This “news” was weeks in the making, but this time it is official: the city of Soledar has been liberated by the Wagner PMC (with Russian Airborne Forces blocking the city from the North and South). Why did it take so much time?
First, just as the regular armed forces, the Wagner PMC engages in economy of force tactics, meaning that they try to keep their own casualties to the absolute minimum while trying to degrade the enemy forces. In this case, the Ukronazis threw battalion after battalion into the Russian meat grinder with the hope of being able to maintain their control over Soledar. It is quite clear that the Wagner PMC and the Russian military were more than happy to keep that going on. Some sources claim that NATO lost 14 battalions in a desperate attempt to avoid a Russian liberation. So even if we take only half of this figure, that is still seven battalions lost on the NATO side (note that the 14 battalions is a Ukie, not Russian, claim!).
Second, the Russians wanted to close a cauldron (the first cauldron of 2023!) without themselves risking envelopment. So they had to secure the flanks before they would move in.
[Sidebar: I regularly get the same “question” by butt-hurt trolls: “where did all of your “cauldrons” go?” So for those who might ask this sincerely, I will reply here: they went nowhere :-). The entire NATO force in the Donbass still sits in an “open operational cauldron” meaning that they are under pressure from the North, East and South and have only one “safe(r)” direction for rotation and supplies: from the West. That western direction, however, is quite well known to the Russians, who have superb C4ISR capabilities, and so while NATO has been successful at using this direction to support the NATO group in the Donbass, they did that at a huge cost. This is the official, Russian MoD, figures for Ukrainian losses in 2022:
Now, of course, I hear the voices objecting “but this is Russian propaganda!!!“. Okay, let’s reduce these figures by 50%, fair enough? We still get 177 aircraft, 99 helicopters, 1397 UAVs, 199 SAMs, 3683 MBTs and other armored vehicles, 478 MLRS, 1881 artillery pieces and 3938 military vehicles. As for the KIA/MIA figures, they are in the hundreds of thousands. Most of that damage was done by artillery strikes, by the way which, in spite of a truly massive NATO effort to win the counter-battery engagements, outcomes have shown that Russian artillery is simply better, in spite of the formidable NATO C4ISR capabilities. So, coming back to our “semi-open cauldrons” (i.e. open on three sides, with the fourth under Russian fire control), they gave the Russians a great deal of flexibility, in spite of the numerical inferiority of the Russian forces, to massively degrade NATO forces. Bottom line: the fact that Western sources do not report a single word about these cauldrons does not mean they never existed or suddenly vanished]
Third, Soledar, like Mariupol, had formidable defenses made even stronger by eight years of preparations. Besides over 200km of tunnels and mines, Soledar has a very large “promka” (industrial zone) which made advances very difficult and dangerous (a similar situation to what took place in Mariupol). The Wagner folks took all their sweet time going in slow and saving their forces. As always, you cannot spot the degradation of the NATO defenses until they suddenly crumble, which is what happened in the last 24 hours.
According to several reports, the Ukronazi 46th airmobile brigade, one of the most elite Ukronazi unit has been basically wiped out. This is also significant.
So what does this mean for the “big picture”?
By itself, not that much. Yes, NATO forces are in a cauldron inside Soledar, but they number only a few hundred soldiers and, just as in Mariupol, their commanders have run away (on the 8th, apparently). The mopping up of this small cauldron will not take much time or effort.
Here is, just to give you an idea of what is going on these days, a video of Polish soldiers near Artemovsk getting hit by Russian strikes:
Now imagine that happening along the entire frontline, especially in the Donbass.
The Russian liberation of Soledar does threaten the NATO positions in the city of Bakhmut/Artemovsk (the most advanced Russian units are 5km from the downtown center of the city!). I don’t like pseudo-military maps too much, but just to give you an idea of the area we are discussing, this one is adequate:
To understand that map, all you need to know is that Соледар is Soledar and Артемовск (Бахмут) means Artemovsk (Bakhmut). Though you might also want to look at the city indicated as Краматорск (top left) which is the NATO stronghold of Kramatorsk (famous in 2014-2015). BTW – can you spot more potential cauldrons on this map?
