Russian Ministry of Defense Claims that Withdrawals are Diversionary Measures

Above: Russian forces withdrawing from Kharkiv Oblast.

Pravda, 11 September 2022: According to the official message of the Russian defense department, for the last three days, an operation was carried out to curtail and organize the transfer of units from Izyum and Balakleya to the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. To cover the operation, diversion and demonstration activities were carried out, which staged the real actions of the troops. Russian media, however, is openly stating that “the initiative in the Special Military Operation has shifted to Ukraine.”

In the wake of this defeat, the Russian Ministry of Defense has responded with a “body count”, claiming that 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers and foreign volunteers were killed, during the Ukrainian advance, along with 100 tanks. If so, Kyiv and the world would consider it a price worth paying, for recovering more than 1,000 square miles of territory in a week’s time. Total Ukrainian losses in all the current offensives may come to 4,000 men KIA.

Unless the Russian Military either quickly recovers the lost terrain, or makes dramatic gains elsewhere, it will leave pro-Russian residents of the remaining occupied territories wondering if they should invest in Moscow’s promises of peace and stability, under a long-term Russian presence. Anyone living in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions will not be encouraged by reports that the Russians abandoned their Ukrainian collaborators in the Kharkiv region to the enemy.

September and October may yield a bitter harvest for Moscow.

Above: a map of recent Ukrainian gains in the offensive in the Kharkiv Region. The above map however, does not include the capture of Izyum and the surrounding areas, which took place within the last 24 hours.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Poland Demands $1.3 Trillion in WW2 Reparations from Germany; in Response, Germans Demand the Return of Territory Ceded to Poland.

Pravda, 2 September 2022: Germans are actively commenting on the statement of the leader of the Polish ruling party “Law and Justice” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who a day before proposed demanding 1.3 trillion euros in reparations from Germany.

Above: territories ceded by Germany to Poland and USSR, following the end of World War 2.

Judging by the comments, the initiative angered Germans. Many commentators on Twitter criticized the Polish government for this proposal, since Warsaw refused further reparations in 1953, RIA Novosti reports.

“Let’s. But then return all the German lands.” wrote one of the commentators.

“Oh, and they already calculated this without the” rent “for Silesia, Pomerania and West Prussia ?” — chimed another.

“No problem, but could you please give us back Silesia, Pomerania, West and East Prussia in return?” — remarked another.

“Do you want to talk about reparations? With great pleasure: how about restitution demands from my side for the house of my grandparents in Breslau (today, known as “Wroclaw” )?” tweeted another person.

It should be noted that in Poland for several years now they have been saying that Germany must pay multibillion – and even trillions, judging by the statement of Kaczynski – in reparations . Basically, this topic is supported by representatives of the ruling party. This idea also enjoys significant support among Polish voters.

As for the official position of Berlin, they emphasize that they are not going to discuss the issue of reparations, since they consider it closed for a long time. The unofficial position, however, also lies in the fact that Germany is not going to pay. 

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

American Veterans Rescued over 17,000 US Citizens and Residents from Afghanistan, since Biden Abandoned them Last Year.

THE GATEWAY PUNDIT: Joe Biden and his Woke Generals abandoned THOUSANDS of Americans in Afghanistan and as many as 14,000 during their panicked escape from Kabul. In November 2021, the US State Department revealed that as many as 14,000 Americans were left to fend for themselves. On the other hand, 100,000 Afghans were allowed to flee the country in August and enter the US, without background checks.

Now this…
US veteran Chad Robichaux went on Newsmax today to discuss his organization Save Our Allies. According to Chad, his organization has rescued 17,000 US legal permanent residents from Afghanistan following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

Amazing that a handful of US Veterans, relying on themselves and donations, managed to accomplish more than a moribund, illegitimate US Administration bothered to do – and the latter literally had all the power in the World to make a difference, but did not bother to do so.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

2020 Michigan State Supreme Court Election Stolen with Vote Machines

Michigan is a state that elects its state supreme court justices.

According to The Gateway Pundit, an audit of the 2020 Election in that state reveals that the voting results for the “down-ticket” candidates for State Supreme Court were tampered with, in order to flip that Court to a Democrat majority.

