Here are a couple of big picture maps showing the current position of Russian and Ukrainian forces in Bakhmut and the surrounding area. As you can see the Russians (i.e., the Wagner Group) are making rapid advances after months of slow progress and appear to be on the verge of a tactical encirclement of the Ukrainian units.
It is important to understand the terrain of the Bakhmut area. The photos below show a landscape that reminds me of the state I grew up in — Missouri. Rolling hills, farmland and light forest that surround small cities. The first photo is looking north and shows the positions of the Russian and Ukrainian forces in the area. This area is not easily traversed by tanks. This is why artillery is the preferred weapon for dislodging units dug in on ridges and along the roads.
What makes the situation so desperate for Ukrainian forces at the moment is that they have been forced from their fortified entrenchments and are seeking shelter in temporary fox holes and tree lines.
Here is an update from today describing the developing situation:
There are reports of Wagner approaching Bogdanovka (west of Bakhmut) which increases the threat of encirclement.
The 2nd map shows approximate number of Ukrainian units in the same area.
The ones in yellow circle would be able to withdraw (unless they decide otherwise)
The ones in the red circle will be in a difficult position.
It’s said that General Slursky arrived in Bakhmut to oversee the withdrawal of the more combat ready units, leaving territorial defence units to hold the rear
After months of predictions of Ukraine retreating from Bakhmut it appears the moment is nigh. One of the key unanswered questions is how many Ukrainian soldiers will be captured and how many will escape. Regardless, this will mark another phase for Russia in its Ukrainian campaign to demilitarize and denazify. Ukraine’s next line of defense to the west (Kramatorsk and Seversk) is problematic because it sits in low ground and will be more vulnerable to Russian artillery.
In normal times the setback in Bakhmut would cause the U.S. and NATO to reassess the wisdom of its continued support for Ukraine and look for an escape route. But these are not normal times. It is more likely that the NATO crew will become more hysterical and double down on their support for Ukraine, including trying to accelerate the delivery of long range missiles which will further antagonize Russia. In short, the war will continue.
Winston from Germany says
The number of Ukrainian (and to a lesser degree Russian) lives lost is proportional to the amount of weapons and money the West supplies to keep the Ukrainian blood pump running.
The UAF is losing slowly but steadily as Zelensky depopulates Western Ukraine. Artemovsk (call Bakhmut by its real name,please) is almost surrounded. The Russians are losing men, of course, But the Ukrainians are losing 10 times more.
The talk about attacking Transnistria is just that talk. it won’t happen for the reasons that I write here:
This is based on the voiceover I did for SouthFront here:
si vis pacem, para bellum says
“Artemovsk (call Bakhmut by its real name,please)”
Bakhmùt is a Russian founded city and Bakhmùt is its real name and has been for hundreds of years.
It has been renamed to Artemovsk by the Soviets in honor of some Communist “hero” and has been renamed to Bàkhmut by the Ukrops.
Notice the different place of the accent (much like Kupiànsk/Kùpiansk).
k. talaat says
Whether Ukrainians or Russians, there are only brave men on that battlefield, dying needlessly. So, let us insist on Peace by rounding up all the Neocons including the Witch of Maidan Nulander, and have them spend a night under incoming Russian artillery. I guarantee it, they will loose their minds, at least, they will never speak of war again.
DALE FERGUSON says
“brave men” I hate to be blunt. But men that fight to advance the elites agenda are not what I consider “brave” They are for sure brainwashed by their overseers and they are brave in what they believe. But in reality they are very naive as all soldiers are fighting for the bankers. If ALL men would refuse to fight for the bankers. The bankers would not start wars. Because, for sure they are not willing to fight and die or are they willing send their sons to fight and die. So they send the “brave” to die for accounts.
Vallhalla Rising says
Dale, I get what you are saying but I doubt many of the UKR soldiers or RUS soldiers for that matter believe they are fighting for “bankers”. UKR soldiers believe they are fighting for their country–as do RUS soldiers.
Truly there are larger political forces in play that are deceiving the rank and file who are fighting and dying but I agree with k.talaat that “there are only brave men on that battlefield”.
Respect for one’s adversaries on the battlefield is a warrior thing…some people get that concept–some do not.
How can those men and boys, some as old as 60 and as young as 13, who are pressed into “service” by the Ukrainians be said to be brave? They are given rifles, uniforms but no training and hurried to the fighting lines. They are involuntary soldiers, for the most part, coerced into battle fighting to save their own lives, not for the glory of Ukraine.
Russia in on the side of the angels in this one as far as I’m concerned. Russia responded to the 2014 coup by taking Crimea. The US and Azov battalion put together a strike group to take out the resistance. They succeeded in Odessa, They failed an attempt to cross onto the Crimean peninsula (stunning to me that they thought they could win here), took over a good portion of the Azov coast and maybe more than half of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts before being stopped. Russia supported the DPR and LPR forces to push them back and form a line. Here the line stood for 8 years while the US and CIA funneled in money, arms, and fortification plans to fight the Russian army. Russia tried to bring the conflict to a close with the Minsk accords. Some people are insisting Merkel is lying about deceiving Putin. I don’t buy it. What is the evidence for it? Neither Merkel or Macron raised one finger to get Kiev to follow Minsk. There is no evidence Merkel is lying. Circumstances on the ground point to her telling the Truth. In the runup to Russia entering the conflict in February 2022 the Ukraine forces began a massive shelling campaign to soften up the front for a likely invasion. Russia responded by making frantic calls for the US to stop and negotiate. It was at this exact time Biden and Blinken because screaming the Russians are going to invade while giving Putin the middle finger on negotiations. The response from the USA was essentially surrender or die. This is actually the only peace offer from the USA to this day. Why should it change either? There is no skin in the game for them. Ukrainians die and Europe becomes a helpless vassal state tied to US Neocon foreign policy. This is their win… no matter what the outcome is in the Ukraine war. I don’t think there will be a nuclear war. I don’t think the NeoCons will like the loss of influence in BRICS aligned countries but their power over Europe, Canada, US will increase dramatically. This is their win. They can focus on making life a living hell in South America like they have always done. Brazil and Mexico can probably be brought to heal. The logistics are a problem for those countries. Africa is ripe for another proxy war though after this one settles down.
Mike James says
I may have hated and wanted to kill the LITTLE BROWN MEN (vietcong/NVA) but I respected their ability to fight.
The 16 & 60 year old Ukrainian conscripts are not warriors of any kind. They are only where they are because they are forced by circumstance.
I think that the majority of Russian soldiers believe they are fighting to protect Russia from foreign invaders. The UKR soldiers on contrary are brainwashed by west propaganda. My opinion.
I agree that the bankers (or more precisely those who own/direct the international banks, most of the international corporations and through those most governments) increase their wealth and power from all wars. They have been fomenting wars for centuries because it benefits them. However the majority do not recognize this, and those who do mostly come to the realization late in life. Therefore ALL men are not going to refuse to fight since the majority at military age are controlled by indoctrination and propaganda. Also it has not gone well historically for most who openly choose this path, and that is not coincidence.
k. talaat says
Dale… are you saying that every war man fought was for his elite masters?
