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Putin Has A Problem: NATO Is Sending Artillery and Tanks to Ukraine

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T-72 tanks from Poland. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Russia’s war on Ukraine entered a new phase early in April as Putin belatedly recognized the failure of his assaults on Kyiv. The decimated survivors of that ill-fated campaign are now being transported by rail to eastern Ukraine to pursue what Moscow hopes is a more achievable war aim: the capture of the entire Donbas region of Ukraine and the destruction of the elite Ukrainian mechanized brigades defending it.

Kyiv has won a momentous victory by defeating Putin’s ambition to capture of the Ukrainian capital, decapitate its government, and subjugate all of Ukraine under a puppet regime. But for the Donbas campaign, Kyiv needs mechanized units with tanks and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to seize and defend ground. Infantry on foot, even armed with advanced Western portable missile launchers, cannot accomplish as much in Donbas’s open terrain as in the suburbs and forested areas surrounding Kyiv.

That’s why Ukraine’s President Zelensky has been requesting heavier weapons recently, particularly the hundreds of Soviet-built armored vehicles, notably T-72 tanks, and BMP IFVs, still in service with NATO’s eastern members. These are relatively inexpensive and familiar to Ukraine’s military, and therefore can be integrated immediately.

Through March, NATO leaders were hesitant. Tanks are more expensive, complicated and logistically challenging than portable missiles. Moreover, many feared tank deliveries would provoke Moscow more than anti-tank missiles.

But by mid-April, NATO armor and artillery first began trickling and then pouring in to reinforce Ukraine’s war effort. At least 200 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles have been delivered so far, a number which may rise in the coming weeks.

This article will survey the tanks and infantry vehicles being delivered to Ukraine—or being considered for delivery. Companion pieces will soon detail transfers of artillery and vehicles aimed at enhancing the mobility of Ukrainian forces.

140+ T-72M1s from Poland and the Czech Republic

While Ukraine has traditionally operated indigenous, higher-quality T-64 tanks after Russia’s incursions in 2014 Kyiv began reactivating T-72 and T-80 tanks from storage. Ukraine is even fielding uniquely upgraded T-72 models.

The Soviet-designed 45 to 50-ton T-72 has a crew of three and is armed with a 125-millimeter gun. Ubiquitous across the globe, it’s smaller, lighter, and less heavily armored than Western contemporaries, and thus easier to maintain and deploy. However, it’s prone to catastrophically blowing its top off when penetrated due to shell storage in the turret.

While T-64s and T-80s are scarce abroad, NATO member states happen to have hundreds of T-72s in service and storage which may mysteriously find their way into Ukrainian hands.

The Czechs led the pack furnishing “up to 40” or “dozens” of export-model T-72M1s early in April,  out of 66 T-72M1s it held in storage.

But the big news is confirmation that Poland has dispatched at least 100 of its T-72M1s too, including some upgraded T-72M1Rs.

Together, that is more than enough T-72s for four tank battalions, or a full tank brigade.

The M1R modernization replaces the base T-72M1’s Luna infrared searchlight with a passive (ie. non-detectable) KLW-1 Asteria thermal camera, digital engine controls and communication systems, GPS navigation, and addition of a storage ‘bustle’ on the rear turret. The KLW-1 can acquire targets 7.45 miles away using narrow-field view or 2.85 miles for widefield view.

Poland only began receiving its first M1Rs in 2019, with reportedly 67 delivered by 2021 and entering service with the tank battalion of the 19th Lublin Mechanized Brigade. The total planned upgrade of at least 230 tanks costs 1.749 billion zloty (ie $409.6 million), or $1.7 million per tank.

BMP-1s from Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Poland

Infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) are designed to both transport infantry into battle and provide fire support with formidable armament. The Soviet BMP-1, paraded in Moscow in 1967, was the original take on the IFV—a troop carrier bristling with a cannon and anti-tank missiles.

By 2021, Ukraine had 219 BMP-1s and 115 radar-equipped BRM-1K reconnaissance vehicles—and it’s receiving dozens more from four different countries. These outdated vehicles were reintroduced into Ukrainian service in 2014.

