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Russia Has Already Lost the Ukraine War

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Russian tank using defensive measures to stop missile attack. Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot.

Russia Has Already Lost the War, even if it Wins in Donbas – The war in Ukraine grinds on. Now in its ninth week, the war has moved to Donbas, in Eastern Ukraine. We are hearing less out of that region than we heard from the fighting around Kyiv before. This is likely because the war is more kinetic and open than the ambush-style, shoot-and-scoot engagements of the early weeks.

It seems likely there will be more large collisions of massed formations. Ukrainian casualties are likely higher than before. Insofar as much of our war video footage on social media comes from the Ukrainians, we are probably seeing less because the war has become harder for them. The terrain of Donbas advantages the Russians

But even as Russia bludgeons its way into limited gains in the east, it has lost so much already in the conflict, that it is a catastrophe for Russian national power. Indeed, some observers think Ukraine may win the war outright. But even if it holds bits of the conquered east and south, these are vastly outweighed by the war’s costs:

Ukraine will Shortly Have One of the Best Armies in Europe

This is the richest irony of the invasion. Russian President Vladimir Putin pretty clearly expected a blitzkrieg. He would roll in, replace Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky quickly with a pro-Russian stooge, and roll out. The whole thing would be over before the West had time to mobilize. Putin, it seems, believed his own propaganda that Ukraine was a fake country.

Instead, he collided with a wall of patriotic Ukrainian troopers and civilians. They held out long enough for a Western pipeline to emerge to support the war effort. Now, Russia faces a military well-kitted, well-trained, battle-tested, well-led, with deep popular legitimacy, and supported by wealthy foreign patrons. Russia will never be able to steamroll Ukraine again. If the Russian army does not win the next few months, it will probably lose the whole war.

NATO will Expand

Ostensibly, NATO expansion was a major driver for Putin to invade. This is not true, but it is the argument Russian propaganda makes. In another rich irony, this has failed on its own terms. 

It is indeed likely that Ukraine will give up NATO membership aspirations as a part of a peace deal. But Sweden and Finland look quite likely to apply and will almost certainly be accepted. Finland’s ascension is a particular loss. It shares a long border with Russia, and throughout the Cold War it maintained neutrality. It is a measure of just how dangerous Putin has become – even more than the USSR! – that Finland will give up its long-standing neutralism.

Russia will be Badly Isolated

Any peace deal will formally restore Russia’s relationship with the world. Sanctions will be rolled back. Travel bans on Russian elites will cease. We know from the interwar period and Germany’s turn toward fascism that harshly punishing a war-loser risks incentivizing its worst, revanchist elements.

But just because the formal restrictions fade, normal diplomatic and economic intercourse with Russia will almost certainly not return until after Putin is gone. Western businesses will be reticent to return to Russia. All those companies which have withdrawn – Apple, Netflix, Honda, and so on – will not easily return. Sanctions end cannot force them to go back. Similarly, the end of the travel bans do not mean that world leaders must meet Russian elites. Particularly as the stories of Russian war crimes accumulate, Russia will be informally isolated for years to come.

NATO’s New Sense of Purpose

For decades after the Cold War, NATO was an organization in search of a mission. After 9/11, it experimented with ‘out of area’ operations, most obviously in Afghanistan. But these were never popular, and everyone was exhausted and happy to leave Afghanistan last year. French President Macron said NATO was ‘brain-dead’; former US President Donald Trump wanted many times to seem to quit the alliance.

NATO Putin

A Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) is pictured during a live firing exercise in Grafenwöhr, Germany. Exercise BAVARIAN CHARGER was the first of three large contingency operation exercises being undertaken by 20th Armoured Brigade between May – October 2013. Contingency Operations training is known as Hybrid Foundation Training or HFT.

Russian aggression has ended all this talk. It is now likely that the US will station forces further out in eastern Europe. Germany has committed to a major defense build-up. Brexit Britain is cooperating with the Continent again. What many consider Pro-Putin American critics like Tucker Carlson or Glenn Greenwald have been disgraced as American public opinion has swung behind Ukraine and the war.

All of these losses and setbacks vastly outweigh anything Putin might now win by conquest in Donbas. Ukraine will survive and become militarily capable of resisting Russia bullying. NATO will grow and deepen. Russia will drift into awkward isolation and dependence on China. That is quite an outcome for what was to be a quick little blitzkrieg.

Dr. Robert E. Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly; website) is a professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science at Pusan National University. Dr. Kelly is now a 1945 Contributing Editor as well. 

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Dr. Robert E. Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly; website) is a professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science at Pusan National University. Dr. Kelly is now a 1945 Contributing Editor as well. 

83 Comments

83 Comments

  1. aldol11

    April 30, 2022 at 8:48 am

    that’s just about sums it all up
    good article thank you

    • nonono

      May 4, 2022 at 1:15 am

      Just one issue.. The story makes the claim that Tucker is Pro Putin. LMAO Nothing could be further from the truth. NO Republican has EVER been Pro Putin or Pro Communist.

  2. CK

    April 30, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Two points of interest that were mentioned. First, that Ukraine is unlikely to follow in Finland and Sweden’s footsteps. But surely, that is only if they don’t win?

    In a situation where they fully expel Russia from occupied territories since 2014 (a tall order, I know) what leverage could Russia possibly have to stop them?

    The second point is that after the war, it will be business at usual with Russia, because of parallels with the treaty of versailles and punishing a nation too hard for fears of “revanchism”.

    Sorry, but that ship has long sailed. We alrady ARE a the revanchism stage with Russia. All they do is talk about how they want to retain their past glory and make Russia great again. What do you think the invasions of Georgia, Crimea, and Ukraine are about?

    In WW1, the Germans were one of many catalysts for the war. They almost alone were blamed for it. Hence the unfairness of versailles and the catastrophes that followed.

    Now, Russia IS the only one to blame. And they should be punished accordingly. No return to normal after the war is over. Would we have held hands with the Nazis in WW2 afterwards if they were defeated?

  3. Him

    April 30, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Let me get in before Alex-troll copies and pastes his Nazi video text.

    When you read Alex’s post, you can imagine the tone of his voice of that person. Alex is like those Nazi guys in SS uniform in the WW2 movies, Sieg Heil, shouting that the Fuhrer (Putin) is the greatest.

    Remember, propagandists accuse the other side of what they are doing themselves.

    When Alex accuses Ukraine of being Nazi — anyone can accuse. But that accusation needs to be tested.

    Let’s test it, Alex.

    For Ukraine to be characterised overall as a Nazi country:

    – where are the Nazi’s in Ukraine (aside from assertions about the Azov Battalion and their training camps)?

    – is Ukraine’s government primarily characterised as a Nazi government? Where is the evidence? It means nothing for you to cite videos showing Nazi’s in Ukraine. Heck, there are Nazi’s in every country, and you can find videos of Nazi training camps in every country. This does not mean those countries are Nazi. In a large country, there are many people. The number of Nazi’s is so small that they are mostly just a fringe group. A fringe group does not cause the entire country to be characterised as Nazi.

    You need to give more proof that just a few random videos.

    e.g. in Japan, there are Communist supporters, but their number and influence is so small that you would never characterise Japan as a Communist country.

    So the point is, just citing videos means nothing. Do you understand that, Alex?

    You have to prove that, overall, the entire country is characterised as being Nazi.

    Now, which country in the entire world has the behaviour of Adolf Hitler? Who is threatening to attack and take over other European countries. Who is threatening to bomb other countries?

    It’s Putin and Russia.

    If you ignore labels, but actually test the actions and behaviour, then the ones who are doing the Nazi actions are the Russians.

    Everyone in the world can see this, except the Russian people like Alex.

    Alex, if this is your paid job to be a Russian troll to spread Russian lies, maybe, personally, you might consider what your life amounts to, and that you can repent before God and turn your life around, and no keep going towards the dark side.

    • h

      April 30, 2022 at 9:50 am

      To be fair, if Alex doesn’t meet his trolling quota, he might get conscripted to the western front… Like the Russian conscripts being sent to war, and the hapless blokes up to 65 years of age being press-ganged in Luhansk and Donetsk, and like the poor pianist Nikolay Zvyagintsev from the Donetsk philharmonic who died in combat near Mariupol.

    • mcswell

      April 30, 2022 at 10:21 am

      “Alex is like those Nazi guys in SS uniform in the WW2 movies”. Indeed. Another metaphor is Baghdad Bob.

    • from Russia with love

      May 2, 2022 at 6:21 am

      Him, are you serious? 🙂 ok, let’s go.
      “– where are the Nazi’s in Ukraine (aside from assertions about the Azov Battalion and their training camps)?”

      in Ukraine, Nazis and war criminals Bandera, Shukhe, UPA and SS Galicia are recognized as heroes of Ukraine. at the state level. neo-Nazi organizations such as Azov, Pravy Sektor, S-14 are funded from the state budget. every year in the new year in Kyiv there is a mass torchlight procession of the Nazis, like in 1939 in the USA 🙂 let’s add to this the propaganda of Ukrainian Nazism in the school curriculum. The Ukrainian state organized a competition for schoolchildren on the topic draw the heroes of the Galicia division, bashfully removing the SS from its name.
      the state glorifies the Nazis, supports nauist organizations, promotes Nazism in the school curriculum, but is it not Nazi in your opinion? how do you do it?
      “– is Ukraine’s government primarily characterised as a Nazi government? Where is the evidence? It means nothing for you to cite videos showing Nazi’s in Ukraine. Heck, there are Nazi’s in every country, and you can find videos of Nazi training camps in every country. This does not mean those countries are Nazi.”
      in every country a Nazi can throw a grenade at the police, kill three of them and not suffer any punishment for it? in each country, the Nazis can burn 40 people alive and not suffer any punishment for it? in every country a Nazi can shoot a journalist and not bear any responsibility for it? no. only in Ukraine! although no, not only. among the friends of the United States there are still countries in which the actions of death squads are quite legal. 😉
      “In a large country, there are many people. The number of Nazi’s is so small that they are mostly just a fringe group. A fringe group does not cause the entire country to be characterised as Nazi.”
      this was true in 2013, but after the US-backed coup d’état in 2014, these fringes gained power and control over the security forces. they received weapons and became the basis of the modern army of ukraine. you want to say that this is normal?
      “Now, which country in the entire world has the behaviour of Adolf Hitler? Who is threatening to attack and take over other European countries. Who is threatening to bomb other countries?