In Michigan’s down-ballot 2020 Supreme Court Justice race three candidates out of seven were programmed differently in the election system.  As a result, the court changed from Republican to Democrat.

The State of Michigan has been trying to suppress this information, by resorting to harassment with law enforcement. The audit team presented its case via live-streamed video.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Florida State Legislator Calls for Arrest of FBI Agents on Sight, Dissolution of Agency

Above: the official flag of the State of Florida.

World Net Daily: Republican Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini called for the state to arrest FBI agents conducting law enforcement outside Florida’s purview and to sever ties with the Department of Justice Monday…He said state legislators needed to put pressure on the FBI by limiting local agencies’ cooperation with them and by requiring them to seek permission from the state before conducting operations in Florida…“That’s just at the state level. At the federal level they need to be totally gutted and cut down,” he told the DCNF. “We need to be putting as much pressure on them as possible.”

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.


The result of a google search for news about President Trump yielded the screen message below. The world’s largest search engine is working hand-in-hand with the totalitarian Democrat machine and their military wing, a.k.a. the FBI. However, the Gateway Pundit is reporting as the story develops.

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President Trump’s home Mar-a-Lago was RAIDED BY THE FBI tonight.

President Trump released a statement moments ago.

These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.

The political persecution of President Donald J. Trump has been going on for years, with the now fully debunked Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2 and so much more, it just never ends. It is political targeting at the highest level!

Hillary Clinton was allowed to delete and acid wash 33,000 E-mails AFTER they were subpoenaed by Congress. Absolutely nothing has happened to hold her accountable. She even took antique furniture, and other items from the White House. I stood up to America’s bureaucratic corruption, I restored power to the people, and truly delivered for our Country, like we have never seen before. The establishment hated it. Now, as they watch my endorsed candidates win big victories, and see my dominance in all polls, they are trying to stop me, and the Republican Party, once more. The lawlessness, political persecution, and Witch Hunt must be exposed and stopped.

I will continue to fight for the Great American People!

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.


Above: gas prices in America are soaring, but that has not stopped Ukraine from asking the U.S. for 6 billion cubic meters of gas.

From Pravda:

Kiev requested 6 billion cubic meters of LNG from the United States under Lend-Lease. It is noteworthy that Ukraine assured that it would pay off all debts in 2024. In an interview with Pravda.Ru, Alexander Dudchak, Ph.D. in Economics, a leading researcher at the Institute of CIS Countries , explained that Kiev’s promises to return money for gas are more than doubtful.

According to the economist, the likelihood that the United States will take such a risky step is small, but there is a possibility. At the same time, Washington is well aware that Lend-Lease will turn into a debt hole for Kyiv.

“This will cause problems in the Western market; at the very least, it can lead to a price increase. Moreover, to say that Ukraine will pay off in two years, but this is just a wonderful idea. Well done. Do they really take everyone for idiots? It is clear that Ukraine will not pay,” Dudchak explained.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Russian Media Reports on Military Operations in Ukraine, 6 June 2022.

A map published by the British Broadcasting Corporation, which shows Russian gains in recent fighting in the Donbass.

GAZETA, 6 June 2022: Russian media is reporting that the town of Svyatogorsk has been nearly completely conquered by Russian forces.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian Armed Forces almost took control of the city of Svyatogorsk (DPR) and the surrounding territories. The official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov , said that Ukrainian national formations blew up a bridge across the Northern Donets River, in order to prevent their own soldiers from retreating.

“The remnants of the battalions of the Ukrainian 95th Air Assault Brigade and 81st Separate Airborne Brigade were cut off from the main forces and supplies, due to the destruction of the bridge” he added. Konashenkov clarified that about 80 Ukrainian servicemen reached the Russian side by swimming and surrendered.

In other news, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claims that now the most difficult areas for the Armed Forces of Ukraine are on the Zaporozhye and Severodonetsk directions. According to him, “there is a threatening situation in the Zaporozhye region and Severodonetsk.” Zelensky admits that the situation for Ukraine could become even worse. “If there is a breakthrough in the Donbass, it will be very difficult for us,” he added.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Russian Newspaper Discusses Moscow’s Military Mistakes in Ukraine.