Like many pioneering designs, the BMP-1 was a flawed first draft. Limited by excessively thin armor susceptible to machine gun fire and cramped and unsafe passenger accommodations, its armament proved more effective in theory than practice. Its 2A28 Grom low-pressure gun spat out 73-millimeter rocket-propelled shells with limited accuracy beyond 500 meters, while the Malyutka missile-launcher on its turret, capable of long-range (max 3 kilometers) tank busting, was awkward to use.

The subsequent BMP-2 model, armed with a rapid-firing cannon and newer semi-automatically guided AT-4 missiles, proved far more practical. But still thousands of BMP-1s remained in many country’s arsenals when the Soviet Union dissolved.

The Czech Republic license-built thousands of BMPs (which they called BVPs), and in 1991 had 768 BVP-1s in inventory. These were consigned in favor of BVP-2s, 120 of which remain operationally deployed. By 2020, the Czechs had in storage 65 BVP-2s and least 98 BVP-1s. Early in April, Prague revealed it had transferred an unknown number of BVPs to Ukraine.

The Czechs are involved in another BMP-1 transfer also involving Germany and Sweden. Following German unification, Berlin inherited 1,112 East German BMP-1s and BMP-1(P)s. These served in six Homeland Security Brigades formed by Berlin in 1991.

But the Soviet IFVs didn’t meet German safety standards and many were refit to the BMP-1A1 Ost  model with new headlights, armaments racks and asbestos removal. These only served for a few years before being retired.

Next, the Swedes snatched up 431 of the cheap ex-German BMPs and paid a Czech company to modify 350 with additional health/safety and ergonomic improvements, and remove the outdated Malyutka missile launchers. Re-designated the Pbv-501 by the Swedes, these also were retired after a few year’s service.

Late in March, Sweden finally secured permission from Germany to transfer 56 of its Pbv-501s to Ukraine out of Czech storage facilities—enough to outfit an entire mechanized battalion.

Poland also retained a whopping 1,100 Czech-built BMP-1s (designated BWP-1s in Polish service) per a 2021 report, and unknown quantity of which have been transferred to Ukraine.

Poland can spare some BWPs as it plans to replace them with new Borsuk IFVs, though it may still  interim upgrade some, as the process may take beyond 2030.

Overall, the BMP-1 remains poorly armored, awkwardly armed and ergonomically unpleasant. But it still can blast enemy positions and knock out lighter armored vehicles with its cannon and protect embarked infantry from small arms fire as they move to contact with enemy forces.

Can Ukraine Get Away with Marders?

Meanwhile, German chancellor Scholz has been bellyaching over whether to donate Marder (“Marten”) tracked infantry fighting vehicles, 100 of which have been requested by Ukraine. After successful service in Afghanistan, these were retired in favor of new Puma IFVs.

Scholz argued that sending ready-to-use Marders to Ukraine would deprive the Bundeswehr of necessary ready reserve stocks to meet NATO obligations, though manufacturer Rheinmetall has offered to backfill any Marders delivered to Ukraine with refurbished vehicles by the end of the year.

If Berlin balks at donating its ready inventory of Marders, Rheinmetall has also offered to sell 70-80 refurbished Marders to Kyiv with deliveries completed by the end of 2022.

The Marder has a crew of three, and can carry just six infantrymen. Though similar in concept to the BMP, it weighs nearly twice as much and is better armored, particularly against the BMP-2’s 30-millimeter gun. The Marder’s smaller 20-millimeter RH202 high-velocity cannon can penetration substantial armor for its size and has a high rate of fire, and its MILAN guided missile launcher allows it to threaten tanks at long range.

On the downside, Ukraine’s military has never operated Marders before and only recently acquired a small batch of MILAN missiles from France.

Leopard 1s back in the fray?

The CEO of German manufacturer Rheinmetall told trade journal Handelsblatt it was preparing to deliver 50 retired Leopard 1A5 tanks to Ukraine. If the sale is approved, he claims the first 10-20 Leopards could arrive in Ukraine in six weeks, with the rest following over three months.  The CEO claimed Ukrainian personnel could learn to operate the unfamiliar new tank “within a few days.”

