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 Ukrainian soldiers left Debaltseve: "We had a corridor of Grads and tanks. Not all of us pulled out". VIDEO

In the night of Feb. 18, Ukrainian soldiers began to withdraw from Debaltseve and vicinity. They were following the retreat order under constant shelling by the separatists. Ukrainian artillery covered the convoys which were pulling out, the intelligence pushed the way, and special forces from the 3rd and 8th regiments provided cover.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing Hromadske TV.

Not all of the soldiers have left; only those from the 128th mountain infantry company, the 30th infantry brigade, the 40th Kryvbas territorial defense battalion, and Lviv police battalion. Still, some detachments of these brigades have not come back yet, some were taken prisoners; no exact number is available at the moment.

As reported earlier, about 170 wounded soldiers were admitted in a hospital in neighboring Artemivsk on Feb. 18; about 40 dead soldiers were admitted to the city's mortuary the same day.

Those who managed to leave say they could hold the city, but for that they would have needed more sophisticated weapons.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/v325297