Prior to the war in Ukraine, intelligence gathering by the Russian GRU failed to appreciate the rise of Ukrainian identity and morale, nor did it anticipate their resistance, facilitating Russia’s exceptionally poor performance in its February invasion of Ukraine. In addition, poor logistics planning, and in particular an absence of training by the armored and air force, has led to egregious equipment and personnel losses. This creates an inability to either achieve air superiority or advance quickly on the ground.
Given that training with modern equipment as well as its maintenance is expensive, this should not have been a surprise to analysts. Russia spends less than France on its military, despite having five times the personnel. The Soviet Army, by contrast, was better funded, and trained for high-tempo advances at a constant rate of 50 kilometers per day. Supported by prompt artillery, helicopter, air and chemical strikes, Soviet armored columns consisting of tanks, mechanized infantry, mortars, were trained to work closely together. Alongside the world’s largest army engineer forces, Soviet regiments could breach minefields and river obstacles in less than an hour. TikTok combat videos showcase Ukrainian conscripts firing anti-tank rockets, Javelins and NLAWs against exposed Russian tanks, a tactic that would have been far more difficult against a Soviet combined arms force protected by infantry. For the Soviets, artillery barrages were meant to suppress enemy defenses permitting a continued advance. In contrast, the current Russian army is using artillery to bombard cities without coordination with maneuver forces, which reduces effectiveness and dramatically increases ammunition expenditure.
However, this is not the end of the road for Russia. Throughout its entire history, the Russian army has had a long history of quickly reinventing itself in war, after an initial humiliation.
What History Tells Us About the Russian Army
In the November 1939 Winter War, the Soviet Union invaded Finland with an overwhelming force of 600,000 soldiers, mostly conscripts, and several thousand tanks and aircraft. The Soviets anticipated a quick victory, although some senior politburo members, like Nikolai Voronov, warned otherwise.
In the lead-up to the war, the chaotic conditions created by the rapid expansion of the Red Army were compounded by a series of political purges that left its officer corps in disarray at all levels and disrupted morale and discipline. The result was the absence of preparatory training, unit cohesion, battlefield coordination, and a disregard for logistics.
Unfamiliar with the difficult wooded terrain, the road-bound Soviet columns fell prey to mobile Finnish troops, losing by the end of the conflict, very conservatively, at least 130,000 soldiers killed, as well as 1,000 tanks and 300 aircraft destroyed, with some estimates of the losses being between two and five-fold.
Like the invasion of Ukraine, the world exhibited sympathy for Finland but was reluctant to intervene.
The Combined Arms Challenge in Ukraine
The type of warfighting technique that the Soviet Union neglected in its invasion of Finland in 1939, and Russia in its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, is combined arms operations. The principle of combined arms is getting the soldiers of different and highly technically specialized fields to work closely together, in order to force an enemy on the “horns of a dilemma.” The optimal defense against a tank is very different from defending against aircraft, and having to defend against a full spectrum of threats compels an enemy to compromise their defense.
Combined arms start at the squad level comprising five infantry soldiers, each with their specialized weaponry, and get more complex, as these are integrated with tank and artillery units, air support controllers, logisticians, battlefield repair technicians, medical services, electronic warfare specialists, and psychological warfare operators. Radios are decisive as facilitators of coordination, and proficiency requires time-consuming training. Coordinating complex operations is a monumental challenge, even among experienced and mature professionals.
One of the coautors of this article is a former army engineer officer, and conveying the complexity of measuring the soil on a riverbank as a prerequisite for bridge building, means that my brigade or division commander can’t simply stick his finger on a map for a crossing site. German and Israeli generals, in particular, have frequently been at the front line, not primarily to demonstrate brave leadership, but because there is a need for an on-the-spot manager to resolve endless disputes between the different combat arms, in the middle of a battle.
Why Can’t Russia Win in Ukraine?
What explains this disregard for combined arms warfare in Ukraine today by the Russian armed forces? Georgetown University Professor Caitlin Talmadge argues that the performance of authoritarian regimes in war, depends on the extent to which threat perceptions shape the balance between favoring regime loyalty and technical competence in the armed forces.
