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Putin’s Afghanistan: The Russian Military Seems Trapped in Ukraine

3rd Cavalry Regiment Field Artillery Squadron Troopers fire an M777A2 howitzer while supporting Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in Iraq, Nov. 20, 2018. The 3rd Cav. Regt. is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, working by, with and through the ISF and Coalition partners to defeat ISIS in areas of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army Photo by SPC. Gyasi Thomasson)

On May 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a major opportunity to escalate his war in Ukraine in a bid for a definitive victory. May is V-E, or Victory in Europe, Day. The Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany that day in 1945, and it is a major holiday now. It was widely suspected that Putin would use the holiday to call for mass mobilization or declare war. This would give Putin the legal room and political space to demand greater sacrifices from the Russian people, especially the use of conscripts in the war to solve Russia’s growing manpower problem.

Much to everyone’s surprise, Putin made no such moves. He still seeks victory with the force committed to date. This is unlikely. The Russian offensive employed many of its best units at the start. That effort ground to a halt around Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and Russia withdrew.

The second phase of the war was Russia’s more limited effort in the east, in Donbas. This has declined into small efforts to take small towns. At the start of this phase, there was large talk Russia might encircle a big part of the Ukrainian army east of the Dnieper River. This is now unlikely. Russia has not even completed the conquest of Mariupol. Ukraine has also begun to counter-attack.

A strategic victory, or at least breakthrough, looks increasingly unlikely with only the forces Putin has at hand. Yet he chose to avoid escalation. So the war seems increasingly like a stalemate. But Russia cannot win a war of attrition, given the massive Western economic and military support for Ukraine. Putin is stuck.

Time is on Ukraine’s Side

Russia’s population and gross domestic product are substantially larger than Ukraine’s. Hence the general assumption, early in the war, was that Russia would win. Sheer weight favored Moscow, as did surprise. Yet Russian bungling – its army’s poor coordination, logistical failures, and overstretch – squandered that opportunity.

Russia is now sliding into a proxy war with the West. It obviously cannot sustain a military-economic race against the West in Ukraine. The West can arm and aid Ukraine far beyond what Russia can mobilize domestically (unless China jumps in to help in a big way, which is highly unlikely). The various political problems bedeviling the Western aid pipeline are being worked out. Russia will soon face a flood of high-end Western weapons.

And the Ukrainians themselves will not surrender. They are deeply committed to fighting for their country. They are better led than the Russians. Their morale is high. The whole country is now mobilized. We hear stories about grandmothers making Molotov cocktails. If Putin drags this war on for years, the Ukrainians seem to be willing to do the same.

Ukraine as the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s

Russia has seen this sort of conflict before – when the Soviet military marched into Afghanistan in 1979 and soon found itself in an unwinnable quagmire against a tenacious foe unwilling to surrender and funded by outside powers. In that war, as in this one, Moscow faced the choice between slugging it out conventionally or a significant escalation bid to win. Unwilling to do that latter, it fought conventionally for a decade, until it tried and gave up in 1989.

In Ukraine, Putin could escalate with a weapon of mass destruction or mass mobilization at home. The first course risks NATO involvement and a slide toward wider, possibly nuclear conflict. The second course means growing dislocation at home, worsened as the sanctions bite. The IMF is predicting an extreme contraction of the Russian economy.


A man jumps from a Russian T-72 tank destroyed during Russia’s invasion, in the village of Yahidne, Ukraine April 20, 2022. REUTERS/Vladyslav Musiienko

Can’t Stop Now

Putin’s best shot is probably to stop the war before the costs get worse at home, and then to see if he can hold onto his gains. But even this would be hard. His conquests will not be recognized globally nor by Ukraine, as his snatching of Crimea in 2014 was not. Russia would face not a border, but a ‘line of control’ running all through Ukraine. Behind that line would be devastated, unproductive Ukrainian cities like Kherson filled with unhappy, likely resistant Ukrainians. In front of it would be the Ukrainian army poking all along the frontier.

