Ukraine War : Ukraine Airforce Urgently Surviving the Deadly Battle of Ilovaisk 1 day ago   08:33

The War in Donbass is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. From the beginning of March 2014, protests by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, commonly collectively called the "Donbass", in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidanmovement. These demonstrations, which followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation(February to March 2014), and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflict between the separatistforces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government.[40] In the Donetsk People's Republic, from May 2014 until a change of the top leadership in August 2014,[41]some of the top leaders were Russian citizens.[42] During the middle of 2014, Russian paramilitaries were reported to make up between 15% to 80% (Ukrainian data) of the combatants There were an estimated 6,000 Russian troops and 40,000 rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as of September 2017.

Between 22 and 25 August 2014 a Russian "humanitarian convoy" crossed the border into Ukrainian territory without the permission of the Ukrainian government. Crossings occurred both in areas under the control of pro-Russian forces and in areas that were not under their control, such as the south-eastern part of Donetsk Oblast, near Novoazovsk. These events followed the reported shelling of Ukrainian positions from the Russian side of the border over the course of the preceding month.Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko characterised the events of 22 August as a "direct invasion by Russia of Ukraine".Western and Ukrainian officials described these events as a "stealth invasion" of Ukraine by Russia.

Russia's official position on the presence of Russian forces in Donbass has been vague: while official bodies have denied presence of "regular armed forces" in Ukraine, it has on numerous occasions confirmed presence of "military specialists" and used other euphemisms, usually accompanied by an argument that Russia "was forced" to deploy them to "defend the Russian-speaking population".By the end of 2017, OSCE observatory mission had accounted for around 30,000 individuals in military-style dress crossing from Russia to Donbass just at two border checkpoints it was allowed to monitor.

Subsequently, DPR and LPR insurgents regained much of the territory they had lost during the Ukrainian government's preceding military offensive. Ukraine, Russia, the DPR and the LPR signed an agreement to establish a ceasefire, called the Minsk Protocol, on 5 September 2014. Violations of the ceasefire on both sides became common. Amidst the solidification of the line between insurgent and government-controlled territory during the ceasefire, warlords took control of swaths of land on the insurgent side, leading to further destabilisation.The ceasefire completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including at Donetsk International Airport and at Debaltseve. Involved parties agreed to a new ceasefire, called Minsk II, on 12 February 2015. Immediately following the signing of the agreement, separatist forces launched an offensive on Debaltseve and forced Ukrainian forces to withdraw from it. In the months after the fall of Debaltseve, minor skirmishes continued along the line of contact, but no territorial changes occurred. This state of stalemate led to the war being labelled a "frozen conflict";the area stayed a war zone, with dozens of soldiers and civilians killed each month.In 2017 on average one Ukrainian soldier died in combat every three days.Since the start of the conflict there have been more than ten ceasefires, each intended to operate indefinitely, none of them stopped the violence.The latest new "comprehensive and indefinite ceasefire regime" started on 1 July 2018.But within hours both the DPR and the Ukrainian army and the LPR had accused each other of violating this truce.

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NATO didn't help because Ukraine's not in NATO dummy. This is why all EX Soviet and Russian neighbors should join NATO. Without NATO, sooner or later Russia will try to invade you and take your land
that Nato has not helped just show why all countries should withdraw from Nato, EU and UN
Caleb M. F
Keep fighting Ukraine. I'm sorry NATO failed you
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Surviving the Deadly Battle of Ilovaisk Ukraine War : Ukraine Airforce Urgently 1 day ago   10:33

Serhiy Shvachko is an officer, who has served in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces since he was 17. In the summer of 2014, Shvachko was the communications chief for the 51st Separate Mechanized Brigade.

In August of that year, he was tasked with restoring Ukrainian control to Ilovaisk. Ukrainian soldiers had been storming the city on a daily basis since the start of the month and, on August 18, after the Donbas battalion’s arrival, Ukrainian units captured half of Ilovaisk territory, up to the train station.

The situation drastically changed on the night of August 23, when Russian troops arrived. On August 29, the military leaders took the decision to withdraw from Ilovaisk.

At that point, the 51st Brigade were stationed near Mnohopillya, south of Ilovaisk.

They were caught under fire as they were leaving and Shvachko was wounded. He was forced to surrender to the Russians, along with a dozen other soldiers.

Shvachko was handed back to the Ukrainian side the next day and was taken from the conflict zone to a hospital in Dnipro.

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