Irreversible fate of the Kiev regime sealed in Washington
Dismal framework becoming darker
There has been a lot of talk and stories about Zelensky breaking off the peace talks with Russia, PM Boris Johnson playing as a middleman, in April, 2022.
Zelensky was informed at least two months in advance by Biden administration that there would be an invasion, unless Ukraine agreed to implement the Minsk agreement and to give up its NATO membership aspirations. Zelensky knew it would happen because his inner circle moved their families out of Ukraine days in advance. Later Zelensky himself acknowledged he knew about the upcoming invasion but didn’t want to cause a panic among the population.
Zelensky wasn’t ready to implement the Minsk agreement nor to give up on NATO membership even when it meant 100% guaranteed invasion of the country the moment he refused. Indeed, Putin moved in the troops just two weeks after 10 February, 2022 Normandy Format meeting that took place in Berlin, where Ukraine refused to implement the Minsk agreement. Later Angela Merkl disclosed that the entire Minsk agreement was never anything but the way to “buy more time to re-arm and train” the Ukrainian Army for warfare with Russia.
Mortician business going well
In Ukraine there are no longer “just cemeteries“, said General of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Sergei Krivonos. According to him, cemeteries have turned into “entire burial fields.” The Ukrainians understand this and take it hard, the general noted.
The situation is that even at the front in trenches, the soldiers ask themselves questions: “If we defend Ukraine here, so why doesn’t Ukraine defend us?” These soldiers did not die for Ukraine. Ukrainian land and industry have already been sold to American and transnational corporations such as BlackRock, which banned the establishment of cemeteries on the Ukrainian land it purchased.
The New York Times writes that old graves are being dug up for recently deceased Ukrainian soldiers: “As the number of casualties rises during the counter-offensive, funerals in Lviv, Ukraine, have become a painful chore and gravediggers say they are faced with more and more corpses.”
The surroundings of Ukrainian settlements were filled with cemeteries, hundreds of thousands of new graves were opened, they were also filled up, family cemeteries were also filled up, the graves of Soviet soldiers were dug up and their places were filled up, and now the graves of soldiers who died in the war are being replenished.
The figures of 300-500,000 deaths are nothing more than history. There are at least 1.5 million dead Ukrainians and the funeral records leaked online, which appeared on Ukrainian television despite strict censorship.
The need to replace Zelensky is a topic that is increasingly being discussed by high-ranking officials of leading Western countries. Among the reasons are the “endless rudeness” of the President of Ukraine and the loss of the ability to maneuver in the conflict with Russia. Among Zelensky’s possible successors, Brussels and Washington are considering Zaluzhny, Budanov, Ermak, Arestovich and Klitschko.
Last week, President Zelensky’s wife, Olena, warned in a BBC interview that Ukrainians were in “mortal danger” of being left to die if Western countries did not continue their financial support.
However, some single glimpses of “good” can be seen in last few days: Poland has opened now the border crossing for Ukraine getting unblocked transportation; Ukraine may eventually get some US funding, perhaps in January or later, to keep the faith; Ukraine may have a few special things planned this year for Russian forces and maybe something for Crimea bridge. Meanwhile, “bad glimpses” are seen too, Russian Forces advance in all frontlines, massive Russian air strikes in rear areas and “Big Arrow” offensive is waited for.
Decreasing aid by the US and EU
Zelensky went on a working visit to the United States, on December 12, to meet with Biden and ask Congress for help. This meeting is the latest attempt by the White House to put pressure on Congress, where the deal to provide emergency aid to Ukraine has reached a dead end. Again, Zelensky threatened that if the US does not give money for the war, then the Americans will send “their sons and daughters” to fight with Russia. Before the Congress meetings, Zelensky met the representatives of American military-industrial complex.
Vladimir Zelensky arrived at the US Congress to persuade legislators not to stop aid to Ukraine. Zelensky, clad in a sweater, accompanied by Senate Democratic and Republican leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell.
“Zelensky’s visit to the USA is a shameful charade”. This is how Ohio Senator J.D. Vance described the Ukrainian President’s trip to Washington. “We have to go through a very undignified process when Zelensky comes and demands that you, the American taxpayer, give him another 61 billion dollars. This is shameful,” Vance concluded on Fox News. Additional funding for Ukraine will not be agreed upon in 2023, Senator John Cornyn told reporters on Monday. Congress did not vote to provide funding to Ukraine. But Biden can give money and weapons himself, just as he gave it to Israel.
