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Russian Troops Move To Border As Catastrophic Ukrainian Army Defeat Looms

 
 
 
 
 
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A new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today ahead of the “last chance” peace talks on the Ukrainian crisis, scheduled later today in the Belarusian capitol of Minsk, states that President Putin has ordered the 45th Detached Reconnaissance Regiment and the 5th Tank Brigade to immediately deploy on the border as Ukraine forces are nearing a “catastrophic defeat” at the hands of separatist rebel forces.

The 5th Tank Brigade of the 36th Army of the Eastern Military Command, military unit 46108, this report notes, was permanently transferred from Eastern Siberia and the Far East to the Ukrainian border this past November, while about 2,000 Russian reconnaissance troops have, likewise, began large-scale exercises in the same area.

This report further notes that these military forces, in preparation and during conducting of combined-arms operations (combat actions), have been ordered to perform the following tasks:

• disclosure of the enemy’s intention, its immediate preparations for aggression, and its surprise attack prevention;

• identifying the troops (forces) of the enemy and its control system’s combat structure, position, grouping, status and capabilities;

• disclosure of the objects (targets) for defeating and determination of their location (coordinates);

• disclosure of the elements of the war theatre’s operational equipment, the terrains’ engineering equipment and the system of barriers;

• determination of the degree of terrain’s passability, the state of communications, the nature of water barriers, the boundaries and the dimensions of areas of destruction, fires and floods, contamination areas, possible ways of overcoming them and turning movement around them;

• identifying the enemy’s new weapons and methods of warfare, as well as its activities to ensure full operation (battle);

• determination of the morale of the enemy’s troops and the local population, the economic status of the operation’s area, etc.

The need for the immediate deployment of these forces, this report continues, is due to the catastrophic defeat looming for the vast majority of what’s left of the Ukrainian army that has been surrounded by rebel forces in the city of Debaltseve, described as the most vital railhead in eastern Ukraine.

To how grave the situation is, this report says, was articulated yesterday by Semen Semenchenko, a Ukrainian legislator and field commander, and who wrote on Facebook that rebel forces had cut off the road between the railroad junction of Debaltseve and the Ukrainian-controlled town of Artemivsk.

Strategists, damn it!” Semenchenko fumed at Ukrainian military commanders while this news meant that several thousand Ukrainian troops were effectively trapped near Debaltseve, creating the potential for a major Ukrainian defeat. Semenchenko further called the defense ministry spokesmen disputing this fact “fairy tale writers in shoulder straps.”

Michael Kofman, a Russia specialist at the Kennan Institute and a consultant to the Pentagon, this report continues, also warned the Obama regime this week that Ukraine’s army is so weak and poorly trained that an injection of US weapons is unlikely to reverse its battlefield fortunes.

To prove his point, he reminded American warmongers that US weapons did little to prevent the collapse of the Iraqi Army at the hands of ISIS. “What the recommendation really is doing is slow-walking the United States into a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine,” he said. “And this fundamentally will prove disastrous for Ukraine, as it proved for Afghanistan, as it proved for every single country that hosted a proxy war between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.”

Of particularly grave concern to Putin in ordering this troop deployment, MoD experts in this report state, were reports that Ukraine’s Azov volunteer regiment — a unit run, and partly staffed, with extreme right activists and sporting the Nazi Wolfsangel on its insignia — reported, also on Facebook, that it had attacked the pro-Russian rebel forces near the port city of Mariupol, seizing control of several villages. The government in Kiev, in shamelessly backing these Nazi forces backed up the report enthusiastically.

Most critical of Putin’s worries regarding Ukraine, however, this report says, was Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko earlier today vowing to impose martial law should the Minsk talks fail.

MoD experts in this report note that the establishment of martial law in Ukraine is intended as a “diabolical measure” to force the Ukrainian people to fight in this war, and who have by the hundreds of thousands been fleeing their country so as not to have to kill their fellow countrymen.

As reported by various media sources, this report continues, almost no one is coming voluntarily to the military recruitment offices in this fourth, latest round of conscription is causing panic in the government and top army command of Ukraine.

Men of conscription age are fleeing in the thousands, crossing Ukraine’s borders in all directions, or taking cover internally, to escape the clutches of the military recruiters. President Poroshenko has been obliged to order that, henceforth, only those men of military age with papers confirming they are duly registered with their military registration office will be permitted to leave the country.

The plain truth is, these media reports further document, is that the Ukrainian people don’t want to die for the current government which they view as composed of extreme nationalists and neoliberals. They are, also, unwilling to be cannon fodder dying for the interests of Ukrainian oligarchs whose only apparent interest is to pursue a civil war, siphon Western financial aid and suppress opposition to their rule.

Even more grimly for these Ukrainian people, MoD experts in this report say, are new laws passed in Ukraine allowing their military to shoot deserters, the jailing of all journalists opposed to war who are then being charged with treason, and the paying of bounties to kill rebel forces and destroy equipment.

And, this report grimly warns, as one of President Putin’s top advisors, Dmitry Kiselev, has already warned the west that Russia’s military doctrine allows nuclear strikes when the state is under threat, even in a conflict where only conventional weapons are in use, the statement today by Ukrainian President Poroshenko that the situation will go “out of control” if there is no de-escalation or ceasefire deal reached in Minsk means “total war” is now a viable option to end this crisis.

As French President Hollande warned today that the Minsk talks are the last chance to avoid “total war”, and Russia has previously warned the US that delivery of arms to Ukraine would be viewed as an act of war against the Federation, this report concludes, President Obama called Putin yesterday to threaten American action against Russia over Ukraine and then gave an interview where he stated “We have to twist arms when countries don’t do what we need them to.

To if the lunatics running America, and who are backing the equally insane government of Ukraine, remember that Putin pointedly noted last August that Russia was a leading nuclear power and advised potential enemies “it’s best not to mess with us” this report doesn’t note, but to if he was telling the truth we’re all about to see for real….and, also, what “total war” really looks like.

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