This is an important distinction to make in order to explain the well-performing authoritarian states, like North Vietnam and Nazi Germany, versus poorly performing regimes like South Vietnam and Iraq. Four practices are particularly prone to distortion due to neglect caused by politicization: unmeritocratic promotion patterns, infrequent training, compromised command structures, and corrupted information management. Russian President Vladimir Putin has privileged senior officer loyalty over technical competence in the Russian armed forces, with the consequence that the premium placed on reliability fed corruption right through the military logistical system.
This corruption begins with the rampant mismanagement of funds that has led to pervasive inefficiencies in defense management and arms procurement in Russia. The Russian defense industry for the most part is state-owned, and as a result, is intimately connected with Putin’s inner circle. Attempts at military reform by former defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov in 2008 to improve control over finances in the military, as well as pushing for reforms in military education antagonized and alienated the defense establishment. Subsequently, Sergei Shoigu was appointed as Serdyukov’s replacement by Putin in 2012, where he instead took efforts to appease the defense establishment. Following his appointment, there were no serious attempts to solve the problems of mismanagement, and these problems have only been made worse since 2012. Transparency International’s Government Defense Integrity Index in 2020 still identified a high corruption risk in Russia’s defense establishment.
This has manifested itself in multiple ways during the current conflict, such as the issues with maintaining the tires on military equipment, as well as fuel shortages on the front lines. On top of which the continued demands for expansion have hindered any meaningful reform in military education. Consequently, the disregard for combined arms is the result of a military establishment that has been so far intractable to change, overburdened, and structured around incentives to appease the elites.
But Reinvention Can Happen in Ukraine…
Just as remarkable as the exceptional failure and costs of the initial Soviet defeat in Finland, was Moscow’s ability to reinvent itself on short notice in the face of calamity. A month into the debacle, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, furious at the failures, restored the direction of the operations to the higher military staff. Nikita Khrushchev in his memoirs describes how Stalin hurled insults at Commissar of Defense Kliment Voroshilov, and blamed him for these mishaps. General Semyon Timoshenko was brought in to replace Kirill Meretskov to command the Finnish theater. Timoshenko had much more substantial combat experience than Meretskov, having fought in the First World War, as well as in the role of commander several times after, proving himself to be a competent leader. Timoshenko would also replace Voroshilov as Commissar of Defense after the war.
Together with, and as a result of these changes in the command structure, the army spent much of January 1940 training for coordinated warfare. Key to the Finnish defense was a defensive fortification called the Mannerheim line marked by a complex system of bunkers, obstacles, and trenches built into the terrain to slow down any advance. Khrushchev mentions that before the war, the military was not even aware of the existence of these fortifications. Part of the new training regimen in January consisted of more thorough reconnaissance practices of those fortifications by air and ground elements. This went as far as chemically analyzing the cement of the bunkers, and practicing fresh reinforcements on building mockups of the Finnish positions. The result was a demonstrable improvement in low-level cohesion and battlefield coordination of Russian forces opposite the Finns. Instead of the human wave tactics of before, the new Russian advance was methodically based on combined arms. By March 1940, facing an echelon of well-orchestrated assaults, Finland conceded to a ceasefire and the loss of twelve percent of its territory.
In response to the political shock and increasing pressure of a military calamity, the political leadership in Moscow will traditionally sacrifice loyalty concerns in order to achieve military professionalism. The Russian military’s consciousness of its own historical traditions, and the widespread social deference to national security, means that humiliation will sweep aside many institutional obstacles. Peter the Great, Pyotr Rumyantsev, Viktor Suvorov, Mikhail Kutuzov, Vasily Chuikov, Georgy Zhukov, are all astoundingly skillful commanders. This timeless self-awareness was driven home to me by my guide on a visit to the Leningrad Hermitage in 1987, in endless halls of battlefield portraits. Once so empowered, the Russian military, typically appoints a strong-willed and technically competent commander, who uncompromisingly restores doctrine and a tough training regimen. Russia is fortunate in that its cost tolerance permits it to buy the time to continue fighting while it makes the adjustments necessary to achieve victory. This gives them the ability to turn the tide when least expected. Most militaries do not have this luxury.
