Russia hit Ukraine’s Yavoriv military complex with dozens of cruise missiles Sunday morning, killing 35. The New York Times reports the facility is being used to coordinate and train foreign fighters entering Ukraine. The US condemned the attack on the base located just miles from the Polish border.
Later in the day, national security adviser Jake Sullivan appeared on "Face the Nation," warning that if Russian strikes hit a NATO nation, "the full force of the NATO alliance to bear in responding to it." Sullivan said Putin had ordered the strikes near the Polish border out of "frustration" that his invasion had been slowed.
Moscow claims it used "long-range high-precision weapons" to kill up to 180 "foreign mercenaries" and destroy "a large cache of foreign weapons." Since invading, the Kremin has issued threats against foreign fighters and weapons entering Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that at least 16,000 people are making their way to his country to enlist in the fight against Russia. According to a Ukrainian official, the base – also known as the International Peacekeeping and Security Center – is currently housing up to 1,000 foreign fighters. A journalist familiar with the facility says the areas of the buildings targeted by Russia had housed American and Canadian military trainers.
There are no reports yet on the nationalities of those killed by the Russian attack. According to Keiv, in addition to the 35 dead, at least 130 were injured.
Kyle Anzalone is the opinion editor of Antiwar.com, news editor of the Libertarian Institute, and co-host of Conflicts of Interest.
178 thoughts on “Russia Targets Ukrainian Base Housing Foreign Fighters”
Mercenaries in. Mercenaries out. Now, if only Eric Prince were to show his lovely face. Good call by our administration to rule out American pilots bringing in Polish MIGs.
No, Ukrainian pilots were going to bring the MIGs in themselves.
From German territory. The German government said no.
It’s just like the U.S. to complain about a strike on a military base within Ukraine. Petty, dishonest, accusing. That’s the U.S. The U.S. itself seems to feel free to strike any target anywhere at any time. Thus our drone strikes in various countries and our assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
Any military entity within Ukraine is fair game. This is an invasion, this is war. But all these things distract us from who is really at fault in leading Russia/Ukraine into this war: The U.S./Biden himself/NATO.
My question is what would have been the out come of the US / UK / EU backed coup if Putin had done nothing ? .
I’m not sure I understand your question. By “the US / UK / EU backed coup” do you mean the coup that resulted in the overthrow of Yanukovych in 2014? I’m unaware of Putin having any involvement in that coup. But that coup resulted in pro-Russia Crimea becoming part of Russia and two regions (pro-Russia Luhansk and Donetsk) separating from the Ukraine. Ukraine then attacked those two separatist regions and a civil war ensued. With the Ukraine military already training with NATO troops and the U.S. providing NATO-interoperable weaponry to Ukraine through its State Dept. FMF program, the Ukraine’s entry into NATO seemed assured. Russia sees that as an existential threat. Still the U.S. could have, but refused to negotiate, earlier this year on Russia’s security concerns. Russia invaded the Ukraine. So here we are. U.S. meddling has caused another war.
I read Asia Times, Al-Jazeera and other news, and it seems that the entire world is arming themselves to the teeth. I think we may have a major war, perhaps several major wars, soon. If the U.S. is the world’s leader, then it better act now to reduce tensions rather than ratcheting the tensions up.
If Putin had done nothing in 2014, US would have now a navy base in Crimea.
Absolutely. Sevastopol would be a major NATO/U.S. – naval base. Right in Russia’s back yard. Talk about Hutzpuh!
Why did Putin need a naval base in Ukraine,not his country
He’s had over 20 years to close Russian base and build one in his own country
Sevastapol has been the Russian Navy’s major Black Sea naval base since the 1700s. Even prior to Crimea’s secession from Ukraine, the Russian regime had a lease on the base through 2042.
Of all the features of the region, the one that no Russian regime would even think of giving up is that base. In 1855, they scuttled their fleet and sank it to prevent the British Navy from entering the inlet, then burned the city behind them. If they can’t have it, nobody gets it.
You’ve just perfectly summed up Russia,destroy stuff you dont like
Ukraine wants to join the EU,destroy it!
Blackwater needs a job for all its laid-off employees!
I suggest breaking rocks.
they’re pushing up daisies now.
flaming daisies in hell
This is getting a bit tricky and I am concerned about things escalating between the US/NATO and Russia. If we continue at the rate things are going, it almost seems inevitable….
Russia knows without U.S. there is no NATO. Hence the reason why they are trying to minimize causalities and destruction of buildings.
US/NATO were not involved.
not OFFICIALLY, but what is going down is the IS/NATO is basically saying to their fighters, we dont want you to go to Ukraine, but where you go after we look.. over there.. is of no concern to us, and btw, pick up that crate of weapons and ammo and make sure it ends up where its supposed to go….
Tell us another one. What is Sullivan doing???
US/NATO are involved in everything going on in Ukraine. This is not about Russia vs Ukraine. It’s about Russia vs United States. Ukraine is just a victim. For the United States, this is like a father sending his 10 year old son to fight his battle, so he can criticize his opponent for attacking a child. The Ukrainian people are to be sacrificed for the benefit of the United States government. That’s the deal. It’s business as usual for the United States government.
Its about Russia v the truth
Its about Russia v reality
Finally its about Russia facing complete socio economic breakdown due to the imbecile sat in the kremlin
Hold your breath waiting for it. We’ll all laugh when you turn purple and die.
Russia is just sending a message to the US and western allies as well as NATO… “just because you arent OFFICIALLY entering this conflict, we see what you are doing, sending people in as “unattached to the west or nato officially”” doesn’t mean we dont see you are butting in with nato and US/western interference
“A journalist familiar with the facility says the areas of the buildings targeted by Russia had housed American and Canadian military trainers.”
