▫️The grouping of troops of the Donetsk People’s Republic, developing an offensive, took full control of Stepnoye and is pursuing the retreating units of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Up to 25 personnel, 2 tanks, 2 infantry fighting vehicles and 5 all-terrain vehicles were destroyed.
▫️In Novoselovka Vtoraya direction, the units of the Donetsk Republic have advanced to a depth of 3 kilometers, crossed the Kamenka – Verkhnetoretskoye road, and are fighting with the 1st airborne battalion of the 25th separate airborne brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
▫️During the night, most of Verkhnetoretskoye settlement was taken under control, where battles are being fought with the 2nd battalion of the same brigade. In total, up to 40 personnel, 5 armored personnel carriers and 4 all-terrain vehicles were destroyed there. Offensive actions continue.
▫️In the evening of March 19 and in the morning of March 20, high-precision long-range weapons attacked Ukraine’s military infrastructure.
▫️From the waters of the Black Sea, Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles destroyed workshops for repairing Ukrainian armored vehicles damaged in combat at the Nezhinsky repair plant.
▫️A large fuel storage base of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Konstantinovka in Nikolaev region was destroyed by Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles from the waters of the Caspian Sea, as well as by Kinzhal aviation missile systems with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles from the airspace over Crimea territory. This is the main base for supply Ukrainian armored vehicles with fuel in combat areas in the south of Ukraine.
▫️High-precision air-launched missiles struck the training centre of the Ukrainian special operations forces near Ovruch settlement of Zhytomir region, where foreign mercenaries who arrived in Ukraine were based. More than 100 special operations forces servicemen and mercenaries were killed.
✈️💥During the night, operational-tactical and army aviation hit 62 military assets of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Among them: 3 command posts, 1 multiple launch rocket system, 2 missile and artillery weapons depots and 1 fuel depot, as well as 52 areas of military equipment concentration.
💥Russian air defence means shot down in the air: 1 Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force near Kohannoye, 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, including 1 Bayraktar TB-2 near Shibennoye, as well as 1 Ukrainian Tochka-U tactical ballistic missile near Chistovodovka north of Izyum.
💥Russian artillery destroyed 6 Ukrainian Bukovel mobile electronic warfare systems.
💥In total, 207 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1,467 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 148 multiple launch rocket systems, 573 field artillery and mortar guns, as well as 1,262 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed since the beginning of the special military operation.
Eleven “pro-russian parties” have been banned. Amongst them is “Opposition Platform — For Life” which got 13 percent in the last parliamentary elections in 2019! It seems Mr. Zelenskyy
banned anyone apart from parties who did well in west Ukraine.
Russian Defense Ministry breaks another big story!
Original Global Times Global Times 2022-03-20 09:40
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Saturday that an official of Ukraine’s National Security Service voluntarily surrendered to Russian troops and disclosed important information after he did so, saying that “Azov battalion” militants had planned a plot to attack diplomatic facilities in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, RIA Novosti reported on March 19. Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, was the site of a plot by Azov militants to attack U.S. and other Western diplomatic facilities.
Konashenkov said the officer was involved in organizing training for sabotage and terror cells to work in areas liberated from nationalists by Russian forces. He said the official handed over detailed information about all those involved in carrying out sabotage in the Donbas region.
Konashenkov said the surrendered official reported that the Azov battalion militants planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Lviv against diplomatic facilities and staff of the United States and other Western countries in order to pressure NATO countries to establish a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine “and provide more weapons.
An official of Ukraine’s National Security Service reported that ‘Azov Battalion’ militants are planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Lviv, targeting the staff and facilities of diplomatic missions of the United States and other Western countries,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. I would like to emphasize that the Kiev leadership has been informed of this plan, but has taken no action to prevent its implementation. The Kiev side plans to portray the attacks on U.S. and Western diplomatic facilities as supposedly targeted attacks from Russian forces. The main purpose of this provocation is to increase pressure on NATO countries to establish a ‘no-fly zone’ over Ukraine and provide more weapons.”
A sign of the times?
Freeland has given all our military equipment to the country she serves and is actually loyal to.
Now Canada can spend billions of dollars to replenish its war supplies, further bankrupting and impoverishing Canadian taxpayer serfs, while enriching american arms manufacturers. Bravo.
Looks like a win-win-win. Brava! 8-(
John, many of those weapons are getting captured. Then they get recycled at the ‘front’. We in Canada get them back, embedded in whatever is left of the morons that went with them ……to Infinity and Beyond.
They should have a referendum every time governments want to poke there nose in other countries affairs. outlining the exact monetary costs, conditions, etc. Even if people are swayed by the news, at least we ‘the people’ had a voice in it.
