There is an old “new” meme percolating over the internet today–Russia is losing in Ukraine. Looks like the Deep State talking points were distributed. I noticed that David Ignatius, writing opinion at the Washington Post, and Pat Lang’s Lithuanian organ grinding monkey, TTG, are using similar descriptors. TTG writes:
What was to be a swift decapitation of the government in Kyiv failed. The Russian Army is bringing the worse caricatures of the clumsily violent and cruel Red Army to life.
Ignatius adopts a global theme in proclaiming Putin’s failure:
On the matter of alliances, Putin’s dreams of remaking the global order seemed to crumble after his plan for a quick decapitation of Zelensky’s regime failed. Rather than shattering NATO, Putin has galvanized it, drawing Sweden and Finland into the pact and putting new pressure on Russia’s northern flank.
Got it? The Russians are failing and crumbling and NATO is rising. Oh my!! The Russian Minister of Defense apparently did not get the memo and continues to report the steady progress of Russian forces crushing Ukrainian troops in western Donetsk. Here are the highlights from General Konashenkov’s latest briefing:
High-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces have neutralized temporary deployement point of the Right Sector Nazi militia in Kamyshevakha, Zaporozhye Region. Up to 200 militants have been killed.
High-precision weapons have hit positions of battalion of 81st Airmobile Brigade of AFU near Dolina, Donetsk People’s Republic. More than 60 personnel have been destroyed, as well as 7 armoured vehicles and 1 ammunition depot.
In addition, high-precision weapons strike have destroyed ammunition depots for weapons supplied by the US and European countries near Belen’koye, Odessa Region.
To replenish the significant losses in personnel and equipment incurred by 66th and 72nd mechanized, 58th motorized infantry and 10th Mountain Assault Brigades of AFU operating in the Soledar direction, the forced mobilization of residents of Artemovsk, Chasov Yar, Soledar, Dzerzhinsk and other nearby settlements is under way. Vehicles are seized from local residents to equip the formations.
4 platoons of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems, 13 artillery platoons of D-20 howitzers and 10 artillery platoons of D-30 guns have been neutralized in Seversk, Serebryanka, Dronovka, Opytnoye, Krasnoye, Zvanovka, Ivano-Dar’evka, Paraskovievka and Ivangrad, Donetsk People’s Republic.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralized 7 command posts, including 81st Aero-mobile Brigade near Kramatorsk, Donetsk People’s Republic, 60th Infantry Brigade near Kirovo, 128th Mountain Assault Brigade near Vozdvizhevka, Zaporozhye Region, 5 ammunition depots in Vasyukovka, Velyka Novoselka, Donetsk People’s Republic, Novoaleksandrovka, Zaporozhye region, Pokrovskoye, Dnepropetrovsk Region, 2 fuel depots near Soledar and Novgorodskoye, Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 197 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration.
If this was a Russian fabrication then it would be easy work for Ukraine, with the backing of CIA and MI6 officers in charge of Ukraine’s covert action propaganda campaign, to refute these claims. Ukraine has said nothing. Apart from the steady stream of “sunny” reports appearing in the west declaring, without concrete evidence, that the Russians are fading, Ukrainian social media is mute when it comes to tallying up Russian losses.
Polish intelligence officers apparently are seeing the reality. Their latest report on the situation in Ukraine has been leaked, according to a Russian telegram channel:
According to the document, a catastrophic situation has developed in the formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The number of irretrievable losses is more than 300 people per day, and this figure is underestimated by the president’s office to reduce the likelihood of a public explosion and create panic among civilians and the military.
The Poles emphasize that the systematic strikes of the Russia Armed Forces on command posts and training centers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have led to the death of about 4,600 of the most trained military personnel, including senior officers, instructors and mercenaries over the past three months.
The report noted that untrained formations are sent to Donbass, the professional level of officers from the battalion commander and below is weak, the functions of commanders in the troops are often performed by national Battalion fighters.
Since May of this year, almost all management functions in the planning and conduct of hostilities have been assumed by foreign advisers from the United States, Great Britain and Canada. At the same time, the fact of their presence at command posts is kept secret in order to prevent the personnel of NATO military countries from being captured by the Russian Armed Forces.
At the same time, the report notes that the American 155-mm M-777 howitzers delivered to Kiev are not always used for their intended purpose. Instead of conducting counter-battery warfare, guns are often used to bombard cities.
The Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine after accelerated training are unable to independently maintain complex air defense systems, therefore, foreign instructors from among mercenaries are often in artillery positions.
If the Polish report is accurate the Ukrainian army has suffered catastrophic losses and is struggling to replace the experienced officers with competent personnel. As General Konashenkov noted, Ukraine is now acting desperately by “forcibly mobilizing” residents of the Donbas still under their control. This is not a recipe for success. Coerced civilians are not magically transformed into frontline super soldiers just because Zelensky declares it so.