To make a long story short, the cities of Soledar and Artemovsk are locating smack in the middle of the NATO defense lines. Their liberation means that NATO forces will have to fallback to what we can call their third or even fourth lines of defense.
The main headache for NATO now is that it is impossible to predict what the Russians will do next. In the next few days, they will have to mop-up the small NATO force in the city center, then rotate troops and give them some rest. But after that, it is impossible to predict where the Russians will push next. Here are three main options:
- The Russians will seek the develop their success locally
- The Russians will launch their much announced “Big Offensive”
- The Russians will continue to hold and grind more KIA/MIA into the ground
I do not have access to Russian plans, but I do not believe that the liberation of Soledar by itself will have a major impact for the planned “Big Offensive” the Russian forces are ready to execute. Yes, time is of the essence in warfare, but that means that, like in chess, sometimes that critical feature of time means that waiting is the correct use of that time. That being said, the liberation of Soledar will have a major effect on NATO supply lines, both on roads and railways.
Again, the idea here is to transform the once unified NATO forces into smaller “chunks” unable to help each other. By all signs, this has been an extremely effective Russian tactic.
Another location which NATO tried really hard to exploit is Kherson, yet all the NATO attacks failed and have now petered down to almost nothing (mostly UAV recon flight and regular artillery strikes). Ditto for the Kharkov oblast where Ukie attacks mostly stopped.
Finally, here is another important marker: the size of the NATO offensives. Remember how in the first months of the war the Ukrainian counter-attacks typically involved several brigades? Then much of what we saw were battalion-size attacks. Now most of what we see are very small, company-level, engagements. Such, engagements are futile by definition: why bother with a company-level attack which, even if fully successful you won’t be able to develop even tactically, nevermind operationally?
The ONLY reason for such attacks are optics and PSYOPs. Period.
The Russians won’t fight that way, because that way implies sending wave after wave after wave of bodies through into the Russian meat grinder for the sole purpose of taking a photo, making a video or claim another absolutely huge “peremoga” (all the NATO victories are huge, didn’t you know?). Right now the KIA/MIA ratio between NATO and Russia is roughly about 10:1 and that is exactly how the Russians like it, even if they now have several hundred of thousands of soldiers in the South, East and North.
Simply put, NATO wants to fight Russia down the the last Ukrainian while Russia does not want to fight NATO down to the last Russian. This is why NATO fights with bodies and Russia with (mostly) artillery shells.
Conclusion: let’s not start acting like NATO and Ukie airmchair generals and declare that the liberation of Soledar is a “huge” victory. It is, however, very good news as it strongly suggests that the NATO first and second line of defense have been breached forcing NATO to regroup. Could that be the “first crack” in the NATO defenses? Maybe, maybe not, we need to see how NATO will respond before coming to conclusions.
PS: interesting news today, seems that Putin has appointed the current chief of General Staff, General Gerasimov, as the head of all the Russian forces in the SMO, with Surovikin has his deputy. This is one more indicator that the “Big Offensive” will be launched sooner rather than later. Here is how the Russian MoD explained this appointment:
The increase in the level of leadership of a Special Military Operation is associated with the expansion of the scale of tasks solved during its implementation, the need to organize closer interaction between the types and branches of the Armed Forces, as well as improving the quality of all types of support and the effectiveness of the management of groups of troops (forces).
PPS: amazingly, even CNN is smelling the coffee this morning:
Here is the text posted under this headline:
A Ukrainian soldier fighting in the eastern town of Soledar told CNN that the situation is “critical” and the death toll is now so high that “no one counts the dead”.
The soldier is from the 46th air mobile brigade, which is leading Ukraine’s fight to hold onto Soledar in the face of a massive assault from Russian troops and Wagner mercenaries.
CNN is not identifying him for security reasons. “The situation is critical. Difficult. We are holding on to the last,” said the soldier said.”
