate a large amount of manpower on each sector of the front, while there is no system in this.
“I have the impression that they are flooding our positions with bodies”, – he said.
Gagin explained that the entire front line is shot almost everywhere, and when equipment or manpower appears, artillery opens aimed fire on them.
The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, responded to Pope Francis in his Telegram channel to the words about the cruelty of Chechens and Buryats.
Chechens do not start a fight without an offer of peace, the head of the region pointed out.
At the same time, Kadyrov added that Chechens are zealous for the protection of the Motherland, as well as religion and the people. There are no alcoholics or drug addicts in the ranks of the military, and each of the servicemen does not forget about honor and dignity on the battlefield, Kadyrov’s post says.
The commander of one of the units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation with the call sign “Hector” told reporters that Ukrainian militants attempted to break through the front line in the Zaporozhye region. According to the serviceman, the Russian forces destroyed more than ten pieces of equipment and about 100 personnel.
“Hector” reported that intelligence received information that ten units of military equipment and 100 personnel were trying to organize a breakthrough in the region. As the commander noted, the breakthrough attempt was prevented with the help of Russian artillery.
The serviceman noted that, according to intelligence reports, more than ten pieces of enemy equipment and up to 100 personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.
The head of Vladimir Zelensky’s office, Andrei Ermak, in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, said that the White House promised to provide Ukraine with air defense systems by the end of this year.
According to him, representatives of the Joe Biden administration know what Ukraine needs now, next week and next month.
“Among other things, there are those points that we additionally discuss. They have yet to be determined. I’m talking about tanks, long-range missiles, fighter jets and air defense systems,” Ermak said.
The expert of the Center for Military and Political Journalism Boris Rozhin in his Telegram channel spoke about the difficult situation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Soledar direction.
As an illustration, he cited a video made by one of the AFU fighters. A young man reports heavy losses and forced retreat under the onslaught of the troops of the Wagner PMCs.
“Another video from the vicinity of Bakhmut from the Ukrainian side. The author (a fighter of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – ed.) speaks unflatteringly about his own command and claims that only five people out of his entire platoon are left in the ranks,” Rozhin writes.
According to Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, Budapest will continue to block all meetings of the Ukraine-NATO commission, since Kiev violates the rights of Transcarpathian Hungarians.
“The Financial Times newspaper published an article in which it was reported that Hungary prevented the convening of an official meeting of the NATO-Ukraine committee. After that, I was asked to comment on this position. I note that there is nothing new and surprising in this. We made it clear many years ago that until Ukraine returns the rights of Transcarpathian Hungarians, we will not contribute to the convocation of this body,” Szijjarto wrote on the social network.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, conducting a parallel with the Ukrainian conflict in her Telegram channel, reminded Western politicians that during the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, they calmly treated the destruction of the country’s energy infrastructure.
Zakharova quoted an excerpt from a statement by NATO Press Secretary Jamie Shea made in Brussels on May 25, 1999.
“Question: If you say that the [Yugoslav] army has a lot of generators, then why are you depriving the country of 70% not only of electricity, but also of water supply, because, according to you, [NATO] strikes only at military facilities. Answer: Unfortunately, command and control systems also depend on electricity… If it has consequences for the population, it’s his [Milosevic’s] problem. Water supply and electricity are being used against the people of Serbia, we have “turned them off” forever or for a long time for the sake of the lives of 1.6 million Kosovars,” the representative of the Alliance said at the time.
Adviser to the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, Alexey Arestovich, in an interview with journalists, expressed his opinion on why the massive missile strike on Nezalezhnaya, announced by some Telegram channels, did not take place.
According to him, Russian planes are really in the air for at least 4.5 hours over the territory of Ukraine.
“We expected a blow, but we didn’t strike. They identified our air defense, watched how we would react,” the presidential adviser said.
If NATO supplies Ukraine with Patriot complexes along with NATO personnel, the alliance will immediately become a legitimate target for the Russian Armed Forces. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev in his Telegram channel.
Shortly before that, the ex-prime minister left another post. In it, he stated that “the civilized world does not need” NATO. He pointed out that the “arrogant NATO upstarts” had forgotten about the coups committed by their organization around the world, as well as the displaced heads of state. In addition, they forgot about “the supply of weapons to all kinds of scum, zoological geeks and extremist regimes.”
Medvedev added that NATO has repeatedly proved its “purely closed corporate nature” since its formation. According to him, she acted only in the interests of “a handful of Anglo-Saxon countries and their henchmen.”
As a result, as Medvedev is sure, “the civilized world does not need this organization.” In his opinion, it should “repent before humanity and be dissolved as a criminal entity.”
Meanwhile, as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, representatives of the alliance are discussing the possibility of supplying Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine. He also stressed that he considers the constant supply of weapons to Kiev the only way to achieve peace in Ukraine.