The original 40-ton Leopard 1 was designed in the late 1950s when armor-piercing shell technology seemed to hopelessly outpace improvements to armor. Thus, unlike the modern Leopard 2, the Leopard 1 featured minimal armor (maximum of 70 millimeters, slightly less than a World War II Sherman tank) and instead emphasized accurate hitting power and mobility.

Despite weak armor, the Leopard 1 proved popular, and was widely exported. Canada even deployed up-armored Leopards 1s in combat in Bosnia and Afghanistan. The ultimate 1A5 model has moderately improved armor, but more importantly integrates a state-of-the-art EMES-18 fire control computers with day/night thermal imager and laser range-finder.

Undoubtedly, Leopard 1s would remain vulnerable even to light anti-armor weapons, and its rifled 105-millimeter L7A3 guns, though well-respected, may struggle to reliably penetrate the frontal armor of more modern Russian tanks like the T-72B3 and T-90.

Still, any mobile platform that can deliver accurate fire support has intrinsic value; perhaps Ukraine could use these tanks in supporting roles. How readily Ukraine could create the infrastructure to support the Western design, however, is uncertain.

Other potential donors?

Bulgaria in particular has hundreds of Soviet tanks and BMPs in storage it could contribute. Turkey has a huge back inventory of hundreds of dated Western tanks which have been modernized to varying degrees, including M48 and M60 Pattons and Leopard 1s. But those designs would be unfamiliar to Ukraine’s military, are mostly are outgunned by T-72s, and require new supply chains of 105-millimeter ammunition.

Sébastien Roblin writes on the technical, historical, and political aspects of international security and conflict for publications including The National InterestNBC NewsForbes.com, War is Boring and 19FortyFive, where he is Defense-in-Depth editor.  He holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and served with the Peace Corps in China.  You can follow his articles on Twitter.

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Sebastien Roblin writes on the technical, historical, and political aspects of international security and conflict for publications including the 19FortyFive, The National Interest, NBC News, Forbes.com, and War is Boring. He holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and served with the Peace Corps in China.  

29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. CK

    April 16, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Hope Germany gets off the fence soon and sends them the Marders, Panzerhaubitze 2000 and Leopards, even if they are the MK I.

    Alex: HurDy DoNbAsS mIlItIaS wElCoMe NaTo ArMs ShIpMeNts. Hurdy duhrdy.

  2. Jimmy John Doe

    April 16, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    It’s crystal clear US & NATO relish the spilling of blood in Europe and the big failure to solve problems in the middle east despite being unceremoniously KICKED out of Kabul last august.

    The thirst for blood and gore is as strong as ever. The ‘force’ of war is strong with NATO. Wait till Sweden and Finland join this party and then GAME’S OVER for Europe.

  3. Slack

    April 16, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Today, they’re sending tanks and artillery to ukraine.What were they sending to ukraine in 2013/2014.

    In Dec 2013, Victoria nuland, a super duper powerful lady in oba’s administration told a group of Ukrainians visiting Washington that the US had ‘invested’ $5 billion in ukraine to build democratic skills, presumably including overthrowing govts, and sure in early 2014, the lady was caught discussing with US ambassador to Kyiv on who should be next leader, and nuland favored russophobe tough guy Arseniv yatseniuk (yats to nuland) and ambassador agreed and nuland also made a disparaging remark on EU.

    Now, things have come full circle, and oba’s delegated successor, old joe, is continuing where nuland left off. Then billions of bucks to support mayhem, NOW tanks and artillery to support more mayhem.

    So, what’s next.TAC NUKES, yes? Yeah, tac nukes.

  4. Alex

    April 16, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    What is known about NATO weapons on the territory of Ukraine? Only facts:
    1. Weapons are destroyed by Russian missiles in warehouses.
    2. Donbass militias take NATO weapons for themselves.
    3. It happens that Bandera Nazis kill themselves with NATO weapons due to low training and drug use.
    Conclusion: now it is clear why the Donbass militias are laughing and asking NATO to supply more weapons.

  5. CK

    April 16, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Yes, it is NATO that relish bloodshed in Europe, a defensive alliance, but Russia that does the invading, killing, looting, raping, and then retreats with its tail between its legs because of its impotence.

