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Russia’s War in Ukraine Is Now Officially a Disaster for Putin

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Javelin anti-tank missile.

On day 19 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces are battering Ukrainian cities in an attempt to force the Ukrainian defenders into submission. But overall, the Russian advance across Ukraine has largely stalled.

Russian shelling of major urban centers remains unrelenting, and civilian casualties have been mounting. 

Russian Strikes Across Ukraine 

On Sunday, Russian aircraft launched eight air-to-ground ballistic missiles against a Ukrainian military camp in Western Ukraine, killing almost 40 military personnel and civilians and wounding over 130, according to Ukrainian officials. Before the war, the Ukrainian military facility, which is only 11 miles from Poland, was known as the International Peacekeeping and Security Center and hosted U.S. and NATO troops that trained the Ukrainian military

The Russian advance across Ukraine has largely stalled. Over the weekend, there weren’t any major developments. The Ukrainian capital Kyiv continues to hold fast, and Ukrainian troops have even regained some territory in the suburbs around Irpin. Russian troops have failed to encircle Kyiv. 

“Russian naval forces have established a distant blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, effectively isolating Ukraine from international maritime trade. Russian naval forces are also continuing to conduct missile strikes against targets throughout Ukraine. Russia has already conducted one amphibious landing in the Sea of Azov and could look to conduct further such operations in the coming weeks,” the British Military Intelligence stated.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Monday, Ukrainian forces have killed, wounded, or captured almost 13,000 Russian troops, destroyed 77 fighter, attack, and transport jets, 90 helicopters, 389 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 1,249 armored personnel carriers, 64 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), two boats, 617 cars, 60 fuel tanks, 34 anti-aircraft batteries, and eight unmanned aerial systems. 

The accuracy of these numbers remains uncertain as official channels tend to overestimate enemy casualties for domestic psychological reasons. Nevertheless, independent reporting is showing large numbers of Russian losses, especially tanks, armored personnel carriers, and vehicles of all types. 

Mariupol, Ukraine: An Unfolding Tragedy 

In Mariupol in the south, the situation continues to be dire. 

With a population of more than 500,000 people, Mariupol is gearing up to be a humanitarian disaster. The city has been under siege for days, and the population is without power, water, and food. Attempts to create humanitarian corridors so civilians can evacuate the battlefield have failed, largely because of the constant Russian bombardment. Ukrainian officials claim that more than 2,100 civilians have been killed in Mariupol since the start of the war. 

On Sunday, the United Nations reported that almost 600 civilians have been killed and 1,067 wounded in the war thus far in Ukraine. Those figures include at least 85 dead children and more than 100 wounded. But the U.N. stated that these numbers are most likely misleading and that the actual death toll is higher.

1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.

1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.



  1. Alex

    March 14, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    All of you, interrupting each other, shout about the problems of Russia, about a catastrophe for Russia, but you cannot deny the reality: Russia’s special military operation for demilitarization and denazification in Ukraine is going well and will be completed successfully in any case, no matter what you shout and no matter how did not try to support the Bandera Nazi regime in Ukraine. You were not allowed to place NATO weapons in Ukraine and will not be allowed to, remember this.

  2. Kremlin Gremlin

    March 14, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    As they say in Ukraine, Go fuck yourself, “Alex” (Ivan)

  3. Luis Espinal

    March 14, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Yada yada Putin bot.

  4. Alex

    March 14, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    As they say in Ukraine, we appropriated the heroes of Ukraine posthumously to those who were on Snake Island. Reality: all 52 Ukrainian soldiers and officers are alive and in Russia. You are such cheap trolls 🙂

  5. Pleiades

    March 14, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    The Roubles you’re being paid aren’t worth much any more are they Alex? ROFLMAO ?

  6. from Russia with love

    March 15, 2022 at 4:17 am

    “The Roubles you’re being paid aren’t worth much any more are they Alex?”
    you see what amazing things there are in this world! not all prostitutes in this world are ready to lick any ass for money;) some people write here to convey the truth to the Americans.
    By the way, Alex is a Pole. 🙂

  7. Will

    March 15, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Look everyone in the world including the Russian people (civilians)know this is wrong .how any of the Russian military can think they still have any morals for bombing women and children in the berth stages has lost a grip with reality .Never mind the fact Russia been acting like they some big military machine they cannot even keep their conveys fueld.

  8. Jim Garson

    March 15, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    A crime is a crime is a crime. There is no 3rd Reich scapegoat to blame in 2022. 500 million European citizens who know what freedom is a won’t be laying any flowers at the feet of another madman. The USA is proving that democracy actually works. It simply performs better when threatened. At least we now know who our friends are and who our enemies are. The shoddy sheep costume is in rags.

  9. Alex

    March 15, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    from Russia with love: they don’t care who I am. Though a Chinese, even an Australian, but if I do not agree with the lies of the West, then I become Russian. An attempt to explain why the Poles hate the Bandera Nazis is indifferent to them. An attempt to show that the Bandera Nazis killed Ukrainians in the Donbas for 8 years is indifferent to them. These are stubborn Russophobes, chauvinists and sometimes outright Nazis, who, as soon as they see force, immediately obey it and supposedly “realize” something. But, as a rule, nothing can be explained to such people, but they just need to be crushed like cockroaches. Bandera Nazis and their supporters will burn in hell forever.

  10. from Russia with love

    March 16, 2022 at 10:06 am

    “Look everyone in the world including the Russian people (civilians)know this is wrong”
    what is “the whole world”? few countries that the United States keeps on a short leash? wake up! it’s not the whole world, it’s not even a third of the world.
    you are already accustomed to calling neo-Nazism democracy, but fortunately there are more intelligent people in the world than you and Russia has strong support. the operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine will be carried through to the end, whether the friends of the Nazis like it or not.

  11. rastus

    March 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    What a іnformation of un-ambiguitү and preserveness of precious
    experience concerning unexpected emotions.

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