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Ukraine Hits Back in Kherson At Russia’s “Land Bridge” To Crimea

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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said Friday it had conducted airstrikes on the Russian military positions in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region. Kyiv is trying to take back the city on the Black Sea in a counteroffensive.

Our aircraft carried out a series of strikes on enemy bases, places of accumulation of equipment and personnel, and field depots around five different settlements in the Kherson region,” the Ukrainian defense ministry said in a released statement.

Kherson, which is located just north of the Crimean peninsula was the first city to be taken by Russian forces after they launched the February 24 invasion. The Russians are moving to quickly assimilate Kherson into Russia. Kherson provides Moscow with an important land bridge between the Russian-annexed Crimea and the Russian proxy separatist-held areas in the Donbas.

Since taking Kherson, the Russians have installed a puppet government, cut off the flow of the news and internet except for the official Russian propaganda, installed Russian teachers into schools, and forced the citizens to use the Russian ruble. Human rights abuse claims also abound. The puppet government is urging Moscow to annex the region to be part of Russia.

“The city of Kherson is Russia; there will be no the KNR [Kherson People’s Republic] on the territory of the Kherson region, there will be no referendums,” said Kirill Stremousov,  deputy head of the military administration that Russia installed in a briefing back in April.

“It will be a single decree based on the appeal of the leadership of the Kherson region to the president of the Russian Federation, and there will be a request to make [Kherson] into a full-fledged region of the Russian Federation.”

US Ambassador to OSCE: Kherson “Kremlin’s Laboratory of Horrors:

Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), in a speech to the organization called Russia’s actions in Kherson as the “Kremlin’s laboratory of horrors.”

“The Kremlin’s pre-planned, multi-faceted campaign to absorb Kherson lays bare the truth of its vision of a subjugated, Russified Ukraine.  Kherson is the Kremlin’s laboratory of horrors.  Every day Kherson remains under Russia’s control, the Kremlin works to further its plan to replace Kherson’s democratic government, free press, and civil society with a Kremlin-style police state that humiliates and brutalizes the local population, abuses their human rights, and abducts, tortures, and/or kills those the Kremlin deems dispensable.  In their place, Russia seeks to install puppets or proxies, much as it has done in Donetsk and Luhansk,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter said that Russia’s aims were quite clear when he quoted Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev, who wants Ukrainians exterminated.

“I hate them. They are bastards and scum… And as long as I’m alive, I’ll do anything to make them disappear,” Medvedev said. Carpenter said that is all anyone needs to know about Putin’s intentions.

Meanwhile, Russian forces have reportedly repaired 750 miles of railroad track to facilitate bringing “full-fledged traffic” to flow from Russia to the Donbas, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei K. Shoigu.

The Russians also have turned back on the North Crimean Canal, a source of fresh water to the Crimea. After Russia seized Crimea in 2014, Ukraine turned off the flow of fresh water and built a dam. The canal once supplied 85 percent of the freshwater to the people in the Crimean peninsula.

Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He has served as a US Army Special Forces NCO and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for 19fortyfive.com and other military news organizations, he has covered the NFL for PatsFans.com for over 10 years. His work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.

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Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He has served as a US Special Forces NCO and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for 1945, he covers the NFL for PatsFans.com and his work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Church Carroll Heyward

    June 11, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    We need to provide the Ukrainians with everything they need to defeat the Russian aggressors, the pigs.
    Then, when a peace agreement is reached (which will be breached by the Russians) we need to provide the Ukrainians the means to strike deep inside Russia to develop a real deterrent so that Russia will give pause before they come back for more.

    • Ti

      June 11, 2022 at 5:37 pm

      I totally agree with you well spoken.

  2. Tit

    June 11, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Ukraine can now blast the Crimea bridge into pieces and sink it into sea.Russia threaten Sweden ,Latvia PuHitler Puking Putrid Putin is fully deluded his weak military has no chance against NATO so some one shoot the cunt for fucks sake we are sick of listening to the rat eyed mungrel threaten the world russian are barbarian cunts its that simple, terrorist barbarian cunts every one hates, the world detests the fucking bastards nuke the fuckers now.

  3. Mario

    July 25, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Russians are just like muslims: medieval minded guys with modern weaponry. Just as dangerous as a monkey with a knife. Sooner or later, the west must deter this barbarians, forever. Hard (and sad) to say it, but there’s no alternative.
    Fortunately, seems like russians are at the end of its rope. They’ll don’t las until the end of summer. Hope we will see a russian full collapse by end of august or, mid september.

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