Above: a Russian tank destroyed in Ukraine; Moscow mistakenly expected ‘to be met with flowers.’ The barrel of the Russian tank is witfully emblazoned with the word “WOLVERINES”, a reference to the 1980s film, RED DAWN, which told the story of a fictional Soviet occupation of America.

PRAVDA 6 June 2022: The deputy head of the State Duma Committee for the Development of Civil Society, Colonel General and former commander of the Airborne Forces, Vladimir Shamanov , said the main miscalculation, “was that we will be met with flowers.” “This is one of the main mistakes that we felt very keenly in the first five days. Today we have already overcome this issue,” Shamanov said.

The Russians also did not expect the Ukrainian military to hide behind civilian human shields. “When conducting defensive operations in cities…The soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine occupy the upper floors of high-rise buildings, and hold the civilian population below,” explained the former commander of the Airborne Forces, retired Colonel General Georgy Shpak.

Significantly, the Russian military did not expect the NATO officer corps to coordinate the military operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in addition to providing Kyiv with full intelligence information.

The Russian military also lacked training and experience in conducting main force operations against a similarly equipped opponent, emphasis in Russian military training having focused on anti-terrorism operations.

The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov , said that at the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, there were certain “mistakes” and “shortcomings”, but in the second half of May, the development of hostilities is fully consistent with the original plan.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation, Ukraine 3/4 April 2022

Above: the military situation in Ukraine 3/4 April 2022.

Russian forces continue to evacuate north-central Ukraine; Armed Forces of Ukraine follow in their wake and reclaim towns that were captured just weeks ago. However, in the south, Russian forces regained control of the territory north of Mariupol, while in the east, the Russian Army captured significant amounts of territory in Kharkiv Oblast, in the region around Izyum. Compare Russian withdrawals and gains in the map above, with the territory under their control on 2 April 2022, in the map below.

Military situation in Ukraine 2 April 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 2 April 2022

Above: the military situation in Ukraine, 2 April 2022.

Russian forces have withdrawn from areas immediately to the north and northwest of Kyiv, the capital; meanwhile, Russian withdrawals are taking place east of Kyiv; Ukrainian Army units are harassing Russian rearguards and re-occupying towns and villages as the Russian Army withdraws. It is believed that a number of the withdrawing Russian units will be sent to reinforce the efforts to capture all of the Donbass.

In the south, reports of Ukrainian recapture of most of the territory north of Kherson may have been false, as it appears that the Russian military again controls most of the region west of the Dnipro River, including Velyka Oleksandrivka and Borozenske. The town of Lyubymivka is contested between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

Compare Russian control of Ukrainian territory at the end of this week on the map above, with that controlled by Russia at the beginning of this week, on the map below.

Above: the military situation in Ukraine, 28 March 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 28-III-2022

Above: the military situation in Ukraine, 28 March 2022.

Russian forces have abandoned the territory they gained east of the city of Sumy. Towns recovered by the Ukrainian military include: Okhtyrka, Trostyanets, Boromilya, and Verkhnya Syrovatka.

Compare the territory occupied by the Russians on 28 March 2022, with that under their control on 22 March 2022, as pictured on the map below:

Above: Military situation in Ukraine on 22 March 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 26-III-2022…?

Above: the military situation in Ukraine, for night of 25/26 March 2022.

If military situation reports coming out of Ukraine are to be believed, then one will recognize that Russian arms have suffered a few reversals, since Wednesday of this week. Moreover, one will recognize that Ukraine’s military has made considerable gains, since the start of the special operation on 24 February.

On the northern front, to the east of Kyiv, the town of Slavutch and the city of Chernihiv have been relieved, with direct overland supply corridors being established to each; further east, the Mena-Shostka axis has been cleared by Ukrainian forces (or Russia withdrew from it), leaving a wide swath of hostile territory between the Russian groups operating in the Chernihiv and Konotop regions. Some of the towns that are located in this liberated zone, include: Kholmy, Pyrohivka, Shostka, Krolevets, Korop, Sosnytsya, and Borzna. This liberated corridor is approximately 105 miles (170 kilometers) in length, while varying in width, from 25 miles (40 kilometers) to 55 miles (90 kilometers).