There is recurring evidence for this phenomenon in Russian military history. In an encounter against the Japanese at Lake Khasan in July 1938, the Soviet forces suffered a bloody retreat caused by an absence of combined arms techniques and coordination, abandoning their heavy equipment in their wake. The commanding Marshal Vasily Blyukher was arrested as a result of his poor performance. At the subsequent 1939 Battle of Khalkhin-Gol against the Japanese, Soviet forces under the command of General Georgy Zhukov performed considerably better, severely punishing Japanese forces and making Tokyo reluctant to invade the Soviet Union during Barbarossa. Similarly, Russia suffered a humiliating defeat in its 1994 attack into Chechnya, deploying armored columns without combined arms tactics into the urban complexity of Grozny. Five years later, combining sophisticated intelligence efforts aimed at assassination and strategic messaging, a brutal counter-insurgency, regional diplomacy, and again, combined-arms tactics, Chechnya was quickly recaptured in 1999. This tale of calamity and doctrinal rebirth was a significant theme of the Soviet Union’s war and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany during the Second World War. History may well repeat itself in Ukraine, where the stalemate in the fighting has bought time for the Russians to learn and adapt to their initial mistakes.
Make no mistake that Russia possesses a solid core of professionals around which such a reinvention can occur, even if several layers of Putin sycophants will have to be peeled off. The unmeritocratic officer appointment system at the senior levels of the Russian military that has caused a cascade failure in planning, training, and logistics, has not infected the mid-range brigade and battalion commanders. Russia has not yet deployed any of its elite airborne divisions, which would be ideal for combined arms, urban warfare missions, and bold deep penetration operations.
The largest variable is whether the Russian army actually wants to execute Putin’s invasion of fraternal Ukraine. It also means that there is still hope that the Russian army will play its role as savior of the people and intervene in politics.
Other states have also managed miraculous transformations. After repeatedly dismal failures against the combined Italian and Deutschland Afrika Korps under German General Irwin Rommel, the British Eighth Army, with the right combination of caution and boldness, and thorough rediscovery of combined arms, irrevocably smashed the Axis forces at the Second Battle of El Alamein in Egypt in October 1942. Possibly the greatest pedagogical general, British Field Marshal William Slim transformed a polyglot of British Indian-Army, East and West Africans, and 50,000 Chinese soldiers, cowed by the Japanese in 1943 and 1944, into an instrument that out-thought and annihilated the Japanese in Burma in 1945. The Israeli Defense Forces, consisting ninety percent of conscripts, lost fifteen percent of their aircraft and tanks within seven days of the outbreak of the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War. The solution was to combine their tiny professional airborne, elite Ha Sinai brigade, and tanks, into a combined force that tore through the rear of the Egyptians in a maneuver that put them on the road to Cairo, Egypt’s capital. After eight years of desultory warfare, the Iraqi Republican Guard finally mastered combined arms and in 1988, swiftly ejected the Iranians from the Al Fao peninsula in a classic combined arms assault.
What Should the West Do In Ukraine Now?
The Western response must be two-fold. First, move quickly to enable the Ukrainian forces to achieve the best possible outcome before this window of Russian incompetence is irrevocably closed. Every week of the quagmire grants Russia time to reorganize its forces, refine its tactics, and discover new leaders. Second, the West must actively engage with the Ukrainian forces to ensure that there is just as aggressive a process of implementing lessons learned and fluidly adapting doctrine in order to take advantage of Russia’s weaknesses.
Dr. Julian Spencer-Churchill is an associate professor of international relations at Concordia University, and author of Militarization and War (2007) and of Strategic Nuclear Sharing (2014). He has published extensively on security issues and arms control, and completed research contracts at the Office of Treaty Verification at the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, and the then Ballistic Missile Defense Office (BMDO). Attila Arslaner is a graduate student at Concordia University and an affiliate of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.
April 21, 2022 at 9:40 am
A very, very good article, and something that is constantly at the back of my mind.
Russia has a history (almost a tradition) of starting wars catastrophically, and emerging victorious in the end, with few exceptions. From Tsushima, to WW2 and beyond, this has happened numerous times. It is not unthinkable they will do the same today, though I hasten to say Russia appears to be in a much poorer position in terms of economic performance and isolation than it was during any other conflict. This alone might be enough to starve their war machine, but it remains to be seen.
Also, unless I am confusing the units, the elite airborne units were deployed very early on, and suffered very heavy casualties in Ukraine’s contested airspace. There are many articles pointing that hundreds alone were lost attacking Gostomel airport, including two Il-76’s that were shot down with full complements of paratroopers.
I also like the article because, unlike many others, it offers solutions. It is imperative Ukraine does not let the success (so far) go to its head, and that they too start improvising, adapting and staying flexible to counter Russian innovativeness and their increasing combat experience.
Let us hope the Ukrainians can hold out long enough to start their own counter-attacks, but even then, those will be perilous, and naturally, Putin can always threaten (or actually used) WMDs when he senses the game is up, which could come sooner than most of us think.
April 21, 2022 at 10:09 am
The now closed Russian archives indicated that if the Germans did not give Stalin plans for Mannerheim line, Russian success would have been questionable. There is an opinion that Germans were testing Russian military in that war, evaluating the future opponent.
April 21, 2022 at 3:43 pm
The excuses that Combined Arms doctrine wasn’t followed, or that Logistical systems were corrupted sounds like just that, excuses. The fact is that the Combined Arms Army has become technologically superseded by Smart Weapons. Armor which used to protect, now is just an anchor holding troops in place to be slaughtered.
During the Gulf Wars Western militaries noticed a huge drop in the logistical needs of forces in combat when smart weapons were used. Entire bomb loads needed for targets in the past, were now serviced by one bomb. Entire Artillery Barrages replace by one Excalibur round. Targets that needed entire MLRS loadouts replaced by one rocket/missile 120 miles away. Drones loaded with Hellfire missiles, which can destroy any target they can see, became the battlefield weapon of choice.
It doesn’t matter how competent, well maintained, trained, or logistically supplied the Russian Combined Arms Army is. They will lose because that Strategic design has been superseded by smart weapons. The Logistically easy supplying of Javelins, Stingers, Switchblades, and Drones to Ukraine will win this war.
April 23, 2022 at 8:59 pm
I don’t think its about combined arms (Blitzkrieg). Its about chips. Smart weapons. My swarm of Switchblade drones will destroy your entire army before you ever get in range. My drones will jam your air defense and hunt down your radio transmissions. From now forward its about AI, Smart Munitions, satellites, networks and stealth. Your old army of tracks and wheels are doomed, your attack helicopters are useless and your air defense systems are prime targets. Welcome to the 21st century.
April 21, 2022 at 11:26 pm
Why should Russia return if it did not leave? You just need to accept the fact that the people of Donbass – real Ukrainians have been begging Russia for 8 years to help them fight the Bandera Nazis.
Now Russia has come to their aid and everyone is well aware that Russia will not abandon the Ukrainians of Donbass. No matter how the military operation ends, one thing is clear: Crimea and Donbass will forever remain part of the Russian Federation. The only question is whether Russia will carry out purges of Bandera bastards in western Ukraine. Knowing the history, you need to completely destroy the hornet’s nest of bastards. In the meantime, the official data are encouraging:
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.
Not at all easy. 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.
April 22, 2022 at 5:37 am
Different day, same fairytales and made-up statistics from our Russian bot.
April 22, 2022 at 10:25 pm
What we have not seen before is a desperate tyrant on the ropes, who also has a massive arsenal of nukes. That changes things. Do not operate under any sort of self-delusion: Putin will not fall with some nukes falling first. That does not mean that Ukraine’s situation is hopeless, but it is dire. I don’t see a return to anything even close to the status quo ante as being possible at this point. Probably the best they could hope for is to pick a line that they could feasibly hold (the Dniepr?), make a strategic retreat to redeploy their forces there before they are encircled and lost, and then try to stand firm. Not a good outcome, I know. Neither is a leveled Kyiv, Lviv, etc., glowing in the dark.
April 23, 2022 at 7:57 am
Minor issue I have this sneaking suspicion that european and american elites don’t actually get that part.Or they get it but not entirely.In the sense of they don’t know what the limit is.They think Russia is just Iraq only bigger.Western strategy seems to be to bleed Russia to the last ukrainian.If Russia finds itself unable to hold territories(reasonable sized ones) in the Ukraine they will escalate. They can’t realistically back down now.If they did its not just Putin who is on the line but the entire intel apparatus and the military.They know that.They cannot back down without losing everything.Problem is Ukraine cannot lose access to the Black Sea or at the very least get bottled up around Odessa since they’re finished if that happens.In the sense of being permanently dependent on western aid which lets be honest will dry up eventually.Nor is the US willing to accept Russian control over much of the ukrainian coastline.If Russia escalates to the ultimate level anything can happen.Western leaders are prone to let emotions get the best of them.
April 23, 2022 at 1:19 pm
Florin: I feel sorry for the Ukrainians, but the reality is that they have been cursed with bad geography. One might be hard-pressed to find a less defensible terrain. They (with much help from their friends) can make conquest very costly for the Russians, but that is about it. The entire mindset of the NATO leaders seems to be: Make it costly enough, and the Russians will recalculate and give up. I doubt that they will be doing anything that will make things as costly as Hitler did, but the Russians didn’t give up then, either. Yes, I know that the roles are reversed this time, with Russia being the aggressor, but the Russians don’t see it that way. My read (based only upon open-source) is that the Russians (and not just Putin) see the acquisition of all of the Donbas, and probably even all of “Novorossiya”, as being an existential necessity. That means that they would resort to nukes, if they must, rather than back down. Ukraine and its friends cannot “win” under those circumstances. It is a terrible situation, and tragic for the Ukrainians. They can probably hold a line against the Russians somewhere, but rolling the Russians back to the pre-February border – let alone the pre-2014 border – seems to be hopeless from my perspective.
April 23, 2022 at 5:39 pm
Why do you believe Russian generals would take the chance of dropping a nuke on Ukraine? Wouldn’t they be just as likely to overthrow Putin instead? It would definitely be considered an unlawful order, a war crime. Anybody involved in it would be hunted down. Successor Russian governments would be motivated to turn over any such criminals for punishment.
I think Putin is bluffing. If he nukes Ukraine, the world reaction will destroy Russia economically and bring Putin down as a result. Any hesitation to impose sanctions on Russia will vanish. Even the Germans will become very angry.
April 23, 2022 at 9:44 am
Interestingly, Russian politicians have already decided to annex the south of Ukraine to Crimea. If they decide so publicly, then so be it. The project “Ukraine” ends its history.
April 23, 2022 at 1:43 pm
@Florin @ Stefan Stackhouse
Unfortunately I think most of what you guys wrote is true. It remains to be seen if Putin will actually authorise nukes in Ukraine if they start losing, because that will inevitably trigger some sort of NATO response, nuclear or not. I’m not saying WW3 per se, but some kind of exchange, or even arming Ukraine with nukes.
A line would be crossed that could never be uncrossed, and I think Putin knows this. If he does not, you can be sure there will be generals and others in the Russian militaries that understand they have ran out of road. I legitimately think a feasible scenario is that some kind of coup takes place, they put the entire war on Putin to save face, and then pretend it was all his entire idea and so giving up on his “project” becomes a face saving exercise. They can then wash their hands of having lost any territory (if it comes to that, assuming Ukraine regains any) and retain a way of staying in power.
But who knows.
@Alex – funny, Russian politicians also “decided” to be in Kyiv in three days. Tell me, how exactly did that go, clown?
April 24, 2022 at 4:43 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.
April 24, 2022 at 6:19 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!
April 25, 2022 at 10:44 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!
April 25, 2022 at 10:59 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? ?
April 26, 2022 at 2:15 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 enslaved millions of people who grew sugar and cotton in huge quantities, cleared the land and did all other unpaid work that made the American colonies profitable for Europe, and the so-called “Old World” new and rich,” the author emphasized.
French urged not to ignore the heightened sense of justice among the former colonized peoples.
“The whole world” with Ukraine 🙂
April 26, 2022 at 7:27 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.
April 29, 2022 at 9:29 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.
April 29, 2022 at 2:12 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.