The only righteous war is a defensive war. There is no brainwashing in a defensive war, it is a war that must be fought to check oppression or to end it.
For 7 years Putin negotiated peacefully and in good faith for lifting the oppression of the people of Donbas. Seeing the mobilization of the Ukrainians with the goal of ethnic cleansing the Donbas, Putin had to strike first, to defend the oppressed. Their is no brainwashing here. With the Russians across the borders of Ukraine, even fair-minded Ukrainians had to defend their homeland, right or wrong. No brainwashing here either.
It is the warmongers that always draw first blood, to benefit from the destruction. It has always been a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.
” But men that fight to advance the elites agenda are not what I consider “brave”
I reckon Dale was referring to the Ukies and their mercs.
The Russians are fighting for their country, against the bankers.
At least that is how I read it.
Very well said, and you describe important nuances critical thinkers must always account for. It’s the equivalent, if you will, of deriding and crucifying those who say: “I stand with Ukraine.” They mean well, like all warriors fighting on behalf of the nation-state. Irrespective of what one may think. Russia has, for the most part, controlled 20% of Ukraine that holds 90% of its natural resources and potential GDP….by the Fall of 2022.
But the Ukrainians are winning????? How so?
Scott Ritter did a masterful Tweet explaining why but it was censored a few days afterwards. Ritter explained the “feint,” and how Russia has controlled the theater with fewer troops than Ukraine because of technological superiority and out-maneuvering among other factors, and especially controlling the AIRSPACE. So the fake news portrayed those long columns of Russian tanks and machinery as incompetence instead of no threat because the Russians had air superiority very early on this conflict.
Yet, the Russians are losing? How does one frame rationality? I don’t think you can because it exits no more…
All wars are not “bankers wars” ever heard of Jihad? Some of the most “successful” Caliphs took vows of poverty. Anyway, Russia is fighting not to have nuclear weapons 3 minutes to Moscow and for it’s ethnic Russian cousins not to be slaughtered. Ukraine’s fight, at least it’s instigators, is closer to a bankers war but they are being told all the riches they will enjoy as a member of EU/NATO.
Martin Armstrong was told over a month ago from sources directly in Ukraine that losses were around 100,000 which was confirmed by Ursula von der Leyen in her speech later removed. Just recently the same sources said losses now are over 250,000 and is simply a meat grinder. Life expectancy in Bakhmut is 4 hours.
thats mean since mid-Oct./2022 another 150,000 Ukr.troops died saaaaaad….
And so the demilitarization of NATO continues unabated. Let’s hope that they they take their nazification ideals to their graves with them.
Jim Connelly says
Let’s hope they repent before entering eternity.
Jack Gordon says
Amen to that, Jim. Time has all but run out for the second tier troopers whom the corrupt Kiev regime will let die in the Bakhmut cauldron. I have great sympathy for them because I suspect that most are conscripts forced by the Ukrainazis to be there.
These folks are typical of those who will gnaw their tongues off before they confess Jesus Christ as Lord over all.
Lou Brooks says
Amen to that! I am thoroughly pleased about the Ukies being foolish and arrogant enough to continue to push their nazi citizens and soldiers into the meat grinder. The more that die now means it will just be easier to manage what is left over. Granted that is a harsh opinion but I have no sympathy simply because those ass clowns bombed civilians since 2014 and continue to do so.
“nazi citizens” eh? You really are next-level wicked.
Alex Thrace says
I suppose Americans deserve the same moniker for being the ultimately responsible parties for the behavior of the D.C. criminals.
comrade simba says
No, we call them “buffoons.”
Lou Brooks says
Thanks, I do my best!! The Bandera and Banderites are not just in the military, there are many citizens that support that nazi thinking as well and it looks like they are dying in droves, or have left the country. I have no hurt feelings about that or my words, I assure you. Some of my family who left Germany due to a dislike of the Kaiser, later volunteered in WW2 due to a dislike of Hitler, I can assure you they have no problems with my words either.
just saying says
They aren’t pushing their nazi citizens and soldiers into the meat grinder. Those mostly stay in the back while forcefully mobilized are sent forward as canon fodder (in Slavic languages equivalent term is canon meat). Once the war is over, those that killed civilians will escape to the west, just like they did in 1945. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Genocide of Slavic people is the thing that the western world does repeatedly.
Those in the red circle probably are the “canon meat.” I hope that after the war, the Ukrainian people will remove all the mercenaries and NATOs as well, but the US will “be there to help restore the nation.” It amazes me, sometimes, that religious groups flood western Ukraine to help their “brothers.” Yet, where are they in the Donbass? I would mention groups like World Vision (not to single them out). I once reminded them that they should be in eastern Ukraine (now Russia).
just saying says
Western Ukraine has a religion that is westernized. Ever since 1054 the “Western Christianty” have been trying to destroy Eastern Orthodoxy. After Constantinopol fell, Russia became the defender of Orthodoxy. I assume those religious groups are part of the western world, and are just going along with the modern day crusade.
Alex Thrace says
I have a feeling that “escape ” is not in their long term future
Vladimir Ulyanov says
Yep, it will just be a fresh infusion into the Bandera area of Toronto…
Good stuff Larry.
Whatever the Russians bag in the Bakhmut pocket/cauldron would be a bonus, to me the whole idea of this Donbass operation would be to set this enemy to panicked flight.
Create the conditions for a classic”rabbit hunt.”
I find it interesting that videos of Russian helicopter gunships are profilerating as of late. A quick example of them in action outside of Bakhmut:
If the Russian air force ever creates for itself the conditions where it can fly against a retreating enemy caught out in the open, whatever you think of the mind numbing slaughter so far, pales in comparison.
Check this out. The Russians are trolling the US embassy in Moscow!
Too funny. My country is becoming the land where anti-hegemonic comedians mine their best material.
Maybe the marine guard will try to shoot the images down for violating American airspace. Should be a lot easier than hobby balloons.
good point – the maps seem to be focused only on land based forces…
wonder where the boundaries of remaining UKR anti aircraft coverage lie…
Given the fact that logic has been thrown out the window by a delusional NATO following orders from a Morally Bankrupt US leadership in the employ of the DAVOS World Controllers who understand that a Strong Russia throwing a monkey wrench in their plans for world domination must be destroyed, I consider it a given that Russian must completely eradicate this threat by decisive victories on all fronts! You can’t negotiate with diabolic criminally insane serial sociopathic liars guilty of crimes against humanity who care about nothing other than power, control, and the wealth that goes with it in gutting any country getting in their way, per the lessons of history! To not do that is to invite more of the same. Russia needs to finish it once and for all!