      It’s Putin and Russia.”
      as far as I know Iraq, Libya, Serbia, the US bombed. what about Putin? or “this is different”?
      “If you ignore labels, but actually test the actions and behaviour, then the ones who are doing the Nazi actions are the Russians.”
      is it after the previous quote? funny 🙂 and what do you do if not labeling?
      “Everyone in the world can see this, except the Russian people like Alex.”
      1) Alex is a Pole. just unlike you, he has experience with Ukrainian “non-Nazis”;) unlike you, Poland has a common border with Ukraine and historical experience with the heroes of Ukraine – Bandera. and he really wants Poland to take Kresy from Ukraine and Poland will most likely do it;)
      2) fortunately, only the United States and countries dependent on the United States see this nonsense. 2/3 of the world are either neutral or support Russia. and in the EU, after a closer acquaintance with refugees from “non-Nazi” Ukraine, the attitude towards all this is changing.

  4. Fütyimre

    April 30, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Many Western experts and journalists seem to forget the role of Angela Merkel and the German economic actions leading to this current war.
    As a Hungarian (meaning: depending mostly on Germany economy) i think we can see a more complex picture. With the completion of Nord Stream 2 and more and more cash flowing into Russia in the 2010s from the Germans (even after 2014), Merkel lowered the impact of Ukraine financially in Eastern Europe thus making it more defenseless and weightless against Putin’s megalomaniac plan to restore the ‘glory’ of the USSR.
    Today it’s crystal clear, Western money to Russia will turn into Ukrainian, Georgian, Syrian etc. blood.

  5. Him

    April 30, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Hey Alex, I did a search for the “Bandera Nazis” that you mention in your copy and paste.

    I found this on the internet:

    “Stepan Bandera led Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which fought alongside Nazi Germany during WWII, killing thousands of Jews and Poles.”

    “During World War II, Bandera led the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, whose men killed thousands of Jews and Poles, including women and children, while fighting alongside Nazi Germany against the Red Army and communists.”

    “Bandera’s supporters claim that they sided with the Nazis against the Soviet army in the belief that Adolf Hitler would grant independence to Ukraine.”

    From the above quotes, it sounds like the Ukrainian leader Bandera hated Russia so much, that Bandera was willing to fight alongside anyone who was fighting Russia.

    To me, that doesn’t quite make Bandera a Nazi.

    But if you argue that anyone who was allied with Hitler was a Nazi, then — hey, !!!!! the ENTIRE Soviet Union was allied with Hitler at the start of WW2. That means your country Russia is the biggest Nazi nation in the world right now.

    Alex, do you know that at the start of WW2, it was the ENTIRE Soviet Russia that was allied with Nazi Germany? It’s not just some dude named Bandera. It was the ENTIRE Soviet Russian nation that was pals with Adolf Hitler.

    • Shane

      May 1, 2022 at 3:53 am

      Alex has unfriended you.

    • from Russia with love

      May 3, 2022 at 11:47 am

      “From the above quotes, it sounds like the Ukrainian leader Bandera hated Russia so much, that Bandera was willing to fight alongside anyone who was fighting Russia.”
      Him, do you read the quotes you post? there is written about the massacres. or you didn’t notice it? it also says about the massacres of paolaks and Jews. two quotes in a row.
      I understand that you wanted to say that Bandera “only hated Russians and that’s normal,” but from the quotes you cited, something completely different follows.
      “To me, that doesn’t quite make Bandera a Nazi.”
      killed hundreds of thousands of people on a national basis and many with particular cruelty, but for you they are not Nazis? Hitler is also a great guy? you just wrote that everything is fine and massacres on a national basis is not Nazism! boy, you decided to break the last bottom???
      “But if you argue that anyone who was allied with Hitler was a Nazi, then — hey, !!!!! the ENTIRE Soviet Union was allied with Hitler at the start of WW2. That means your country Russia is the biggest Nazi nation in the world right now.”

      it seems that in the fight against Russia it is simply impossible to do without lies 🙂 or did you decide to demonstrate the incredibly low level of education in the United States?
      The USSR was NEVER an ally of Hitler. The USSR collaborated with the Weimar Republic. Hitler was pumped with resources and money by the USA and the West for the war with the USSR.
      fascism and communism cannot be in an alliance in any way and never. they are mortal enemies.
      Molotov and Rebentrop signed a non-aggression act. This is not a union treaty. By the time the Molotov-Rebentrop Pact was signed, all European countries had already concluded similar agreements with Hitler.
      if you decide to say something about alliances with Hitler, then start with the anti-Comintern pact and the Munich agreement. 😉 at the same time, think about why American corporations received compensation after the war for property destroyed as a result of the bombing of Germany 🙂 you will be unpleasant, but you have to admit that American factories in Germany regularly supplied Hitler with weapons throughout the war.

  6. Joe Tierney

    April 30, 2022 at 11:33 am

    NATO is in essence a paper tiger that hasn’t done a ground invasion of any consequence and cannot do one because it is massively under-funded, ill-prepared psychologically, militarily and ideologically speaking. Just like the US, it prefers to do air campaigns against defenseless enemies. In a real war such as that which Russia is currently engaged in the NATO leadership’s current cracks would turn into chasms of disunity.

    Currently, NATO only has the ‘stomach’ for a proxy war. Even that has exposed deep divides within NATO, as has the sanctions approach. The author obviously enjoys his chest-beating rants against Russia, and engages in endless baseless assumptions about supposed NATO unity, power, and victory. Russian losses in Ukraine do not equate to a loss of the war for the simple reason that Russia is more than willing to suffer such losses in order to succeed in its mission. Under-estimating Russia has always been a favorite pastime in the West, and it has always been proved wrong, eventually.

    NATO arrogance is exceeded only by the incompetence of its leaders, who now wish to create a NATO in Asia to contain and confront China, to do to China what NATO has done to Russia, militarizing right up to its doorstep. That is now backfiring in Eastern Europe, but the stems in charge of NATO wish to repeat the folly with China.

    Just imagine, for a moment, that China follows the Russian path and pushes back hard, militarily, against such a NATO folly in Asia – now NATO-Plus will have two hot wars at once against ferociously capable nuclear military powers, China and Russia. How do you think NATO-Plus will fare in such a scenario? Their chest-beating will result in a grand humiliation and reversal of Western fortunes, geopolitically. The New World Order Russia-China and their growing list of allies hope for, as a means of ending US global dominance, will become a reality. And NATO itself will be to blame because its own arrogance and over-reach will have brought about the birth of that New World Order.

    Get ready for it, because I see no indication whatever that cooler, more sane and reasoning heads will ever prevail in the West.

    • Abraham Lincoln

      April 30, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      You are simply hilarious.

    • Zheng Huh

      April 30, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      Chinese and Russian behavior towards the countries that border them are the catalysts for this rejuvenated move towards collective security in the West. If anything, we were too naively optimistic towards Putin and Xi. We comforted ourselves that Putin was sated with Abkhazia, Donbas and Crimea, and utterly ignored what China has been doing in the South China Sea. As usual, we are late to awakening to aggression in the East and West. History does rhyme.

    • Eric

      April 30, 2022 at 7:34 pm

      NATO is massively underfunded? WTF universe is this guy living in. USA alone spends something like a trillion dollars a year if you count the DOE expenditures on nuclear weapons and VA spending on taking care of our veterans. Arguably we spend way more than is necessary when comparing the actual threats. We send in troops when diplomacy would be better (and cheaper). An underfunded military is not our issue.

    • Guy Fieri

      April 30, 2022 at 11:40 pm

      NATO doesn’t need to do any ground invasions. It’s a defensive alliance that scared the USSR and Putin too much to ever confront it directly. Hence the proxy war which Ru is currently losing badly.

      Idi blad, prodolzhai sosat na huy Putina. Posmotrim kak vy vsex budete zhit vvashem kakashke – eto budet vso shto est pozhrat posli tak srat! 🙂

  7. David Chang

    April 30, 2022 at 11:58 am

    The judgements of God are always true and righteous all together.

    International relations and political science is wrong.
    They tell people that Soviet is gone and Communist International is over, but we have seen the results of socialism promotion during the war in Yemen, Africa, Afghanistan, and Ukraine, so Putin and Gorbachev’s declarations have told us, the last half of socialism War is begun.

    We should remember the words of President Eisenhower and General Patton.

    God bless people in the world.
    May God’s mercy on us.

  8. Eli

    April 30, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    An extremely STUPID article with no understanding of what is going on what so ever!
    For NATO this war is kind of like a weapons testing ground, combined with an attempt to weaken Russia to prevent them from being helpful to China when that conflict comes (soon).
    For Russia, this is a war for it’s very survival.
    As such, Russia has won this war on February 24th. Loosing is simply not an option for Russia. The real question is how many people have to die and how much damage will be done. The longer the war goes, the bloodier it will be. Up to nuclear weapons if necessary. A lot of people think, Russia will withhold weapons of mass destruction in fear of reprisal and nuclear strike on Russian soil. However, as I have mentioned, for Russia, this a=was already a war of survival from the start. So, it would be more of taking US and NATO down with them than anything else.

  9. Bingo Dingo

    April 30, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Eisenhower when he vacated office warned against the growing influence of the mic-military industrial complex which is now fully controlled by the deep state.

    The mic in lockstep with actively serving generals and admirals began the culture of raising alarm about emerging dangers to the national security chiefly by way of conjuring up ‘bogeymen’ and military ‘gaps’ like missile gap, nuclear gap, bomber gap, sub gap and other gaps, all of them nothing more than mere big smoke and large mirrors.

    Today, deep state (which includes the highly influential press owned by powerful corporations and investors) and mic are busily raising or conjuring the specter of russian aggression on NATO’s doorstep and thereby sparking division, tension, confrontation and war in europe.