So Putin cannot end the war – Ukraine will not just settle to be partially dismembered. And he cannot escalate, because he fears NATO intervention and unrest at home. He is stuck in a quagmire, and it will only worsen as it did in Afghanistan.

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. 



  1. Alex

    May 14, 2022 at 9:08 am

    You need to understand the main thing: the United States is hysterical because the United States is losing the war in Ukraine. The only thing is to intervene directly in the conflict. And this will mean the end of the US country.

    And here are the real numbers:
    In total since the beginning of the special military operation, Russia has destroyed: 165 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 858 unmanned aerial vehicles, 304 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,051 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 372 multiple rocket launchers, 1,507 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 2898 units of special military vehicles.

    Will the old American idiot decide on a nuclear war because of a slap in the impoverished Ukraine? We will see. But one thing is clear: the United States will cease to exist not as a country, but as a continent.

    • Dan

      May 14, 2022 at 9:17 am

      Thanks for this insight Alexiy, you forgot to mention the Russian victories in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Snake Island and the pride of the Russian fleet, the decrepit Moskva, now turned into a submarine. Vladimir is doing a great job, as Truss said, you are humiliating yourself and if you want to save any face you will have to beg for terms soon.

    • Tom

      May 14, 2022 at 9:34 am

      Boris, Do you honestly believe anyone assigns any credibility to you or your failed terrorist state? Seems to me Vlad is the hysterical one with his continuous nuclear threats…that little runt is scared of everything and everybody these days. How long before he dies under strange circumstances? Paranoia is setting in…

      Did you hear about the Commander of the Back Sea (shrinking) fleet has been arrested? The beatings will continue until morale improves!

      Investing tip: Buy bodybag futures. There’ll be many dead Russians in the coming months.

    • Him

      May 14, 2022 at 9:51 am

      During WW2, when Hitler was losing the war, he said the same as Alex.

      There is a mania that Dictators have.

      The Russian mind is very similar to Hitler in WW2. When Germany was losing, Hitler could not admit he was losing. The Russian/Alex mindset is similar to the Nazi/Hitler mindset. Same personality.

    • Harry

      May 14, 2022 at 9:54 am

      I must have missed something, is USA fighting Russia in Ukraine? Like American soldiers on the Ukrainian soil? I wonder how many of 165 allegedly downed planes were F-35s? Or out of 3051 tanks were M1 Abrams? What’s your opinion on Patriot SAM? Are they any good against, say, Su-35? I’m all ears..

    • Pri

      May 14, 2022 at 5:50 pm

      Get real Russia will be decimated in minutes and sent ack to the ice age where they have a maniac at the helm who has no idea how to control a ship, that’s why the Russian ship is thinking, all Russians who vote for putin and agree with putin I vision of innocent ent sovereign state are also tantamount to murder rape assassination torture and atrocities in Ukraine and you should all pay the piper in full when it’s over if he uses bye bye Russia US Ohio Ckass will decimate Russia and it with never exist again neither will Russians now can you dig that suckered. Russia incidently are a state full of COWARDS YELLOW LIVERED COWARDS WITH YELLOW STRIPES AS WIDE AS THE GRAND CANYON RUNNING THROUGH THEIR YELLOW BARBARIAN REPULSIVE SCUM ON LEGS BODIES. BASICALLY, russians ARE BARBARIAN BLACK HEARTED RUNTS ALL TARRED WITH THE SAME BRUSH AND AS MUCH USE TO FELLOW MAN KING AS A CHOCOLATE FIRE GUARD, PATHETIC PEOPLE LIVING IN COOKOO LAND THE SHIT HOLE NAMED .russia

    • Rose Wood

      May 15, 2022 at 6:29 pm


    • Roger Bacon

      May 16, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      Alex, if those numbers were even close t oaccurate we should be able to find lots of pictures. When I used the Russian search engine Yandex (or something like that) I was only able to find pictures of a few trucks.
      I’m sure Ukraine has lost some of each category you mention but I believe Russian losses are far higher. We’ve literally seen the pictures. Hell, I even saw a video of a Ukranian woman driving a captured IFV.