I agree. US and UK Special Ops “contractors”, … and multiples of the “official” 35 killed 130 wounded. Obviously, unlike the crocodile tears for their beloved ‘patriotic civilians’, this one really hurt.
Russian MID says 180 Mercs KIA.
Reddit has lots of purported merc accounts that are saying they are getting out of dodge PDQ.
I cannot remember than name of the story. The author Phillip K. Dick wrote a story about a dystopian world after a nuclear war between Russia and NATO. I think it was written in the 60’s.
“Jake Sullivan appeared on ‘Face the Nation,’ warning that if Russian strikes hit a NATO , ‘the full force of the NATO alliance to bear in responding to it.'”
Yeah, yeah. Putin is evacuating his bowels in fear even as we speak.
Whereas the Pentagon are evacuating their bowels in fear that Sullivan might be right. They know about the THIRTY NATO war games that show NATO losing to Russia in every single one of them.
Replying on Jake Sullivan for national defense is like using Antony Blinken as a top diplomat!!!
Just finished watching a Consortium News video from March 4th with
Scott Ritter and Mark Sleboda. It’s a week old but still perfectly
relevant to the current situation. One of the best analyses from two of
the best analysts. I’ve followed Mark Sleboda since the 2014 Maidan
event, although on occasion I’ve been irritated because he tends to be
dismissive of certain arguments (including some of mine on Twitter.)
He’s a former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer, political analyst and radio
host who has been on the RT “Crosstalk” show as a regular guest. He
lives in Russia, is married to a Russian, and knows Russian society and
politics very well. He’s also fairly good on military analyses, although
I don’t think he’s as good as The Saker or Martyanov or Ritter. He
cites Michael Hofnan and Rob Lee as military experts he follows, and
those guys have been getting this Ukraine operation wrong from the
get-go, and are dismissed by Martyanov.
This is probably the best exposition of all the issues around the
Ukraine situation, the military and economic aspects, that I’ve seen so
There’s some disagreement between Ritter and Sleboda about whether
there might be an insurgency after the war ends, and I tend to agree
with Ritter rather than Sleboda. One solution I see for the Western
Ukraine problem Russia faces is deportation – simply kick out everyone
identified as Ukrainian nationalist or neo-Nazi to Poland and the West.
Once the new government is set up and a proper border control
instituted, just don’t let any of them back in. So rather than Ukraine
ethnic cleansing eastern Ukrainians because they are Russian, just
“politically cleanse” Western Ukraine of the nationalists and neo-Nazis.
We’ll see if that happens, but that’s how I’d do it. But that’s just
It’s long, slightly over two hours, but well worth the time. I know
it’s next to impossible to find the time, which is why I just got caught
up with it. But it’s worth it. Check it out.
CN LIVE! S4E3 UKRAINE UPDATE
Are you actually serious????
You’re seriously SAYING KICK OUT UKRAINIANS FROM THEIR OWN COUNTRY!!!!
jeez….thats ethnic cleansing,Stalinism basically,so 44 million people have to be shifted out of their homes
I shake my head in total and utter disbelief
They aren’t Ukrainians, historically. They came from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. And I said it’s not ethnic cleansing, it’s “political cleansing”. They’re being kicked out not for who they are but for what they believe and do. Just like kicking out Al Qaeda from Syria.
What all 44 million????
Besides Putin says Ukrainians are really Russians,so he’s killing his own people,he’s unleashed a civil war,and this isn’t one he can win
But basically this is all kremlin propaganda,which incidentally nobody with a brain cell in their head believe
Richard is semi-right, the Banderites have to be dealt with, ideally Judicially. And yes it is a civil war, lit not by Putin, but lit and gamed by Victoria Nuland, John Brennan, … parallel US Neocon-Nazis.
No he’s not right
I suppose the pregnant women who died today was a nazi
Just look at the photos of her being carried away,she’s dead now,she wasn’t a nazi,and Nazis didn’t kill her
Putin did,well not much difference is their between Putin now and what Nazis did
And Putin is throwing babies out of incubators.
He just blows them out with cruise missiles
What is wrong with you people?????
Too many years of unrelenting US gross and palpable lies
Does that mean the kremlin get a clear go????
The kremlin basically HQ of the most murderous regime of all time
Barack Obama, Joe Biden. Joe was the U.S. point man after the coup of ’14. The Azov Battalion was formed at that time. There is evidence that we have given them support in the current battle. Putin is acutely aware of Joe’s role in the coup.
Brainwashed little leftist claims neocons are “nazis”. LOL So Bill Kristol, Jewish, pro-Israeli, is a “nazi”. You just throw out whatever words are stuffed down your throat by the media owners.
… ” they aren’t Ukrainians ” ????
No they wouldn’t be would they!
is that because Putin says????
Slebodo is basically a traitor to America
He obviously hates the west and America in particular
He was involved in something called Global Revolutionary Alliance
There’s a photo of him on their website,apparently in what looks like a Russian military uniform,very strange considering he served in the US navy
I wonder why he’d get dressed up like that?
But its worse because Slebodo is involved with Alexander Dugin who basically cut his teeth supporting Nazi’s, fascists and national Bolshevik
But you won’t hear any of this from Mark Slebodo will you????
He’s basically a fascist
Because opposition to the Washington and media establishment requires supporting other nations at times. You say it’s being a “traitor,” I say supporting the Washington establishment and its neocon wars means being a traitor.
Dugin is pan-Russian, supports the involvement of the Asian parts of Russia in anything Russia does. For example, he praises Russia’s Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, who is a Tatar from Kazan, as an example of great pan-Russianism.