He described a dynamic battlefield where buildings change hands daily and units can’t keep track of the escalating death toll. “No one will tell you how many dead and wounded there are. Because no one knows for sure. Not a single person,” he said. “Not at the headquarters. Not anywhere. Positions are being taken and re-taken constantly. What was our house today, becomes Wagner’s the next day.”
“In Soledar, no one counts the dead,” he added.
The soldier said it was unclear as of Tuesday night how much of the town was held by the Russians: “No one can definitely say who moved where and who holds what, because no one knows for sure. There is a huge grey area in the city that everyone claims to control, [but] it’s just any empty hype.”
The Ukrainians have lost many troops in Soledar but the ranks are being replenished as the fight for the mining town continues, he said: “The personnel of our units have been renewed by almost half, more or less. We do not even have time to memorize each other’s call signs [when new personnel arrive].”
The soldier said that he believed Ukraine’s military leaders would eventually abandon the fight for Soledar and questioned why they hadn’t done this yet. “Everyone understands that the city will be abandoned. Everyone understands this,” he said. “I just want to understand what the point [in fighting house to house] is. Why die, if we are going to leave it anyway today or tomorrow?”
The 46th air mobile brigade said on its Telegram channel on Tuesday that the situation in Soledar was “very difficult, but manageable.”
In his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the soldiers of the brigade “for their bravery and steadfastness in defending Soledar.”
The sweetest sounds to an infantryman are the whistling of artillery shells from your side onwards to the enemy….
Apart from the important military aspect of this news, it must be something of a moral and spirit ual booster for the Russian troops. Every little “win” in any battle gives a lift to determination and spirits often out of all proportion to it’s size.
And conversely, it’s causing the English press to spit bricks, ooze green slime and probably rot their teeth with the acid they arre spitting up. Oh, you should read the vitriol. Boy, are they hurt. It’s a joy to see.
Yes i have enjoyed their salty tears,they are crying and raging.
A marvelous victory for Russian forces especially the Wagner group. The vast Soledar salt mines were most likely utilized for storage of supplies for Ukrainian forces and this will be hard to replace. I don’t have a Crystal ball but it isn’t hard to see that Russian forces can exploit this victory in multiple ways.
Have Sloviansk and Kramatorsk been completely evacuated? It seems that both these cities are much
larger and also even more important than Artemovsk and Soledar.
How long before NATO openly gets involved with Polish troops (or whoever is stupid enough)?
The Ukies are in deep denial, so the only way for civilians to leave is by their own means.
As for Poles, there are many thousand Poles already in the NATO forces in the Ukraine.
I meant regular Polish troops entering W. Ukraine under some pretext
(“humanitarian”?) and getting involved not under Ukrainian command.
Dunno when, but I think we should expect the Hyena to do what she always did in her history
From reports they already are involved,masquerading as Ukrainian soldiers.
Följer dina analyser, ända sedan krigets början, och dom är skarpa och koncisa, på gränsen till briljanta!
Har stått på Ryssland sida från början, och ser ingen annan utväg, än Rysk seger!
Jag tror att det är ett genidrag, att kombinera Gerasimov och Surovikin, och tror att deras nästa drag är att skära av 404 från Belarus och söderut!
Ryssland måste skära av Västmakters desperata vapenstöd..för gott!
There is a recent video of a Ukrainian soldier saying that Ukraine lost 25,00 soldiers defending Soledar.
I think it is important to keep in mind that Gerasimov was appointed to lead the military operation in Ukraine the day after Soledar was liberated. The Russian Defense Ministry said: The need to raise the operation command level is linked to the increased scale of combat missions. This sounds to me that something big is about to happen.
That is exactly my reading too
Maybe sooner than most expect.
Sudden Surge In Russian Navy Ships And Submarines In Black Sea
Is The US on the move too?
Yes, a lot of bowel movement in the White House and Congress I surmise.
