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The Debaltseve Encirclement Complete- 9000 Ukrainian Soldiers Trapped

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Debaltseve is a key transportation city in Donbass and is now the scene of the largest battles of the Ukrainian war.

Forces from Donetsk Peoples Republic (DNR) and Lugansk Peoples Republic(LNR) moved in surrounding Ukrainian infantry, artillery, and tank divisions over the last few days.

A few days ago one Ukrainian tank and armored personnel carrier(BMP) group tried to break through at the village of Elenovka near Donetsk. Ukrainian troops stormed the village, killing nine DNR infantry. The tanks and BMP's then attacked civilians trying to escape.

Civilians were killed by the heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian tanks and BMPs as they drove through firing on the houses. Eighteen civilians were killed trying to escape.The DNR destroyed the small mechanized group which left ten Ukrainian soldiers dead. The BBC reported the operation was successful for Ukraine.

In reality the Debaltseve encirclement of the Ukrainian army was completed in the early hours on January 30th. Inside are close to 9000 Ukrainian troops. This is twice the number of people captured in the encirclement or cauldron around Ilovaisk.

This encirclement was designed to be controlled from the outside. The Ukrainian soldiers can no longer get supplies, equipment, or troops in or out. Surrounding them is enough technical equipment including Grad and other launching systems to make fighting their way out suicide. It is literally a shooting gallery should the DNR and LNR decide it needs to end that way. They have not, and both republics are taking heavy losses because of it.

Ukraine has been attacking the towns, cities, and villages of the DNR and LNR with phosphorus bombs, missiles, and rockets. Ukraine tried to get both DNR and LNR listed as terrorist organizations. Ukrainian punisher battalions have decimated the populations of entire towns. They are guilty of mass rape and mass murder.

Currently Donetsk and surrounding towns are under the heaviest attack of the war. Kiev is making a desperate attempt to mount civilian casualties to the point where they may control negotiations. Intel is saying that the Ukrainian military has moved in a long range weapons system to the front called "Elbrus." From the war front this SCUD has the range to hit Kiev.

DNR and LNR Demands For Peace

The head of the People's Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko said in an interview with Russia 24 "Today the Debaltseve encirclement is closed." Appealing to the Ukrainian soldiers in the encirclement Zakharchenko stressed "Guys! Lay down your arms and leave. You are fighting the wrong people. You have a chance to save your life...give up and live. I promise that you will return home."

Yes, today we have closed boiler Debaltseve ... today this road sweep completely, "- said in an interview Zaharchenko TV channel" Russia 24 ". The head of DNR also appealed to all Ukrainian soldiers. "Guys! My suggestion is to lay down arms and leave. You are fighting not with those. at You have a chance to save his life ... ... give up and you will live .. I promise that you will return home,.. "-

Andre Purgin- Speaker of the National Council of the People's Republic of Donetsk

DNR and LNR intend to provide the Ukrainian army the opportunity to leave the encirclement if they lay down their arms. They will be given a safe passage corridor in accord with international conventions. All that lay down their weapons can leave. The Ukrainian army doesn't have the means to fight and cannot replenish ammunition or move the wounded.

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George Eliason is an American journalist that lives and works in Donbass. He has been interviewed by and provided analysis for RT, the BBC, and Press-TV. His articles have been published in the Security Assistance Monitor, Washingtons Blog, (more...)

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