Expert: The stronghold on the outskirts of Artemovsk will be cleared in the coming days
Donetsk, 13 February 2023, 15:21 — REGNUM Several thousand Ukrainian military personnel remain on the territory of Artyomovsk, including nationalist militants and volunteers with combat experience. About it IA REGNUM military observer said Mikhail Onufrienko.
“The remnants of the 30th brigade and the 47th artillery brigade were transferred to Artyomovsk. There are Azov militants (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation), there are also volunteers with quite a lot of combat experience. There is information from a trusted source that foreign mercenaries have been completely withdrawn from Artemovsk. But according to Kyiv, about 5,000 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine remain in the city, who continue to defend themselves,” Onufrienko said.
According to him, the enemy units remaining in Artyomovsk are stubbornly defending themselves, because they are clearly afraid of the advance of the Russian Armed Forces in the direction of Konstantinovka.
“Yesterday, the Armed Forces of Ukraine blew up a bridge on the highway leading through the Seversky Donets-Donbass canal. Positions in the city of Chasov Yar are being strengthened – units are being transferred there. In Konstantinovka itself, a new line of defense is being built from Slavyansk to Toretsk (Dzerzhinsk),” Onufrienko said.
In the vicinity of Artyomovsk, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will do their best to slow down the offensive of the RF Armed Forces, the analyst emphasized. This can be seen not only in Artyomovsk itself, but also in the situation in the strongholds to the north of the city. After establishing control over the village of Krasnaya Gora, in the neighboring village of Paraskovievka, street fighting continues, and “the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not withdraw their units even from such hopeless settlements,” Onufrienko stated.
“Therefore, the surrender of Artyomovsk is unlikely to happen within the next three days. Rather, during this time, Paraskovievka will be cleared, ” interlocutor suggested.
The Russian Ministry of Defense at a briefing on February 13 reported that the assault units had taken control of the village of Krasnaya Gora north of Artyomovsk. In total, over the past day, our military liquidated over 150 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the offensive in the Donetsk direction. Ukrainian troops also suffered heavy losses in military equipment.