Also, what is “nazi’s”? Also, the real word is nazist. “Nazi” was a slur invented by a communist, so of course it was picked up by English press. It is like saying “commie”. Other languages get it right, nazist/nazism just like communism, conservatism, etc, but it’s telling that the U.S. establishment makes sure the slur is used. By using it, you show propaganda is more important to you than facts.
Insurgencies only survive with outside help. The resistance in France, the foundation of all the Resistance mythology, would have quickly come to an end without weekly drops of weapons, radios and ammunition from Britain.
There was a widespread resistance against the communists in Cuba, which lasted longer than the communist takeover of Cuba had done – a resistance that lasted out of frustration, as the communists killed a larger portion of Cubans, than Stalin had killed Russians. But even this couldn’t survive without outside aid. Villages were moved into camps to destroy the resistance.
Iraq’s Sunni resistance held on for a long time because the country was full of weapons and ammunition from the military, but that couldn’t last without sufficient contact with the outside. The Taliban had bases in Pakistan where most of the leadership resided. ISIS ended when they were cut off from the border and could no longer sell oil to Turkey. (To Erdogan’s son, according to a Turkish journalist who investigated.)
During WWII there was some initial efforts in Norway, but they had no contact with the outside. There was resistance against the Reds in Ukraine in the 1920s, when they first took over, but it couldn’t survive.
We count resistance movements, but we don’t count the places where they didn’t appear.
The problem for Russia, and for the reasonable Ukrainians is that it is the USA, already to instigator of the problems since 20014, wants to have a long running insurgency to drag Russia down even more.
Won’t work. Scott Ritter says Ukrainians are not Afghans. They’re Westerners – and Westerners are mostly weak, not dedicated fighters. He points out that a real resistance takes time and effort to organize. He doesn’t believe Ukrainians have the stomach for it. He’s probably right. Plus he notes the last time they tried it from 1945-1955 against the Soviet Union, they lost ten times as many people as the Russians – and Russia will do it again if they have to. He also says the CIA sucks at organizing insurgencies. The last time they tried it, Russia infiltrated it and rolled it up, then called up the CIA and said thanks. 🙂 Watch that video to see how much he despises the CIA efforts at that.
” Scott Ritter ” says
Does he indeedy
I wonder if he’d like to discuss his criminal record?
Does his criminal record have anything to do with whether he’s correct?
Especially when it involves children
Or is that something else that gets a clear pass on an ” anti- war” site????
In the comments section of this antiwar site, quite a bit gets a pass.
Even your poor writing skills and abysmal ignorance.
Thomas, I can always count on you for snark…even if it’s leveled against yours truly 😉
Oh,i have a clear conscience,no criminal record
This kind of thing though is exactly what the KGB used to focus on to find ‘ willing ‘ collaborators
Yep, they’re blonde, blue eyed, “civilized” and drive cars like us, plus they watch Netflix 😉
Unlike the tough-as-nails Afghans.
Russia has dragged itself down
Putin didn’t need any help
I have watched for years as Putin turned the other cheek when the U.S. insulted and made fun of him and put sanctions on Russia. I finally came to the conclusion that he didn’t have a pair. Glad I was wrong about that.
The next step will be training them inside Poland and having them cross into Ukraine. Wont matter of course, Russia will just put a red dots on the enter zones and lump short range missile whenever APCs cross into Ukraine. Conventional warfare is for chumps.
Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation during the offensive took control over Pavlovka, Nikolskoye, Blagodatnoye Vodianovka and Vladimirovka. The advance was 9 kilometers.
The grouping of troops of the Lugansk People’s Republic, continuing offensive operation, liberated Popasnaya city from the nationalists.
On the morning of March 13, a high-precision long-range weapon struck the training centres of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Starichi and at Yavorovsky training ground.
On the basis of these centres, the Kiev regime deployed: a training and combat coordination point for foreign mercenaries before being sent to combat areas against Russian military personnel, as well as a storage base for weapons and military equipment coming from foreign countries.
As a result of the strike, up to 180 foreign mercenaries and a large batch of foreign weapons were destroyed.
The destruction of foreign mercenaries who have arrived on the territory of Ukraine will continue.
On the afternoon of March 13, aviation and air defence of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down in the air: 1 Su-24 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force near Novy Bykiv settlement, as well as 11 unmanned aerial vehicles, including 2 Bayraktar TB-2.
Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aviation hit 46 military infrastructure assets of Ukraine, including: 3 command posts, 1 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3 MLRS, 1 electronic warfare station, 2 ammunition and fuel depots and 33 areas of military equipment concentration.
In total, during the operation, 3,736 objects of the military infrastructure of Ukraine were disabled. Destroyed: 100 aircraft, 139 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1,234 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 122 multiple launch rocket systems, 452 field artillery guns and mortars, 1,013 units of special military vehicles.
#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #Briefing
Statement by the official representative of the DPR People’s Militia on the situation at 18:45 on March 13, 2022
The situation on the line of contact remains tense.
Artillery units of the armed formations of Ukraine continue to purposefully inflict massive artillery strikes on residential areas of the Republic’s settlements.
Since the beginning of the current day, the enemy has fired more than 100 shells and mines from 122-mm cannon artillery, 120 and 82-mm mortars.
The areas of 10 settlements of the Republic were under shelling. As a result of Ukrainian aggression, there are casualties among the civilian population. 2 civilians were injured. 21 residential building, 4 infrastructure facilities and 1 vehicle were damaged.
