Tuesday 16th of August 2022

your mission is to rapidly self-destruct….

The war in Ukraine is rapidly reaching a crucial point with the Russian forces inexorably drawing ever closer to complete control of the Donbass. Once the Donbass is completely under the control of the Russians it is an open question as to how much further into the state of Ukraine they will advance. At the present time they show no inclination to stop their advance and will probably continue until they control the whole of the coastline region up to and including the city of Odessa.

 

By James O’Neill

 

The tactics of the Ukrainian forces are difficult to determine from a rational point of view. They seem bent on a currently suicidal path, with their forces attempting to defend seemingly impossible positions. The rational choice would have been for them to have retreated weeks ago when they still had the option of doing so. Instead, they appear committed to carrying out the irrational demands of the Ukrainian president to stand and hold their ground, irrespective of the massive losses they are suffering and the manifest absurdity of their position.

The current figures suggest that Ukrainians are losing up to 1000 men per day, either killed, wounded or captured. Their president seems intent however, on insisting that they stay and fight, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that such an approach is suicidal at best. Zelensky seems to believe, or at least to hope, that his ever more extreme demands for American weapons will magically save the day. There are a number of reasons why this tells one more about the extent to which he has lost touch with reality, than it does about a feasible plan for Ukrainian victory.

The first reason is that the United States simply does not have the weapons available that Zelensky is demanding. The second reason is that even if those weapons could be supplied, it would take weeks, if not months, before Ukrainians were sufficiently trained in their use to be an effective weapon against the Russians. The third reason is that the Russians are capturing and/or destroying any weaponry that the Ukrainians receive faster than they can be replaced.

In a rational world the Ukrainians would be admitting that their cause is hopeless and suing for peace. That time has passed. It was a possibility that the settlement might have been achieved following the meeting between the parties in Istanbul in March of this year. Zelensky agreed to the terms of a settlement at that meeting. The agreement lasted as long as it took for the Ukrainian side to return to Kiev.

There are various accounts as to what caused the Ukrainians to change their mind and to continue fighting instead of achieving a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The most plausible account is that the British, in the form of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was strongly opposed to the settlement and persuaded the Ukrainians to resile from the agreement that they had reached.

This was a decision completely contrary to Ukrainian interests. It seems that Boris Johnson is the last person left in the United Kingdom who believes that the Ukrainians have any prospect of success. A far more realistic view has recently been broadcast in the United States by lieutenant colonel Daniel Davis. Speaking on Fox News, Colonel Davis said there was no rational basis on which to believe the war could be turned around. There was similarly no rational basis to the belief that the Ukrainians could seriously harm Russia, let alone win the war.

That is a rational view that is in marked contrast to the views taken by Boris Johnson. Johnson seems obsessed in his views which begin with a profound dislike of Russia and colours all else in his thinking. Johnson’s own position in the United Kingdom seems increasingly tenuous. He recently survived a no-confidence vote in his own party, but the consensus is that he received only a reprieve that will not save him in the longer term. Many commentators give his prime ministership only weeks more at best.

The problem is that any of Johnson’s likely successors have a similar irrational dislike of Russia. The change in leadership in the United Kingdom would not necessarily equate to a change of policy.

Johnson’s irrationality was recently matched by that of Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba who talked of an imminent Ukrainian victory in the war, and the eventual recapture of both the Donbass and Crimea. It is this level of unreality that is causing the Ukraine government to insist that its fighters keep fighting the Russians, although they are now losing 1000 per day in dead, wounded and captured.

It is now probably too late for a negotiated settlement of the war. Anything the Ukrainians might say will simply not be believed. The Russians have vivid memories of the 2015 Minsk agreement which the Ukrainians agreed to but never implemented. In this they were aided and abetted by Germany and France, two other signatories of the agreement that had been signed. With this history it is scarcely surprising that the Russians no longer have any faith in whatever the Ukrainians might say.

It reinforces the maxim that the best guide to a person’s behaviour in the future is their conduct in the past. Ukraine has simply forfeited any claim they might have had to being believed. The most brutally realistic portrayal of the future is that Ukraine will be dismembered with different parts falling to Russia, Poland and possibly Hungary. Any shell that is left after these countries have taken their piece remains to be seen. Zelensky has recently banned nine opposition parties (an act of undemocratic behaviour that has gone totally unmentioned in the West), so he clearly sees himself with some role in the residue of Ukraine that remains. Whether the right-wing fanatics who really rule the country share that vision remains to be seen. It is frankly to be doubted.

The whole sorry Ukrainian saga still has some way to run. What is certain is that the end result will bear no resemblance to the absurd anti-Russian fantasies that currently substitute for real political thinking in the West.

 

James O’Neill, an Australian-based former Barrister at Law, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

 

READ MORE:

https://journal-neo.org/2022/06/27/the-war-in-ukraine-rapidly-approaches-its-denouement/

 

 

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losing his new toys….

