“A painful victory, in the end victory is ours” – Corriere.it

From Andrea Nicastro

The soldier recounts an ancient war of trenches, bombs, and night raids: “The most dangerous moment? Go to the bathroom”

From our KIEV report – Private Kirillo Volodymyrovich still managed to joke. «The most dangerous time of the day in Donbass? I go to the bathroom. We had just finished building the new toilet and it was destroyed by a Grad blast. Since then we have given up privacy. In any case, we came out of the trench one by one to avoid losing more than one soldier in the event of an attack.”

Kirillo’s story of what he experienced in Lysekhansk is the story of an ancient war consisting of trenches, bombs, and night raids where the courage of men, cruelty, pain, and hand-to-hand combat is a daily experience. A war that demands the blood of soldiers, They are riven by explosions or stabbed with machine guns by other men in front of them.

Kirillo, this time around, is on the side of the losers even if the definition is narrow for him as well as for his overall leader. “The decision to withdraw from where the enemy has a clear fire advantage – as President Zelensky claimed – saves the lives of Ukrainian soldiers. But from a strategic point of view, this means that the army itself will return with more modern weapons in order to capture it. Ukraine is not giving up on anything that is going on around it.”

lost battle

As much as he hopes to recover, Sunday’s fight remains a losing battle for Ukraine.

“Someone – says Kirill – is talking about” Zarda “, a betrayal, because Severodonetsk was defended for a long time while Lysychansk was abandoned within a week. Well, who says he doesn’t understand anything. These are the provisions of the General of the Chair. Those who were up front may be sad, but they know they did what they could.”

By occupying Lysychansk, and a week before the twin city on the other side of the river, Severodonetsk, the Moscow army completely captured one of the two Donbass provinces. Russian propaganda calls it “liberation” and relies on photos of Ukrainians emerging from air raid shelters to salute the Kremlin’s forces. Now, if Moscow advances another 70 kilometers and conquers the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, it will take the entire Donbass. Putin’s minimal goal will be achieved. At this point, the Kaiser might be ready to stop.

fox fall

To take Severodonetsk, the Russians took a month, to take Lys (Fox), as Kirilo Lysychansk called only one week. Military analysts said the Volby River and uplands would help defend Ukraine. While that? Is defeat a symptom of disproportionate forces? Kirillo, reached by phone after the withdrawal, helps to understand and imagine the conflict continuing.

“It is wrong to think of Lys as a different battle from the battle of Severodonetsk. They are cities attacking each other, to defend Severodonetsk we fired from Lysechansk and every time the enemies attacked us head-on we pushed them back. So the fox lasted 5 weeks, not a little ».


“After the fall of the first city, we infantry descended from the famous heights. There it was already completely destroyed, flattened. Over its head, artillery pieces of orcs – the Russians, flew, so – And our shots responded. At night I saw flashes of explosions, a battle between guns that could not even be seen with each other. Staying at the top wouldn’t have helped us soldiers and artillery too close, so far from the heights. The Russians did not press to cross between the houses, they did not need to, they had already crossed the river dividing the two cities so far. North and South, in Izyum and Popasna ».

“If we had been waiting for them to kill us all because they would have taken us with pincers. Instead, even if our artillery didn’t fire as much as we did their artillery, we were the ones who made the difference and made them pay dearly for their desire to capture the fox. We used to go out at night with the spectators.” Pull on the means and pull on the foot. Then we hit him. At dawn, even in the place where they had been camping for a month and thought they were safe.. “Dobrevecher me z Ukraine” – Good morning from Ukraine, so – or “Gamarjoba!” – which is good morning in Georgian, so To make them understand that we are not the only ones resisting them. And then the fire broke out in an avalanche. In those raids we destroyed many of their bases and entire battle groups: two tanks, APCs, a workshop vehicle, a kitchen… 70/80 men. destroyed.”

Kirillo had never heard of an “expensive victory,” but the concept made it perfectly clear to him. They talk about treason, but they do not understand war. We struggle to weaken the other. If each of their conquests cost them dearly, victory is finally ours. If they surrounded us, they would have won, but like that? We are alive, we will return.”

4th of July 2022 (change on 4th of July 2022 | 23:04)

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