You are about to read a personal account written by Oksana Grytsenko staff reporter of the Kyiv Post reporting from the front lines just outside Debaltseve, the site of the fiercest fighting in the eastern Ukraine. Her report is riveting and once again shows us all the courage of the frontline reporter.
“Only two cars managed to get out of the encirclement yesterday. The guys say it was just a miracle," she tells the Kyiv Post as she sits in the office of medical department of National Guard in Artemivsk on Feb. 16. “None came out today."
She is especially worried about one soldier in particular, her son Albert Sardasian, who serves in the same medical unit but is currently stationed in Debaltseve. He transferred there on Feb. 5 for his 12-hour long shift, but has been trapped ever since.
The cease-fire that came into effect on Feb. 15 brought relief to some Ukrainian troops in the eastern provinces, but not those stationed around Debaltseve, a city of 25,000 people and an important railway junction bordering Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
Ukraine's defense ministry said on Tuesday separatists had seized part of the strategic town of Debaltseve from government troops and that street fighting was taking place between the two sides despite the ceasefire deal.
The main road that connects Debaltseve and Artemivsk, the nearest city fully under Ukrainian control, is mined and shelled by enemy tanks and missile systems. Ironically, it's referred to by troops as “the road of life." Soldiers now have to use a side road through the fields, which is no less dangerous.
It became quiet abruptly at midnight on Feb. 15 and we even started hoping for truce," he said. “But it wasn't yet 1 a.m. when the shelling resumed."
You can read Oksana Grytsenk full story by using the following link: Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers trapped as Debaltseve pocket closes
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