Today, I want to comment on a topic I did not address yet: the quality of the Ukrainian armed forces.
Over night, two Ukrainian helicopters flying at very low altitude and high speed flew across the Russian-Ukrainian border, and in only six minutes of flight time found themselves next to a fuel storage facility near the Russian city of Belgorod. They both fired, one missed, but the second one hit perfectly and the entire fuel storage facility ignited. Not a big deal, the fire has been contained, but very embarrassing nonetheless :-(
Another case: the night before yesterday a group of 5 Ukrainian helicopters took off from Nikolaev, flew 7 meters above the waves and landed in Mariupol. Their mission was to evacuate the leadership of the Azov force still hiding inside the Azovstal industrial facility. After they took off, two helicopters were shot down, but another three flew away, with a possible 3 helicopters ditching in the waters off the coast (unclear at this time).
Why do I consider these two events very telling?
Because it shows that the Ukrainian soldiers have A LOT of VERY REAL courage. Not only that, in both of these operations, a great deal of careful planning went into the preparations of these missions. So they are not only courageous, they are SMART.
Yes, the Ukie Volkssturm is a joke, but not the entire Ukrainian military and most definitely not the Nazis of the Azov “battalion” (it is not really a battalion, but rather a regiment or a small brigade, but spread out in key sectors of the Ukrainian defenses). Why is that so important to realize?
Because a HUGE battle is preparing in the Donbass.
While nobody knows the true size of the Ukrainian force surrounded in the Donbass, most observers place that force at about 60-80 thousand men. They are VERY well armed, courtesy of 7 years of mass delivery of weapons by the Empire of Lies. Their defenses are very solid, since they have been preparing them also for seven years. Furthermore, the Ukrainians are reportedly trying to bring in another major force from the central Ukraine to either reinforce their forces in the Donbass, or to help it to escape from their cauldron.
On the other side, nobody really knows how many Russian/LDNR forces are being concentrated around the Donbass either. There are reports of “immense” columns of Russian forces moving towards the Donbass, including some the Russian forces which were deployed near Kiev to pin down Ukrainian forces away from the Donbass.
The same feint was used by the Black Sea Fleet off the coast of Odessa.
There are two ways to control a road: you can stand on the road, place a roadblock, maybe lay mines and generally be physically on top of that road. Or you can do that remotely, without stepping on the road but by being able to fire (small arms, RPG, artillery, CAS) at any vehicle driving on that road. The Russian “encirclement” of the Ukrainian force in the Donbass into 2 small cauldrons which themselves are locked in a bigger cauldron are a mix of these two techniques. In other words, the Ukrainians still have retained *some* ability to move on the ground. But only at VERY high risk. Keep in mind that the Donbass is pretty flat terrain and that the Russians have air supremacy. But, with enough luck, immense courage and determination, some APC or cars could try to move out, or reinforcements move in. Let’s look at these two options:
Moving out: for a FEW vehicles, and with a lot of luck, that could still be doable. But for the overwhelming majority of the Ukrainian force on the Donbass, this is not an option. Not only do they lack fuel, any big force would attract the attention of the Russians (which a 4 passenger car going at full speed in the dark might not) resulting in immediate strikes.
Moving in: here the Ukrainians would still have fuel (or they would not even try, which they apparently are), but the problem is that it is impossible to hide any significant force from the Russians which could then use their long range artillery and close air support to destroy that force. I am personally very dubious as to the chances of any Ukrainian subunit to make it to the Donbass.
The Ukrainian propaganda is beyond ridiculous, but we should NOT assume that if Ukie propagandists are clowns, so are the Ukrainian soldiers. The fact is that the Ukrainians never had the initiative, and they still don’t, and all their counter-attacks, including the airstrike on Belgorod, only had a limited and local effect. But that does not mean that they would not fight very hard for their lives, even when surrounded, even without air cover, with no ability to rotate forces and not enough fuel to engage in maneuver warfare.
Here is what the map of the area of operations looks like today:
- The yellow circle is roughly the area where the outcome of this battle will be decided.
- The small black arrow represents the likely Ukrainian effort to send in reinforcements
- The big black arrow represents the move away from Kiev and towards the Donbass by Russian forces
Speaking about maps: while they do, more or less, show the military reality on the ground, they do not show the political realities the same way. The truth is that there are plenty of towns and cities which are blocked/surrounded by Russian forces, but which are still run by the “old”, Nazi, authorities. Yes, the Russians could go in and denazify these town and cities manu militari, but that would take time, results in casualties on both sides and ruin the civilian infrastructure. And the Russians sure don’t want, say, Kharkov to become a 2nd Mariupol.
[Sidebar: some of you must have heard that canard about the Russians “running out of ammo”, right? Well, local residents near the Ukrainian positions in the Donbass report that for three days the Russian artillery has been shelling the Ukrainian positions nonstop. In reality, anybody who has studied the Soviet and, later, Russian military knows that with the exception of some very modern systems which have just been deployed, Russia has huge stores of ammunition. In fact, when the Russians prepare a military offensive the expenditures in ammo, POL, and any other form of logistics required are carefully calculated. If not, then the order to attack will not be given. And, with a few exceptions, the kind of hardware and supplies the Russians are using in the Ukraine is both modern and plentiful. By the way, there are signs that the Ukrainian forces are running out of ammo, most of their shelling is directed at LDNR cities and result in scores of death and injured civilians on a daily basis]
One possible option would be to warn the Nazi authorities that while the Russian military won’t invade their city, the Russians can use special forces and means to target “just” these Nazi authorities. Yes, the Nazi will set up traps, like, say, placing the cellphone of a Nazi leader right on top of a Kindergarten, so the Russian intelligence services will have to do a lot of careful preparations and planning, or just make the threat and then wait for the Nazis to freak out and wonder where the promised missile will be aimed at.
All this means the following:
- The Russians need to take the Ukrainians much more seriously and if that means having early warning aircraft and interceptors on combat air patrol 24/7 – then that is what the Russians should do. A pair of MiG-31BM on constant high altitude CAP over the central Ukraine would be a good start.
- While the outcome is not in doubt, the Russians need to be very careful and assume that the Ukrainians will fight with skills and courage.
- I don’t like making predictions, even less so, time-related ones, but I think that we need to prepare ourselves for a major battle lasting several weeks, possibly even a month.
- Have to assume that the PSYOPs of the Empire of Lies will go in full attack mode, and since it will be very hard to make sense of what will be going on, we have to ready for a major attack on our minds.