    But god has thrown a wrench at their plans and now biden and co have dug a big biggie hole (for themselves) from which they can’t get out.

    Let’s see if the hole is soon to get so big that the only thing emerging out of it is a large mushroom cloud.

    Biden will then be in 7th heaven…or hell !!! !!!

    • Abraham Lincoln

      April 30, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      I remember you leftists saying exactly the same things during the cold war. That the US was bad because the military industrial complex was in charge of everything. It was a dumb statement by leftists then, and it is a dumb statement by leftists now.

      • Lance Benson

        April 30, 2022 at 4:28 pm

        “a dumb statement by leftists”

        Bingo fears the “deep state” and exults in the “biggie hole” “Biden & co” have dug for themselves. Sounds more MAGA than leftist.

        For Bingo: “sparking division, tension, confrontation and war in europe”–the only one bringing war to Europe is Putin. NATO/EU unity thus far is remarkable considering how far apart in attitude (for instance) Hungary and the UK are.

  10. Jerry Singelton

    April 30, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Overall a decent article, if one ignores the following:

    1. “…former US President Donald Trump wanted many times to seem to quit the alliance.” This makes absolutely no sense – perhaps it was meant to be “…former US President Donald Trump seemed many times to want to quit the alliance.”

    2. “What many consider Pro-Putin American critics like Tucker Carlson or Glenn Greenwald….” The many that consider that are mindlessly binary in their thinking – opinions formed by considering the complications of the world are not binary – laziness, ignorance, and/or politics are the only reasons for such binary opinions.

  11. Eric Troedsson

    April 30, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    The Swedes have an excellent Navy (especially the Gotland-class submarine) and the Gripen fighter. These systems will go a long way in denying the Baltic to the Russians

  12. CK

    April 30, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    One thing I find quite hilarious is this site’s capacity to attract loons of every shape, size and colour. From Russia, China, America, Europe.

    I wonder, do you all realise how alike you all are? You’re all insane. Deep-state, leftists, Biden, dems, God, hell, conspiracies, bandera Nazis, NATO plots…

    The internet was the greatest invention ever by mankind when it came to diseminating knowledge and making it easily accessible to everyone, and every day humanity squanders that gift through people like you.

    Maybe we do all deserve to die in a nuclear fire.

  13. Drain the Swamp

    April 30, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Some of this may come to pass.
    The shot at Tucker Carlson and Glen Greenwald is ludicrous. Tucker has by far the highest rates show on cable news and his numbers grow every month. Even Dims are watching him in big numbers.
    Greenwald is the second most subscribed to writer in Substack and is making a 7 figure income.

    • Eric

      April 30, 2022 at 7:43 pm

      High ratings don’t make Tucker correct.
      High ratings don’t make Putin correct.
      Low ratings don’t make Biden wrong.

      “Believing that if “everybody” or “many” believes it, it must be true. This is a fallacious argument that concludes that the proposition is true because many people believe it. But this kind of reasoning is not valid and it is a fallacy.” (Critical Thinking Academy)

  14. Eric

    April 30, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    To the author Robert Kelly, good article, thank you.

  15. Illurion

    April 30, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Excellent article.

    thank you.

  16. Old Desert Coyote

    April 30, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    The quickest way to determine how much combat power Russia has dedicated to the Ukraine adventure is to look at their military structure and try and determine how much as been allocated to Ukraine

    Russia is divided into Military districts there are currently 5 military districts. The ARCTIC MILITARY DISTRICT Currently has no major combat units assigned to it

    The WESTERN MILITARY DISTRICT has three combined arms armies assigned to it. The 1st CAA, the 6th CAA and the 20th CAA. Of the three combined arms armies of the Western District only the 6th and the 20th have been assigned to the Ukrainian operation. There are also a number of independent unites in the Western military district as it is contains Moscow and the land around Moscow.

    The SOUTHERN MILITARY DISTRICT has the 8 Guards combined arms army, the 49th Combined Arms Army and the 58th guards Combined arms army assigned to it. Two of these Combined arms armies (the 8th guards and the 58th Guards) are assigned to the Ukrainian Operation;

    The Central Military district is different that the other Military districts in That it is the largest in land LAND AREA and that it has a lot of separate units assigned to it. The CENTRAL MILITARY DISTRICT Currently has the 2nd Combined Arms army and the 41st Combined Arms army assigned to it, Units of the 41st Combined Arms army are now operating in the Ukraine.

    The last Military district is the EASTERN MILITARY DISTRICT. This district is also a very large district in land area and has the 5th Combined Arms Army, the 29th Combined Arms Army, The 35th Combined Arms army and the 36th combined arms army attached to it. Many subordinate unites of the 36th Combined Arms Army are now operating in the Ukrainian theater of operations.

    SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN???
    It indicates about a half of the Russian Army is now allocated to the Ukrainian operation. If the figures of Russian Equipment losses and casualities that have been reported and not wildly inflated then the Russian Army has indeed been bloodied to a MAJOR EXTENT by the Ukrainian forces

    • Otets Vovika

      April 30, 2022 at 11:50 pm

      Battalion Tactical Groups. That the army that fights. Russia put 120/190 into Ukraine. They were down to 80, now back to around 90 after the ones that got decimated when Russia lost the Battle of Kiev badly have been reconstituted. To what extent they’ve been put back together is unknown but likely not very well considering the turnaround time to get back to Donbas. Only to get shredded there too.

    • Anders

      May 1, 2022 at 12:15 am

      Old Desert Coyote,

      Thanks for sharing your insights. Never thought of looking into the allocation of forces based on their military structure.

      I can’t help but think that if Ukraine indeed has been able to inflict such heavy casualties in the first phase of the war and they will now be supplied with far more advanced weapons, then it could be a game changer:

      – Ghost Phoenix drones
      – Switchblades (300s/600s)
      – Radar guided US howitzers
      – UK Harpoon missiles
      – German Gepard AAA (if the Germans can find the ammunition that Switzerland will not supply…)
      – Bayraktars (saw a picture of one that had been downed that appeared to have been produced in March this year)

      A Kyiv redux in the Donas might not seem so far fetched.

      Anders

  17. Tvoi Otets

    April 30, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Old news already. Donbas offensive is considered stalled, Ukrainian counter-offensives expected sooner as a result. Izyum Salient will soon be vulnerable from UA Kharkiv counter-offensive pushing East and will cut-off GLOC from Russia. Resupply from Russia dwindling quickly. UA beginning larger pincer around Izyum in East. In West pushing Kherson lines inward. Ru morale low and dropping. NATO weapons will soon exact a terrible revenge.

    In short, on watch for both tactical and strategic collapse. Of course grind could continue (for how long though?), but Ru weapons industry has ceased. Ru is a spent force with nothing in the pipeline.

    Dlya russkix: na huya menya bez huya elsi s huyem do huya.

  18. Anders

    May 1, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Robert,

    You are making a lot of valid points, but I think we need to nuance the story a bit:

    1. Yes, Russia has brought about a stronger and more unified group of largely Western countries in support of freedom and Ukrainian resistance. Indeed, it looks like Russia will lose strategically. However, let us not forget that Ukraine has lost many many people as part of unfathomable atrocities. I don’t think we can think of that as a “win” – it is a loss, too.

    2. The fact that Russian forces (not just their proxies) are occupying Donbas means they can continue engaging in destabilization efforts even after a peace agreement (if the troops don’t return).

    3. What is going to happen to Transdniestria and Moldova – another flash point?

    In sum, my sense is that Russia has lost but so has the West as we have to deal with this dangerous distraction rather than turning our attention to far more important developments in Asia.

    Anders

  19. Alex

    May 1, 2022 at 6:54 am

    And now, not stupid propaganda from pseudo-journalists and squealing Bandera bastards, but real facts. Let’s see how Russia “lost”:

    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russia has destroyed 143 aircraft, 112 helicopters, 660 unmanned aerial vehicles, 279 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,678 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 308 multiple rocket launchers, 1,196 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 2,503 units of special military vehicles. Destroyed 43.814 Bandera Nazis and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 3,540 soldiers surrendered.

    Utilization of US and NATO equipment is proceeding according to plan:
    High-precision missiles “Onyx” in the Odessa region at a military airfield destroyed a hangar with weapons and ammunition received from the United States and European countries, and also destroyed the runway.

    Every day, the flags of the people’s militia of Donbass, Russia and Chechnya are raised over a new liberated settlement. Everything can be seen on the map of hostilities.

    A French journalist released another film about the atrocities of Bandera Nazi bastards. The photo and video evidence is simply amazing – these bastards of Bandera Nazis only need to be exterminated, finally and completely.

    The point is that no matter how hard the pseudo-journalists try to lie, the truth inevitably comes to the surface.

    By the way, Russian special forces seized important documents from one of the American biological laboratories in Ukraine. The announcement is this: the experiments that the Americans conducted on people, on Ukrainians, amaze the imagination with their cruelty.

    I will say this: “Hello, new Third Reich, you will also be destroyed.” History is cyclical.

    • Him

      May 1, 2022 at 7:54 am

      Alex, talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Everything you say is cancelled by the historical fact that Russia sided with Nazi Germany at the start of WW2. That means that Russia and Nazi Germany think and act the same.

      Therefore Soviet and Putin-Russia are the direct descendants of the Hitler Nazis. This explains why Russians today act and behave like Nazi’s. Russians accuse others of being Nazi’s, but the actions speak louder than words. Russians act like Nazis. Russians think like Nazi’s.

      • Alex

        May 1, 2022 at 8:01 am

        Baby, I will only answer you one thing: trying to denigrate Russia, which saved all of Europe from Nazism in the Second World War, you will not be able to justify the Bandera Nazis in any way. Do you know why? Because there aren’t many sites like this one. But there are a lot of sites from all over the world where they talk about the atrocities of the Bandera Nazis both at that time and now. All you want is your total annihilation. If the West wants to sacrifice their lives for you against Russia, then the West will be destroyed. Yes, there will be no winners, but there will be no west either. I am sure that apart from crazy politicians, no one, I repeat – NOBODY will fight for you, Bandera Nazis. Deal with it.

