The Russian Army remains stalled in its offensives at Kyiv, Chernihiv, Konotop, Sumy, and Kharkiv. Russian forces operating in the areas of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces also have made little gain and may be pausing to rest the troops. In the south, the Russian Army recovered most of the territories on the southern bank of the Dnipro River, between Kokhovka and Zaporizhzhia, but the junction of forces at Mariupol was broken by Ukrainian forces. Also, Russian forces have been pushed back from Mikolaiv. Compare today’s military situation, with that of late 28 February/early 1 March, displayed on the map below.
Russian forces in southern Ukraine, south of Zaporizhzhia, appear to have lost some territory to Ukrainian counterattacks. On the other hand, Russian forces advancing along the Sea of Azov have linked up with Russian and separatist forces advancing west from Donetsk province, in the region of Mariupol. In the north, Russian forces have been stalled by Ukrainian resistance, and in a sign that the Russian military operation may be seriously behind schedule, there is talk that Russian forces in the north will be supported by Belarussian forces, probably in the form of airborne units. Compare the above map and the apparent setbacks it depicts, with Russian gains on the last day of February 2022.
Russian forces in northern Ukraine appear to have experienced some setbacks, particularly in the region between Sumy and Kyiv. As seen on the map below, on 25-26 February, Russian forces were occupying a continuous stretch of territory, 30-40 miles deep in some places. However, in a series of counterattacks and ambushes, Ukrainian military units and popular militias broke contact between Russian forces along the Mena-Shostka direction, and forced open a wedge between Russian groups, all the way to the international border. Ukrainian forces also broke the encirclements of Konotop and Sumy, though Konotop was once again surrounded. Chernihiv, Sumy, and Kharkiv continue to thwart attempts at encirclement, though Russian forces have expanded their control of the territory between Sumy and Kharkiv.
In the east, Russian forces have gradually expanded control of the oblasts [provinces] of Luhansk and Donetsk, though the Luhansk and Donetsk separatist militias appear to have been of little assistance in this area, other than holding the territory they already occupy and holding the attention of Ukrainian government forces opposite them.
In the south, Russian forces advancing out of Crimea have made the most steady progress. Russian forces are nowoutside of, or have entered, Mykolaiv, a port which well-known for its naval-building shipyards. Russian units are in the process of securing the southern bank of the Dnepr River, between Nova Kakhovka and Zaporizhzhia, which forms a water course that is 8-10 miles wide in places. Russian spearheads have advanced eastwards toward the towns of Orikhiv and Poholy, as well as along the coast toward Berdyansk. A Ukrainian-controlled salient separates these two efforts. Russian-controlled Melitopol is located at the western end of this salient. Russian forces in Berdyansk will likely link up with those advancing west from Mariupol, in the coming days, while those from Poholy will continue towards Donetsk; the junction of forces in this area north of the Sea of Azov will allow the Russian military to consolidate its forces in the south and regroup for the next effort.
Russian forces have paused in the south, where they gained significant territory, after advancing from the Crimean Peninsula. Russian forces may be regrouping, before they march further.
During 25 February, Russian forces were reported to have encircled Konotop and Sumy, but Ukrainian forces appear to have partially broken the encirclements.
In the east, near the oblast of Luhansk, Russian forces have advanced about 15 miles further west, while it appears that Russian and Russian-backed forces of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic were forced to retreat from several villages they had captured near the border.
Russian forces still threaten Chernihiv, but were apparently forced to withdraw from border regions they had conquered on the east bank of the Dnieper River, which forces were supposed to support the advance to Kyiv. Significantly, fighting has been reported within Kyiv, as Russian vanguards entered the capital.
To better see Russian gains and reversals, compare the map below, showing the situation from the start of 25 February, with the map above.
THE GATEWAY PUNDIT: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced on Thursday that she will allow the “public health disaster emergency proclamation” to expire on February 15, 2022. The emergency proclamation was first issued on March 17, 2020, to authorize health mitigation measures during the early state of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s two websites that track COVID-19 data will now be decommissioned on February 16, 2022. Covid-19 will be dealt with like other serious illnesses, such as the flu.
World Net Daily: France and Ireland are following England in announcing the lifting of a host of COVID-19 restrictions. The Irish Independent reported Friday that the majority of COVID restrictions in Ireland will be removed by 6 a.m. Saturday, including vaccine passports. The paper said the government also will eliminate “limits on household visits, early closing time for hospitality and events, capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events including weddings, social distancing, the rule-of-six at a table … and the requirement to maintain contact details for close contact tracing.”
In France, Le Monde reported Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a timetable on Thursday for dispensing with some COVID restrictions. Among them are the mandatory wearing of masks in outdoor locations and the closing of nightclubs and stadiums. The prime minister said the government could suspend its vaccine passports if the situation regarding the pandemic improves further.
These developments come, following Virginia Governor Youngkin’s lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, though a few school districts there are actively resisting his measures to restore civil liberties.
Since being sworn into office, Governor Youngkin has signed executive orders banning Critical Race Theory instruction in schools, mandatory mask-wearing in schools, and mandatory Covid vaccinations; his administration is investigating ‘transgender’ policies in public schools, particularly in Loudon County, where sex crimes against young school girls, in connection with the transgender trend in some school districts, were being concealed from the public. The Gateway Pundit discusses the first 11 executive orders Youngkin signed, which are aimed at restoring common sense, order, and faith in state and local government.
World Net Daily: When U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd went on “NBC Nightly News” to tell his side of shooting and killing unarmed Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, he made a point to note he’d been investigated by several agencies and exonerated for his actions that day.In fact, investigators cleared Byrd of wrongdoing in the shooting without actually interviewing him about the shooting or threatening him with punishment if he did not cooperate with their criminal investigation.
By avoiding an interrogation, Byrd avoided saying anything that could have been used to incriminate him, including making false statements to federal agents, which would be a felony. Remarkably, he did not formally invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, according to people familiar with his case, which makes the reluctance of authorities to lean on him or sanction him for not cooperating all the more puzzling. By law, federal agencies can persuade employees to cooperate with investigators. Byrd was put on paid administrative leave during the investigative process.Justice delayed is justice denied for Ashli Babbitt.
Read the passages below from the NATO Treaty, and decide if the repressive Covid-19 protocols that have been adopted by most NATO member-states in the last 2 years are in violation of the Treaty’s preamble, or any of the Treaty Articles.Highlighting and underlining of text is added.
The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments. They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area. They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security. They therefore agree to this North Atlantic Treaty :
The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being. They will seek to eliminate conflict in their international economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them.
Each Party declares that none of the international engagements now in force between it and any other of the Parties or any third State is in conflict with the provisions of this Treaty, and undertakes not to enter into any international engagement in conflict with this Treaty.