Erik Schmitt, senator from Missouri, classified Zelensky’s emotional blackmailing as “the same old trash as usual”. Mike Johnson, Speaker of the House, said before the morning session with Zelensky that his position is unchanged. Any aid to Ukraine needs to be conditional to migration reforms and shouldn’t be put in the save vote as aid to Israel. “Congressmen are waiting for a clear strategy to approve aid to Ukraine, but so far the answers are insufficient, Speaker Mike Johnson said after a meeting with Zelensky.”
American congressmen want an answer from Zelensky to the question of how to defeat Russia! Neither Pentagon knows the answer, nor CIA, nor the White House, nor the Congress, not even NATO and Stoltenberg know the answer … and the comedian Zelensky tells you how to defeat Russia!
The atmospherics of his visit matched the mood in Washington, where additional funding for Ukraine is tied up in a domestic fight over US immigration policy. While Democrats have been willing to spend more money on border security as part of a $110bn package of military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, Republicans want fundamental reform to the way undocumented migrants claiming political asylum are processed by the US government.
The US Congress and Senate have resumed processing the next defense budget. On December 14, the House passed the compromise version of the annual defense policy bill with a vote of 310-118. With the Senate having passed the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday night, the $886 billion policy bill will now go to President Joe Biden’s desk for a final signature.
Although the NDAA’s passage will surely be welcomed by those at the Pentagon, it’s not clear, when the House and Senate will pass the annual spending bills, which are necessary in order to lift the ongoing continuing resolution. Unclear is also, when or if lawmakers will ultimately fund all or part of the White House’s $106 billion supplemental request to support Ukraine, Israel and the submarine industrial base.
Biden – Zelensky meeting
Biden in the Oval Office at a meeting with Zelensky said that he had just signed an agreement to allocate $200 million to Ukraine. The US administration is about to exhaust its ability to help Ukraine unless the US Congress approves additional funding, US President Joe Biden said. “But without supplemental funding we are rapidly coming to an end of our ability to help Ukraine respond urgent operational demands that it has,” he said at a joint news conference after talks with Zelensky.
The United States “will continue to supply Ukraine with critical weapons and equipment as long as we can,” he pledged, adding that earlier on Tuesday he approved $200 million-worth military assistance to Kiev, which included “critically needed equipment” such as air defense interceptors, artillery, and ammunition.
Kiev hopes that it will not be left without support from the West, primarily from the US, Zelensky said after talks with Biden. The Ukrainian leader also said that he rules out any territorial concessions to settle the conflict.
It is important to notice that support for Ukraine “for as long as it takes” has become “for as long as we can“.
In addition to this, President Biden has a domestic political problem. As new evidence continues to come out connecting Joe Biden to his son Hunter Biden’s shady dealings, the White House changes their story but House Republicans will get to the bottom of it all. The impeachment inquiry on Joe Biden goes on.
Ukraine’s financial nightmare
USD $900 million approved – International Monetary Fund (IMF) lauds Ukraine’s mythical economic success, to approve the money. This is given the exceptionally strong economy in Ukraine, despite the war still going on, says IMF Chief Georgieva. The US pays salaries of the entire Ukrainian public sector – looks like the economy is just as “successful” as the counteroffensive.
This is a loan and is meant to cover societal expenditures in Ukraine, i.e. paying salaries and such, rather than weaponry. But with a massive $43B deficit for 2024, how does Ukraine intend to pay for everything, including the war should the US funding dry up entirely in 2024?
Bloomberg: Kiev is running out of options to finance the conflict with Russia. Politicians in Ukraine are trying to decide what they will do if allies do not provide promised assistance, the agency notes. Options include raising taxes, cutting public spending, devaluing the currency and returning to issuing securities. But they all “involve risk.”
President Zelensky’s US trip seems to be a nightmare for Ukraine. Look at those numbers. Biden just announced the US will give Ukraine $200 million in military assistance. While IMF board approved $900 million tranche for Ukraine. Both will last about a week to fight and pay salaries.