    • Anders

      May 1, 2022 at 10:32 am

      Hi Alex,

      Happy International Workers Day!

      In your part of the world there is widespread celebration of May 1st, which was chosen by the Marxist International Socialist Congress in 1889 in support of the working class and the promotion of the eight-hour work day and universal piece. Here we are more than a hundred years later and Karl Marx’ homeland is fighting a war against its comrades in Ukraine. If Karl were alive today, I think he would have said that the proletariat had lost (its marbles).

      I do thank you for bringing numbers about military losses into the discussion. Frankly, I thought you were all bluster and little substance. Do you mind providing a link to the source – TASS, Izvestia, etc. are OK. Haven’t seen any estimates – good or bad – of Ukrainian losses. I am sure they have been significant.

      A piece of advice. When you use terms like “Bandera Nazi bastards” and make outrageous claims that the US has experimented with biological weapons on people, etc. you don’t convince anyone. You are also not doing your government a favor – you simply galvanize the resistance against Russia.

      Since it is May 1st, let’s talk about the plight of the Russian worker. Economically, things haven’t really panned out well. In 1970, the income of the average Russian was 10 times higher than his fellow Chinese. Last year, the average China registered a higher income than his Russia neighbor. Not a great narrative. The Russian population is aging with 1 million more deaths than births registered last year. The economy is still centered on extractives – accounting for around 60%, I believe. If these assets were to become stranded overnight, Russia’s GDP per capita would drop to that of Namibia.

      I think it is time for Russia to figure out where it stands in the world. Does it want to be isolated, join the European family, or align with China (good luck with that).

      There is a saying – tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. Well, in this conflict the friends of Russia are the likes of Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela. Not exactly stellar. You can do better.

      Happy May 1st.

      Anders

      • Peter the Pan

        May 3, 2022 at 5:29 am

        Just a litte change:

        “I think it is time for USA to figure out where it stands in the world. Does it want to be isolated, join the European family, or align with China (good luck with that).”
        (Ha, ha align with China. The glory US allready have. At least Biden an the Dems.)

        Makes perfect sense to me.

        Tell me which country does not hate or despise the US. For the terror it spread all over the word for the last 70 years. Economically and militarily.

        Russia will stand not allone. USA + EU are roughly a billion people. Russia, China, India, Africa, Southeast Asia, Middle- and South America are far more than 4 billion people. We don’t need the USA (angloamerican elite) any more. Never have. It is exactly the other way round. Come an join the people of the world. But this time peacefully.

    • david gray

      May 1, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      Lies within lies predicated on lies…we are not uneducated peasants like your main audiences !!!!

  20. CK

    May 1, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Hey Alex, look at this! You’re in the news!

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/01/troll-factory-spreading-russian-pro-war-lies-online-says-uk

    “Russian internet trolls based in an old arms factory in St Petersburg are targeting world leaders online and spreading support for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the British government has said, citing research.”

    “The headquarters is allegedly located in rented space in St Petersburg’s Arsenal Machine-building Factory, a company that manufactures military equipment and technology.”

    “The study details how the Russian president’s regime is trying to manipulate public opinion on social media, as well as in the comments sections of major media outlets.”

    “The analysis suggests one main activity is “brigading”, to steer attention of discussion on social media and in comments sections of newspapers towards favoured opinions. Manipulation of polls in western media was also observed, including to skew the results of a survey on whether sanctions against Russia were supported.”

    Does this look like anyone we know?

  21. CK

    May 1, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Hey Alex, look at this! You’re in the news!

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/01/troll-factory-spreading-russian-pro-war-lies-online-says-uk

    “Russian internet trolls based in an old arms factory in St Petersburg are targeting world leaders online and spreading support for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the British government has said, citing research.”

    “The headquarters is allegedly located in rented space in St Petersburg’s Arsenal Machine-building Factory, a company that manufactures military equipment and technology.”

    “The study details how the Russian president’s regime is trying to manipulate public opinion on social media, as well as in the comments sections of major media outlets.”

    “The analysis suggests one main activity is “brigading”, to steer attention of discussion on social media and in comments sections of newspapers towards favoured opinions. Manipulation of polls in western media was also observed, including to skew the results of a survey on whether sanctions against Russia were supported.”

    Does this look like anyone we know? Also, sucks that they are making you work on a Saturday man! Is it that bad over there you guys can’t make ends meet?

    Does Sveta not have enough clients? Reach out man, we want to help!

    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.

  22. CK

    May 1, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Btw Alex, you should be careful. I hear buildings are just randomly exploding all over Russia these days. Must be something in the weather?

    Would be an awful shame if anything were to happen to the Arsenal Machine-Building Plant in St.Petersburg while you were inside typing out your lies…

  23. CK

    May 1, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Man, I wish I got paid for this. Can you hook me up? You know what they say, love your job, and you’ll never work a day in your life.

    If only! I already take way too much pleasure from ensuring you don’t meet your quotas, that your lies are never the last say, and that everyone sees you for the transparent, helpless, mentally-impaired troll that you are. Because of your insistence, every person on this site knows how you operate, what script you go off of, and what to expect from you, even before it leaves your lying mouth. You know Alex, sometimes, less is more. Try and wrap your tiny brain around that one!

    If only I got paid! If I had a cent for every time one of your arguments was dismantled root and branch, it’d make Bezos and Musk look like they were on minimum wage!

    One can dream!

  24. Blake D.

    May 1, 2022 at 11:30 am

    That Carlson and Greenwald are “Pro-Putin” is the height of hysterical, warmongering nonsense. All they have done is ask questions like “What is the direct US national interest in a war between Russian and Ukraine?” and “Is a US-NATO proxy war in Ukraine against Russia worth risking a nuclear war?” Far from being “disgraced” we could use a lot more policymakers and pundits asking these sorts of questions.

  25. Alex Sydnes

    May 1, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    ‘The new DOJ plan is part of the Biden administration’s sweeping effort to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government. The costly initiative was launched back in January 2021 when the president issued an executive order claiming that “entrenched disparities” in laws, public policies, and private institutions have denied equal opportunity to individuals and communities and that the health and climate crises have exposed inequities while a “historic movement for justice has highlighted the unbearable human costs of systemic racism.” Therefore, the executive order states, the federal government should pursue a “comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.” It further says that “by advancing equity across the Federal Government, we can create opportunities for the improvement of communities that have been historically underserved, which benefits everyone.”’

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/doj-issues-justice-equity-plan/

    BLM and Gay Pride uber alles!

  26. CK

    May 1, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Man, are you guys the b-squad of the Internet Research Agency or something?

    Alex 2, usually when you want to present a set of facts in a negative light, you normally have to attach some… negative spin to it? Just listing it’s benefits and explaining the sound logic behind it (and leaving a little sarcastic last one liner) doesn’t really accomplish what you clearly failed and set out to do.

    Damn, slow today today in St.Petersburg huh.

    • Alex Sydnes

      May 1, 2022 at 1:52 pm

      Sorry, CK. I just wanted to remind everybody what we’re fighting for!

      • Anders

        May 1, 2022 at 2:02 pm

        “Мы высоко ценим вашу службу в поддержку нашего правительства.”

        • Alex Sydnes

          May 1, 2022 at 4:06 pm

          разнообразие – наша сила

    • Exnavynuke

      May 1, 2022 at 3:11 pm

      CK, I’ve been lurking on this board for some time now, and I often find myself nodding in agreement with your posts. Especially when fencing with the resident hammer and sickle wielder.

      However, just this once, I’m forced to disagree.

      I think the biggest problem with that snippet is the term “equity”. Lately it’s been used in reference to equality of outcomes versus equality of opportunity. The second is laudable, while the first is fraught with ethical problems. Even leaving aside the polarizing political language, having an organ of the United States Government take it upon itself to further restrict and/or distort information (good, bad, or stupid) on the internet available to Americans is, at the very least, running right up to the 1st – if not obliterating entire sections of it. I strongly suspect the ruling that authorized this board will be challenged by the courts, and will likely end up before the Supremes before too long; possibly after having stifling injunctions applied to the nascent organization within DHS.

      It doesn’t have to be this way. Most people are reasonable and willing to engage in rational discussions in hopes of finding a diplomatic solution that will please nobody entirely, but displease nobody entirely either. However, the thought leaders on all sides of every single damned issue for the last several years can’t be characterized as reasonable; thus we find ourselves here. Will it take an imminent national divorce to get the majority of people to box the ears of the screaming “elites” and take the wheel, or has the damage become insurmountable? And if the latter, what of the people when the United States balkanizes without any successor state having the power to enforce a Pax Americana?

      • CK

        May 1, 2022 at 4:49 pm

        Hi Exnavynuke,

        Thanks for taking the time to reply, I appreciate it, and your kind words.

        This may come as something of a surprise, but politically, I am quite on a different spectrum to what I see are a lot of posters here. That is OK. I’m fine to disagree with people about details, when at least our attention is brought to the right place when big, historical events happen, as what we are seeing right now.

        Try as they might, the trolls want us to focus on the economy, racial politics, the election, the steal, BLM, biden, the weather, anything to pull our attention from the fire burning in Ukraine, which they themselves started. The above seemed to me, to be one such attempt (Alex Sydnes post, although from the replies, it may have been lost in communication, who knows.)

        On the equity topic, I am 100% behind equality of opportunity vs outcome. There is a caveat, which to me is, when everything else fails, maybe the ground needs to be levelled initially. I know its unpalatable, but at some point it feels we have tried everything else and here we still are. A weak-ish argument, I understand, but at this point I also don’t see alternatives being presented.

        As to your second point… that is where I become less hopeful. Have you seen the internet? For every two of us willing to have a civil conversation regardless of political orientation and discuss points for their merits, there are fifty Alexes and David Changs and other loonies. Civil discourse, rational debate, logical arguments and facts have lost to incoherent screeching, lying, conspiracy theorising and the utter rejection of reality. We see it in our polarised societies, we see it in Europe, we see it in Russia, we see it in the states.