Materials on the fact of wounding civilians and damage to infrastructure will be transferred to representatives of international human rights organizations, as well as to the DPR General Prosecutor’s Office for inclusion in criminal cases initiated against the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The servicemen of the Donetsk People’s Republic continue to liberate settlements from Ukrainian nationalists, and the specialists of the republican mobile operator “Phoenix” increase the coverage area for the liberated settlements of the Donetsk region. As of March 13, base stations have been installed in the villages of Kominternovo, Sopino, Andreevka, Mirnoe, Granitnoe, Novognatovka, Starognatovka and Petrovskoe, which makes it possible to provide communication to settlements in the Mariupol and Volnovakha directions.
Since the beginning of the special military operation, 159 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have voluntarily defected to the DPR side, 20 of whom are in medical institutions, they are receiving qualified assistance.
From the beginning of the special military operation, the losses of the enemy amounted to:
95 air assault brigade – 82 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed and 102 were wounded;
25 air brigade – 78 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed and 107 wounded;
56 motorized infantry brigade – 103 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed and 130 were wounded;
54 motorized infantry brigade – 137 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed and 151 wounded;
53 motorized infantry brigade – 272 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed, including the brigade commander, and 292 were wounded;
36 marine brigade – servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed and 295 wounded;
12 special honor guard battalion – 205 soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine were killed and 235 wounded.
Unfortunately, there were losses among our fighters. Over the past day, in the struggle for independence, 7 defenders of the Donetsk People’s Republic died in the line of military duty and 15 comrades were injured.
We express our sincere condolences to the families and friends
Here are image from the strike on the NATO compound in western Ukraine.
Here is Andrei Martyanov’s comment:
We’ll see how your source,ex KGB guy,says in April
I’ve checked out his site….WOW!!!!! he’s frankly delusional if he thinks this ramshackle collection of old Soviet junk currently in Ukraine,described as an army,can win
Here’s some advice, Russia will default on its debt very soon,first time since 1917,heres another thing Russia is heading for a massive internal bust up,possibly within the next couple of years,but its coming,here’s another thing,if you reckon the dollar is over why was it everyone in Russia went bananas to get their hands on foreign currency????
Over to you my friend😘😘
Wouldn’t waste any more of my time… Why don’t you go over to Andrei and post that horse hocky? See how you fare.
But you’ll waste your time reading some chancer who baffles with BS
He’s never been in a war so why bother
Plus i suspect he’d ban block or whatever very quickly,because he knows he’s found a nice little niche to sell BS
Along with guys like the saker,who isn’t even Russian
He’s another one who lives in the west and hates it
They should go and live in Russia if its so good!
No guarantee this is true, but whatever… From Intel Slava Z Telegram channel:
The President of Ukraine ordered the transfer of 128 separate mountain infantry and 10 separate mountain assault brigades from the western borders to the east of Kyiv to slow down the advance of Russian troops, thereby exposing the border with Poland. As a result of a pinpoint strike by two cruise missiles in the area of the settlement of Baryshevka, the 8th separate mountain assault battalion of the 10th brigade was completely destroyed. Thus, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are throwing their last strategic reserves into battle.
As some people, such as Scott Ritter and Andrei Martyanov, have pointed out, these US soldiers who volunteered to fight in Ukraine don’t realize that having fought in Afghanistan or Iraq against insurgents is nothing like fighting a peer military in a combined arms operation. They forget that Russia has trained since forever on defeating NATO in Europe. It’s one thing to kick in doors and another to survive a salvo of high precision stand-off weapons. As Scott Ritter points out, the US and NATO haven’t trained for that for decades.
‘Coffee or Die Magazine’ Journalist, Nolan Peterson on Twitter:
“From an American volunteer on the front lines outside of Kyiv:
— “Sitting close to the frontline, the last safe mode of transportation leaves for greener pastures.
A core group of about 30 foreign fighters remains out of around 200 people who were here just minutes ago…””
“”The base we came from was struck by rockets in the early morning
hours. People we lived with for a couple days are confirmed dead.
It is only a matter of time before our location is targeted. We are about
to be cut off by a Russian tank column any day now…””
— ” “Food, water, and ammunition dwindle slowly.The mood is somber, people are sending their last messages to friends and family.”
“Where is NATO? Where is the supposed good of western civilization?” ”
— “An important note: this American is a special ops veteran who completed combat deployments to Afghanistan. He came to Ukraine before Russia’s full-scale war on Feb. 24. He is an experienced, well-trained soldier who gave up his lucrative career in the US in order to help Ukraine”
Scott Ritter is a disgrace with a criminal record for stuff with children
as for the other guy you mention he’s basically an ex KGB guy with very little credibility
He’s certainly never been in a war thats really very obvious,and if he thinks Russia would prevail against NATO he really is living in an alternate universe
And your high-speed, low-drag experience was where? the Fort Bragg commissary?
Falklands war,what were you doing????
More to the point what was the ex KGB gay doing????
Nothing,living in a country on the verge of collapse
He knows this war isn’t going his or Putin way and soon he’ll have to admit it
Oh you are a Brit ?! That explains it !!
Explains what exactly????
How do you feel about your country occupying Ireland for hundreds of years, slaughtering and displacing Irish by the millions, starving them, banning their language and religion?
And yet the IRA were “terrorists” for fighting back, lol!
No wonder the good people of Ireland are the world’s number one supporters of the Palestinian people.
Oh, and they still call you the “bastard Brits” ☺️
Here is an explanation of the new Zircon hypersonic Russian missile, as well as mention of the Kaliber supersonic missile, as used on the Russian warship “Admiral Gorshov”. I think it was 8 Kalibers that hit the NATO compound. Probably fired from ground units, but could have been fired from one of the Russian naval vessels in the Black Sea.
