Putin starts an open war, journalist says

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2014/08/19 • Military analysis

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is starting an open war, writes Yuriy Butusov, a Ukrainian journalist and activist now working in the war zone in Eastern Ukraine.

Russian military started massive counterattacks on Donbas, which has substantially changed the situation over the last days, he says, adding that this is a clear Russian military intervention.

While the progress of the Ukrainian army threatened full capitulation of pro-Russian rebels, Putin has opted for an open war, he says.

From August 10th Russia has started deployment of the armored and artillery battalions, including 250 units of armored vehicles, up to 100 units of cannonry and mortar guns, as well as of multiple artillery rocket systems.

Russian army has also deployed the air defense systems, including surface-to-air missile systems Strela-10, Osa, Buk, etc, which makes it impossible for Ukrainian air forces to operate in the Ukrainian border regions.

Russia is also massively applies its artillery, stationed on Russian territory, deploying multiple artillery rocket shooting at Ukrainian army within a radius of 40 kilometres of the Ukrainian territory, which causes huge losses of lives.

It is clear that amateurish «insurgents» were not able to prepare hundreds squads of armory vehicles, ensure accuracy of artillery calculations, air defense system calculations, ensure intelligence, management, logistics, connection, repair, etc, the journalist argues.

This highly sophisticated work could have only been accomplished by the Russian army, which deploys estimated 20 thousand strong units to support the intervention. Additionally, Russia continues to supply the pro-Russian terrorists: the so-called “Bezler group” confirmed that it has received multiple artillery rocket system Uragan and mobile mortar Tulpan.

The strategy of the Russian army is to make it impossible for the Ukrainian military to seize Donetsk and Luhansk; Russia also wants to enlarge the front line southwards, to Marioupol.

As the Ukrainian army is often stationed on the open areas, without serious fortifications, it is subject to constant multiple artillery and mortar fire from Russia or Russian-supplied heavy military equipment, the journalist says.

All these facts testify the substantial changes of the situation on the ground, bearing signs of Russia’s open military intervention.

Source: szona.org, summarized and translated by Volodymyr Yermolenko

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  • Milton Devonair

    History is full of examples of why humans are not safe around russians. Neo-soviet putin continues to invade countries, raping, looting, kidnapping and murdering their people.
    It’s what russians do. It’s what russians always have done. It’s who they are.
    The Scorpion and The Frog:

    • Zhukov9

      In 1890, after Catherine annexed Crimea, Russia’s greatest war hero, Alexander Suvorov, went door to door massacring 40,000 men, women, and children in Izmail in only three days. If he continued for three more days, he would have killed more people than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

      • Milton Devonair

        Yup, they are who they are–they’re russians, never to be trusted around humans.

        • Zhukov9

          Sorry, 1790, not 1890. But all they had was flintlocks and swords. Resourceful people!

          • Milton Devonair

            Yet another example of why modern, human civilizations need to have something like the USA’s Second Amendment. That way, when the russian apes come into their village to rape, loot and murder, the people there can just kill them and throw them away with the rest of the garbage.

  • Kruton

    Time to start killing Russian soldiers. Make them spend money on body bags.

    • Milton Devonair

      The best present for humans is to send russians and chechens back to russia, feet first and at ambient air temperature. Or in a bucket with the rest of the feces.

      • Arctic_Slicer

        Nah, that would only cause Ukraine to sink down to their level. Ukraine should send them back in caskets to show that they are the better nation.

        • Milton Devonair

          I do think an officer in the Ukrainian army did say he didn’t want them buried in Ukraine because he didn’t want them to pollute Ukrainian soil…..

  • Rods

    Sadly, I think this was inevitable with the ATO victories and where Putin is encouraged with the polite indifference by Western politicians to what is happening in Ukraine. I think that NATO and the EU in the last few days saying they will not supply any military assistance to Ukraine and the Senators of both parties in US calls for the supply of arms falling on the President’s deaf ears, means this is currently a no further punishment route for Putin to achieve his aims. A proper Western deterrent would have been making it plain that any further escalation by Putin would me that they would start supplying substantial arms to Ukraine. This would have made it plain that their would have been substantial costs to this action. The West’s stance reminds me very much of their appeasement and indifference to Hitler’s annexations in the 1930’s which did not end well and nor will this unless the west starts being more robust with their responses to this unacceptable naked aggression and attempted annexation of further territories of a neighbouring sovereign nation.

    Diplomacy and a diplomatic solution with Putin is currently a waste of time as any agreement has to be on Putin’s full terms, which will encourage him further with the mantra that all out aggression wins.

    • Milton Devonair

      Yup, russia has always only understood one thing–force and violence. They seem to be genetically incapable of understanding “no” or “no thank you”.