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PMC Wagner in Ukraine in 2022: Video of the work of fighters in the Donbass

Uglegorsk TPP is another point that the

Uglegorsk TPP is another point that the “Wagnerites” can write down as an asset

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LEGENDARY BATTLE GROUP: WAGNER PMC IN UKRAINE

– Here, during the landing, they used the trenches zone, the observation posts were 200 meters apart from each other, they sat very tightly here. The number at each observation post – from five to ten shooters – leads me a fighter of the “Group of Wagner” through the former Ukrainian fortifications.

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The road leading to the Uglegorsk thermal power plant, the largest in the entire territory of the former Ukraine, is strewn with heaps of earth in a checkerboard pattern – if you want to break through such a “snake” at speed, it will not work. Especially under crossfire. This unit is legendary. A private military company – Wagner PMC, as these professional military are commonly called, has long been a Russian brand that is known throughout the world. They performed tasks both in Syria and in Africa. Along with the Russian troops and the people’s militia corps of the LDNR, they are howling today in the Donbass. Uglegorsk TPP is another point that the Wagnerites can write down as an asset.

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– If it’s primitive to go head-on, then they (Ukrainian military – Ed.) here all the points were shot. They immediately piled on from mortars and rocket artillery. We had to first take all the heights from them, squeeze them out of the landings, at night crawl from all directions in the literal sense.

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My interlocutor had a service in the special forces of the Internal Troops, a job in one of the Russian law enforcement agencies. He graduated from a university in a specialty unusual for such a craft in order to get an officer’s position, but he never waited for it. But he realized himself in the “orchestra”, as the “Wagnerites” are jokingly called.

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“PEARLY DIRECTLY IN THE FOREHEAD”

He talks about the storming of the station somehow casually. We have followed the footsteps of his group for several kilometers, sweat is pouring in a stream, and I can imagine what it was like under fire, in full combat gear.

– Here the enemy used machine guns “Browning”, – the fighter continues “excursion”. – It was very difficult to get there. Layered defense was built competently.

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In the former positions – abandoned weapons, sleeping bags, loose cartridges, camouflage uniforms, a blue polo with the coat of arms of the New York Police Department …

The guys show on the phone photos of the enemies killed during the battle. One of them is African American. He did not have any documents with him, and the fighters say that this is a typical feature for foreigners. Unlike Ukrainians, who are always with papers.

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Here are earth cells for grenade launchers. Here is a dugout for rest. And here is a natural underground tunnel – a pipe that led from this fortified area directly to the station. On it, unnoticed by our observers, rotation was carried out, as well as the evacuation of the wounded.

The assault groups of the “Wagnerites” with the support of artillery of the 2nd Army Corps of the People’s Militia of the LPR managed to break through first the first, then the second echelon of defense. And enter the territory of the thermal power plant.

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– We were lucky, the visibility was bad, we jumped into the territory, and then it was a matter of military equipment. Some suppress fire, others move. See for yourself – there are just a lot of danger sectors for us, assault groups. Barrage fire was fired floor by floor, with a quick onslaught they pushed through the defenses in the buildings, somewhere they shot right in the forehead. At some point, the enemy faltered and chose to simply retreat.

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THERE WAS MORE DEFENDERS THAN ATTENDERS

The huge buildings of the thermal power plant were beaten by artillery. The Ukrainian troops, moving away, brought down tons of shells on the station. However, if from the outside the object makes a depressing impression, then inside it seems that not everything is lost. In the Soviet Union, the memory of which the Kyiv regime has been so diligently erasing for the last 8 years, they knew how to build for all occasions. Including – and in the event of a massive bombardment. In the past, this is one of the largest thermal power plants in Europe, which could provide energy not only to Donbass, but also to neighboring regions. With the outbreak of hostilities, there were periodically interruptions in the supply of coal – the station was under the control of Kyiv, and black gold – from the unrecognized people’s republics at that time. Today, the city-forming enterprise of the city of Svetlodarsk, surrounded by greenery nearby, does not function.

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The Ukrainian command turned it not only into an impregnable fortified area, but also into an important observation post. Through cameras with a powerful zoom, the enemy viewed everything around for tens of kilometers, correcting artillery fire and air strikes, slowing down the advance of the allied forces.

We go into one of the rooms where the control center was located – monitors on which the picture from the cameras was displayed, maps where each square was numbered, a box from Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite Internet.

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On the lower floors, warehouses are crammed with food, canned food, water and dry rations. It was possible to defend here for a long time. Moreover, there were more defenders than attackers, just like at Azovstal in Mariupol. Ours took it in spirit and military science, playing the strings of war together with the Lugansk corps as one single orchestra.

The front has shifted a little more to the west. Ukrainian troops cling to the neighboring village of Semigorye, where fighting is already underway. The allied forces are gradually approaching the outskirts of the Artemovsk-Soledar agglomeration, where the nearest large-scale confrontation will unfold.

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A photo: Alexander KOTS

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