SMO – Interim
I have not yet seen a RuMod report for this morning. The front lines are confusing, but steadily Russia is moving forward. It was another night of bloody hell for the Ukies.
It is difficult to understand the Ukrainian soldier’s mindset. They must know by now that their cause is totally lost, not only militarily but also politically, but yet, they still try and break through here and there, and run into small villages with a bunch of tanks and hold the village hostage for only a little time, until they are expelled with Kia and rates of injury that seems unbelievable to the ordinary person.
There is a reason for the current suicide mission though. And this is that they needed to show some kind of progress, even a small battle. Today we have the meeting of the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Ramstein air base in Germany, where the next meeting of Ukrainian sugar daddies is taking place. We will see how much more money and weapons they want to pour into the Ukraine. Some of the first reports from this meeting mention $675 million. (Note, it is not billions).
Blinken apparently made a surprise visit to this Ramstein meeting and a bag full of money. We’ve seen this before. Reuters reported that he will announce $2 billion in military funding for Ukraine and 18 other states “that may face Russian aggression in the future,” Reuters reported. So, what this means is that the collective west is again trying to buy a bloc of supporters in order to remain the Chief Warmongers in the region.
It has become the battle of our times in the collective west country. Both in terms of Europe and also the US losing their shirts in terms of the back blow of sanctions, as well as complete disbelief in most of the world now, in the strength of the US dollar. Nobody wants dollars and nobody wants to trade in dollars. Michael Hudson describes why the dollar still has perceived value and it is a question of the lackeys investing in dollar-type instruments, for a perceived increase in value. This house of cards is going to tumble in our times.
Sometimes even RT has a good article and analysis. (They have improved somewhat during the course of the SMO but it is still yellow press).
Dmitry Trenin: Six months into the conflict, what exactly does Russia hope to achieve in Ukraine? He says that Putin’s latest comments reveal that Moscow’s thinking has shifted and compromise is no longer on the agenda. I would go with that. https://www.rt.com/russia/562349-moscow-is-aiming-ukraine/
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Ukraine as an “anti-Russian enclave” which has to be removed. He also said that the Russian soldiers taking part in the military operation there were fighting for their “own country.” These statements carry important implications.
Over the last six-plus months, the mantra of the Russian officialdom has been that all aims of the offensive will be reached. On purpose, however, the specific objectives, such as how far Moscow’s forces plan to move into Ukraine, have never been spelled out. This cannot but raise speculation about what the Kremlin is actually hoping to achieve.
The only person who can authoritatively answer that question, however, is the President, and second-guessing him makes no sense. Yet, two things cannot escape close attention. One is the radicalization of Moscow’s position on Ukraine as a result of both Western policies and Kiev’s actions; two is the widening gap between the minimum result of the military campaign that Russia can be satisfied with, and the maximum amount of what the US and its allies can accept.”
In our statement today we asked for a UN #SecurityCouncil meeting by the end of the week, preferably tomorrow, on the supplies of lethal weapons by the Western countries to #Ukraine which pose a serious threat to international peace and security. It’s time for the Council to discuss real issues, not fictitious “filtration” as our Western ex-partners proposed today.
⚡️ Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (September 8, 2022)
◽️ Due to high losses of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) that formed the basis of the attack group, Ukrainian troops have held no offensive operations at Nikolayev-Krivoy Rog direction.
💥 Russian Aerospace Forces, missile troops and artillery continue launching high-precision attacks at AFU units and reserve forces at the abovementioned direction.
◽️ The list of neutralised targets includes the command posts of 63rd Mechanised Brigade of the AFU near Bereznegovatoye (Nikolayev region), the manpower and military equipment of 46 Airmobile, 57th Mechanised Infantry and 28th Mechanised brigades of the AFU near Sukhoy Stavok, Petrovskoye, Plotnitskoye landmark (Kherson region), Murakhovka and Ternoviye Pody (Nikolayev region).
💥 1 munitions depot has been destroyed near Murakhovka (Nikolayev region).
💥 Fighter aviation of Russian Aerospace Forces has shot down 1 Su-25 of Ukrainian Air Force near Konstantinovka (Nikolayev region).
◽️ Due to high losses caused by concentrated fire attacks of Russian Armed Forces launched at the positions of 59th Mechanised Infantry Brigade of the AFU near Ukrainka, Zelyony Gay and Novogrivoryevka (Nikolayev region), Ukrainian servicemen refused to fulfil combat tasks and commenced withdrawing to the rear areas.
◽️ The enemy has lost a total of 2 tanks, 6 infantry combat vehicles and 5 other armoured vehicles, 7 pickups with large-calibre machine guns and over 190 servicemen at Nikolayev-Krivoy Rog direction over the past 24 hours.
💥 High-precision attacks of Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in the neutralisation of the provisional bases of the units from 95th Air Assault Brigade near Slavyansk and 81st Airmobile Brigade near Kramatorsk (Donetsk People’s Republic). Up to 120 Ukrainian servicemen, 15 armoured and motor vehicles have been eliminated.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery continue launching attacks at the military facilities in Ukraine.
💥 5 AFU command posts, including those of 72nd Mechanised, 58th and 53rd Mechanised Infantry brigades near Dzerzhinsk, Soledar and Artyomovsk (Donetsk People’s Republic), 1st Tank Brigade near Novonikolayevka (Zaporozhye region), as well as 51 artillery units, 167 AFU manpower and military equipment concentration areas.
💥 5 missile, artillery and munitions depots have been destroyed near Trudovoye (Zaporozhye region), Kurakhovo, Konstantinovka, Seversk (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Balakleya (Kharkov region).
💥 Moreover, 1 launching ramp of Buk-M1 air defence missile system has been destroyed near Belaya Krinitsa (Nikolayev region), as well as 1 air target detecting and tracking radar near Malomikhaylovka (Dnepropetrovsk region).
💥 Air defence means of Russian Aerospace Forces have shot down 13 unmanned aerial vehicles near Chervonosyolovka, Ocheretovatoye and Aleksandrovka (Zaporozhye region), Vladimirovka, Mandrykino railway station, Kirillovka and Novoandreyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic), Lyubimovka, Kreshchenovka, Kirovo and Tomina Balka (Kherson region), Alisovka (Kharkov region), Senkovka (Chernigov region), as well as Tochka-U ballistic missile near Rakovka (Kherson region).
💥 19 MRLS projectiles, including 16 launched by HIMARS, have been intercepted near Novaya Kakhovka, Molodyozhnoye (Kherson region), Novoosinovo, Grushevka (Kharkov region) and 3 rocket-propelled projectiles launched by Olkha MRLS near Antonovka (Kherson region).
📊 In total, 293 airplanes and 152 helicopters, 1,910 unmanned aerial vehicles, 374 air defence missile systems, 4,863 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 826 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,369 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 5,387 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.