In the midst of the fog and fury of war events are sketchy, propaganda abounds, and who appears to be fighting the good fight is mired in lies. Such is the case of the Ukrainian fight for survival against the overwhelming numbers of the Russian war machine. This is not a purely military conflict in which civilians are being left alone as opposing troops fight each other. Even reporters have been fired upon and if not wounded or killed have been forced to seek shelter along with other Ukrainians trying to survive.
A matter of will
For one thing, the Ukrainian army is composed of 15% women, fighting combatants, not just being nurses or non-fighting force personnel. The Ukrainian people are so fiercely dedicated and committed to their independence, I doubt Americans would be as tenacious with all we have seen the US public submit too even burning their own cities and attacking police. Yet, it seems the Ukrainians are unified in their cause and unwilling to cave in. When townspeople and villagers are interviewed by the press and asked about the fighting they make a shocking statement. They say that they are fighting the Russian soldiers and the Russians are attacking them not the crack home front Ukrainian army that has been exacting heavy casualties against the invaders.
Confusion within the ranks
What was not anticipated from the beginning of the war was that Ukrainians would fight back so viciously. When captured Russian troops have been interrogated by their Ukrainian captors they say things like, “We did not even know we were invading. We were on our way home from Georgia when suddenly we were headed to Ukraine.” Others have repeated the same state of confusion saying, “Suddenly we got orders to go to the Ukraine border with no briefing or preparation for war,” while several Russian soldiers said famously, “We are coming after you, Putin!”
Radio traffic tells all
These statements seem to be corroborated by radio transmission intercepts with messages like, “Where are the retreat routes? Where are the retreat routes?” These intra-unit transmissions are not even encrypted which has led several American generals to analyze the Russians as being much more amateurish than they had believed, but the true indicator of the deadly status quo is the breakdown of Russian discipline and command systems. In one case an order is being sent to a frontline artillery unit indicating a war crime in which a superior officer is saying, “hit the first residential section,” The artillery radio operator asks for a repeat of the order and the message is, “shell the entire neighborhood!”
Damned if you do
Even more chilling is another intercepted message in which a unit officer is shouting, “Better to be a deserter than fertilizer!” Russian troops are surrounded and doomed with front line soldiers unable to retreat or they will be shot even though they are reporting they have no water, gasoline, or rations! This leaves some soldiers to confiscate from what few civilians who do have food. With most out of food and water and all utilities shut down such as gas, electricity, and water, there is little reason for citizens to remain unless they are too ill or disabled to leave.
Chaos in leadership
Even more telling in this “David and Goliath” conflict are the deaths of Russian generals creating even more confusion in the command structure. In the Russian Army there are no non-commissioned officers like American troops, airmen, and US Marines who have sergeants to keep the orders and missions cohesive. In US Navy are Petty Officers, who serve the same function thus keeping key high level leadership from being needlessly expended, but not in the Russian military. Who seems disorganized and whose morale is in question. It appears either they had no idea they would be met with such ferocious resistance or they never knew they were going to invade until the very last moment.
Analogy from the past
A parallel to World War II happened at Stalingrad where a superior and mechanized Nazi army ran into the fanatical resistance of the Russian troops who in the words of the German officers, “Fought like demons,” and threw back their Nazi invaders leading to a turning point in the war. The towns of Kiev, Kherson, a southern port city, and Mariupol, have all fought off the Russian army. Kherson, once captured, has now been liberated by the Ukrainian army and now denies any supply line to the Russian army from the south.
Critical supply shortages
A major supply ship has been sunk by the Ukrainians with two others were are badly damaged. What does this mean to the Russian invasion? Now troops already facing a shortage of rations, water, and gas are going to be hit even harder! While the Ukraine air force successfully knocks out armored Russian vehicles on the forty mile long convoy, the Ukrainians now have more tanks than they started out with upon the commencement of hostilities as they now have captured and re-used Russian tanks using them against their invaders. Yes, it seems not only did Vladimir Putin underestimate just how tenaciously the Ukrainian people would fight back, but the Russian military has been exposed as a stumbling paper lion when up against a determined foe. Another reason for Ukraine’s success, if not a costly one, has been their familiarity with their own terrain, always gives the advantage of the home team in such a conflict.
Who suffers most?
Now, it appears Russia will attempt to attack through a route from Georgia as every other attempt to flank the Ukrainian army has failed. This additional cost in fuel, manpower, and hardware will further tax the economy of Russia that is already feeling the extent of the questionable sanctions that were supposed to deter Putin from invading Ukraine, and according to “Sleepy Joe” will now cause Americans to suffer food shortages, gas shortages, among other aspects as a result of the sanctions being imposed upon the Communist threat to Eastern Europe. Much like the fake news we Americans endure here, the Russian people are not being informed over the dire situation created by their former KGB officer, president, Vladimir Putin.
New Russian strategy?
It is now believed that due to heavy and sustained losses by the Russian army that a new prerogative of the Russian strategy will unfold, and that will be that they will take and hold only a portion of Ukraine rather than attempt to conquer and occupy the entire country. Does this really serve Russia? Is it a way of saving face? Is it a way of continuing to launch strikes on the rest of Ukraine for revenge and to further wreck their infrastructure? It appears the Russians, at this point, can’t even put together an effective “Scorched earth policy,” as they retreat from their initial objectives. Word is out that if Putin does call back his army that the Russians will not be able to afford the cost of fuel to return their tanks and trucks to their homeland, and they will simply be left there just as Biden ordered our forces in the botched Afghan withdrawal!
Thinking out load
Just another example of how incompetent and criminally negligent the Biden White House, how is it that Americans must suffer over a war we are not directly involved in yet have already been forced to contribute to the tune of millions of dollars while we left 83 billion in US military hardware in Afghanistan. First, Biden refused to respond at all with simply mobilizing US forces in the region, he then began supporting Ukraine with millions of US dollars after Ukraine was getting hopelessly pounded, and when Ukraine had the opportunity to receive 70 MIG 29 fighters, the Biden clown act refused to support Poland’s effort to deliver the fighter to the Ukraine. Surely, America has ceased to remain as a Constitutional Republic with an idiot in the Oval Office they call, Joe Biden!