  2. Tidle

    May 14, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Lavrov says how long is the West going to make hybrid war on Russia, tell him at least eight years the same amount that russia have and still are committing hybrid war on Ukraine. Lavrov like all pathetic kremlin ass lacking cronies of putin is a walker.

  3. F-18E

    May 14, 2022 at 10:34 am

    False comparison, afghanistan was a reckless american military adventure, ukraine is about preserving the donbass peoples who have been labeled as ‘marginal people’ by the neo-nazist NATO stooge in kyiv.

  4. Error404

    May 14, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Ukraine and Afghanistan are two different stories.

    Afghanistan was minding its own business when it was invaded by America and allies.

    Bush administration officials ignored flags raised about Osama’s guys entering US and attending flight school using multiple entry visas and observed visiting Saudi consulates several times.

    On the other hand, Russia has offered to mediate in Ukraine crisis but west ignored the situation and instead dangled stupid NATO membership.How evil and devious.

    Today, US has Biden as it’s president, very totally pathetic and most pitiable.

    Biden has completely zero leadership or statesmanship qualities, just a very old man with significantly damaged brain cells.

    USA has 340 million citizens, how did an old piece of dross like Biden can even become president.

    Biden thinks he is the high chaparral boss and Russians are indian cattle rustlers led by Cochise or maybe Geronimo which he has named ‘killer’.

    Biden is half crazy and half incapacitated by fast creeping old age and has no business to be president.The world is in a shambles today because USA just can’t get somebody better to be president. Fools !!! Fools. !!! Stupid Fools !!!

    • Tom

      May 14, 2022 at 3:33 pm

      Boris, You seem to be very worked up about Russian failures and embarrassments. Putin brought this on all by himself as he was deluded into thinking Russia was a significant force to be reckoned with. Ukraine has exposed your ‘fearsome fighters’ as untrained, unmotivated, murders, rapists and thieves.

      You can whimper and snivel for the rest of your life, but that won’t alter the real facts recognized by the world. I do understand that you are depressed over being stuck in a third world country with no prospects for an improved economic future. It sucks to be you.

      • Pri

        May 14, 2022 at 5:54 pm

        Get real Russia will be decimated in minutes and sent ack to the ice age where they have a maniac at the helm who has no idea how to control a ship, that’s why the Russian ship is thinking, all Russians who vote for putin and agree with putin I vision of innocent ent sovereign state are also tantamount to murder rape assassination torture and atrocities in Ukraine and you should all pay the piper in full when it’s over if he uses bye bye Russia US Ohio Ckass will decimate Russia and it with never exist again neither will Russians now can you dig that suckered. Russia incidently are a state full of COWARDS YELLOW LIVERED COWARDS WITH YELLOW STRIPES AS WIDE AS THE GRAND CANYON RUNNING THROUGH THEIR YELLOW BARBARIAN REPULSIVE SCUM ON LEGS BODIES. BASICALLY, russians ARE BARBARIAN BLACK HEARTED RUNTS ALL TARRED WITH THE SAME BRUSH AND AS MUCH USE TO FELLOW MAN KING AS A CHOCOLATE FIRE GUARD, PATHETIC PEOPLE LIVING IN COOKOO LAND THE SHIT HOLE NAMED .russia

    • Rose Wood

      May 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm


  5. Eric

    May 14, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Russia’s military is trapped between Ukrainian resistance and Putin’s stupidity.

  6. F-18E

    May 14, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Putin’s chance for victory in Donbass will come when the strategic forces decide to dust off the covers of their tactical nukes.

