Putin Recognizes Donbass Republics, Sends Russian Military to 'Denazify' Ukraine

Laurentien2

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MILITARY SITUATION ON DONETSK FRONT ON 28 APRIL 2022 AND FORECAST OF CONFLICT’S DEVELOPMENT​

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Military Situation On Donetsk Front On 28 April 2022 And Forecast Of Conflict's Development
Fierce fighting continues in the area south of Izyum along the entire perimeter of the Russian bridgehead. There are tactical advances of the Russian and DPR Armed Forces almost everywhere.
According to available reports, the fiercest fighting is taking place on the right flank of the offensive, near the village of Velyka Kamyshevakha, as well as at the “cutting edge” of the offensive, in the centre of the bridgehead, near the village of Novaya Dmytrivka. After capturing Novaya Dmitrovka, the Russian troops will approach directly to the Barvenkovo-Slaviansk highway and threaten to cut it off.
Military Situation On Donetsk Front On 28 April 2022 And Forecast Of Conflict's Development
The fighting is continuous in character. The AFU has enough manpower to prevent Russian troops from making a deep breakthrough anywhere, despite the lengthening of the front line in this area.
At the same time, the Ukrainian armed forces continue to pull back their units from the remaining bridgehead on the left bank of the Seversky Donets – from the Liman-Yampil area and the Severodonetsk salient, retaining their most advanced positions to the east between Severodonetsk and Popasna, where fierce fighting continues.
It is likely that the AFU will soon leave Liman and withdraw its troops to reinforce the flanks of its grouping – near Barvenkovo and Sloviansk.
The Russian and DPR Armed Forces were unable to prevent this and encircle the AFU units.
On the whole, despite heavy losses, the AFU units are defending competently and persistently. The Ukrainian command staked on buying time and inflicting maximum losses on the advancing units of the Russian Armed Forces and the L/DPR.
Military Situation On Donetsk Front On 28 April 2022 And Forecast Of Conflict's Development
Military Situation On Donetsk Front On 28 April 2022 And Forecast Of Conflict's Development
The Russian troops ahead of them will face a huge and pre-prepared Slavyansk-Kramatorsk agglomeration, which has been prepared for a prolonged defence. The Ukrainian Armed Forces will definitely not surrender it until the last opportunity, defending it as a “besieged fortress”. Military experts note that the fate of the remnants of the Mariupol garrison is very important in this connection. If they are freed or interned, the garrison of Sloviansk-Kramatorsk will defend just as long and hard.
In the south, near Gulyai Polje and Orekhovo, the situation is without significant change. The southern part of the “pincers” of the advancing Russian units has stalled.
Near Donetsk, in the central area, the situation is generally unchanged too. There is a calm in most areas. Intense fighting is taking place only in the area north of Avdeevka, where the DPR Armed Forces have had some tactical successes.
Military Situation On Donetsk Front On 28 April 2022 And Forecast Of Conflict's Development
Overall, it is worth expecting that intense fighting in Donbass will continue for many weeks. This could allow the AFU to carry out wide maneuvering of its strategic reserves, which Kiev is now building up on the basis of both mobilized Ukrainian citizens and numerous units of NATO military personnel who arrive in Ukraine under the guise of foreign volunteers or mercenaries.
A particular threat exists for Transnistria. Around this small unrecognised republic, on the one side, the Polish, Romanian and Moldovan armed forces are concentrating thousands of troops, while on the other side the Ukrainian armed forces are deploying new units formed by foreigners, including Turkish nationalists from the far-right organisation Grey Wolves.
Military Situation On Donetsk Front On 28 April 2022 And Forecast Of Conflict's Development

On 28 April, the Polish Defence Ministry announced that there would be intensive movement of convoys with equipment in the country’s north and east from 1 May until the end of the month due to “military exercises”.
Earlier, the Russian intelligence service stated that the Polish military’s priority “combat tasks” would include the gradual seizure of control over strategic facilities in western Ukraine.
Poland is in discussions with the US administration over an upcoming action to “reunite” with western Ukraine. According to Warsaw’s estimates, the entrenchment of the Polish military in western Ukraine is highly likely to split the country.
NATO countries have stepped up arms deliveries to Kiev, including heavy military equipment and advanced weaponry. The likelihood that the conflict in Ukraine will escalate into a full-scale direct and open war between NATO and Russia by the summer of 2022 is extremely high. Recent statements and actions of the US and EU leadership show that the decision to enter into a war with Russia soon is likely to have been made.