Trudeau and Freeman should be sent as freedom loving mercenaries if they really want to be sacrificial lambs. What utter ‘losers’ that countries are being led by. Canada is not part of Ukraine, it has no right to intervene.
The irony is while Red Cross Canada is collecting funds to support Ukraine, the mentally deranged Canadian government ships millions of dollars of weapons to kill and destroy.
“They should have a referendum every time governments want to poke there nose in other countries affairs. outlining the exact monetary costs, conditions, etc.”
I whole heartedly agree with you.
The same irony in the Netherlands. Tear jerking on television, collections at the doorstep and sending Patriot system to Moldava, so that Moldava can lend her S-300 outfit to the Ukraine (since the Ukraine lack training on Patriot systems, how come they did’nt think of that on beforehand?). Meanwhile Chinooks and Cougars are hovering above our heads, preparing for deployment.
And criminal Ukrainians who were arrested for child trafficking got released by the themselves pedophilic ministry of justice of the Netherlands if they agreed to go fight the Russian Federation. They had to promise to return for trial afterward.
You can’t make this up…
She sounds like one of those migrants who begin a sentence with “Back in my country….”
I suspect that Russia will simply destroy all of the entrance points for those weapons into Ukraine. Those weapons will come into play only if they are allowed to do so. Russia will likely destroy all of the airfields in the west of Ukraine, along with any roads in the west that are used to deliver that equipment into Ukraine. Likely there will be no entrance points or transmission routes left because Russia has obliterated all of them with long range missiles, which is what they are for. Russia is fighting to win, so we can expect it to take those steps.
Obviously Russia is not constraining its actions in order to try to ‘look good’ in the western media, which is only going to say whatever makes Russia look as bad as possible anyway. The western media has already ensured that there is no point to Russia constraining its actions in order to ‘look good’. That gives Russia a free hand to do whatever facilitates victory, because it has got nothing to lose on the ‘look good’ front now. It might as well just take whatever actions lead to victory in the most efficient and effective manner.
Did Canada really exhaust its supply of weapons, or did they simply decide not to provide them anymore?
Tight rope of if they give anymore weapons, they wont have enough to defend themselves, as if they really could to begin with.
There is no humanitarian way to die in Canada is all I can figure.
I give the “Canadian” (AKA vassal state #1, or is it #2?) government credit for one, and only one, thing and that is that it has not, up to this point in time, banned RT and Sputnik. That is a miracle (and I’m an atheist).
As I’ve commented previously, I believe that the govt. has allowed RT and Sputnik to live in “Canada” is because the Conservatives saw and experienced the negative political fallout caused by the bald-faced lies being trumpeted by the “Canadian” MSM about the so-called Freedom Convoy, versus the more truthful being reported by RT and Sputnik. Had that whole Freedom Convoy, and its succeeding protests in Ottawa, not taken place, we “Canadians” would not be able to see RT and Sputnik websites today.
Again, thanks to whoever it is in the “Canadian” government that has prevented the banning of RT and Sputnik in “Canada” while under a no doubt withering Lieberal artillery fire — all directed by the US State (regime change) Departement through their loyal tiny woman agent in “Canada”.
I live in Alberta Canada… Telus is my cable TV provider… we had RT for many years and I watched it regularly – especially once the Russians went into Ukraine. However, about a week ago, RT was gone – ‘this channel is no longer available’ is the message. I don’t know who’s idea it was to ditch RT but it’s gone.
I can’s speak for the rest of Canada, but in BC both main cable TV providers, Telus and Shaw, delisted RT TV a couple of weeks ago. I can still get it online via Rumble and Odysee but they were intermittently blocked for a week or two. No doubt the US and all NATO states are working on blocking them on Rumble and Odysee also.
The “western” ruling elites are deathly afraid that even the slightest breath of reality will topple their house of cards Empire of Lies so they can’t allow even a few opposing snowflakes in their blizzard of disinformation.
Alas, events have become much darker in the Great White North. The communications regulator, CRTC, has banned RT in Canada.
“Freedom of speech and a range of perspectives are a necessary part of our democracy. However, it is a privilege and not a right to be broadcast in Canada. Foreign channels can be removed from the authorized list should their programming not be consistent with the standards to which Canadian services are held, or their continued distribution no longer serves the public interest, as was the case for RT and RT France.”
“We would like to thank all those who submitted comments through this public consultation. We have heard Canadians concerns about RT’s programming. Your views are important to us and help the Commission in its decision making.”
Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC
Yeah, but this is really good news for US weapons manufacturers who will be more than happy to provide (for a price) replacements.
Except for the de-weaponization campaign that is just ramping up, and who really wants to butt heads with Putin besides Biden.
After scanning Sputtie and RT, I come here, don’t you? Nothing banned in neutral Siam. Good quasi military Govt.
Does anyone have info on how much “lethal aid” Canada sent to Ukraine before Russia’s “special operation”?
Well done, Russia!
The UA 53rd Mech Brigade was the UA unit furthermost exposed in the Donbass Pocket. This unit should have been effectively written off the US order of battle on Friday. However, the peacekeepers briefing this morning indicates that units of the 53rd are retreating in good order. confusing. Anyone have more insight ?
There are no more reports of the 95th air assault brigade which some reports indicated was annihilated a few days ago. This unit was situated across from Donetsk. The US 54th Mech AO was just south of Donetsk. Anyone have insights ?
The 81st Air assault Brigade was bottled up in the Izyum river pocket as of a few days ago. This unit should be also written off the UA order of battle by now. Anyone have insights ?
Don’t know about the rest, but russian sources are claiming now that Izyum is taken and the remaining forces in south Izyum have retreated further and are being reinforced (not clear how).
“units of the 53rd are retreating in good order.”
“There are no more reports of the 95th air assault brigade”
No insights, just guesswork:
Those two pieces of info indicates that Russian goal of not destroying but capturing Ukraine forces is still standing.
95th air assault brigade was made example because of cluster-bombing of Donetsk civilians.
Now everybody in Ukraine army knows that concrete bunkers and tunnels won’t save them.
Throwing out an idea I saw on the internet. Actually two ideas. Biden is being sold out with Hunter Biden info laptop that was denied is now leaking out from the scummy NY Times. This is because Biden refuses a no fly zone. People like Soros and Nathaiel Rothschild are panicking because Ukraine is a huge money laundering hub for NWO. Also where they make their bioweapons. I think biden has no control and the U.S. Pentagon will not get involved with any air cover.
More interesting idea that I read. When Zelensky was elected, he supposedly went to Donbas region and told Azov commander that Ukraine had to accept Minsk Agreement. Azov said “get the F out of here and we will kill you if you try to push Minsk.” We know Zelensky and Azov are Kolomoisky puppets.
So now everything is F’ed and Zelensky, who was born in Russia, is leaking info to Russians to destroy Azov in Donbas-Mariupol. No Zelensky is not a good guy just knows Azov nazis will kill him. Desparate Azov in Donbas region is asking for reinforcements from Kyiv. No reinforcements are coming. Not sure where Azov thinks there are any other Ukie troops are avilable to reinforce them in Donbas
What really sucks in DPR and LPR wanted to reoslve this sh*t years ago just before Minsky Agreement. They had them in a Cauldron and were told to back off. Poor Givi, Motorola and Alexander Zakachenko were later assisinated by this Azov Ukie scum.
Jerry ….I think Brandon do not have control of Army.(real raw news)..Army do not want war with Russia….
The laptop news is being leaked now under the war coverage so no one is really paying attention.
“The 81st Air assault Brigade was bottled up in the Izyum river pocket as of a few days ago. This unit should be also written off the UA order of battle by now.”
Are you confident that the 81st was bottled up and broken down? I’m not so sure. That’s because Colonel Cassad writes that the UAF is reinforcing their positions along the Izyum-Slavyansk-Bakhmut road.
The UAF must be sensitive to the possibility of a mass encirclement of their position at Severdonetsk, and may be taking measures to preempt such a disaster from happening. If so, the Russian army may have a lot of hard work ahead of it in this sector.
I really hope I am wrong.
This is a win-win situation: on the one side it is progress for the Donetsk Republic and RF forces, and on the other side it is a welcome development for the peace-loving share holders of Lockheed (fresh orders to fulfill). The Ukrainians are not in this equation, but they have yet to figure this out. Hating Russia is a time-consuming effort.
“Russia said Sunday it has again fired its newest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in Ukraine, destroying a fuel storage site in the country’s south.”
Why to use Kinzhal? Was it heavy bunker basement?
Apart from operational considerations, it is an opportunity to field-test the new missiles, as many types of equipment were tested in Syria.
Maybe, and , in addition, UA installations near the NATO borders could be “protected” by NATO AD missiles
Opportunity to test effectiveness in real combat on a real target.
Test ranges are never 100% real world.
I read it was actually a subway tunnel used for storing equipment. So yes, it was underground.