        I feel it is becoming insurmountable for sure. America is fast approaching the state where 1/3 of the population wants to kill the other 1/3, while the last 1/3 stands idly by. This is a recipe for civil war.

        Russia, China, and other state actors (but primarily Russia) have fanned these flames for over a decade, with hundreds of people like your very own Alex here, taking over boards, comments sections, amplifying dissent, echoing points of dissention, creating conflict where none existed before, or amplifying existing grievances. But they are just part of the equation – the biggest part is that so many of us are simply gulliable enough to be radicalised, either by pastors, news anchors, politicians, pundits, or anyone echoing what we want to hear.

        And here we are. If the US balkanizes, and I sincerely hope it does not, the only other erstwhile stakeholder to the values of freedm, democracy and liberal values will be Europe. This is also why this war is important. It is also why Russia must be defeated, and seen to be defeated.

        Unfortunately, America and Europe are practically symbiotes at this point. What affects one will affect the other.

        I only hope we can turn this tide of stupidity and animosity soon, before it becomes too late.

        All the best.

        • confused, lonely and freaked out

          May 1, 2022 at 5:22 pm

          So, grandpa cornpop, are you saying liberal “values” have been corrupted by Russian brainwashing weak-minded Americans? Russians caused the 1965 civil rights act and Hart-Cellar? Russians caused feminism, gay pride and BLM? Or have Russians sent gamma rays to cause Americans to defy diversity, equity and inclusion? Oh, Lordy, mah hed’s bout done explode.

        • Iris Noir

          May 1, 2022 at 5:22 pm

          You have revealed yourself well with this interview.

          Liberal democracy and the 100 sexes that you impose on us as your values, haha. Sweep it in front of your house. That’s one of the reasons half the world laughs at you and the other hates you. When I was a little girl in 1977, I didn’t understand why the burning of the US flags in Italy, Argentina, Greece, Germany is still shown on television … Do you even know about it? etc, etc … I get it today.
          Ordinary people are not to blame, neither in your country nor in our country. But the hatred is growing. And the US is not panicking, it is already like a banana republic with censorship and differences in poverty. There is no reason to admire it anymore. The world gendarme shakes the dog …

          • CK

            May 1, 2022 at 6:08 pm

            I have no idea what either of you are talking about. As in, I don’t understand what you are saying.

          • Exnavynuke

            May 1, 2022 at 6:26 pm

            You know, I’ve very, very happy I read this post of yours Iris.

            Please, let me first humbly apologize with my earlier insensitive comments that alluded to you being a Russian troll. In all sincerity, and to my shame, that was the mistaken impression I had. I’m very sorry to even mentally besmirch you.

            I do think you’re not an American. As such, your views of our internal politics are, at least somewhat, skewed. Understandably so, since the majority of reporting is itself skewed in generally one direction. I’ll provide a very abbreviated summary below, from my perspective, and am willing to amplify any points or even constructively defend them.

            First, as my nom-de-internet implies, I’m a US Navy veteran, so the perspective is going to be from a highly skilled former enlisted sailor. I also, most emphatically, do not live in or near a major city.

            Here goes: after WWII, the US government massively underwrote college for returning war veterans. This jumpstarted the post-war industry, but since the degrees weren’t limited to vocational studies like engineering or sciences, the effect became somewhat diluted. The American university system quickly became addicted to these subsidies, and over the course of generations developed more and more non-useful degrees. Now it’s possible to get degrees in things like “gender studies” and “racial studies”. These useless degrees are a major drag on everyone, not least the poor fools who mortgaged their futures for them.

            So, the non-teaching positions at universities increased to sop up at least some of these people – effectively turning worthless educations into at least the appearance of utility. In the process, the “education” costs even more to pay for the new positions; and the people in them have to justify their salaries somehow, so they create mandatory classes and policies. Even the degrees that aren’t necessarily worthless have become diluted by the knock-on affect.

            At the same post-war time, academics protected by tenure started looking within the American culture and were repulsed. Quite often, rightly so. In a multi-decade effort, many of the problems were dragged kicking and screaming into the light. Where they were righteously eradicated.

            Between the two preceding paragraphs though, a problem developed. Too many useless academics having to do… something… and the actual problems have been eradicated. So, since the new generations have learned identifying and then destroying problems granted the slayers power, they needed to do the same.

            After four generations, the problems that’re being identified have become ridiculous. For example, your hundred genders (I’ve been told gender and sex are no longer synonymous – but please don’t ask how because I don’t understand it myself) thing. Another thing is the spate of anti-black crimes, except that most of them (a weasel phrase because although I don’t know of a single valid one in the last decade, they may exist) turned out to be hoaxes often perpetrated by the “victim”.

            What you may not be seeing from overseas is the rising pushback against such insanity coming from within our own borders; often from outraged parents who’re finally coming to realize just how far the employees they elected deviate from the populace’s social values. Please see the reporting on Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” law – often disparagingly (and inaccurately) called the “don’t say gay” bill.

            One final thing, if I may: the government censorship thing is a brand new revelation. A private company can censor in the USA, but even that has limits; but outside of very closely delineated conditions, the government isn’t allowed to censor. This one is going to be nuked from orbit.

            Again, I cordially invite you ask any relevant questions of an American who hopes to shine a bit of light onto the internal deliberations within our culture from a different bias than you may otherwise find.

        • Exnavynuke

          May 1, 2022 at 6:43 pm

          CK,

          Much respect!

          As a nation, we’ve tried “affirmative action” for generations; and it still doesn’t seem to work out that effectively. Personally, I’m in favor of a color-blind meritocracy. I’ve served under black, white, and asian officers and with the entire spectrum of colors; it’s never been about that surface-level crap, but only if the sailor can do the job. That, my friend, is my prescription for getting us out of this.

          Oh, and one other one: there is dignity in work. I fell on hard times myself several years ago and briefly needed public assistance to keep body and soul together. It was a very trying time, but with help I was able to make it through. I believe government largess should come with strings attached: a person will work part-time while being helped. Cleaning up garbage on the side of the road, restoring the dilapidated homes of retirees, et cetera. Perhaps single mothers could be vetted and some provide childcare so the others can work in their own part-time jobs?

          All Americans are Americans, darn it! We are all brother and sisters, inheritors to one of the greatest empires this planet has ever seen. Many of us see the majesty and horror of our collective birthright – and while some rise to the challenge, some recoil. I do believe that many of those who are denigrating our identity have valid perspectives, but perhaps distorted by their own experiences. There are few that, honestly, are irredeemable.

          My friend, we’ve survived rebellion, wars, Prohibition, and even disco. We can weather this storm as well.

          • CK

            May 1, 2022 at 6:59 pm

            Exnavynuke,

            Your last two paragraphs are entirely correct. I just wish more Americans would realise this, that there is far more that unites them than separates them, and this plunge into polarisation benefits no one except the enemies of the West and all we stand for.

            I can’t disagree with anything else you’ve said. I’m sure if we delved deeper, we’d find plenty we would, but at the end of the day, I think we could both live with it. A hard to find quality these days, it seems!

            I’d share a trench (or a navy boat) with you any day of the week. I hope you are right about this storm, too.

            All the best!

  27. Iris Noir

    May 1, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    A look from the German press, the people of Germany already have your teeth full during 80 years of occupation. In his conceit. Read the European press.
    Your soldiers will be happy to stay in the EU even after service. There is less racism and better security. that’s why you want to cram us into war with Russia.

    The US turned the war in Ukraine into a US war against Russia. Lloyd Austin has now said the United States wants to prevent Putin from upgrading again. . Russia must never be able again.

    So that means the US wants to disarm the Russians and crush Russia, which is what they always wanted.
    This begs the question, has the US won any of the many wars and military operations since 1945?

    * Korean War 1950 to 1953, 4 million dead, a country divided into two parts, dictator
    Kim Jong-un threatens new nuclear missile tests every few weeks, and the US military is still guarding South Korea. To date, no peace treaty.

    * 1961/62 Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs, hostile relationship to this day.

    * 1964 to 1975 Vietnam War, lost war, lowest estimate of 1.5 million dead, shameful escape of Americans.

    * 1999 war in Kosovo, bombing without a UN mandate, disputes to this day.

    * 2001 to 2021, war in Afghanistan, countless dead, Taliban victory, disgraceful withdrawal.

    * 2003 to 2012 war in Iraq, more than 1 million dead, the US will gain nothing, to this day no peace, the country is falling apart.

    * 2011 Libya, along with England and France, is bombed into a civil war, the civil war continues to this day. Chaos only the first war in Iraq.

    * 2011 Syria is bombed into a civil war that continues to this day. Whoever wants can bomb there, It is still so today.

    This list is just a small sample of the many wars
    Most US war campaigns have completely failed since 1945.

    So now the same US wants to behead Russia, which has over 6,000 nuclear warheads?

    War criminals.

    And it must be emphasized once again that 20 years ago, Putin garnered constant applause from all parties in the Bundestag and discussed Russia’s membership in NATO. What went wrong, intentionally?

    No, Putin bears the slightest blame for the Russian war in Ukraine. The Americans and certain forces in the West want to see Russia in the dust and rule the world.

    https://www.pi-news.net/2022/04/wieviele-kriege-der-usa-waren-eigentlich-erfolgreich/

    • Iris Noir

      May 1, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      And even for the less understanding: A common business is what is needed for the well-being of the population. Not war.
      I’m sorry I forgot, the only article is the military-industrial complex that the US exports to the whole world. Just let the others get it.
      There is homelessness, misery and hunger in your cities. BLM racism and looting. Take care of your people and don’t push the digger into Europe. Finally!!!

      https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/23/world/europe/schroder-germany-russia-gas-ukraine-war-energy.html

      • Exnavynuke

        May 1, 2022 at 5:47 pm

        Yep. There are lots of problems in American cities. One of them we don’t have is fear journalists are going to get arrested for writing about them, embellishing them, or even making them up whole cloth. Can you say the same in Saint Petersburg or Moscow?

        I’m rather thinking you’re not really interested in a cogent, respectful discussion of urban planning and the intricacies of American politics though. Am I right?

