The Headquarters of the Supreme Commander decided to continue the defense of Bakhmut. Among the participants in the Stavka were the generals who led the defense of Debaltseve, that is, as we assume, they drew conclusions from that experience, so their decisions on the defense of Bakhmut will fully correspond to the real situation, because you need to learn from your own mistakes, right?
Based on the decision of the Stavka, I expect:
1. One of the generals or colonels will arrive in Bakhmut to deploy a command post with the aim of unified command and control of all troops in the city based on the real situation, and not a paper map somewhere in high headquarters, because the question is the speed of decisions and interaction in such an environment is key. The troops must hold positions that really allow inflicting losses on the enemy, no one will see this on the map. Management on the map outside the city in such conditions and without taking into account the actual combat strength of troops is irresponsible.
2. The command in the city must ensure a unified situational awareness of all units in order to understand in such a difficult situation where the positions of friendly and enemy troops are, which zones in the city are under fire from the heights and streets controlled by the enemy. There must be communication between all units, interaction is the main thing in order to avoid fire on friendly people in such conditions. If this is not done, there will be unjustified losses.
3. The attack from the north on the encirclement of the city must be stopped, this can only be done through the use of combat-ready reserves. That is, not to send someone somewhere on the map, as was the case in Debaltseve, but to personally control the deployment, help organize round-the-clock reconnaissance, and dig in. To the south of Bakhmut, this was organized, and the front is holding there.
4. Provide ammunition to defeat at least group targets.
5. Engineering equipment must ensure the availability of several lines of communication, which the enemy has not yet reached, since the main route is under fire. And the wheeled vehicles themselves will not pass through the fields.
6. All military equipment in the city must be provided with spare parts, mobile repair units must be created to help check the combat capability of equipment, since in the conditions of encirclement by the enemy no one will bother with equipment and there will be no time to wait for the delivery of spare parts either. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of Debaltseve, when, due to the irresponsibility of the command, due to minor malfunctions and technical unavailability, a significant amount of equipment had to be abandoned.
7. In a difficult combat situation, military personnel do not need reassuring good news, our soldiers are already sufficiently motivated. We need the truth about the situation, realistic tasks, the personal presence of commanders, responsibility for people’s lives, which should be determined in constant information and constant clear orders.
Losses in Bakhmut are huge: what to do and who should lead the defense of the city
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