Ganzalo Lira in a video yesterday said Kinzhal was used to send a message to NATO. Stay out of this and stop sending mercs and weapons to Ukie Azov nazis. This is just one of the weapons we have and if you F with us, you will be on the receiving end. Kinzahl is essentially unstoppable.
I have enjoyed several of Gonzalo Lira’s videos, but I wonder why his opinions should carry any weight. My understanding is that he is a businessman holed up in an apartment somewhere in Ukraine (Karkov, I think). Unless he has connections inside the RF military, his opinions on military matters are just that–his opinions.
Gonzalo is not a military man but he appears to be a moral man and a clear thinker for someone from the West. Sake, Putin, most Russians and other people are logical thinkers but this is often a rarity in the West. I did agree with his analysis about sending a message.
He was on a live stream with Alexander Mercouris and Alex Christoforu. They did one yesterday but this one was a few days ago. Alexander pointed out that the UK media and politicians were in shock about the strike on the base 10 miles from Poland – last Sunday. Just like the U.S. Pentagon was shocked when Russia hit ISIS in Syria a few years ago using Kalibr cruise missiles.
The UK pols and media after last Sunday went into full shock. I would bet they never thought Putin would smack down NATO that hard. Right after that Soros screamed that Putin and Xi must be stopped. Nathaniel Rothschild demanded that UK politicians must stop Putin now. The Ukraine is their money launders, bioweapons, adrenochrone factory plus human smuggling and other evil deeds headquarters.
Is there any reports suggesting how much fuel was there near Konstantinovka or was it just to eliminate chance to storage any litre of fuel?
New recent video of Zelensky, clearly intoxicated on something.
Stress and lack of sleep. Doesn’t look like cocaine induced. Appears, though that he could use a snort or three right about now.
” Stress and lack of sleep ”
Hes in Poland . How could he be stressed and not getting any sleep ?
Cocaine and Polish Hookers(Gender and age is anyone’s guess) will do that;)
He’s been staying up too late on account of time zones. Zelensky’s got to pre-record those zoom calls begging for his guns and money.
Trump Says Biden Fails to Stop Ukraine Crisis Because He Fears ‘Nuclear’ Russia
“He pointed the finger at Biden, arguing that POTUS is now afraid of attacking a “nuclear power”, in an apparent reference to Russia. Trump also asserted that under his presidency, the Ukraine crisis would have never taken place, claiming that Moscow’s special operation came after Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly saw Washington’s “weakness”.
Additionally, Trump alleged that it was he, who initiated the beginning of US arms deliveries to Ukraine, including “hundreds” of Javelin portable anti-tank missile systems.
Trump suggested that Washington should threaten Moscow with “blistering consequences”, such as permanently eliminating Western dependence on Russian energy. He also claimed that the White House now doesn’t have “anybody to talk to” Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
The israeli pr war, by delusional, self important proxy, trump.
Bad as the usa is now, imagine the chaos if this ukraine op had been assigned to a neocon trump regime instead. Can a serious adult understand the consequences of putting such a duplicitous israeli freak in charge? This is the guy who talked negotiations with Russia while closing Russian several consulates and expelling Russian diplomats, who talked antiwar while fueling and expanding israeloamerican wars, Syria being a good example of this.
Frankly, it’s the same military command regardless of who is President. The military ignored or countermanded ‘orders’ when Trump was President, and has told the Biden regime it won’t militarily go to war with Russia.
“…permanently eliminating Western dependence on Russian energy…”
Is he going to send us free oil and gaz? What a dunce.
Ukie forces are now forced to operate with smaller units and bigger basements are especially dangerous places to them.
MoD: Over 100 Ukrainian Covert Op Troops and Foreign Mercenaries Eliminated West of Kiev
Russia says it’s struck another mercenary base in Ukraine
From the latter RT article:
“However, after the strike, reports emerged of mercenaries fleeing to neighboring Poland in large numbers. Some would-be combatants have complained on social media and in interviews that the conflict turned out not to be what they expected.
Russia has warned that it was aware of all the locations of mercenaries on the territory of Ukraine and promised to continue targeting them “without mercy.”
“All further responsibility for the death of this category of foreign citizens in Ukraine rests solely with the leadership of these countries,” who encourage its people to answer to Kiev’s repeated calls for help in the conflict, Konashenkov said last week.”
Remember all of those people who wore masks for the past two years and called for all unvaccinated humans to be rounded up into camps? Well surprise, surprise, nazism is back in vogue and they don’t need to use euphemisms anymore.
Dostoevsky canceled, Yuri Gagarin canceled… the University of Florida even canceled Karl Marx (Is that because Americans think Russia is still communist, or is it because they think Marx was Russian? Or both?).