The hypersonic Zircon / 11000 km per hour / From Russia with Love
supposedly dozens of cruise missiles….. and only 35 killed. please.
that’s just a real under-estimation – in other words, misinformation.
It was 8 Kalibers, not dozens.
Fog of war. Give it time, and I think we may know a little better.
supposedly dozens of cruise missiles….. and only 35 killed. please.
that’s just a real under-estimation – in other words, misinformation.
Things really r bad in Ukraine otherwise they wouldn’t have kept calling for outsiders to join the fight. They have millions of fighting age men. A lot of them r making their country proud but judging by thissurprisingly large numbers r sitting out if Ukraine needs to rely on untrained foreign volunteers.
Yes,if you consider men as old as 60.
Kind of reminds me of the Confederates recruiting old men and little boys towards the close of the US Civil War.
Just read the Russian MoD latest update. They claim 1,267 tanks and
other armored vehicles destroyed. According to one article I read, out
of the 6,500 tanks Ukraine allegedly has, they had about 2,500
operational. The Guardian claims only 57 tanks destroyed so far.
An example of how stupid the propaganda is. Ukraine has actually lost
close to half its tanks (and probably APCs, although the latter
probably aren’t being targeted as heavily since Russia is trying to
avoid unnecessary Ukrainian casualties), but the Guardian thinks only a
tiny number are destroyed. It’s ludicrous.
Russian MoD are full of blather,nothing coming out of the kremlin is to be believed
Putin has had to have his ‘ top’ FSB boy put under house arrest,pretty much sums things up
I honestly don’t know where you get your information from,but whoever it is certainly doesn’t know what they’re talking about
Basically the Russian forces have ground to a halt,they have old kit and raw conscripts with zero ability to fight,much of the defence budget has been pinched,and Russia is getting so desperate they now have to go begging to the Chinese for help
I bet once Xi found out what Putin was gonna do he probably just smiled in his inscrutable way
You’re a victim of a CIA “information operation.” How does that feel?
You’re taken in by a bloke who can’t get over the cold war
Well he’s gonna have an even worse time trying to get over the coming defeat of his precious Russia,which he can’t even live in
But then he isn’t Russian either,his country the USSR doesn’t exist does it,and he can’t get over that failure
Sorry Bob, but it seems that Amerikkka is who cannot get over the Cold War.
At one time Putin reached out to become an EU member and was rebuffed.
Putin never reached out
He’s a criminal,who’s word isn’t worth anything,he’s proved that beyond doubt
He’s just another tin pot dictator offering nothing but brutally and corruption
I’m guessing a lot of these ‘mercenaries’ trained a lot playing Call of Duty online before they went to the Ukraine, and the guys who are left are upset that their friends didn’t respawn like in practice. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Putin just put them on notice: ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO ME NOW
Im in ur base killing ur men!
I am sorry though for these children, for this is what they are. It is the adults (if we have any left) that are responsible. Why use these naive young people for propaganda? They realy will not be of much use in combat.
It is also silly of Sullivan to claim thst Russia’s operation has stalled. He is still thinking the US style invasions where territorial control demanded that a town like Fallujah had to be levelked to the ground. He is slso deceiving the publuc by not mentioning cruical facts. Towns like Mariupol are marority Russian populated. But kept under control by “defenders”, the Aziv Brigade. It is a hostage situation, while we portray this as a heroic struggle of Ukraininan people, it is the Azov militants that prevent polulation to leave. Only less than two hundred escaped! This is si reminiscent of Aleppo — where Nusra (renamed HTS) kept population under siege, not allowing them to go, until a passage was given to HTS fighters and families out to Idlib. Hope Russia can arrange translort of Azov militants to Lvov.
What did Sullivan expect? A shock and awe attack on Kiev? Instead it is a low cost, low numbers of forces, a proces of attrition. And making it clesrer by the day to Ukranian leadership that NATO cavalry is not comming.
Perhaps China-US meeting in Rome can clarify that.
Most of Mariupol already in hands of Russians and the corridor for the evacuation is created. Thousands moved out. Some of Azov extremists escaped, but most of them are trapped in Mariupol. They would be either killed or go to prison.
“The US condemned the attack on the base located just miles from the Polish border.”
WTF, what did they expect the Russians to do ?
They are itching for any excuse to trigger Article 5.
Not really-they are terrified to face Russia’s well-organized and disciplined military might. Observe how effective NATO is so far!!
Russians army is a total shambles
That’s what happens when you have 22 years of Putin in power
Don’t you understand the criminals in Russia,oligarchs, stole the defence budget
How do you think they got all their fancy villas and yacht??
It was organized crime and today many of them are now called oligarchs who got Russia back up on it’s feet after the Soviet Union ended. It was Putin and his men too who probably said to those gangsters “Do it our way or else” and today Russia is now fine and former gangsters are now retired and rich.
Oh thats a good one 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
The total holdings of Russia’s top 100 ‘oligarchs’ the press is in hysterics about does not equal the holdings of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos. Who are the REAL oligarchs?
What are you blathering on about
So many of Putin oligarchs are ex KGB they’re were basically in the right place and right time historically to steal Soviet puplic goods for themselves,including killing each other
Basically a a form of socio economic Darwinism based upon criminal and murderous behaviour
Putin then blames the west,Wall street, for this plunder,and a bunch of Muppets in the west believe him
The oligarchs and the ruin of Russia went on under your dear US “democratic help” in the 1990s. Now the oligarchs are in London and of course the USA and Switzerland and France, wishing they had returned the stolen funds to Russia instead of losing it to western “sanctions”. Putin is delighted they are well away from him.
