Russia, liberating Ukraine from the clutches of the Menace

I only watch them to keep an eye on what the current narrative is. No other reason. Otherwise just primary sources.

I had been building up a collection of Open Source Intel feeds and other primary sources since 2014 and went completely over to them two months ago. The OS Intel guys had an almost complete battle order the day the Russians invaded. Its interesting watching confirmation as the destroyed equipment is recorded.

I have been watching Russian TV every day for the same reason I did in 1989/1991. Its a great source of real time info of what is going on in the Kremlin. What stories they run, which order, changes from day to day. The dynamic in Russian TV news coverage has been pure Soviet since January.

The daily Putin coverage is the real goldmine. He puts real effort into what image is portrayed. He was seriously rattled last week so went full Vlad the Impaler. This week its all economics and he even had a weird Zoom Phone In a few days ago were smoothy Putin even appeared for a short time. Not a good sign when he smiles.

If you have to watch MSM watch them online or with VLC. Fast forward and mute will keep you sane.

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It seems Above may no longer control Mariupol or is a functional force any longer.

Meanwhile, someone complied videos but they got deleted on twitter feed, this is the archive link, text copied here but video are at main link:

Testimony of Mariupol residents: Azov Batallion executed civilians triying to escape the city.

  • More witnesses from Mariupol saying that Azov Batallion executed civilians trying to find a way out of the city.

  • Another testimony of the massacres and criminal behaviour of Azov Batallion in Mariupol.

  • Mariupol resident expalined how Azov Batallion positioned artillery in civilian areas, fired, and then moved to other streets repeating the operation around the city.

  • Another testimony from a Greek refugee from Mariupol (Greek audio):
    A young Greek woman from Mariupol who just arrived in Greece: “Ukrainian soldiers stopped us and threatened us, the soldiers in the Russian tanks were trying to calm us down”. Article in next twitt.

  • Link with the original article about the Greek refugee, mentions other testimonies of more Greeks living in Mariupol giving same account.

  • More witnesses of Azov crimes. Azov Batallion nazis shelled civilian buildings.

  • Mariupol resident sends a message for her daughter. Banderites have destroyed everything. Strong language.

  • Another video from a Mariupol civilian. Azov Batallion used their yards to position heavy weapons. Azov Batallion used civilian areas to hide.

  • More witnesses from Mariupol. Azov Batallion positioned artillery on their back yards, hide the openings of green corridors from civilians, throw people out of their buildings to position troops. The authorities of the city where actively collaborating with Azov war crimes.

  • Vídeo with 3 Mariupol residents. Same accounts. Azov put artillery in residential areas, used civilians as human shields. Ukraine troops stopped people from leaving and the DNR and Russian troops rescue them. Azov used civilian buildings to fire on Russian troops.

  • Mariupol residents: Ukrainian army threw us out of our homes to take firing positions, old people and kids. They locked families in the basements and abandoned them. The Russian troops rescued us, they are our brothers.

  • Mariupol woman. Fascists used us as human shields, murdered people, Azov, Pravky Sector, the mayor told civilians to make molotov bombs to fight the Russians. Extended testimony of a previous video. Better quality.

  • I didn’t want to but I can’t fin it with English subtitles. She basically says that Ukrainian soldiers took over her home and left her in the cold. They burnt the whole house down.

Russian marines and DPR troops storm the base of the Azov National Battalion in Mariupol

This guy does walk and talks from Athens.

Some of his coverage was fairly accurate timeline wise his Mauripol coverage from last week.

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Maneuver warfare

1/ Big Arrow War—a primer. For all those scratching their heads in confusion, or dusting off their dress uniforms for the Ukrainian victory parade in Kiev, over the news about Russia’s “strategic shift”, you might want to re-familiarize yourself with basic military concepts.

2/ Maneuver warfare is a good place to start. Understand Russia started its “special military operation” with a severe manpower deficit—200,000 attackers to some 600,000 defenders (or more). Classic attritional conflict was never an option. Russian victory required maneuver.

3/ Maneuver war is more psychological than physical and focuses more on the operational than on the tactical level. Maneuver is relational movement—how you deploy and move your forces in relation to your opponent. Russian maneuver in the first phase of its operation support this.

4/ The Russians needed to shape the battlefield to their advantage. In order to do this, they needed to control how Ukraine employed it’s numerically superior forces, while distributing their own smaller combat power to best accomplish this objective.

5/ Strategically, to facilitate the ability to maneuver between the southern, central, and northern fronts, Russia needed to secure a land bridge between Crimea and Russia. The seizure of the coastal city of Mariupol was critical to this effort. Russia has accomplished this task.