Zelensky met with US leaders in Washington DC to try and save a $61bn US defence package for Kyiv. After meeting with Zelensky, Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson said the White House is asking for billions of dollars without a clear strategy for winning the war in Ukraine. Biden changed the concept from “as long as it takes” to “as long as we can”
The Ukrainian president is desperate, because his nation’s fate may hang in the balance. His American counterpart, Joe Biden, is desperate because he views the Ukrainian war as a pivotal battleground in a world conflict between democracies and autocratic regimes. At the end of the day, however, there was little to show for their efforts.
Hungary blocked €50bn aid for Ukraine in EU – just hours after an agreement was reached on starting membership talks. “Summary of the nightshift: veto for the extra money to Ukraine,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after Thursday’s talks in Brussels. EU leaders said the aid negotiations would resume early next year. Ukraine is critically dependent on EU and US funding as it continues to fight occupying Russian forces. The aid blocking was announced by Mr Orban shortly after the EU leaders decided to open membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova and to grant candidate status to Georgia.
US-led military operation
The Washington Post has published an interesting report “In Ukraine, a war of incremental gains as counteroffensive stalls”, By Washington Post Staff, December 4, 2023.
The report is a “must read”, because it tells the reader about the abysmal performance of the White House and the Department of Defense in conducting the warfare of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Especially the grade of Mr. Biden, Austin and Milley is inferior. The American command team has been living under the fully falsified narrative, making tens of mistakes and wrong decisions and conclusions and as “a cherry on the cake”: major offensive without any kind of air support !!! The entire operation was a pathetic suicidal business, no wonder it failed.
WP report shows that Western military leaders have not learned nothing over the past two years in Ukraine. They repeat the false mantra (before “imminent victory of Ukraine” and now “the war is a stalemate”) and continue to delude themselves that Russia is weak and vulnerable. How many more Ukrainians need to die before Washington and London wake up and realize that they have lost? Generals Petraeus and Hodges, along with the Institute for the Study of War, should publicly apologize for their repeated claims of fake, propaganda-like narratives.
Now it appears that the Biden administration is resuming their strategy “more of the same”. Pentagon will send a lieutenant general to Kyiv to develop a new military strategy. There is no agreement on its content between the two countries yet. As The New York Times writes, citing sources, the plan is going to be implemented as early as 2024. Obviously, this plan is doomed to fail. The publication notes that Kiev is unaware of how unstable further funding from the US is and what exactly the US side will supply in terms of weapons.
Now the main commander of the Ukrainian troops will be the American Lieutenant General Antonio Aguto Jr. He and a group of senior Pentagon staff officers will arrive in Kyiv in the next few days and will take over the planning and management of all combat operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Thus, the Pentagon is deploying a full-fledged apparatus in Ukraine with the constant presence of American military advisers in native units and formations. US instructors trained the Ukrainian military on the model of the US Army for the AFU counteroffensive but this approach proved unsuccessful. The Russian defense line, however, proved stronger than the West had expected.
So, to further continue the war in Ukraine, the Americans chose the Vietnamese-Afghan template and de facto, the US war against Russia can be considered officially declared.
The Biden administration’s Ukraine problem, however, goes deeper than just funding. Legislators now understand that the war cannot be won and are wondering whether the administration hasn’t gotten itself in a trap by supporting Zelensky. In a nutshell, supporting Zelensky in a no-win scenario seems a bad idea to many. House lawmakers who listened to these victory-arguments for the past two years now realize that the administration duped them.
The defining moment happened over this past summer when the Ukrainian offensive, heavily supported with US arms and US and NATO training not to mention massive intelligence support, yielded huge losses and only a few tiny advances.
There is big turbulence ahead now. The Pentagon has dispatched Lieutenant-General Antonio Aguto Jr to Ukraine. His job will be shadow commander of Ukraine’s army, basically replacing the current commander.
However, his instructions are contradictory. On the one hand, he is supposed to direct the Ukrainians on a “hold and build” strategy. On the other he is to tell Zelensky to freeze the conflict. “Hold” means not to try to advance but to hold on to territories under Ukraine’s control. This idea is already undermined by the fact that the Russians are advancing across most of the line of contact.