 

Adobe

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This report is nearly 3 weeks ago now, but I hung on to it, to see if the other shoe would drop. A Chinese armada of sorts flying over Turkey, (NATO space, right?) to Serbia, then returned? The article “speculates” that they were delivering weapons, but there are no reports or fact to support that. For me it was a blip on the radar as to China possibly involving itself in the European debacle, but at this point…dunno? Could just be, China doing weapons sales.

"Unlike just flying to Russia, it would need the Y-20s to fly through several other countries in order to reach Serbia from China, so China must have had much coordination and communication with these countries and gained their authorization in order to realize the flight, Song said."

"The mission of the Y-20s to Serbia remains unknown, with thedrive.com speculating that the aircraft could be delivering the FK-3, the export version of the Chinese HQ-22 surface-to-air missile system, to Serbia."

China's military cargo planes land in Serbia -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net
 

Beau

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Russian President Vladimir Putin 04/27/2022. Meeting with the Council of Legislators

Vladimir Putin: I would like to emphasize once again that if someone intends to intervene in the ongoing events from the outside and creates strategic threats for Russia that are unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning-fast and fast. We have all the tools for this. The kind that no one else can boast of right now. And we won't brag. We will use them if needed. And I want everyone to know about it - we have made all the decisions on this matter!
How come they haven't retaliated against NATO for blowing up the Moskva then?
 

f1esk

Jedi Master
How come they haven't retaliated against NATO for blowing up the Moskva then?
Are you talking about the cruiser Moskva? Very strange question, if you know what I mean...

1) There is no official confirmation that this is NATO, an investigation is underway;
2) During the hostilities, both cruisers and generals die - should the general staff stop fulfilling their duties and start shooting at NATO for revenge? What is it like?))
3) The Russian army does not know revenge - there are tasks, they are carried out, for the sake of peace and freedom, and not for the sake of revenge. Fools take revenge on each other, and Putin is a judoka.
4) Revenge is a dish served cold;) You don't think that Putin will freak out and bomb Europe, do you? You don't think so, do you?

Perhaps you somehow see the sinking of the cruiser called Moscow in a different way, that this is some kind of humiliating blow, but we in Russia do not perceive it as such, there is nothing offensive here, and the army follows orders. Но старый крейсер ничто по сравнению с дельфинами!

:lol:
 

Adobe

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@Beau How come they haven't retaliated against NATO for blowing up the Moskva then?



Good point, and one I have been thinking about lately. Psaki has said she’s not going to listen to empty threats, when discussing the Russian warnings. And at face value, she has a point. Russia has said it will be swift and deal with (Paraphrasing of course) any country that involves itself in this operation. And thus far there have been several violations of that.

Having said that, the game isn’t over yet, and I’m assuming at this point, that it is more like chess than checkers i.e., time and thought is needed in between each move. Also, if Russia moves against other countries, the whole game changes. Something that would need to be thought through. Operate on your own timing and schedule, not your advisory’s.

I’m not wishing for all hell to break loose, but I watch closely to see if people/governments do what they say and say what they do.
 

Persej

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This report is nearly 3 weeks ago now, but I hung on to it, to see if the other shoe would drop. A Chinese armada of sorts flying over Turkey, (NATO space, right?) to Serbia, then returned? The article “speculates” that they were delivering weapons, but there are no reports or fact to support that. For me it was a blip on the radar as to China possibly involving itself in the European debacle, but at this point…dunno? Could just be, China doing weapons sales.

"Unlike just flying to Russia, it would need the Y-20s to fly through several other countries in order to reach Serbia from China, so China must have had much coordination and communication with these countries and gained their authorization in order to realize the flight, Song said."

"The mission of the Y-20s to Serbia remains unknown, with thedrive.com speculating that the aircraft could be delivering the FK-3, the export version of the Chinese HQ-22 surface-to-air missile system, to Serbia."

China's military cargo planes land in Serbia -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net

Yes, China delivered FK-3 to Serbia.

Serbia confirms procurement of Chinese FK-3 air defense missile system

Serbia has procured the Chinese FK-3 air defense missile system, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic reportedly confirmed on Wednesday, after reports emerged on Saturday that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force was delivering the air defense equipment via Y-20 large transport aircraft.

As the export version of the PLA's HQ-22, the FK-3 can significantly enhance Serbia's national defense capabilities, at a time when NATO is dividing the world and could complicate the security situation around Serbia, Chinese analysts said on Wednesday.

