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Donbas: Putin’s War to Conquer Eastern Ukraine Has Begun

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Javelin anti-tank missile being fired along with a mortar. Image credit: UK government.

The renewed Russian offensive aimed at taking the separatist-held areas of the Donbas in eastern Ukraine has begun. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russia had already begun the expected offensive at taking further territory in the Donbas. 

Kira Rudik, a Ukrainian lawmaker added that this will be the “major battle” for Ukraine.

Speaking with CNN, Rudik, a member of Ukraine’s parliament said, “The result of it will impact what would happen to Mariupol, what would happen to Kyiv, what would happen to Lviv, to all the other cities of Ukraine.”

The Plan for Donbas

After Russian forces tried to take Kyiv and were repulsed with heavy casualties, Moscow announced that the “special military operation” to de-nazify Ukraine was going to plan and that they were going to redeploy its forces to secure additional territory in the separatist-held areas of the Donbas and Luhansk. Moscow has recognized those two regions as independent republics. 

After the heavy losses suffered by Russian forces, intelligence analysts believed that the redeployment and rearming of Russian troops may take weeks, but they have started the new offensive quickly. And they have already had some success. 

Russian forces have seized Kreminna, a city of 18,000 people in Luhansk, in the early success of this operation.

“Kreminna is under the control of the ‘Orcs’. They have entered the city,”, Sergiy Gaidai, the Ukrainian province governor said during a press conference, in a common insult that the Ukrainians have been using, comparing the Russian troops to the creatures from the “Lord of the Rings” books.

Russian forces were attacking “on all sides” according to Gadai while Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the mission was to liberate the two provinces from Ukrainian control to the Russian-proxy separatists.

The Russian tactics are following their well-used playbook of heavy indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilian districts. In Kharkiv, Mayor Igor Terekhov told CNN that there has been “non-stop bombardment of civilian districts” in the city since Easter Sunday. At least 15 civilians were killed and 50 wounded, he added.

President Zelensky in a video address said that a “very large part of the entire Russian army now focused on this offensive”.

He added that “No matter how many Russian troops are driven there, we will fight. We will defend ourselves. We will do it every day.”

There are currently no humanitarian corridors for civilians to escape the fighting and the toll on them is expected to be very high. President Joe Biden is expected to meet with his Security Council and members of the cabinet on Tuesday. 

Russia’s Defense Ministry said that using “high-precision land-based missiles” they had hit 13 targets of Ukrainian forces and that airstrikes had been conducted against 60 “military assets”. 

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry struck a defiant tone, vowing to fight on and posted on Twitter that Moscow’s “genocidal army is concentrating its forces in eastern Ukraine.” 

“Rocket attacks, bombings, and artillery shelling are widespread,” it said. “Mariupol is being destroyed by multiton air bombs.”

“Our warriors are beating and will continue to beat the enemy,” the ministry added.

Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He has served as a US Army Special Forces NCO and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for 19fortyfive.com, he has covered the NFL for PatsFans.com for more than 10 years and his work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.

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Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He has served as a US Special Forces NCO and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for 1945, he covers the NFL for PatsFans.com and his work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Alex

    April 19, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    In addition to lies and propaganda, there is the most important thing: the people of Donbass rejoice! After all, very soon they will become part of Russia, part of their homeland.

  2. CK

    April 20, 2022 at 7:28 am

    I sometimes wonder what it’s like to be inside Alex’s mind, small and confused as it may be.

    Tell me Alex, in your imagination, are world hunger and poverty solved too? Have we already reached the distant stars, where god-emperor Putin leads our glorious civilization into its righteous destiny?

    Must be a cozy place in there. I can see why you’d not want to leave.

  3. Alex

    April 21, 2022 at 12:35 am

    I like how the Banderko Nazi has already created a dozen nicknames and his ass is on fire – it’s great. And now some truth:
    The Russian army hit more than a thousand military facilities in Ukraine in a day.
    “The missile forces and artillery of Russia carried out strikes on 1,053 objects of the Ukrainian military infrastructure. Among them, 31 command posts, six warehouses of fuel and lubricants, 910 strongholds and enemy manpower concentration areas, as well as 106 artillery firing positions were destroyed.

    In turn, the operational-tactical and army aviation of the Aerospace Forces hit 73 military facilities during the night, including four command posts, 57 places of accumulation of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment, seven strongholds and four ammunition depots. Six tanks, nine armored vehicles and a battery of 152mm Msta-B howitzers were also destroyed.

    In addition, Russian air defense systems shot down two Tochka-U tactical missiles and six drones.
    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 140 aircraft, 496 unmanned aerial vehicles, 253 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2388 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 256 multiple rocket launchers, 1029 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2232 special military units automotive technology.

    These numbers are encouraging. The agony of the Bandera Nazis is getting brighter.

  4. CK

    April 21, 2022 at 4:27 am

    You’ve used these lies before Alex. Try and spice it up a bit? Keep things interesting?

