Ukrainian Front: the Russian View 14-III-22

For there being a definitive lack of information about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this page will be presenting some information of the war, as the Russian/State Media sees it, for the benefit of readers who want to compare and contrast reports on the progress of the war. To begin with, Anti-Comintern Blog will display a military situation map, as published by Wikipedia, followed by a map published by Russian media. Following this, we will post excerpts of Russian reporting from the front, from various newspapers, such as Izvestia. For Western media narratives, the reader may find them in the New York Post, the Washington Times, and other outlets.

Above: a Wikipedia map showing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to 13 March 2022. The territory of Ukraine under Russian control appears to be a minimalist estimate, based on battlefield reports.
Above: Ukrainian territory controlled by Moscow to 13 March 2022, as seen through Russian eyes. As the reader will readily observe, Russian estimations of territory under Moscow’s control, are more significantly more than that of Wikipedia.

NEWS FROM IZVESTIA, ABOUT THE FIGHTING IN UKRAINE:

https://iz.ru/1304613/izvestiia/deviatnadtcatyi-den-spetcoperatcii-v-donbasse-tekstovaia-transliatciia

The special military operation to protect the Donbass is in its 19th day. The operation was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24. Up to 180 foreign fighters and a large batch of foreign weapons have been liquidated in Ukraine. According to sources, Kyiv has now suspended the recruitment of mercenaries. 

According to the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic, seven divisional subunits of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have lost 1211 people since the beginning of the special operation. The 53rd mechanized brigade suffered the greatest losses – 279 people.

During the special operation, Russian troops destroyed 145 drones, 1,298 tanks, 124 multiple rocket launchers, almost 500 artillery pieces and more than a thousand vehicles, said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.

Donetsk People’s Militia: Since the beginning of the special operation, 170 Ukrainian soldiers have defected to the side of the DPR; 20 of them are in medical facilities.

Russian troops took control of the settlement of Stepnoe, the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, informed.

People’s militia of the DPR: the shelling of Donetsk with “Tochka-U” missiles, was carried out by nationalists of the 19th Ukrainian Missile Brigade from the vicinity of Krasnoarmeysk. The DPR also reported that they got a laptop from Ukrainian troops, with data on the targets of the Tochka-U strikes, including the Government House, a radio and television center and a military registration and enlistment office.

The troops of Russia and the people’s republics of Donbass continue to move forward. LPR units blocked the eastern and southern parts of Severodonetsk. During the liberation of the settlement of Nikolskoye, the Russian military clashed with Aidar militants who were holding civilians and monks hostage.

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

Military Situation in Ukraine 9 March 2022

Above: military situation in Ukraine, 9 March 2022.

In the Donetsk Oblast, Russian and separatist forces advanced as far as Volnovakha, Khersones and Kamensk.

In the Kyiv region, Russian forces to the east and northeast of the capital of Kyiv strengthened their lateral communications, in the wake of a Ukrainian counterattack a few days before, which has separated Russian task forces from the main body coming down toward Kyiv from the north, on the left bank of the Dnipro River.

A New York Post article issued on 8 March 2022 included footage of a Russian armored vehicle destroying a car near an intersection, which had a driver and passenger; this was evidently included to demonstrate Russian war crimes – however, a similar vehicle is seen in Ukrainian footage, transporting English NLAW anti-tank weapons to Ukrainian fighters.

For comparison of Russian armed forces’ progress in Ukraine, compare the above map, with that of 8 March 2022, below:

Above: Military situation in Ukraine, 8 March 2022.

And for further comparison, the reader may refer to a map depicting the military situation from 5/6 March 2022, below. An examination of the map at top, with the map below, demonstrates the Russians have made clear territorial gains in the Luhansk and Donetsk provinces, since last week.

Above: Military situation of 5/6 March 2022 in Ukraine.

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

Military Situation in Ukraine 8 March 2022

Military Situation in Ukraine, 8 March 2022.

Russian forces advanced toward Mikolaiv in the south, and captured Izyum in the east, in addition to significant portions of Luhansk Oblast. Russian forces also maneuvered to isolate the capital Kyiv, from the east. Compare the situation with that portrayed on the map below, for 5/6 March 2022.

Military situation for 5/6 March 2022.

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

Military Situation in Ukraine 5 March 2022

Above: Military Situation in Ukraine, 5/6 March 2022.

Russian forces operating in the region of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, attempted to circumvent the city by advancing southeast and southwest of it; however, a local Ukrainian counterattack driving north from Kiev, cut off the flanking Russian column engaged in the maneuver. Another Russian column, advancing southwest from the region of Konotop, came to the relief of the isolated group. Moreover, Ukrainian forces withdrew from the salient on the Mena-Shostka axis, allowing Russian forces to gain control of the corridor for a second time. Russian forces east of the capital region thus appear poised to isolate Chernihiv; meanwhile, Russian forces west of Kyiv have remained more or less static.

In the south, a Russian column from the Mikhailov area advanced northwest, going as far as Voznessensk, a town situated on the Dnistro River. Russian forces between Nova Kakhovka and Melitopol appear to be consolidating their conquests, before advancing further. Compare Russian positions at end of 5 March (above), with those of 3 March 2022 (below).

Russian positions in Ukraine, end of 3 March 2022.