    Neither the neo-nazists nor their NATO sponsors have balls to counter Putin’s victory.

    • Harry

      May 14, 2022 at 1:37 pm

      Where are they going to use them nukes? Strike the territories they’re trying to “liberate”?

    • Tom

      May 14, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      You don’t seem to have a grasp of the real facts: Putin’s limp saber rattling doesn’t scare anyone. He has used that trope for years and will no longer intimidate anyone. Your armed forces are worthless in a conventional war…Ukraine is kicking your ass. Can you imagine taking on NATO’s high tech weapons and excellent training? Finland would be more formidable than Ukraine, yet Putin continues to make threats…people roll their eyes.

      My advice is to pump the brakes on the crazy nuclear talk unless you have a death wish.

  7. phil stacy

    May 14, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    Remove Putin from the equation and the war zeros out. Putin is reported to be seriously ill.

  8. Illurion

    May 14, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Russia has lost this war.

    It is inevitable that Putin will be executed.

    When Putin dies, Russia dies.

    Russia has lost a vast amount of it’s military resources on the Ukraine invasion.

    Russia does not have enough military resources TO SURVIVE AN INVASION OF “ITSELF.”

    Once Putin is dead, and possibly sooner, the Chinese will invade, and absorb Russia.

  9. Morten Johansen

    May 15, 2022 at 3:37 am

    I wish the administrator would delete some of the silly comments here. I really appreciate this web site, but some of the comments really don’t match the standard of the editorial content.

  10. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 11:11 am

    A demobilized French soldier, author of the book “Get up and go thanks to science” Adrien Boke went to Ukraine on a humanitarian mission and spent three weeks there.

    Upon his return, he decided to convey to the French information about the events he had witnessed in Ukraine.

    “I take full responsibility for what I say. While in Ukraine, I witnessed war crimes. All of them were committed by the Ukrainian army. But in France we don’t talk about it!

    When I returned to France from Ukraine, I was shocked: TV channels invite as experts people who have not been to Ukraine and do not know anything about what is happening there now. However, they dare to speculate about these events. Between what I hear from the TV screen and what I saw with my own eyes is an abyss.

    Azov fighters are everywhere. With neo-Nazi stripes. It shocks me that Europe is supplying weapons to neo-Nazis. Not only do they not hide their views. They advertise them. I worked with these people and treated them.

    Being there, there was nothing I could do. Just watch and make videos. I have this footage and will use it as evidence of Ukraine’s crimes.

    I witnessed how the Ukrainian military shot through the knees of captured Russian soldiers and shot in the head higher-ranking officers.

    I have personally seen American videographers making fake footage from the scene of the events staging.

    All destroyed civilian buildings, given out by Ukraine for bombardment of civilians, are nothing more than the result of inaccurate shooting by Ukrainians at military facilities.

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine hide ammunition in residential buildings at night, without even informing the residents. This is called using people as a shield, ”Boke quotes one of the French media.

    The Washington Post recently drew attention to the fact that Ukrainian troops are placing military equipment in residential areas of cities in an attempt to counter the Russian Armed Forces, which threatens the lives of civilians.

    Boke also spoke about the untruthfulness of Western media reports about the events in Bucha.

    “Bucha is a staging. The bodies of the dead were moved from other places and deliberately placed in such a way as to produce shocking footage, ”the French author noted.

    The documents confirming this were submitted to the Federal Security Service – how, who – there are relevant intercepts – on what transport he came to this settlement and created the conditions for organizing this provocation.

    Soon all the collected evidence about the crimes of the Nazis in Ukraine will be seen by the whole world. And the most important thing is the help of Western countries to the Nazis of Ukraine and assistance in their crimes.

    • Tom

      May 15, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      Boris, You are a sniveling idiot, but a persistent one. How are things with your ever shrinking army? How about the navy…lost any more ships lately? Does your military teach new soldiers how to rape, murder and pillage…or have they already mastered that as a condition of enlistment?

