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Russian troops had to leave Liman

Russian troops leave Krasny Liman.

Russian troops leave Krasny Liman.

A photo: Alexander KOTS

A column of trucks crouched sadly on the side of the road. Dirty peasants with empty eyes smoked thoughtfully, spitting through their teeth. They smelled of sweat and gunpowder. One of the units had just fought out of Red Estuary, breaking through Torskoye to Kremennaya. We had to leave this city so that a large group would not be surrounded.

One of the units just came out of the Red Liman with a fight

One of the units just came out of the Red Liman with a fight

A photo: Alexander KOTS

The enemy, as in the case of the Kharkov offensive, threw huge forces at the Russian garrison, literally cutting through our defenses. According to various sources, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked in groups of up to 23 thousand people. Opposed them several times less. First Ukrainians together with foreign mercenaries cut the road to Svatovo, then they took under fire control the artery connecting with Kremennaya. Kyiv even withdrew part of its troops from Seversk and from near Belogorovka, putting it all in. And this bet played, albeit at the cost of large-scale losses.

For the past few weeks our troops have heroically held the line in Krasny Liman and the surrounding settlements.

For the past few weeks our troops have heroically held the line in Krasny Liman and the surrounding settlements.

A photo: Alexander KOTS

The risk of encirclement and shameful captivity became too great, and Russian command decided to withdraw troops. The retreat was phased, but the last units were actually breaking through from the blockade, with fighting. There were no troops left in Liman.

The risk of encirclement and shameful captivity became too great, and the Russian command decided to withdraw troops.

The risk of encirclement and shameful captivity became too great, and the Russian command decided to withdraw troops.

A photo: Alexander KOTS

The reasons for what happened are typical. They were talked about after leaving the Kharkov region. This is a lack of forces, and errors in the organization of defense, and reserves that arrived late, but last of all, we must look for the culprits among those who have heroically held the defense in the last few weeks. Krasny Liman and surrounding towns. He fought to the death and did not retreat until he received the order to withdraw. And he left reluctantly and clenched his teeth in resentment.

Russian troops had to leave this city so that a large group would not be surrounded.

Russian troops had to leave this city so that a large group would not be surrounded.

A photo: Alexander KOTS

Now the enemy will probably try to develop success on courage. He can move to Svatovo, and to Lisichansk, and to Kremennaya. This threatens to cut the already Luhansk People’s Republic, which, like Krasny Liman, is now the territory of the Russian Federation.

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