6/ While this complex operation unfolded, Russia needed to keep Ukraine from maneuvering its numerically superior forces in a manner that disrupted the Mariupol operation. This entailed the use of several strategic supporting operations—feints, fixing operations, and deep attack.

7/ The concept of a feint is simple—a military force either is seen as preparing to attack a given location, or actually conducts an attack, for the purpose of deceiving an opponent into committing resources in response to the perceived or actual actions.

8/ The use of the feint played a major role in Desert Storm, where Marine Amphibious forces threatened the Kuwaiti coast, forcing Iraq to defend against an attack that never came, and where the 1st Cavalry Division actually attacked Wadi Al Batin to pin down the Republican Guard.

9/ The Russians made extensive use of the feint in Ukraine, with Amphibious forces off Odessa freezing Ukrainian forces there, and a major feint attack toward Kiev compelling Ukraine to reinforce their forces there. Ukraine was never able to reinforce their forces in the east.

10/ Fixing operations were also critical. Ukraine had assembled some 60,000-100,000 troops in the east, opposite Donbas. Russia carried out a broad fixing attack designed to keep these forces fully engaged and unable to maneuver in respect to other Russian operations.

11/ During Desert Storm, two Marine Divisions were ordered to carry out similar fixing attacks against Iraqi forces deployed along the Kuwaiti-Saudi border, tying down significant numbers of men and material that could not be used to counter the main US attack out west.

12/ The Russian fixing attack pinned the main Ukrainian concentration of forces in the east, and drove them away from Mariupol, which was invested and reduced. Supporting operations out of Crimea against Kherson expanded the Russian land bridge. This phase is now complete.

13/ Russia also engaged in a campaign of strategic deep attack designed to disrupt and destroy Ukrainian logistics, command & control, and air power and long-range fire support. Ukraine is running out of fuel and ammo, cannot coordinate maneuver, and has no meaningful Air Force.

14/ Russia is redeploying some of its premier units from where they had been engaged in feint operations in northern Kiev to where they can support the next phase of the operation, namely the liberation of the Donbas and the destruction of the main Ukrainian force in the east.

15/ This is classic maneuver warfare. Russia will now hold Ukraine in the north and south while its main forces, reinforced by the northern units, Marines, and forces freed up by the capture of Mariupol, seek to envelope and destroy 60,000 Ukrainian forces in the east.

16/ This is Big Arrow War at its finest, something Americans used to know but forgot in the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan and Iraq. It also explains how 200,000 Russians have been able to defeat 600,000 Ukrainians. Thus ends the primer on maneuver warfare, Russian style.

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Similar in part or influenced take from MOA:

Ukraine SitRep - Part II Of Russia’s Military Operation Unfolds

This map of the situation in Ukraine on March 29 is provided by the French Ministry of Defense.


It is likely the most realistic and neutral one available. It comes with short notes about the numbered theaters.

Here are my own situation report notes:


The Russian military operation in Ukraine began with a rather small force of some 150.000+ men against a much larger (including reservist and territorial forces) Ukrainian force of some 400.000. The Russian force used maneuver warfare to fix the larger Ukrainian forces into place. It attacked on a large front and threatened major population concentrations, i.e. cities.

The Russian operations started with the destruction of the Ukrainian command and control network. Over the last four weeks the Ukrainian navy, its airforce, its radars and air defenses and a huge number of its armored vehicles were destroyed. Throughout the last week fuel depots all over the Ukraine were attacked and destroyed over night. Ukraine’s large ammunition depots are gone. Military production and repair facilities have likewise been destroyed. The Ukraine is no longer able to move large numbers of troops between the various fronts. Its army has lost its mobility.

While this was ongoing threats to Kiev, Odessa and other large Ukrainian cities have held significant numbers of Ukrainian troops in place and prevented reinforcements to move to the east. There units from the Donetsk and Luhansk republics attacked the 60,000 strong main force of the Ukrainian army to keep it in place.

This allowed Russian forces from Crimea and from the Russian border in the north to move into positions that will now enable them to envelope the east.

Src: MoA - Ukraine SitRep - Part II Of Russia's Military Operation Unfolds

This Scott Ritter?

Scott Ritter currently writes op-eds for Russia-state-controlled media, Russia Today RT. [5] on issues pertaining to international security, military affairs, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as arms control and nonproliferation.

Ritter is a registered sex offender, having been convicted of unlawful contact with a minor and five other charges in a 2011 trial.

Sorry, OW, thats all total bullshit. Its a straight parroting of the propaganda points of these guys…


They have been using exactly the same map of Russian military “gains” for the last three weeks.