    Imagine the thought of Sweden and Finland joining, what will happen? More peace? I’m sure Russia will have to invade them too to teach them a lesson, right? How dare they destabilise Europe, with their pesky mutual assurances of defence.

    And yes, I guess tac nukes is the next step if Putin decides to nuke Ukraine, a nightmarish scenario anyone with a brain can see coming as soon as the Donbass offensive fails.

    As for you Alex… tell me, were you born this stupid, or did your parents have to pay extra? Really, it is quite extraordinary.

  6. Alex

    April 16, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    The need for NATO disappeared with the demise of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact. However, having promised not to expand to the east, NATO constantly crept slowly to the very borders of Russia. And now NATO is literally on Russia’s doorstep. I wonder how many people were killed by NATO’s defensive alliance in the countries of the former Yugoslavia? Not giving a damn about all the permissions needed for this operation. In how many countries has NATO killed everyone in a row under the pretext of fighting “bad” regimes? Who gave NATO the right to interfere in the affairs of other countries? We know who are the crazy killers from Washington and the crowned individuals of London.

    It would be great to gather Bandera Nazis in the field and destroy them with nuclear weapons. but this is not possible because they cover themselves with civilians as a human shield. Of course, this did not stop the United States, when they wiped Hiroshima and Nagasaki off the face of the earth with nuclear charges. But Russia is too merciful. Everything will be much simpler: Ukraine will cease to exist in its present form, and for a few more years they will catch and bring to trial Bandera Nazis. The whole world understood this. In addition to the Bandera Nazis themselves.

  7. CK

    April 16, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    “But Russia is too merciful” – like a lot of your other lies, this one too will come to haunt you.

    Also, did you hear Alex? Two more Russian generals killed today! Vladimir Frolov and Denis Mezhuev! At this rate Russia won’t even have guys left to push the red buttons!

    You should go and join them Alex, I hear the soil in Ukraine is really amenable at this time of the year!

  8. Alex

    April 16, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    If a young Bandera Nazi does not sleep and shows his hysteria, then the Bandera Nazis are doing very badly and this pleases 🙂

  9. CK

    April 17, 2022 at 5:02 am

    I know this might be very hard for a Russian like you to understand, especially a brainwashed troll, but the world does not revolve around you, or Russia.

    It’s called a job Alex. You should try getting a real one one day. I hear Sveta is getting tired of bringing home the bacon every day.

  10. Eric

    April 17, 2022 at 10:03 am

    “the false claims Russia has made about its invasion are worse than the propaganda spread by the Nazis during World War II” (https://www.businessinsider.com/ukraine-first-lady-russian-invasion-claims-worse-than-nazi-propaganda-2022-4)

    Western countries are helping Ukraine because they know Russians are the aggressors in this case and have escalated to committing war crimes and genocide. Even if individual cases go unpunished, it is in the interest of the free democratic world to see Ukraine win and Russa lose.

  11. Alex

    April 17, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    American military analyst Scott Ritter: “The most important holiday in Russia is Victory Day. They died in that war with Nazi Germany from 20 to 30 million. In every city, in every village there are monuments to people who died. Every family lost a relative, two, three, four, ten, twenty in that war! That’s what Russia is today! And you order them to sit quietly and watch the ideology of Nazism revive in Ukraine, and not interfere?”

  12. James

    April 18, 2022 at 1:34 am

    But Alex, as you know from history, Russia plotted with the Nazi government in the 1930s helping them rebuild their military strength and to seize Poland. So Stalin’s sacrifice of millions of Russians was necessary to correct his earlier muddling.

  13. Alex

    April 18, 2022 at 2:39 am

    James: It is worth recalling how the US and Britain supplied the Third Reich in the 30s of the last century. Do you remember this from history?

  14. IN

    April 18, 2022 at 7:33 am

    Not a single one BMP called BVP 1 was made in Czech Republic.
    Up to 20 000 of them were produced in Slovakia.

  15. from Russia with love

    April 18, 2022 at 10:15 am

    James:
    “But Alex, as you know from history, Russia plotted with the Nazi government in the 1930s helping them rebuild their military strength and to seize Poland. So Stalin’s sacrifice of millions of Russians was necessary to correct his earlier muddling.”

