[guest post by Dana]
While Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov didn’t say it out loud, the maps did:
Russian defence ministry maps presented on Tuesday appeared to show rapid withdrawals of Russian invasion forces from areas in eastern and southern Ukraine where they have been under severe pressure from a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
The ministry’s daily video briefing made no mention of any pullbacks, but on maps used to show the location of purported Russian strikes, the shaded area designating Russian military control was much smaller than the day before.
In northeast Ukraine, where Russia suffered a rout last month, its forces along a frontline running some 70 km southward from Kupiansk along the River Oskil appeared to have retreated some 20 km to the east, as far as the border of Luhansk province.
This would mean they had vacated the last remnants of Ukraine’s Kharkiv province – where Russia for several months maintained an occupation administration – but for a small patch between the town of Dvorichna and the Russian border.
In southern Ukraine’s Kherson province, Russia’s line of control on the right bank of the Dnipro river had shifted 25 km southward on the map, to a line running westward from the riverside town of Dudchany.
Both areas are battlefields where Ukraine has been reporting advances, albeit without giving full details.
Certainly to President Putin’s chagrin, Russian media is not sugar-coating the humiliation of Russia on the battlefield:
“I’ve been told that I make people depressed with my news,” Alexander Kots from the pro-government tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote on Telegram. “Allegedly people need something positive. There won’t be any good news any time soon, the timing is wrong. Not from the Kherson frontline, not from the Luhansk one as it happens.”
Ukraine “is introducing well-prepared reserves, realizing its advantage in both personnel and intelligence data,” he said Tuesday, adding that Russia’s so-called “special military operation,” meanwhile, is undergoing an “operational crisis.”
This isn’t the first media correspondent in Russia to push back against the narrative that the Kremlin is pushing, so we know it’s significant. And speaking of correspondents pushing back against the powers-that-be, remember the reporter who took a dramatic stand against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and while on state-controlled television, held up a sign that read “NO WAR”? Well, as a result, she was placed under house arrest in August. But according to reports, she has escaped and is currently on the run (note that the source is TASS, so…):
She had been charged with disseminating false information about the Russian military after participating in a protest in July, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS. Her detention was supposed to last until Sunday.
Ovsyannikova’s ex-husband said that she had escaped house arrest with her daughter on Saturday, TASS reported. Her lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, said he could not confirm those allegations…
Ovsyannikova has been added to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ “wanted list,” TASS reported on Monday.
And while Russia is praising Elon Musk’s inflammatory Twitter poll, in which “he asked followers on whether, and which, parts of Ukrainian territory should be formally handed to Russia,” Zelensky tweeted out his own poll:
Which @elonmusk do you like more?
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) October 3, 2022
Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany was much more direct and simply told Musk to “fuck off,” adding that this was his very “diplomatic reply” to Musk.
[Ed. Honestly, it was a bit confusing seeing Musk’s poll, given that he was happy to provide Ukraine the indispensable Starlink system so quickly after Zelensky requested it. I’m guessing that this was just another bid for attention from the billionaire who wants for nothing…After all, it’s Twitter...]
Yesterday, President Biden spoke to President Zelensky and announced a $625 million security assistance package to Ukraine.
The president also reaffirmed U.S. support of Ukraine, saying that we “will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Ukrainian territory.”
During the conversation with Zelensky, Biden also affirmed the U.S.’s “continued readiness” to impose sanctions on any entity that supports Russia’s annexation, and welcomed an agreement that allowed the safe export of grain from Ukraine, the White House said.
Hello.Dana (1225fc) — 10/4/2022 @ 10:59 am
Should be Starlink.Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 10/4/2022 @ 12:00 pm
If only Putin knew how badly his generals are mismanaging the war.nk (282728) — 10/4/2022 @ 1:08 pm
If only Putin knew how badly his generals are mismanaging the war.
If only Americans knew how badly their leaders are mismanaging their money:
US Money Committed to Ukraine Has Already Exceeded Cost of First 5 Years Afghan War
In the roughly four months since Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States spent more money keeping Russia at bay than it did in the first five years of the Afghan conflict.