Serbia procured the Chinese FK-3 air defense missile system transparently, complying with laws and regulations, and it followed procedures, Vucic said, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. Vucic was accused by other politicians of "arming the country by the hands of competitors of Europe and NATO."

Serbia has found its own path based on the will of its people, and the Serbian people are proud of themselves for protecting their own country by themselves rather than letting NATO do it in their names, Vucic was quoted in the CCTV report as saying.

The CCTV report came after foreign reports said a large number of the PLA Air Force's Y-20 cargo planes were spotted in Serbia on Saturday, and speculation claimed that the FK-3 air defense missile system was being delivered to the Serbian military.

The FK-3 is an all-weather, medium-to-long range surface-to-air defense missile system that can carry out missions in complex electromagnetic environments. It can intercept targets including fixed-wing aircraft, drones, cruise missiles, tactical air-to-ground missiles and helicopters, according to promotional materials distributed at previous defense exhibitions.

As a medium-altitude air defense weapon comparable to the US' Patriot air defense missile, the FK-3 missile system can serve as a powerful deterrent against aircraft including fighter jets and bombers that are on missions like defense penetration, precision strikes and bombing, Wang Ya'nan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

It will play a very important role for Serbia at a time when the security situation in Europe is changing, Wang said. As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine goes on, many countries are gravitating toward or away from the West, and the US-led NATO is the one that is dividing the world, he said.

Serbia has been a victim of air raids, so it is natural that the country invests in its air defense capabilities, analysts said. In 1999, NATO launched a 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia, causing thousands of casualties including three Chinese citizens, and displacing hundreds of thousands.

As an air defense system, the FK-3 is defensive in nature, and it will not harm regional peace and stability, experts said.

In order to carry out an annually scheduled cooperation project between China and Serbia, China recently sent transport aircraft of the PLA Air Force to Serbia to deliver normal military goods, Zhao Lijian, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular press conference on Monday, when a reporter asked him to confirm if China recently delivered the HQ-22 air defense system to Serbia, and if the move was related to the current situation in Ukraine.

This project is not targeted at any third party, nor is it related to the current situation, Zhao said, noting that media should not interpret it too much.

 

Ryan

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1) There is no official confirmation that this is NATO, an investigation is underway;
You may have noticed that on this forum we do not wait for official confirmation from governments before drawing conclusions. Otherwise we might die of old age. 😉

2) During the hostilities, both cruisers and generals die - should the general staff stop fulfilling their duties and start shooting at NATO for revenge? What is it like?))
The word used was retaliation. Retaliation need not be vengeful. Or even symmetrical.

Perhaps you somehow see the sinking of the cruiser called Moscow in a different way, that this is some kind of humiliating blow, but we in Russia do not perceive it as such, there is nothing offensive here, and the army follows orders.
This is an admirable attitude, however the situation still indicates a surprise attack by a third party to the conflict. If there is insufficient "overt" evidence to retaliate overtly, I'm sure there are still measures that can be taken "covertly" to teach NATO the lessons it so sorely needs to learn, yes?
 

Keit

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Here are several interesting things from Russian Telegram.

First, is this video. Officially Israel hasn't sent anyone to Ukraine, but its psychopathic mercenaries were happy to land a hand anyway. At first I actually thought that these were Azov Nazis with Hebrew speaking Israelis, but apparently all of them, beside the cameraman are Israelis.

In the video they thank the local rabbi (in Dnepr) for providing them with lavish and comfortable accommodation and allowing them to participate in Pesah (Jewish Passover) meal.

Jews are at the service of Ukrainian Nazis. This couldn't get more ridiculous.


Next are the images of the Russian Special forces with cats and kittens. In 2019 they decided to make a calendar "Spetznaz and kitties" in honor of 8th of March (international women's day). But now the calendar has been republished to include the Z. And why cats? That's how the creators of the calendar explain it:
Why do Rosgvardia Special Forces soldiers have cats in their hands? Because since 2014 cats are the mascot of our politeness on the battlefield and success in special operations. In addition, cats intuitively sense kind people. On the set, it was immediately clear that these guys are smart, tactful and kind people. And goodness must come with fists. And with cats.

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Unfortunately I couldn't find where it's possible to buy this calendar. They were simply offering it for "Z-supportive" Telegram channels. But I did find the original articles that mention the calendar, and it had images that could be used as a desktop wallpaper. So I am attaching them to this post. They are unfortunately with the Z.

And finally, here is a detailed and clear description of Putin's "gas for rubles" scheme. Why he did it and what kind of effect it will have on Russia's currency.


