"The occupants fled so much that they drowned in the river": the soldiers of the AFU told how they liberated Neskuchne in Donetsk region. Video
In early June, the 7th Separate Battalion "Arey" of the 129th Brigade of the Army Troops of the AFU liberated the village of Neskuchne in the Donetsk region. The soldiers said that the almost continuous battle lasted more than two and a half days, and helped the defenders of Ukraine by unexpected techniques for the occupants.
Our Heroes revealed the details of the counterattack operation in a video for the YouTube channel Ukrainian Witness. It was made public on June 22 (to see the video, scroll to the end of the page).
Serhiy (call sign Kherson), deputy commander of the Arey battalion, said that Neskuchne was an outpost of the occupants. The invaders were especially thoroughly fortified in the area of the school, where their headquarters was.
Valeriy (call sign "Laser"), a soldier of the "Arey", said that the occupants were waiting for the AFU soldiers to enter using armored vehicles. However, the territorial defense soldiers outsmarted the enemy by advancing in infantry groups.
"But we entered in small groups of 10-12 people, and each group occupied its own sector ... At about 4:00 a.m. the advance began," the Ukrainian said.
According to him, they entered the settlement with minimal losses. One of their comrades-in-arms was killed, but the defenders of Ukraine were not deterred and continued to fight the enemy.
The soldier noted that a small arms fight began in the streets of the village. "Because they didn't expect us to be without equipment support," he noted.
Assaulting the enemy was very difficult, but the soldiers were helped by our artillery - HIMARS and anti-ship missiles were working. In addition, the Ukrainian infantrymen advanced to the main line through vegetable gardens rather than through mined streets, as the Russian troops had hoped.
Other Ukrainian units on the flanks were also successful, allowing Arey to advance. The Russian invaders were eventually taken into operational encirclement.
Dmytro (call sign "Kinder") said: "The Russians realized that we were going to finish them off here. It was already clear that they were operationally surrounded. The road had already been shot through, they had nowhere to go in the direction of Storozhove. So they began to flee across the river. They were drowning there! There were a lot of dead bodies near the river on this side."
The soldiers in that operation captured nine Russian occupants, seized many trophy weapons, and used them immediately in combat.
"They thought they were being stormed by some special forces and not ordinary guys like us," said Serhiy ("Kherson").
On the second day, the enemy tried to counterattack, but nothing worked. "Arey" was able to drive the invaders out, although the occupiers were almost twice as many.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote, Institute for the Study of War said that with the current counteroffensive operations the Ukrainian Defense Forces are successfully creating conditions for future major attacks.