    I’m amazed at how low the level of education in the US is.
    The USSR collaborated with the Weimar Republic. as soon as Hitler came to power, cooperation with the USSR was interrupted. Nazi Germany was pumped with guns and money by Western countries. Hitler for them was their boyfriend, unlike the communists and Stalin.
    it is very strange that you remember the Molotov Rebentrop pact and do not remember at all about the Munich agreement that happened before. you remember about Poland, but for some reason you don’t remember about Czechoslovakia.
    some more facts.
    by 1940 there were more than half a million Britons in Britain in the British Union of Fascists.
    How were things with fascism in the USA? German American Bund parade on East 86th St., New York City, October 30, 1939
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_American_Bund#/media/File:German_American_Bund_NYWTS.jpg
    but Stalin is to blame, of course, who was the last in Europe to conclude a non-aggression pact with Germany 🙂 #sarcasm

  16. CK

    April 18, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Nice to see Alex bring some friends.

    But always the same playbook – whataboutism, deflect, counter-accuse, obfuscate.

    Regardless of who helped who and did what in WW2, that’s irrelevant. We are talking about Russi and Ukraine TODAY. That is the onus of this argument.

    And it’s funny Alex, you say we are seeing Nazism rise again, and how can we let it flourish – exactly, that’s exactly why we are arming Ukraine. Because Russia today is Nazi in almost everything but name. Authoritarian, one party state, extreme censorship, gulags, concentration camps, rampant nationalism, imperialist misadventures, wish for more land, genocide, war crimes, the list goes on.

    But yes, keep talking about WW2. The one time Russia was on the right side of history. You must really miss those days, huh?

  17. Alex

    April 19, 2022 at 4:10 am

    Spit on Russia and Ukraine. Just facts: pigs from Ukraine burn cars in Germany, poop right on the road. They are just pigs.

  18. CK

    April 19, 2022 at 4:23 am

    Alex, what are you doing here? You aren’t allowed out unsupervised! Now now, come on, let’s get you some valium and warm milk. Back to the old people’s home with you.

  19. from Russia with love

    April 19, 2022 at 4:42 am

    CK:
    I didn’t answer you, I answered James. it was he who carried some hellish nonsense about the fact that the USSR entered into an alliance with Hitler. but you are like him 😉 he doesn’t want to see the swatiks that american nazis carry around new york in 1939, you don’t want to see the nauists of Azov, Right Sector and C-14 who are the backbone of the ukrainian army.
    “Because Russia today is Nazi in almost everything but name.”
    Russia, in which criminal punishment for Nazi propaganda is provided for you, is Nazi, but Ukraine, in which the Nazis are national heroes, is not Nazi for you. funny 🙂 I remember Roosevelt’s words about Samos. By the way, he’s also a Nazi.
    “But yes, keep talking about WW2. The one time Russia was on the right side of history. You must really miss those days, huh?”
    I’m glad that those days are back and Russia is on the right side again 🙂

  20. CK

    April 19, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for proving my point that Russia is stuck in the past. It’s all you talk about. It’s where you all live.

    Have fun there with your distorted histories and imagined enemies 🙂

  21. Bertram

    April 19, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    It may be time for Poland, Chechia, or Romania to begin to move peacekeeping forces into Ukraine to protect cities from missile strikes from Russian targets.

    Establish missile defense systems in Ukraine, and defensive weapons to take out targets firing at them. Russia has had time to control their own behavior. It is time the adults take control and help the Ukrainian people who are under threat of genocide from Russian forces under the control of Putin. Putin may attack them if he wants, but the west is increasingly hungry to strike back at Russia and would welcome the chance to humiliate Putin. European countries no longer react with fear at Russian threats now that they have seen how impotent they have been in attacking Ukraine.

    Destroyed columns of Russian tanks, and wrecked helicopters littering the countryside would be welcomed in the free west and a good lesson for Russians who believed Putin’s boasts.

