DONETSK, January 27. /TASS/. The Kiev regime’s decision to send what is left of the nationalist regiment Azov (recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia) to fight in Artyomovsk (Ukrainian name - Bakhmut) is in fact tantamount to "scrapping them," military-political expert Yan Gagin and adviser to the acting head of the DPR, told TASS in an interview on Friday.
"The new detachment incorporating what is left of the Azov regiment includes all those who were not finished off in Azovstal. They plan to send it to Artyomovsk, a scene of heavy fighting. Ukraine hopes it will regain lost positions in this way. But, last autumn’s operations in this area showed that we are much stronger. In fact, in this way the Ukrainian regime will scrap those ‘Azovites’ whom we did not finish off in Mariupol," Gagin said.
He added that pre-trial detention centers in the DPR were ready for the arrival of more Ukrainian prisoners of war.
"In the case of the Azov detachment, this process is cyclical for us. We are hospitable hosts. They will enjoy proper treatment," Gagin summed up.
Fierce battles are going on in the Artyomovsk area. According to the acting head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, the fighting is in progress on the outskirts of the city - in the quarters that were held by Ukrainian units just recently. The DPR and LPR have repeatedly said that the Ukrainian command was moving reinforcements to Artyomovsk, where its troops were sustaining heavy losses.