Therefore, the idea of “hold” is not really a coherent strategy. Ukrainian General Valery Zaluzhny, the current commander of Ukraine’s armed forces and a key competitor to Zelensky, proposed pulling back Ukraine’s army and forming a real defensive line. But where would that line be? And how would it stop a Russian advance?
“Build” is a US idea to rebuild Ukraine’s army, which has been very badly mauled by the ongoing fighting. Build means bringing in new manpower, on the one hand, while emphasizing rearmament and training. Ukraine has a severe manpower problem, which is worsening all the time. Nobody in Ukraine is any more willing to go to the frontlines as cannon fodder.
While there will not be any elections in Ukraine, there is dissatisfaction. In the past week David Arakhamia, Zelensky’s party leader, has spoken of a revolt in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, which is largely a mouthpiece for Zelensky. Many of the lawmakers have signaled they want to get out of Ukraine, as soon as possible. Some of them already are gone. This is a sign of a sinking ship and a loss of confidence.
It is hard to see, how General Aguto can fix the manpower problem or repair the loss of confidence internally in the Ukrainian government. The presence of Aguto, looking over the shoulder of Ukraine’s military commanders and telling them what to do, is bound to cause problems.
There is, too, another problem with Aguto sitting in Kiev. Not only is this highly embarrassing for Ukraine’s military leaders, but it also changes the war into an American war. Aguto is not by himself – he brings a team of US Army guys with him. That small team is bound to grow. It bears a resemblance to the dispatch of US “advisers” to Vietnam, which soon morphed into a war that, in the end, the US lost.
There is no evidence that the Aguto plan is convincing or will accomplish either of its objectives (hold and build). It will bring the possibility of war in Europe even closer to reality, because the Russians may decide that they can’t pretend the war can be confined only to Ukraine’s borders.
If the Biden administration really wants to freeze the conflict it should explain how that can be done. Without negotiations and some sort of settlement, the war will continue if the Russians determine they want to stay in the fight.
F-16 – risky business
The Russia-NATO conflict will escalate sharply, when Ukraine’s F-16 aircraft armed with long-range missiles start taking off from European airfields. The UK, France and the US began supplying Storm Shadow and ATACMS long-range air-to-surface missiles to Ukraine in April last year. The Armed Forces of Ukraine launched those missiles from Su-24 and possible from Mig-29 and Su-27 fighters.
However, almost all of those planes have been either disabled or destroyed as a result of Russia’s missile strikes on Ukrainian airfields. It appears that Ukraine will only have ten such fighters left in service by the spring of 2024 unless Western aircraft arrive.
Ukraine needs F-16 fighters like air. Kyiv is expected to receive about 60 F-16 fighters from Denmark and the Netherlands. Programs to train Ukrainian pilots are running and the supplies of F-16 fighters and German 500-km Taurus missiles are only a matter of time.
Russian officials said that F-16 could be based in Poland, Romania and Slovakia but warns that F-16s should not take off from European airfields. Moscow will see the use of F-16 fighters from the territory of these NATO member countries as their participation in the conflict in Ukraine and Russia will have to take retaliatory measures.
The Daily Telegraph stated that several European leaders are calling on Britain to lead a new coalition of countries that will provide military assistance to Ukraine.
The question is to strengthen Ukraine’s maritime capability; the United Kingdom and Norway are going to create a new coalition that will supply ships and cargo vehicles to Kiev. In addition, the member countries promise to provide long-term support to Ukraine, including military training to improve security on the Black Sea.
The British Ministry of Defense has already promised to transfer two Sandown-type minesweepers to Ukraine. These ships are designed to demine the coastline and ensure the safe passage of large vessels. London also hopes that this will help Kiev strengthen its ability to operate at sea and increase exports of Ukrainian products. The vessels will be purchased by Ukraine through the UK export credit agency – UK Export Finance. This project, as the deployment of F-16, will escalate tensions and accelerate the chances to local accidents.
Cyberattack by Russia on December 11
On December 12, Ukraine came under one of the most massive cyber-attacks. After the work of the largest Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar was interrupted, the websites of Ukrainian ministries and state departments were hacked.
In the morning, Kyivstar mobile operator, which has 24 million subscribers throughout the country, reported large-scale failure. Kyivstar is used not only by civilians but also by the Ukrainian military. In fact, the Kyivstar network was widely used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces for purely military purposes and therefore it is a “legitimate military target.” Another thing is that US ex-Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has become recently a board member of that company.