  5. Alex

    April 21, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Almost the entire Donbas is under the control of the Donbas militia and Russian troops. And the author is not very simple.
    Along with the Russian servicemen and fighters of the DPR, they worked at the highest level, the city of Mariupol was taken completely and irrevocably. The entire territory was systematically cleared of nationalists. The administrative building of the Azovstal metallurgical plant, which is of particular strategic importance, was taken under control, and the entire adjacent territory was cleared.
    Flags of Russia, Chechnya and the Donetsk People’s Republic are hung throughout the city.
    This is complete victory.
    And somewhere in the catacombs of the Azovstal plant, Bandera Nazis begin to eat each other … A good death for the bastards.

    According to statistics on April 21, since the beginning of the operation, Russia has destroyed Ukrainian equipment: 99% of tanks and other armored vehicles of Ukraine (2410 out of 2416 vehicles that were in Ukrainian troops on February 24), 92% of military aircraft (140 out of 152), 71% of the fleet helicopters (106 out of 149), 48% of MLRS installations (262 out of 535) and so on. This does not take into account the equipment that may have entered the Ukrainian troops after the start of the special operation, but in any case, the Air Force and Air Defense of Ukraine were practically destroyed, and the Navy ceased to exist.
    In addition, the United States has reduced the number of javelins by almost a third. This is a lot for the army.

  6. CK

    April 22, 2022 at 5:20 am

    Wow, so basically nothing remains of the Ukrainian army, right? Guess we can expect Russian troops in Kyiv any day now, right?

  7. Alex

    April 24, 2022 at 4:53 am

    So who is losing? Obviously not Russia.

    American Colonel Martin spoke about Biden’s failure in Ukraine.

    US President Joe Biden has failed in his policy towards Ukraine. This opinion was expressed in a column on The Washington Post website by retired American Colonel Wes Martin.

    The head of the White House, as noted in the material, tried to prevent the Ukrainian conflict by diplomatic measures – and could not. The author referred to the statement of the former acting. CIA Director Michael Morell, who expressed the opinion that Biden’s attacks on Russian leader Vladimir Putin only “rallied the beleaguered Russian elite.” “Not a single citizen of Russia will put up with the fact that the main enemy of his state inspires him what kind of power in his country can be and what is not,” Martin quoted Morell as saying.

    “Proving once again that he is nowhere near Reagan, Biden publicly called Putin a ‘butcher’ and a ‘war criminal.’ through Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin,” the author of the material noted.
    Ukraine and Afghanistan are far from the only reasons why Biden’s ratings have slipped to an all-time low of 42 percent. People, Martin notes, are unimpressed by his foreign policy experience. Do not add popularity and record inflation of 8.5 percent and a sharp rise in energy prices – the harbingers of a recession.

    At the end of March, NBC News published the results of a poll, according to which 53 percent of Americans believe that the country will begin a long-term recession, which will lead to the loss of American leadership in the world. When answering the question about Biden’s ability to correctly respond to the situation around Ukraine, only 12 percent of respondents expressed complete confidence in the actions of the head of administration.

    CNN, in turn, reported that the confidence rating of US President Joe Biden has reached a record low. According to a generalized analysis of polls published by four organizations last week, the level of confidence in the US president is about 41%, and according to one of them – only 33%. This is a record low compared to all of Biden’s predecessors in the same period of the presidential term.

  8. CK

    April 24, 2022 at 6:06 am

    @Alex – deny, deflect, obfuscate. Seriously, that’s you in a book.

    Don’t look at Putin! Look at Biden! Don’t look at what we’re doing in Ukraine, look at your country! Recession, CNN, political division, look elsewhere, but please, don’t look at what is happening in Russia! Internet Research Agency script in a nutshell.

    Also, poor you man, they are making you work on Orthodox Easter? The night money Sveta brings not enough to keep you guys afloat anymore? Let me know if you need any donations. I’m sure I have a few cents lying around that will be worth a fortune in roubles!

  9. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Yes, Russia has big “problems”:
    There is the Donetsk People’s Republic. There is the Luhansk People’s Republic. Kherson applied to Russia for a referendum to establish the Kherson People’s Republic. God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  10. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Yes Alex, and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania also re-applied to join the Russian Federation. In this reality, Putin has conquered his hemorrhoids, and you and Sveta live happily ever after.

    It’s nice to sit back and daydream, isn’t it? 🙂

  11. Alex

    April 26, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Why is Russia with the people’s militia of Donbass taking new territories of Ukraine every day? Let’s figure it out:

    The West failed to turn much of the world against Russia after the military operation in Ukraine began, columnist Howard French wrote in an article for Foreign Policy magazine.
    According to him, many states did not support sanctions against Moscow, including such large countries as India and China.

    “In fact, when counting the population of these countries, it becomes clear that the states representing the majority of humanity have not taken a position in this conflict, seeing in it the familiar echoes of the former rivalry between East and West,” said French .
    According to the observer, the international political system that took shape at the beginning of the twentieth century from the very beginning gave the countries of the “third world” the status of second-class states. As an example, he cited the colonization of Africa by European countries.

    “It was the work of the work and cotton in the people of sugar unpaid smelted and all made of American colonies profitable Europe, and the so- rich for “Old the World” new and millions did ,” the author emphasized.

    French urged not to ignore the heightened sense of justice among the former colonized peoples.

    “The whole world” with Ukraine 🙂

  12. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 7:22 am

    Well Alex, if that is the case, we wish you the best of luck with your new Chinese masters. I hear they are very kind to minorities.

  13. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:35 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  14. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

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