  22. from Russia with love

    April 20, 2022 at 3:24 am

    CK:
    “Have fun there with your distorted histories and imagined enemies”
    Unfortunately, the Nazis from Azov, the Right Sector or C-14 are not the past, but the terrible present of Nazi Ukraine. but we are solving this problem.
    Yesterday Azov’s commander, blocked in Mariupol, started asking to be extradited to third countries. the task is not easy. in order for it to be scattered across third countries, something more serious than the FAB-3000 needs to be thrown at it. there are doubts that this is possible from the point of view of physics. hundreds of kilometers to the nearest countries and it is doubtful that it will be possible to scatter its fragments over such a distance with an explosion 🙂

  23. CK

    April 20, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Yes, Nazis fighting Nazis, apparently. Hopefully you both kill yourselves there in Azostal and buy time for the rest of the Ukrainian army to kick the rest of the Russian ass all the way over the steps.

    Win-win if you ask me.

  24. from Russia with love

    April 21, 2022 at 11:31 am

    CK:
    Mariupol has been liberated 🙂 the territory of the plant has been cleared. the Nazis were driven into bomb shelters, but they are not going to storm them. they decided to just wall up there. Today, Russian and DPR army units leave Mariupol and go to other sectors of the front. on April 20, the Russian troops advanced 25 km to the south. 3 settlements are taken. Ukrainian troops retreated from the village of Rubizhne. left on their own. they are trying to stop the breakthrough in the village of Popasnoye, but they are unlikely to be able to. in the north, Russian troops are advancing on a broad front in the direction of Barvenkovo ​​and Kramatorsk.
    and this is not the main offensive yet, this is only the preparation of a bridgehead for the offensive;)

  25. CK

    April 21, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Ah yes, “liberated”. Where have I heard something similar?

    They create a desert, and call it peace. Be careful there, beneath placid sands, even vipers can strike when you least expect them to.

  26. from Russia with love

    April 22, 2022 at 5:23 am

    CK:
    you don’t have to remember. we know very well that the only difference between Ukrainian Nazis and ISIS is that Ukrainians eat pork. Russian special forces have rich experience in fighting terrorists. 😉 The representative of Azov couldn’t think of anything better than speaking on television with threats to hit Mariupol with Point U on May 9, when the “Immortal Regiment” action will take place there. terror and threats of massacres – this is all that the Ukrainian anists can offer to Mariupol.
    By the way, doesn’t it bother you that you are in the same boat with terrorists from ISIS and Azov?

    PS
    yesterday rats from the cellars of Azovstal filmed another message with a plea to save them. they already shoot such videos for Zelensky, for their command, even for the Pope of Rome 🙂
    yesterday the Nazis from Azov begged the son of the Nazi Olaf Scholz to save them 🙂 as you might expect, Olaf Scholz doesn’t give a damn about them.

  27. CK

    April 22, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    @from Russia with love,

    I want you to google “Tom and Jerry Jerry Sleeping” into google images, and the result is how I sleep at night knowing some Russian bot tried to paint me in the same brush as ISIS and Nazis.

  28. from Russia with love

    April 24, 2022 at 9:57 am

    СК:
    you don’t like something? Do you think that ISIS and the Ukrainian junta are somehow different? let’s watch…
    here is a Ukrainian patriotic clip.
    https://twitter.com/Vasilisa_2_0/status/1513226869000257536
    is it any different from the terrorists in Iraq and Syria? no.
    Maybe it’s the evil Russians who have filmed such a nasty thing about Ukraine and are now publishing it? no, here it is in the Ukrainian public with a patriotic commentary in Ukrainian.
    Western propaganda has big problems with the terrorist junta, which has been funded by Western countries since 2014. The West is trying to portray the junta as freedom fighters, but the junta that holds power through terror is forced to constantly publish its attacks in order to maintain the morale of its terrorists and keep the population in fear.
    on one of the state channels, on March 15, the Ukrainian journalist Fakhrudin Sharafmal admitted that he really likes the doctrine of SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Adolf Eichmann.
    “Eichmann said: “In order to destroy a nation, one must first kill their children.” I will adhere to this doctrine so that neither you nor your children live on this earth … And if this requires slaughtering all your families, I will be one of the first to do this, ”the journalist addressed the Russians.
    maybe this is an isolated case? no. such dirt constantly comes from Ukrainian publics. this is the basis of Ukrainian patriotism. for ISIS it is to kill infidels, for Ukrainians it is to kill Russians. there is no difference between them.

  29. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:40 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.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.

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