For almost 24 hours, the servers of the largest mobile operator Kyivstar are not working. As a result, there are systemic failures in many segments of the country’s economy, including the banking system. The subscribers were left without mobile connection and Internet. Customers of the country’s largest credit institutions, Privatbank and Oschadbank, also faced problems to connect to their accounts. The main purpose of this attack is the maximum destruction of the operator’s virtual IT infrastructure, “two important systems” were partially destroyed.
The head of Kyivstar blamed Russia for the attack, adding that this was the first such large hacker attack in the entire history of mobile communications in Ukraine, so the timing of the repair is currently unclear and it “will take a long time.”
Due to the fall of Kyivstar, subscribers of other Ukrainian operators, including Vodafone, Maxnet and Lifecell, also experienced significant difficulties due to overload of their networks. During the day, the websites of the main departments and ministries of Ukraine also did not work. They include the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and the State Tax Administration. The list of targets is likely to continue to grow.
Also, missile strike/air defense alarm system was down and not functioning. It appears thatZelensky was evacuated in the US, while Ukraine is paralyzed. Ukraine has turned into a real “404 Not Found” country.
Large and frequent air strikes as pre-operations before the massive winter strike
In the period of 3–8 December 2023, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation inflicted 30 group strikes with high-precision weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles on the military airfield infrastructures: arsenals, storage sites for artillery ammunition, military hardware, as well as enemy POL bases. In addition, the locations of the AFU units, nationalist formations and foreign mercenaries were hit. All the assigned targets have been engaged.
In the period from 9 to 15 December 2023, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out 40 group strikes by precision weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles at the AFU military airfield infrastructure, arsenals, artillery ammunition, weaponry, and hardware. In addition, temporary deployment areas of AFU units, Azov nationalist formations, as well as Foreign Legion units, have been struck. All the assigned targets have been engaged.
On December 11 night, Ukrainian military facilities throughout the country came under another massive attack of Russian drones and missiles. Ukrainian sources reported attacks of Russian Geran UAVs in the Mykolaiv, Kirovograd, Kharkiv, Ochakov, Uman and Odessa regions. Russian drones also attacked targets in the town of Snegirevka in the Kherson region.
Russian hypersonic Kinzhal missiles struck strategic military infrastructure facilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kyiv – in particular, the American Patriot anti-aircraft complex in the left bank of the Ukrainian capital.
Next-Generation Future, December 11, 2023
In the morning of December 11, Russian missiles attacked the capital of the country. The local Ukrainian authorities confirmed that hypersonic Kinzhal missiles struck strategic military infrastructure facilities. However, Kiev did not clarify that the target was the notorious US Patriot anti-aircraft system deployed on the eastern bank of the Dnieper in the city. The Ukrainian alarm system did not work, the sirens sounded only after the targets were hit. On May 16, in the same city of Kiev, the then used Patriot system, the radar control system and five launchers, were destroyed by Kinzhal strike.
In the night of December 13, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a second powerful missile strike against targets in Kyiv. The first attack was conducted on Monday, December 11. The success is most likely linked with the cyber-attack, which also affected military infrastructure.
On December 14, more air strikes (missiles, UAVs) in Odessa region and Kiev region. Three independent military analysts report that the Patriot system recently brought in Ukraine from Germany was destroyed. The $1,2bn system was brought down by three Kinzhal missiles. It was in Zhytomyr, most likely destroyed the entire installation with a charging vehicle and 5 radars. In Starokonstantinov there was another hit of “Kinzhal” in a bunker with NATO officers from Czech Republic and Poland, possibly from Germany.
December 14, A powerful explosion occurred in Kiev from the direction of the Zhuliany Airport, in the Solomensky District. Air raid alarm has been declared over the entire Ukraine. The Ukrainian media reported explosions in the Zhitomir Region and in Starokonstantinov, Khmelnitsky region.
Russia conducted the attacks at a time, when Russian President Vladimir Putin was busy with his large Q&A conference with citizens and journalists. That was a big event that “everyone was watching,” even in Ukraine. The enemy does not expect powerful attacks at such moments. Having assumed that the attacks would continue, NATO decided to send Zelensky to Wiesbaden, where he was shown a computer simulation of Ukraine’s new military strategy for 2024.