      Did you take my advice and invest in bodybag futures for all the dead Russians piling up?

  11. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    I advise all adequate people to watch the video of the interview, where the French journalist tells what I wrote about earlier.

    All doubts will disappear, but you will learn about the war crimes of Bandera Nazis.

    Do not pay attention to the squeals of Bandera Nazis. This is all they are capable of: deceitful, vile, beggars – like their ancestors, the Bandera Nazis.

    • Tom

      May 15, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      Boris, Nobody is going to watch your Russian sympathizer’s trolling video. Quit playing with yourself.

    • Alex

      May 15, 2022 at 12:50 pm

      I also recommend watching the videos he made. These are hundreds of videos showing the war crimes of Bandera Nazis not only against prisoners of war, but against Ukrainians.

      While the West is playing to help with the Bandera Nazis, the Ukrainians are begging Russia to protect them. The Ukrainians will win and Ukraine will be cleansed of Bandera scum.

      • Tom

        May 15, 2022 at 1:26 pm

        Boris, Why would yo think anyone cares about your recommendations? You’re a troll representing a ex-commies that have transformed themselves into an authoritarian failed state. Don’t worry, you future looks very dismal.

  12. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russia and the Donbass militia have destroyed the Ukrainians:

    165 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 879 unmanned aerial vehicles, 306 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,098 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 381 multiple rocket launchers, 1,525 field artillery pieces and mortars, and 2,934 special military vehicles. Destroyed more than 48,600 Bandera Nazis and mercenaries.

    A simple example: in any war, the approximate losses and wounded are 1:3. After 3,000 casualties, field hospitals are deployed. There is not a single Russian military hospital in Ukraine. Consequently, Russia’s losses are less than 3,000 people.

    However, in Ukraine they talk about 75,000 dead Russians. It’s the Russians. Not the Ukrainians of Donbass, not one of the 200 peoples of Russia, but Russians. Russophobia and Nazism are openly visible.

    Judging by the satellite images, Ukraine will soon collapse as a country despite the huge help from the West.

    Everyone understands that not a single NATO soldier will go to fight for a third world country inhabited (in their opinion) by third-class people. War with NATO is a nuclear war. I know for sure that our Polish soldiers will definitely not participate in a direct clash with Russia. Our lands will return to us in any case. And we will quickly clear them of Bandera Nazis. We are not Russians, we will do it faster.

    Ukraine – R.I.P.

  13. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Boris, Have you ever heard that assumptions make a fool of you? Bold prediction for an army fighting with antiques, bad morale and poor leadership about Ukraine forces who have out maneuvered and destroyed so much Russian materiel and uniformed criminals…not to mention the very public embarrassment revealing a Potemkin army.

    Why do ruskies leave the dead on the battlefield instead of bring them home? You steal tons of grain, farm equipment, etc., but ignore your own dead. I suppose the unwashed masses in Moscow wouldn’t understand why their sons have to die for a deranged man’s flight of fancy: rebuild Soviet Russia.

  14. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    The French journalist revealed who really commands in Ukraine.

    In order to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine, you need to contact the US representatives. One of them stated in plain text that it was he “who is in command here, not the Ukrainians.” This statement was made by the former deputy director of the French news magazine Paris Match Regis Le Sommier.

    “I was surprised that in order to join the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this must be done through the Americans. An American, a veteran of the war in Iraq, came up and said: I am in command here, not the Ukrainians,”
    Sommier notes that at first he wanted to kick out the reporters, he was rude. Then he ordered to get SIM cards from phones and “sign a contract until the end of the war.”

    Earlier, the Pentagon noted that the training of the Ukrainian military was indeed carried out, but this was not done on its territory, but in Europe. Since 2014, the Canadian authorities have funded a training program for fighters of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion, writes Nation News. Canada helped prepare 33,346 candidates for the SBU, including 1,951 fighters from the National Guard of Ukraine.