- Once that force in the Donbass is defeated this will basically mean the end of the 2nd phase of this Special Military Operation (SMO) and the very best and combat capable Ukrainians will have disappeared and a 3rd phase will begin, probably by an attack on the Nikolaev and Odessa regions.
Still, we need to remember that all wars are political in nature and that while the military “pain dial” is turned up quite high for the Ukrainians, the US PSYOPs are still telling the Ukrainians that they are winning and soon the first Ukie tanks will enter Moscow. The de facto fall of Mariupol (as evidenced by the desperate attempts to evacuate the Azov leaders by helicopter) is already a major blow for the Ukrainian narrative. But this blow pales in comparison to what will happen when the best forces the Ukraine has will simply disappear from the maps of the Donbass. At that point, no amount of hot air, grand statements or other lies will make a difference – such a defeat is impossible to conceal, it will make the news.
Furthermore, we need to keep another thing always present in our minds: while in actual combat the Russians are facing Ukrainians, in the war itself Russia is not fighting the Nazis in Kiev, but the US/NATO/EU and their vassal states. It is also certain that the “Biden” administration does not want peace but, instead, they want that war to last as long as possible and to destroy as much of the Ukrainian population and civilian infrastructure as possible. And, of course, the Russians are not negotiating with the Nazis, they are negotiating with Uncle Shmuel via the Nazis. Big difference. Right now, some Ukrainians might be willing to look at reality and surrender just to save lives and the Ukrainian infrastructure. But they know that the Nazis will kill them or kidnap their family members (as has happened to one Ukrainian mayor). And these Nazis are taking orders only from many Western “advisors” in Kiev who tell them “fight down to the last soldier, then we will evacuate you“.
You could say that the hardcore Ukronazis act like political commissars did during the Russian civil war.
The Russians fought phase one of the SMO with a force which was deliberately kept smaller than the opposing Ukrainian force. But against an elite Ukrainian force deeply dug in the heavily fortified defenses, Russia will have to to do some combination of two things: more man and more firepower. And, by all accounts, that seems to be exactly what they are gearing up for.
As many others have already pointed out, the chances of a false flag are extremely high, most likely some chemical attack, possibly in Kiev or Kharkov. Such an attack, while fake, will result in the usual hysterics of the Empire of Lies, so we all need to prepare ourselves for this too.
The Empire of lies is so desperate now, that US PSYOPs claim that the Russian generals are afraid of telling Putin the “horrible truth” and that Shoigu is preparing a coup against Putin. Right now, the Ukronazis say that the Russians are on the run, but even the US Pentagon admits that the forces moved away from Kiev are only regrouping.
Remember, in maneuver warfare you do not “hold terrain” anymore than you do in naval warfare, and that is what the first phase of the SMO was all about. But in the Donbass, holding terrain will become much more important and since both sides are very skilled and courageous, do NOT expect big movements on the map. Instead, expect several weeks of very severe “grinding down” of Ukrainian defenses followed by slow and deliberate movements, mostly short distance – from a few hundred meters to a few clicks.
I hope that the above will be helpful once the 2nd phase is fully launched.
One more thing: Western military aid to the Ukraine. Most of it is in Poland. True, there is A LOT of Western kit found in Mariupol or the Donbass, but that stuff was brought in long ago. Just look at the map, look at where the Polish-Ukrainian border is and then look at where the yellow circle is. In order to make a difference, Western weapon systems need to get across the entire Ukraine and enter into a highly contested and dangerous area. How can such a delivery be made? Three options:
In all three cases, if the force is tiny, say a few cars fill with MANPADs, there is a chance to make it, albeit a small one and such a “delivery” would be fantastically dangerous. But the Ukrainians have now PROVEN that they can be very tough and very smart. But such tiny reinforcements won’t make any difference. Now a bigger force might, but it would be instantly detected and attacked by Russians standoff weapons, close air support and long range artillery. So all this stuff about sending weapons to the Ukrainians really is a load of crap. It’s just irrelevant fake news.
So far the Russians did not consider such a possibility as significant, hence the fact that they did not blow up any bridges, remotely mined any roads or destroyed any train tracks (that I am aware of). But if the risk of a significant reinforcements from the western Ukraine become a real threat, you can rest assured that the Russians will do all of the above, especially since there are very few towns and civilians in some parts of this track to the East.
So far the Russian policy was to let the (covert) NATO forces to gather in an assembly area and only then hit them really hard. This is a very effective strategy which the NATO forces have found no way to counter (if only because NATO air defenses are a joke, even against trans-sonic and subsonic missiles and drone).
Finally, the Ukrainians don’t have any air force left, and no navy, but they have proven that they still can use helicopters flying very low and fast, especially at night when local air defense operators might mistake them for a Russian helicopter (friendly fire is always a major risk in warfare). BTW – a helicopter is a hard target, not only do they fly very low, they can fly both fast (say to avoid a MANPAD) or very slow, to hide for fighters and interceptors. A slowly moving and low flying helicopter is a difficult target for fighter aircraft’s radar and infrared search and track system. A hilly or mountainous terrain makes detection even harder.
Russian attack helicopters all have air to air capabilities, both gun and missile, and so they can be very effectively used against Ukrainian helicopters (which are a full generation behind modern Russian helicopters) but you need to have them ready and you need to have them fly under air cover. So that is doable, it just takes time.
Phase one, pure maneuver warfare is over and it was a military success.
Politically, it was pretty close to a failure, not only did the PSYOPS of the Empire of Lies totally crush the rather clumsy and primitive Russian counter-propaganda efforts, the Russians also failed to realize that they could not count on the local civilians authorities to simply do their job under a new flag.
Which means that Russia failed to properly denazify even the towns and cities which were deep in the Russian rear. Now that miscalculation will have to be fixed the hard way: with more men and more firepower.
Phase two of this war will be the liquidation of the Donbass cauldron and it will decide the outcome of this war (not that this outcome was ever in doubt).
On a personal note, I will only add that the past month has convinced me that Russia should NOT permanently occupy more of the Ukraine than the “full” LDNR plus the entire Ukrainian Black Sea coast. But neither can Russia leave the Ukraine like a Petri dish for Nazi toxins, so it seems to me that the optimal solution would be a breakup of the country into several successor states: neutral, with only police forces and light arms and with a clear understanding that Russia has the means to militarily intervene at any minute should the successor states attempt to violate their neutral, unarmed and denazified status.
Will that happen?