Brother you have said it ALL in a compact paragraph. We are grateful to Mr.Larry Johnson and a few other sites in the remaining nin corrupt , non degerate cauldrons of sanity in the ZOG controlled west , for daily update and wide open free information. In my country, Greece, unfortunately the ZOG fed presstitutes brain wash the masses on a daily basis. I am sh…scared because my town Alexandroupolis will be the first to receive the vusit cards of Mr Zhirkon, Mr. Satan and RIGHTLY SO , no question about it. We will receive the said and other nemesis instuments from the north east skies because hubris is always followed by nemesus. God bless all. p.s hope, IF it comes to the madness turning point, hope I say that we turn into heat and light in the first few minutes rather than survive in the remnants of the nukes devastated wasteland. Even the bushland and fish rich waters of the Evros river will not sustain us from radioactivity. A good Sunday to all
Lou Brooks says
Yep….I would say you have nailed the situation on the head. Russia is no longer interested in negotiations as a primary method of ending this; if there are negotiations one can bet that Russia will get the territories it wants, even if it includes Odessa and Transnistria.
Wow Truthwinsout! A succinct summation of “what is” that I’ve seen re: this current predicament. I’m gonna copy it for my Facebook friends.
Bob Jackson says
I wish someone would chair a discussion between Paul Craig Roberts and Andrei Martyanov. At the moment, they seem to argue past each other.
Roberts holds that the Wolfowitz doctrine is evil, and Russia needs a swift decisive victory to bring the neocons down.
Martyanov thinks the Western leaders are badly educated, and that as the war slowly progresses, they will be made to see the error of their ways.
He doesn’t realise that they have been educated precisely for the role they play. A far-sighted statesman in the West would mean trouble for Israel, and we can’t have that, can we?
So it’s rather like a game of paper-scissors-stone. Each thinks the other is disastrously wrong, but both positions have a lot of merit. We could learn a lot from a debate between the two.
Curt Nichols says
Taking the elite units out and leaving the territorial defense units to die. I would have sympathy for the Ukrainians. BUT. They tolerated the Nazi’s terrorizing Russian speakers. They allow themselves like sheep to be herded into the killing fields.
Europeans are truly slaves. American soldiers in Vietnam knew how to handle incompetent officers. Fragging. Where did that grenade come from that landed in that West Pointers tent looking for a medal?
They truly are Nazi’s. Otherwise, why would the professional Ukrainian military class be tolerating this? Bakhmut is insane. Mariupol was insane. This is not a war. This is suicide. These are genuine, insane, ideological Nazi’s. Top to bottom in Ukraine.
Russia is going to have to cleanse Ukraine from end to end. And then probably into Poland where the Nazi’s will flee.
My family fought Nazi’s in World War 2. They are a disease that has not died. That my country is supporting them is abhorrent to me.
Jack Gordon says
The Ukrainians have already “invaded” Poland, from reports I’ve seen. According to them, you can’t be served in a Polish restaurant, ride in a cab there, or enter any public space without bumping into Ukrainians. And where are the Poles? Try Galway, Edinburgh, or Lisbon. A great migration has already transformed Europe beyond anything the average American tourists would recognize. (Hell, even American diplomats don’t understand what is afoot there!)
Alex Thrace says
My mother grew up in England during the Blitz. She lost many family members in the war. It me a while to finally wake up to the fact that without the Russians we’d probably be eating Bratwurst and Sieg Heiling today.
The TV news[sic] mind rape is insidiously powerful, but I’m finally making headway.
This is an existential battle not just for Russia for ultimately for all of us.
Maybe the Khazarian Mafia and the Mother-WEFers last stand?
Hopefully enough Americans will polish off their glass navels (a glass navel acts as a lens so you can see where you are going with your head in the place where most Americans heads are today) and finally take down the neocon useful idiots and their supporters.
THEY are why we can’t have peace and nice things.
Black cloud says
Ukronazis are terrorists in the employ of the US.
After WWII the US protected Nazis and incorporated them into US intelligence services.
Also reference Japan’s Unit 731.
My Catholic family used to be be in southern Poland pre-WWII, now part of Ukraine. And many members of my Polish family were killed by Ukrainians serving in the Waffen SS for Hitler, like about 250,000 of their fellows – they fielded 11 full Divisions for the Waffen SS, and their combat specialty was massacring civilians of any background theydidn’t like.
Look up the “heroic exploits” of the 14th Waffen SS (aka 1st Galician) and tthe “national hero” of Ukraine Stepan Bandera and his fellow “leaders”, among many examples, though it is tough to even read about the atrocities they committed.
So I have no sympathy whatsoever for Ukrainians, they brought htis dissaster on themselves.
Of course not all Ukrainians are Nazi’s, but the swastika bearers are in control of the Government and the policies of the State, which is how we got to where Ukraine is today. When you sleep with Nazis you wake up dead, or are allowed to emigrate to Northern Banderastan aka Canada.
There is even a Ukrainian guy at my workplace who is thankful he escaped that place with his family 20 years ago, and he admits Ukraine is absolutely full of Seig Heilers everywhere. So anyone who tries to deny these Nazi facts is just another apologist for the “misunderstood noted landscape painter, beloved of children and dogs” as H was famously described by revisionists.
Lou Brooks says
Ya know…if I were the soldiers that were deemed expendable and left behind while the cream of the crop drove off…damned if I would fight. I would not be surprised to see a high number of surrenders in the next week or so.
just saying says
The problem is the lack of chance to surrender. Russians are far away (shooting with big guns), and trying to go towards them will get you shot in the back by “your side” for being a “traitor”.
If there really were 40,000 NATO/Kiev forces in Arkemosk – then this defeat will be monumental. However, do not think for a minute that the War Party will end this senseless slaughter.
The War Party will continie doubling and tripling down on failure. Failure has been financially lucrative for 30 years. The War Party ain’t going to stop until the money runs out.
Hence – De-Dollarization and subsequent insolvency of the Federal Gov’t will be the only way Peace returns.
De-dollarization will take until 2025 and insolvency maybe around 2029. ( guesstimate )
Poison Frogs says
I don’t believe that there are more than few thousands Ukr soldiers left in Bahkmut.
However, Wagner and regular Russian forces are fighting there since July 2022.
(Today) 2023.02.25 minus 2022.07.01 are 240 days. At 200 deaths per day that’s 48,000.
The 200/day is a conservative estimate. So, here you have your 40,000 soldiers
“I don’t believe that there are more than few thousands Ukr soldiers left in Bahkmut …”
We are reading in both MSM and non-MSM that the Ukrainian military has been sending reinforcements to Bakhmut/Artyomovsk for the last few months …
just saying says
Most of those reinforcements tend to have average lifetime of 4 hours, or slightly more than that (according to a local commander). Some western media published an interview with the driver that brings them there, and comes back the same day to get them back wounder and dead. The number of active soldiers probably remains the same.
But is it failure? From where I sit and with the noodles in my head working as best they can, I’d say that this is a rousing success for those who are actually behind all this. With their controlled news media (world-wide by the way), and people’s natural tendency to look only on the surface of things, the real villains are quite happy. War is war is money is power.
Vladimir Vladimirovich is a much greater man than I had ever imagined. He gets this whole scenario and who’s behind it, which is why he hasn’t flattened the Ukraine like the USA did in Iraq.
God moves in mysterious ways that’s for sure. And taking the Russian people through many trials of fire, which purifies, they have emerged now in this time as the actual saviors of the World from the devils in DAVOS (and other places).