Not the actions of a regime that is winning.
The hysteria is not a sign of confidence. It is notable that in the Cold War there were Soviet dissidents who were lionised in the West. In the second Cold War now all Russians are bad, even Solzhenitsyn.
Patrick Lancaster in Mariupol this morning. Looks like the apt bldgs are really beaten up. Cars are leaving. Seems like Patrick is in there with some DPR soldiers.
Ganzalo Lira in Kharkav this morning. It looks like his favorite chocolate shop was looted but the city looks okay. He said Ukie special services are looking for him. He is a good guy but looks really terrible in the video.
Thanks for the links. Good to see Patrick is still alive and reporting.
You are welcome. I was worried about Patrick and I am glad he is okay. It seems like his DPR friends-soldiers are taking good care of him. So sad. All of this crap because Obama’s-Soros US State Dept’s 2014 coup. Sickening.
Am interesting observation. To all viewers. Pay close attention to all the buildings! Any structural engineer or military analyst can tell you if the Russians wanted to kill civilians, all those buildings should have crumbled and collapsed. But they are only scorched and still standing perfectly erect. Only military structures are destroyed.
That alone is undeniable proof that the Russians are doing everything possible to minimize civilians lives. They care for the civilians. Where zelensky couldn’t give a shit.
Sorry, ‘to minimize loss of civilians lives’.
The Fascist rats will have been using those buildings as firing points,mayve tank fire blasted them out.
The longer the Ukronazis refuse to surrender the more the city will be destroyed.
DPR Militia Liberated 98 Settlements in Donbass, Authorities Say
From Sputnik live updates.
“Troops of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have regained control of 98 settlements, including the city of Vuhledar, that had been previously seized by the Ukrainian armed formations, the DPR Territorial Defence Headquarters said on Sunday.
“At the moment, 98 settlements are under our control, including Vuhledar,” the defense headquaters said in a statement.”
Commander of Black Sea Fleet KIA leading his marines to liberate Mariupol. Memory eternal
Impressive how these general officers lead from the front.
nothing confirmed yet but I heard he was taking part in some humanitarian effort, probably showing his face directing supplies to civilians etc. But who knows
Initial unconfirmed report that the 14.Motorized ( Mechanized ?) Brigade laid down their arms today near/was in Kopylov not Kiev today.
If a entire Brigade surrendered to the peacekeepers, this would be a staggering defeat. This Brigade had 4 battalions plus support units – roughly a total of 5,000-6,000 soldiers.
If this is true – and I hope it is – it is massive news. Huge, huge news!
I’ve been reading military history all my life (mostly wars of Tsarist Russia), and I know that troops don’t surrender in large numbers until – and not until – demoralization has started to thoroughly permeate the entire army. It’s something that tends not to happen until late in a campaign, when one side has simply lost hope or energy.
I really, really hope this turns out to be true. Colonel Cassad, IMO, tends not to exaggerate or overhype favorable news. So I’m guessing he’s probably right about this UAF 14th Brigade.
Again, if an entire UAF Brigade voluntarily laid down its arms then the entire Ukrainian war effort may be ready to collapse.
I really hope this is true.
I hope it is true. Russia and Putin do not have an issue with the Ukrainian people or even army. It is the corrupt oligarchs, Kolomoisky, Pinchuk and others plus the Azov nazis and their ilk.
Please good Ukrianiian military men – do not die for Zelensky, Kolomoisky, Pinchuk, Nuland, Nato, Biden, Obama. Put your guns down, save your life so you can get back to work to build a better and hopefully less corrupt Ukraine. Your wives and children need you more than ever.
Where is Kopylov? I cannot find it online or on a map.
Something to think about..
Some reasons behind what is happening… long ago.
Scott Ritter is here really good!!!!! He speaks with Rick Walker and Brendan Walker on 20.3.2022.
An excellent video, indeed. Ritter is an authority on military issues. A must watch, thank you.
Thank you for this- Scott Ritter is an educated voice in this situation!
Thank you Mikkael for the Scott Ritter link.
This is the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carrying out mop up operations in Smolensk.
Is there any information or quite reliable estimates how many supersonic and hypersonic missiles Russia have and how many annually producing?
No, but you can assume it’s a lot if the theory is correct that a Kinzhal is just a modified Iskander missile which in many ways it probably is. Something like Zirkon is much more complex because it’s a scramjet engine, one of a kind, but I think the Kinzhal was meant to be a modular evolution from the Iskander and we know Russia produces a lot of Iskanders so it should not be much problem to pump out Kinzhals. Supposedly an entire separate regiment of MiG-31K’s armed with Kinzhals was created so they’d have to have a decent amount of them to be able to arm a whole separate air wing dedicated exclusively to carrying the missile.