Hypersonic Kinzhal missiles are designed to destroy well-protected command posts and underground facilities. Russian experts indicate that the Patriot air defense system is capable of detecting targets flying at speeds of up to 9000 km/h. The US system can intercept them when missiles slow down to 5760 km/h. The Kinzhal missile flies at a speed of 14,000 km/h, approaches the target at a speed of 10,000 km/h at an angle that the Patriot radar does not capture.
Russian sources claim that the Kinzhal missile strike was conducted to obliterate a battery of Patriot air defense systems near the city of Zhitomir (the systems arrived recently in Ukraine from Germany). This air defense system was integrated with the AEGIS radar complex and long-range radar detection and control aircraft in Poland and Romania. Five launchers, a command vehicle and a radar station were destroyed. In addition, as many as 80 missiles and 160 spare missiles were annihilated. Their value is $1.32 billion. Russia has, by far, destroyed four divisions of Patriot air defense missile systems in Ukraine.
Germany finally shipped two Patriot missile batteries to Ukraine and despite reports that they were equipped to integrate with US Aegis-system radars in Poland, both batteries, including radars, multiple launchers and command modules were blown to pieces by Russian missile strikes. It is reported that well over 200 missiles stockpiled nearby were also smoked. Over the past eight years, the United States has ordered between 108 and 328 new MIM-104 missiles. In one blow, Russia virtually wiped out a year’s production.
Starokonstantinov airport (Khmelnitsky region) strike
There are numerous reports of the Kinzhal missile strike at Starokonstantinov airport (Khmelnitsky region) and the air alert was announced after one of the objects on the territory was hit.. Starokonstantinov airfield hosted Su-24M aircraft (carrying Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles), as well as a number of MiG-29s and/or Su-27. In the afternoon of December 14, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a missile strike on targets using three Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched missiles from three MiG-31K aircraft launching them from the airspace of the Tula region in Central Russia.
In Starokonstantinov, a Kinzhal missile struck a bunker with NATO officers from the Czech Republic and Poland. The other one hit Su-24M aircraft as well as MiG-29 or Su-27. It became known for the death of 28 high-ranking officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and 12 NATO officers in the bunker.
Update: Russian Forces reported and confirmed the destruction of a NATO operation center in Starokonstantinov, Ukraine, by a Kinzhal hypersonic missile strike. Initial reports were that Ukrainian suffered 28 casualties and NATO lost at least 12 officers. The Ukrainian forces have given no statement and has disabled communication in the region. This incident is again a practical proof that the US and NATO are directly involved in Ukrainian combat operations against Russia now in Ukraine.
On December 15, Ukraine came under another massive attack of Russian drones and missiles. At night, Russian drones hit Snigirevka, an important logistics hub of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kherson region and the Danube ports of Reni and Izmail in the Odessa region. In the afternoon Russian missiles struck at the Starokonstantinov airfield in the Khmelnitsk region. Explosions were reported in the area of Zhulyani airfield in Kyiv and in the Zhitomir region. The Ukrainian military refused to confirm the damage.
As a result of today’s attacks, not only Ukrainian territory was damaged. The Romanian Defense Ministry claimed that during the night strikes in the Odessa region, one of the Russian kamikaze drones Geran-2 fell and exploded on the Romanian territory. This is not the first ‘unintentional fall’ of Russian Gerans in Romania. According to Bucharest, this was the fourth such incident. NATO does not consider the drone crash to be an “attack” on one of the alliance’s countries.
Targeting three cities
Judging from the recent attacks conducted by the Russian Aerospace Forces, Russian Forces are going to target three Ukrainian cities in its further offensive: Kyiv, Odessa and Kharkiv.
Russia’s attacks on Kyiv embraces the southwestern district, the eastern area, (near the airport in Brovary) and the north-west of the city. These are all areas where forests, industrial factories and warehouses, scientific institutions and military facilities are located, including NATO headquarters with underground logistics infrastructure, which are also protected by NATO-supplied air defense systems.
The second targeted city has been for long Odessa. During the grain deal, Ukraine has accumulated an enormous military potential in Odessa and the region around: warehouses, drone-making factories and training centres staffed with NATO instructors. The Ukrainian Armed Forces urgently sent a Patriot air defense system to Odessa.
