Today September 14, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey announced on TV Channel 5 the list of all those killed at Ilovaisk in the worst battle of the Russian-instigated war on Ukraine: 107 Ukrainians and 300 Russians, un.ua reported. And as we know from the Donbass Battalion’s web page and Facebook group and the pages of other battalions, there are many hundreds more wounded. As un.ua reported:
Six battalion-tactical groups armed with modern powerful artillery weapons penetrated into the rear area of the anti-terrorist forces from Russia, he noted.
To avoid heavy casualties on both sides mid-level officers agreed to provide two corridors for withdrawing the anti-terrorist forces, he said.
However, the Russian Defense Ministry’s General Staff commanded to shell the withdrawing anti-terrorist units and the captured Russian paratroopers going out with them, Heletei stressed.
According to the Ukrainian defense minister, the Ukrainian fighters flew on alert to prevent the aggressor and destroyed some artillery.
The minister highlighted the dissemination of the anti-terrorist operation details and the movement of the Ukrainian troops in the mass media had done a serious harm to the Ukrainian forces near Ilovaisk.
The Verkhovna Rada has set up a commission to investigate the tragic events and capture of volunteers.
Like other battles of this war, Ilovaisk was narrated on Facebook by Semyon Semyonchenko, commander of the Donbass Battalion, and many others in the regional press and social media.
Here are all the stories published by The Interpreter on the fighting in Ilovaisk, many of them translations from regional media and social media accounts. We began chronicling the conflict in Ukraine on February 18, covering the battle for Maidan and have continued straight since then through Day 209 today, and will go on.
Day 183 (August 19)
Day 184 (August 20)
‘We Fight Russia. We Don’t Fight Separatists, We Fight Russia’
Day 191 (August 27)
Russian Newspaper Asks Whether Russia is At War In Ukraine
Day 193 (August 29)
Day 194 (August 30)
Uncertainty About ‘Humanitarian Corridor’ for Ukrainian Soldiers’ Evacuation
Day 197 (August 31)
State Department on Russian Invasion of Ukraine; Invocation of ‘Nuclear Option’, New US Ambassador to Moscow
Large Russian Military Convoy Heading to Lugansk
Putin Declares NATO ‘A Major Threat’
Entire Pskov ‘Company’ Killed in Ukraine: Local Newspaper
Kremlin Advisor Blames Ukraine War on US
Russian-Backed Forces Rapidly Gaining Ground
Wall Street Journal on Ukrainian Forces Escape from Ilovaisk; Semyonchenko Reveals Himself on TV
Day 210 (September 15)
Here are some English-language stories in the Ukrainian press on the battle of Ilovaisk:
Here are some of the stories in the Western press on Ilovaisk:
Anatomy of a Blood Bath by Alec Luhn, Foreign Policy
Massacre at Ilovaisk by Timothy Ash, Kyiv Post
Ukraine Conflict: Fierce Battle for Town of Ilovaisk, BBC
Abandoned Donbas Battalion Fights on by Lily Hyde, Kyiv Post
Fears of Massacre After Accusations Russians Reneged on Safe Passage for Ukrainian Forces by Roland Oliphant, Telegraph
Aftermath of Fierce Battle Shows Rout of Ukrainian Troops as Russia Talks Tough by Peter Leonard, AP
On the Ukraine Liveblog, we reported on President Vladimir Putin’s offer of a humanitarian corridor even as Russian forces invaded Ukraine on our Ukraine Liveblog, as well as the response of the Russian-backed separatists that they would only allow Ukrainian soldiers to escape if they gave up their armored vehicles and heavy weapons. In addition, we should cite this particularly cynical statement by Konstantin Dolgov, the Kremlin’s Human Rights Commissioner, who was deployed by Kremlin propagandists to try to make a claim of “human rights violations” by Kiev in addressing this disingenuous offer. Dolgov tweeted this claim, linked to an article by RIA Novosti:
Неготовность Киева воспользоваться гумкоридорами для вывода силовиков-показатель реальной "готовности"властей спасать жизнь своих людей.
— Konstantin Dolgov (@KKdolgov) August 31, 2014
Translation: Kiev’s unreadiness to use the humanitarian corridors for withdrawal of its forces is an indicative of the real “readiness” of the authorities to save the lives of their own people.
There remains the issue of the Russian soldiers who lost their lives in Ilovaisk, but with a Russian news blackout it is hard to reconstruct at this time and the figures of casualties cannot be confirmed. Most of the revelations that have come out about Russian soldiers’ deaths, such as those from the 76th Pskov Assault Guards, have concerned battles at other locations in Lugansk Region.
Here’s just a sample of some videos of fighting in Ilovaisk — see story links for more.
Donbass Battalion Surrounded and Taking Casualties In Ilovaisk
The Battle at Ilovaisk. Volunteer Battalions Failed to Take Over the City
German ARD on Ilovaisk
Anton Gerashchenko on the Ilovaisk “Kettle”
Breakthrough of Convoy from Ilovaisk Kettle
Ilovaisk: Motorola’s Division Hurled Grenades at the Punishers
As we get further information, we will add to this page.