I don’t know, Putin has already surprised me twice with very risky operations which I would have recommended against (Syria and that “big” SMO in lieu of a “small” liberation of “just” the LDNR). Considering that Russia has used only a small fraction of her armed forces, it is impossible for me to predict what Putin and the Russian General Staff will decide after the second phase of this SMO is over.
Finally, I am going to take the next two days off, barring some major developments, of course.
So until Monday, then, God willing.
Phase one, pure maneuver warfare is over and it was a military success.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviewed Andrew Bacevich
‘Andrew Bacevich: Ukraine is Paying the Price for the U.S. “Recklessly” Pushing NATO Expansion’ – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCntlkpdr0k
The assessment of Bacevich runs counter to that of Andrey Martyanov.
Bacevich sees the Russian military as following a disastrous path….
Whilst he initially blames the US for encouraging the current situation to develop, he talks of ‘the crudeness of the Russian war machine’ ‘Putin is the criminal’ ‘Terrible steps taken by Russia’ etc…
Some interesting comments by Amy Goodman, that the USA intends to fund a ‘Ukrainian Government in Exile’ and an ‘ongoing insurrection’ with more funds allocated by the US government to assist the Ukraine with more weapons…under a new Trillion Dollar spending bill…
Amy Goodman used to be good many years ago but now she is just another mouthpiece for the Western Empire, don’t waste time watching her shows!
Russia can indeed occupy Everything East of the River and the Black Sea Coast, Rump Ukraine to be a buffer state.
One side was fighting a war, the other side was fighting a special operation. Once both sides fight a war, it’s over.
I think it would be nice to have a permanent base in Yavorov.
“On a personal note, I will only add that the past month has convinced me that Russia should NOT permanently occupy more of the Ukraine than the “full” LDNR plus the entire Ukrainian Black Sea coast. But neither can Russia leave a the Ukraine like a Petri dish for Nazi toxins, so it seems to me that the optimal solution would be a breakup of the country into several successor states:” >>
IMO, Malorossiya including Kharkiv-Poltava-Sumy-Chernihiv and Novorossiya including Lugansk-Donetsk-Zaporizhzhia-Kherson-Mykolev-Odessa should be resurrected by the people with help from Russia …. Within thext 20 years these two independent countries can become the antidote against Nazified (Right-Bank) Ukraine.
In a real conflict it would be impossible for ukies to be flying su 24 or helicopter at this stage.
The antecedents to this impending battle at the eastern cauldron go back centuries. Russian lands and resources have indeed been the prize coveted by other empires throughout history. And now we all are perched at the moment of 𝘥é𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 for the annihilation of sixty to eighty thousand Ukrainian soldiers enticed there by none other than the empire of lies and that ill-fated leadership of the Ukraine.
What is so remarkable about this moment is that starting just thirty-one years ago and continuing on through the nineties Russia was repeatedly raped by the empire of lies, had billions of her patrimony stolen and was left a broken country.
And in that short time since Vladimir Putin became President in 2000 Russia has become the pre-eminent military power on the globe and has forged the *’double helix’ partnership with China that has given the planet the vision for a fairness-based multipolar world in which every country can prosper. To say that we are living in a time of change is a vast understatement. Our current moment is one for the ages.
*coined by Larchmonter445
Andrei, it is vital to know how, almost an entire Ukraine population, was tansformed in only 1,5 generation, also how this monsters (azov, aidar, etc) are created – (presume “education”, brainwashing, drugs, promiscuity, violence, decay). I’m afraid that is expected to be replicated.
Je ne comprends pas pourquoi la Russie n’a pas mobilisé dès le début , ne serait ce que 50 K ou 80K hommes de plus pour donner plus de force à son intervention? On a l’impresion qu’il y à dans certain secteur un manque de “mains d’oeuvre”?
I do not understand, why Russia did not mobilize more Troops (+ 50k-80k) since the beginning to give more strengh to this operation? Sometimes it seems that, there is a lack off manpower in some sectors?
Svenrad: Good question! Let’s assume that is what the more conservatively minded generals in the Russian military recommended. How would concealing 600,000 troops be possible in the age of satellite surveillance? They would have lost ability to surprise, and once the Ukrainians were alerted, the Ukrainians would have redeployed their troops from the forward areas, that are now trapped in the cauldrons, and probably stashed most supplies and their air power underground. However, because of the confusion the Russians created, it looks like the Ukrainians continued their forward “offensive deployments” to attack the Donbass.
Similarly, in the Battle of Midway, the Japanese Kido Butai was engaged in offensive operations against the US forces stationed on Midway. As a result, most of their planes were armed and fueled for that operation and were not prepared to defend the Kido Butai against an air strike launched by the American carriers north of Midway:
I am not saying this did happen, but just offering it up as a possibility. And I am also not saying this guarantees a Russian victory, or that this fight is finished in favor of the Russians, or that everything is going according to Russia’s plans. I don’t have the expertise or the information to comment on that and I think that Saker and others here are more qualified to make that judgement. However, I just want to point out some past military history that might have some bearing as to what is going on… as an interpretive lens only.
Chopper pilots were probably from Nato. A can’t imagine brainwashed Nazi retards in that position, given their performances so far….
You are wrong. Some elements of the Ukranian military have shown to be quite capable and skillful, considering the overall conditions they are operating under.
To state they are all ‘retards’ says more about you than them. They are not to be under estimated.
As already stated here it was a quick border hop and there would be many pilots capable of it.
Agree, if these were ukranians there would’ve immediately take credit and there would’ve been parades in Kiev, high fives, celebrations far and wide but curiously nothing so far.
Scott Ritter and others have pointed out that NATO trainers have been training up UKR military since 2014 to NATO standards and interoperability with NATO and its weaponry.
Presumably that includes pilots who know how to fly helicopters.
In Romania, in the run-up to NATO membership, major deals were made specifically between Romanian politicians and at least one American helicopter manufacturer.
Of course, NATO membership is a great business deal for favored American manufacturers.
Andrei My Brother,
You were absolutely right. Check out these headlines from my local news outlet.
That’s just three of many. Basically what you were saying about the Western MSM Narrative switching from the heroic Ukrainian Resistance to “Russian War Crimes” has taken place as it’s become no longer able to hide that Kiev and the Nationalist Brigades are losing this war. So they are automatically going into overdrive accusing Russian forces of doing exactly the war crimes that the AFU and the Nazis have been committing. The Western Media is covering up for them, “The Russians Did It!” is the narrative and all the Western Sheep go, “Russians Baaaaad! NATO goooood!”. You were right on the money Andrei.
