June 21 was marked not only by new revelations regarding the recent failed attack of Kyiv’s forces on Zmeinyy Island in the Black Sea, but also by the creation of another pocket with pro-Kyiv troops in the region of Donbass.
During the past week, Russian forces achieved a series of important tactical successes in Severodonetsk and its surroundings blocking the remaining pro-Kyiv troops in the Azot plant and capturing most of the nearby industrial area. The advance there was ongoing amid intense strikes on military infrastructure of Kyiv’s grouping of forces in the region as well as all around Ukraine in general.
The leadership of the Kyiv regime, which is mostly focused on achieving PR victories rather than in a real war, sent large reinforcements to the area. All these troops immediately appeared to be in a weak strategic position and just became a tool to create a colorful MSM image about the ‘heroic democratic forces of Ukraine’ that fight ‘Putin’s hordes’.
At the same time, Russian forces delivered a blow to Kyiv’s troops stationed in the area south of Lysichansk and Severodonetsk. As of June 21, Russian units liberated the towns of Ustinovka, Mirnaya Dolina and the village of Podlesnoe (near Mirnaya Dolina).
Clashes in Mirnaya Dolina area:
The Russian military reached the town of Rai-Aleksandrovka and established a tight fire control over the only road that leads from the areas of Zolotoe and Gorskoe. According to reports, over 2,000 troops of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (and various neo-Nazi formations integrated into them) appeared to be encircled there.
Reports claim that the remaining groups of Kyiv’s forces are retreating towards Bakhmut and Lysichansk where they want to use existing fortifications to organize defense there.
It should be noted that the estimated number of pro-Kyiv troops surrounded in Severodonetsk is about 2,500. Together with the Zolotoe group, this is 4,500 fighters encircled in this sector of operations. This number is close to that, which neo-Nazis from the Azov battalion and allied formations had in the Azovstal plant industrial area in the late stages of the battle of Mariupol.
Attempts of the Kyiv leadership to organize counter-attacks to de-block its forces in these areas will likely lead to only increase in the number of troops trapped around Lysichansk, Bakhmut, Slavyansk and Kramatorks. However, this is one of the most likely scenarios as Zelensky & Co tend to make decisions that would have larger PR effect. And what could be better than repeating the ‘Mariupol case’ just in another area? Thus, MSM and Western diplomats will have a lot of opportunities to blame and shame the Russians under made-up pretexts.
Another option of the Kyiv government is to organize a large attack on Russian positions in the south – i.e. in Kherson and Mykolaiv regions or in Zaporizhzhia Region – using fresh formations created in the west of Ukraine and supplied with NATO weapons. This move will not allow to destroy pockets in Severodonetsk and Zolotoe but would threaten Russian supply lines from Crimea.
Large direct advance of Kyiv’s forces on the territory of Russia still remains unlikely despite regular terrorist attacks launched by the NATO-backed “democrats” against Russia, DPR and LPR. Contrary to public claims of Ukrainian and Western diplomats accompanied by MSM fairy tales, the Ukrainian leadership understands that Russia has been carrying out a limited military operation with a limited force on the territory on Ukraine. A large advance of Kyiv’s units that would target the Russian territory will have all chances to provoke a full-scale response from Moscow.
Therefore, troops loyal the Kyiv government have all chances to participate in a few more decisive battles for Zelensky’s public image of ‘great leader’ and die on behalf of the international globalist establishment interested in destabilization of Europe.