And by the way wikipedia lists RF armed forces as having 360+ Iskander units, that’s the actual trucks themselves, so multiply that a few times for stocks of missiles as each unit has multiple complements of actual missile reloads. So most likely RF has at least several thousand Iskanders. So I would think they’ve got the capability to producing at least hundreds of Kinzhals at the moment if not even much more
Why is RT publishing this article, all gloom and doom for Russia and rosy for USA
Sincerely hope this just remain an opinion and actually ends up harming Europe and USA in a way, that they can never recover from and finally death of petrodollar.
EU are the most dumbest people on earth who can not think of themselves and will always remain a slave to USA, especially Germany.
After reading the article, I really became depressed. The whole western world has ganged up against Russia and China is the only country openly siding with them. India will do whatever benefits them so may lean towards USA to contain China.
I want to see Russia flourish and be a true challenger to this Western hegemony.
I read the RT article and it is profoundly depressing.
No matter what happens to Ukraine and Europe, for that matter, the writer is confident that nothing will affect adversely the USA’s funneling all of our resources to the War Industries and The Pentagon. Also, has confidence the US$ will continue to be acceptable.
Grain and Fertilizer shortages in Europe? No problem, the author claims. All that will rebound as Russia is replaced. In a few years.
In the meantime, Europeans starving is acceptable just as America is comfortable with starving populations in Afghanistan, Yemen—you all know the endless list so I’ll close with how desperately Ugly this all is and how afraid I am that the author may be seeing events accurately.
RT looks taken over by 5th column sometimes.
Well sadly I think the article is mostly accurate in the short term to some degrees. But the problem is the article focuses only on the economic and ignores the substantial political challenges that await the U.S./Europe. The U.S. is in an extremely chaotic political decline right now and quite honestly in a few months around the time of the midterm elections, the U.S. could very well devolve into nigh-on civil war. Also, inflation seems to be hitting the U.S. extremely high and the economic war on Russia so far is a little overstated and overblown as even the Ruble has now rebounded to only slightly above pre-war levels.
I think that in the SHORT term, it is clear that Europe is taking the biggest hit by far. They have factories and all sorts of things being shut down as we speak (nothing of that sort in Russia) and their inflation is sky high.
Economically the U.S. may take the least direct hit from everything but politically it’s taking arguably the largest hit of all 3 parties. Compare Russia where the situation has galvanized public support and Putin has skyrocketed from 60% to 80% approval rating in the past 4 weeks. Whereas in the U.S. system we have almost complete breakdown in the political system, one of the worst situations in history, with prominent politicians accusing each other of outright treason. It’s going to get really ugly in the U.S. politically by the midterm elections in a few months.
The article was initially published in ‘Kommersant’ and written by Ivan Timofeev, a Valdai Club — whose meetings Putin unfailingly attends every year — think tanker. RT merely republished it, but of course from the tone of the article, you are correct to ask why.
Timofeev is an example of what the Saker calls the ‘Atlantic Integrationist’ in his latest piece, to wit:
‘Atlantic Integrationist. These are the folks in/near power who want Russia to be accepted as an equal partner into the world order favored by the ruling elites of the United States. According to some, this faction does not exist. Yet we can very clearly see their immense influence, especially on the Russian economic financial sector.’
I wouldn’t be depressed if I were you; in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if Putin or somebody in his circle actually read the article and took notes — not to finger the author but as part of an effort to get a clearer picture of the possible side-effects of the operation in the Ukraine; a sort of ‘reading around the subject’, polling opinions type of exercise before making judgement and making course corrections. Listening only to the amen corner can and will lead to disaster — just like what is happening to the US project in the Ukraine.
Germans are definitely not all dumb, my bro-in-law is sharper and wiser than most I read on this blog, but Germany and Germans are beaten into submission on a daily basis with holocaust blaming, very strict laws that forbid to even mention what may be incorrect about these accusations and a war with the USA that never ended. Why are the yanks still all over Germany? Is it true they never signed the peace treaties with Germany and thus the “we’ll leave 50 years after the war” are of no value?
The SSSR left Germany as promised, but the yanks just stayed and have never allowed the population to become a free people once again. Free-thinkers like my in-law are truly sick and tired of this situation and are hoping that the Russian actions in Ukraine can initiate the beginning of changes.
By the way, we Europeans are more or less slaves to the USA, but the USA is slave to the owners of ‘the plantation’ (as they call it) in the City of London, and has always been.