PS: What are your thoughts on Patrick Lancaster on YouTube and the reporting he’s been doing in Ukraine?
1. Do we know any more details about the helicopter rescue in Mariupol?
There were rumors that they were Westerners (either intelligence or military) they
were trying to pull out
2. What happens to Kharkov/Odessa? Those are big cities. If they are taken by force, the
backlash would be tremendous.
“A pair of MiG-31BM on constant high altitude CAP over the central Ukraine would be a good start.””
WHY has that not been done from day 1?
In 2014 in the Donbas there was an incident where 2 (I think?) ukronazi helicopters shot up one of their own army units during a ukronazi-rebel confrontation. There was a video taken by a group of ukronazi soldiers who had retreated to a field showing the incoming helicopters passing over them at very low level, below treetop. Obviously they were skilled pilots, able to hug the ground in a mixed wooded and field environment, even if not very able to determine friend or foe. The oil depot and Mariupol extraction exploits show the ukronazis still have some talented helicopter crews.
The ukronazis also have attacked the Belgorod area again:
“Several unknown projectiles landed and exploded in Russia’s southern region of Belgorod on Friday, damaging a power line and a residential house. The blasts were heard in the region’s capital city of Belgorod, local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov has said.
“We’re dealing with the consequences [of the explosions]. The most important thing is that no one was hurt. I went to the site – near the villages of Nikolskoye and Yasnye Zori. Examined the sites of the explosions,” Gladkov said in a Telegram post, sharing pictures of a large crater and debris on the site.”
Multiple projectiles hit in Russia’s southwest (VIDEO)
At RT. The article includes photos along with a video of one of impacts next a road where one vehicle narrowly escaped destruction. For some reason the ukronazis are concentrating on Belgorod.
I suppose they say that Ukrainians have been “brainwashed” in order to leave them an escape route, an opportunity to save face. They say that we used to be bad, but in fact we are good, it’s just “brainwashed” us. But in fact, Ukrainians for the most part (but of course not all of them) are Banderists, that is, they are engaged in tribalism, “emo-Nazism”. It will take years for the Banderists culture to subside. That’s my version.
It is also good to recall the analyses about Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in 2013-2016. Forgotten, but worth remembering. Here, for example, is what the Russian writer and publicist Galkovsky wrote in Livejournal in 2013. The text is artistic and therefore machine translation is likely to be difficult to understand. I will give only an small excerpt:
“A simple deception is drilled into the population of Belarus and Ukraine 24 hours a day:
Firstly, Ukrainians and Belarusians are nursed and touched by them. They admire songs, dances, clothes, exploits and torments, declare the local intelligentsia (still in its infancy) Leonards da Vinci and Newtons. The national urban culture is still bad (it is either Russian or Polish), so the emphasis in admiration is on the village.
Secondly, the youngsters are explained that they live in the world of friends. For some reason, everyone loves them, especially Americans, Englishmen, Germans and, first of all, Poles. The media are directly controlled by the Polish agency.
Thirdly, there is a monstrous mud-spraying of Russia and Russian culture. Russians are declared natural enemies of Ukrainians and Belarusians, oppressors, Mari-Tatar savages, alien to European civilization. Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov are declared graphomaniacs and mixed with shit.
The situation in Russia, in comparison with Belarus and Ukraine, is quite successful, is painted in the blackest colors. Ukraine, where part of the political elite puts another part in prison, is sincerely convinced of Putin’s tyranny. Ukrainians and Belarusians do not understand at all how they look in the eyes of Russians from the point of view of everyday life. Let me explain, they look very poor: they dress poorly, live poorly, eat poorly. So that it is a pity for them, as it was a pity for Soviet foreigners. In Ukraine, they do not know that the Russian middle class is buying up real estate in Spain, that the salary in Moscow does not differ from the salary in New York, and that, most importantly, there is still no bitterness of Russians towards Ukrainians and Belarusians. With all their efforts. The basis of malice is envy. And what to envy?
But the Ukrainian and Belarusian elite know all this. And she understands perfectly well that Ukraine and Belarus gained independence by engaging in an international conspiracy. Especially advanced people even understand that the conspiracy was not organized by Poles at all.
But to them, as Poles, it seems that everything is redeemed (or more precisely redeemed) by the golden independence of their countries, which will proudly enter the quiet backwater of the EU and will flourish there for centuries in the form of nationalist hobbits. With round windows and doors in ethnic-ecological dugouts. …
With Jesuit cunning, Belarusians and Ukrainians have been taught for 22 years that it is the Split that is the way to a quiet petty-bourgeois harbor. Whereas the future of Ukraine and Belarus is people who went on a fragile boat to the stormy sea to seek happiness. At your own risk. You can taxi if you have the drive and attitude. But there is no mood. People gathered to sunbathe at the resort. Nothing, the world’s hyperscorpions will show you the resort. It seems to you on television that you are going to rest in quiet Europe from a dying Rashka. It’s mean, but it’s profitable. And really you sailed from the peaceful Shire to seek your fortune in Mordor. In the hot lava. And on the shore, people are spinning whiskey after: the rats escaped on a sinking ship”.
Galkovsky may be an ambiguous person, so you should not completely trust him. But it’s worth studying his analysis of the situation. You can find good thoughts. He has a large series of blog articles on the Ukrainian issue.
“We will neither confirm nor deny,” Motuzyanik said at a briefing, commenting on strikes by Ukrainian helicopters on the oil depot.”
Ukraine Declines to Comment on Involvement in Helicopter Shelling of Russian Oil Depot
From Sputnik live updates.
They sound exactly like their massa in tel aviv.
In the last book he wrote about his life, Shimon Peres admitted all indirectly.
Where do you test that weapon undetected, the danger of an accident, the knowhow…Iran landed a missile last year not far from the one nuclear station. Gaza lands increasingly sophisticated rockets, and where are the concerns about the one nuclear plant? If untrue, you must keep it simple and can’t follow all the ramifications; if true, you follow them naturally. This ‘ambivalence’ has already become an insult to people’s intelligence. If someone answers like that for so long, it means “no.”
I looked in vain for the title of Peres’s book in wikipedia. It was published about a year before his passing (I read it for this issue at Barnes and Noble). Here’s Cuomo asking Netanyahu about the “secret” well.
A “gotta laugh department” entry, this is one pathetic, delusional piece of pindo excrement:
“American actor Sean Penn has called on a wealthy philanthropist to come forward with $500 million to procure at least two squadrons of fighter planes as well as missile defense systems for Ukraine, following President Volodymyr Zelensky’s repeated pleas to the US for just such a gift.