Ukraine has no history of panicked flight, due to both theirs and Russia’s strategies. The latter is the tortoise, prioritizing staying power, not speed. Ukraine is the hare, in the sense that it races units and weapons into the fray, hanging on to every building and lump of dirt (it twice created delays for Russia, garrisoning thousands of troops and civilians in structures, well after sound tactical defeats).
Ukraine has been preparing defenses in Chasiv Yar and Kostyantynivka. Consistently one step back, no steps forward. Russia seems satisfied with maintaining initiative with apparently slow but steady progress.
I commend Moscow for maintaining extraordinary discipline, maintaining its temperament. With China finally making moves and India wagging a finger at the UN, Russia’s steady hand seems to prove fruitful in Asia. I’m convinced international relations plays a major role in Russia’s strategy. One thing is clear, they certainly don’t listen to us armchair generals on the Internet. They’re making long-term decisions and are keen not to disturb the nursery of a future multipolar world.
It’s Ukraine and the West who try to throw Russia off-balance and create FUD throughout the full spectrum of geopolitics and geoeconomics. They thought they had an unbeatable hand at poker, they’ve bet horribly wrong, and now they keep shoving in more chips to try to rescue what they’ve already gambled away. Russia will maintain composure, and we all must continue to pray there’s no table flip by the loser.
Lou Brooks says
@willifraggo ” With China finally making moves and India wagging a finger at the UN, Russia’s steady hand seems to prove fruitful in Asia. I’m convinced international relations plays a major role in Russia’s strategy. ”
Absolutely agree. These other nations finally have a clear understanding that the U.S. and the West in general, have no qualms about stealing their Forex, sanction their business and government personnel, or wage a war of attrition against them. These other countries, large and small now understand it is better to pull away from the West. They may not fully support Russia but these countries also see what happens when you sleep with the Devil. Countries like Africa and India have already been raped by the colonizers and they fully understand that is a place in history they do not want to go back to.
Does anyone pay any attention to this think tank guy named Peter Zeihan who talks as if he has some sort of special skill or insights to know precisely what the Wagner Group is doing or their strategy? I think Larry mentioned this wonk tank guy Zeihan in a previous post.
Personally, I think his ego outshines his insights. Typically “American exceptionalism” attitude. Zeihan is attempting here to suggest that the Wagner Group will not be organized in another year and blamed the deaths of Wagner PMCs on the lack of ammunition. The Wagner PMCs are the “shock troops”, so of course their casualties are going to be high.
This Zeihan then goes on to say that Wagner is recruiting most of their PMCs from Russia’s prisons. That is not the case at all. Yes, Wagner has recruited from prisons but certainly do not make up the majority of Wagner OMCs as this guy claims.
The issue regarding a shortage of ammunition has apparently been rectified with the MoD and Wagner units are receiving ammunition to continue the assault around Bakhmut.
Some of these Wagner PMCs were interviewed and they seem like some rather interesting characters more devoted to protecting Russia than committing crimes. Least of all “flunkies” like Zeihan asserts.
Наталья Волкова says
Is a typical repetition of western ministries of defense.
Imagine having coffee with these types of people. More interesting talking to the cup!
When this all finish what will the excuse be or will they start being expert on something else like when they forgot the pandemic lies 🙂
just saying says
Traditional excuse of Nazis for their loss was “Russians use human wave tactics”. 🙂
Ali Baba says
That’s a given. Cups of robust coffee have more predictive abilities than these Peter Pipers. Flip them over and read the coffee grinds, like the middle easterners do. I just did and it doesn’t bode well for the bandera renaissance.
I can usually manage perhaps a dozen pages of Mr. Zeihan before I have to quit because of some error that shows that he has not troubled to the do the most basic research to check and understand a claim. For example, in one book he writes that concrete was a 19th century invention, and then a paragraph later segues to a different topic involving the Romans! I fully expect his predictions will prove no more reliable or helpful than what I have seen of his historical review or rather fiction.
Bandera's Fourth Reich says
Roman concrete endures for millennia because it has self-healing properties and no heavy metal reinforcement. Maybe peter piper there thinks the banderites will endure for the same reasons.
Take a look at Dreizen’s take on him.
I think he has mentioned him in a couple of articles.
martin mkultra7 says
How much money would it take to represent the most amoral destructive cabal in history?Ziehan is certainly getting his share of the loot.I stopped clicking on anything with his name on it 5 yrs ago.A deep state shill for sure.He is a graduate of STRATFOR University.
He has a skill all right. If slinging bullshit is a skill. Beware the grey haired hipsters sporting the little man bun playing on the other team I say. The term “think tank” these days is the equivalent of prostitute. Hope I did not offend the prostitutes.
Zeihan said China was on its last legs and was gonna collapse by the end of 2022. This was about 8 months ago.
Palm readers can give more reliable insight then this guy. He’s just another mic think tank grifter.
Richard C McDonald says
The Wagners are a huge organization. While fighting major battles in Ukraine. another contingent is deployed to Africa as Russia replaces France in Mali and elsewhere. Wagner has carried a very heavy load in Ukraine. If they were being sacrificed by the numbers spewed by the West, they wouldn’t be capable of operating at such a high level. They are the best armed, trained and commanded forces in the fight. The Chechen forces are equally effective, but lack the Wagner numbers.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Didn’t this character say that Wagner had “ceased to exist as a military force” after the “losses it had suffered” at Soledar?
Hal Duell says
IS RUSSIA CLOSING THE CAULDRON AROUND BAKHMUT?
Poison Frogs says
From what I read so far in the last year, and from looking on many maps, my understanding is that the preferred way of Russian advances is NOT a full encirclement, but a something that resembles a ½ to ¾ of circle. The logic behind is that they want to leave a way for the adversary to retreat or put down the arms, instead of them being put in a situation to fight to their last soul, because of a full encirclement.
If you look at the BIG map of the SMO contact line, you will see a big ½ circle, while on the detail level, the contact line is made again of smaller ½ to ¾ of circles depending on the fighting conditions/region.
I’ve read somewhere that this is actually a strategy taught in their military schools (I can’t find the article link with the relevant passage). *Maybe somebody with more knowledge will expand on this point*.
The point is that we won’t see a full encirclement around Bakhmut, but a 3/4 circle., and a slowly advance from N,S, and E.
“… they want to leave a way for the adversary to retreat…”
In the words of Prigozhin himself: “the main task of any war is to destroy the enemy, not taking territory”
If you want to hear it from the man himself, see this video at 15:20
Jack Gordon says
I think they leave a door open, at least in this theater of war, to let Ukrainian troopers IN, not out. Why advance and inevitably take more casualties when Kiev is willing to send the targets into a killing zone you’ve previously established? The only problem the Russians face, one they seem to have successfully resolved, is that of keeping their cannons cool and supplied with ammunition.
just saying says
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
martin mkultra7 says
The Russians have taken a page from The Art of War.In defense Sun Tsu said as a last resort put your troops in death ground and they will fight to their death.The Russians deliberately give the enemy an escape route,then destroy them in retreat.