Here, too, Germany agreed to Putin's scheme. The German Foreign Ministry said: "We have decided that German importers will transfer euros to an account at Gazprombank, and then Gazprombank is responsible for their exchange into rubles. That is, we, our companies pay in euros. This is an important point for us, we see in it compliance with our contractual obligations.

It is like that glass, which is either half-empty or half-full. The point is, and let Germany not pretend it does not understand, that under the old scheme Germany paid for gas into Gazprom's accounts in German banks and the money physically remained in Germany. It could be blocked at any time, since it was under German jurisdiction. Now they pay euros directly to the foreign currency accounts of the Russian Gazprombank, but these accounts are in Russian jurisdiction. This is, first of all.

Secondly, and much more importantly (!), these currency receipts allow Russia to get out of the "currency board" system that was imposed on Russia in 1991. What does this system mean? That Russia can print as many rubles as we have dollars. Accordingly, to print rubles, we must sell goods on the world market for dollars.

And since the U.S. and other Western countries do not sell us the technologies that we would like to buy from them, then we have to put them in dollars in the gold reserves, which are physically located in U.S. jurisdiction, on accounts in U.S. banks. We freeze our money in American banks, and our money is used to lend to American households, the military, R&D, Silicon Valley, etc. This is a purely colonial tribute collecting scheme.

So, the new scheme of gas supplies for rubles makes it possible to bypass this colonial mechanism and gradually make the ruble one of the world's reserve currencies (especially when introducing the dual loop economy model, mentioned by N. Patrushev, the head of the Security Council the day before yesterday), to strengthen its exchange rate and make Russians richer.

The Central Bank will receive euros from Gazprombank and send them to the Russian gold reserves. At the same time will print rubles and give them to Gazprom, which will invest them inside the country. In this case, the ruble exchange rate becomes more stable in terms of speculative attacks and inflation.


So Germany can write anything it wants. The main thing is to understand the meaning of what is happening. The point of the game.
 

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Seppo Ilmarinen

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How come they haven't retaliated against NATO for blowing up the Moskva then?
Covert actions probably have covert responses. I think what Putin said was directed at Poland, as Russian foreign intelligence agency SVR just made statements of having information on US/Polish plans to enter Ukraine in order to gain access to it's historical areas:
Russia's foreign spy chief accused the United States and Poland on Thursday of plotting to gain a sphere of influence in Ukraine, the strongest signal from Moscow that the war could end with forced partition of Ukraine between the West and Russia.

Sergei Naryshkin, the chief of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), cited unpublished intelligence which he said showed that the United States and Poland, NATO allies, were plotting to restore Polish control over part of western Ukraine.

"According to the intelligence received by Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, Washington and Warsaw are working on plans to establish Poland's tight military and political control over its historical possessions in Ukraine," Naryshkin said in a rare statement released by the SVR. [...]

The SVR said the United States was discussing with Poland a plan under which Polish "peacekeeping" forces without a NATO mandate would enter parts of western Ukraine where the chance of a confrontation with Russian forces was low.
 

Benjamin

Dagobah Resident
Russia just banned pretty much everyone in the Canadian gov. from entering the Russian Federation today.

From the Russian Foreign Ministry website:
In response to all the new sanctions feverishly imposed by official Ottawa, which is competing with Washington in its Russophobic racket, which have been extended to Russia's top leaders and virtually the entire Russian parliamentary corps, since March 15 this year, Prime Minister Trudeau, Foreign Affairs and National Defense Ministers M. Joly and A. Anand are included in the "black list" of persons banned from entering the Russian Federation. Among those banned are also most members of the House of Commons of the Canadian Parliament and aggressive pro-Banderite elements.

This step is forced and has been taken as a reaction to the hostile actions of the current Canadian regime, which has been trying our patience for so long, which is beyond the limits of decency. Every Russophobe attack, be it the attacks on Russian diplomatic missions, the closure of airspace, or Ottawa's virtual severance of bilateral economic ties - to the detriment of Canadian interests - is bound to be met with a harsh and not necessarily symmetrical response.

The following is a list of Canadian nationals on the list of persons who are henceforth banned from entering the Russian Federation:

It then lists 313 names of cabinet ministers and MP's from all the parties (Liberal, Conservative, Bloc Quebeqois and NDP). Chrystia Freeland and a few others were already banned back on Mar. 24, 2014.

'Canada's' response?

Reacting to the move, Trudeau’s office said the only response from Russia it is interested in is an immediate end to the “illegal, unnecessary war.”

