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Putin’s Ukraine Military Disaster Just Won’t Seem to End

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Three Challenger 2 main battle tanks firing their 120mm guns during a night firing exercise by the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry at Lulworth, Dorset.

On day 62 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military is still trying to achieve a breakthrough in eastern Ukraine. Reports indicate heavy fighting in the area as the Ukrainian forces are trying to slow or stop the Russian advance, mainly through counterattacks

The U.S. and the European Union continue to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons. 

The Battle In the East

In its daily estimate of the war, the British Ministry of Defense assessed that the Russian forces are trying to encircle heavily fortified Ukrainian positions and create pockets. The Russian forces seem to have been making some limited progress. 

“Russian forces are likely attempting to encircle heavily fortified Ukrainian positions in the east of Ukraine. The city of Kreminna has reportedly fallen and heavy fighting is reported south of Izium, as Russian forces attempt to advance towards the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk from the north and east. Ukrainian forces have been preparing defences in Zaporizhzhia in preparation for a potential Russian attack from the south,” the British Military Intelligence stated.

Mariupol still remains contested, with the last Ukrainian defenders and thousands of civilians holed up in the massive Azovstal steelworks plant. Although Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in the southern Ukrainian port city, the Russian military is committing about 12 tactical battalion groups, or roughly between 8,000 to 12,000 men, to contain and defeat the last Ukrainian forces. 

On Monday, Transnistria, a breakaway pro-Russian province in Moldova in the west of Ukraine, was shaken by several explosions. The Russian military has several hundred troops in the breakaway province, and the Ukrainian government claimed that the explosions were part of a false-flag operation to justify a Russian incursion from there. But a few hundred troops won’t be able to do any serious damage, and the Russian military can hardly support them while it is fighting a major offensive with hundreds of thousands of troops in the east.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Tuesday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 22,100 Russian troops (and wounded approximately thrice that number), destroyed 184 fighter, attack, and transport jets, 154 helicopters, 918 tanks, 416 artillery pieces, 2,308 armored personnel carriers, 149 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), eight boats, 1,643 vehicles, 76 fuel tanks, 69 anti-aircraft batteries, 205 unmanned aerial systems, 31 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems. 

According to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the training of the first 50 Ukrainian troops on the M-777 Howitzers is complete, and the next batch of 50 is soon to begin training. The Pentagon has already delivered 18 artillery pieces to Ukraine, with seven more underway; the rest 72 are soon to follow. Ukraine has also been given approximately $320 million in foreign military assistance to buy whatever military equipment it needs, including former Soviet weapon systems.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the U.S. and the European Union against sending weapons to Ukraine. 

Degrade The Russian Military 

The White House provided some clarity with respect to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s comments on his trip to Ukraine. The secretary of defense said that the U.S. wants to see the Russian military capabilities degrade to such a level that Moscow won’t be able to undertake similar campaigns of aggression against its neighbors. 

“Well, I think what Secretary Austin in his press conference was referring to is the fact that if you go back about two months ago, remember President Putin gave a speech where he talked about the aspirations — his aspirations, the aspirations he had for the Russian military — which were to degrade Ukraine, of course; to subsume Ukraine, to take over their sovereignty, their territorial integrity,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a press briefing

“Of course, they haven’t succeeded at that, but to go beyond that. So what Secretary Austin was talking about is our objective to prevent that from happening. Obviously, right now, the war is in Ukraine. They are — we’re proud of the Ukrainians’ success; their efforts to fight back, to push back on the Russian military, thanks to their bravery but also to our support. But, yes, we are also looking to prevent them from expanding their efforts and President Putin’s objectives beyond that, too,” Psaki added.

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.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Stanton George Steed

    April 26, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    The stupid foreign governments in Britain have got Britain into other war. This war will turn out like a modern Frist world war.

  2. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Yeah! Damn those foreign governments! Invading … Ukraine?!

  3. mcswell

    April 26, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I’m with CK, I think. What foreign governments in Britain?

  4. sprinter

    April 26, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Russia is 136 in the global corruption index. Beware when a seriously corrupt government starts making allegations about Russian speakers being ill treated or neo nazis, even though self same government displays half swastika on its military vehicles.
    A student of history knows that ukraine voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons in the 1990’s on condition that countries including Russia guaranteed its territorial integrity.

    The nato howitzers are superior to the Russian equivilant , there being a bigger, more powerful shell. What with German supplied anti aircraft weapons, the military balance seems to be shifting against Russia. What does not help Russia is that the original force of 150,000, suffered dead and wounded of 88,000, leaving 62,000 which has been redeployed to East ukraine with no rest.
    Pareto, analysis on the original force of 150,000_ indicates that three Pareto, points for military effectiveness were 20%, 4%, and finally 0.8%. The publicised invasion force for East and South ukraine is 100,000, so 100,000-62,000= 38,000 fresh troops.
    It is unlikely that the 38,000 troops not affected by the original invasion would achieve the standard 3 times Ukrainian military force to achieve a breakthrough.

  5. Alex

    April 27, 2022 at 6:54 am

    When the world sees the truth, Bandera’s Nazis burn ass so much that they begin to burn out and their approach to hell with their dad Bandera becomes faster.

    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.

  6. CK

    April 28, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    It’s hilarious to think Alex doesn’t even realise everything he says has the opposite effect of what he means.

    WHen I meet or see people like Alex, I truly wonder how we ever got so far. Science, medicine, being in space. Doesn’t feel possible if ever one person of our race can be that stupid.

    The imbecile can’t even post something new on a new days, same old recycling, different garbage for a different day, just like his nation, reliving their WW2 hits.

    It gives me great joy to remember every single nation that has lived in the past has indeed been consigned to it, and Russia is boarding that train to history with gusto.

    Do svidaniya komrades!

  7. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:09 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.

  8. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 9:38 am

    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.

  9. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 11:05 am

    It’s wonderful to watch how a young Bandera Nazi is turned inside out. Soon you will meet your Bandera in the same boiling pot, bastards 🙂

    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.

  10. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:40 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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