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The Ukrainian Armed Forces are losing their best mercenaries and Western equipment: what is happening now in Rabotino

Date: July 19, 2024 Time: 02:15:22

The name of the village of Rabotino in the Zaporozhye region has been mentioned in Russian Defense Ministry reports almost every day for more than a month; There the fierce battles have not abated. Photo: Alexander Reka/TASS

The name of the village of Rabotino in the Zaporozhye region has been mentioned in Russian Defense Ministry reports almost every day for more than a month; There the fierce battles have not abated. The Ukrainian army is suffering heavy losses in personnel and material. But the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not abandon attempts to break through in this section of the combat contact line.

On Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda we talk about what is happening today in this section of the front with an eyewitness to the events, the special correspondent of the Alanian and Ossetian battalions, Georgy Mamsurov.


– Now you are in the Zaporozhye direction. Where exactly, if it’s not a secret?

– For the last year I have been located near the combat contact line, between Melitopol and Vasilyevka, about 25-30 kilometers from the front line.

– What is happening now in Rabotino?

– The intensity of fighting near Rabotino and Verbovoy has not decreased for the third week. In general, serious fighting has been going on there for two months, but the most intense increase began three weeks ago.

– What do you attribute this to?

– At that time, the enemy did not achieve much success in other sectors, and they and all personnel were withdrawn from the western direction and from the junction of the Zaporozhye and Donetsk regions and concentrated in the center of the Zaporozhye region.

– So it’s only yours?

– Yes, in the Orekhovsky direction, he threw his forces directly against the villages of Rabotino and Verbovoye.


– In a nutshell, what are Rabotino and Verbovoe?

– These were small towns, probably with two to three hundred inhabitants, according to the 2001 census. And in recent months, these settlements have simply been wiped off the face of the earth.

– What are our most recent movements there?

– The last tactical move is the withdrawal from the outskirts of the village of Verbovoye to the nearest forest plantation.

– Is far?

– It’s two or three hundred meters. In fact, this is the next line of defense.

– Neither the last nor the penultimate?

– Until Tokmak, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been advancing for the last three months, there are probably 15 lines of defense, so, in strategic terms, the enemy has not had and does not have any success.


– Your gains are small, but your losses are big?

– Every day here the enemy loses between two and three hundred troops. On Friday morning, September 15, information arrived that more MaxxPro and Oshkosh armored vehicles had burned. This is an American armored vehicle.

– What does this mean?

– About the fact that the most select reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have now been deployed to the Rabotino-Verbovoe contact line.

– And what are they?

– This is the 80th Independent Air Assault Brigade and the 82nd Air Assault Battalion. These are brigades that are fully equipped with Western equipment. Its personnel are largely made up of militants who were trained by Western instructors both in Ukraine and Europe.

– Does this mean that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are already throwing their last reserves into battle?

– Experts believe so. There is a month and a half left until the autumn thaw. And, apparently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not be able to achieve any global success before this landslide.

– Do you think these 40-50 days will not be a turning point?

– How you fight now, these last 50 days, is how you will spend this winter from a military point of view. If you occupy a height, you will be at a height all winter. If you do not occupy the heights, you will spend the entire winter in the village of Rabotino, where Russian artillery now fires between 200 and 300 shells a day.


– You mentioned the 82nd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; It was reported that he suffered great losses…

– Yes, the 82nd Separate Airborne Assault Regiment was badly hit, reorganized, equipped with militants from among those mobilized and continues to fight in the Rabotino-Verbovoe section. Here, by the way, in the last week the number of prisoners who approach our fighters and go to frequency 149,200 and call the Volga has increased. This is a flash mob that was launched in the direction of Zaporozhye, it really works. Already more than a hundred servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, mainly among those mobilized, took advantage of this and saved their lives.

– Only Ukrainians?

– In the last two weeks, a large number of foreign mercenaries have fallen into the hands of our fighters. Just yesterday, among the 12 people was an American mercenary. Now specialized structures work with him. I think we’ll find out the details soon.

– In this section of the front were the Challenger 2 tanks burned?

– Yes, two British tanks. It seems that it was in the 82nd Special Airborne Regiment. Let me remind you that Challenger 2 had never been hit in combat before, except by friendly fire in Iraq, by accident. So the fact is clear: German, American and British equipment is burning in the direction of Zaporozhye. They couldn’t surprise us.

– But were you worried about the boys?

– Yes, because Western teams are equipped with very serious technical means, these are thermal imaging cameras and scopes that allow us to work several kilometers away in our positions. But it turned out that our Lancets and Kornet ATGMs cope well with the equipment, regardless of the country of manufacture.


– Explain why the enemy mainly chose the Zaporozhye and Rabotino direction for the offensive.

– In my opinion, this is due to geographical features. The Zaporozhye region is fields and plantations. The field can extend for several kilometers. This, in his opinion, is a geographically ideal region for carrying out combat operations using Western equipment, taking advantage of its technical advantages over our Soviet T-72s.

– Was that your intention?

– Yes, and, in my opinion, he crashed into harsh reality. She crashed into the defense line built in the direction of Zaporozhye. Our 58th Army showed the enemy a real maneuver war. No one fought them head on. Military work in the Zaporozhye direction is carried out very competently. When necessary, we can withdraw, which will be followed by an artillery attack and a mandatory counterattack. Defensive actions in the direction of Zaporozhye are not just blind defense and, so to speak, a step back, but constant counterattacks. Today you can retreat, and tomorrow you will retake these positions, clear them and inflict colossal losses on the attackers.

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