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British Officers Fighting On Donbass Front Lines In Ukraine – Report
South Front, May 13 2022

British officers are still present on the front lines in Eastern Ukraine, working undercover with the Ukrainian military command, the Russian media RIA Novosti reported, citing sources of Russian security forces in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The source told RIA Novosti:

Since the beginning of our special operation, British officers have been constantly working near the front line, visiting command posts of Ukrainians in the most dangerous areas, making adjustments to the actions of the AFU command.

British officers of the active reserve went to Kiev on Feb 24 to command the defense of the Ukrainian capital when the Russian army approached the city. Previously, they were deployed in the Donbass region, helping Ukrainian officers to work with data provided by the intelligence. British military uses all the means of NATO intelligence and promptly responds to its information.

After the rapid offensive of Russian troops towards Kiev on Feb 24, the British, who helped with intelligence to the Ukrainian operational headquarters in Kramatorsk, moved to Kiev to lead the defense of the city from the headquarters located on the territory of School #72. From the end of April to May 6, British officers were deployed in Zaporozhye and visited different command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. NATO intelligence services helped the AFU to organize defense in the main directions with the use of battalion tactical groups in certain areas.

Since 2014, the US and its NATO allies sent troops to Ukraine as trainers. Before the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, London claimed that British military instructors left Ukraine on the weekend of Feb 12-13. British Deputy Defense Minister James Heappey said on the BBC:

In the case of a conflict in Ukraine, there will be no British military.

Despite the fact that the US and the UK have publicly stated they had no plans to involve their troops in the fighting in Ukraine, the LDPR and Russian military have repeatedly reported the deployment of foreign military instructors and mercenaries in the Donbass, including from the UK. British media earlier reported that dozens of “retired” SAS soldiers had gone or planned to go to Ukraine to contribute their expertise in reconnaissance and anti-tank warfare to Kiev’s cause. Their services were allegedly paid for by “a country in Europe, still to be named, via a private military company” rather than by the British government, according to the UK Daily Mirror. Elite special forces from the UK and the US have been present in Ukraine since the beginning of hostilities with Russia in late February, a source in the French intelligence community told Le Figaro in April. After the Western media revealed the presence of the foreign special forces in Ukraine, Ukrainian commanders told The Times that soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) are training Ukrainian troops in Kyiv on how to use anti-tank weapons provided by London. The British Ministry of Defense does not confirm the training mission, citing its position on not commenting on special operations. At the end of April, a representative of the British Foreign Ministry in an interview with Sky News confirmed that one British citizen had died and another was missing in Ukraine.

Russian-Led Forces Suffer Heavy Losses Attempting To Cross River In Bilohorivka, LPR
South Front, May 13 2022

The Russian-led forces are aimed at surrounding the Ukrainian grouping deployed in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk region in the Luhansk People’s Republic. Despite the recent successes on several front-lines in the region, the Russian and LPR military are stuck in the town of Bilohorivka located to the west of Severodonetsk. The joint forces continue unsuccessful attempts to cross the river of Seversky Donets and gain a foothold on the left bank. According to Ukrainian military sources, 5 attempts of Russian forces to cross the river were thwarted. The Russian-led forces attempted to establish at least three pontoon crossings from May 7-11, which were destroyed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As a result of the shelling, the Russian-led units suffered heavy losses. According to the drone footage from the spot, 73 units of Russian equipment were destroyed, including:

  • 38 infantry fighting vehicles;
  • 4 armored personnel carriers;
  • 6 T-72 tanks;
  • 3 trucks;
  • 4 MT-LB (fully amphibious auxiliary armored tracked vehicles);
  • 2 boats;
  • 5 machines for the construction of pontoon crossings;
  • 1 armoured recovery vehicles;
  • 9 other armoured fighting vehicles.

Meanwhile, LPR forces with support of Russian units including the Special Force reportedly launched an assault on the city of Severodonetsk. The Allied forces are advancing from three directions from the north. Clashes broke out on the outskirts. During the retreat of the AFU, the bridge between Rubezhny and Severodonetsk was blown up. At the same time, the roads leading to Lisichansk are almost under the Russian fire control. Fierce battles are going on in Belogorovka and Shepilovo. LPR forces are storming Privolye. The offensive from Popasnaya continues in the direction of Kamyshevakha. There are battles for control over the villages of Orekhovo and Toshkovo.

One Comment

  1. nzwatcher
    Posted May 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Where is RU air support
    I starting to think this maybe not going as well as we think it is for Russia

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