Well-organized and discipline military? Dude, you must be a troll. Get the hell out of here with that. The Russian army is mediocre at best. All they have right now is poor precision Air, long range missiles and cruise missiles.
Yeh the Nazis thought they where mediocre too in WW2 , you would do well to research the Battle for Stalingrad .
Not you again pretending to be a latino and and expert!!!
The Russian need to be very careful
Because if they’re not whats left of their army will get the same treatment as Saddam Hussein’s did on the road from Basra
Is that your answer,well listen my friend its already happening, Russian forces are being destroyed all the time
Putin can’t win this war,he can’t even call it a war!!! If he can’t even do that what chance of winning???
Old kit,poor tactics,you can see for yourself how when under attack Putin forces can’t even do basic stuff,they’re to busy surrendering
I think you are a Ukrainian troll.
Because you dont like the truth???
Is that your answer
Don’t you realise the whole world has condemned this war
And I’m apparently on an anti war site!!!!
Come on are you for real???
As evidenced by the UN, the ‘whole world’ has NOT condemned this war.
What North Korea???
A religious dictatorship in Iran
Oh plus China,another totalitarian regime asking to implode itself
India,its run by ultra nationalist,who will probably go to war with China soon
Yeah,right i get it,thats the rest of the world
Great we’ll have them come up with a better system than we have shall we
But you can kiss good bye to your freedom including writing nonsense on website like this
Because in the above mentioned you get wacked if you don’t play ball
Look at Russia currently you’ll get 15 years in the gulag just for calling Putin war,a war
What is wrong with you people??? Why do you reply to those comments It is clear that their gray matter is at imbecile level.
“Never argue with an idiot. He will pull you down to his level and beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain
no ukrainian trolls here. They are too busy destroying the incompetend mighty army. What’s really here is a bunch of Putin lover trolls.
Sorry Don, but once again it was Amerikkka who was responsible for this war, over its resentment of Ukraine’s having a pro-Russian government. As always Amerikkka couldn’t stage a coup fast enough, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of Russian ethnics in the Donbas.
Imagine a population of Amerikkkan expats in Mexico being slaughtered by the Mexican government (hypothetical, since Mexico would never do such) and do you honestly believe that US troops wouldn’t liberate them?
I personally believe that Putin should have been content with liberating the breakaway republics, but that wasn’t my call.
Did MSM tell you that? Stop following them!
Does that statement imply that you supported the war on Iraq?
No they aren’t. They are scared shitless of Art 5. They are just trying to be jackasses.
It would be a nightmare for Biden if Russian missiles hit the targets in Poland or Rumania. And yet Putin demanded last December that NATO-Russia treaty 1997 must be respected. Of course, Putin’s demands were ignored at that time, but now it doesn’t look so funny.
Well if the NATO Numpties fall for it they can expect missiles raining down on Berlin , Paris , London , Putin will have nothing lt lose , it will be total war , never in my 70 plus years on this planet did i ever think we would be looking down the barrel of WW 3 all because the Yanks / Brits / EU wanted to bring Ukraine under Western influence .
GOOD! sends a message to anyone wanting to stick their nose in where it doesn’t belong.
First to be sacrificed in war? Infantry.
First to be sacrificed before that? Foreign infantry.
And even before that? Foreign infantry amateurs with no military training.
This isn’t Rambo, guys. Modern wars are about missiles.
Not exactly what they expected. They wanted a triumphant fight against “the stalled” Russians who “have run out of fuel AND FOOD around Kie… sorry, Kyiv.” And “who don’t have air superiority.”
Then after fighting the stalled, out-of-fuel-and-food Russians, go home and get to brag about it for the rest of your life. Go to church dressed in a foreign uniform to be applauded.
The media owners killed these sheep. To use them as slaughtered lambs before the cameras.
Meanwhile Russians advance 150 km per day as expected, have encircled most of the Ukrainian military, have encircled key cities Kiev and Mariupol and are en route to do the same to Odessa, fly 20-40 times more sorties per day than Ukraine’s outdated MIGs, and can fire at you from planes that don’t even have to leave Russian airspace.
They have split their forces to different sectors, different objectives. They are now using their own drones. The strike on the base housing mercenaries is a warning.
Lol Tell…and don’t forget it’s pronounced “keev” now as the MSM’s sop to the Ukrainians…when it’s been “kee-ev” my entire life.
I wouldn’t say it’s a “sop” so much as “well, we’re finally paying attention to that place, might as well call it what the people there call it.”
When I was a kid, the capital of China was called “Peking” in America, and the second largest city in India was called “Bombay” in America. As the world got closer and smaller, we started calling them Beijing and Mumbai, like the people there do.
What about Car IB e en as opposed to Car I BE an?
If it’s a Spanish name—and I assume that it is—the proper pronunciation would be the latter.
And yes, I do speak rudimentary Spanish 😉
I come here to see all the US haters and Russian trolls in action.
Russia resorting to disinformation campaign after its Mighty Army is getting destroyed by a poor smaller country. Keep it up, Ukraine. Great job.
Don’t worry. A tiny bit of truth may help you a little in the avalanche of Western/US/ NATO lies with complete shutdown of any right of reply from Russian sources. Try to find RT or sputnik- every person in the EU is forbidden to see them. Ursula von der Leyen has spoken, and lovely little blonde Ukie girls are desperate refugees welcomed in the EU while nearly 400,000 Houthis have been quietly killed in Yemen by our bombs dropped by our Saudi allies.
Yes, with Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, who happens to be blonde, standing in for a Ukrainian girl!
To give you an idea of just how out of whack the Ukrainian news reports are… I just read where they claim 12000 dead Russians to a “loss” on there side of just over 1000. Now if you can believe that howler you can believe anything.