You know we saw 10 miles from Poland last Sunday and also against ISIS a few years ago in Syria that the Kalibr cruise missiles are devastatingly effective. The Kalibr supposedly goes subsonic and when it gets near the target it goes 2x supersonice/Mach 2.0 or more.
If Russia just had those, it would be amazing. The addition of these hypersonic missiles and crazy fast torpedoes plus the nuke torpedo that can travel on automatic for tens of thousands of miles is staggering. Russia is sending a message to respect us and also stop being global bullies.
I would think Russia can churn out lots of Kalibrs and they are not that expensive to build.
Now Zelensky says he won’t agree to give up ANY territory — “you cannot just make a president of another country recognize anything by the use of force.” Wanna bet?
It’s very clear that he’s resisting any realistic agreement until the bitter end, sadly for the Ukrainian people.
This scum Zelensky needs to be captured and put behind bars ASAP
He is ready to sacrifice all Ukrainian’s for his puppet masters US/UK
Do you guys think FSB did not perform well when it comes to intelligence?
Why is it so hard to do a missile strike on Zelensky, Kyiv mayor or even Poroshenko.
They keep giving sound bites to these stupid western MSM’s and challenge Russia
We need some feel good factor soon…
Zelensky is likely in Poland or some other country. He was standing before an obvious green screen the other day.
…is he really wanna end up as Chilean president Allende in Sept. 1973…???
Colonel Cassad wrote something today about a “mass surrender of personnel of the 14th brigade,” apparently near Kiev. Possibly he was referring to action near Sumy or Chernigov.
Does anyone know what Cassad is talking about? Here are his computer translated words:
Kiev. Fighting west and east of Kyiv. Chernihiv and Sumy without changes. An episode of mass surrender of the personnel of the 14th mechanized brigade was noted. In this direction, tendencies towards positionalism still dominate, including due to the length of the front.”
Look above at commenter Exile at 4.16pm. There is more detail there. Mod.
Twitter post addressing this:
First, are the Ukronazis, like their 1940s German Nazi Hero predecessors, going to adopt the latter’s so-called “scorched earth policy” in cities such as Kiev and Odessa before they inevitably retreat, surrender or die? I ask this question because I’d hate to see, for just one example, that 409-mW hydroelectric dam just north of Kiev destroyed by the nazis; and then have “the West” and their MSM propaganda stenographer/megaphones claim that “Putin did it!”. (You should take a Google Street View “drive” over that dam and its adjacent lock system for boat traffic. If you do, you’ll instantly see what I’m talking about. As I took that drive, I knew exactly why Russia has not yet militarily stepped foot into Kiev, and has valiantly tried to cause as little damage as possible to Ukrainian cities, infrastructure and populations. Bravo, Mr. Putin! I hope that the citizenry of Kiev is appreciative of Russia’s efforts and, even if it is, politically redeemable and, therefore, worth the deaths of Russian peacekeepers.)
Second, I just finished reading an article on the World Socialist Web Site entitled “Obama defense secretary Leon Panetta says NATO is in a ‘proxy war’ with Russia”. I sense from previous references to that site, that that web site may not have “most favored nation” status at The Vineyard, but in this case I’m going to risk posting a link to that article, because to me it is, as Ahhhnold said in “Predator”, one scary mf. In other words, if at this moment you do not think that Russia is in a fight to the death with The United In Warfare States Of America (AKA Great White Shark), reading that article might finally wake you up to your very first smell of Harsh-Reality Coffee.
Teaser sample from the above (my bold for emphasis):
“Leon Panetta, the former US secretary of defense and CIA director under Barack Obama and White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton, said Thursday that the United States is involved in a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine.
“We are engaged in a conflict here, it’s a proxy war with Russia, whether we say so or not,” Panetta said.
He concluded, “I think the only way basically to deal with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin right now is to double down on ourselves, which means to provide as much military aid as necessary.”
He added, “The way you get leverage is by, frankly, going in and killing Russians.”
That is really bad. The MIC is running the show in USA and the propaganda is turned up to 11. I am from this country and feel powerless to witness what is happening. I stand behind UF. If I could be accepted as refugee to RF I would leave here. I apologize for my country’s actions.
Save some concern for yourself D, be prepared, as the shit will soon be hitting the fan in your neck of the woods.
Once the psychopaths running your country fail miserably in shafting Russia, their House of Cards will begin to fall, including my neck of the woods, Londinium.
At least Russia having acted first will be well on the mend while we are at the beginning of the end.
Opiates, street defecation and swathes/colonies of tent cities springing up, like refugee camps, but for Americans in former trophy areas all over America is a big tell, no?
