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Defending Popasnaya in the Luhansk region, Ukrainian soldiers destroyed 40–50 pieces of Russian equipment daily.
Servicemen of the 24th Motorized Brigade named after King Daniel more than They held the defense of the city for two months, the head of the Lugansk regional military administration, Sergei Gaidai, said on Telegram.
Artilleryman Vladimir said that this was the most difficult area in which he had to fight in half a year of a full-scale war.
< p>The Russians threw a lot of forces into the assault on the city – Marines, law enforcement agencies, PMCs.
In addition, the enemy sent powerful columns of equipment to Popasnaya. Enemy tactics have not changed since World War II – he literally crushed the number, moved forward over the bodies of his dead, without stopping.
“For example, they send 500 fighters, we beat them, another 500 immediately follow them. We held back their invasion, were not allowed to enter the city. The task of the artillery was to support the actions of the infantry”, – Vladimir recalls.
Ukrainian fighters fought off the columns, prevented the supply of supplies for enemy units and their advance through the city.
The amount of destroyed Russian equipment was once counted – our guys hit 40-50 targets a day: tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, cars.
Sometimes the soldiers did the impossible to keep the Ukrainian flag flying over Popasna for as long as possible. They kept the frenzied pressure with the super efforts of people.
They pulled cars out of the shelling, repaired them in fact under the explosions. Again and again they went into battle, despite the superior forces of the enemy.
But in the end, the enemy found a weak spot and broke through the defenses – I had to retreat to more advantageous lines.
"I won't hide it, it was bitter to leave the city. But we understood that it was necessary to save the infantry in order to launch a counteroffensive and liberate our cities and villages from Russian occupation. And we will definitely do it, – says Vladimir.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich