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Putin Attacks: Russia’s Brutal Plan to Conquer Donbas Is Now Clear

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Russian T-90 Tank. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

War for the Donbas: The Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its second phase. The long-awaited Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine began Monday night.

The Eastern Offensive Begins 

The Russian offensive began with a massive artillery barrage across the frontline. The Russian army poured hundreds of howitzer and mortar shells and rockets on the Ukrainian positions, while the Russian Aerospace Force conducted bombing sorties against the same positions.

Long-expected, the Russian offensive will seek to capture the Donbas region and with it most of Ukraine’s industrial capacity. The Russian attack stretches from Kharkiv in the north to Mariupol in the south.

However, the Russian attack began before the Russian forces captured Mariupol. This course of action suggests two things: First, the Russian military believes that the Ukrainian port city will fall in the next few days, and thus it won’t have to divert too many forces to capture it. And second, the Russian military is on a timetable because it is militarily unwise to start a new offensive when you have a pocket of enemy resistance on your rear. If the Russian military is indeed on a timetable, then it means that the sanctions imposed on Moscow are starting to hurt the Russian economy and military.

“It can now be stated that Russian troops have begun the battle for Donbas, for which they have been preparing for a long time. A very large part of the entire Russian army is now focused on this offensive. No matter how many Russian soldiers are driven there, we will fight. We will defend ourselves. We will do it daily. We will not give up anything Ukrainian, and we do not need what’s not ours,” Zelensky said in his daily statement to the Ukrainian people.

“And I am grateful to all our fighters, to all our heroic cities in Donbas, to Mariupol, and also to the cities of the Kharkiv region which are holding on, defending the fate of the whole state, repelling the forces of invaders. Rubizhne, Popasna, Zolote, Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, Kramatorsk and all others that have been with Ukraine all these years and forever,” the Ukrainian president added.

An Influx of Forces into Donbas

In the days preceding the Russian offensive, the U.S. Department of Defense tracked an influx of enablers, including artillery, rotary aviation, helicopter support, and command and control element, in the region that would support any Russian renewed attack. Moreover, the Pentagon assessed that the Russian military has reinforced its battalion tactical groups in the east and south of Ukraine.

The Battalion Tactical Group (BTG) is the main fighting unit of the modern Russian military. They are based on divisions and brigades and are mostly comprised of combined-arm elements, including mechanized infantry, air defense, tanks, artillery, rotary aviation, combat engineers, and logistical support. In essence, the Russian Battalion Tactical Group is a combined-arms task force with approximately between 1,000 and 1,500 troops.

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

    April 19, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Remember, the author: the cruel plan is the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is the US bombing of Belgrade with uranium shells, it is the dumping of napalm in Vietnam and Korea on civilian settlements. What Russia is doing is only admirable – the force can be merciful and save people, and not destroy everything in its path. But you, the author, cannot understand this, because American bombs “bring democracy” and it doesn’t matter who dies from them. Hypocrites.

  2. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    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?

    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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