Overall, the United States has promised at least $54 billion in spending related to the war, some to support NATO nations, part to support Ukraine through “tradition channels” and other funding to support U.S. military in Europe, according to Fox News. Direct military-related spending on the Ukraine war has reached $8 billion
According to ForeignAssistance.gov, through 2006 the United States spent $7.4 billion in the first five years of its fight against the Taliban. The peak year for costs was 2011 when the U.S. spent $11.4 billion in its 20-year war that ended with the debacle of the evacuation from Kabul last summer. – https://www.westernjournal.com/us-money-committed-ukraine-already-exceeded-cost-first-5-years-afghan-war/
Meanwhile… initial estimates of Ian storm damage costs to Americans in Florida: $100 billion .
“Round-up the usual suspects.” – Capt. Louis Renault [Claude Rains] ‘Casablanca’ 1942DCSCA (2ed6d4) — 10/4/2022 @ 1:40 pm
@5. Sober up:
Biden vows US will ‘end’ Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if Ukraine invaded by Russia
President Biden vowed Monday in a joint news conference with Germany’s chancellor to “bring an end to” the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine. Biden promised to prevent fuel from flowing directly from Russia to Germany through the newly constructed Baltic Sea pipeline just moments before Chancellor Olaf Scholz gave a unified but noticeably less enthusiastic nod to the idea.
“If Russia invades — that means tanks or troops crossing the border of Ukraine, again — then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2,” the president said in the White House East Room.
“We will bring an end to it.”
https://nypost.com/2022/02/07/biden-vows-us-will-end-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline-if-ukraine-invaded/DCSCA (2d06cf) — 10/4/2022 @ 3:19 pm
Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany was much more direct and simply told Musk to “fvck off,” adding that this was his very “diplomatic reply” to Musk.
MEMO to Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk:
Back at you, you ungrateful steaming cowardly, corrupt piece of sh!t– HOW the hell did YOU escape the ban on Ukraine males, 18 to 60 denied the freedom to leave Ukraine in the first place? A bribe or two?
Now STFU and camo-up:
Elon Musk helps Ukraine with SpaceX’s Starlink satellites
Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are now active over Ukraine after a request from the embattled country’s leadership to replace internet services destroyed by the Russian attack.
Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites helping Ukraine drones destroy Russian tanks
Starlink satellites sent into space by Elon Musk’s SpaceX are helping Ukrainian military drones destroy Russian tanks and army trucks, according to a report…
Musk sent Starlink terminals into Ukraine at the request of Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who has said the broadband internet service “keeps our cities connected and emergency services saving lives” in the event of outages. SpaceX sent a shipment of Starlink terminals to provide Ukraine with internet access. “Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high,” Musk tweeted earlier this month. “Please use with caution.” Musk has also been engaged in Twitter feuds with Russian officials and allies of the Kremlin.
More proof that the difference between Ukraine’s Bug Moran gangsters and Putin Capone crime syndicate is: nothing.DCSCA (2d06cf) — 10/4/2022 @ 3:37 pm
Memo to Ukrainian soldier says Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites ‘changed the war in Ukraine’s favor’ as they’re helping troops stay online amid Russian strikes
Know the players:
Andriy Yaroslavovych Melnyk (born 7 September 7, 1975) is a Ukrainian diplomat who has served since January 12, 2015 as the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany. He will remain in office until the end of September 2022, after which he will move to Kyiv. [Camo-up, coward!] Andriy Melnyk was born in 1975 in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Melnyk was appointed a Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany by a decree of President Petro Poroshenko.
On June 29, 2022 Andriy Melnyk gave an interview to Tilo Jung where he denied the interviewer’s claim that Stepan Bandera’s followers were “involved in the killing of 800,000 Jews” during World War II, to which Melnyk replied “there is no evidence that Bandera’s troops killed hundreds of thousands of Jews. There is zero evidence.” Melnyk called this claim a narrative pushed by Russia that is now being supported by Germany, Poland, and Israel. After an official protest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement on 1 July 1, 2022 in which it was declared that this was Melnyk’s private opinion. On July 1, 2022 the Embassy of Israel in Berlin published a statement on Melnyk’s interview which criticized him for “a distortion of historical facts concerning the Holocaust.” Felix Klein, the Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Anti-Semitism in Germany, reprimanded Melnyk and appealed to Ukraine to seek rapid admission to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), this intergovernmental organization is dedicated to the study of the Holocaust. Klein regretted that the Ukrainian government had so far been negative about an IHRA membership.