“Until then, Canada and our allies will continue imposing crippling sanctions on Putin and his enablers,” his office said.

Thank you, Russia. Even though not everyone agrees with 'Canada's' actions, I'm sorry you have to endure this stupidity from this country.
 

f1esk

Jedi Master
You may have noticed that on this forum we do not wait for official confirmation from governments before drawing conclusions. Otherwise we might die of old age. 😉

The word used was retaliation. Retaliation need not be vengeful. Or even symmetrical.

This is an admirable attitude, however the situation still indicates a surprise attack by a third party to the conflict. If there is insufficient "overt" evidence to retaliate overtly, I'm sure there are still measures that can be taken "covertly" to teach NATO the lessons it so sorely needs to learn, yes?
I still do not understand how the words revenge or retribution can be applied to the army. Do you expect Putin to personally retaliate or give such an order? I don’t remember that in chess they would punish the opponent’s pieces because of a pawn. Or do you think that in Ukraine the Russian Federation is at war with Ukraine? No, Putin and the collective West are sitting at the table.

As for the "covertly" ways... If they are covertly, how do you know about them? Something boomknet somewhere, Russia will be accused (as usual), consider that this is retribution! But in fact, if Russia responds covertly, then Stoltenberg's howl will be heard throughout the galaxy!

I understand that you may not want to have time to grow old, and it will be so if Russia responds to NATO. However, then our children and grandchildren will not have time to grow old, and this is not what we want.

And everything that happens is God's game, and I drank vodka and went to feed the bear!;-)
 

Adobe

The Living Force
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Thanks @Persej for dropping the other shoe.

This today from the deputy director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department (China), Wang Wenbin

The video was posted today, but I don’t know when this speech was given. Only 1.5 minutes long and no mincing of words. I wonder to who all this speech goes out to? Fast but with English subtitles so I slowed it down to 0.5 and it is easily readable.

 

iamthatis

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I still do not understand how the words revenge or retribution can be applied to the army. Do you expect Putin to personally retaliate or give such an order?

Putin said very clearly that there would be retaliation for interference, yes?

We can debate the meanings of the words 'revenge, retribution, retaliation', and which term is best, or whether it applies correctly; or who gives the order, etc. What matters more, I think, is the effect of Putin's statement both on the ground and in the halls of power in the West - namely, there will be a military response by Russia, as promised, to foreign interference with their Special Military Operation.

Seems like the basics of strategic deterrence to me.

I don’t remember that in chess they would punish the opponent’s pieces because of a pawn. Or do you think that in Ukraine the Russian Federation is at war with Ukraine? No, Putin and the collective West are sitting at the table.

Could you explain what you mean by this last sentence?
 

Persej

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I feel in gut by the winter we will have the contract with reseller which silently will buy same Russian gas with rubles for us.

You don't have to wait for winter.

Reverse gas supplies from Germany to Poland via Yamal-Europe up more than five-fold​

MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. Reverse gas supplies via the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline from Germany to Poland soared more than five-fold early on April 27, according to the information provided by the gas transport operator Gascade. This followed the suspension of gas supplies from Russia to Poland.

Gas pumping via the pipeline from Germany to Poland went up 5.2-fold to 1.23 mln cubic meters per hour.

Meanwhile, the direct physical gas flow via Yamal-Europe from Poland to Germany through the compressor station in Mallnow has been zero for 21 days. It is formed as the difference between renominations (revised requests) for direct and reverse supply (reverse to Poland).

Gazprom said earlier it had fully suspended gas supplies to the Bulgarian company Bulgargaz and the Polish PGNiG due to their failure to pay in rubles in due time.

On April 26, Gazprom submitted to Polish and Bulgarian importing companies a notification on suspension of gas supplies starting April 27 due to their refusal to make final payments in Russian rubles.

President Vladimir Putin Putin ordered on March 23 that unfriendly states must pay for Russian gas in rubles, saying that Moscow would refuse to accept payments under gas contracts with those states in "compromised" currencies, particularly meaning dollars and euros.

According to figures provided by the Russian Federal Customs Service, Russian gas supplies to Poland increased by 9.4% in 2021 to 10.58 bln cubic meters, while deliveries to Bulgaria doubled last year to 3.15 bln cubic meters.

Poland uses around 20 bln cubic meters of gas per year. Warsaw claims it has found the possibility to abandon Russian gas through purchasing liquified natural gas from the United States and Qatar, as well as gas supplies from offshore Norway.


And here is a nice infographics:

 
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