This one…

This is the actual military situation (give or take)…

Red means the Russians kinda have possession but a large number of their convoys are getting ambushed. The gray is artillery / GRAD range but in control of the Ukrainian Territorials or full units.

Twenty Russian Generals went into Ukraine. As of this morning 9 of them are dead. 1400+ tanks went. 300 confirmed destroyed. With another 200 awaiting confirmation. 125 BTG’s went it. At least 15 gone with another 20 reduced to remnants.

These are the most catastrophic losses for an Army since the Iraqi army collapsed in 1990.

The Russians are so desperate they are running fake UA Nazi propaganda pieces every day and the daily Putin is now all about Putin the leader of economic and scientific development of Russia.

Those darn Nazi’s they are everywhere. So we show different footage from the same setup raid 4 days in a row.

Our glorious leader looking to the future…

No source - where did you get that map from as a matter of interest?

The map posted by OW comes from the French Ministry of Defence dated the 30th of March ie not exactly a source that would be seeking to promote the suggestion that Russia may be winning anything.

In other words, it has more credibility - unless you’re going to provide an actual valid source.

Link here again -

Re the following which you state above -

“ Twenty Russian Generals went into Ukraine. As of this morning 9 of them are dead. 1400+ tanks went. 300 confirmed destroyed. With another 200 awaiting confirmation. 125 BTG’s went it. At least 15 gone with another 20 reduced to remnants.”

Again what’s your source for any of this?

Those are screen grabs from Channel 1 RU. Been watching it daily since mid January. This is some Vremya 21:00 which just ended.

There is now a big budge historical drama on…

Want to see dead tanks…


Like to see who’s were

or how about UA social media (you will need Google translate for most of this)

UA journalist in Kyiv. Good jump off point.

Serious RU background

and this poor fucker ended up on the sector thats in Mariupol. He has proved a good source over the years,

Lots lots more out there. That should be enough to get you started.

Drama over, back to war coverage…

I still can’t see where your source for the map that you state provides the ‘actual military situation’ - apologies if youve provided it and I’ve missed it

Beyond that, the links provided appear to be almost entirely partisan Ukrainian Twitter sources - or Americans who appear likely to have links to the US military industrial complex.

That’s not to say that they are automatically incorrect but It might be better all round if you linked to your sources when posting the information as people will be then be able to have a look themselves and make up their own mind.

Re the maps, taking the various propoganda sources being promoted on all sides,the version reflecting the French military’s analysis as at 30 March would appear to remain the most realistic source that I have identified to date here……

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This is a lengthy article that is worth reading re the extent of the propoganda war that’s ongoing - it focusses on the Ukrainian side but I’d be under no illusion that the Russians are engaged in similar with their target audience.

We just happen to be located in the part of the world that is being targeted by pro- Ukrainian propoganda onslaught.

WASHINGTON DC — Since the Russian offensive inside Ukraine commenced on February 24, the Ukrainian military has cultivated the image of a plucky little army standing up to the Russian Goliath. To bolster the perception of Ukrainian military mettle, Kiev has churned out a steady stream of sophisticated propaganda aimed at stirring public and official support from Western countries.

The campaign includes language guides, key messages, and hundreds of propaganda posters, some of which contain fascist imagery and even praise Neo-Nazi leaders.

Behind Ukraine’s public relations effort is an army of foreign political strategists, Washington DC lobbyists, and a network of intelligence-linked media outlets.

Ukraine’s propaganda strategy earned it praise from a NATO commander who told the Washington Post , “They are really excellent in stratcom — media, info ops, and also psy-ops.” The Pos t ultimately conceded that “Western officials say that while they cannot independently verify much of the information that Kyiv puts out about the evolving battlefield situation, including casualty figures for both sides, it nonetheless represents highly effective stratcom.”

Key to the propaganda effort is an international legion of public relations firms working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to wage information warfare.

According to the industry news site PRWeek , the initiative was launched by an anonymous figure who allegedly founded a Ukraine-based public relations firm.

“From the first hour of war, we decided to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help them distribute the official sources to show the truth,” the nameless figure told PR Week . “This is a hybrid war: the mix of bloodily struggling fight with a huge disinformation and fake campaign lead by Russia [sic].”

According to the anonymous figure, more than 150 public relations firms have joined the propaganda blitz.”

Incidentally, the head of French military intelligence was sacked today French intelligence chief Vidaud fired over Russian war failings - BBC News

I am not sure a French source would be the one I’d be going to in that light.

What #Ukraine is HIDING from YOU - #ARussianOpinion

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What Russia should do with Ukraine.

I see lots of chitter chatter on the inter natter of NATO homies caught between ze rock and ze hard place in Mariupol.