“One billionaire could end this war in Ukraine,” the staunchly pro-Kiev actor-turned-filmmaker tweeted on Thursday, delivering an itemized menu of demands.
Penn estimated that “2 squadrons of F-15s or F-16s,” which he claimed feature “better tech than Russian Migs [sic] or SU’s,” would cost only about $300 million. He also called for “another $200m in missile defense,” and further suggested that with three weeks of training plus “add-ons in arming & maintaining creative runways, etc.,” Ukraine’s pilots would be ready to kick Russia out of its skies. The actor did not elaborate on how exactly he expects such a privately funded deal to comply with US arms exports control.”
Hollywood actor urges billionaires to buy fighter jets for Ukraine
This is the same cowardly cop loving sean penn who’s bum belonged to madonna’s strap-on during the 1980s. He did an interview back then where he described getting revenge against people he was upset with as secretly crawling under their cars late at night. He was talking about his life before he got famous. In other words, what he said was he vandalized vehicles of those he didn’t like, rather than confront them directly, like a man. The guy is an all round, total pos.
There’s another possibility. All major alternative news sites are warning people to get out of the cauldron immediately. This hints at the possibility of an indiscriminate use of heavy weapons of all types on the Donbass forces. I’d argue a shock and awe / scorched earth message here may result in less resistance in other regions.
Imagine the psychological impact of the largest and most well trained force in Ukraine simply being deleted? And I’m not just talking about in Ukraine. This message is for a Western audience.
Putin could devilify himself and win the high ground if Putin called in the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes by both Russia and the Ukraine – where the Ukrainian government’s actions prior to the Russian Invasion had to be considered. Both Russia and the Ukraine would present evidence, as well as any the court found elsewhere.
Anna News has a discussion on the Belgrod attack from a former pilot which is interesting.
Why would Kiev send in a suicide mission to rescue Azov leadership when it was Kiev that forced the Nazi forces in Mariupol to commit suicide in Mariupol in the first place?!
Macron was spamming Putin with evacuation calls because he was desperate to evavuate Azov and their foreign advisors from Azovstal.
Head of French military intelligence got fired because he failed to properly assess the situation in Ukraine.
This is according to US military: Russia has 20,000 troops deployed inside Ukraine with 200,000 troops surrounding the Ukrainian border.
BTW – a helicopter is a hard target, not only do they fly very low, they can fly both fast (say to avoid a MANPAD) or very slow, to hide for fighters and interceptors. A slowly moving and low flying helicopter is a difficult target for fighter aircraft’s radar and infrared search and track system. A hilly or mountainous terrain makes detection even harder.
– HOW VERY TRUE: during Bosnian war 1992-1995, NATO introduced ‘no-fly zone’ over Bosnia and Herzegovina with AWACS controlling the territory, therefore Bosnian Serbs’ Army flew their Mi-8s and/or Gazelle helicopters at very low speed following road lines and thus transported the wounded, VIPs or supplies to required destinations.
You could say that the hardcore Ukronazis act like political commissars did during the Russian civil war.
– or the Nazi gauleiters towards the end of WWII
If the Empire is facing a full-on defeat in Ukrostan, and at the same time is getting the full-on geo-economic judo moves in gold-energy-ruble moves, is Hudson correct that this is now a Multi-vector Imperial collapse scenario that is accelerating like a run away train? Can anyone explain what this means for the next 5 years? If the paper gold market blows up, how does that play out?
From RT: “The Bank of Russia’s move to link the ruble to gold and link commodity payments to the ruble is a paradigm shift that the Western media has not really yet grasped. As the dominos fall, these events could reverberate in different ways. Increased demand for physical gold. Blowups in the paper gold markets. A revalued gold price. A shift away from the US dollar. Increased bilateral trade in commodities among non-Western counties in currencies other than the US dollar.”
the sound of the commentaries is quite agressive. I dont see any need to use such kind of language.
Bons baisers de Poutine. http://la-geopolitique-sous-le-regard-de-zzz.over-blog.com/2022/04/bons-baisers-de-poutine.html
I have a question, can someone explain the different arm bands being worn by the Russian Federation forces? Some wear white, some red, some have orange with black stripes, etc.
Like i said about unlikeliness of brainwashed Nazi’s flying meters above the ground in the middle of the night and the ukraine admitted it late last night, they have nothing to do with the chopper attack. Who knows?
They aren’t the ones to miss such an opportunity to brag so my guess is that those flying these choppers, and probably the (mostly) failed rescue mission in Mariupol too, are NATO pilots.
The Ukranians probably invested a lot of effort and resources into building good defensive structures in the Donbas region. If they have planned an attack on the break away regions, they knew that the Russians would come in and that it would be difficult to hold them back in places where they do not have the advantage of well developed defensive positions which are well stocked with ammunition and food. So maybe that was their play all along: lure the Russians into to the Donbas with an attack on Lugansk and Donezk, retreat into the defensive positions and involve the Russians into a long drawn out fight over just the Donbas. In the meantime the Western Empire starts the TEW (total economic war) on Russia and starts to bring in tons of weapons and legionaires from Poland.
We will have to see how the Russian army will do in their assault on the Donbas. Maybe their strategy of pinning down parts of the Ukrainian army in the North, Center and South and making sure that the eastern armies of the Ukranians cannot be reinforced anymore will provide them with sufficiently large advantages that they can finish of the Donbass cauldron in the rather short period of time that the author of the article mentions. He seems to consider a month a long time period. In my view it would be a great success if they were done with the Donbas (btw is it one “s” or two?) by the end of April. I would even consider a victory by the end of May a very good result if they can keep their own losses reasonable low. I don’t think that we should measure the success in terms of a few weeks more or less. I think that the biggest risk for the Russians is that the Ukrainians might have deliberately chosen to stay in the cauldron that the Russians were creating because they have prepared that territory for exactly that purpose by building defensive positions and stocking it with tons and tons of ammunition and food. Of course the Russians would be able to crack such a defensive position if they either a) did not have to care about civilian losses or if b) they were willing to sacrifice sufficiently many of their own soldiers or c) if they did not have a time limit. The question is which one of these different types of costs (civilian lives, lives of their own soldiers, time) is the most severe constraint. I can’t see that a few weeks more would be such a big issue. Of course, time does become a very serious factor if things drag out for many months.