It’s the exact opposite: 16,000 Ukrainians to maybe 1000 Russians, assuming the 498 the Russians reported recently has doubled – and it might not have.
Magical thinking my friend
I had many friends who served in Vietnam.
If you shot at an enemy combatant, it was considered a “kill”.
I could see this reflected on the evening news every night: “2 American soldiers killed in action today; 1478 Viet Cong / NVA killed”.
This is Putin Vietnam
He bleeds in Ukraine, but he’s no USA is he!
America bounced back,Russia won’t
He has a trashy economy run by his criminal friends,and even they’re proving unreliable
Amerikkka has NEVER bounced back from Vietnam my friend.
Witness the enormous number of homeless Vietnam vets, and all those suffering and dying from exposure to Agent Orange (of which our government is still in denial.)
The casualties are MUCH higher than those who were KIA.
My daughter’s biological father came back from Nam a junkie and eventually died of a drug-induced heart attack. He was too sensitive to deal with what he saw there.
You need at least a 3 to 1 advantage to think about a successful invasion against a determined opposition
Russia didn’t even come close to this,and with its third rate army,riddled with corruption and poor training you’re actually seeing the truth
This well planned attack killed 185 according to those near by and destroyed all the weapons. Good Job Russia.
Jake Sullivan and Antony Blinken are about to be schooled.
Bad decisions beget more bad decisions. No one can beg either to resign. Their mental health going forward won’t be the same. President Putin isn’t impressed by your positions or Ivy League credentials.
The lies aren’t slowing down the Russian advance.
I see the USA as being the Ape who started this conflict. A mischief making trouble maker.
Hey Russian Trolls here, Putin and his incompetent army is getting humiliated. NATO wont have to get involve that much. They’ll just send Estonia to finish the work Ukrainians are doing. The small country will be enough to have Russia pull out.
This is antiwar.com and trolls here are supporting Putin. Check your website names before you start trolling.
All the hard-core far right nazis of Europe are either in Ukraine or on their way there. They are volunteering to fight alongside the Azov batallion, who has put us in this mess by refusing any cease fire for the last 8 years. Objectively, It will be much better for the rest of Europe if these fanatics never come back from Ukraine after getting weapons and guerilla training. They volunteered to be in the line of fire, too bad for them.
A succesful strike against the enemy is “out of frustration”.
Advancing at about 150 kilometers per day and steadily encircling key cities like Kiev, Mariupol and soon Odessa, which is what you would expect, is “slowed”. The propaganda is ridiculous.
If the Russian forces were advancing at about 150 kilometers per day, they’d be at the English Channel by now.
They are allowed to stop and regroup!
They’re not regrouping!!
They’ve run out of fuel,food more corruption,rations years out of date,they’re reverted to looting for food,they’re stuck in a massive traffic jam of their own making because of very poor planning,stuck in mud
They’re deserting all the time,they’re actually giving orders to shoot their own side!
Plus Ukrainians are destroying them
What could go wrong?
You could, bobby dear. Tell me when you become PM or president of a real country.
Well Russia isn’t a real country its basically a cross between vast prison and colony
You’ve left out those cheap Chinese made tires, which somehow have been rejuvenated.
Whatever is happening on the ground it was sufficient fot Stoltenberg to remember that there were no plans Ukraine to join NATO, and that China is no longer getting closer and closer to NATO territory.
Thomas is correct. The advance is no longer at 150km a day. It’s more like 10-20. Mostly because now they have to stop and encircle various towns and block strategic road intersections in order to cut off the resupply to the Donbass encircled Ukrainians. Once the Donbass cauldron is cleared, the Ukrainian reinforcements being sent from the west are destroyed from the air, and Odessa is taken along with the south up to Transnistria, then the bulk of the Russian forces will come in and the high-speed push to the Polish border will resume. That’s assuming Kiev hasn’t fallen and the Ukrainians haven’t surrendered by then.
So, who are these noble souls who are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the final stand of the Kyiv regime?
Are they the wrecks from America’s wars in the Middle East who are too damaged to return to a civil life in the US? Or are they the holy warriors of white supremacy determined to defend Christianity against the perverse tendencies in the West? Whatever it is, it’s bound to be a toxic cocktail none of us wants to show up in our neighborhood.
Foreign fighters = adrenalin juckies , mercanaries / highered killers and the usual riff raff who murder civilians and blame who ever they are fighting , the USA loves these excuse for human beings.
A redditor actually went to Ukraine. He and 60 others left when the missile strikes threw them out of their beds and killed dozens in the Ukrainian barrack. Here’s some of what he writes on Reddit:
“If you think I’m a Russian agent you’re just in denial that the situation is absolutely fuhcked. Go ahead and join the legion, by all means, but be very aware of how bad Kyiv is going to get and be aware the Russians have warplanes and you will have next to nothing. Be very acceptant of the possibility of death.
“I was there today and blown off the top bunk in the barracks by the first missile. The base is destroyed, the weapons depot destroyed, possibly the end of the legion. They’re sending untrained guys to the front with little ammo and shiht AKs and they’re getting killed.
“If you still want to join them I’m not sure what the process will be since literally all the infrastructure supporting the training is all destroyed. The guys who are there now will all be going to Kyiv and many will die, the legion is totally outgunned and has a few crazy Ukrainian leaders. After the attack one officer wanted to march everyone to Kyiv and fight. Absolute insanity. Stay home.
“You quickly realize the preciousness and desire of life compared to the meaninglessness of being hit by a fuhcking Russian missile.
“Like a lot of dudes there have experience and really wanted to shape the battlefield, but ultimately they’re manning frontline positions that are going to get hammered with artillery and airstrikes, buried under rubble and your family never gets your body.”