    • Exnavynuke

      May 1, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      *yawn*

      Whatever, Ivan.

      The US military has always kicked ass and chewed bubblegum. Because of the nature of our society, it usually takes a while to get the military machine going; but once it does, stand by. Also because of the way the nation is organized, the politicians are in charge. Period. There is an increasingly threadbare theory that the bosses of the politicians are the polis, but there you go.

      Regularly, the USA has national elections. Every two years, our government shifts at least somewhat. Every four is the election of our President who may only serve a maximum of two terms in his lifetime. So, regularly we get new bosses; who, as should be obvious, have their own ideas and ways of doing things.

      The US military hasn’t lost a contest of arms for a very long time; but the vicissitude of politics ensures the military is unlikely to be allowed to triumph in an extended contest. So there you have it: the best, only way to beat the Americans is to simply survive long enough for the civilians to get bored and go away. Even crippled with an almost comically incompetent administration, the military is almost unimaginably lethal; restrained by a code that keeps it leashed to the will of one man, no matter how stupid or genius he is.

      Oh, and cupcake: the Americans have ruled this planet without any significant opposition since 1989. Think on that. For over thirty years, for better and worse, the only thing stopping the Americans from saying “that’s mine now” has been… the Americans.

      So yes, my nation has its weaknesses. They are political and concentrated at the top. The fundamentals are sound, however. A large, educated, and creative population; an embarrassment of natural resources with the infrastructure to exploit them; and the often-overlooked advantage of peaceful, weaker neighbors with literal oceans between her and any conceivable threat.

      Any yet, right now we’re at or near our nadir. The last time we were this domestically weak, Tojo tried us. He found out. You see, one thing about American and probably human nature, is that we like to fight. If we’ve got nobody else to fight, we’ll duke it out with each other – and we’re doing that now. Just like two brothers brawling in the front lawn, they’ve got each others’ backs when the neighborhood kids try to jump in.

      • Iris Noir

        May 1, 2022 at 5:27 pm

        You’re happy about it. This is what is happening in Ukraine, which your Biden son robbed. The only evil you come to is evil. It’s sad to see people suffer. Their own Ukrainian government has been killing people there for 8 years. Young children grew up in the basement. You don’t understand anything …

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npQiQx3OmQA&ab_channel=PatrickLancaster

        • Exnavynuke

          May 1, 2022 at 5:41 pm

          Wonder where you got the idea that I’m happy about having a corrupt, senile fool as President. Hey Ivan, if the preceding sentence wasn’t enough of a clue: no, I’m not happy at all about what is happening in Ukraine, or that the very existence of the Biden family will be net another stain on my nation’s history.

          War is hell, bub. I understand that. That was the reason I joined the Navy – to do my best to make sure the inevitable hell happened somewhere far from me and mine.

          Now don’t go getting all teary-eyed on me. Who, exactly, has been funding, training, and supplying the separatists the Ukrainian military and para-military organizations have been fighting? You know, the ones causing the afore-mentioned kids to live like moles. How about their grandparents, many of whom lived only because others died of starvation to keep them alive? Who wrecked their childhoods?

          We both know “think of the children” isn’t going to work under these specific circumstances. The Ukrainians aren’t pure as the driven snow; and the Russians nee Soviets sure as hell aren’t.

  28. CK

    May 1, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Yeah, no shit sherlock. How is this any kind of revelation, that the US wants Russia to be weak?

    Yes we do. Surprised? That’s what superpowers do. If there are three superpowers in the world, and one superpower does something incredibly stupid, it stands to logic one or both of the others will want to make that problem worse for the superpower that made the mistake, so they are no longer a superpower?

    Funny, when American was in Afghanistan, didn’t Russia put bounties on American heads with the Taliban?

    That’s how this works. You guys were stupid enough to invade Ukraine, and now you pay the price. If Russia collapses or becomes weaker, that’s a bonus.

    Have fun in your graveyard.

    • Iris Noir

      May 1, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      I brought an article from the German press. I’m not Russian and you don’t have to tell me. I didn’t attack anyone. It’s just info, what they also write about the USA in Europe. To keep you informed. Don’t just live in your bubble.
      Information, info only …
      Bye Bye

  29. OIF Combat Vet

    May 1, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    The real disgrace isn’t Tucker or Glen, it’s propaganda enthusiasts like Robert Kelly putting lip stick on an unnecessary proxy war with Russia while our southern border goes undefended and our economy crumbles.

    • Exnavynuke

      May 1, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      The only nation that could defeat the United States of America is the United States of America.

      There does seem to be a whole lot of sleight of hand going on at the moment, doesn’t there?

      • Iris Noir

        May 2, 2022 at 7:48 pm

        Dear Mr. Exnavynuk, thank you for your reasonable contribution.
        What you write about education in the US is true. I read news from all over Europe and also the USA on the net. I am sad that it has already caught up with us in Central Europe as well. Following the example of the USA, everything is copied into our environment.
        After the collapse of the Eastern bloc, we thought there would be freedom. We only knew the former United States from literature and movies.
        I am appalled by the American left-wing institutions. I’m not completely young and my generation can recognize it.
        I’ve mentioned it before. I’m from the former Czechoslovakia. My family were opponents of the communist regime. My mother’s uncle was a scientist in agriculture and nutrition. After 1945, he stayed at a conference in Paris, when the Iron Curtain fell, they never saw each other again … My father had a neighbor in the village. This neighbor was executed in a political trial. I knew the old lady next door in the house. She often talked about how the Benders killed her little brother while hiding from the German Nazis in the mountains. Already after the end of World War II of war. Other neighbors were also executed by the Germans during WW2. Someone reportedly reported them, only the lady I knew remained. My uncle was taken to a German paradise for forced labor. Like a young boy. Despite the horrors of the war, the boys found friends there among the German children. It became an eastern zone and their friendship lasted and then he had a son, after many years in 1980. This son found a bride there and they are still together today. He was the manager of many German and Eastern European companies.
        We didn’t like communism, but I have a feeling that what has blossomed in your country is the same, and perhaps worse. It has a pleasing tinsel.
        Today we did not like what we did not like growing and flourishing in the USA. Leftist methods.

        Strange universities have grown up in our country as well. They are preparing stupid fields and LGBT nonsense. Forced migration. Whoever calls is already silenced.
        We welcomed Donald’s choice. Experiments in the US are reflected in countries in Europe. This is particularly evident now under Democrat rule.
        So with education and the decline of values ​​and the march of new elites, we are in the same situation.

        As for the local discussion. I happen to be here. I wrote about the war a few days ago under one article and I don’t want to repeat myself.
        In Central Europe, all wars always went through our territory. As a small nation, we had to go through all this. We are located next to Germany and still have our language and national identity. After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, we were the most industrialized state with the production of everything from a needle to a locomotive.

        After the Second War, we achieved self-sufficiency in agriculture and industry in cooperation with our neighbors. Vítkovice steel exported investment units to the whole world. A friend went to construction sites in Libya, Syria, India and South America. The men from Vítkovice arrived in the bare desert, and when the whole unit left. For example, oil rigs were built, next to a processing plant and next to a city for people.
        I don’t know you believe it – it was a state business. Large sums of revenue went to national investments.

        In the ruins of bombed-out Iraq we still find the inscriptions Made in Czechoslovakia.

        The regime – as censorship and politics greatly eased after 1970. There were, among other things, books from the US, movies, usually French, Italian, we read Hemingway, Remarqua, American school detectives.
        As for the lives of ordinary people from ordinary families. The young man started working, for example, in a smelter, a coal mine, in operation. The employer divided the apartments to sign a contract. When a man had a wife and started a family, a wedding, and so on … Entire apartment complexes were built. Things for young children, clothes, milk and yogurt very cheap, family support was generous. After 1980, there was almost no political repression. Work was compulsory, there were no homeless people. Those who worked also received a non-repayable mortgage on the house. If he had land in the village in his family. Or build for free on farmland. Large houses for 2 families were built for grandmothers and grandfathers to keep the family together. When more children were born, the debt was erased. The bank was national. Like big companies. Free health care, schools as well.
        There were few universities, only for quality fields. Charles University, famous since 1348. Technical universities. For gifted students. However, workers’ professions were also highly valued.
        Today, gender studies are preferred and industry is almost non-existent. Everything is imported. You know it.
        Until 1990, crime and thieves were fought. The mafia did not exist.

        I know a lot from my friends. And also from practice. In a past life like you, you are a former sailor. I’m a former police officer … I left years ago to be a wife and mother at a later age.
        After 1990, when the Iron Curtain fell, crime came. Mafia mainly from Ukraine. Brutal gangs. Girls from the East for sale, weapons and blackmail. That was the job. Adventure. But for a society of devastation … That’s why my view of what’s happening today is a little more intense. And as I wrote. The old neighbor often cried for the little brother killed by Bander’s people … that’s why I condemn the arms shipments to Ukraine, which will run into Europe at the hands of the mafia.
        I find that we live in a confusion of concepts. What we considered socialism was actually a very conservative conception of the world. The basis of the family to have children and the future.
        Today’s liberal values ​​of the USA, it is in our country as totalitarianism after the war. People who fled Czechoslovakia to the United States many years ago are horrified today. Totalitarianism circled the world and came after them. Joke? Many people say that and are shocked.

        You are overseas before this war, probably safe, but we will be close.
        I follow News MAX and FOX and your others. My English is not good. Now the king is google translator …

        I will mention President Donald …
        The hatred for him was from the European liberal media and was still slandered in our press.

        People here have distorted information. I’m at least trying to search the net.
        Today, we are again censored by EU lunatics. It’s a dungeon like the Communists once did. But at least the communists gave people jobs, housing and workers a good life. Houses and apartments almost free.
        I’m not from a rich family, but my parents had a big house, my mother worked in agriculture and my father worked on building a coal mine.
        we raised pigs and hens. We went to the garden, vegetables, trees.
        Today, I live in a big city and migration and new values ​​are spreading here.

