"The fighting in the area of Lohvynove continued over the past 24 hours. Artillery strikes are conducted on the area around the village. However, the attacks of Ukrainian troops did not provide the desired result - the enemy still controls the area of Lohvynove. Thus, our troops have been in cul-de-sac for three days. Delivery supplies and ammunition stopped. Today, a small Ukrainian convoy organized by fighters of the 128th infantry brigade managed to break through the ring and evacuate the wounded from Debaltseve bridgehead.
The thing is that the enemy occupied positions suitable for defense in the area of Lohvynove, but does not dare to take the back roads, and does not extend the breakthrough area. Most likely, the main reason for the suspension of further active measures is the lack of power of the Russian troops, who suffered heavy losses in the fighting.
Fighting has continued throughout the day, but the task of deblocking the troops failed due to a hasty entry into the battle of small units that do not have effective interaction among themselves or with the artillery.
In other parts of the front, Russian troops are conducting fighting reconnaissance, testing our positions, but do not conduct decisive attacks due to strong resistance. They no longer dare to go on assaults, they do not take risks. When repelled they retreat, but then the Russian artillery continues shelling our positions.
The National Guard Azov regiment successfully operates in the area of Mariupol, where it is fighting for the expansion of the security zone. Unfortunately, there are no other effective offensive actions in other parts of the front.
Chief of Staff Viktor Muzhenko has been reporting false information to the Commander-in-Chief for two days, stating that Lohvynove has been taken and that sweeping is under way, although everyone knows that the enemy does retain control of the road. The Russian troops are intrenching in the area of Lohvynove and the road is directly swept.
The lack of supply has severely limited the tactical possibilities of the Ukrainian troops. Thus, the activity of our artillery inside the blocked area has significantly decreased. Every day of delay undermines the combat forces of our troops. And the situation of the entrapped group, which still has orders to "hold" cannot but cause concern.
Readiness and responsiveness of the Ukrainian troops inside the entrapment remains high, although the battle is taking place in the very difficult conditions. The enemy has no superiority, our soldiers are fighting the enemy on equal terms, and with confidence, " Butusov wrote.