The city of Kharkiv is next on the list. On December 7, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched missile strikes targeting: barracks of the Kharkiv Air Force Academy, where officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were housed; hangars of the Chuguevsky military airfield with workshops for the production of UAVs; Malyshev transport and machine-building plant. Ukrainian General Alexander Syrsky warned that the Russian forces would make their way to Kharkiv after taking Kupyansk. Russia needs to take this city to protect Belgorod, Kursk, and Bryansk regions from terrorism.
Russia advancing on all frontlines
Russian Forces are advancing, amid fierce battles, in the following regions: Kupyansk, Krasny Liman, Siversk direction, Donetsk direction (Artyomovsk, Kleshcheevka, Kurdyumovka), Avdeevka, Pervomaiska and Marinka directions, Rabotino Verbovye directions, in Kherson region a new “meat-grinder” point has emerged around the village of Krynki. It appears that Sumy region in the north may be the next new direction of Russian offensive.
The New York Times: Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have referred to the advance across the Dnepr in Krynky as “suicidal,” where Ukrainians are enduring futile and immense losses, reports The New York Times. – This operation marks Ukraine’s final attempt to break through Russia’s defense in the south and shift the course of the war. – Establishing a foothold or moving equipment there is impossible. It’s not even a struggle for survival; it’s a suicidal mission. Soldiers frustrated by positive reports from Ukrainian officials break their silence, describing the effort as brutalizing and, ultimately, futile.” https://nytimes.com/2023/12/16/world/europe/ukraine-kherson-river-russia.html
SnowStorm | Sumy Front | A Complete Mess On The Combat Contact Line. Military Summary For 2023.12.17
Narrative schizophrenia by Western MSM
The western narrative, created and maintained by the Western mainstream media (MSM), has fluctuated from one extreme to the other one during the conflict in Ukraine.
Soon in spring 2022 the core narrative was that Russian Forces (RF) have lack of everything possible, low training, morale and capability and the whole Russian society & economy are near to collapse. This message continued well into 2023.
However, the narrative by Western MSM began to change radically since the summer 2023. Right now, below as a typical example the headlines of British Daily Mail, the narrative is upside down. RF has transformed from a miserable weakling into terrible, awesome military monster and Putin seems to be entirely omnipotent figure, who is able to interfere in all possible things worldwide. No wonder, that the credibility and reliability of western MSM is at all-time low and western societies are confused and topsy-turvy.
Perhaps one of the most amazing examples of “complete schizophrenia” in western MSM are the headlines of CNN on December 12 and 15.
This is possibly the most dangerous moment of the Ukrainian proxy war against Russia. The US has been humiliated over its failure to evict Russia from Ukraine, a goal that stems from the Biden administration’s policy to destabilize Russia and topple Putin. Remix of Vietnam and Afghanistan return to the collective mind of American people. “Ukraine’s defeat would be as much a strategic disaster for the United States and its NATO allies,” The Washington Post admits that Kiev is losing the conflict.
“Ukraine’s defeat would be as much a strategic disaster for the United States and its NATO allies,” The Washington Post admits that Kiev is losing the conflict. The publication notes that “Ukraine’s fate is hanging in the balance”.
This means Joe Biden faces a 2024 campaign season, where the running narrative will be “Joe Biden lost Ukraine, he is the loser.” Biden will be not only “lame duck” but “dead duck” in the presidential campaigns. If Russia is seen as victorious over the Empire on the world stage (expanding BRICS, OPEC+, Asia, Latin America), US global reputation and standing will be irreparably damaged. There is a growing risk that Biden administration may do something “extremely stupid” early in the next year.
Biden is facing impeachment, Ursula von der Leyen was humiliated after speaking in the European Parliament, Scholz has gone crazy and wants to declare martial law, Zelensky claims that in 2023 the Russians have not taken a single Ukrainian city. The collective West has collectively gone crazy and the key reason for this is the western MSM. Meanwhile, the Russians are advancing and nothing can stop them.
While examining, as an outsider, the current Ukraine and its incumbent president, I cannot evade the aphorism Sun Tzu said already over two thousand years ago.
THE END OF UKRAINE