May 21, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A Ukrainian pilot is feared dead among the crew of a South Sudan government helicopter that was gunned down yesterday by the Opposition forces near the main oil fields in Melut.
“SPLM/SPLA is hereby announcing that its forces have shot down another helicopter gunship on Wednesday in Melut town, South Sudan.” said James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
According to credible sources, the crew include 2nd Lt.Adhelmouz maciek Adhelmouz, a pilot and an Engineer, 2nd LT Chol, the co-pilot, 2nd LT Madiing, an engineer, and unnamed Ukrainian pilot.
The reliable source reveals that the chopper, which was dropping off reinforcements in Meluth, was carrying 45 soldiers when it was gunned down by the forces of the warlord general, Maj. Gen. Olony, who is now allied with the main Oppositio, SPLA-IO.
According to James Gatdet Dak, the chopper gunship was raiding on their forces while battling the ground troops loyal to President Salva Kiir.
“The gunship was carrying out air raid on positions of our forces near Paloch oilfields and inside Melut town when it met its fate. It fell in Melut town and can be easily independently verified.”
After four days of battle towards the Paloch oilfields, the combined forces of SPLA[IO] and SPLA-Agwelek withdrew from the strategic town of Maluth to reorganize and attack according to James Gatdet.
“Our forces have tactically withdrawn to a few kilometers outside Melut town in order to reorganize for the next move. It is to be recalled that we captured the town on Tuesday. We have also remained in full control of Thiangrial refinery site in the area.” Dak said.
“Paloch oilfields have remained besieged and our forces are waiting for next order to move in. We intend to avoid a takeover that may damage oil facilities.” Dak continues.
While the military headquarters of SPLA [Juba] is still handling criticism and struggling to retake the strategic towns including the capital of Upper Nile, many young South Sudanese, supporters of the crew and their families are pouring out their condolences and best wishes to the deceased.
“Back in the day this sort of news will galvanise people to pick up the gun and go fight for the rights of their fellow kin and those whose rights have been denied, however the current war in South Sudan is one premised on greed and not on social justice. I hope South Sudan is not forever doomed to a history of war and not prosperity, but that’s is a far fetched thought. RIP Adhelmouz Maciek Adhelmouz you fought for the right reasons bro.”said Ater Mckuong Dhuol.
South Sudanese youth in diaspora, sadden by the news, are calling for peace as many young people continue to perish at the frontline.
“War in Upper Nile State South Sudan left my family back home mourning. my heart is breaking, to lost 2 cousins within a week is heartbreaking, and seeing country have so much hope when they achieved their freedom 2011, but now they are killing each other is heartbreaking, it’s very sad thing i could ever imagine. Losting Adhelmouz Maciek Adhelmouz, and Magok Aliak-aliak is great pain to our families and to Yirol community as whole. Let South Sudan government and rebel take a note on their senses war is killing our young people on both side. We’re calling for peace!! May God Rest their Souls in Peace!!” Abraham Madit Majak.
Since May 15, 2015, the government faction [SPLA-Juba] has lost control of Malakal, Tangrial and Melut In Upper Nile as war flares northwards towards the only functional oil fields.
Among other losses, the rebels have seized a government warship full of military equipments, and killed most of the troops on board.
Major clashes broke out, mostly, in the three states of Greater Upper Nile as the regime launch heavy offensives to claim the rebel strongholds before the rainy season, a strategy that worked in 2014 but now seems to backfires.
In Jonglei state, heavy battles continued in Pajut for the last two weeks with heavy death tolls and destruction of other lives and property on both sides.