Debalcevo je padlo.

Ukrajinski predsednik Petro Porošenko je danes naznanil umik ukrajinskih oboroženih sil iz Debalceva. Te po njegovih besedah nikoli niso bile obkoljene, umaknile pa so se malodane zmagovito, brez večjih izgub, z vso opremo. Vedno morate postati sumničavi, ko vam kdo razlaga, da je umik uspeh.

Zapis v The New York Timesu, ki ga težko označimo za rusko propagando, slika bolečo podobo tega umika.

By midday on Wednesday, limping and exhausted soldiers began showing up on the Ukrainian side describing a harrowing ordeal that began with a surprise 1 a.m. order to retreat.

“Many trucks left and only a few arrived,” said one soldier, who offered only his rank, sergeant, and first name, Volodomyr, as he knelt on the sidewalk smoking. “A third of us made it, at most.”

Others said at least a majority of the soldiers that set off in a column of about 100 trucks had managed to exit the encirclement, many straggling out on foot after their vehicles were blown up.

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“They were shooting with tanks, rocket propelled grenades and sniper rifles,” and firing at the disintegrating column with rockets, he said. Dead and wounded soldiers were left on the snowy field, as there were too many to carry after the trucks were hit.

Kaže, da se je Ukrajincem zgodil drugi Ilovajsk. Oblasti bodo težko kaj priznale, toda če se umikaš skozi ozki koridor, ki ga ves čas lahko obstreljuje nasprotnikovo topništvo, potem ne moreš pričakovati, da boš vse skupaj prestal razmeroma nepoškodovan. Previdnost je na mestu. Resničnost je lahko povsem drugačna, kot jo slika ukrajinski predsednik. Imamo posnetke zajetih ukrajinskih vojakov, pričevanja ukrajinskih vojakov, da so pred zlomom, ruske novinarje, ki spremljajo upornike na fronti in nam prenašajo posnetke njihovega napredovanja. Na drugi strani imamo ukrajinske oblasti, ki ne znajo voditi svojih oboroženih sil in so se specializirale na zavajanje lastne javnosti. Izgubo letališča v Donecku so priznali nekaj dni zatem, ko so se tam že sprehajali ruski novinarji in tudi resnična usoda njihovih sil v Debalcevu bo razjasnjena šele čez nekaj časa.

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