Today is three years since Battle of Ilovaisk

  • Today is three years since Battle of Ilovaisk

Kyiv: Today marks the third anniversary of the Battle of Ilovaisk, when Ukrainian servicemen were surrounded by regular Russian troops in the Donetsk region.

In the morning on Tuesday, Mikhailovskaya Square in Kyiv gathered relatives and close fighters to honor the memory of the dead.

"On August 29, 2014, on direct orders and orders from the command of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Russian servicemen at point-blank shot the columns of the Ukrainian military, together with three captured Russian paratroopers, from heavy weapons. Under these circumstances, the perfidious murder of 366 Ukrainian soldiers was committed, 429 - injured of various severity, 300 - were captured," the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported on the results of the investigation of the circumstances of the Battle of Ilovaisk.

The GPU recalled that in the third decade of August 2014, the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces organized a direct invasion of regular Russian units on the territory of the Donetsk region with simultaneous artillery shelling of the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from Russia.

A large-scale invasion took place on the night of August 23-24, 2014.

Also, the GPU noted that the Russian Armed Forces along the eastern section of the state border of Ukraine had 35 battalion-tactical and company tactical groups, at least 45,100 servicemen; up to 160 tanks; 1 360 BMP (BTR) 350 pieces of artillery; 130 units of multiple launch rocket systems; 192 combat aircraft; 137 helicopters.

"Given the real threat of an invasion along the entire Russian-Ukrainian border, the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not actually have enough forces to increase the contingent of troops in the Donetsk area and simultaneously ensure the defense of other sections of the state border. As a result of the sudden invasion of the regular units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and their march in the direction of the city of Ilovaisk on August 24-25, 2014, battalions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine "Dnipro-1", "Mirotvorets", "Svityaz", "Kherson", "Ivano-Frankivsk", National Guard "Donbass" and the forces of sector "B" were surrounded by much larger enemy forces," the press service added.

It is reported that the command of ATO forces was determined the main task of preserving the life of Ukrainian soldiers.

"To this end, negotiations between the head of the ATO  V. Muzhenko and the representatives of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as at the leadership level of Sector B and the Russian Armed Forces, on guaranteeing safe humanitarian corridors for withdrawing from the encirclement of servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations of Ukraine,"  the Prosecutor General's Office added.

In 2014, ATO forces were surrounded by Russian troops in the Ilovaisk area. According to the report of the temporary investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the investigation of the circumstances of the tragic events that led to the death and capture of soldiers of volunteer battalions and the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the city of Ilovaisk in the Donetsk region, the mistakes of Defense Minister Valery Geletay and Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko.

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