From the earliest stages of the SMO – I’m talking after the first couple of months when control had been established over the south eastern “strip” that, give or take minor territories around Kherson & Kharkov, have held – was that Russia/the Kremlin had every intention of taking this very slow. I was a little taken a back by the amount of defeatist commentary that practically condemned Russia for not waging a blitzkrieg operation & taking half of Ukraine in like 2 weeks – it was ridiculous. What was clear to me was that, alongside the minimisation of casualties, death & destruction, Russia/the Kremlin was being extremely careful to avoid escalation with the west, NATO/US. It was obvious to me that this would in fact be a priority, to prevent any unnecessary increase in tensions & hostilities with the situation already being what it was. Those that criticised the Russian military, claiming it was incompetent, mismanaging the operation, seemed to think that if Russia was able to destroy the Ukraine VSU (military) in a matter of a few months, & take over all of Ukraine in a few months, assuming this to be possible – how would NATO/US react? It would lead to dramatic escalation, with certainty, potentially to the nuclear threshold. At the same time, Russia/the Kremlin knows well what happened to the US when it invaded Iraq & took over the country in a matter of months, technically the US controlled Iraq & defeated the Iraqi army & Saddam Hussein’s regime, but once the insurgency got going in force entire sections of the country were de facto out of US control. So it makes perfect sense to operate the way Russia’s military has been, Russia secured the essential territory very early on, a land bridge to Crimea plus the water link, much of the Black Sea coast & the sea of Azov, what is really crucial is now part of Russia. This is a huge victory, for those who care to see it. Now, grinding down the Ukronazi forces in an attrition war & combing any additional territory that comes under Russia’s control so that an insurgency has no chance of arising later on – that is a winning strategy. It takes longer, it is thorough, but it has the added advantage of managing the escalation rate with the west, keeping a lid on potential direct war with the US, army to army, soldier to soldier. And, Russia’s forces are gaining invaluable combat experience, they are becoming battled hardened high level professionals that no NATO army, including the US, can ever hope to match in the field. I do not accept the criticisms that the Kremlin did not know what it was doing when it began the SMO, or was not prepared, or misjudged the situation, or read the Ukro population wrong, none of this criticism stands. Russia’s approach has been the correct one, victory is being won, & it is being won in the best way possible, we have not entered ww3 yet, or nuclear war yet, & both of those possibilities seem less likely now than they did when the SMO began, at that time, it was high hysteria. Now, the realities are setting in. Russia is winning the economic battle, & all this means that when the military operations draw to a close, no matter how long that takes, Russia will be in the best position to dictate terms in the world, in terms of the post-unipolar world order & how the new fair world order will begin to be implemented & realised.
But the Russian military *did* completely destroy not one but at least TWO iterations of the “Ukrainian army”.
So the Russian-Ukrainian war did last about one month, that is correct.
Yes, precisely, that is exactly my point & I’m glad you clarified it. Those that refer to people like me as “Putin 5D chess worshippers” very conveniently ignore the fact that the original Ukro army, from Feb 2022, had been all but destroyed by May 2022 (at the latest) – not to mention the obliteration of affiliated paras like the Azov Battalion in Mariupol. For those that do think this is just Putin worship, no one is denying mistakes, such as what just occurred with the location & bombing of a sizeable Russian unit with maybe up to a 100 or more dead. These are undeniable, but the general overarching strategy from the beginning has been correct, it has proven to be correct, the results speak for themselves – again, for those that care to see them. And one always has to remember that Russia is fighting on home ground here, Ukraine is a Russian country, no matter what anyone thinks, it is historically an essential part of the Russian world & Russia’s approach to it was always going to be unique, Russia can not & will not treat the territory of what was & what is Mala Rossiya & Novorossiya like just any where else.
As an amateur armchair strategist and tactician I am constantly puzzled by Russia’s military tactics. The US in particular relies on ‘blitzkrieg’ tactics to overcome an enemy. However, if the enemy is strong enough to ‘hold’ then blitzkrieg will fail – as it relies on the enemy’s retreat to become a rout. It turned out that Iraq and Afghanistan’s strong suit was to retreat and scatter and reorganise. This negates US and UK overlaid tactics as one-on-one suited the insurgents, and the Taliban, but not US and UK troops.