I think Russia ought to simply fully and permanently occupy the entire Ukraine, they have good reason to and the also the means to pull it off, they’ve shown themselves to be quite capable on the whole and now that they’ve come this far they might as well go all the way, the whole notion of demilitarizing and denazifying by just entering and leaving after a few months doesn’t sound like a plan which will succeed to me, it’ll end up much the same as before, with all the meddling of outside groups which has been going on for years, it’s going to be a waste of time and a wasted exercise unless they firmly establish themselves there or incorporate the country into the Russian Federation in some way.
Of course just like Syria, the spineless Nazi leaders are evacuated leaving their men to die like rats in a trap.
Shortly I can see a internal cleaning of the US. The rats are being exposed and the sheeple will become lions.
Can someone please translate what the red/blue lined area signifies?
What puzzles me is the following:
we keep hearing/reading, that Ukrainian troops “dug in into fortified positions” in the Donbass which they created during the past seven years, and which are apparently hard to overcome now.
Yet the other day we heard/read, that Russia was able to pierce through some 40 meters(?) of rock to annihilate an underground weapons depot. Why can’t the same type of missiles be employed in the Donbass, too?
If you don’t care about the civilians who are in the fortified cities, then you can do it within a very short period of time. But if you don’t want to anihillate the cities then you have a difficult task in front of you.
I don’t know why, but I had come to the impression that those Ukrainian fortifications were not of the urban warfare kind.
That’s only one fortified depot. The fortifications along the LOC are in their hundreds with hardened tunnels and trenches spreading for hundreds of klms.
RF does not want to carpet bomb…presently.
Prolonging this war is only costing Ukranian lives….NATO doesn’t care; they have an agenda. The Nazis don’t care; they are having FUN! The Americans care but they are wholely propagandized. The Ukrainian civilians are caught in the middle. The truth will set you free.
Nato.. in total disbelief and panic.. what happened to the planned capture of Don, Crim, Bela Ru etc. Stolten-cheese now mumbling on TV.. they’re are not leaving Kiev, like they promised.. how dare they. Nazis. trembling as the cauldron starts to heat up to the .. BOIL. Muirikans.. can’t think beyond SewerNN.. correct.
❗️From the Belgorod hospital:
“We exchanged 50 prisoners of war Ukrainian soldiers treated in our hospital in Belgorod for ours.
Ukrainians chopped of their fingers, the reproductive organs have been cut off as well.“
End all negotiations and start carpet bombing. These Nato trained zombies must be exterminated. There is no other way.
I keep reading that the initial Kiev maneuver was intended as just a feint to keep the Ukie forces pinned but I’m not sure how that makes sense. If Russia have complete control of the airspace how could those forces make the journey to Donbass anyway? In fact better to lure them out and just destroy them from above as sitting ducks, no?
«Because it shows that the Ukrainian soldiers have A LOT of VERY REAL courage. Not only that, in both of these operations, a great deal of careful planning went into the preparations of these missions. So they are not only courageous, they are SMART.»
Well many of their commanders are afghan veterans, like those of the Donbas republics, and while the ukrainian economy is third-world, its culture, thanks to decades of soviet rule, is first-world, so no doubt this is reflected in military organization too, to some extent.
But the problem with the ukrainian armed forces is both corruption and morale, and the example is their vicious war of aggression in the Donbas: they were stopped by the informal armed forces of an area with a population that is 1/10th that of the whole country.
But sure they are not stupid, and some are believers in the restoration of a fascist polish-lithuanian-ruthenian empire.
Related to all this an interesting quote from some time ago:
“After some amount of effort by NATO instructors to train the Ukrainians, the instructors gave up. The Ukrainians simply laughed in their faces because it was clear to them that the instructors did not know how to fight at all. It was then decided that the “road map” for Ukraine’s inclusion in NATO should be set aside because the Ukrainians are just too crazy for sedate and sedentary NATO.
The trainers were then replaced with CIA types who simply collected intelligence on how to fight a high-intensity ground war without air support — something that no NATO force would ever consider doing. Under such conditions NATO forces would automatically retreat or, failing that, surrender.”
Interesting story on Intel Slava Z
The photos show show at least three swastikas on his body. The guy does not look like a fighter. More like loser.
This is what I fear most. Europe will be totally nazified by the end of this operation. The Nazi influence will last for decades, maybe a century.
Despite everything, and from a distance, I had some doubts: a) it gave me the impression that the Russian military space part showed a deficiency both in the role of satellites (probably in the quantitative aspect) and in the control and cancellation of the enemy’s space surveillance; b) it gave me the impression that the use of drones (combining the strategic ones with the tactical ones and even micro drones) is still very embryonic. Am I right or wrong? Certainly the Russian military leaders are taking useful lessons from the conflicts on Ukrainian territory for future conflicts with stronger countries. Finally, another question: at what level is Russia in the development of quantum computing, teleportation and Artificial Intelligence in view of the strategic aspects involved in these technologies?
Okay. Break up the Ukraine into separate states, but if so is there any reason not to leave peacekeeping forces there?
The UN does it, but does not use them for anything, but the Russians would.
And it is a special military operation predicated on the failure of the Ukies to observe the Minsk agreements, so Russia may be well within their rights to have such forces in the Ukraine, and say they are not occupying forces.
And they could do some moping up, too, if necessary.
Who knows what the Russians have in mind, but I would like commentary on peace-keeping forces, if possible.
Thanks, Andrei, for your excellent commentary. You are completely plausible, and I regard you as one of my best sources.
Gary, Geelong, Victoria, Australia-and my surname is Ukrainian, as you might guess!
After watching Zelensky today on FOX TV saying that Ukraine is a strong state that would make NATO “much stronger”, it’s clear that he is insane. I think most of us already had it on the tip of our tongue – too many things looked strange. After today, for me at least, it’s clear that Ukraine is literally in the hands of a madman. It’s good to know it even if late.
One more proof that the Ukrainians are lying to the Russians. On one hand they are telling the Russians that they have given up on joining NATO and want to be a neutral state. And on the other hand every time Zelensky gets in front of a NATO audience he begs to join NATO.And as in the article you mention says Ukraine would be an advantage for NATO. That alone should show Russians that its impossible to deal seriously with that regime.
“That alone should show Russians that it’s impossible to deal seriously with that regime.”
I agree. They should not negotiate anymore because that’s only for sane people. I don’t know if Putin will address the Ukrainian army again, but the message that he prefers to negotiate with them is not a one-time thing. They need aggressive PR, based on truth always, to end the conflict sooner.