Question: What did the volunteers expect when joining an outgunned army?
“Being able to patrol, set up ambushes, have artillery support, go on offensives to take back captured towns. Definitely not sitting around getting blasted.”
“When leadership is not providing necessary equipment or making sound tactical decisions – it’s time to move on because you’ve got to at least give yourself a chance.”
“The training was apparently 2 weeks, then 10 days and now I think they’re just sending everyone to the front since the base is demolished.”
‘Sullivan said Putin had ordered the strikes near the Polish border out of “frustration” that his invasion had been slowed.’
We always get expert opinion from the USA which is thousands of km away but never listen to the clear words of Russia which is in existential danger from the “defensive alliance” in which it has no say , right on its border.
whenever something starts with ‘US says, ‘ or Sullivan says,’ automatically what follows is lies.
It was a warning to mercenaries considering getting involved.
I wonder if they will take notice now.
Quite a legitimate target. The US wants to turn the Ukraine war in a war of attrition, an other profitable endless war. Apparently as some reports suggested many thousands of the victims of US wars in the ME are also volunteering to support Russia. May be Iranians too. Putin, (so far) has kept the boat off.
Will oligarchism become “the last stage of capitalism”?
It is hard to imagine the insignificance of the amount that Putin cares about what Jake Sullivan says.
Statement by Russian Defence Ministry
On March 14, at about 11.30 a.m. Moscow time, Tochka-U tactical missile was fired at a residential block of Donetsk city from the territory controlled by the Kiev nationalist regime.
The shelling of the city was carried out from the north-western direction, from the area of Krasnoarmeysk settlement, which is controlled by Ukrainian nationalist units.
As a result of the explosion of a cluster warhead in the center of Donetsk, 20 civilians were killed. Another 28 people, including children, were seriously injured and taken to medical institutions.
The use of such weapons on a town with no armed forces firing positions, i.e. deliberately targeting civilians, is a war crime.
The armament of Tochka-U missile’ warhead with cluster ammunition proves that the purpose of the nationalists’ strike on the city was to kill as many civilians as possible.
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the decision to use this type of missile weapons is made, at least, by the command of the Ukrainian grouping of troops, after approval by the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kiev.
All this once again confirms the Nazi and anti-human nature of the ruling regime in Ukraine today.
#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #Donetsk
Brave woman. Has disappeared since
“Later in the day, national security adviser Jake Sullivan appeared on “Face the Nation,” warning that if Russian strikes hit a NATO nation, “the full force of the NATO alliance to bear in responding to it.”
Reminds me of when Obama put down a red line saying that if Assad used gas on his people there would be hell to pay? Within a few weeks Assad was accused of using Sarin gas on his people, but it was a false flag. Obama was ridiculed for not going to war against Assad. Look for a false flag from one of the NATO countries near Russia.
A base for foreign fighters in one nation is attacked by another nation.
US does this around the globe with no sanctions or other consequences.
US billionaires (aka oligarchs) are never sanctioned for USA’s misdeeds.
Interestingly, these individual sanctions are used against “enemies” of USA, but the bin Laden family was never inconvenienced, while their number one son was enemy number one of USA. Even being allowed to enter the USA for a meeting in NYC on 9/11/2001 and being expedited out of the USA on 9/12/2001, a day when no civilian flights were allowed.
Mariupol has essentially fallen according to the Russian MoD.. Plus this…the Chechens took out the neo-Nazis.
“Tonight will be late.” Kadyrov’s ultimatum to Mariupol
Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry
Units of the Russian Armed Forces, continuing the offensive, captured Stepnoye.
The grouping of troops of the Lugansk People’s Republic is continuing the offensive in the north-eastern districts of Severodonetsk city.
On the morning of March 14, high-precision long-range weapons attacked Ukraine’s military infrastructure.
As a result of the strike, communication, retransmission and switching hubs were disabled in Fedorovka, Vinarovka, Antopol. In addition, a large ammunition depot for multiple launch rocket systems was destroyed on the territory of Antonov plant near Kiev, from the sites of which Russian troops were fired at.
On the afternoon of March 14, the air defence of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down, 2 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, including 1 Bayraktar TB-2.
Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aviation hit 86 military infrastructure assets of Ukraine, including: 4 command posts and communication centres, 3 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1 radar station, 1 electronic warfare station, 3 ammunition and fuel depots and 68 areas of military equipment concentration.
In total, 145 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1,298 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 124 multiple launch rocket systems, 469 field artillery and mortars, as well as 1,047 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.
The Kiev regime continues to use terror tactics, using the most destructive types of weapons against civilians and civilian infrastructure.
Earlier, we brought information about the consequences of today’s strike of the Ukrainian tactical missile Tochka-U with cluster munitions on a densely populated block of Donetsk.
In response to these actions, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will take prompt measures to disable the enterprises of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine engaged in the production, repair and restoration of weapons that nationalists use to commit war crimes.
We urge Ukrainian citizens working at these enterprises, as well as residents of nearby residential buildings, to leave potentially dangerous areas.
A number of Western countries at the state level encourage the participation of their citizens as mercenaries of Ukraine in hostilities against units of the Russian troops. All responsibility for the death of this category of foreign citizens in Ukraine lies on just the leadership of these countries.
We know all the locations of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine. They will continue to be targeted, similar to the destruction of training centres at Yavorovsky training ground in Starichi on March 13.
I want to warn you again – there will be no mercy for mercenaries, no matter where they are on the territory of Ukraine.
#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #Briefing
Are you laboring under the mis-impression that other people here are incapable of visiting and reading the Russian MoD’s sites if they want to?
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