National Guardsman: Vicious house-to-house combat to ensue in Sloviansk if Ukrainian forces enter city

by The Daily Lede


National Guardsman: Vicious house-to-house combat to ensue in Sloviansk if Ukrainian forces enter city

Fierce urban warfare awaits Ukrainian forces in Sloviansk should they enter the garrisoned city in Donetsk Oblast held by Kremlin-backed militants, said 1st Special Battalion National Guardsman Andriy  Antonyshchak on May 13 at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. 

“Sniper nests are situated in the upper floors of residential buildings, and the city center is heavily fortified,” said the former leader of a security unit that defended the EuroMaidan encampment from hired goons and police brutality.

After spending two weeks manning a checkpoint on the outskirts of Sloviansk in a unit that was formed with other ex-EuroMaidan security personnel, Antonyshchak said the men in addition to possible house-to-house fighting, face “an enemy that has up to twenty years of combat experience consisting of mostly Russian military intelligence, Chechens, and mercenaries.”

He said the Kremlin-backed militants are armed with the latest weapons that include up-to-date Russian-made AK-100 series rifles, mortars and anti-aircraft missile systems.

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