I notice that more foreign mercenaries have been roasted by missile attack.
I had earlier wondered why the mercenaries were not assembled and trained in Poland, before crossing the border as a somewhat combat-ready unit. I believe that Poland is not cooperating–and possibly Poland even wishes to see Ukraine lose in this conflict, without doing anything overtly to bring about this outcome. Hence their lack of cooperation with the aircraft earlier, and only granting mercenaries one day to transit Poland and enter Ukraine.
There was an article I saw some time ago where Poland had expressed their exasperation with Ukraine’s fascination with naziism, even going so far as to claim that they could not be part of the EU until they got rid of it. So even though Poland has good reason to fear the Russians, they also suffered terribly at the hands of Nazis, including Ukrainian nazis, which they recognized as being even worse than the German ones.
Even though Poland may not like Russia, they may well hope that Russia manages to ‘denazify’ Ukraine, and they are impeding Ukraine’s defence in what little ways they can.
Poland wants Lviv.
The Russian liberation army has given the Azov Battalion a deadline of 4am to surrender. That’s just several hours from now, Mariupol time.
What do you think the Russian liberation army will do after that deadline passes? Maybe break-out the TOS-1 “Burning Sun” thermobaric bomb launchers?
Exactly 3.5 Hours to go – this is more intense than watching FIFA World cup playoffs…
Weren’t the orders given to take no Nazi prisoners? Why would they then surrender?
I heard the Russians had plenty of help targeting Ukrainian Foreign Legion™ bases in the west from Darwin Award winning mercenaries posting their selfies online … and giving away their coördinates in the process.
In WWII, we had the saying, “Loose lips sink ships”
Now we need a new one. “Loose selfies . . .” sorry, can’t think of anything that rhymes with selfies.
Loose selfies kills rats in the belfries.
I thought of “selfies posted means mercenaries roasted” or “toasted”
Some videos for today.
This RT report (in English) shows how hard life is in the front line villages:
Shows work to clear out Banderite “Azov” death squad snipers that shoot civilians in Mariupol:
Shows an Su-35 in action:
Those men of surrendered brigade looked very old. As it is well known fact men over 35 years old have normally very low battle value when the last waltz begin.
interesting info from>
Vitaly Kim was in the RT video that I posted earlier, where he said near the end of the video that all the “traitors” would be found and shot.
And now he is being investigated by the SBU as a possible traitor?
The Zelensky regime is falling apart. This kind of internal witchhunts only happens in desperation and panic. Also, I suspect that this treason is real, and it is happening because the traitor(s) realizes that the war is lost.
The head of the Regional State Administration of Nikolaev can be arrested by the SBU. According to our source, Kim’s inner circle is being checked now. It is suspected that one of the close associates of the head of the Regional State Administration handed over to Russian troops information about the deployment of Ukrainian troops in the city. It is possible that Vitaly Kim himself will fall under suspicion.
Over the past day, the Russian army has inflicted very heavy losses on the Ukrainian army. In addition to the strike on the barracks of the 79th brigade, several other points where Ukrainian fighters were stationed were destroyed. Several artillery positions were also eliminated.
On the night of March 21, high-precision air-launched cruise missiles attacked the Training Center for Foreign Mercenaries and Ukrainian Nationalist Formations at the combined arms training ground Novaya Lubomirka in the Rivne region. More than 80 mercenaries and nationalists were killed, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
In about a week Russia has wiped out 300-500 foreigners, maimed and brain damaged 500-1000+ … keep’em coming idiots of the west or run back to your mommy’s.
Chief of Russia’s Roscosmos Says Bioweapon Developed in Ukraine Affects Fertility
“This weapon affects both the reproductive function of women of a certain nationality, and the immune system of a particular ethnic group in general. It causes allergies, intolerance to traditional food, and susceptibility to diseases, which, in turn, leads to a weakening of the nation’s immunity and its extinction without the impact of wars”, he wrote on his Telegram channel.
Rogozin recalled that from March 2017 to April 2018 he was at the helm of a government commission on biological and chemical safety, a panel that he said often dealt with the issue of the US “encircling” Russia with its biological laboratories.
The Roscosmos chief also pointed out that Russian authorities know perfectly well that the goal of the Pentagon’s biological experiments, which involve “biomaterials obtained from Slav test subjects of Ukraine and other countries neighbouring Russia is to develop an ‘ethnic weapon’ against the country’s ethnically Russian population”.
Video: Ukrainian Doctor Calls for Castration of Captured Russian Soldiers
Ukrainian frontline medic claims he’s ordered castration of all Russian POWs