Ukraine….ah, the capital of the most sordid dealings in all of Europe, perhaps the world. Does human trafficking ring a bell? It was the biggest hub in the world for it and Dirty Joe and his family have been the “capos” there for quite some time. You see, the world, with the benediction of the Divine Universe is involved in a GIGANTIC realignment where all the wickedness that has existed for so long must come to a much deserved end.
Yesterday evening, by chance, I saw one the films that Anne Heche was working on before her “untimely death” last August in a car accident. The title of the film was “The Girl in Room 13” and it deals with human sexual trafficking. Watching it, the repugnance I felt was incalculable. Are “humans” this vile and so morally bereft I was saying to myself the whole time. If so then, the Creator is more than justified in wiping out this filth in any way imaginable.
There is a shroud of mystery surrounding Heche’s death and it is certainly warranted when we discover she was involved in another film on the same topic. I’ve read that it will also be released posthumously. Nonetheless, her professional dedication and desire to increase people’s awareness to this horrific crime is beyond admirable. Unfortunately, it targeted too many powerful entities, including the Hollywood establishment which she had once belonged to and had to pay the highest price for it.
Alex Thrace says
Thank you. I put this on my watch list
The idea that the west supports Ukraine makes my stomach churn. It is an absurd lie.
Since 2014 the west has been using Ukraine and is now destroying it.
The land/lease arrangement that Zelensky and his goons have signed up to, means that whatever is left of the country will be largely owned by US multinationals. The prime land and mineral rights have been sold for peanuts, and the majority of the surviving citizens impoverished. Permanently.
And yet our media and political class tell us every day we “support” Ukraine. There’s something quite obscenely surreal about the whole affair, and it is astonishing – and depressing – that so many of my countrymen here in the UK still believe it.
“And yet our media and political class tell us every day we “support” Ukraine. There’s something quite obscenely surreal about the whole affair, and it is astonishing – and depressing – that so many of my countrymen here in the UK still believe it.”
Not surreal but expected and logical because they support Ukraine in hope of maintaining a moderated status quo in their social relations, whilst others believe they are part of “our/we” by their conflation of correct/logical facilitating/sustaining a moderated status quo in their social relations.
Glasshoppers perhaps should have studied Wu Shu instead of Kung Fu, and gobbled less Chow Mein ?
“they” believed there was a pandemic.
“they” believed the “vaccine” was safe and effective.
“they” believed lockdowns (mass home detention) was for their own good.
“they” believe 15 minute smart cities and digital IDs are for their own good as well.
“they” will believe anything the idiot box tells them.
“they” are brain dead sheep.
Jack Gordon says
A lot of sense in what you say. I’m visiting Newport, RI, a hotbed of self-satisfied American liberalism, the soi-disant “nice people.” It’s one of the few places where the locals are still deluded enough to fly Ukrainazi flags. Liberalism is indeed a mental disease.
Alex Thrace says
And we will be better off without them.
Cato the Uncensored says
That the West supports Ukraine is by itself not nearly as offensive as the Western leaders telling their people that this is to defend freedom and democracy.
Makes you question the historical record of events, where newspaper reports and other popular media of the era form the basis of our understanding of those events.
You are not alone.
UnHerd and GBNews are beginning to pick up on items such as this
Alex Thrace says
That was the exact plan for Russia and when Putin stopped it he became Enemy #1. Putins actions prevented untold [tr]billions from being strip mined from Russia to enrich the Clinton’s. Bidens and their remora.
The Ukrainian people have been impoverished in their own land, a land rich in resources.
When the smoke is cleared, the dead are buried and mourned and the surviving people begin to rebuild I am convinced that the next generation, if they look through an objective lens will see the Russian SMO as a liberation and ultimately a labor of love, not hate.
They are burning off the leeches and lancing the boils.
Maybe I am being overly optimistic here and I may not live to see it as I live close to a submarine base, but I believe in my heart that this evil will be destroyed.
Reportedly Kievans breached a dam near Bakhmut
AFU fleeing Bakhmut?
In Berlin Germans blunted Kievans PR offensive
Artemivsk or Bachmut, perspectives – Slowly and persistently the Wagner group pushes the enclosure of the Nazi troops in Artemivsk. Through the madness of their and the foreign leaders re-established the terrible word “meat grinder”. From teenagers to grandfathers, they are thrown into this hellmouth. Some of the troops can still retreat. Still to be burned up in later battles. Tens of thousands, however, are threatened with death or, in the best case, imprisonment.
In Germany and other NATO countries there are many male Ukrainian refugees of conscript age. I would not feel so safe here in their place.
There is not a single sign that USNATO is de-escalating. But all signs point to USNATO escalating. Russia has set itself up, now officially announced, for years of war, including massive continental warfare against regular USNATO armies if necessary. The Russian arms industry is humming, ensuring the supply of technology and ammunition to the Russian armed forces for such a war. The West has nothing to counter this. Not even the raw materials and energy supply and industrial base necessary for it and in sufficient quantities.
Why, assuming the existence of intelligent and rationally acting leadership, does the USNATO not postpone its war of annihilation against Russia to a time when it could go into action better prepared? At least in theory.
1 Russia and other nations would also use this time to develop their economic, technological, political and military capabilities.
2. notwithstanding the West’s dubious propaganda successes, its declared adversaries are not isolated. The opposite is true.
The West has dropped all masks. Not only through its continued threats against all countries that pursue their own national interests instead of those of Washington. But above all by its wars, coups, assassinations against foreign government personnel and not least by its economic wars and theft of foreign property and assets. If Scholz & Co. call Germany a constitutional state, then this is only grotesque in view of the practice. Among other things, the use of terrorist methods such as explosive attacks against critical infrastructure in Russia, China and other countries, and not least the terrorist attack on the Nord Streams, reinforce the desire of more and more international companies, investors and governments to withdraw from the West. One should not be fooled by the inertia effect of such a development.
All this is leading to a reverse process. The West is increasingly isolating itself. Flows of capital, investment and goods are increasingly avoiding the West and bypassing it. Preferably in countries that do not follow Nazi-Davos unconditionally.
This, of course, has enormous disastrous economic consequences for the West. The expected social resistance in the Western populations is counteracted from the outset with the fascist Great Reset, in order to preventively make any resistance impossible. For this one uses oh so noble campaigns for the rescue of the climate and as coronation are open-air concentration camps, called 15-minute cities and some more in planning and partly already in execution.
The USA or its oligarchs and Deep State cannot go back. They are incapable and unwilling to develop a business model for a multipolar world. For them, it is win or lose, which poses an existential challenge to other countries. For example, for Russia, China and Iran, it is death or victory. One side MUST “die” or all die.
THEREFORE, WE SHOULD BUCKLE UP WELL.
Larry P. Johnson says
This is good commentary and thought provoking. Many of us have realized that sanctions do not work, the war in Ukraine is absurd, nihilistic, and all of this reducing the industrial environment of the West. People are completely confused by the apparent idiocy of Biden’s policies that this nihilistic process goes on without any apparent comprehension of the damage to the hegemony. We can call it isolation, but we could also look at it as a kind of self imposed deindustrialization. Could it be that globalism, the “shrinkage” of the anti ecological economy is also part of the policies pursued by Biden in the guise of a incoherent foreign policy?
