DeepState analyst blames 115th Brigade command for Ocheretyne frontline breach and losses

A Russian grouping was hit near Ocheretyne, a still of the video published by the Khortytsia troop grouping on April 21.
A Russian grouping was hit near Ocheretyne, a still of the video published by the Khortytsia troop grouping on April 21.

The frontline has been breached and there are heavy losses in Ocheretyne, for which the command of the 115th Brigade is responsible, Roman Pohorilyi, co-founder and analyst of the DeepState platform, said in an interview with Radio NV on April 25.

"There is no hiding it anymore – there have been comments, including from soldiers of other units, neighboring brigades, who held positions next to this brigade," Pohorilyi told Radio NV.

“They note that these cases were systematic: abandonment of positions, some strange actions. And strange actions took place near Ocheretyne. The previous brigade held these positions, prepared them for themselves, they were lined up. They knew their places, they were striking the enemy, keeping them away, holding these positions. Then the 115th Brigade came in and some incomprehensible maneuvers on the part of the enemy began and the frontline collapsed.”

There are currently many reports on social media "about a lot of missing or dead soldiers who were part of the 115th Brigade," said the DeepState analyst.

Read also: Ukraine controls most of Ocheretyne, battles ongoing — Kyiv

"Now relatives and friends of the soldiers, who are also from the 115th Brigade, have started to write about what happened," he added.

“And from this analysis, it turns out that the situation is very difficult and raises a lot of questions.”

This is not a question for ordinary soldiers, platoon and company commanders who are simply given a task and have to hold back the enemy with scarce resources, people and other problems, Pohorilyi stated.

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"The brigade command is directly responsible and controls all these processes, and there are a lot of questions to them," said the DeepState analyst.

“We need to clarify the situation, to avoid any specific conclusions, because without understanding the situation, it is impossible to find answers.”

Such mistakes should not be repeated, as Ukrainian soldiers are dying because of them.

"It may be the transmission of false information from the field, a false situation, distorted, something may have been underreported," said Pohorilyi.

Read also: Intense combat in Ocheretyne signals possible Russian breakthrough

“It could be a process of irresponsibility in controlling the provision of resources, means, people. The reports on people on paper are one thing, but in reality they are different. There are a lot of these processes that need to be answered. And then we need to find out and bring to justice the guilty people who allowed this to happen, because the consequences are enormous. Soldiers of other brigades are forced to lay down their lives to stabilize the situation.”

The situation in Ocheretyne

Ukrainian forces control two-thirds of Ocheretyne, while the rest remainsunder the fire control of the Ukrainian army, Lieutenant Colonel Nazar Voloshyn, spokesman for the Khortytsia operational and strategic troop grouping, said on April 26.

The Russian troops are blocked in the village, and Ukrainian forces are taking all necessary measures to drive the invasion forces out.

A DeepState post on Telegram on April 24 said that the situation around the Russian breakthrough near Ocheretyne exposed a number of problems, "starting with the incompetence of some spokespeople who undermine confidence in the military and political leadership with statements that look extremely untrue against the background of the enemy's visual presence in the center of the village."

"The leadership of the 115th Separate Mechanized Brigade is responsible for the collapse of defense in the entire area, having incurred significant losses in killed, wounded and missing persons," DeepState said.

“It's no secret, there are plenty of recent posts on social media about the search for relatives. Ordinary soldiers should not be punished for the lack of organization and interaction in the brigade – they are already paying with their lives and health.”

Nazar Voloshyn, a spokesman for the Khortytsia troop grouping, said on April 23 that Russia is trying to gain a foothold in the southern part of Ocheretyne, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces control most of the village. According to the the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War, Russian troops planted a Russian flag in Ocheretyne, but have not completely captured the settlement.

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