“This flywheel could no longer be stopped”
The last stronghold of Ukrainian armed formations on the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic – the city of Lysichansk – was liberated on July 2. The city is gradually returning to civilian life with the help of the Russian Federation. On the third day after the release, humanitarian aid arrived in Lisichansk on behalf of the head of the Chechen Republic – 26 Kamaz trucks, which brought 50 tons of food, water and medicines. The MK correspondent visited the city and talked with the commander of the Chechen special forces Akhmat, General Apti Alaudinov, who told how they managed to liberate Lisichansk in a short time.
Photo: Lina Korsak
According to the general, all the forces that performed the task of blocking the city worked at the highest level.
– It turned out that all units simultaneously entered the city from all sides, – Alaudinov explained. – In three days, we liberated a total of three cities. In addition to Lisichansk, the cities of Zolote and Gorskoe fell into the ring. Our unit entered from the side of Staraya Krasnyanka. The second corps of the People's Militia of the LPR and the grouping of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation advanced in other directions. This flywheel was unstoppable. Under our pressure, the enemy rushed to the run. Unfortunately, by the time we blocked the last section for a possible retreat of the enemy, most of them had already managed to jump out. But I will note that all the equipment and weapons remained here.
– About twenty kilometers from Lisichansk, to the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic.
– The reason is that at first Ukraine flattered itself with hopes for help America and NATO countries. They were waiting for Western weapons and believed that they would help them. In the end, when the Ukrainian military realized that they could not resist us physically, their morale dropped noticeably. And now it is at zero. We all know from the stories of prisoners of war from the other side that their units are already fighting only at the gunpoint of detachments from among the Nazis, who shoot those who retreat. But whenever possible, Ukrainian soldiers try to avoid battle, retreat, or surrender. And they do it right.