The forces of the PMC Wagner occupied the territory of the Uglegorsk TPP in Svetlodarsk, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were driven from the initiative, knowledgeable Vitaly Kiselev, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the LPR
“PMC Wagner’s assault detachments occupied the entire territory of the Uglegorsk thermal power plant this morning. Since May 22, it was carried out by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which had withdrawn from Svetlodarsk and its surrounding settlements due to the threat of encirclement ”- Wrote In the Kiselev Telegram.
On July 25, the DPR Regional Defense Headquarters reported that DPR and LPR troops, with the support of the Russian Armed Forces, are conducting an operation to gain control over the Uglegorsk thermal power plant (TPP) in Svetlodarsk. Headquarters then reported that the operation is in the process of clearing the TPP. Also on the eve of the mayor of Gorlovka Ivan Prikhodko said About the complete blocking of Ukrainian troops in the settlement of Novoluganskoe, located in the north of the city, on the west bank of the Uglegorsk TPP reservoir. Also, according to unconfirmed information, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are moving away from Semigorye.
As a result of the capture of the thermal power plant, the Russian army, together with the DPR and LPR forces, goes to the Slavyansk-Kramatorsk-Konstantinovka line.
The Uglegorsk thermal power plant is one of the largest thermal power plants in Europe. Svetlodarsk is located 18 kilometers from the city of Debaltseve, which came under the control of the DPR in February 2015. Debaltseve itself is considered a strategically important point due to the M04 highway connecting Donetsk to Luhansk.
In fact, the invasion of the TPP on July 26, 2022 marks the repetition and completion of the operational plan of the 2015 Debaltsevo operation (the so-called “Debaltsevo boiler”).
after signing Minsk Protocol In September 2014, active hostilities resumed in the Donetsk airport area in January 2015. After the transfer of the airfield under the control of the DPR forces, a joint operation for the Debaltsevsky ledge was launched on January 22 with the LPR forces. At the end of January – the beginning of February 2015, from two to eight thousand Ukrainian soldiers were blocked in the Debaltseve region.
The Ukrainian side announced the participation of the Russian army in the Debaltsevo operation, but Moscow has repeatedly denied these statements. On behalf of the people’s republics, he joined the “Ghost” brigade of Alexei Mozgovoy (LPR) and the artillery brigade “Kalmius” (DPR). It was also claimed that Wagner PMCs were in favor of the Donbass republics, but no official comment was made on this issue. The Kyiv side was represented by several territorial defense battalions, battalion tactical groups of the 25th airborne and 128th mountain infantry brigades, as well as a company tactical group of the 17th tank brigade. On the Kyiv side, volunteers from the Right Sector (an organization banned in Russia), the Dzhokhar Dudayev Battalion and the Donbass Special Purpose Battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard were also mentioned.
The offensive of Donetsk and Luhansk began on January 22 with the use of artillery and rocket artillery and tanks. Already on July 26, the then head of the DPR, Alexei Zakharchenko, announced the encirclement of the ATO forces (“anti-terrorist operation in the southeast of Ukraine” was carried out from 2014 to 2017 against the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics ) and demanded that they lay down their arms. On January 31, the forces of the DPR and LPR entered Uglegorsk by street fighting, on February 3 the battle began for the village of Logvinovo.
On February 5, the DPR announced the establishment of full control over Uglegorsk. On February 9, the village of Logvinovo on the Artemovsk-Debaltseve highway was brought under the control of the DPR and supplies were cut off for the Ukrainian army.
On February 12, 2015, the Minsk agreements were signed and a ceasefire was declared from February 15, but then the operation continued.
On February 17, 2015, DNR forces entered Debaltseve and reported that they had taken approximately 120 prisoners. On February 18, the DPR reported that the city was under full control. On the same day, the General Staff of Ukraine announced the withdrawal of 2,459 military personnel, 15 tanks and 50 infantry fighting vehicles from Debaltseve. The President of Ukraine at the time, Petro Poroshenko, confirmed this information. Denis Pushilin, the representative of the republic at the negotiations of the tripartite contact group in Minsk, announced the destruction and capture of most of the Kyiv formations indicated by the president and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“I said in Minsk, and now I say that the DPR region is the territory of the Donetsk region. If our real demands for independence are not met, we will declare all the lands of the Donetsk region ours. It doesn’t matter which way to take it. “If it turns out to be non-political, we have shown that it is possible in a different way,” he said.