    Jacque Bo:

    “The Ukrainian army will not win the war, just like the fascist militias. The country simply has no chance.

    Western governments insult Ukraine and its soldiers. They want to “weaken Russia” and do not allow Ukraine to ask for peace.”

  15. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Boris, This is a test for auto responses. You suck.

  16. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Boris, Much as I’d love to continue to make fun of you and your job, I’ve got a McLaren in the garage that needs exercise and it’s a nice sunny day. Think of all the places you’ll never go, things you’ll never do and freedom you’ll never have! It sucks to be you.

  17. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Diplomats and other officials look remarkably helpless when asked about Ukro-Nazism. They just don’t know what to say! They start to somehow get out, talk about some insignificant or easily ignored things. For example, one diplomat, in response to a question about the Nazi Jew Zelensky, says that Zelensky put up a photo of a soldier with SS symbols. So what? They’ll say it’s an accident, the secretary made a mistake and all that. Another diplomat, in response to the same question, begins to recall Bandera and Shukhevych – what is it for, if Western people do not know about it, for them this is zero information. Yes, and Lavrov, with all due respect, in general, screwed up with the answer to this question, it turned out to be a scandal with Israel.

    Tell them already someone: Ukrainian Nazism means “kill Russians.” Yes, German Nazism was different, it was: “kill Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, etc.” Yes, Ukro-Nazism is slightly different, but the essence is exactly the same – hatred as a backbone idea. Jew Zelensky is now heading a state whose only idea of ​​all existence is to “kill Russians.” There is no contradiction and there cannot be.

    And in response to such questions, it would be time to go on a counterattack, not to mumble about Western “Russophobia” (wow, you are so unfortunate that you are afraid of us), but to speak openly about systemic Western RACISM. If someone is not in the know, racism is not only about races, but also about dividing people into higher and lower according to ethnic, national and other characteristics. And the West knows and understands the word RACISM very well. As the Pope recently said about Western civilization, “We are racists.” They know this word and are afraid of it. They are afraid of their deepest essence. But all the actions of the West after the start of the operation to denecify Ukraine is sheer racism. They need to repeat this a hundred times a day! Because accusing any person of all sins just because he belongs to some nation is racism. And this is the daily practice of the West today. When German doctors refused to treat Russians, this is racism. When conductors, musicians or singers from Russia are humiliated and suppressed for their Russianness, this is racism. When Russian children in European schools are forced to repent and declare that it is a shame to be Russian in front of the whole class, this is racism. ALL of this and more is RACISM!

    When will our diplomacy and officials dare to attack the enemy not only on the military front, but also on the ideological one? How much can you mumble about “Russophobia”? How much can you justify when asking questions about Ukro-Nazism? It is necessary to declare openly that today’s Ukraine is built on the idea of ​​the destruction of everything Russian, and give examples of all the laws they adopted after the coup, all the crimes committed, both criminal and political within the country, and war crimes in the Donbass.

    And the Jew Zelensky, who, in order to save his skin, will sell not only his grandfather, but also anyone, will gladly be the Fuhrer of the nation, if only to be saved. Initially a man without ideology, an empty place, he became a Nazi and sends an army to kill Russians, yes, he is a Nazi!

  18. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

  19. Illurion

    May 15, 2022 at 5:34 pm


    I agree about the trolls, and i complained to Beth twice about Alex “cutting-and-pasting” hundreds of times over the last 2 weeks.

    She did NOTHING.

    • Tom

      May 15, 2022 at 5:42 pm


      Just got this reply from Beth. There may be relief on the horizon. It would be a shame to let these trolls ruin informative and comprehensive reporting.

      “Fully understood. While the comments may get through, we manually delete many of them. If this were to continue we may use another commenting platform soon!”