Recall that Olaf Scholz was present when Biden announced he would end the Nord Stream Pipeline, and there was no outrage or opposition from the German chancellor. This was an act of War against Germany if not the whole EU and yet this was ignored. Biden is a globalist as is Scholz and could it not be part of mutual policies to see Germany reduced for the cause? Could it be that the blow back of Western sanctions against Russia (et al) is acceptable because it hurts economies? Just a thought or two.
I have often thought about whether self-destruction is planned. But I’m missing the logic, in the context of Russia, China and India. I don’t understand if this follows a plan. Or whether it’s just incompetence.
Not incompetence. It’s their stubbornly rapacious and supremacist nature. A scorpion stays being a scorpion, to the end of it.
Where there's smoke......... says
Ukrainian HIMARS missile strike on an ambulance in Donetsk on February 23. As a result of this shelling 4 doctors were killed.
Were they Doctors without Borders?….because it seems the US prefers to target those doctors in particular.
To those of you out there that are inclined to label such a statement as anti-American or anti-Ukrainian, I’ll just cut to the chase and label it anti-terrorism. Fair enough?
Assuming of course that the incident is as advertised, but after a thorough analysis of past behavioral patterns of the parties in question……well?
just saying says
They have released drone footage of it, just like with some other war crimes:
The perfidious state of western being says
Indeed. Ukrainians seem to be unusually proud of their war crimes.
I wanted to write more but an unexpected bout of nausea just hit me.
SFC Barry USA RET says
Just as a note of detail: The Russian Army has three doctrinal distinctions of encirclement. First, a strategic encirclement (of, say, an army or army group) is called a “Cauldron” — or if you like, a “boiler;” the fight is far from over. Second, an operational encirclement, what is called a “sack” (encirclement of a corps or division) — tough fighting continues but breakouts are not likely. And third, a tactical encirclement, what is called a “nest” (roughly a regiment or below) — basically a mop up.
If/when Bakmut is encircled instead of occupied after Ukrainian withdrawl under fire (always dicey), it will properly be a “sack.”/ S//
Larry, I Thank You for bringing us a realistic description of what is going on around the world! All of us cubicle-jockeys are indebted to you and your colleagues for dispelling the MSM propaganda narrative.
It seems to me that the geniuses in Foggy Bottom are hell-bent on incinerating the whole world rather than admit failure, and crawl back under the swamp they came out of.
Would you be able to offer us a way back to sanity using our peaceful, Constitutional political process? Or is a typical civil war in America inevitable after the international military defeat of US/NATO? IMHO, any such political violence to come will look more like Lebanon in the ‘70’s than the War Between the States. As bad as things are right now in America, a typical civil war would be an abyss almost impossible to climb out of, IMHO.
I’d like to see some hopeful signs. Most regular people I talk to are fundamentally good people, and I have Faith in the Fundamental Goodness of the American People. It’s the “True Believers”, the sycophants surrounding the Neo-Cons & Neo-Libs, and their acolytes who are the obstacle. Please comment on our chances of getting out of this without devolving into a “Mad-Max” society.
Or should we all stock up on AK’s & 7.62 rounds?
Curt Nichols says
I’ll chime in. There is no political fix for the USA’s problems. Both parties are equally dirty. And corrupt. And we are on a glidepath down. There is no way for the debt to be paid off. The government is broke. Pension funds are underfinanced. Social Security will be broke in a few years.
What to do? The US is not going to break up in another Civil War. But it will Balkanize. There will be states where crime is not tolerated. Where the rule of law is at least given a nod. Where taxes are low. And there will be places where you would be clinically insane as a white man to travel to.
There is no one coming to “save” us. Move to a free state. Live in a modest home well within your means. Even in a good state, do not live in the big cities where the teacher unions will rape you thru property taxes. Make friends with the local police. if they have a fundraiser, go give some money. Most departments have a ride a long program. Get a reserve officer badge if possible. Learn to shoot. Stock up on food, ammo, and some precious metals. Try to build if not friendships, but mutually beneficial relationships with neighbors. Try a small garden, and some chickens. Get a dog. A dog being something that might possibly bite someone. Not an ankle biting dustmop.
Re the dog. I have a Belgian Malinois. She is actually very sweet tempered. As much as a Mal ever is. Tulsa has a Riverwalks. Every once in a while, I make the mistake of going on a weekend when the “urban youths” are out. They take one look at the Mal and make a large detour around me. And her actual task is to just give me the time to draw a gun. And of course, to keep dogs off me. Until I can kill them if necessary. There is a rent house on my cul-de-sac. Every once in a while, the owner puts a dirt bag in. If I spot this, I work the Mal on the bite sleeve in the front yard every time I see them in their front yard. Signals.
And readjust your thinking. There is no “America” left. And it ain’t coming back. Don’t sacrifice your children in its wars. Take care of you and yours. And fuck everyone else. Good luck.
Thank you Curt.
Thank God I’m in FL
Good luck, Brother
I’ve long said if I had to live in the USA then Florida it would be.
The climate is to my liking, De Santis stands up to WEF tyranny, many great looking women, and if it turns to shit quickly the Caribbean is a short boat ride away.
i thought desantis is a neo con and thus an integral cog in the wef machinery
Agree with everything you are saying Curt, but don’t see how “The US is not going to break up in another Civil War” can be realistic.
I think the best possible outcome for the US is a breakup WITHOUT a Civil War (kind of like the former USSR in 1991). But with 400-500 million guns amongst the population and with the hatred along numerous fault lines (political, racial, cultural, gender, geographical, personal rights, etc.) growing not just by the year but by the hour IMHO it would be a complete miracle to avoid the Civil War and an excruciatingly bloody breakup.
And also don’t forget, you said it yourself, with “Both parties are equally dirty. And corrupt.” and I would add — with both parties owned by ZOG, who could not care less about Americans but cares a LOT about preserving power and money — they won’t let the power grip slip away and will gladly organize not just a Civil War, but a slaughter to subjugate the plebes to their Satanic will. And they already have a dehumanizing name for us, “deplorables”, to justify what they are planning to do next.
So, I am not as optimistic as you are about what’s coming in this country in the next 3-5 years… and for sure not planning to wait to see my kids slaughtered by these hell hyenas.
Much better to vote with your feet and emigrate. Our forefathers left their homeland for better pastures; you can too.
It’s easier than you think
I emigrated 22 years ago (I saw the future and knew it wasn’t for me) and it is easy when one has money, however the majority of wage slaves are a pay day away from homelessness and starvation with no savings.
With regard to sanctions… they are legally an Act of War.
Sanctions must be approved by the UNGA
The US has used ‘sanctions’ more than any other country.
“The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, spoke to the XVIII
Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26, 2019. Addressing the 120 countries represented, he denounced the imposition of arbitrary measures, called “sanctions” by the U.S., as “economic terrorism, which affects a third of humanity with more than 8,000 measures in 39 countries.”
and wiki … at least what has not already been purged
Gavin Longmuir says
It seems that the Biden*/NATO objective in the proxy war in the Ukraine is fairly clear — dismantlement of Russia, followed by a swing to China as the next object of hate. But what is the Russian objective?