On the southern front, Russian forces have either withdrawn, or been driven from, two areas: northwestern Kherson Oblast on the right bank of the Dnipro River: including the towns of Borozenske, Velika Oleksandrivka, Lyubymivka, Vysokopillya, Kachkarivka, and Mylove.

The second area lies further east, in the Mariupol region; Ukrainian forces reoccupied territory taken by the Russian Army and Donbass militias in the previous week, along a northwest-southeast axis, roughly from Pokrovske to Mariupol. If the situation map is a true representation of the situation on the ground, it means that Ukrainian forces are just 11 miles from Mariupol.

Compare Russian territorial losses on the map above, with those on the map below.

Above: the military situation in Ukraine, 25 March 2022.

What the events of the last 24 hours tell us – if the situation reports they are based on, are faithful and true – is that the Ukrainian Armed Forces – without little or no air cover – undertook 3 widely separated offensive operations – simultaneously. Moreover, these three widely separated, simultaneous offensive operations all achieved a measure of success – simultaneously. In the opinion of this blog, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are simply incapable of such a feat on their own. They have plenty of spirit, there is no doubt there, but in the opinion of many observers prior to the 2022 invasion, the Ukrainians lacked the organizational ability to carry out offensive operations – more so, since many command, control and communications (C3) sites were destroyed by Russian bombardments. When considering the ability of the Ukrainians to counter every Russian move and to then inflict reversals on it, not just locally, but operationally in several places simultaneously, I am reminded of the Battle of Britain, which took place in the summer and autumn of 1940. Hitler’s Luftwaffe was tasked with defeating the Royal Air Force, as a pre-condition for a successful German amphibious invasion of the British Isles. The plan for that assault was code-named Operation Sea Lion. That it never came about was due entirely to the Royal Air Force’s victory over Hitler’s Luftwaffe – and much of that victory was owed to a new military technology available to the British: radar. RADAR, or Radio Detection and Ranging, allowed the British to know precisely which path attacking German aircraft were flying on. This information was relayed to Fighter Command, which was then able to concentrate its smaller force of fighters at the most vital points of air defense. As a result, the more spread out German forces were never able to establish superiority and Luftwaffe losses in bombers and aircraft mounted. Unable to defeat the Royal Air Force, the Germans were forced to postpone Operation Sea Lion, indefinitely.

Now it’s nearly a century later, and spy satellites and electronic eavesdropping have become for modern armies, what radar was to Great Britain in 1940. All those real-time images from satellites above earth, and electronic means for intercepting enemy communications, allow modern armies to know enemy intentions and plan for them accordingly. Modern communications allow command structures to be aware of battlefield events in real time, and respond swiftly. Ukraine, to the best of my knowledge, has no space program of its own, nor an independent satellite launch capability; therefore, it does not have its own top-tier, well-integrated C3 system – it has to come from elsewhere. That elsewhere is either NATO or the United States. The Ukrainian Army’s ability to first block Russian Army offensives and then launch counteroffensives – not only on one axis, but on multiple axes simultaneously in less than a month, suggests to this blog that NATO has inserted its command, control, and communications systems into those of Ukraine. NATO, with its HQ in Brussels, is effectively in command of this war and directing it against the Russian Army and Moscow.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 25-III-2022

Above: the military situation in Ukraine, 25 March 2022. Pink shaded areas represent Russian control.

Previously, we posted a situation map for the front lines in Ukraine, for the night of 22/23 March. That post portrayed images found on Wikipedia, which depict the military situation in Ukraine, as it has been estimated from over 600 cited news sources. Accordingly, areas west of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv were reported as having been swept of Russian troops; however, we discovered the following day, that most Russian positions west of Kyiv were portrayed as being intact. It would seem that word of a great Ukrainian military victory were premature. New military developments are being reported for 25 March, whose veracity may or may not stand in succeeding days. Those developments are as follows:

In the north near Kyiv, Ukrainian forces are reported to have recaptured the western suburb of Makariv; to the east of the capital, Ukrainian forces appear to be trying to reopen the Mena-Shostka corridor. Ukrainian forces have advanced on an east-northeast from Mena to Sosynytsya to the western approaches of the Mezynski National Park. More ominously for the Russians, Ukrainian forces appear to have infiltrated into Russian rear areas and taken control of a few cities that the Russian military had previously secured. These towns are: Slavutch, near the Russian-Ukraine border, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) west of the besieged city of Chernihiv; Shestovytsya, a southwestern suburb of Chernihiv; Krolovets, a town located 25 miles (40 kilometers) south-southwest of Shostka; Hlukhiv, located about 25 miles east-southeast of Shostka; Druzhba, located about 25 miles east-northeast of Shostka; and Pustohorod, a town located about 25 miles east of Shostka. The eastern suburbs of Shostka, Hlukhiv, Druzhba, and Pustohorod form an irregular area that roughly contains 25 x 35 square miles (40 x 60 square kilometers). If it is true that Ukrainian forces have re-infiltrated these areas, it may be as a result of Russian forces redeploying to focus their efforts on recovering the rest of the territory of the Lugansk and Donetsk Peoples’ Republics, which make up the eastern breakaway regions of the Donbass.

Ukrainian control of the towns and areas mentioned above, not only poses a threat to Russian supply lines and communications going directly from Russia to the front, but also threatens the lateral communications between the major Russian groups operating on either side of the Mena-Shostka axis.

In the south, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the eastern and southeastern suburbs of Mykolaiv, and have even crossed into Kherson Oblast.

Compare the military situation map for 25 March (above), with the military situation map for 22/23 March, below:

Above: military situation in Ukraine, 22/23 March 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

The Military in Situation Ukraine, Night of 22/23-III-2022

Above: Military Situation in Ukraine, Night of 22/23 March 2022.

Local Ukrainian counterattacks have swept away Russian forces that had been deployed on the Korosten-Kyiv Highway, on a northwest-southeast line, from the town of Malyn to Borodyanka; similarly, local Ukrainian counterattacks have pushed back forward Russian elements, which had advanced into the western suburbs of Kyiv, from the north.

In the area southwest of Konotop, Russian forces have secured an 18 x 25-mile area around in the region of the town of Talalaivka.

Compare the situation of Russian forces in Ukraine in the afternoon of 22 March (below), with the situation of Russian forces in Ukraine in the night of 22/23 March (above).

Above: Military Situation in Ukraine, afternoon of 22 March 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 22-III-22

Military situation in Ukraine 22 March 2022.

During 22 March 2022, Ukrainian forces counterattacked in the Mykolaiv area, forcing the Russians to retreat several miles to the east and south of Mykolaiv. Just a few dozen miles further east, in the salient between the Russian group operating outside of Mykolaiv, and that operating south of Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian forces pushed south and recaptured the towns of Yavkyne and Snihurivka. This action in turn reduced the Russian salient separating Ukrainian forces operating in the Mykolaiv area, and the Snihurivka salient. However, Russian forces regrouped and within hours recaptured Snihurivka, as well as a few of the eastern suburbs of Mykolaiv. Russian forces have also secured most of the peninsula, located opposite to the mouth of the Pivdenniy Buh River, that is, on the southern shore of the Dniprovska Zatoka, except for the Bilobererzhia Sviatoslava National Park. The Tendrevskyi Peninsula to the south of it, has been completely swept by Russian forces. So while Russian forces have retreated a short distance around Mykolaiv, they have also made gains, on the other side of the Dnipro Estuary. Compare the first and second maps, and the respective territorial gains and losses for the Ukrainians and Russians; then compare those maps with the third map below, in order to gain some insight into Russian gains and losses, since 20 March 2022.

Above: military situation in Ukraine, evening of 22 March 2022.

Above: Military situation in Ukraine 20 March 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

The Military Situation in Ukraine, Evening of 20 March 2022

The military situation in Ukraine, evening of 20 March 2022.

Russian Army and militia units of the Lugansk People’s Republic have swept Ukrainian forces from the Severodonetsk region. They have also advanced to the western border of the Luhansk People’s Republic, from the regions of Svatovo and Novobelaya. More than 90% of the Luhansk People’s Republic is now under the control of the Luhansk government. Compare the area under the control of the Russian Army and LPR Militia in the evening of 20 March, with the territory that was under their control in the morning, as depicted in the map below.

Above: the military situation in Ukraine, morning of 20 March 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 20-III-2022

Above: the Military Situation in Ukraine, 20 March 2022.