  20. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    A journalist from the United States, Lara Logan, during the broadcast of the Real America’s Voice program, accused the Western media of lying about the Russian special operation in Ukraine:

    “I really think there is so much misinformation right now. We have never seen anything like it. I’ve been covering military conflicts for 35 years now and I’ve never seen anyone with their fingernails decorated with the Ukrainian flag. I mean, we are being driven into such a framework where we have to hate Vladimir Putin and believe everything bad that is said about him and love Ukraine. There is simply no other position.”

    A lot of things are happening in Ukraine that we don’t talk about. This concerns the history of Ukraine, the Azov battalion, which is funded by the US and NATO. In the photographs, they are holding NATO flags and a swastika at the same time.

    They use the Nazi emblem from the SS. Everywhere in the Ukrainian army you can see this emblem of their cult. Even female soldiers wear this black badge of their cult.

    The White House pretends that it doesn’t matter that it’s only a small number of troops, but that’s not true. Azov has carved its way into eastern Ukraine through assassinations. We don’t want to admit it.

    That is why Crimea voted for independence, why Crimea wanted to be with Russia. The Western media and the West do not want to admit the reality that Western Ukraine supports the Nazis. There was the headquarters of the Nazis SS, – said the journalist.

  21. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Lara Logan was discredited for a Benghazi story in 2012, She was subsequently fired from Fox News and is now relegated to the extremely far right ‘news’ organizations for her opinions. Maybe she’s a commie, like Alex?

  22. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    I like the way Bandera’s pigs are on fire. The whole world cannot be deceived. You can squeal, hysteria, complain to anyone, but you will be destroyed, Bendera Nazis.

    A correspondent from Venezuela spoke about the lies of the Western media about the situation around Ukraine:

    The Western media present a lot of false information about the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass and about what is happening in Ukraine. This was announced on Saturday, March 26, in an interview by a Venezuelan correspondent for the TeleSUR news network.

    According to him, he became stronger in this opinion when he arrived in Ukraine. Moreover, in order to tell the truth about what is happening, I had to overcome the financial and administrative difficulties associated with the US blockade of Venezuela.

    “There is a lot of toxic, manipulative, false information in the world media. Many in Latin America and the Caribbean get their information from the world’s mainstream media. At the same time, they have not talked about the tragedy of Donbass in recent years,” the journalist noted.

    As the reporter emphasized, much that is happening at the moment is hushed up.

    “Not a word about constant bombardments, civilian casualties. Many media show this conflict as a struggle between dictatorship and democracy represented by Ukraine. We know that this is not true, we know what the Nazis really did here. But people are poisoned by the lies of the major Western media. The task of a journalist is to tell the truth, to convey to people what is really happening, ”he said.

    TeleSUR is a Latin American and Caribbean news network headquartered in Caracas.

    Earlier, on March 20, French volunteer sniper Ervan Castel, who arrived in Donbass in 2014 and joined the ranks of the militia, accused Western countries of a flood of fake news after the start of the Russian special operation. He named the material of the Italian edition La Stampa as one of the examples, where the photos after the strike by the Ukrainian Tochka-U missile in the center of Donetsk were cited as “confirmation of the bombardment of Kyiv by the Russian army.”

  23. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Here’s a great video showing another Russian tank destroyed by a Ukrainian missile. The turret of the jack in the box tank never achieved orbit.
    Of course, Alex the troll will claim it is a fake.

  24. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    People from all over the world tell the truth and no lies and propaganda will shut their mouths:

    “Amazing”: German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories.

    German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories. He noted that the Ukrainians complained to him only about the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and not about the Russian military, which seemed to him “amazing.”

    Roper visited the liberated territories of Donbass and said that residents of Melitopol and Volnovakha complained that they were robbed, tortured and killed by Ukrainian soldiers.

    “I asked people about the behavior of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and was surprised that only Ukrainians were engaged in robbery, especially before the retreat,” the journalist said.

