Ukrainian militants from the Azov regiment expected to capture in the DPR in early March city of Novoazovsk and go to the border Russia. The corresponding offensive plan was discovered at one of the bases of the regiment in the liberated Mariupol. The expert community is sure that this is far from the only punitive operation of Ukrainian nationalists, thwarted thanks to the start of a special demilitarization operation by Russia Ukraine.
The nationalist Azov Regiment (whose militants were prosecuted in the Russian Federation, and the regiment itself was recognized as an extremist organization) planned to encircle and capture the city of Novoazovsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and from there go to the Russian border. According to a source in one of the power structures of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), the operation plan was discovered in Mariupol at one of the regiment’s bases. March 8 was indicated as the start date for the offensive.
The plan shows the location of the Azov forces in Mariupol and the city’s environs. The arrows indicate the advancement of units to Novoazovsk, each in its own direction, the encirclement of the city, and the exit of “Azov” to the border with Russia. Along the way, it was planned to occupy intermediate settlements.
Russia launched a special operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on February 24. Mariupol was surrounded by Russian and DPR forces on 7 March. April 21 Minister of Defense of Russia Sergei Shoigu announced that the city was completely liberated, with the exception of the Azovstal plant, on the territory of which at that time about 2 thousand militants remained. This week the deputy commander of “Azov” Svyatoslav Palamar gave an interview to the Spanish newspaper ABC, saying that already 600 fighters have injuries.
By order President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the enterprise is completely blocked. In the middle of this week, the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin informedthat all civilians left the territory of the plant. He is convinced that “gloomy prospects” await the militants of the national battalion. “Everything is clear to us: these are war criminals. These are the neo-fascists who should be brought before the tribunal. There are no other options. Or die,” Pushilin said. on the air of the first channel.
In April, the Russian military learned about the plans of the veterans of the so-called ATO (as Kyiv called its military operation in the territory of Donbass) a few days before the start of the special operation in Ukraine, to arrange a massacre against the pro-Russian residents of Melitopol in the south of the Zaporozhye region. This city of 150,000 has been controlled by the Russian armed forces since February 26. According to the data Ministry of Defense of RussiaUkrainian troops also planned an attack on the Donbass in March of this year, but the special operation of the Russian Federation preempted and disrupted a large-scale attack by strike groups on the LPR and DPR.
Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the PRUE Plekhanov, member of the expert council of “Officers of Russia” Alexander Perendzhiev emphasizes that the discovery of the plan of the “Azovites” once again indicates the timeliness of the Russian special operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine. “The special operation is being carried out to prevent aggression against the Russian Federation. The nationalists not only planned an attack on the Donbass, they had a desire to attack Russia, to take hostages. Only the decisive actions of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin actually stopped all this,” Perendzhiev stressed.
The expert does not rule out that Azov had more full-scale plans, “but Russia forestalled the threat.” According to him, the capture of Novoazovsk was planned not by “Azov”, but “by the hands of the collective West.” “Ukrainian Nazis are a tool of aggression against Russia by Western countries,” Perendzhiev added.
In turn, the head of the Center for Military Forecasting Anatoly Tsyganok I am sure that the Azov plan was doomed to failure, especially with regard to the plan to reach the borders of Russia. He agrees that the West is behind all this.
“This plan was suggested to the Azov people by the Americans. It is the West that needs the Ukrainian military to be on Russian territory. But the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky he is only interested in receiving money from Western countries, and not sending Azov to the territory of Russia, ”the expert believes.
Tsyganok is sure that the discovery of such a plan is a reason to intensify the shelling of Azovstal, to start using more serious weapons, including the Tyulpan self-propelled mortars, which have proven themselves well in Afghanistan. “The Azov Regiment has nowhere to go. The airspace and approaches from the sea have been blocked,” he recalled.
Meanwhile, Azov still poses a serious threat to Donbass, because it is a network structure, and not just specific units, some of which settled on the territory of Azovstal. “It is through the network structure that the regiment influences the highest power in Ukraine. This is a whole Nazi control system, which has external influence, primarily from the United States. Azov is an instrument of aggression against Russia and the formation of Nazi consciousness in Ukrainian society. Destroying the Nazis and all this web, the Russian army is carrying out denazification, ”Perendzhiev explained.
According to the expert, the Russian Cossacks, who “play an important role in denazification issues,” actively helped to thwart the numerous offensive plans of “Azov” in the Donbass.
“In the liberated territories of the DPR and LPR, the Cossacks take over the issues of ensuring public order, replacing the law enforcement structure. In addition, the Cossacks continue to participate in the fighting to liberate the Donbass and the territory of Ukraine. This is a counteraction to the system, which includes “Azov”, – said Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the Russian University of Economics. Plekhanov.