Russian forces operating between Mikolaiv and Kherson have reduced the Ukrainian salient that has been separating the two groups. Russian forces pushed the southern edge of the salient about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northward, occupying the town of Snihurivka. Russian forces have also pushed westward, from the Velyka Oleksandrivka and Vysokopillya areas, towards the Vysun River, thus further reducing the salient from the east. Compare the territory under Russian control, northwest of Kherson on 20 March on the map above, with the territory under Russian control northwest of Kherson, on 19 March, on the map below.

Above: the military situation in Ukraine on 19 March 2022.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 19-III-2022

Above: the military situation in Ukraine on 19 March 2022.

Russian forces have swept out a corridor along the Sea of Azov, that extends about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) inland, from Vasylivka to Donetsk. Ukrainian forces are still disputing control of the coastal city of Mariupol, but Russian forces there are steadily reducing the Ukrainian perimeter. North of Kherson, Russian forces have shifted their efforts from advancing northwest along the Bug River, to advancing northeast toward Bashtanka and Bereznehuvate. A Ukrainian-held salient separates that effort, from another Russian force advancing in the direction of Kryvyi Rih. Compare Russian gains in the last 24 hours, as shown on the map above, with the territory they controlled on 18 March, on the map below. Also, see the following link for a zoom-in map of Ukraine at Wikipedia:

Above: Ukrainian territory controlled by the Russians on 18 March 2022. Compare with the map above.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.

Military Situation in Ukraine 18-III-2020: Russian Forces Make Significant Gains, Despite Ukrainian Counterattack at Voznessensk

Above: the military situation in Ukraine on 18 March 2022.

Compare the areas of Ukraine under Russian control for 18 March on the map above, with those illustrated on the map below, for 14 March.

Military situation in Ukraine for 14 March 2022.

Ukrainian forces launched a counterattack from the Voznessensk Region, forcing a Russian armored battalion to retreat through Nova Odessa, leaving behind many KIA and WIA, as well as damaged and destroyed vehicles; the Russian retreat continued for a distance of about 40 miles.

Russian successes elsewhere in Ukraine more than made up for the setback at Voznessensk: to the north, advancing west-southwest on the Shostka-Mena axis, the Russians swept the area of Ukrainian resistance, while pushing about 20 miles further west-southwest from Mena; the Russian Army also invested the city of Chernihiv from all sides, while other formations maintained a close hold on the capital of Kyiv.

In the south, the Russians widened and deepened their bridgehead in the Kherson region, on the right bank of the Dnipro River, suggesting that their next objective might be the city of Krivoy Rih. These formations may be part of the Russian 58th Combined Arms Army. Russian advance parties are moving east from the Melitopol region, presumably to make contact with Russian Army and Donetsk Peoples Republic militia advancing toward the west.

In the Donbass, Russian Army and militia from the Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples Republics are threatening Ukrainian Army formations with encirclement, particularly in the areas of Lysyshansk and Severodonetsk. About 70% of the Luhansk Peoples Republic has been taken by LPR forces, while only about 50% of Donetsk Peoples Republic has been taken under DPR control.

News carried by the Russian newspaper Izvestiya, reports the following:

During a special operation in Ukraine, the Russian military advanced to a depth of up to six kilometers in a day and reached the Novoukrainka-Shakhterskoye line, Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said at a briefing.

The Russian Armed Forces destroyed Ukrainian combat aircraft in Lviv, the Defense Ministry said. “On the morning of March 18, high-precision long-range weapons struck at the military infrastructure of Ukraine. As a result of the strike, a parking lot with Ukrainian combat aircraft at an aircraft repair plant in the city of Lviv was destroyed, as well as ammunition depots and Ukrainian military equipment in the suburbs of Nikolaev and Voznesensk,” said Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

Militias interacting with the Russian Armed Forces took the village of Tsirkuny, adjacent to Kharkov.

The head of the Lugansk Peoples Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, allowed men from the liberated regions to travel outside the republic, which was prohibited due to mobilization in Ukraine.

Mariupol airport came under the control of the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, RIA Novosti reports.

The People’s Militia of the LPR announced 70 Ukrainian soldiers were KIA on March 17.

Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.