    According to Reper, civilians noted that the Russian military behaved correctly and tried to help them, which cannot be said about the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “I expected that there would be at least some complaints about the Russians, but I was wrong. Amazing! Even in Volnovakha, a city smaller than Mariupol and also completely destroyed. When retreating from there, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deliberately fired at the hospital from tanks,” the journalist said.

    Earlier, residents of Mariupol spoke about the horrendous conditions in which they had to exist. According to them, they ate pigeons and drank water from the pool, and the fighters of the national battalions took away food from them.

  25. Jacksonian Libertarian

    May 15, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    “Yet Russian bungling – its army’s poor coordination, logistical failures, and overstretch – squandered that opportunity.”

    This criticism of the Russian military is overdone. While the Russian military wasn’t the 400 pound gorilla many said it was, it still was a heavily armed force that would have normally been tempered in the fire of battle. Unfortunately for the Russians, the evolution of smart weapons has made their heavy arms obsolete (they brought a knife to a gun fight). For this reason the Russians have already lost, and the Ukrainian Missilemen will increasingly drive the Russians from their land.

    The Marine Commandant Gen. Berger is calling it the “Mature Precision Strike Regime” and unlike the Russians, he is adapting the Marines to this new Regime. He has gotten rid of the Tanks and most of the armored vehicles, as well as the cannons. While increasing the guided rocket forces, adding anti-ship missiles on lt. tactical vehicles, and focused on squad sized combined smart arms.

  26. Jimmy

    May 15, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Russian soldiers are eating dogs. Seems it’s better than the expired rations issued. These are not civilized people. They are the animal they eat.

  27. John

    May 16, 2022 at 10:09 am

    In the course of a special operation in Ukraine, documentary evidence was obtained that in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders, in fact, components of biological weapons were created. In violation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Possible methods and mechanisms for destabilizing the epidemiological situation in the post-Soviet space were worked out.
    The Parliamentary Commission on Biolaboratories received confirmation of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with a ban on the development of bioweapons.
    Evidence has already been obtained in terms of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with their obligations to comply with the UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development of Bioweapons.
    The Commission on Biolaboratories has begun analyzing the reports of the United States and Ukraine for 5 years on the implementation of the Convention on Bioweapons, in addition, the facts of providing false information by Washington and Kyiv to the Secretariat of the Conference on Bioweapons have been established.
    Consideration of these issues (about biolaboratories) will be held at the UN Security Council. The US authorities are obliged to answer many questions.
    Facts have been established that both the United States and Ukraine provided incomplete or inaccurate information. So there is a complete concealment in the reports of information on biological programs with the support of the US Department of Defense in Ukraine. All reports from Ukraine report a lack of national biosecurity research and development programs.
    1. In a number of cases, information on outbreaks of infectious diseases was not provided, which is a mandatory requirement.
    2. There were no reports of the participation of military personnel in the work of laboratories, as well as the facts of the transfer of biomaterials, funding of facilities and programs by the military departments.
    For example, in 2019, as part of a Pentagon program, two laboratories were built in Kyiv and Odessa for the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection. The answer to the question why the United States needs secret military laboratories in Ukraine, which are not reported in the BTWC reports, is certainly related to the nature of research in the United States.
    There is also evidence of biological weapons research on patients in Ukrainian psychiatric hospitals.
    It is obvious that the Ukrainians were used in the same way as the Third Reich used at one time.

    • Tom

      May 16, 2022 at 11:47 am

      A more appropriate question would be why you are moron and unable to get real facts instead of propaganda. How’s life in the shit hole Russia?

  28. Roger Bacon

    May 16, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Alex, if those numbers were even close t oaccurate we should be able to find lots of pictures. When I used the Russian search engine Yandex (or something like that) I was only able to find pictures of a few trucks.
    I’m sure Ukraine has lost some of each category you mention but I believe Russian losses are far higher. We’ve literally seen the pictures. Hell, I even saw a video of a Ukranian woman driving a captured IFV.

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