One thing NATO has failed to take into account is the patient siege mentality of Russia’s Armed Forces. ‘Slowly, slowly’ appears to be the tactic of Russia while ‘rush in’ heedlessly is the NATO advice and direction to Ukraine.
NATO’s reliance on propaganda is also doomed to fail as the outlets they rely on are capitalist enterprises. Russia’s tactics give them no story, no story equals no income – which is death.
I used to say of Russia’s campaign against Ukraine, it will be over soon with victory to Russia. Now I say, it’s going to take time, with victory to Russia.
Since the US is not a continental power and since it has no experience of modern combined arms operations, it cannot engage in any “blitzkrieg” operations (which assume at least a close to peer opponent).
All the US does is bomb from the skies and kill in small unit engagement.
Oh, and destroying the civilian infrastructure, of course.
The last time the US ;put up a sizable infantry army was in WWII on Western Europe… I’m not quite sure how big it was in Korea..
Currently, the US has a long global reach with the air force, navy and long range missiles…. it took lots of months to assemble an expeditionary army to deliver to Iraq and Afghanistan. The US doesn’t really have a large infantry.
The Russians, OTOH, are fighting on their home ground and have a huge infantry.
This was is all about infantry, artillery and air support.
Combined arms, and NATO can not do that.
Stray brits stumbled upon Wagner, one dead other missing.
Were they posing as humanitarian workers and how many Brits and other foreigners were in the mines? This would account for at least in part the strong defense. Not just what but who and at this time only a guess.
gruesome pictures-scroll up
Khokhly svinyas chose death. Prigozhin says all 500 killed, now clearing mines
More and more reports of the encircled ukies jumping out of windows or offing themselves when orchestra close.
We keep reading about this “Wagner Group.” Unfortunately, we can’t retrieve the real truth behind this Group because the US/EU/UK press tells us lies about them.
For instance, we read The Wagner Group was President Putin’s own private army. Is that correct, or incorrect?
Not true — the “main headache” for NATO is not about “predicting” what the Russians will do (it’s been pretty clear they’ve playing a war of attrition from more defensible corridors for a while now), but rather that NATO might not be able to stop them easily *without* having to apply superior technology, weaponry, etc… aka the “gifts/presents” that Ukraine (for various reasons) might not receive from the West….
What “superior technology”???
McDonald’s. Pizza Hut, Facebook, Starbucks…
nevermind… seems like the Russkies build their weapons to work, not to increase shareholder ( Wall Street ) value.
oh, you forgot the F-35 and the Zumwalt class :-)
Simple — the latest in the US/NATO arsenal of any long-range missiles, plus air (the latest generation fighters, bombers, drones, etc what’s applicable), sea (submarines, ships, etc, what’s applicable), and anything else in the NATO forces that may even have to be explicitly operated by the NATO staff themselves.
In short — likely requiring actual NATO forces and movements of the size and/or kind that can no longer even try to “masquerade” as belonging to the UAF themselves. An involvement of NATO larger and more significant than what they’ve been supplying the UAF so far, likely finally making NATO an “official” party to this conflict with possibly an “official” declaration of war as well.
So, anyway as I mentioned, this would be a very sizeable “gift/present” of NATO involvement that Ukraine is not likely to receive — hence the “headache” on NATO’s part where it can’t effectively push back the Russians *without* such a significant ramp-up in their own involvement.
But for now, NATO’s strategy is still to simply to keep back and let the Ukrainians buy it some time. Since Odessa and most of Ukrainian territory by-and-large is still under Zelensky, the NATO staff likely don’t see much a reason to really “rush” or ramp-up anything in the meantime (and neither do the Russians, while engaging in their slow slow “war of attrition” anyway either)…
thanks Andrei – so interesting…especially your update at the bottom…whoa –
yup, dear ann, things are moving fast
that appointment of a Chief of Staff (Gerasimov will retain this capacity) to head the SMO is big news indeed
Surovikin will be one of 3 deputies of Gerasimov, that is a lot of brainpower moved to the SMO.
