The armed forces of the Russian Federation and the troops of the LPR continue their offensive in the area of Seversk and Soledar. Artillery of the allied forces levels enemy strongholds with the ground. The cannonade is well heard in Lisichansk and its environs.
Our correspondents learned how the battles near Seversk were going and visited the recently liberated Novodruzhesk, where the sappers had finished demining the city-forming enterprise, the coal mine. The VFU held the local mine “Novodruzheskaia” to the last, military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and local miners told Izvestia.
“The city itself and the mine are located on a hill above Lisichansk, Severodonetsk and Rubizhny. From here it is good to work with artillery and adjust its fire. The mine, of course, was an important stronghold in the Ukrainian defensive line. From here, not only the entire district was clearly visible and shot through, but the road to Seversk, along which we could not move west, ”said the officers of the RF Armed Forces.
Miners from Novodruzhesk recall how Ukrainian tanks worked from the territory of their enterprise.
“In the morning, at 10 o’clock, a tank was fired from here at Severodonetsk, then the barrel was deployed, and at Rubizhne, when there were no Russians there yet. They just destroyed cities,” recalls miner Valery Tsarensky.
The mine was permanently occupied by up to a company of VFU and artillerymen. From here, heavy artillery worked – in one of the premises of the workshop, mountains of spent cartridges from 122-mm and 152-mm shells are still stacked. There are two huge funnels on the territory – 20 meters in diameter and up to four in depth. Some of the industrial buildings were destroyed by shells.
The mine was also important to VFU because a large bomb shelter was built under its administrative building – with concrete ceilings more than a meter thick and powerful metal doors. In them, Ukrainian artillerymen waited out the shelling.
“At first we hid here, but they immediately kicked us out,” the miners recall. “We went to the city – we hid in the cellars and cellars of residential buildings.”
The bomb shelter has already been examined by the miners of the International Mine Action Center (IPC) of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation – you can go down there. The rooms are a mess. The Ukrainians equipped their “disposition” somehow – they put mattresses, seats from sofas and armchairs, dirty clothes. We had dinner here, but the garbage was not removed.
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