For three days I was escorted by
Ghost Battalion (Prezrak) around Donetsk, Lugansk and towns and areas
hit by Kiev's war in Donbass. The Novo Russia Army's Ghost Battalion
gave me unparalleled access to everything I wanted to see. While
there are understandable limits because of security issues which
included my own, how often do you get to meet with and ask questions
directly to the military leaders running a war? Why would they give
me this much access?
After the Minsk agreement went into effect nationalist Kiev forces wasted no time rearming and staging heavy weapons including tanks and artillery pieces by the hundreds in strategic locations they were supposed to have left. While sending a group of soldiers off to the ATO (civil war) Cabinet Minister Farion stated bluntly that Ukraine exists for the sole purpose of destroying Russia. We will start with the Russians in Donbass and finish when we destroy Moscow. Ukraine must be the tip of the spear starting WW3!
Even now trainloads of war machines and soldiers are moving into the area around Donetsk, near Lugansk, and Mariupol. According to the best intelligence on the ground Poroshenko is about to break the cease in hostilities on a large scale once again.
In reality Kiev has not stopped attacking. Ukraine's forces have kept up the onslaught against the Novo Russia army. News about cleansing operations in towns under Ukrainian control is reported by survivors that escape. A few days ago Kiev again shelled Donetsk with phosphorus burning a section of the city.
Prezrak- the Ghost Warriors
of Donetsk and Lugansk
They were named Prezrak (Ghost) by the Ukrainian army for their ability to seemingly come out of thin air, decimate entire battalions, and then vanish. Ghost (Prezrak) and the Kozaki (Cossacks) are the battalions that Ukrainian propagandists and apologists want you to believe are Russian Special Forces, tanks, and artillery divisions invading Ukraine.
Prezrak is comprised of infantry, tank, and artillery battalions. Most of its members are local citizens that joined after Kiev attacked Donbass. A small number including the commander Alexi Mozgovoy were military men. Before the war he was a recruiter for the Ukrainian army in Donbass.
According to the former commander at Slavyansk Igor Strelkov- Artillery strikes against the militias, residential areas, and industry is intensifying as Ukraine is making massive preparations for an attack.
Ukraine is still using heavy multiple rocket launchers, artillery, and tactical missiles including the Tochka-U specifically on civilian populations. Civilian victims are paying a higher price in casualties during the peace than during the hot war. Two strike forces are set within an offensive perimeter to the north-west and south-west of Donetsk.
A third concentration is at Debalsevo which can strike deep through the least covered areas of the Novo Russia army. This large concentration of forces will go to take the border areas cutting off supplies to both Donetsk and Lugansk.
With all the data considered Commander Strelkov concludes that if Ukraine throws all their forces into battle simultaneously, the numerically small, and poorly armed militia will be quickly defeated without direct Russian intervention.
Novo Russia (Donetsk and Lugansk Republics) will cease to exist and soon after that, all its people too.
How it started
The day before all this came about we (my wife and I) were offered a ride into the city on the local militia's bus. The bus takes the men to the checkpoints and back home again. We listened to their stories. All were local, small town people- farmers and coal miners. As we pulled up to one man's house he remarked- "L ook! My sheep are coming out to meet me." I asked if I could include this in an article I was working on and he laughed. None of them were home very much and without any type of pay, all their families suffer. Their farms are neglected and their own harvests are meager. They were too busy defending the region to tend to their own families needs.