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Putin Has a New Plan for Ukraine: Conquer Donbas?

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Russian TOS-1 flamethrower weapon. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Putin seems to be changing his strategy from trying to take over Kyiv to striking the Donbas region and fully conquering it: On day 40 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian forces are repositioning for a renewed assault on eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military has been regaining a lot of territory in the north as Russian forces there are pulling out.

Reports of war crimes and other atrocities committed by Russian forces keep appearing, while the world reacts in anger and disgust.

Kyiv Is Out, Donbas Is In 

According to the Ukrainian military, Moscow is building up troops for an offensive in eastern Ukraine. In addition to units that have been drawn from other fronts, the Russian military is sending fresh formations to the region.

The Donbas region and the south of Ukraine are the only places where the Russian military has achieved any significant gains. However, the Russians have still failed to meet any of their primary objectives in the region, such as capturing Odesa, a strategic port and the third-largest city in Ukraine, and Mariupol.

In its daily estimate of the war, the British Ministry of Defense reaffirmed the Russian focus on the Donbas.

“Russian forces are continuing to consolidate and reorganise as they refocus their offensive into the Donbas region in the east of Ukraine. Russian troops, including mercenaries from the Russian state-linked Wagner private military company, are being moved into the area,” the British Military Intelligence assessed.

But the Russian military has suffered great casualties thus far. Some estimates are putting total Russian losses to even 60,000 men. So, if the Russian leadership is committed to continuing the war, it would have to start looking for additional manpower. But Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t declared a state of war, only a “special military operation.” But in order to tap Russia’s vast reserve manpower, he would have to declare a state of war, thereby acknowledging the fact that his assault in Ukraine is a proper invasion.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Monday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 18,300 Russian troops (and wounded approximately thrice that number), destroyed 147 fighter, attack, and transport jets, 134 helicopters, 647 tanks, 330 artillery pieces, 1,844 armored personnel carriers, 107 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), seven boats, 1,273 vehicles, 76 fuel tanks, 54 anti-aircraft batteries, 92 unmanned aerial systems, 25 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems.

War Crimes in Ukraine

More chilling images of bodies strewn on the roads of liberated Ukrainian villages and horror stories from those who survived the Russian occupation are surfacing by the hour.

The international community has condemned the Russian atrocities, and the U.S. and European Union are considering additional sanctions. In Europe, specifically, there are discussions of banning imports of Russian gas and oil. Despite the Russian invasion and the unprecedented sanctions that the European Union imposed on Moscow, the European countries are still buying Russian energy in the amount of $850 million each day.

The Ukrainian intelligence services have stated that the Russian 64 Motor Rifle Brigade is responsible for the atrocities in Bucha, and they have released the names, ranks, and passport details of all the members of the Russian unit.

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. yellowstoneuk

    April 4, 2022 at 11:31 am

    The RUSSIANS invaded ukraine with 150,000 troops and 10,000 armoured vehicles, inclusive of tanks.
    Russian losses of armoured vehicles are close to 2,500, so they have lost nearly 25% of AV.
    Paret o was an Italian economist who noticed that 20% of causes created 80% of results.
    Paret o applied to Russian losses fatalities and wounded (3x fatalities) shows three 20% Paret o points met.
    First point 20% military efficiency
    2nd. Point 4% military efficiency
    3rd. Point 0.8% military efficiency
    What supports the USE of the Pareto in the calculation of loss of Russian military efficiency is that an army will normally use its most experienced troops at the front. It necessarily follows that losses incurred through lethalities and wounded will be at the front. The overconfidence of the invaders failed to take on board that a numerically inferior force would use big and run tactics.
    Just like a human body develops antibodies to infection, the russians have the Ukrainians 8 years to develop counter measures. Finally 8 years of nato retraining so that the russians had no strategy of tactic to deal with unknown military response.

  2. Alex

    April 4, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Bandera Nazi, as always, lies. There is real data that even the Pentagon agrees with:
    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 125 aircraft, 91 helicopters, 392 unmanned aerial vehicles, 226 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1936 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 211 multiple rocket launchers, 833 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 1810 units have been destroyed. special military vehicles.
    In addition, over the past night, Russian aviation hit 14 military targets in Ukraine: two command posts, two launchers of Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems, one artillery battery, two depots of rocket and artillery weapons and ammunition, three fuel depots, six support points and parking of military equipment.
    Also, Russian air defense systems shot down six drones in the air.
    Mariupol is captured by 95%, Bandera Nazis are only at the plant, which will be destroyed. Those who tried to escape in helicopters were destroyed, special services are working with the surviving bastards. There is information that, along with the Bandera Nazis, there are instructors and high-ranking officials from the US and the EU. Macron personally asked to release a couple of helicopters from there, but was refused. When all the leaders are captured, incl. and foreigners in Mariupol, the world learns a lot of new things.

  3. Lee

    April 4, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Alex, Go STFU you commie BSTRD and suck on PTN and Dmitry Schlong and get the FU outa here before I show you US military might up close.
    You lying 🤥 Russian simpleton! Go drink some Vodka and take a Chechnyan with you and stroll into Kyiv!

  4. Alex

    April 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Bandera Nazi, do you really think that I do not see where you are writing from? Your plan to write under different nicknames failed. Get ready to pay for your words and actions, soon they will come for you.

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