Donbass: Battle of Debaltsevo Defending the strategic point
Donbass: Battle of Debaltsevo
Defending the strategic point
The quickest route to drive from Lugansk to Donetsk is the highway through Debaltseve. That means taking over this city would cut the rebellious regions off from each other and create a gap where there would always be the threat of concentrated troops ready for a breakthrough.
When Ukrainian government forces were tasked with subduing the Donbass region in the summer of 2014, Debaltseve became a central strategic point. Gaining control over it was important to both sides. The militia defended the territory, desperately trying to maintain the link between the two rebel capitals.
The film features the events of the Donbass war which took place at Debaltsevo — the important strategic point, which became the center for fierce fighting between the militia and the government forces.
In summer 2014, fighting began in Southeast Ukraine, as Ukraine’s armed forces were tasked to subdue the rebellious regions. The conflict, ongoing for months, was seen by the Ukrainian government not as a civil clash, but as Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.
But in the streets of Donbass, Ukrainian tanks and APCs encounter angry local residents, while regions of Donetsk and Lugansk declared themselves People’s Republics. The escalation began after the events at Maidan, which led to an overthrow of the country’s government, which people in Southeastern Ukraine considered a coup d’état.
Secret documents provided by the former officer with Ukraine’s Security Service, Vasily Prozorov, proved that Kiev never intended to negotiate with Southeast Ukraine. It was no coincidence that the government was quick to declare the beginning of an anti-terrorist operation. Realising what was coming, the rebel regions created self-defence groups — the Donbass militia. The most vicious fighting between the militia and government forces unfolded in Debaltsevo and its surroundings.
Debaltsevo was strategically important to both sides. What was going on as the militia was defending the territory, desperately trying to maintain the link between the two rebel capitals?