We can ignore the standard Biden*/media fable that Russia planned to occupy the whole of the Ukraine in 72 hours, and thus Russia has failed. But it is likely that all parties to this proxy war have miscalculated.
US/NATO miscalculated back in the 1990s when they selected the Ukraine as their stepping stone to overthrow Russia.
US/NATO miscalculated in 2014 when they overthrew the Ukrainian government and began to arm the Ukraine to attack the Donbas.
The Ukrainian government miscalculated in 2022 when they thought they could turn their civil war against Ukrainians in the Donbas up to 11 without triggering a Russian intervention.
Russia miscalculated when they thought a relatively low-key intervention in 2022 would quickly bring the Ukrainians to the negotiating table. Russia failed to recognize that Biden*/NATO would not allow a negotiated settlement.
Biden*/NATO miscalculated in 2022 when they thought that their sanctions would bring Russia to its knees economically. Instead, the main losers in the sanctions war have been the European members of NATO.
Everyone has a plan until he gets punched in the face. Biden*/NATO’s revised plan apparently is to double down. What is the Russian revised plan?
Is it possible that Russia’s plan now is patiently to drag out the conflict in the Ukraine until Ukrainians revolt against Zelensky and NATO collapses? In similar trench warfare in WWI, eventually the French army mutinied.
Curt Nichols says
When all else fails? Listen. The Russians have said they will De-Nazify Ukraine. If the Ukrainians revolt and kick the Nazi’s out? The war is over. If they keep supporting the Nazi’s? The meatgrinder goes on.
I think Russia fights until the Nazi threat is over. And what I think people do not understand? If that means another 30 months? Like their military budget is showing? Fine. If that means actual land war with NATO and the US. Fine. If that means tactical nukes. Fine.
I am not a Russo-phile. I grew up in the US Army as a cold war soldier. But I understand them on this issue. They will not tolerate armed Nazi’s next door. And if that means Ukraine is a smoking charnel house of corpses? Oh, well.
Washington’s problem is that they are lying scum. They do not understand the simple concept of a man saying. “One more step and I punch your teeth out”.
Keep on Truckin' says
“One more step and I punch your teeth out”.
Well, let’s see. I think it’s now 3 maybe 4 years that I first told a friend of mine that we’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’.
Excellent comment, Curt,
I agree with every word, but with one little nuance.
Regarding “Washington’s problem is that they are lying scum. They do not understand the simple concept of a man saying. “One more step and I punch your teeth out” — I think they do and did understand that if they did push and push and push (NATO expansion to Russia’s door, overthrows of the Ukraine’s government twice, bringing Neo-Nazis to power, like they did in 1930s in Germany, and, the final straw, having Zelenski threaten nukes against Russia) that Russia will have NO CHOICE but to respond.
Why they wanted Russia to respond militarily? I think in their sick ZOG-fantasy world the scenario was kinda like this:
Step 1: US / NATO provokes Russia to respond militarily
Step 2: US smashes Russia with (1) “sanctions from hell” (their words, not mine), (2) kills access to SWIFT, (3) steals $300bn of Russia’s money, (4) forces 100% of all Western companies pull out of Russia, (5) blows up Nordstream 1 and 2, (6) subjugates Europe from a status of an American slave / lapdog / whore to the status of barren land (all industry moves to the US of A, and Europeans “enjoy” the standard of living on par with, say, Chad or Somalia)…
Step 3: Russian military gets annihilated by brave Ukis with full support and governance of the brave American / NATO generals and their super-high-tech thingies
Step 4: Russia either crawls on its knees begging for mercy or completely falls apart and brave American generals ride in on a big white unicorn to tell those fucking Russkies who is the Master here
Step 5: China is now completely surrounded — from the North by the Brave / Super-Smart Pentagon Generals and ZOG and from the South by the invincible air carrier groups. Cut off their energy supplies (like ZOG just did to those dumb Europeans), and…
…BAM! Check and Mate!!
…but something went NOT according to the plan… Hmm…
Grinding down the psyche says
Ukrainians still believe the US will pull the fat out of the fire. When that last hope and prayer are gone, so are they.
Oscar de Caracas says
I have met real madmen who are very aware of their madness, they are simply in love with their madness… and NATO is well aware of their madness; if Bakhmut falls, reason will fall and a false flag tactical-nuclear attack by a desperate NATO will test the Russian people.
I say this as a Christian.
I pray to the Lord that this ends as soon as possible.
Kaz Dziamka says
Keep praying. But the “Lord” will never respond. As always.
The lord responds, but not from the sky but within you, in your thoughts
Kaz Dziamka says
Nope: the “Lord” has never responded “within me.” Might just as well wait for a response from the Flying Spaghetti.
Vallhalla Rising says
My big question is “why would RUS let any UKR forces escape or withdraw from their defensive positions? Clearly taking UKR forces would be the best option e.g. capture of several hundred + soldiers would be a huge PR win for RUS and a blow to the NATOstan narrative. Killing/wounding UKR soldiers is the next best option but allowing them to withdraw means RUS gets to fight them another day.
Next, I know RUS has massed and positioned sizeable regular army (not Wagner) forces all along the “front” but it appears that Wagner is still doing the bulk of the fighting (am I wrong on that?) By the way, I think that is a smart move: (1) RUS may need its regular army to confront NATO force on force; (2) I’m not sure that RUS needs to launch the much ballyhooed “winter offensive” to achieve its SMO operational goals…UKR is on the ropes and NATO is hemorrhaging and showing signs of fracture…Russia’s OPTEMPO and strategy seem to be working out.
Spot on that NATOstan will become “hysterical and double down” even though to do so is irrational. As the inevitable UKR defeat becomes clearer and clearer look to the US to foment new conflicts–the US needs a “win” badly and the UKR ain’t it.
Curt Nichols says
I don’t get it either. The Bridge of Tears aka letting them retreat into a bigger ambush I know. Letting them withdraw and giving them time to build the next set of lines?
Wagner I get. Let the mercs die. As you said save the regulars for NATO.
Assuming there are any white men that can read left in the war colleges? This will be studied for decades.
Vallhalla Rising says
You got that right Curt…this will definitely be studied for years to come…history will tell if the US learns from it or not–I have my doubts lol.
Larry nailed it…this conflict and its multiple gyrations is going to continue for the foreseeable future.
I’m watching to see if any NATO countries actually increase the size of their militaries, on hand equipment and most of all ammo stores–that would tell me if NATO is committed to a long fight. All that costs lots and lots of dollars/euros (and time) and the economies in those countries are not exactly thriving–the US included.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
It’s already too late for a big winter offensive. The spring mud season will be here soon and thunder runs like last February are no longer possible after a year of nazi build up of their defences all along the northern frontier. Any attack will involve hard slogging.
A series of small offensives on multiple fronts – each getting activated as another stalls – is much more likely, at least until late spring to June. In other words, more of what we’re seeing now.