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

Military Situation in Ukraine, 3 March 2022

Above: a map showing Russian military gains in Ukraine, up to 3 March 2022.

According to recent reports, the port city of Kherson, located at the mouth of the Dnipro River, has fallen to Russian forces.

Russian military advances elsewhere in the Ukraine appear to have stalled, either for lack of fuel and supplies, or do to unanticipated, stubborn resistance on the part of Ukraine’s soldiers and citizens.

In the Kyiv region, Russian columns are attempting to go enclose Kyiv, while others are diverging toward other objectives. Belarussian soldiers have entered combat near Chernihiv, while other Belarussian columns appear to be driving in the direction of Korosten-Zhytomyr, perhaps in an effort to isolate the capital region from foreign supplies.

Reports coming from the Ukrainian side, paint a picture of Russian troops who are in many cases, inexperienced, poorly supplied, and poorly led. Little news is coming from the Russian side, in part because some Western media agencies are banning their broadcasts, or limiting the content which they may provide.

A comparison with the above situation map, with that of 1 March 2022, demonstrates that the front lines between Chernihiv and Kharkiv have remained mostly static, as have those around the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This suggests that the Russian invasion may have stalled, or has paused, in order to replenish supplies and regroup forces.

Above: Military situation at end of 1 March 2022.

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

Military Situation in Ukraine around 22:00 1 March 2022:

Military situation in Ukraine, about 2200hrs 1 March 2022.

UPDATED MAP FOR END OF DAY, 1 MARCH 2022, BELOW:

Russian forces continued to consolidate their hold on the territory bounding the southern bank of the Dnipro River, between Kakhovka and Zaporizhzhia, while also pushing west towards the Tendrivska Gulf and the mouth of the Dnipro River. Contact was re-established between Russian forces advancing east along the Sea of Azov, and those advancing west from Donetsk Oblast. Fighting continues in Mariupol.

In the north, Russian forces continue to develop the offensive against Kyiv, with spearheads advancing to the northeast and northwest of Kyiv, in evident attempts to isolate the Ukrainian capital. Compare the positions of Russian forces towards the end of 1 March 2022 (above), with those in the first half of 1 March 2022 (below).

Military situation in Ukraine, in the first half of the day of 1 March 2022.

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

Military Situation in Ukraine 1 March 2022:

Above: Military situation in Ukraine, afternoon of 1 March 2022.

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.

Military situation in Ukraine, going into 1 March 2022.

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

Russian Military Situation in Ukraine, Going into 1 March 2022:

Above: Military situation in Ukraine, going into 1 March 2022. Map source: Wikipedia.

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.

Above: Russian military situation in Ukraine, 28 February 2022. Map source: Wikipedia.

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

Russian-Controlled Territory in Ukraine, as of 28-II-2022:

Above: this map, obtained from Wikipedia, shows areas of Ukraine that are under Russian control, as of 28-II-22.

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 now outside 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.

The above map shows Ukrainian territory under Russian control, during 25-26 February 2022. Compare with more recent events reflected in the map at the top.

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

Ukrainian Territory Occupied by Russia, at start of 26-II-2022:

Above: map of Ukraine (end of 25-II-2022) and axes of Russian advances. Light green represents Ukraine-controlled territory; pink represents Russian-controlled territory. The Crimean Peninsula and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk were controlled by Russia, prior to the invasion of 24-II-2022.

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.

Above: military situation in Ukraine, start of day 25-II-2022; compare with map above, showing end of day, 25-II-2022.

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

President Volodymyr Zalensky STAYS in Kyiv with the People to Fight the Invader; in Comparison, Trump LEFT the White House and LET the Communists Take Over America.

Above, in foreground: 25-II-2022 ~ Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalensky with his Cabinet members. He is staying in the capital of Kyiv, with his people, to fight the invaders; compare this man’s conduct with that of President Trump, who LET the communists WALK into the White House, without a fight, knowing full-well Biden et al, had stolen Election 2020.

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

Russian Gains in Ukraine, since 24-II-2022:

The pale green regions represent Ukrainian-government controlled areas; the pink regions represent areas of Ukraine under Russian control, since 24 February 2022. Crimea (to the south) and Donbass (to the southeast) were controlled by Russia before the offensive began.

UPDATE: RUSSIAN GAINS AS OF 25-II-22:

Russian forces have encircled the cities Konotop and Sumy, and threaten the cities of Kharkiv and Kiev. Russia has not committed all of its forces to the fighting yet.

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

Police become Executioners in Canada.

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

Iowa Allows Covid Restrictions to Expire on February 15th, Just Shy of 2 Years.

Above: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

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.

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

Mussolini's War in the East 1941-1943.: The CSIR and ARMIR on the Russian Front.

New York Post: how Red China Bought the Bidens.

The Biden family has done several deals worth a total of about $31 million in China, according to a new book on the president.

For those wondering why Joe Biden is soft on China, consider this never-before-reported revelation: the Biden family has done five deals in China, totaling $31 million and arranged by individuals with direct ties to Chinese intelligence — some reaching the very top of China’s spy agency. For details, see the New York Post link below.

https://nypost.com/2022/01/27/chinese-elite-have-paid-some-31m-to-hunter-and-the-bidens/

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

Mussolini's War in the East 1941-1943.: The CSIR and ARMIR on the Russian Front.