Russia comments on alleged shopping mall strike

 

An airstrike on the Kremenchug ammo stockpile in Ukraine caused a fire at a closed trade center nearby, the Russian Ministry of Defense claims 

The Russian military has confirmed an airstrike on the Ukrainian city of Kremenchug on Monday, but claimed it targeted a stockpile of Western weapons. The detonation caused damage to a nearby non-functioning shopping mall, Tuesday’s report said. Kiev had claimed that Russia attacked the mall, killing and injuring many civilians.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the location of the arms stockpile was near the Kredmash factory. The Amstor Mall, where a fire was reported by Ukrainian sources on Monday, is right next to it. The military claimed that the Western munitions detonated and caused a fire at the shopping center, which was no longer operating.

Ukrainian officials claim that the mall was packed with people at the moment Russia allegedly attacked it. According to the latest casualty report, 18 people were killed and 59 injured in the incident, with 25 of the wounded taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the incident in Kremenchug as “one of the most blatant terrorist attacks in European history” [one remembers Dresden — the little Jewish mamma boy is good with Shakespearean superlative]. He stated that the site posed no threat to the Russian military and had no strategic value.

Kremenchug is a city in central Ukraine around 250km southeast from Kiev. The Russian military had previously attacked a major oil refinery in the city, denying the Ukrainian military fuel for their vehicles.

 

READ MORE:

https://www.rt.com/russia/557965-russia-comments-alleged-shopping-mall-strike/

 

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air-raid alert…...

Management at a Ukrainian shopping mall, where 18 people were reported killed on Monday after a nearby Russian air strike, ignored a warning of an imminent air attack, the mayor of Kremenchug reported on Tuesday.

“Ukraine is at war, so ignoring an air raid alert is a crime, which the tragedy in Amstor demonstrated once again,” Vitaly Maletsky wrote on social media. He threatened public venues with criminal prosecution if they fail to evacuate patrons and employees when a warning is given by the authorities.

The mayor posted a screenshot of what he claimed to be the official social media account of the outlet, which informed that it would remain open during alert periods. The policy change took effect last Thursday, according to the timestamp.

Ukraine claimed that a Russian airstrike killed and injured scores of civilians at the mall in Kremenchug. President Volodymyr Zelensky called it one of the “most brazen terrorist attacks in European history”.

On Tuesday, Moscow confirmed attacking the city, but denied targeting the shopping venue. The strike hit a nearby plant where West-supplied munitions were stored before being shipped to the frontline, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed. Detonations of the ammo caused damage to the shopping center, the report claimed. The ministry described the mall as not operational at the time of the attack.

The Russian military regularly launches missile attacks deep in Ukrainian territory but claims it only targets sites of military importance. On several occasions during the four-month-long conflict with Ukraine, it has hit a major oil refinery in Kremenchug, which presumably processed fuel for Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine’s air defense regularly warns the residents of areas that the authorities believe may be hit by Russia, prompting them to seek shelter. The entire Poltava region in central Ukraine, where Kremenchug is located, had been considered under threat on Monday before the mall incident, according to local media.

 

READ MORE:

https://www.rt.com/russia/557981-ukraine-mall-air-alert/

 

The Russian military on Monday targeted the Kredmash vehicle plant in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchug, the chairman of the factory’s supervisory board, Nikolay Danileyko, has confirmed. The plant is located right next to the shopping mall that was destroyed in a blaze after the missile strike, with 18 people reported killed and over 50 injured.

The factory was a civilian facility and had not produced military vehicles or parts for them since 1989, Danileyko told local media. The plant’s workers were not injured in the attack, he added.

Footage from the scene aired by local media shows a large crater in the middle of one of the factory’s hangars. The strike inflicted heavy damage on the building, blowing away parts of its roofing and walls and rupturing underground piping.

While Kiev was quick to accuse Moscow of deliberately attacking the shopping mall itself, the Russian military maintained it had targeted a stockpile of Western-supplied weaponry on the premises of the Kredmash plant. Secondary detonations of the destroyed weapons sparked a fire that spread to the shopping mall, the Russian military said. 

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed the shopping mall was tightly packed, with “more than a thousand civilians” visiting it at the time of the strike. Footage from the scene taken moments after the strike, however, showed that the parking lot by the mall was almost empty, with several armed individuals in military uniform roaming the area.

The mayor of Kremenchug pinned the blame for the civilian casualties on the venue’s operators, accusing them of ignoring a warning of an imminent air attack.

“Ukraine is at war, so ignoring an air raid alert is a crime, which the tragedy in Amstor [mall] demonstrated once again,” the mayor, Vitaly Maletsky, wrote on social media.

 

READ MORE:

https://www.rt.com/russia/558016-ukraine-russian-missile-hit/

 

 

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