Carlton Meyer says
Russia doesn’t want to feed, guard, and house thousands of Uke soldier/prisoners, many of whom require medical care. Then it must release them one day. Best to kill them off and let their wounded slowly die in that city.
And they don’t want to surround the city and fight for it. It is best to leave an escape route so Ukes abandon their artillery, armored vehicles, ammo, and solid defensive positions. Set up tanks to blast the last road out to take out any fleeing trucks or armored vehicles, and those attempting to enter the city with supplies. Fire artillery at those attempting to escape on foot and enjoy the show until the survivors come out with white flags. This save lots of Russian lives and equipment too.
Mark J says
drone footage of urban renewal Bahkmut:
other news.. South Africa has collapsed
So there is potential for multiple encirclements in Bahkmut area…but I think they will circle wide and try a larger more decisive cauldron rather than close it prematurely and frighten away the creme de la creme. There is intensive fighting in the river valley and forest belts near Kreminna ….so probably they will come up behind Kramatorsk…the last defensive line. Alot of first tier Ukrainian and foreign units are in those forest belts….not exactly ideal open country for combined arms mechanized units….alot of Russian light infantry in there. The Ukrainian soldiers are fighting and dying in large numbers not for Zelensky or Biden but for each other…..soldiers fight for each other….it’s the corner stone of the regimental system where recruitment concentrates on a particular geographic area..so there is a connection with it or strong bonds from men who neighbors in peacetime…or conversely if the State wants no connection…it will recruit in other areas to send to potential trouble spots so there is no connection with the local population…only connection amongst the soldiers. There is reports that Russian forces are advancing a few kilometers a day…..faster than grinding attrition but hardly blitzkrieg. The tank Armies are still waiting in the rear for something and of course….we really don’t know for sure what’s really happening until well after the fact officially
27.02.2023 News from Ukraine. Bakhmut in a tactical environment: We are waiting for the breakthrough of 2000 horsemen at night. Battle Map (23 videos)
“Tactical encirclement of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Artemivsk (Bakhmut): what is known at the moment.
After clearing Blagodatnoye, Krasnaya Gora, Paraskoviyevka, Berkhovka and Yagodnoye to the north of Artemovsk (Bakhmut), the front line shifts to the west.
There is a gradual advance to the area that the military calls “rhombus” among themselves — this is the line of fortified areas between Grigorovka, Orekhovo-Vasilevka, Novomarkov, Markov, Bogdanovka and Dubovo-Vasilevka.
There, the Ukrainian Armed Forces tried to regroup after the loss of Berkhovka, and mostly from there, disturbing fire is being conducted on units advancing on Artemivsk from the north. There, in the area of Novomarkov, there is a road that supplies Chasova Yar from Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, bypassing the main E-40 highway, part of which is under fire control of the Russian Armed Forces.”
This is the latest news i know of right now, the site will be updated later with new stuff.
Reported on the substack of Simplicius The Thinker https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/sitrep-226-urgent-update
“Today it has been confirmed by reputable sources that the AFU has attacked Belarusian soil—specifically a drone attack on a Russian early warning A-50U Beriev plane parked in Machulishchi airbase, just outside of Minsk”
The Anti-NATO movement is continuing to gather steam in the EU. Today thousands of protesters were at Ramstein demanding the closure of the base and that American war-mongers must leave Germany. The US embassy in Moscow is being trolled with a slide-show projected on the front of the building showing the Ukrainian body count.
Curt Nichols says
There has been a Nazi drone strike on a Belarusian air base. And a small armed clash at border.
The provocations will continue until full scale war.
4 updates to his report … more to come
Vallhalla Rising says
Curt…check out this…it’s a comment from Vivek Ramaswamy (a US 2024 Republican presidential candidate). I never heard of him but this comment kind of resonated with me: https://www.rt.com/news/572096-us-ukraine-china-taiwan/
“The main thing should be the main thing: focus on China. China wants the Ukraine war to last as long as possible to deplete Western military capacity before invading Taiwan. It’s working: we think we ‘look’ stronger by helping Ukraine, but we actually ‘become’ weaker vs. China,”
Sounds like sneaky ChiCom reasoning/strategy to me…the longer and more kinetic the SMO becomes the stronger China’s position becomes…bastards.
Curt Nichols says
China is using Russia. But we are forcing them together. Can you imagine war with China in a year? After our armories are completely drained and burning on the Ukrainian mudflats? After another year of dreadful military enlistments? I know three men whose children are in year 19 of their enlistments. They are hauling ass as soon as they get their 20.
Ukraine just escalated in a big way. Today they attacked Belarus and destroyed a Russian AWAC on the ground.
This could bring huge retaliation quickly. Russia also orders ammo dump in Transnistria moved to border.
R. Toppec says
Thanks, jgalt. I was wondering about that.
Destructive children in high places says
How many azov remain after mariupol? Spe ifically concerned with the ukes trying to kill the killers of maiden and the agents prevocateur of Jan 6. If they are vaporized difficult to get to the truth of these two events.
Up to now, most of the Ukrainians are Nazis talk has come from Russian trolls. I suspect that that is much of the case here. Germany invaded Russia and Ukraine. In this case, Russia tried a blitzkrieg that failed and has probably since killed at least 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers, women and children. Ukrainian cities now look like Stalingrad.
Destructive children in high places says
Numerous America left leaning msm outlets reported on Azov and on Wagner as national socialist workers parties pre 2022. Azov individuals photo id’d at maiden and Jan 6. Also azov Bogdan Vechirko drove through protesters on i35 Bridge in Minnesota.
Richard Hansen says
I assume it is well surrounded, a disastrous situation for the AFU. Any escape routes for Ukraine soldiers now become interesting as I assume retreating soldiers will be picked off as well and easily. This town was not worth the price Ukraine is paying for it now.
Sideshow Bob says
NATO’s strategy is to bleed the Russian domestic economy to prepare the ground for a color revolution that will depose Putin and allow Western bankers to swallow up the valuable assets and resources of the Russians.
Ukraine is just a tool to be used until it is used up. The plan is to force Russia to conquer neighboring states until it is sufficiently weakened domestically. Looks like Poland is next on the sacrificial altar.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Moldova will be first, not Polandistan. Its Romanian citizen “president” is eager to get NATO forces in, occupy Transnistria, and become another dagger in Russia’s side.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
According to Simplicius76.substack.com the nazis have already given up on Artëmovsk and are digging in at Chasov Yar. Many accounts say they’ve pulled back their experienced forces but thrown in untrained conscripts to keep delaying Russia as long as possible (while they see up their next line of defences).
By the time Chasov Yar falls, they’ll have fortified at Slavyansk/Kramatorsk. They already have their fourth line of fortifications there, but it will need strengthening.
Bye Bye Zelinsky. Bye Bye Ukraine. Bye Bye NATO.
Major rejection of Biden and US Threats.
China has entered the war with Ukraine with Russia.
Chinese PLA has opened the largest weapons depot in China to Russia.
Russian team has been there 8 days now shopping. Shipments of Chinese Artillery systems has began already.
massive list of equipment
While there is talk of drone attacks in the north on Belarus….there are warning orders going to Ukrainian units to deploy on the border with Transnistria today