Dima (Military Summary) has repeatedly drawn lines on the map far to the west of the current line of contact.
I’m curious to know how easy it would be to open a 300km lede through hostile territory along the Dnieper?
The Germans used 1.5 million troops to get those last 300km and it was Operation Barbarossa’s last gasp. The Soviets used the same number to retake that territory against an army it outnumbered 5 to 1.
The short answer is not easy based on recent experience. I know it looks like a dream maneuver and would certainly wipe out any UAF east of the river but the cost is enormous as long as your enemy has any will to fight.
Have no fear, Don’t Worry! Don’t let reality get you down. Zelinsky is at the Golden Globe awards in Hollywood. I sure he is also busy over there writing a screenplay where the ever victorious Ukraine military is at the Steps of the Kremlin with Putin shaking in his boots while riding his bear out of town. Send more money and help get the feature film released before the ground freezes in the Donbass.
Russian warships and submarines departed from the Novorossiysk base in the Black Sea.
Perhaps another pointer to an imminent change/extension of operations. We shall see.
The Sirius Report
Got to be important. Lame comment, sorry, but cannot find more right now.
Sudden Surge In Russian Navy Ships And Submarines In Black Sea
Russian Navy activity Black Sea
Found more, not the most friendly site but sound logic.
At least 3 submarines and a large landing ship have departed Novorossiysk today. This is highly unusual and may indicate ongoing operations.
Sudden Surge In Russian Navy Ships And Submarines In Black Sea
Ukrainian forces will be monitoring a sudden movement of Russian warships and submarines out of their base of Novorossiysk. The naval base, near the Kerch Bridge, is further from Ukrainian controlled coast than the famous base at Sevastopol. Yet the unusual movement may be important.
H I Sutton 11 Jan 2023
This morning Russian Navy ships and submarines left their base at Novorossiysk, in the Black Sea, en-masse. This is highly unusual and may indicate ongoing operations.
Sources seen by Naval News confirm the exodus. The group included the Project 11711 Ivan Gren class landing ship, Pyotr Morgunov, the largest amphibious ship in the Black Sea.
It also contained all three Project 636.3 Improved-Kilo class submarines which were present at the base. Analysis suggests that other warships were also sailing, leaving only a few warships and support vessels in the port. It is likely the most empty that Novorossiysk has been in many months.
Recently Pyotr Morgunov has been to carry supplies from Russia to Sevastopol following the October 8 2022 Ukrainian attack on the Kerch Bridge. Although Russia has managed some repairs, the bridge remains at limited capacity. So the Russian Navy’s landing ships have been pressed into service as transports. However the simultaneous sailing of the submarines suggests that this may be more than a resupply mission.
Possible Reaction To Ukrainian Threat
One explanation might be that the mass exit may be a drill to test the crews’ readiness. Or possibly a precaution against an incoming threat.
The base has not, so far, been within range of Ukrainian aerial drones. On the other hand, despite its distance from Ukrainian controlled coast, it is within range of Ukraine’s maritime drones.
These are small uncrewed boats loaded with explosives. They are best known for their dramatic attack on Sevastopol on October 29. One of the drones hit Novorossiysk on November 18. It caused limited damage but sent the message that the base is within reach.
Russia was already implementing enhanced defenses at its naval bases and the warships and submarines are now protected by multiple floating booms. The booms should provide protection against the maritime drone attacks. So this explanation seems less convincing.
The remaining explanation is that the Russian Navy assets are involved in an operation. The last time we reported an unusual spike in Russian Navy activity it preceded extensive missile strikes on Ukraine.
