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Putin is Coming: Russia’s Military Has Its Guns Aimed At Luhansk

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Russian President Putin testing a new sniper rifle. Image Credit: Russian State Media.

Russia’s next move in Ukraine seems clear: Ukrainians living in the contested Luhansk region were encouraged to evacuate earlier this week as Russian strikes intensified in the area, targeting civilian infrastructure and buildings.

In a Telegram post shared on Monday, the head of Luhansk’s Regional Military Administration said that evacuations would be organized from the cities of Rubizhne, Hirske, Popasna, Lysychansk, and Severodonetsk.

In the post, Serhiy Haidai urged people to evacuate while they can still be saved.

“We will proceed with evacuation no matter what,” he said, telling residents that there are “no safe places left in the region.”

This latest round of evacuations is not expected to be hindered by disagreements over humanitarian corridors. Such disagreements severely impacted previous evacuation efforts in other parts of Ukraine. This time, evacuations will take place even as Russian soldiers continue their assault on the region.

Kyiv Independent also reported on Tuesday that Haidai said evacuating residents from the town of Kreminna, a town that was recently seized by Russian forces, is now impossible.

Four civilians who attempted to Kreminna were fatally shot, according to a report from Reuters. The civilians were killed as they attempted to flee by car during a Russian attack.

Will Russia Target Humanitarian Convoys?

Without humanitarian route agreements in place, Russia’s troops may target convoys of fleeing Ukrainian residents. Even without direct Russian troops directly targeting the convoys, evacuating Ukrainians may still find themselves caught in the crossfire.

Russia has a history of not recognizing humanitarian corridors not just in Ukraine but also in Syria, and the substantial damage done to residential buildings across the country in the last two months indicates that convoys leaving Luhansk could be in danger.

Russia’s Deputy United Nations Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy also reportedly dismissed calls for new humanitarian ceasefire agreements this week, claiming that any such suggestion is an effort to help the Ukrainian military gain advantage over Russian forces.

Polyanskity reportedly said that the calls for new ceasefires “merely point to an aspiration to provide Kyiv nationalists breathing room” and to give Ukrainian soldiers a chance to regroup and take delivery of more weapons from the United States and NATO allies.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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  1. Alex

    April 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Judging by the map of hostilities, the entire largest grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is divided into parts, cut off from supply and connection with other units, and systematically destroyed. However, recently hundreds of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have surrendered and more than a few thousand have surrendered. Donbass will never become Ukrainian, and this is simply worth recognizing. The question is different – how Russia is going to clean up the west of Ukraine from the Bandera Nazis. I think that for the west of Ukraine it is possible to use the tactics of the United States – to bomb a hornet’s nest from the air with everything you can.

  2. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 2:19 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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