Also, in this FOX interview today, Zelensky was asked if he had ordered the bombing of Russian territory. His answer was that he does not discuss what he ordered the military with others. How about that answer? Again, if you “negotiate” with someone insane, you demean the whole process and yourself. You may end up building the insane one up. Ze said again that they will never surrender Donbass and Crimea. From the link above: “‘The more you give them the more their appetite grows,’ he said. The Ukrainian leader also said that his country ‘will answer with full strength’ when facing Russian aggression.” “Besides victory, the Ukrainian people will not accept any outcome.”
Looks like Russia must now ask for an unconditional surrender, no more “negotiations”, and just communicate with normal people in Ukraine.
Minor correction: Ukraine isn’t in the ‘hands of a madman’, Zelensky as we all know is just a puppet.
The puppet masters are the real insane madmen.
Lavrov described him as a puppet too, indirectly, when he described his negotiators as puppets about a week ago. I came to my belief just yesterday. I think they have a staff of psychologists and psychiatrists when there’s war. They should ask, 1) is he only a puppet, 2) is he a madman, 3) is he a madman and a puppet. For them, getting it right is a huge thing.
(I would attach the dancing video to the request. I would not accept psychiatrists saying he is okay and only the video producers are the madmen, so I would ask 2 and 3.)
Zelensky is a druggie as well as a puppet in way over his head.
Hi, please note the absence of foreign leaders present and running the “Ukraine” since 2014 in this story. Military “experts” from across the empire of lies created and coordinate the azovs as they did with the third Reich.
In my country (in EU) Russia Today and Sputnik are forbidden since a couple of weeks. I don’t have a vpn because you have to pay for a good one. Does someone know how to access to these website without a vpn, maybe throught miror websites or another way?
Look up proxy servers on the Internet.
List of proxy servers
And there are free VPN:
And RT recommendations to access its own site:
Best of luck!
Thank you so much. Im going to try this
Sympa votre article. Si vous connaissez bien les forces Russes, il faudrait nous renseigner sur leur discipline intérieure car l’occident les fait passer pour des pilleurs or cela n’est pas crédible avec une armée fortement encadrée par des officiers même si les dérapages sont possibles. Ont-ils une police militaire, des enquêteurs, des tribunaux, des gens qui analyse les situations de chaque opération et ses dégâts collatéraux comme on dit, etc… bref comment ça se passe dans la réalité.
Zelensky a distribué des tonnes de fusils dans la population or ça finit forcément dans les mains des mauvais garçons qui iront au pillage et à la constitution de micro-bandes qui s’approprieront des quartiers comme à Haïti. Il a allumé une mèche à retardement et les exactions seront à la hauteur d’une telle imprudence. Une armée non encadrée devient vite une bande de pilleurs.
De plus, Zelensky a mis sa propre armée régulière en situation impossible dans le Dombass, ses bons gars vont se battre du mieux qu’ils peuvent encadrés par des officiers avec quelques pourris récemment promus qui veulent les pousser au suicide. Ils vont se prendre une raclée or dans ces cas là, l’histoire nous apprend que les militaires sont très rancuniers contre la stratégie perdante de leurs chefs. Que pensent-ils de la stratégie de leurs politiciens qui ont commis l’erreur de penser que l’UE interviendrait ? Là, ils voient qui en a dans le pantalon, les Russes font ce qu’ils disent et l’UE se débine au dernier moment, il est clair que l’argent de la planche à billet ne remplace ni le courage, ni la volonté. Il est par exemple clair que c’est la Russie qui est le premier partenaire de l’Ukraine pour les matière premières et l’énergie, c’est évident.
Politiquement, l’Ukraine a subi un envoûtement de suivre l’UE et les USA pour devenir une tête de pont contre la Russie, un scénario ubuesque, c’est comme si la France s’alliait avec l’Argentine pour affronter la Grande-Bretagne, un scénario pour les idiots. L’Ukraine qui brise ses populations Russophones su sud est un scénario qui na pas de sens géographique, historique, culturel, affectif, linguistique, économique, technologique, etc. , ça n’a tout simplement pas de sens. Je ne vois qu’une explication, il y a une cabale montée par les occidentaux pour diriger l’Ukraine qui paye le prix de sa légèreté de croire des enchanteurs ou des faux prophètes comme dit la bible.
La situation saine de l’Ukraine est évidemment de se voir comme un trait d’union entre l’occident et la Russie parce qu’une connaissance de deux mondes différents est un atout. Le grand hivers Russe fait que la Russie ne sera pas libérale au sens occidental, elle sera nécessairement fortement réaliste et organisée ce qu’un habitant de Californie a du mal à saisir… :)
The NATO allies seem to have handed data at the UAF.
The Russian military expert Alexei Leonkov sees NATO behind the attack: “The helicopter attack is a planned, coordinated operation in the preparation of which the secret services of the NATO countries were involved. NATO provided information about the Russian air defense systems operating in the flight zone. I think NATO experts have mapped out a route for helicopters to use the terrain to cross the Russian border and attack the oil depot. Otherwise helicopters could not penetrate our territory. You can die the situation. And information about the situation was given to them by US space intelligence.”
The NATO information on the Russian anti-aircraft systems would also explain why a helicopter or two picking up important people from Mariupol were not shot down. In a downed helicopter, the deputy Azov commander of Mariupol hugs himself. Helicopters need an airfield to take off and land, and if they can fly as low as MI-24, they could fall into a dead zone with long-range anti-aircraft systems like Pantsir or S-400, because they would only be detected above a certain altitude. Medium-range anti-aircraft systems such as Tor-M2 could also capture and destroy very low-flying objects.
Russian military scientist Konstantin Sivkov also says the attack was facilitated by foreign advisers. The attack is not of great military importance, but it is important for Ukrainian propaganda. But the attack is also an indication that the anti-aircraft and radar systems did not cover a low altitude.
Germans going bonkers over false flag in Butscha ( northwest of Kiev )
I’m not certain that this is of any use. But some people are using this data to try to track fighting in Ukraine. So maybe it’s worth a look, at least to supplement information you already have.
“NASA FIRMS uses satellite observations from the MODIS and VIIRS instruments to detect active fires and thermal anomalies and deliver this information in near real-time to decision makers through email alerts, analysis ready data, online maps and web services. ”
The important part is “thermal anomalies.” As I write this (with From [Today 00:00:00 GMT] to present map), most thermal anomalies are occurring in eastern Ukraine (as would be expected), with a small group in Mariupol. Kyiv is very quiet. Past 24 hours shows more activity and past week map is a mess with lots of activity, even west of Kyiv.