The Improved-Kilo class submarines have been used to launch Kalibr cruise missile attacks on Ukraine. They were largely withdrawn from Sevastopol on Crimea in September 2022 following Ukrainian drone attacks on the port city. They still return to Sevastopol to load Kalibr missiles. But three of the five (four improved-Kilo and one original kilo class) had been in Novorossiysk for weeks.
This does not explain the mass exodus because it would be unique for all three to be involved in a single attack. And their sailing to Sevastopol to arm would not likely be conducted in such a manner. what is more, the combination of amphibious ships and submarines also suggests that it is not missile strikes.
The Boldest Move: Amphibious Landings
One explanation which will be on analysis minds is some form of amphibious landing. This may target southwestern Ukraine to establish a land bridge to Transnistria. This Russian-supported unrecognized state is part of Moldova and borders Ukraine. It has always been understood that it is within Russia’s wider war aims to join up with it.
The submarines would be involved in broader intelligence or covering missions surrounding the amphibious ships.
We feel very badly for the death of innocent victims in this latest military move by Russia.
It’s best we remain level-headed here, because the US Military Hegemon, along with its puppets in the Western World and many places in the World have an almost endless supply of $$ to wage this war.
Thank you, all of you brave Russian troops in your efforts of trying to destroy not only the Z goverment, but all those Neo-Cons at the State Department who never, ever would engage in actual combat.
Some videos for today.
Wagner PMC footage from the massive Artemsol Salt Mines:
DPR head explains the significance of Soledar:
M.K. Bhadrakumar’s interview with RT about Soledar/Artemovsk (the former Indian diplomat has some very good responses to the interviewer’s questions):
Chechen troops captured another big batch of POWs:
Russian Iskander-M missile strike destroys several Kiev regime vehicles:
Russian heavy flamethrower system Solntsepek strikes Kiev regime strongholds:
Russian Su-35 provides air cover for other Russian planes:
US mercenaries duck for cover somewhere on the front:
Russian Grad launcher works on enemy positions near Dnepr River:
VERY exciting news, Andrei! While it may not constitute a huge “peremoga”, it’s nevertheless a significant one, long awaited and joyously received by me.
I also noticed that you consistently referred to “NATO” (not Ukraine) as the provocateur throughout this article, and commend you for that thoroughly realistic approach. Recent events, including the Ukr defense minister’s blurt, have made it clear that the masks are finally off.
Viva Russia! And to hell with NATO!!
“CNN is not identifying him for security reasons.”
How coy of CNN to merely cite “security reasons” without specifying that any threats to this witness would inevitably come from the SBU or the ‘friendly neighborhood Nazi militias’. (You know — the ones that purportedly don’t exist.)
Yes, I’d that were trying to safeguard his “security” from the Russian side, ask that dad to do is mention his call sign instead.
About the by now viral foxhole video, nazi fans on Twitter are torn between two copes.
1. “The evil RuZZian dressed in Holy Ukrainian uniform!”
2. “The two shot men were actually RuZZians” (in Holy Ukrainian uniform).
Also the Russian soldier literally somersaults out of the foxhole after shooting the Ukrainians.
BitChute censored the video, so here is the Rumble version:
see for yourself is anybody is doing somersaults or not
Western military forces are incapable of organizing an orderly retreat or surrender, be it in Ukraine or Afghanistan, which is the only logical thing to do. This mirrors the political chaos in Washington and Brussels and the inadequacy of the leaders there.
Thank you Andrei ,
I remember the video you posted a while back with General Gerasimov on the lines in the Chechen war. I think Ramzan Kadyrov father was there with him. When I read he was going to be current chief of General Staff of the SMO I knew this was a big deal. God willing he brings this war to a quick end
Notice the gratitude of the “brave” President of Ukraine who swans around the globe, never in any danger, begging for more money and weapons and insisting on the march into the meat grinder of so many of his beloved compatriots he and the West claim to care for.
Could you restart posting some SitReps ?
That is rather unlikely. I mean, from time to time, yes, of course, but not a blow by blow description of all the engagements along the frontline. When something important happens, yes, I will. But other than that, I don’t find such SITREPs very helpful right now.