Rebels Trap Ukrainian Troops In Debaltseve Pocket

Rebels Trap Ukrainian Troops In Debaltseve Pocket
By United Nations Cartographic Section; Alex Khristov. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The battle for the strategic city of Debaltseve has continued despite a ceasefire which came into effect on February 15.

Thousands of Ukrainian troops now find themselves encircled by enemy forces. Deputy commander Yuriy Sinkovsky of Ukraine’s 40th Battalion spoke to the Ukrainian media, telling them that his troops are in a “critical and outrageous” situation. Despite previous claims from the pro-Russian rebels that they had taken the city, Sinkovsky maintained that his troops had not surrendered, writes Christopher Harress of the International Business Times.

Ukrainian troops surrender out of the question

Sinkovsky conceded that “enemy forces are much stronger” but ruled out surrender. “[We’re] waiting for reinforcements from the General Staff or OSCE representatives,” said Sinkovsky, a reference to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which is responsible for monitoring the ceasefire signed last week in Minsk.

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“Support has still failed to come,” the Ukrainian officer said during a phonecall. “Fighting is underway. There are prisoners. [The bodies of killed] and [wounded soldiers] cannot be evacuated from the checkpoints. The roads have been mined. All the rest [of my troops] are sitting, watching, waiting for the battalion to be killed.”

Debaltseve: Strategic transport junction

Neither the rebels nor the Ukrainian troops respected Tuesday’s deadline to withdraw heavy weaponry from Debaltseve area, with both sides refusing to withdraw until their adversaries did. The strategic location of Debaltseve meant that it became a focal point leading up to the ceasefire, with both sides attempting to solidify their positions.

Although the ceasefire was largely respected in other parts of the country, fighting has continued around Debaltseve, and skirmishes have also been reported in the port city of Mariupol. Debaltseve is located between the rebel-held regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, and sits on an intersection of two major arterial roads connecting the two. It is also home to a strategic railway junction which provides access to coalfields.

According to reports there are between 8,000 and 10,000 Ukrainian troops in the Debaltseve area. The rebels had previously claimed they would give government troops safe passage to leave the city, but it is not known whether that promise is still on the table.

The Associated Press reported that rebels have taken some government troops prisoner, but there were no details as to how many they were or what has happened to them now.


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  1. @kimo Your question makes no sense. Why and how would i get my “info” from Obama? What info? and why Obama? Are you just typing stupid questions to prove that you are stupid? or are you a light special needs child?

  2. Even the US State Department does not mention any Russian military units being involve in southeastern Ukraine (Debaltseve)

    “US State Department says the United States is troubled by the ongoing
    clashes between Kiev forces and independence fighters in southeastern

    Who are these so called independence fighters in southeastern Ukraine?

  3. Even the US State Department does not mention any Russian military units being involve in southeastern Ukraine (Debaltseve)

    “US State Department says the United States is troubled by the ongoing clashes between Kiev forces and independence fighters in southeastern Ukraine.”

    So I ask you John, who are these so called independence fighters in southeastern Ukraine?

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  5. Doing Extensive research on RUSSIAN news websites about Ukraine is like doing research on African news websites about Mexico.

  6. One day Europe will thank Putin for killing this new nazi devil in its cradle before it becomes uncontrolled evil for all Europe.

  7. Many are miners. Others were Ukrainian army who went over to the rebels because they came from the east. Others just got tired of seeing their homes bombed and joined the militia.

  8. These troops have been surrounded long before now! It was obviously the reason for the timing of Merkel’s demand for ‘ceasefire’ talks, but the rebels will not be denied their hard earned victory. I follow the military reports. As “Minsk” was starting, one rebel wrote, “Today my best friend was killed, I had to drag his bloody body…will his death be in vain, because of “Minsk” forcing us to stop now?” Today, one wrote “So the enemy gets out of breath, and suddenly there must be ‘peace’? What did our comrades die for?” Consider how those men feel! No paper signed by fancy people in a palace hundreds of miles away can take into account the reality on the ground. The rebels lost many men and risked everything to surround those troops and take that town. Why should they be refused the victory they earned in blood?

  9. Ohh hey I’m going to sound like you for a second. It’s a well known fact that pigs have wings and when they empty their bowels nothing but Russian peacekeepers come out. The facts support this claim.
    brainwashed Russian morons that have been zombified by Russian propaganda.believe what you do and you are one of those zombies. The “facts” that you are talking about are madeup dreams inside of a psychopath mind.

  10. You had better hurry. At the current rate Ukrainian soldiers are deserting, defecting (that includes generals and many other high ranking officers) or being killed, you may well be standing on the Polish border by yourself in 3 weeks.

  11. It is a known fact that both the civilian and military leadership of the rebel forces are local people who refuse to accept the coup regime in Kiev. They claim they are obeying the constitution. The facts support this claim.

  12. I should think they (foreign mercenaries) should and will be taken behind the nearest shed and shot. Maybe they will leave one or two to be paraded in front of TV cameras.

  13. What does “neger” mean? you are to stupid to even be racist. Anyways Ill be in Ukraine on the front lines in about 3 weeks With my Ukrainian Brothers Defending Ukraine from you #####. Any of your Russian friends joining you with the Russian terrorists? I would love to see you there and see how much trash you can talk face to face. you are a waste of human space your mother must cry nightly for giving birth to such a

  14. wahhhh FINALLY AFTER the alternative media said this for over a week–lol WAIT TILL YOU SEE THE CIA-US MILITARY-BLACKWATER THUGS AMONG THEM–RUSSIA WILL PARADE THEM ON RUSSIA TV–WHAT will you sheeple say? what will obozo do? lol

  15. The Ukrainian troops don’t want to save them because there not Ukrainian troops. The Ukrainians don’t want to fight for this cause and many run to the Eastern freedom fighters. This is a civil war with a Illegal government from a overthrow. This area is the only problem because the surrounded soldiers are not suppose to be there. The Eastern freedom fighters wants the world to see how many non Ukrainian fighters and to see if they are Americans or EU’s or NATO’s

  16. You are a Russian Troll Please stop commenting with your childish russian mind You are doing nothing but cause chaos and preventing Adults with valid opinions from having an adult discussion. Go in the corner and face the wall you silly child.

  17. What i started? Enrique Enrique you poor brainwashed Russian moron. I have nothing to say to you. But if i ever see you on the front lines i will be the last Ukrainian you ever see before you are sent back to mother russia in a truck marker +200+

  18. The West Lost Ukraine…..and Europe!

    The whole ceasefire treaty is a FARCE! It should never have been signed.

    Merkel, Hollande should be ashamed to utter the words Freedom and Democracy as their FEAR allowed them to betray Ukraine. And Obama was nowhere to be found.

    They have given Putin everything that he wanted, now he’ll take the rest (Black Sea coastline) by the end of the year…… if Putin hasn’t embarrassed Merkel enough.

    The Shame is a sword in the heart of Freedom

  19. Please stop calling the Russian Military Ukrainian Rebels I understand where you are coming from with this title but. There are no rebels in Ukraine not anymore Its Russian military in russian military tanks, trucks, Rapid rocket launchers, RPG’s, Helicopters, and Drones. ITS A RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE. Call it what it is

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