        Someone laughed at me here, we don’t have toilets. That’s bullshit. See google maps of cities like Prague, Podebrady, Brno. Almost everything is being built and repaired, we have architecture and monuments from the Renaissance. Castles and temples as well as modern buildings were built immediately after the war. And the bathrooms were really everywhere haha.
        Still the theme of Ukraine.

        Did you know that there was actually free movement between the borders between Ukraine and Russia until 2014. It is said that people went to the pub and normally made friends. Then non-profit organizations paid for the West began to fight against each other. The oligarchs and the mafia … We already know that. Break and resurrect Bandera. Why??

        There are many Ukrainians from the past in the Czech Republic. Not now, but for 30 years. They fled to us for a living from their stolen land.

        Nothing. Today, almost 500,000 refugees have settled here. How we can handle it. Absolute disruption. Why? Because Donbas was denied the right to self-determination. There was a referendum in Crimea. Kosovo, for example, was torn apart after NATO invaded Yugoslavia. I’m ashamed that we supported it and let ourselves be dragged.
        We were young then and we were not interested in politics or war. Just a disco and a nice dress, ha ha …

        Today, when we have children, we are older and we have reason, it’s different. In 1992, Slovakia separated from our country. We did not fight against the Slovaks, like Kyiv against the Donbas. That’s what’s going on here. Although some foreign services tried to break it here as well. But that’s a different fairy tale.
        I just wanted to shed light on the attitude of people who, like me, are trying to understand what is behind it. Even independent media do not have it easy.

        Thank you for writing to me the way people like you see it. Very similar. Let’s not cultivate hostility.
        Hard to say
        Russia is not just the villain they portray.

        They freed us from the German assassination in 1945.

        And the Germans did evil, but after years everything was forgiven. People travel, move, get married. In Europe, the past is very diverse and history is often full of paradoxes.

        I know, it’s a long read.
        Perhaps I have shown a little bit of the view of conservative patriots. And how people lived behind the curtain, in a country where history went.
        Have a nice time and take care of yourself.
        Have a good time and take care.

    • Anders

      May 2, 2022 at 12:25 am

      OIF Combat Vet (Alex?),

      For once, I actually agree with you. Putin did indeed use a few separatists in Donbas to fight his unnecessary proxy war in Ukraine.

      Russia probably has let its guard down at the southern border towards China.

      And yes, the Russian economy is crumbling.

      Anders

  30. Luis Espinal

    May 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    WTF is Alex? He seems MIA. Did he get shipped to the front lines by Daddy Putin?

  31. wesley bruce

    May 1, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    The comments about Tucker Carlson or Glenn Greenwald and Trump are as usual a miss reading of them. If there was unanimity in the USA the nuclear Armageddon would have occurred already. Putin would have fired the missiles. The strategic ambiguity created by Carlson, greenwald, Trump in the fist week, Flynn, Buchanan, etc prevents the generals in charge of Russia’s nuclear weapons from agreeing with Putin that Russia is under an existential threat. It’s probably quite intentional and coordinated. If Trump and his people supported Zelenskyy all their enemies would jump blindly onto Putin’s side.

    The key is to signal that this is not about destroying Mother Russia but only about the Kremlin. It give the few competent Russian generals an excuse to hold the nuclear assets tightly and out of politicians hands.

    It also focuses on the corruption in Ukraine but that was not Zelenskyy but Poroshenko, etc. The people he beat at the election. Zelenskyy has prevented Poroshenko and his people from fleeing the country; that ironically ensures that Zelenskyy ends up supported by Poroshenko’s EU elites. Forcing globalist left to support a nationalist Ukraine, with a pro-Trump leader, is exquisite.

    On the battle front we are not seeing a kinetic maneuver war we are seeing the Russians poking sold dug in Ukrainian lines and being rebuffed. Map changes are on the order of 20-40 miles and most Russian territory is in range from Ukrainian artillery and drone air power. Both the Russian and Ukrainian government web battle maps are almost identical. We see artillery duels but only the Ukrainians seem to have counter battery radars and know how to use them. Where the hell are the Russian center battery radar systems? They did have them once. The Ukrainians have only seen one and they captured it using a small boat commando raid mid war.

  32. Michael Veritas

    May 1, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Robert E. Kelly is trying to ease the disappointment of the average CNN/Fox News sheeple. You see he knows the Ukrainians in the east are about to be encircled. That army is majority of their forces. When they are unable to escape you will have modern day version of Stalingrad. I know this is very confusing to average mainstream media consumer. Since all you heard lately is Kiev is winning. Mariupol is already lost the land bridge to Crimea is secure. Should Ukraine lose Odesa they’ll instantly become landlocked with no access to Black Sea. People does that remotely sound like victory? Still, the most important part of this obvious propaganda is to push the 33 billion dollar giveaway over finish line. You see 1945 is bought and paid for by Raytheon and other weapons manufacturers. Please remember that Ukraine may be defeated but military industrial complex will be paid regardless. Furthermore, Tucker Carlson is disgraced? He’s the number one rated show on all of cable news. This blog doesn’t like him because like President Eisenhower he warns us about their puppet masters toxic influence on our political system.

    • CK

      May 2, 2022 at 3:02 am

      I think the troll farm have seen the traction articles such as these are getting and have started calling in their A-team, after seeing the sheer incompetence Alex has displayed so far.

      Sorry Michael “Truth”, but the reality on the ground seems rather different. The UA troops in the East have been “about to be encircled” for weeks now. When is it happening? How will it be like Stalingrad? You guys can’t even keep your frontline forces properly supplied, howdo you expect to encircle and keep supplied a cauldron ready battle force, deep inside Ukrainian territory?

      Your “land bridge” in Kherson looks increasingly brittle and threatened, and you are more than welcome to try and send more ships near Odessa to they can join the Moskva.

      I know this might sound odd to your ears, but popularity does not equal truth. Goebels and his propaganda were also the most popular rated personalities in Nazi Germany and nothing that came out of his mouth was true. The same goes for so many celebrities, politicians and other hacks.

      Again, slightly better arguments, better English, same tactics from the Internet Research Agency playbook. Lie about the situation on the ground, support your mouthpieces (or at the very least, supportive views) in the USA, point to the industrial complex, Eisenbower, Tucker Carlon, deflect, redirect, anything to put the attention elsewhere other than where you want us to look right now – Ukraine, Putin, and the utter disgrace of everything you guys are doing there.

      Utterly transparent and doomed to fail.

  33. T.C.Moffatt

    May 2, 2022 at 12:41 am

    The idea that the Russians are “losing”, and that the Ukraine may come out of this on the winning side is… well, stupid. Really, really dumb. Not even believable. Neocon/Neolib fantasies, for those that pronounce Kiev as one syllable.

  34. Alex

    May 2, 2022 at 8:05 am

    In the meantime, the Bandera Nazi from the Ukrainian troll factory lost his voice from screeching and choked on bile, let’s talk about how the day went:

    Politico reported thousands of foreigners fighting on the side of Ukraine
    Combat-trained Americans, along with thousands of other foreigners, are participating in the military operations in Ukraine on the side of Kyiv. Such an assessment is given in an article published in the American edition of Politico. The publication refers to retired military and employees of American PMCs, who are currently on the territory of Ukraine.

    The material notes that in Ukraine, in particular, the Task Force Yankee group, headed by the American Harrison Yosefovitz, operates. He previously worked as a police officer in Chicago, Illinois, and also served in the US Army (ground forces).

    On April 29, CNN, citing the family of an American citizen and PMC mercenary Willie Joseph, reported his death in Ukraine. According to the mother of the mercenary, he went to Poland on March 12 and crossed the border into Ukraine on March 12-13. The woman noted that in the group of mercenaries, in which her son was, there were citizens of “a variety of countries.”

    The mercenaries come from the USA, Canada, Georgia, Great Britain, Poland and Romania.
    More than a thousand mercenaries have already been destroyed. About a thousand more refused to participate in hostilities and returned to their former extremist deployment sites.

    The remaining 4.8-5 thousand foreign mercenaries should return to their states, since, according to international law, they are deprived of legal protection and “at best” they will face long-term imprisonment. As we understand, most likely they will never return home. an easy walk to hunt people turned out to be a trap forever.

    Representatives of the military-civilian administration of Kherson raised the Russian flag on the building of the local executive committee in the Russian-controlled village of Chernobaevka, where the Kherson international airport is located.
    Russian security forces also removed Ukrainian signs from the building of the local administration.
    According to the residents of Chernobaevka, the former head of the village administration, Igor Dudar, fled to the territory controlled by Ukraine. During his reign, the Eternal Flame was extinguished at the monument to the fallen heroes of the Great Patriotic War, and photographs of veterans were taken from the village Board of Honor. Now, as assured in the military-civilian administration, all this will be corrected.

    Over the past day, from 8:00 am on May 1 to 8:00 am on May 2, 159 people, including 29 children, were evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoe, Novoazovsky District. Then people flee to Russia. Do you need more evidence of who is the aggressor and the killer, and to whom they run for help? Yes, propagandists and liars cannot change this.

    During the day, Russian air defense systems destroyed 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the areas of the settlements of Vesele, Borshchevo and Balakleya in the Kharkiv region, Kisylivka in the Kherson region, Mayak in the Zaporozhye region, Dokuchaev, Korsun and Khanzhinkovo ​​of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as in the area of ​​the city of Lugansk. Western drones turned out to be just targets for Russia and Donbass.

    High-precision air-launched missiles hit 38 Ukrainian military facilities in a day. Among them are four command posts, 30 strongholds, areas of concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment, and three warehouses of missile and artillery weapons in the areas of Pervomayskoye and Ilyichevka settlements.

    The Osa AKM air defense system and a battery of multiple launch rocket systems in the Arkhangelovka area were also destroyed. Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 27 strongholds, areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as a depot of rocket and artillery weapons and ammunition in the area of ​​​​the village of Chervonoe, Zaporozhye region. Up to 160 personnel and 26 units of Ukrainian armored vehicles were destroyed.

    During the day, the missile forces hit nine strongholds and areas of concentration of manpower and equipment, as well as the BM-21 Grad and an artillery battery in firing positions. Artillery subunits hit 26 command and control posts, 78 strongholds, 359 manpower and equipment concentration areas, and 67 artillery firing positions. Six ammunition depots, up to 280 personnel and 43 units of weapons and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.