On July 9, 2022 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced that Melnyk had been dismissed from his position as ambassador to Germany. Melnyk was dismissed along with several other of Ukraine’s ambassadors; president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that “this rotation is a normal part of diplomatic practice”.He will remain in office until the end of September 2022, after which he will move to Kyiv.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andriy_Melnyk_(diplomat)DCSCA (2d06cf) — 10/4/2022 @ 3:49 pm
I appreciate Musk making Starlink available, and it’s a notable operational advantage for Ukrainian forces. Thank you, Elon…BUT…
Musk doesn’t understand Crimean history, and it still remains that Russia has no right to any Ukrainian territory per the Budapest Memorandum.
His “compromise” would Russia in a better position than before he invaded, and he doesn’t deserve that kind of reward.
Also, every reclaimed Ukrainian city shows varying degrees of Russian atrocities, the latest being a box of pulled dentures, concentration camp style, near Izyum. Why would any city want to be on the wrong side of Musk’s compromise?Paul Montagu (753b42) — 10/4/2022 @ 4:28 pm
Flashback-Nord Stream 2 was never opened:Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 10/4/2022 @ 4:29 pm
Musk suffers from Asperger’s and sometimes doesn’t get the mood of the room.Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 10/4/2022 @ 4:38 pm
a box of pulled dentures
For what earthly reason? New, custom-fitted dentures are terrible enough.Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 10/4/2022 @ 4:40 pm
@9. BUT nothing: Andriy Yaroslavovych Melnyk, the ungrateful,. cowardly ‘diplomat;’ the slob w/t questionable take oh history can GFHS– after he camos up and is sent to… “the Russian Front.”DCSCA (aea2e1) — 10/4/2022 @ 4:49 pm
Here’s an interesting video of a captured pro-Russian combatant. It’s one more reason why Ukraine should win.Paul Montagu (753b42) — 10/4/2022 @ 5:04 pm
Musk suffers from Asperger’s and sometimes doesn’t get the mood of the room.
Which CLEARLY disrupts the electronic of the Starlink systems. =sarc=
WASHINGTON – SpaceX has sent “thousands” of Starlink satellite internet kits to Ukraine, company President Gwynne Shotwell told CNBC on Tuesday. Elon Musk’s space company began sending Ukraine shipments of Starlink satellite kits — which come with an antenna, a mounting tripod and a Wi-Fi router — shortly after Russia invaded.
Ukraine remains a corrupt craphole. T’was never enough for Bugs Moran either.
“More, more, I’m still not satisfied!” – Tom LehrerDCSCA (aea2e1) — 10/4/2022 @ 5:28 pm
OT- Tip of the cap to the former Soviet Union; 65 years ago today, October 4, 1957, w/their successful launch of Sputnik 1. The birth of the Space Age changed life on Earth forever. This 7 minute video is worth a watch- if only to revisit the triumph- and the global impact the lofting of a man-made satellite had around the world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHCeLvy5z-IDCSCA (aea2e1) — 10/4/2022 @ 6:39 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhJnt3xW2FcDCSCA (aea2e1) — 10/4/2022 @ 6:45 pm
Say it ain’t so…….I’m shocked!Rip Murdock (dee8eb) — 10/4/2022 @ 8:19 pm
Russian Media Watch:
SAD!Rip Murdock (dee8eb) — 10/4/2022 @ 8:31 pm
Illia Ponomarenko noted that while Musk was incorrect in his proposal, his gift of Starlink more than offset the misstep. Ponomarenko noted Ukrainians don’t cancel friends for incorrect off the cuff remarkssteveg (97395e) — 10/4/2022 @ 9:09 pm
When the undersea pipeline first sustained damage, I was hoping the Russians would blame Ukraine… a country without a navy. Very disappointed in Russian propaganda.steveg (97395e) — 10/4/2022 @ 9:29 pm
My top 3 list of possibles are Russia at 80%, UK at 15%, USA at 5%.
Russians are known for their chess expertise but someone out on the internet noted, the Russians played gas too early and Europe was able to stockpile, and then Russia mobilized forces too late.
Maybe makes tactical nukes into Ukraine, but near neighboring nations, more likely than before the Putin genius lightbulb backup generator kicked in (starter motor was stolen by kleptocrats)
Given the accuracy and maintenance standards of the Russians seen thus far, I might be better off moving closer to Vandenberg AFB rather than further
Russian Media Watch:
Peremoha Ukrayini!Rip Murdock (dee8eb) — 10/4/2022 @ 9:41 pm
Peremoha Ukrayini!Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 10/5/2022 @ 10:02 am
#24 Here’s the same WSJ article at the MSN site.Jim Miller (85fd03) — 10/5/2022 @ 12:56 pm