Start here and good luck:
Interesting article. Paints a quite different picture than the lying media in my country. Thanks.
“The narrative that paints Russia and the Russian military as perpetrators of war crimes, however, runs afoul of actual international humanitarian law and the laws of war. The issue of jus in bello (the law governing conduct during the use of force) set forth a framework of legal concepts which, when allied to specific actions, help determine whether an actual violation of the law of war has occurred.
Jus in bello is derived from treaties, agreements, and customary international law. Two sets of international agreements, the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, and the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, serve as the foundation for the modern understanding of jus in bello, regulating, respectively, what is permissible in the execution of war, and the protections provided to non-combatants, including civilians and prisoners of war. “Grave breaches” of jus in bello can be prosecuted in courts of relevant jurisdiction as war crimes.
Starting from the proposition that war is little more than organized murder, the issue of how to define what constitutes murder sufficient to be categorized a being of a criminal nature is far more difficult that one might think. Michael Herr gave voice to this reality in his book, Dispatches, about America’s war in Vietnam, when he observed that, “Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.””
Russia, Ukraine and the Law of War: War Crimes by Scott Ritter
Just a warning: UkoNazis might put weapons in watertight submersible capsules and float them down Dnjepr from Kiev downwards. Then NATO “only” needs to take the E373 or the E40 (multiple civilian transporters). The “civilian massacres” Bucha-propaganda should be seen in this light. They want to create a hesitance to address the “ants train”, dragging a much larger cargo.
Regardless, Russia doesn’t want to take Kiev for now and the local authorities can afford to “float down” some of their weapons or ammo.
A “torpedo net” might be helpful in detecting this.
If Russia does not incorporate Crimea’s fresh water supply and its delivefy system into Russia proper, it will someday wish that it had done so.
Wow, finally I found some sober, objective, and militarily astute analysis of “The Ukraine Job”! Thank you, Andrei Whoever You Are. And you can thank Revolver.news for linking me here. You are hereby bookmarked!
Kiev military discuss executing civvies in Bucha video
The message: “Collaborators will be shot!”
I have had a quick look at the Bucha massacre. This does not look like a hoax, people were really killed.
There is a simple and obvious explanation to the events. Ukrainians considered all civilians that had stayed behind to be collaborators. The first Ukrainians that entered the area searched every house for “saboteurs and accomplices of Russian troops.” If they spoke Russian or did not immediately shout Slava Ukraini! in Ukrainian, they were shot on the spot. This would explain the somewhat even distribution of bodies on the road.
In some cases people were simply shot for being on the road. There are two cases of cyclist dying on bicycles. A fast moving Ukrainian patrol shot at incoming traffic. This would be similar to the Rozsypne Road of Death massacre in Donbass in 2014.
Russia claims they left Bucha on March 30th. Ukranians officially only entered on April 2nd. This would give the CIA death squads 72 hours or at least two whole days to operate.
The massacre is a serious step in the escalation towards World War 3. The Western public believes the Ukrainian narrative, that “Russians did it”. The real audience of the massacre may however be Ukrainians. The message could not be clearer: “All collaborators will be shot!”
Pro Russian Rally 3.April Berlin suburb
This may have been mentioned before, but ZeroHedge has just put up an Apr 3rd article referencing Andrei’s Apr 1st article – including his marked-up Ukraine map. (Halfway down the article.) Word is getting out…
Once of Saker’s referenced bullet-point lines at ZH is: “Have have to assume that the PSYOPs of the Empire of Lies will go in full attack mode, and since it will be very hard to make sense of what will be going on, we have to ready for a major attack on our minds.”
Well, Andrei was intuitive: Now, we have the “killing” of people in Bucha near Kiev. (Several commentators over on Nightvision’s “Sitrep: Operation Z” article of Apr 2nd are taking that False Flag apart, towards the end of the second comment-page.)
Kiev will soon be encircled
The Ukie forces in the Donbass are fleeing hoping to avoid being surrounded, or “cauldroned”
Mariupol is almost surrounded
pretty soon I expect:
The operational cauldron in the Donbass to lock in the Ukie forces which did not have time to evacuate
The entire coast from roughly Nikolaev to Mariupol will be liberated
Kiev: the city is blocked from three directions, but the Russians have left one open corridor which anybody can take to safely get out.
Mariupol: the Russians have entered the surrounded city
Russia has air supremacy over the entire Ukraine
Mariupol cauldron confirmed locked (a very large number of hardcore Nazis are surrounded)
Mariupol is totally closed off and heavy fighting is taking place. This city will be forcibly denazified in the next couple of days.
Operational cauldron in the Donbass closing but not physically closed yet
Kiev blocked on all directions except the humanitarian corridor
75% of the Ukie military was destroyed
Closing the operational cauldron behind the Ukie forces in the Donbass
Russia basically encircled Kiev
Russia liberated the entire Sea of Azov coast
what we see is a concerted effort to close down the entire Donbass cauldron
Of course Russia never meant to take Kiev, learn about maneuver warfare you idiots!
Expect prolonged trench warfare for weeks in the Donbass caldron.
Trust the plan, comrades!
This thing is a mess. A lot of stuff is pure propaganda from both sides.
I agree. But it’s really bad in the U.S. corporate media. It’s just unrelenting reports of “stuff” that reflects badly on Russia but has not been at all verified. Even in the blogs of news organizations. It was so bad that when I tried to present Russia’s point of view, I was viciously attacked on a personal level with no refutation of what I’d presented. Of course, the point of these attacks was to discourage from posting anything. I began to suspect Ukrainian trolls were behind these attacks, but it could have been good old-fashioned American ignorance.
We won’t know the truth until the dust settles, if ever.
It was good to see the sentence “Furthermore, we need to keep another thing always present in our minds: while in actual combat the Russians are facing Ukrainians, in the war itself Russia is not fighting the Nazis in Kiev, but the US/NATO/EU and their vassal states”.
I will add the Russians ARE fighting all sorts of nefarious foreign military personnal in the Ukraine.
As for the so-called “propaganda war”, that MOST in the west seem to be VERY concerned about, at this point, after 6 weeks of the “SMO”… it would seem to me, the Russin FM and the MoD… do NOT give a fuck about the West’s brain-dead, idiotic disgusting “propagnda war”…
I also believe, after 30 years and especially after the last 8, there is very little that is “surprising” the Russians at this point.
What the Russians are doing in Ukraine is unprecidented.
I certaininy have never seen anything like it in 46 years of studing conflict/geo-politics.