    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russia has destroyed 146 aircraft, 112 helicopters, 683 unmanned aerial vehicles, 281 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,756 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 316 multiple rocket launchers, 1,234 field artillery and mortar guns, as well as 2,563 units of special military vehicles. All this is confirmed and documented. Now tell us about 200,000 dead Russians and 5,000 destroyed Russian tanks, clowns.

    The Ukrainian authorities are seeking the evacuation of all those at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol to the territory controlled by Kyiv in order to hide the presence among the military countries.

    Among those at the plant there are a large number of characters who will confirm the presence of mercenaries, and perhaps acting officers of the Western armies on the side of the Ukrainian radicals.

    Does the elimination of the influence of a few dozen (even thousands) of Nazis deserve to put a country of forty million at risk? This is not a completely correct question. This is a question that concerns the fundamental security interests of the Russian Federation.

    We all remember the beginning of Nazism in Ukraine:
    persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian language and the Russian media was carried out, sales of all printed materials in Russian were stopped, laws were adopted to promote Nazi theory and practice.

    The whole world understood that Ukraine is not worth starting a nuclear war, for which all the peoples of Russia are ready, but the peoples of the West are not ready. However, if crazy politicians want to try, it will be as President Putin said: “… we will all go to heaven, and you all will just die …”. Most importantly, the majority of Russians supported his words. Are you ready for war with Russia? Then go ahead and try it.

  35. CK

    May 2, 2022 at 9:07 am

    You can smell the panic when the story changes day by day.

    Day 1: We will take Kiev in 3 days! (Alex put’s on clown shoes)

    Day 2: All Bandera-Nazis will be crushed! (Alex puts own striped clown trousers, with suspenders)

    Day 3: Retreat is all part of the master plan! The Moskva suffered a fire! We remain master strategists! (Alex puts on clown shirt, with a water squirtie flower in his pocket)

    Day 4: Don’t look at Ukraine! Look at Biden, Afghanistan, Iraq, BLM, MAGA, Trump, Hunter Biden, look at the birds, Elon Musk, anywhere but what we are doing in Ukraine! (Alex puts on his clown makeup)

    Day 5: Look at all these fake documentaries, all these fake independent reporters, these pseudo-histocal facts, all this nonsense! (Alex puts on his bright green clown wig)

    Day 6: Donbas Militia will crush everyone in East! Battle of encirclement is imminent! Victory shall be ours, we swear bro, plz believe bruh! (Alex puts on his clown gloves)

    Day 7: No! We are not losing, it’s just because now there are thousands of Americans and Irishmen and Scots and god knows who else fighting with the Americans! We’d totes be winning if it weren’t for those pesky kids! (Alex grabs his clown equipment)

    Day 8+: Alex is revealed for the clown he is.

    Every day a different story huh? No wonder you clowns can’t get shit done in Ukraine, you have no focus.

  36. Alex

    May 2, 2022 at 9:32 am

    I like your hysteria, Bandera Nazi. A beggar, vicious juvenile troll from the poorest country in Eurasia – Ukraine, who hid behind his mother’s skirt and does not fight with a machine gun in his hands, but squeals and hysteria here like a patient of the Lviv Regional Psychiatric Hospital. But we remember. what do you write from there. And here are two buts:
    1. Attributing other people’s words and fantasies to me will not work.
    2. All my data is easy to verify and is based on the state media of Western and Eastern countries, as well as independent journalists, whom you cannot accuse of lying, because they have an extremely high reputation in their field.
    Bottom line: which of us is a clown, you can see right away and it’s you. Tell your handlers you’re pathetic, unfit for the job, and you’re being paid 10 cents an hour for nothing.

  37. CK

    May 2, 2022 at 9:59 am

    You dare use my own spells against me, Potter?

    Look at you Alex, learning! Good way to recycle my insults are you, although you again water it down with playground insults. “Hiding behind your mother’s skirts.”

    Really, Alex? Is that the best you can do? Gods man, how pathetic are you? Did the vodka kill the last two working brain cells inside that thick head of yours, or did your parents have to pay extra for you to be this stupid?

  38. Stefan Stackhouse

    May 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    This is all fine. . . as long as the nukes don’t start going off. Once those start to be used, that changes everything. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. It is difficult to see how we get any type of good ending out of that.

  39. Alex

    May 2, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Canadian General Kadier was captured while trying to escape from Azovstal.

    In the dungeons of the Azovstal plant there are foreign generals, in particular, those who arrived from Canada, Britain and the USA.

    There is information that the general commanded the biological laboratory No. 1, in which 18 people worked. The laboratory worked with deadly viruses.

    Currently, Trevor Kadier has been taken to Moscow, where he is testifying. If the information about the capture of the Canadian general is confirmed, then Twitter users are offering to test new types of biological weapons on which he worked as a punishment.

    This mercenary was constantly in touch with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    As we can see, any lies and propaganda fail sooner or later. How much this general and other foreigners who are sure to be captured will tell interesting things.

  40. CK

    May 2, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks Alex, I’ll believe it when I see it reported elsewhere besides a known troll on this website, a single, Kremlin-aligned Twitter account, and one lone Russian website, which you have parroted, word for word.

  41. Alex

    May 3, 2022 at 9:54 am

    William Scott Ritter, Jr. is an American military analyst. Intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served in this position for about 12 years. He became the Marine Rapid Deployment Force’s lead analyst on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iran-Iraq War. United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq.
    During Desert Storm, he served as an adviser to General Norman Schwarzkopf on ballistic missiles. Ritter later worked as a security and military consultant for the Fox News network. According to an interview he gave to Democracy Now! in 2003, he also had a long official relationship with the British foreign intelligence agency MI6.
    If the Bandera Nazis start squealing that he was bought by Putin, then let them shove their squeal up their ass.
    Here are Scott Ritter’s words:

    “Do you want to name the best students of military science today? These are Russian officers! And we treat them like children – “these are Russians.” And they are the most educated and trained officers of all who can be found. They understand everything better than us. They didn’t spend 20 years kicking down doors and slaughtering families in Iraq or crawling up hills in Afghanistan to kill a shepherd, that’s what we did, and the Russians think big.

    We think in small arrows. We watch a video of how a Russian column is destroyed or three tanks are knocked out. War is hell, people die there, and if you look at the little arrows, you will think that the Russians are defeated. But look at the big arrows! The Russians kept the 100,000-strong group of Ukraine in Kyiv. If they are not threatened, they will move forward for reinforcements.

    Therefore, you (Russians) send 40 thousand soldiers from Belarus and hold the enemy in place. You have 80,000 enemy forces in Odessa, you send 30,000 soldiers from Crimea – their (Security Council of Ukraine) group is stuck. You have 100,000 enemies in the Donbass, and you, the Russian troops, cannot let them go to Kyiv. You send the militia of Donetsk and Lugansk to the front line. The most difficult situation! But you clung to the enemy and hold him, don’t let him move!

    You are conducting a through attack to break through the corridor to the Crimea. And Mariupol is a key city on the way, we had to take it. The only city for which the Russians fought. Why? Because he was the only one that mattered. The rest played no role.

    You will not take 3 million Kyiv with a force of 40 thousand. It doesn’t happen! You will not take 1.6 million Kharkiv with a force of 50 thousand. But you will take Mariupol. They had to take it. This was a strategic necessity.

    This whole phase was the preparation of the battlefield. The Russians have destroyed fuel storage facilities in Ukraine. What is a tank without fuel? Coffin! And the truck? Another coffin. Warehouses of ammunition and food are blown up. A soldier who is hungry and thirsty will be killed.

    The Russians have rearranged everything for themselves in order to prepare for a massive pincer attack that will fall into the forces of the Ukrainians, who will have no food, no water, no fuel, no ammunition. Here’s what the second phase will look like.

    The Russians have moved away from Kyiv, they no longer need to hold that grouping, it will not be able to move without fuel anyway. They’re stuck! If they leave the city, Russian aircraft will destroy them. There will be no reinforcements, the enemy in Donbas cannot move. They are trapped.

    The Russians have closed the ring and will destroy everyone. Or they will capture a huge part of the Ukrainian army. And when that happens, there will be nothing left. And the Russians will be able to demand whatever they want. That’s why I say the Russians will win. Because I see the situation. I do not flatter myself with the illusions that “the Russians could not take Kyiv and Odessa.” THEY DIDN’T TRY!”

  42. CK

    May 3, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Ah yes, our prophet of blood and thunder returns. Here Alex, have a soapbox so you can more transparently proclaim your tidings.

    Alex: “[screaming] … and the bezan shall be huge and black, and the eyes thereof red with the blood of living creatures… [Bandera Nazis] and the whore of Babylon [Zelensky] shall ride forth on a three-headed serpent, and throughout the lands, there will be a great rubbing of parts. Yeeah…

    [yelling] … for the demon shall bear a nine-bladed sword. NINE-bladed! [NATO] Not two or five or seven, but NINE, which he will wield on all wretched sinners, sinners just like you, sir, [Alex] there, and the horns shall be on the head, with which he will…

    [Fumbles a few pages of his script]

    …there shall, in that time, be *rumors* of things going astray, errrm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, [Orcs in Kyiv? Kharkhiv? Azovstal?] and nobody will really know where lieth those little things wi – with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. [The tops of Russian tanks] At this time, a friend shall lose his friend’s hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o’clock. Yea, it is written in the book of Cyril that…

    No nonsens shall remain unuttered, no lie too grand for the peoples of the earth, and that blessed are the cheesemakers [Ukrainians] because surely, they will inherit the earth. Meanwhile, a donkey will don his mother’s skirt, where he shall fart out a smaller, faeces-kissed version of himself [Putin] who shall make of his believers, meat-bicycles, with which he may show them buckets, if only they bring him buckets, notwhistanding his faeces smelling mien.

    See, that’s the difference between you and the prophets of Monty Python. Their random gibberish is at least, entertaining. If only we could say the same of yours.

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