From Vinyard of the Saker and several Russian language & military blogs we have been following:
The Boiling Point of the Southern Cauldron
Original: Voice of Sevastopol, August 8, 2014
Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov
Edited by S. Naylor
The Collapse of the Southern Cauldron
The Southern Cauldron has reached its boiling point; it is living out its final hours. Everything that did not manage to flee to Russia or to break out of encirclement is in the process of being cooked. Yesterday, following a de-blockading strike from without, the remnants of the surrounded brigades, having gathered an armoured group and abandoned everything that could not move, rushed to break through in the direction of Miusinsk. This led to battles, in the course which the city continually passed from one faction to the other. In order to prevent the unification of two enemy groups – one attempting to break out and the other – a relief group advancing through Orlovka to the north of Enakievo – the Militia attempted to push the breakout troops to the north-east of Miusinsk.
Doubt if many were even aware there were three complete regular Ukrainian Army Brigades, two independent Regiments and a Regiment of Border Guards that had been cut-off without supplies and surrounded along a long finger against the Russian Border for the last month. There certainly has been no coverage beyond one piece by VICE news of frantic parents in Kiev protesting after calls from their surrounded soldier-sons.
The New York Times daily battle map has always been careful to show this penetration/pincer in a almost gloating fashion, it was still there yesterday although they should have known that the remnants of the furthest Airborne Brigade had already walked across the Russian Border asking for asylum. All the news that’s fit to print.
Well our Mainstream Media completely ignorned the daily pummelling by Ukrainian Artillery of Slovyansk Apartment Buildings that killed hundreds of Russian civilians so what can we expect.
Will Bro. Putin intervene FINALLY to prevent a repeat with Donetsk? Will the Ukie army collapse? Will NATO intervene to save their Brother in Kiev? Stay tuned for as the Masonic World Turns.
Situation Map 8/2 from Foreign Policy Watcher Feed
And on 8/10
Surrounded Ukrainian Army Units 8/6 from Colonel Cassad Blog
In total we are talking about the destruction of units that contained a total of 6,000+ troops with 300+ armoured vehicles that had been attempting to seal off the Russian Border for the past month, these were ‘brigades’ that were not up to normal NATO brigade strengths as one commenter queried, but none the less they were regular Ukraine army units, the 51st, 79th, 72nd & 24th Brigades plus special forces, independent ‘battalions’ & border units .
>>Update Aug. 12 pm. Daily Beast makes a long post on it here, although they partially buy the Ukrainian spin that the units ‘escaped’ (400 men on foot left in a mechanized brigade = unit was completely destroyed).